This time two (2) boats were chartered, with a record number of crew having signed up. Great!

This turned out to be another fabulous day sailing, with great company, good weather and great mix of wind and sea conditions – having the two boats added a new dimension.

Boat 1 – “The Couples Boat”

Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 42i

  • Skippered by Graham Hustler.
  • Alan Mason (1st Mate)
  • Shirley Swan
  • Gill Perry
  • Roy Perry
  • Helen Harrid
  • Patrick Harrid

Boat 2 – “The Lads Boat”

Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 39i

  • Skippered by Richard Jones.
  • Jim Cooper (1st Mate)
  • Stuart Evans
  • Peter Steenhuis
  • Stuart Eynstone-Hinkins
  • Peter Bird
  • Jonny Bird
  • Stany Lespin

For once the wind/weather forecast got it spot on, it was a lovely sunny (T-shirt & shorts) day at approx. 21c. With varying winds, initially only 3-4 kts from the NE, we motored for 40 mins, until we could see the wind filling in from the SE. From then on, we had a good steady 12-14 kts for the rest of the day, with a pleasant 0.5m sea state.

Involving everyone, giving all a turn on the helm, and explaining a few things to the beginners who were out on a sailing boat for the first time. Some tacking and gybing (jibing if reading in the USA!), then we continued beating to the East, achieving 7 kts SOG.

Lunching on the move at around 1pm, then gybing to head back to land at around 2pm, the wind having changed, – now from the West, but still a good 14 kts, so a perfect beat back to the marina!

On reaching Dénia early, the ‘Lads Boat’ headed in for a beer, whilst the ‘Couples Boat’ enjoyed more sailing, heading out once again.

Then the highlight of the day, a pod of dolphins joined us, passing us twice on the port side – a truly fantastic experience! Hope you enjoy our brief video – to view it, click HERE!

Returning to our berth by 4.30pm, supposedly with the assistance of bow thrusters on the 42i, but alas they failed to work, despite many attempts. We reported this to the marinero, who came on board to test it, and of course it worked fine for him!!! (Sods Law!)

Then a well-earned beer was enjoyed by all, after a thoroughly great and exhilarating day.

If you would like to join us and experience a ‘Day on the Water with the CBYA’, you can register now. Experience is not necessary, as there will be a ‘skipper’ and a mix of experienced, and non-experienced, crew.


So get in early, as limited spaces. Priority will be given to experience and ability, in order to get the correct balance of crew. Contact Graham by clicking HERE.

Graham Hustler

Day Charter Co-ordinator