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LYC-TSC Cruising Section

The clubs have a very active cruising section. Cruising is basically any sailing trips that do not involve racing. We also organise and take part in our own racing programme, forming the Venture Class, and also put on many evening events during the winter months.

Many of the LYC and TSC members go out cruising regularly. This may be a simple three hour "jolly" on the River Mersey, or a day out in Liverpool Bay, either on a weekday or the weekend.

Cruisers meet at Whitehaven

During the summer we may take our boats further afield - to Holyhead, Ireland, The Isle of Man or Scotland, even as far as Norway. Members may organise groups for delivery trips, or to charter sailboats in the Mediterranean or elsewhere. There is usually someone looking for crew to help sail their boat.

In addition to all this "ad hoc" activity, the clubs organise a Summer Cruising Programme in which we sail to other venues and try to arrange social events with the yacht clubs we visit.

The Clubs' cruising programmes are designed with the following aims:

    1. To provide members with opportunities to go cruising in company, visit some interesting places, and extend the hand of friendship to other clubs.


    1. To expand the horizons of less experienced members.


    1. To help introduce potential crew to boats and boats to crew.

By cruising in company we offer the camaraderie and reassurance of having other boats nearby, although this should not override the need for boats to be self-sufficient. We may be able to offer support crew on those boats where cruising experience is limited.

Irene at the helm of Renaissance off the Great Orme

The programme is designed to offer the less experienced chances to go a little further each time, building up to a circuit of part of the Irish Sea.

For the more experienced, it offers a series of rally-type events with interesting sailing, possible challenges, and social activity.

The idea is that people can join in or opt out at any point, and we will have a communications network in place to facilitate this.

In providing this programme, the Alliance is responsible only for the general conduct of the programme. In no way does this absolve, remove or interfere with the skipper's absolute responsibility for the safety of his/her boat and crew.

At anchor with long lines ashore in Turkey.

You are reminded that sailing is a "risk activity". Prudent sailors will ensure they have practised emergency procedures to deal with predictable hazards, and carry appropriate, working, safety equipment.

The RYA, MCA and the RNLI all publish advice on safety at sea. The RYA also offers an excellent series of training courses.

We will conduct workshops on safety and related matters where possible, and if you require advice on any matter relating to a cruise, contact the cruising captain, Vice Commodore or Commodore.

We want to help you to join in, but it remains your decision whether to go or to stay.

Contact the Commodore for more information about the cruising Section.

The Hat Trick Cruise

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