What does a Sea Time cruise on Freyja offer to the budding sailor … ?
- A boat – in our case, obviously, Freyja [but seatime can also experienced with other CSSA Divisions as well]
- An experienced skipper. Each cruise has an experienced CSSA-approved skipper and an experienced mate;
- A crew. That’s you, and other like-minded club members. Our boats sleep up to 6 including skipper and mate, so there is plenty of room for up to 4;
- Sea Time Cruises aim to encourage everyone to take their sailing experiences further in a safe and supportive environment. Experience varies from complete novice to people looking to develop specific skills – helming, navigating or boat handing, for instance;
- The real secret of these cruises is the enthusiasm of people involved – you bring the energy to these events!
- Prior to a Cruise commencing the Skipper will reach out to you to understand your sailing experience and aspirations. They look to ensure everyone get’s the opportunity to be involved and develop their sailing skills.
- When the crew gather on the day of departure everyone will get to meet at the Yacht. The Skipper and 1st mate will cover details of the sailing they have planned based on weather and tide in the local area. They will also brief the crew on the planned cruise and answer any questions that come up. It is also a chance to meet fellow crew members that will be working together on the voyage. The “meet and greet” is usually in the evening and is always a great chance to socialise and discussed experience and aspirations!
- On the day of departure time will be spent going over the safety procedures of the boat and the detailed crew briefing. This essentially ensures everyone is getting ready for the cruise and understands the essentials of the yacht.
- With the safety briefing undertaken and crew briefed the Skipper and 1st mate will assign duties to the crew for a safe departure during the initial part of the voyage. This will be based on experience and to ensure everything is done safely
- The voyage begins! Weather, Wind, Tides and nature then really make the fun begin……
Often those relatively new to sailing are really looking to gain more experience to see if it is something for them. Sailing can be addictive… getting the right opportunities in a supportive environment is the way to develop the your skills. Sea Time is like having a coach with you, encouraging you to develop your sailing skills on the water. This will ensure that you are ready to take your skills and experience to the next level.
Various courses, of a structured nature, are available with the different divisions and commercial schools for those who have got the bug and want to things further.