New Year 2016 Members Update

Happy New Year from Sundowners.

A quick tweet about us since our launch in October. Almost 100 members and growing, the first solent New Year’s Cruise completed, 8 boats booked on overseas event for 2016, limited places left for overseas and bookings closing shortly.

An update and news of our planned and newly announced 2016 events:

We are starting our training programme in 2016 with three Skill Builder Weekends under our resident RYA Qualified instructor Neal Kelshaw. For details, dates and booking click more…

Solent Skill Builders (£140) – April, June, October
Solent Cruising Weekends (£130) – Cowes Fireworks(Aug), Americas Cup(Jul), Weymouth(Aug)
Overseas – Turkey, Denmark, Greece (Ionian), BVI’s(2017)
Milebuilders – Helford River Falmouth to Cork (April)

For booking, further details can be found on our website or you can email us at

The Sundowners Committee

Solent Skill Builder Weekends
16th/17th April
25th/26th June
1st/2nd October Whatever your skill level you will get coaching in the skills you want to improve on in a modern, comfortable, fully coded Bavaria 37 Cruiser.

Solent Cruising Weekends
Various We have several Solent weekend cruises planned for 2016 including, Cowes Fireworks, The Americas Cup and Weymouth.

Turkey – Fethiye Bay
29th April – 4 May
(4 Days Sailing) 4 full days cruising round the national park of Fethiye Bay and Gemiller Island. Beautiful anchorages and lovely bays with just one restaurant for dinner.

Denmark – The Archipelago
2nd/9th July
(6 Days Sailing) Explore some of the 500 islands that make up the Danish archipelago, one of the most popular cruising areas in Europe.

Greece – Ionian Islands
28th Aug/4 Sept
(6 Days Sailing) The Ionian islands are one of Greece’s most popular holiday destinations. These islands are famed for their lush interiors.

Gibraltar, Spain and Morocco
22nd – 25th October
(4 Days Sailing) From Spain cross the Straits of Gibraltar to visit the Spanish Enclave of Ceuta and the ancient town of Tatouan before returning to the British colony of Gibraltar.
4 days – 3 counties

The British Virgin Islands
18th – 29th March 2017
(10 Days Sailing)
The BVIs have all of the essential ingredients for the ultimate sailing experience in one perfect place: easy deep-water island hops, consistent trade winds, line-of-sight navigation and plentiful sheltered anchorages

Mile Builder Passage
Late April 2016
Helford River (Falmouth)
Southern Ireland
A member organised mile builder across the Irish Sea to Cork on a well-appointed Moody 425. Grab a train to Falmouth and a flight back from Cork to Blighty.
Share of food, diesel and mooring fees only

Further details can be found on our website or you can email us at . Don’t forget our regular meetups on the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays of every month where you can ask us about any of our trips or just come for a social beer and a chat.

The Sundowners Committee