Southampton Boat Show Offer

Dufour’s Grand Large range has been designed to make sailing a pleasurable and comfortable experience.

NOW is the time to experience a new. Dufour Grand Large for yourself!!

Visit us in the Marina on stands M310 – M316.

 

Dufour 310 Grand Large 13
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This fast, nippy 9.35m long yacht may be the smallest in Dufour’s Grand Large range, yet she has bags of character and is easy to steer short-handed or even single-handed.

 

Dufour 350 Grand Large
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Deceptively spacious and behaves like a much larger boat. Designed to look great, sail well, offer maximum space and comfort, the 350GL seeks to be as practical and functional as possible borrowing features from its larger sisters in the Grand Large range.

 

Dufour 382 Grand Large
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The versatile Dufour 382 Grand Large – a wolf in sheep’s clothing. Designed to optimise on board comfort in all sailing conditions, the 382 GL is a highly versatile all-rounder with six distinct versions.

 

Dufour 460 Grand Large
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The Dufour 460 Grand Large offers a perfect balance between functionality and elegance.
Defined by her sleek and beautiful lines the Dufour 460 certainly stands out from the crowd and is much admired on any dock.

 

Already a Dufour Owner? We are on hand to discuss any other boating matters you may need assistance with, including spare parts, maintenance and servicing. Please drop in and say hello.
If you are coming to the show and would like to book an appointment then let us know.

Contact Chris on +44 (0) 7798 563860 or email chris@universalyachting.com

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What to bring when we do a Bike and Sail Weekends

Despite being a little chilly (what can you expect for Holidays !!) our first Bike and Sail activity break was a huge success.

For the Ride…..

  • A bike !! If following the off road routes then a mountain bike is a must. We would advise having your bike serviced but do check that the brakes, tyres, gears etc are all in good working order.
  • Cycle helmet – For your own safety this is a must !! No Lid = No Ride
  • Clothing suitable for the weather and time of year. Bright outer layers will allow you to be seen and remember you will experience a range of conditions throughout the day. Other recommended items…Padded shorts, cycle gloves, sun glasses, water proof jacket.

     Mountain Bike and Sailing Weekends

  • Back pack or pannier to carry essentials
  • Water bottle / Hydration pack
  • Fluids and energy snacks
  • Food
  • Tools
  • Puncture repair kit
  • 2 x Spare inner tubes
  • Pump
  • First aid kit
  • Maps / GPS
  • Sun Cream
  • Money
  • Mobile phone

For the Sailing…..

  • Clothing suitable for weather conditionsSailing Holidays.
  • Non marking soft soled shoes – sailing boots if you have them
  • Wet weather gear – bring your own or available to hire
  • Hat
  • Sailing Gloves for handling ropes – not essential

 
  

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Let the sailing begin! with Universal Yachting!

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With warm and sunny upon us we gather for breakfast before our in-depth briefing. We are taught the safety rules first: how to use fire extinguishers and wear life jackets, what to do in case of an emergency and how to use a VHF marine radio.

It’s then time to get acquainted with the rigging and sails.
It’s a lot to take in, but Clive’s motto is to learn by doing and soon we all know what he means when he talks about a jib, reefs and mainsail.

Mooring lines slipped, it’s time to leave the marina and let the fun (and hard work!) commence.

Hoisting the mainsail and jib is no mean feat, but with a bit of teamwork, up they go, and away we sail.

All about learning the points of sail, gybing, taking the helm mastering some basic rope work, mooring the boat to a pontoon, anchoring and using winches.

Being on a boat is all about working together. Everybody has a job and it’s important not to be in each other’s way.

Clive is incredibly patient and happily explains things over and over until we get them.

As we sail towards Gosport Marina, we see Sir Ben Ainslie and his team practicing on the Land Rover BAR. We all get very excited, especially Jane and I, who snap away at the catamaran until we get a good picture.

I’m behind the helm, heading towards Gosport. It’s a great feeling, but keeping the boat on course is not as easy as it looks. But we do get to our destination and it’s now time to secure Splash to our berth, freshen up and go for a well-earned drink and spot of dinner.
It’s only the end of our first day of sailing but I’m already feeling more confident, and I’m jumping on and off the moored boat without fear of falling into the water.

