Sail with us
The bedrock of CatZero has always been sailing. The unique opportunities we provide for our course participants is truly life-changing – and you can have that experience too. Our organisation offers a whole variety of individual and corporate packages for you to enjoy, while learning life-skills that will stay with you and your teams forever. All the money from our private and corporate sails is invested back into our programmes. You are helping to change people’s lives.
Round the Island Race
This is already full-booked for July 2018, but we are taking expressions of interest for 2019. Participants join CatZero in Portsmouth, where they embark on a training sail, before the race itself. Taking place over 50 nautical miles, the race starts and ends in the beautiful port of Cowes, on the Isle of Wight – incorporating the challenge of the English Channel, while taking in famous landmarks and beautiful scenery. For a minimum donation of £635, people receive a sailing package that includes all meals on board, crew t-shirts, and use of all wet weather gear and safety equipment. There is also an opportunity to volunteer to join the crew to sail CatZero back and forth from Hull to Portsmouth. Contact us.
This is a four-day, 400-mile round-trip North Sea experience, from the Humber estuary to Amsterdam, skippered by Danny Watson.
We have two dates to offer:
- Boarding the evening of Thursday 23rd August and returning Monday 27th August 2018
- Boarding the evening of Thursday 6th September ad returning Monday 10th September 2018
For both events, boarding takes place at 6.00 pm on the Thursday evening at Hull Marina at for introductions, kitting up and boat familiarisation, ready for an action-packed weekend trip. Setting sail on Friday morning, you arrive in Ijmuiden on Saturday lunchtime. You then have the rest of the day to enjoy Amsterdam, before a Sunday morning spent preparing for an afternoon departure – of course, a hearty breakfast will set you up for the day ahead! Arrival time back in Hull Marina is with the tide on the Monday evening.
This trip is unique to CatZero and is a delight for all – from children as young as 13, to the oldest sailor, who was 80! Fully experienced sailors come along, sharing their knowledge with total amateurs.
There is an award at the end too, as participants gain their competent crew qualification. But, more importantly, those who enjoy this trip-of-a-lifetime agree to donate a minimum of £500 per person, which helps us to achieve our programme goals and change more tomorrows for those who need our support today! To enquire contact us.
“The crew were fantastic and gave lots of time to us all, explaining all of the many questions we all had about sailing and just generally providing a really enjoyable experience on a great yacht. I would definitely recommend this to anyone to try, as this really was a great way to spend a weekend,” Gary Helder, Kcom, after taking part in a ‘Dutch Dash’.
Rolex Fastnet Race 2019
Taking bookings now for August 2019. This bi-annual event is one of the largest yacht races in the world and offers the opportunity of a lifetime to take part in one of the most demanding offshore races.
To ensure you are prepared skipper Danny Watson, who has twice circumnavigated on the Clipper Round The World Race, supervises two training weekends (with optional but recommended qualifications in Personal Sea Survival and Offshore Training for £125-plus VAT), which take you through living aboard, sail trim, headsail changes, reefing, helming and watch systems. Thereafter, on the second weekend, you participant in the Vuurschepan Race, which is part of the North Sea Regatta. You join CatZero in Hull on a Thursday evening before sailing across the Scheveningen, Holland for the 180nm race to Harwich. The boat then returns to Hull Marina on the Monday.
Then you are ready! For the Rolex Fastnet Race, crew members join CatZero on Thursday, August 15th 2019 at Gunwharf Quays, Portsmouth before sailing to Cowes Yacht Haven for four to five days’ of facing, which starts on Sunday August 19th.
This remarkable adventure can be yours for a donation of £2,950pp. To register interest for 2019 contact us.
Corporate Team Building (Sea & Land)
Great teamwork is key to all success and CatZero offers a unique opportunity to challenge, motivate and bond teams – and you take part knowing that you are supporting the work of this vital and unique charity. Tailored to individual needs, we offer management team days, teamwork and leadership challenges, reward and incentive packages and corporate hospitality. CatZero also offers RYA approved VHF qualification courses and RYA approved First Aid courses.
“We are a communications company and as a team we have never communicated better than we did today,” an employee at the end of a day sail activity. For more details and to discuss your individual needs, contact us.
Taster and day sails
The 4-hour taster events sail out of Hull or Grimsby and are extremely popular both for a leisure experience for individual groups, or for business team-building and corporate entertaining. With sails to suit the tide, people can select their time – it is great to see the sun rise or set over the Humber! For a £75 per person donation, this is a unique opportunity to sit back and relax or have a go at sailing yourself.
The day sails offer a challenge away from the work environment or simply having some fun with your friends! Our 12-hour sails offer an extensive tour of the Humber area as you will have never seen it before. Skippered by our very own Danny Watson, he will lead you on an exciting, memorable and truly unique journey – not only of the Humber, but out into the North Sea. Friendships will be secured, while others made as we team you up with like-minded adventurers for the trip of a lifetime. We ask for a minimum donation of £150, to include breakfast, lunch and dinner along with all the kit you need. And remember, all the money goes into helping our charity to transform the lives of local people. Contact us.
School sails and bespoke opportunities
CatZero offers great individual sails for schools, with highly competitive rates depending on the size of the party and the length of the trip. All clothing and food is included, and all staff and volunteers have enhanced DBS checks. There is a free teacher place for every sail, with no hidden costs.
Meanwhile we offer a variety of bespoke sailing opportunities for all groups or organisations. No request is too much and will try our best to accommodate requests for private charters, especially out of season when the yacht it not used for programmes. Join us on a sail and help us to make a lasting difference, contact us today.
Sailing and our programmes
Those who sail will appreciate all the skills that a person requires to successfully take part in such an adventure. On board, they need to be a team, working together and helping each other. They are also challenged and must overcome fear and trepidation – in short, the experience builds self-esteem and confidence, in an environment that takes them away from the peer pressure and confines of everyday life back at home.
Our programmes combine this experience – offering both short and long sails – alongside the true challenges our delegates are facing to overcome the obstacles that have so far prevented them from turning their lives around. They are certainly outside their comfort zone as they take part in everything – from being the galley chef, to the engineer and the navigator! Indeed, participants recall overcoming dreadful sea sickness, to cook full meals for their fellow crew members!
We use sailing to underpin the values that people learn on our programmes – we help them find ways to help themselves, and this new-found confidence is put into practice on our sails.
History of the Yacht
CatZero (formerly known as One Hull) is a 72-foot Challenge Round the World Racing Yacht. The vessel is insurance Category Zero, hence its name and means it can sail anywhere in the world in all conditions. We take this intrepid, adventurous attitude into our work with young people. Purchased using capital funds from NHS Hull, the yacht is primarily used with groups of young people and adults as a tool to build self-confidence, teamwork and co-operation. However, the CatZero yacht has now successfully been able to develop a number of exciting racing and other challenging adventures throughout the year.