Sailing in company. Fun Flotillas provide 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.
Join one of our scheduled flotillas or create your own. Clubs and groups welcome. Contact us to start planning your event.
Scheduled Fun Flotillas
2019 Icebreaker Fun Flotilla commences 27th September (NZ Daylight savings starts 29th)
2019 Learn-to-sail Graduates Fun Flotilla commences 22nd November, open to Great Escape Learn-to-sail graduates and others new to sailing
2020 3rd Annual Bay of Islands WOW (Women on Water) Fun Flotilla commences September 25th
2020 All Comers and Family Fun Flotillas Spring/Summer 2020/2021 dates to be confirmed (great for families)
Outline of activities
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.
Familiarisation and safety briefing for your yacht, load provisions.
From 5.30pm Meet and greet at Yacht Club (Opua Cruising Club). Weather forecast update, final passage plan and en route challenges circulated. Dinner at OCC (own cost) or cook aboard your boat. Sleep aboard, either tied to the dock or out on a mooring.
SATURDAY: Breakfast aboard, any further provisions loaded, weather update.
Approx. 10.00am start sail to destination. (Rally, not a race, complete en route challenge)
Arrive at destination, drop anchor, informal interactions. Swimming, explore ashore.
Saturday afternoon/evening, fun prizegiving, games, shared meal ashore (Great Escape to provide BBQ and salads – participants bring their own meat). Sleep aboard your yacht 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, (Guest membership provided).
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