Martine Waitt 
World Cruising Club 
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Saturday, June 22, 2019 at 10:00 AM CEST
Sunday, June 23, 2019 at 3:00 PM CEST

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Berthon Marina 
The Shipyard
Bath Road
Lymington SO41 3YL
United Kingdom

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ARC Bluewater Weekend 2019

in Lymington, UK

in association with

Berthon International Yacht Brokers

Online registration is open

If you are dreaming of sailing across oceans, then the ARC Bluewater Weekend, is for you. If your aim is to go offshore cruising and you want to know what to look for when choosing a bluewater cruising boat, then come along and join us for this free to attend event. If you are in the boat search phase of your count-down to offshore cruising, then the Bluewater Weekend will provide the knowledge to help make the right choice of boat, plan a refit, and manage the costs of cruising, as well as meeting and mingling with experienced bluewater cruisers to share their knowledge and gain inspiration, all in a relaxed, friendly atmosphere.

"Great weekend; great mix of people; and a number of boats to have a nose around. A really worthwhile event for anyone starting to plan a blue water cruising trip.” - Chris Regnart, 2018 visitor

"I was extremely pleased listening to all the talks and chatting to other people in the knowledge that all the research and planning that I have already done was on par with so many other people with the same or similar dreams. The weekend gave me a real sense of the dream coming together and in the right way. Our next stage is to finally put the date in our diary when it will all happen and that is very exciting." John Howard, 2018 visitor

“Having the opportunity to sit one to one with the ARC organisers who have seen every boat, every budget and every family setup and discuss our own personal hurdles with such positivity has given us the confidence to persevere and realise that it isn’t a pipe dream but a real possibility.” -  Joanna Saayman, 2018 visitor


More Information....

A range of different styles and layouts of fully fitted offshore cruising boats will be on display for you to visit, supported by a series of talks on key aspects of bluewater boat selection and how to go bluewater cruising. Speaking sessions are staggered throughout the weekend, allowing plenty of time to view boats, discuss equipment requirements, and chat with experienced bluewater cruisers.

Throughout the weekend there will be a chance to mingle with industry experts and other cruising sailors. Previous World Cruising Club rally participants are invited to bring their own boats to the weekend, and share their personal experiences offering “open boat” viewing to other cruisers.

Get the Conversation Going - stay for dinner!

To keep the conversation flowing, there will be a sailing-supper held on the Saturday evening at the Lymington Town Sailing Club, as an option for those staying for the whole weekend. Three courses 25 per person.

Free to Attend...

The weekend is free to attend, with advance registration. Visitors bringing their own boats to the event will need to reserve and pay for boat docking. The Saturday evening dinner is optional and charged separately. 


The ARC Bluewater Weekend starts at 10am on Saturday 22 June, and finishes around 3pm on Sunday 23 June. Admittance is by badge, and cruisers may attend sessions on Saturday or Sunday or both days.

Make it a Weekend - Stay Over

Enjoy the delights of Lymington and the surrounding New Forest and make it a weekend visit. Visitor accommodations gets booked-up fast in the summer, so we recommend you book your hotel or B&B early. Why not bring your own boat? Dock at the Berthon Marina and be close to the action all weekend.

Terms and Conditions:

1. DATES: The Bluewater Weekend will take place from 10am on Saturday 22 June to 15:00 on Sunday 23 2019 at the Berthon Marina, Lymington. 

2. FEES: The Bluewater Weekend is free to attend for registered cruisers. 

3. INCLUDED: The registration includes attendance at the speaking programme and admittance to the display area. Berthing fees for those attending by boat are not included. Saturday evening optional sailing supper available, charged seperately..

4. ALTERATIONS TO PROGRAMME: The Organisers reserve the right to alter any aspect of the Bluewater Weekend programme, including content and timings, although such changes will be kept to a minimum. The provisional programme will be sent out with delegate information in late May 2019.

5. ACCEPTANCE: By registering for the Bluewater Weekend, participants consent to share their contact details (email address & telephone number) with all exhibiting organisations. The Organisers reserve the right to decline any booking at their discretion.

6. TRANSLATION AND LAW: In the event of dispute over translation of the terms and conditions, or any other materials issued by the Organisers, the English language version will prevail. These Conditions shall be governed by the laws of England and the signatory agrees to submit to the exclusive jurisdiction of the English Courts.