GETTING TO THE BOAT
Blue Box Experiences is located in Hamble Point Marina at the entrance to the River Hamble. The postcode for the marina is SO31 4NB. You can view the location on google maps by clicking here.
On arrival to the marina follow the signposts to Blue Box Sailing and if you are bringing a car there is free parking outside the Blue Box Events Centre. Please check in downstairs in the Blue Box Reception area with a member of our team and collect any waterproof clothing required. If you arrive more than one hour before your trip our reception area may not be be open, so please make your way upstairs to our coffee shop where we will be pleased to check you in.
Our Coffee Shop has panoramic views over the River Hamble and across the Solent where you and your friends and family can enjoy a cup of freshly brewed coffee and choose from a selection of freshly baked danishes, cakes, ice creams and refreshments. We are able to accept both cash and card payments.
If you are running late please let us know on 02380 988966 as soon as possible. We will do our best to wait for you, however unfortunately out of fairness to other participants we do need to leave as promptly as possible.
Please wear flat footwear with closed toes and a grippy sole, any trainers are suitable as are deck shoes or sailing boots. Please do not wear muddy footwear, flip-flops, sandals or formal shoes. Wear comfortable clothes appropriate to the weather on the day that will keep you warm under the provided wet weather clothing. Trousers or jeans and a t-shirt and fleece or sweatshirt is ideal. Please remember that it will be a little bit cooler on the water than on land, so it is worthwhile bringing an extra layer with you. On colder days a warm hat and gloves are also useful. As the waterproofs come as a jacket and trouser set we recommend that ladies do not wear skirts.
WHAT TO BRING AND WHAT WE PROVIDE
As above please bring or wear flat shoes with closed toes and a grippy sole. On a warm or sunny day we recommend bringing sunglasses, a sun hat or baseball cap and some suntan lotion, along with an extra jumper or fleece as it is normally cooler on the water. On cooler days you may still need the sunglasses and suncream and we would suggest bringing a woolly hat or beanie to keep your head warm! You are welcome bring aboard your camera or phone to take some images of the day, although we can't take any responsibility for it staying dry or on board - we just recommend using some common sense if it is wet and windy! Please don't forget any personal medication or anti-seasickness tablets required. Fortunately with all this to bring, there is space on board to stow a small bag or rucksack below decks!
We provide you with full wet weather clothing and an automatically inflating lifejacket. A baguette lunch, snacks, soft drinks, tea, coffee and bottled water are all provided on your trip. We also have a coffee shop on site where you can purchase a selection of refreshments and snacks before or after your trip.
All our sailing trips are weather dependent and we recommend checking the weather status for your trip before travelling. You can check online here.
If adverse weather is forecast the day before your trip we will try and make the decision to postpone the trip as early as possible in the day and contact you on the contact telephone numbers you have supplied. However as weather sometimes does not accurately follow the forecast very occasionally we may have to postpone the trip at late notice and we will always try to contact you as soon as we are aware that a trip will have to be postponed. The decision is always based on ensuring the safety of participants, the yacht and her crew.
ON THE DAY
We take up to a maximum of 12 participants on board, together with two/three professional crew and as the yachts were designed to be sailed around the world with a crew of between 12 and 15 sailors there is plenty for everyone to do throughout the day. Whether you come on your own, with a friend or as part of a small group, you will find lots of other people on board in a similar position and with a relaxed and friendly environment, you will soon be working as part of a team with the day's crew.
After meeting our crew in the morning you will be shown to your yacht where you will receive a safety brief before slipping lines and motoring the short distance to the end of the River Hamble. Here we will hoist the giant sails and set sail into the open waters of the Solent. There will be plenty of opportunity throughout the day to learn some new sailing skills and put any existing ones into practice.
If you have any accompanying family and friends, please be aware that we normally depart the Marina about 45 minutes after the start time of your trip, so they may have a short wait if they wish to see you leave the dock. The yachts can be seen departing from the Events Centre.