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EIGHT on a C30? Do you have enough PFDs to be legal for that?
What, lots of young kids in the mix, or are you planning to stow a few below deck all day?
It just seems like a handfull. What to tell them depends an awful lot of what their backgrounds are and what your intents are.
I'd say, first, make sure there is plenty to drink, plenty of sunblock, plenty of hats, plenty of seasickness meds. Then remind them to puke over the lee rail if they must. And that a sailboat is very much a machine, to keep hair, earrings, and fingers out of the moving parts. To ASK if they have a question, like "Can I throw this in the toilet?" and make sure they all know what not to use the head for. (Might be worth posting some instructions inside the head door, I've never heard anyone complain about seeing those.)
After that...if you have enough sailors on the boat, you don't need to tell them anything except "stay on the boat" and "the boom really does want to kill you, try to outsmart it". A fast rundown on how to use the VHF--and not to play with it, or how to use the engine and helm....and then the rest is mainly a question of who is interested in what.