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Menu Planning

Menu planning in advance doesn’t mean that you and your crew are committed to a fixed schedule of eating. What it does mean is that you’ve thought about the sailing you are about to do, the likely conditions and the needs of the crew. The menu plan will drive the shopping list and ensure that you have everything that you need for cooking on board – especially important if your passage takes you away to remote places.

You don’t need to be rigid about what meal is eaten when. Just make sure that items which will go off quickly are eaten first and have extra ‘emergency’ meals in case you are away longer than expected.

Some Examples

Here are some menu plans which have been tried and tested on the water. All items can be made from scratch but most items can be bought from a supermarket or store if you prefer.

Weekend cruise   Offshore racing   Wilderness sailing

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Top tip: saving your menu plans and shopping lists can speed up your menu planning and shopping in the future as you can replicate or mix and match meals and groceries from previous lists. I keep mine on my PC then transfer what I need for the passage onto my iPad.

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