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World Cruising Club come to Berthon

July 2, 2014

Berthon hosted the World Cruising Club for their inaugural Bluewater Open Boat Weekend on the 7th & 8th of June 2014. The event was aimed at those in the boat search phase of their count-down to offshore cruising providing plenty of opportunity to review the right choice of boat, plan a refit, and manage the costs of cruising, as well as meeting and mingling with experienced long distance/ocean cruisers, relevant experts, and knowledgeable brokers, all sharing stories to promote inspiration in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere.Berthon - WCC - Bluewater Weekend
WCC already run a number of events and seminars, but these tend to be focused on people that already have boats, whereas this weekend was to show the vast difference and styles of yacht available on the market and allow people thinking of bluewater cruising to pose a myriad of questions to the assembled experts on hand at Berthon; 8 yachts were chosen to show how diverse the choice can be and with many more to look over on the Berthon gantries attendees certainly had their plates full. Furthermore the following seminars were held over the two days:

  • What to look for in a good cruising boat – Panel
  • Offshore Safety Equipment – Alistair Hackett (Ocean Safety)
  • Planning a Refit – Keith Harris (Berthon)
  • Top-Ten tips for crossing the Atlantic – Elaine Bunting (Yachting World)
  • Sails & Rigging for offshore cruising – Robin Milledge (Berthon) & Pete Sanders (Sanders Sails)
  • Training for cruising – Rob Gaffney (Hamble School of Yachting)
  • Rallies and Routes – Jeremy Wyatt (WCC)
  • Ladies Roundtable – Panel
  • World ARC – (WCC)
  • Tips for enjoying your cruising life – Panel

Berthon - WCC - Bluewater Weekend - Seminar Training
The majority of the seminars overflowed to the point where standing room only along the walls was even hard to come by, which is testament to the information imparted by industry experts and experienced ARC sailors.
Berthon - WCC - Bluewater Weekend - Registration Tent
Other representatives from various companies exhibiting products and services invaluable to bluewater cruisers were:

  • Admiral Insurance
  • AwlGrip
  • Echomax
  • GN Escpace
  • Hamble School of Yachting
  • MobMat
  • Seldon Masts

Berthon - WCC - Bluewater Weekend - Yard Tour
Berthon Brokers and Refit managers were on hand to support the weekend, taking part in the seminars, panel discussions and providing yard tours. Our hospitality even extended to end of day drinks in the warm summer sunshine.
Berthon - WCC - Bluewater Weekend - Red Arrows
World Cruising Club Director, Jeremy Wyatt had the following to say about the weekend, “We were delighted with the response from aspiring ocean sailors to our first Bluewater Open Boat Weekend, in association with Berthon at their Lymington base and Yachting World magazine. During the 2 day event, over 160 people visited the eight open boats, chatted with former ARC sailors, and listened intently to a wide variety of presentations from experienced bluewater cruisers and industry professionals, about choosing the right boat for offshore cruising. Superb weather and the Red Arrows to end the day, really made it a special occasion which both informed and inspired in equal measure.”

Some quotes from the attendees:-

“Thoroughly enjoyable and stimulating. Very much appreciated the opportunity [to attend]” RM, Herts.

“Overall I thought the weekend was fantastic. Well done to all the staff at Berthon and WCC” DC, W.Mids

“Thoroughly great event.” GS, Kent

“Really great event! We came all the way from Sweden and we were very satisfied with the outcome of the event. Great speakers. Great concept.” OlaK, Sweden

Berthon would like to thank everyone for making it a great success and we are already in discussion with the World Cruising Club about running the event again next year. To express an interest in coming to the next event, please email

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