Family Retreat - 1 Day

Take your family for an unforgettable outing. No previous sailing or watersport experience is necessary. We will take a large, modern sailing yacht out for three hours, in fine weather and good conditions.

Overview

This experience will bring the whole family together in a very natural way. The younger ones can watch the tell-tales on the jib, while mum steers the boat to the wind and dad winches in the sheets. Everyone has an important job to do and while you’re all busy doing your thing, the boat is hammering along. There’s no mention of Playstation or X-Box when they’re hanging off the rails with the waves splashing their feet. With all that fresh air and the mental exertion of learning a new task, you can be sure that everyone will sleep well at night.

Are there toilets aboard?

Yes, we have two heads (toilets) aboard. One electric, à la Japan 😊 and one manual. Marine toilets are a new experience for many people. You need to pump out the bowl when you’ve finished and pump fresh water back in again. Toilet roll should be kept to a minimum, or at least flush after every few sheets.

Do I need to be able to swim?

No, most of the old sailors believed it was better to die quickly if you fell overboard. Swimming would only prolong the agony.

Do I need a lifejacket?

We will provide lifejackets, but see note above about swimming. Please stay on the boat. 😊

Do we need to bring food?

Snacks and a light lunch will be provided aboard, within the package price. Evening meal and breakfast is included within the overnight package. If you have any special dietary requirements, please advise us beforehand, or bring your own food if you wish.

Do we need any previous experience?

No, we will sail the yacht, allowing you to look around you and enjoy the experience.

Will we be trained?

This is not a training course, but we hope that you will learn a few things along the way, even about yourself. If you think sailing could be your new hobby and you want to take it further, we will be happy to advise.

Where do we meet?

We will meet you at the gates to the marina, beside the West Marina Car Park and Windrose Bar, in Carrickfergus. If you require transport, we have a 9-seater VW Transporter and we can collect your group and luggage from anywhere in the region.

Do we need to bring any special clothes?

We would advise bringing a waterproof coat. Climate change is a slow process and Northern Ireland still has twice the rainfall of Spain. ☹ Only soft-soled, non-marking shoes please.

What if I get seasick?

Seasickness normally takes a few hours, so we should be back on dry land before it takes effect. Even Admiral Nelson got seasick, so don’t worry too much about it. If you stay warm, well rested and well hydrated you improve your chances. Anxiety is a factor too, so sit back and enjoy the trip.

You can send your enquiry via the form below.

Family Retreat
Group Discount Available
From £80.00
per adult
From £25.00
per Infant
From £75.00
per child
Sailing
Belfast14°CMostly Cloudy
SUNRISE07:58
SUNSET18:18 BST
Feels like: 13°CWind: 13km/h SSEPressure: 1010.16mbarUV index: 0
Daily Forecast
Tue18/9°C
Wed12/6°C
Thu10/7°C
Fri12/7°C
Sat14/11°C