CREW BRIEFING NOTES

 

The AIM is to Navigate Kasara “Around Britain” from Hamble to Hamble “clockwise” – landing in Northern Ireland to encompass all reaches of the UK, then rounding Cape Wrath and the Orkneys to starboard rather than passing through the Caledonian Canal.

 

A trip of this kind has been an ambition of mine for as long as I can remember. Thanks to everyone for helping us do this and making it all possible.

 

We are allowing 17 weeks (about 15 of which are on the move) and each broken down into legs of between 6 to 8 days.

 

Joining / Leaving us:

 

Typically each leg of our adventure on Kasara will start on a Friday and finish on a Thursday (though there are quite a few exceptions to this specifically on legs 3,4,5,11,12,16,18).

 

Check your dates on the on-line date planner at 

 

It is our aim to berth Kasara at the arrival/departure harbour by latest 18.00 on the last full day of each leg (normally Wednesday).

 

Remaining on Board on Wednesday night, all adventurers leaving will need to help turn Kasara around (clean & prepare her) for the incoming crew before leaving the boat by 12.00 the following day (normally Thursday).

 

Those on a two-week stint are invited to stay on the boat throughout the turnaround period.

 

Adventurers joining the boat on the first day of the leg (normally Friday) are asked to join Kasara any time between 12.00 - 16:00. 

 

The first afternoon aboard will include boat familiarization, we may or may not leave the dock on the first day.

 

The extent of our voyaging is “weather dependent” and so communication and flexibility is the key. However, part of the first afternoon will be looking at weather and developing an appropriate cruise plan for the leg ahead to get us to our next arrival/departure harbour on time. 

 

What to expect:

 

A typical leg may therefore include: 

  • Generally daylight sailing passages.

       (Night passages are anticipated only on legs, 4, 5 and 16).

  • Mooring in anchorages, on buoys or in marinas.

  • Catering on board or on land.

  • Sightseeing on land or from the sea.

  • Hopefully we will see some good wildlife

  • There are likely to be some early starts and late finishes.

  • We would like everyone to “muck in” with life onboard.

 

 

Whilst we plan to spend some time on land (it is a cruise and a holiday!), it may be the weather that dictates where and for how long. Best plans can go awry and so expect the unexpected – go with the flow. We will need to keep on the move – when we can.

 

Safety is paramount. Kasara is fully equipped and licensed for such a journey and a full safety briefing will be given when you arrive. There is no need to bring your own lifejacket – but you can if you prefer.

 

Coaching:

 

The RYA are not allowing me (Pete) to sign off Day Skipper or Competent Crew tickets on this trip (as it is away from my home port) and also because I am an RYA Cruising Instructor and not a Yacht Master Instructor. However, it makes sense for those aboard who wish to use me as a coaching resource to get them “match fit” to take their DS or CC at a sailing school (preferably with me & HPYC) later on. Bring your Log book.

 

Communications:

 

As we are all joining and leaving at multiple locations, our responsibility is to get the boat there if we can. Hopefully you can get yourselves to the start and back from the finish! Any impending changes either way will need to be communicated to give the most notice possible. 

 

  1. We are setting up an AB21 Whatsapp group for all adventure crews to assist in getting messages through. (If you do not use Whatsapp let us know please). This forum can be used for general as well as specific questions, comments or ideas by all crewmembers. Whatsapp is also a good forum for posting and sharing photos.

  2. You have our email address at sailkasarauk@gmail.com for any specific questions and general notices may be posted using this forum too.

  3. You have my (Pete’s) phone number 07976 289650 and Jan’s 07801 697926 for calls and messaging

  4. We will be posting weekly blogs of our exploits during the voyage and some beforehand during the build up. These will be on the website www.sailkasara.com and the link will be e-mailed to you and will be posted on Pete’s (Peter Halliday) facebook page…so become a friend.

  5. We have an “In Reach” Sat phone which we will activate and have with us if we are ever out of mobile phone range. When switched on this enables us to send and receive texts, but is really there for emergency use rather than general communication. This device also enables you to follow our location – when it is on. (Details will be forwarded nearer the time).

  6. Internet will only be as good as the local reception – so not very good in some parts.

  7. A better way to establish our location at any time and to follow our progress is to follow our AIS identification on the vessel finder website below: Open the site, Highlight MAP on the menu strip, type in Kasara or our MMSI number 232020625 in the search bar (top right) When the vessel is identified click on the name which opens the Kasara Screen. Scroll down to the map and click on the red square, which identifies where Kasara was last recorded and when. It also opens the map so that you can home in on the exact location – enjoy finding us and following us Round Britain.

 

Kit List:

 

We have published a list of recommended Kit to bring on the adventure. This can be found under the AB20 tab on the website www.sailkasara.com

 

Victuals:

 

Basics will be onboard when you arrive. We will purchase fresh supplies when you arrive. Both lists are identified on the Victuals list which can be found under the AB21 tab on the website www.sailkasara.com

 

Insurance:

 

Kasara is fully insured for a voyage of this type but it maybe advisable to ensure you have your own medical and travel insurance in place.

 

Pre voyage get together - Sunday 29th March:

 

TBC

 

London – homeward bound party – Saturday 28th August:

 

We are heading up the Thames to London and aim to be in St Katherine’s Dock near Tower Bridge from around 26th to 30th August. We are looking to Party on Saturday 28th August on or close to the marina and will confirm details nearer the time – at this stage just put the DATE IN THE DIARY.

 

Arrival in Hamble – Sunday 6th September:

 

We arrive back on G15, Hamble Point Marina on Sunday 6th September (time tbc)