What to do locally if storm bound?

There’s nothing worse than being confined to your cabin when you’d rather be sailing in the great outdoors but when stormbound and it’s safer to be tucked up indoors it doesn’t mean the fun has to stop!

We’ve put together some suggestions to keep you entertained if the stormy weather forces you inside.

Binge-watch your favourite films

With modern technology, there are plenty of ways to enjoy a film whilst moored up, some of our charter fleet already have a television onboard but there’s no need to fret if not. Nowadays with the use of laptops and mobile phones and apps such as Netflix, Plex and Amazon Video Prime you can access a whole library of films and documentaries at your fingertips.

We’ve even listed some of our all-time favourites here in case you need some inspiration:

Dead Calm – Dead Calm (1989)

The stunning 23-metre Bermudian ketch, Stormvogel, was the real star of this film and has a greater pedigree than Nicole Kidman and Sam Neil combined! Stormvogel entered the 1961 Fastnet, skippered by no other than Sir Francis Chichester, and competed in many other RORC races.  She has the same owner since commissioned in 1959.

Maiden (2018)
Documentary about the groundbreaking skipper, Tracy Edwards, and the first all-female crew to enter the Whitbread Round the World Race. This was only in 1989 but the sexism that was evident seems unthinkable now. After refurbishment, the 58′ aluminum yacht was undertaking a world tour which following the coronavirus pandemic had to be postponed.

All is Lost with Robert Redford (2013)
Guaranteed to give any sailor plenty of opportunity to tut at its plausibility, All is Lost is still gripping,single-handed nautical rollercoaster. The film credits reveal that three identical Cal39 yachts were used as the Virginia Jean, Robert Redford’s doomed yacht. Sadly, the three yachts were harmed in the making of the film and did not survive.

Adrift (2018)
Based on a true story, ‘Red Sky in Mourning: A true story of love, loss, and survival at sea’, this is an emotional and moving story of just how easy it is for things to go wrong at sea. It’s probably not a spoiler, given the title of the book, that things didn’t quite go to plan. Suffice to say that knowledge of using a sextant really did come in useful. Maybe now is the time to consider the online Yachtmaster Ocean shorebased course just in case.

The Mercy (2018)
The 1968 Golden Globe Race challenged some of the world’s best sailors to be the first in history to single-handedly circumnavigate the globe without stopping. The Mercy tells the story of Donald Crowhurst, played by Colin Firth, an inexperienced sailor who stretched himself to the limit.

Virtual Reality Adventure with Sneaky Dog Escapes

Adventure doesn’t have to be put on hold just because of stormy weather. Enter the realm of virtual reality with Sneaky Dog Escapes, a local company specialising in virtual reality headsets. The headsets are super easy to use, no computer, no external sensors, no wires, no degree from MIT required to set them up, just a great VR gaming system full of interactive games. The headsets come pre-installed with more than 30 great games for all ages!

For more details or to book a headset head over to Sneaky Dog Escapes VR Rental
Swot up with our Theory Courses

Don’t put your sailing aspirations on hold because of the weather, learning can take place all year round, we have a variety of theoretical courses available and you can sign up at any time! Keep your mind active and enhance your navigation skills before you get back to the helm! Take your pick from the International Certificate of Confidence, Essential Navigation, RYA Skipper Theory, RYA Yachtmaster Theory, VHF Radio, and more there’s so much to choose from!

Browse our theory courses at Hamble Point Sailing School
Enjoy some delicious dining
The Ketch Rigger

Next to our office, you’ll find the Ketch Rigger, a waterfront restaurant and bar located right in the heart of Hamble Point Marina. Offering both takeaway and dine-in options they are open all day for coffee, breakfast, elevenses, afternoon tea, as well as lunch and dinner. View what’s on the menu.

Eat-in the comfort of your cabin

Just because you’re moored up, doesn’t mean you can’t indulge yourself. We’ve partnered up with the app Drophop to deliver delicious takeaway direct to your cabin! Unlike other delivery services, Drophop is a community-focused takeaway app encouraging local business and embracing sustainable delivery methods. Support the local community whilst you dine and have peace of mind that you’re being kinder to the environment whilst you tuck into your takeaway! Browse local eateries and take your pick using their app available on the App Store or Google play