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We have a very active cruising section and every year the Club arranges a programme of 10-15 cruises, mainly at weekends. These cruises are to the favourite places on the East Coast and sometimes beyond in which case they might be longer.

We usually meet up in the Clubhouse the night before a cruise to chat about where we are going and how we are going to get there. There is always a lot of helpful advice for members who may be new to the area.

When we arrive at our cruise destination we usually have drinks on board a pre designated boat and swap yarns about the trip and then we often go out to dinner to the local yacht club or pub. We may instead have a BBQ or, best of all, a safari supper.

If a longer cruise is organised e.g. the Blackwater Week or to the Channel Islands, Brittany or the Netherlands then boats can dip in or out and rendezvous as they choose.

Whether you choose to cruise with other HPYC yachts or on your own the Lightship is a great place to share your stories with likeminded sailors.

Apart from cruising in company some cruisers like to race and in the HPYC programme there are Sunday races in the Spring and Autumn, Wednesday evening races in June and interclub races throughout the Summer aimed at lightly crewed yachts with white sails. Why not join in and fine tune your sailing skills!

David Hervey Murray

Rear Commodore Cruising

Last updated 11:21 on 20 November 2020

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