What sort of boat is suitable for doing the Raid?
posted Jun 15, 2016, 3:14 AM by Posts Editor [ updated Jun 15, 2016, 3:14 AM]
The Raid isprincipally a small boat sailing/rowing expedition. The fleetconsists of small craft supported by larger vessels and fast safetyboats. Sailing craft must be seaworthy and capable – slow and steadyis more suitable than a sprightly, thoroughbred day-racer. Theability to reef sails quickly is essential for when the inevitablesquall comes through. Rowing boats have ranged from a 6-oar whaleboat, several 4-oar St Ayles Skiffs to single-person expeditionskiffs.
To be acceptedfor the Raid boats must be assessed to be suitable by the tn17 RaidSafety Committee. You will be required to carry some safety equipment- final details to be advised but the tn15 gear list accessible fromthe tn17 web site provides some guidance. If you can demonstrate yourboat meets a recognised standard, such as one of the YachtingAustralia categories for racing boats, this will assist the SafetyCommittee in their decision.
If the SafetyCommittee decides your craft is not suitable or your boatingexperience not sufficient to do the more exposed legs at the startyou may be invited to join the tn17 fleet at Dover on Sunday 5thFebruary.