The Square Rigger Club Charity has conducted many charters through the years and the first 2017 charter of the new ship will take place in April. These charters are always convivial, fun and dare we say, instructional and can be taken at any level of seriousness according to each individual's choice. The voyages offer hands on participation in every aspect of the ship's life, be it steering the ship, setting sail, standing watch or helping feed the hungry crew as well as providing an opportunity to experience the vessel and determine if you would like to train as a member of the Afterguard (subject to suitable qualifications) in order to join the relief staff cadre to assist on TS Royalist cadet voyages. The charter's profit goes directly towards TS Royalist, providing bursaries for Sea Cadets and essential extras for the Ship.
There are two charters in 2017. These will take place in April and September and will be long weekends departing on a Friday afternoon and returning to Gosport on Monday afternoon. The charters will start and finish at the home port of Gosport. Subject to the vagaries of the weather, the ship will extensively sail within the Solent and if weather and time permits may visit Poole or Weymouth. The great advantage of sailing in the Solent is that the ship will most likely be able to sail in the sheltered waters whatever the weather wishes to do! On a more adventurous note, the previous two weekend charters from Gosport have experienced Channel crossings so that there is every reason to hope for a repeat passage if the weather is kind!
Charters are enjoyable and fun experience for adults with the opportunity of joining and making the ship sail. A week or even a weekend of sailing in TS Royalist will provide useful experience for the novice and useful sea time for the more experienced. TS Royalist is a sail training vessel and on-going friendly tuition will be offered to all participants. As a sail training vessel, it is expected that all participants will take part with a level of enthusiasm in tackling any task whether it be taking part in watches or even peeling spuds - only on an odd occasion!
The ship operates with a professional crew of seven and up to twenty four volunteers.
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If you have any queries relating to charters please contact the Charter Secretary, Sam Smith by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or call 07708 038971.