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When you are sailing with a group you work, sleep and eat in very close proximity so it’s no surprise that by Saturday night it feels like the five of us have known each other for a long time, and not just 24 hours. As we enjoy dinner at Gosport Marina, our skipper Clive regales us with tales of his time in the Navy and the fascinating, if a little terrifying, story of when he took part in the 1979 Fast net race.

The feeling of achievement and camaraderie bring a wonderful day of sailing to an end. With one more day to go, it’s time to get a good night’s sleep, ready to tackle.

Tacking and man overboard recovery

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It’s another beautiful sunny day and today we learn to tack. We are still getting a little confused when it comes to the points of sail, but practice makes perfect and soon enough we gain confidence.

Today we are also learning the man overboard recovery.
We may be ‘saving’ a fender, but the apprehension is still palpable. This is teamwork indeed and everybody has to be fast and alert. With the fender safely found and recovered, not once but twice, we congratulate ourselves on a job well done.

The wind is not on our side on Sunday, so we need some engine power to keep moving. Still it’s a beautiful, hot, sunny day and we take in enchanting sites and kick back a little.

Alas all good things must come to and end and it’s time to sail back to beautiful Universal Marina in Hamble.
The weekend has gone quickly. We are all proud of our team work and what we’ve learnt and achieved and a few of us are already thinking about signing up for the next course.

Whilst I still probably wouldn’t sail single-handedly around the world, by the end of the two days I am much more confident on the water and sailing a yacht. I’m not quite sure I’m ARC material like Jane, but maybe a flotilla holiday like Steve or the Competent Crew course like Martin could be on the cards in the future. Watch this space!

Click here for more information of Universal Yachting RYA Start Yachting course.

The weekend course costs £350pp or £245pp for a shared cabin.
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Learn to sail in two days: Universal Yachting RYA Start Yachting course

Whether you are completely new to sailing, want a refresher or would like to do the Competent Crew or the Day Skipper courses, the RYA Start Yachting course is the first step towards starting your sailing adventure.

The RYA Start Yachting weekend is an introductory course to sailing for complete beginners.

RYA Start Yachting

The course takes place over a weekend and teaches the basics of sailing. From learning the names of the various boat parts, rope work, learning the points of sail, steering a boat under sail or power, meteorology, rules of the road and man overboard recovery, to clothing and emergency equipment and precautions, all the basics are covered.

Pack the right gear

Set off to Universal Marina in Hamble on a Friday afternoon, armed with compact sailing bag, packed full with all the gear would be needing on the boat. It’s important to have the right kit and be prepared for all kinds of weather.
Take with faithful Musto Br1 Channel Jacket which is always brilliant at protecting from water and strong winds, a Musto Extreme Thermal Fleece for warmth and Musto Women’s Evolution Performance UV trousers, which keep you dry and are also very comfortable to wear on a boat.  Protection from the sun is hugely important too, so SPF30 sun screen, a hat and  Sunglasses are essential given that the weather forecast predicts a hot weekend on the Solent. Last but definitely not least, take a sleeping bag to keep warm for next two nights.

Meet your boat and crew

The first to arrive for the next two days: Splash, a Beneteau Oceanis 37.

Beneteau Oceanis 37 available for Bareboat and Skippered Yacht Charter in the Solent from Mercury Yacht Harbour on the River Hamble

Beneteau Oceanis 37

Immediately inspect the cabin, which will be sharing with one of sailing companions. It’s cosy, but Isn’t here to sleep and it’ll do very well for the weekend.

The Oceanis 37 cabin and the Gill bag packed with all the sailing essentials.

She comes fully equipped and complies with the MCA’s charter regulations for a Cat 2 vessel for up to 8 people. In addition she has been equipped with many other extra’s such as heating that offer our clients that bit more than you might ordinarily expect from a typical charter yacht.

One feature of our yachts is that they do not carry any permanent company branding, from the feedback we have received all our clients really appreciate not being easily identifiable as a charterer.

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How families can move up from dinghies to yacht sailing.

