March 27, 2015
Yes, it was so successful in 2014, when Berthon and World Cruising staged the inaugural Bluewater Weekend here at Berthon, at which over 200 delegates attended, we are doing it again. Last year the weather gods were kind and we had a brilliant time.
Jeremy Wyatt, explains the concept for the weekend:
“We already run a series of very popular seminars to help sailors prepare for their first ocean crossing, however, these are aimed at people who have boats. Since we often get asked about boat choices by people planning for their retirement boat, we wanted to create an event totally focused on bluewater boat selection. By displaying a range of different styles of boats, we aim to show how their varying attributes affect the overall boat package. Throughout the weekend there will also be displays of offshore cruising equipment, and a chance to mingle with industry experts and other cruising sailors. Previous rally participants are invited to bring their own boats to the weekend, and share their personal experiences offering “open boat” viewing to other cruisers.”
World Cruising Club Director Jeremy Wyatt discusses the ARC concept
Berthon Refit Manager Keith Harris conducting a yard tour of the Berthon Facilities
Yacht of all shapes and sizes to be viewed
The weekend is more than just a boat show…
For those in the boat search phase of their count-down to offshore cruising, the Bluewater Open Boat weekend will provide the knowledge to help make the right choice of boat, plan a refit, and manage the costs of cruising, as well as meeting and mingling with experienced bluewater cruisers to share knowledge and gain inspiration, all in a relaxed, friendly atmosphere.
Visitors will be able to sit in on selected presentations, chat with experts and other cruisers, step aboard up to 8 different styles of bluewater cruising boats, and immerse themselves into the world of offshore cruising. A selection of talks will run alongside the boat viewings, aimed at educating sailors in key aspects of bluewater boat selection and planning for offshore cruising.
In addition to practical sessions on boat choice and refitting, other speakers will focus on what it is
really like to sail across an ocean, with the aim of reassuring and inspiring new bluewater cruisers. Speakers have been chosen for their knowledge in their specialist fields and include industry experts and previous participants from the ARC and World ARC rallies.