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Brancaster Staithe Winter Sail "2025" - 'The Antarctic Sail'

8th - 11 November

organiser Matt Sharman 


This sailing event commemorates the start of Ralph Feinnes trip to the South Pole in
on 9th November 1992.
Hopefully the weather in Brancaster wont be too Antarctic so bring your Wayfarer
along to North Norfolk (PE31 8BW will get you there) so you can get it rigged up on
Friday although with later starts than is traditional there will be some time on Saturday
morning too.
Accommodation is as shown and is the National Trusts Dial House
( ). This luxury sleeping
facility has been booked and paid for in advance and is perfectly located close to the
harbour. Sleeping is in bunk rooms of 3 x 5 and 1 x 7 beds so ear plugs and a strong
constitution may be required!
You do need to be suitably experienced and equipped as we may be sailing out to sea
and in any case temperatures can drop considerably in November.
You will of course need to know what to bring. Be prepared for cold quality
waterproofs at minimum or drysuits if available. Safety is important and one of the
bigger risks in sailing out of season is hypothermia. A VHF radio will be very useful,
but charts and any other navigation equipment will not be needed.
High water is at 11.37hrs on Saturday and launch time will be around 09.30hrs.
Time and more importantly tide wait for no man!! We have the accommodation
until Monday morning so a third sail may be possible then.
A Friday evening meal can be had at Dial House or a local pub. Saturday evening
meal may be in the Brancaster Staithe sailing Club. In any case everything is within
an easy walk. Breakfast and lunches will be your responsibility and can be taken while
sailing or afterwards. There is a well-stocked local shop in the village.
You need to supply your own bed linen and towels. Each dorm has its own en-
suite facility.
Costs of the event will depend on numbers to share the accommodation costs, but a
£50.00 deposit per head will secure your place and may well cover all the costs. I will
have already forked out for the accommodation so pay up early please. Send your
money to me before the end of September. A launch fee of £5.00 per boat is asked
for by the National trust, there is an honesty buoy on the Hard.
Places are strictly limited.
Matt Sharman W7688/3408

Last updated 9:37pm on 2 July 2024

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