All kit should be packed into a collapsible holdall. General limit is 3ft x 1.5ft x 1.5ft (90cm x 45cm x 45cm), or equivalent volume. Please do not bring suitcases. Rucksacks should only be brought if they have a removable frame or are reasonably collapsible. (Lots of people use standard hiking rucksacks and these are ok.) Any problems with this please e-mail Conor Bolas (profile).
All kit should be packed in dry bags/plastic bags or the holdall lined with a waterproof liner (e.g. bin liner) - hatches have been known to leak sometimes!
The following is a recommended kit list. It is not exhaustive, so please feel free to bring additional items if you wish, but do keep valuables to a minimum.
Also, don't forget all the other bits and pieces you'll need, such as:
As long as you are careful with them it is fine to bring electronic items on the boat, and most people bring phones, cameras and mp3 players etc. (we don't guarantee the safety of these items!)
The boat has a good music system, capable of playing CDs and mp3s/iPods etc. We have deck speakers, and music on deck makes everyone happy, so bring along your favourite stuff to play while we sail!
I would think carefully before bringing a laptop along, as you are unlikely to need it, but people have brought them on the boat in the past without any problems.
While most people are fine, it is a sad fact of sailing that as conditions worsen some people are afflicted by seasickness. If this is you, then seasickness needn't rule out sailing as a hobby, as medication is available. The efficacy of various seasickness medications varies from person to person. The most common remedy is Stugeron, available from most pharmacists. Many people prefer Kwells, which are available at pharmacists over the counter and have the advantage of quicker action (Stugeron has to be taken 2 hours in advance of sailing). Unfortunately it is hard to advise, as it is a matter of what works for you. For further advice contact Conor Bolas (profile).
If you know what works for you, don't forget to bring it along!
Please do not forget to pack your sleeping bag. If you do not have one in Cambridge and cannot borrow one from a friend, please get in touch with Conor Bolas (profile). We don't keep any spares to lend out, but can hopefully advise on where you can get one.
As with your other kit, a waterproof container to keep your sleeping bag in during the day is very helpful - getting into a wet sleeping bag at night is not a pleasant experience!