Fun Flotillas are a new concept for Great Escape, they provide experienced sailing families, couples, and groups of friends, a social sailing holiday in the beautiful Bay of Islands with planned events and activities. A stepping stone to bareboat charter for our learn-to-sail graduates and an easy option for those who want the freedom of a bareboat charter with the security of sailing with a lead boat.
FRIDAY: Participants arrive from 3.00pm
Welcomed to Great Escape Base. Complete paperwork and obtain Flotilla Pack;
• BOI Chart, Great Escape Caps, Great Escape Flag, Participant list.
Familarisation and safety briefing for their yacht, load provisions.
From 5.30pm Meet and greet at Yacht Club (Opua Cruising Club). Weather forecast update, final passage plan and enroute challenges circulated. Dinner at OCC (own cost) or cook aboard individual boat. Participants sleep aboard their yacht either tied to dock or out on mooring.
SATURDAY: Breakfast on individual yachts, final provisions loaded, weather update.
Approx. 10.00am start sail to destination.
Arrive at destination, drop anchor, informal interactions. Swimming, games ashore.
Saturday afternoon/evening, fun prizegiving, games ashore, shared meal (Great Escape to provide BBQ and salads – participants bring their own meat).
Sleep aboard own yachts at anchor.
Breakfast on individual yachts, weather update and passage briefing ashore.
Sail to lunch destination then back to base, unload gear, depart vessels.
Optional debrief at Yacht Club Sunday evening.