For many families involved with dinghy sailing it is a natural aspiration to do some yacht sailing, such as a flotilla holiday.

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Skippering and managing a yacht is a step up that can present its challenges as well as its joys, so making the transition needs to be considered within the dynamics of each individual family.

Sailing can, and will, expose both the weaknesses and the strengths of any group or family unit. So, it is important to recognize how your family interacts at home, and not expect them to be any different on the water.

The right learning style.

If one person has a good level of sailing experience and the natural dynamics of the family support that person as the leader, it normally works well for that person to get additional training to feel comfortable in range of confident skipper.

Some families lead by manual consensus, talking things through first to work out what they are doing. In this instance, learning as a family group has its advantages. It allows everyone to work out what each person is good at and establish the group dynamics with an instructor’s guidance.

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It helps to feel confident in their role and have trust in each other when the instructor is not there. Starting at the same level means everyone learns together, builds up experience and grows in confidence together, creating a more harmonious unit.

Some people are happier to learn separately, so that they feel less intimidated by others who may have more experience. However separate teaching can lead to scenarios under stress where one person says:

“Well I was taught to do it like this!” It is important to understand how the family works, and also be honest with yourself about your ability levels. Problems can arise when one person professes to know how to sail and everyone else follows along blindly.

The so-called expert can be exposed if things to do not go according to plan, leading to breakdown and loss of confidence in the skipper. It is a tough position to come back from as others start to chip in with their own opinions and undermine further decisions.

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Learn to Sail in 2 Days RYA Start Yachting Course with Universal Yachting & YBW

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RYA Start Yachting Course – Universal Yachting

The RYA Start Yachting weekend is an introductory course to sailing for complete beginners.

Whether you are completely new to sailing, want a refresher or would like to do the Competent Crew or the Day Skipper courses, the RYA Start Yachting course is the first step towards starting your sailing adventure.

The course takes place over a weekend and teaches the basics of sailing. From learning the names of the various boat parts, rope work, learning the points of sail, steering a boat under sail or power, meteorology, rules of the road and man overboard recovery, to clothing and emergency equipment and precautions, all the basics are covered.

£350 pp or £245 pp if you are happy to share an accommodation space.

It is run over 2 days with accommodation provided onboard the yacht. Our sailing school is based in Mercury Yacht Harbour on the River Hamble and sailing takes places in and around the Solent.

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Mercury Yacht Harbour

We offer the option for you to book your own sleeping area for that extra privacy and comfort but if you are happy to share then we offer a 30% discount off the course price.

By the end of the course participants will have experienced steering a yacht, sail handling, rope work and be aware of safety onboard.

If you wish to continue further into the RYA Sail Cruising Scheme then you can join the 3 day element of our 2 + 3 Day RYA Competent Crew course to receive your competent crew certificate.

Click here for more information of Universal Yachting RYA Start Yachting course www.universalyachting.com/startyachting

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Mile Building Weekends – Universal Yachting

Our activity sailing weekends are a great way to build up your sailing experience. Setting off early Saturday morning, sailing east around the Isle.

enjoy a fantastic Mild Building weekends on the water.We organize a number of Mile Building days & weekends throughout the year for individuals, come down on your own or with friends and enjoy a fantastic weekend on the water.

No matter what your level of experience we offer a range of additional sailing courses to complement the more structured RYA Sailing Courses that we provide through our Sailing School.

Our Try Yachting and Mile Building Weekends are great ways to get out on the water either on your own or with a friend and like all our sailing courses you can book your own cabin if you prefer.

If you are planning an overseas sailing holiday, then our Flotilla Training Course will teach you all you need to know and help your whole family prepare.
Or if you already your own boat and just want a little expert guidance with one of our instructors then we can run a bespoke course on your own boat.

 

Gain experience and build up your sea milesOur Individual Weekend Packages Include:

• Yacht & Skipper
• Full safety equipment
• Food & Drink whilst sailing (Saturday evening meal excl)
• Berthing
• Fuel
So whether you are looking to build miles to gain experience or simply enjoy some time on the water we have a great range of experiences on offer.
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