Frequently Asked Questions

What is the definition of a weekend?

For a sailing weekend your arrival time at the yacht would be 09.00 Saturday. After a boarding and having a safety brief we  expect to be sailing from 10.00 hrs and arriving at our destination port by late afternoon. After a leisurely breakfast we would return to base by around 16:00 hrs on the Sunday.

For mile builder weekends (unless advised otherwise) join the yacht from 16.00 hrs Friday evening. Hopefully we would have a gentle sail towards Lymington or Portsmouth ready for an early start the next day to cross the Channel. We expect to arrive late Saturday afternoon in time for a nice evening meal in France or the Channel Islands.  After a good night sleep we set out on our return to base mid morning Saturday arriving back in the early hours Monday. Guests usually get some sleep and depart after breakfast on Monday.

What is Mile Builder

For those sailors aiming to gain experience for their yacht master qualifications of passages over 60 miles in a single trip or those wanting to experience off shore sailing usually lasting 12-18 hours one way and usually a return passage.

What do I need to bring with me?

  • T-shirts (quick drying)
  • Fleeces
  • Wet weather gear (also available to hire)
  • Soft soled non marking shoes or sailing boots
  • Sunglasses
  • Cap or hat
  • Sun cream and lip balm
  • Sea sickness tablets
  • A soft bag to carry your kit (not suit case as difficult to store)

In colder weather

  • Thermals
  • Warm trousers / jogging pants (not jeans)
  • Scarf
  • Warm Hat
  • Sailing gloves

Additional for mile builders

  • Sleeping bag
  • Towel
  • Passport for channel crossings
  • E111 European Health Card
  • Insurance for personal effects and medical cover
  • Euros

What is provided?

  • Pillows
  • Bedding and towels (champagne sailing weekend only)
  • Lifejacket & Harness
  • All meals
  • Hot and cold drinks

Where is the yacht moored?

The yacht is moored at Ocean Village Marina. Car parking is off Ocean Way, Southampton SO14 3TJ. Drive to just past the end of the multi-storey car park (RHS), and on the left is the entrance to the car park. There should be trolleys and bins for the Marina in the car park (any problems give us a call). On arrival please call the contact number given on your booking confirmation and you will be met in the car park and we’ll give you a parking voucher (note – there is a limit of 3 vouchers which will be allocated in order of bookings).

Do I have to pay mooring fees, fuel and cooking gas?

All mooring fees are included on the champagne weekends but are excluded from the mile builder weekends. Fuel and cooking gas costs are included on all charters.

What safety equipment comes as standard?

Full safety equipment is provided for whether sailing in the Solent or across the channel. Children’s lifejackets can be provided but please make this request at the time of booking.

What qualifications do I need?

Solent sailing weekends do not require any previous sailing experience. For mile builder some previous sailing experience is preferred.

Is there a security deposit required?

No security deposit is payable for skippered charters

What happens if the weather is bad?

In the event of severe weather (force 7 and above) being forecast for the whole duration of the proposed charter an alternative date will be offered. Refunds are not given for cases of severe weather.

For Mile builders – dependent on the qualifications of those chartering a decision will be made by the skipper on whether to postpone, change the route or continue with the charter.

If the offer of an alternative date is not taken up within 6 months of the original booking no further dates or refund will be available.

Cancellation Policy

Cancellation 4 weeks prior to the course running will result in a 50% refund.

Cancellation less than 4 weeks will result in no refund.

Data Protection Act

Any personal information you give to us will be processed in accordance with the UK Data Protection Act 1998. The data form you send us will be used to arrange sailing events and coaching for you.

Risk Statement

Sailing is by its nature an unpredictable sport and therefore inherently involves an element of risk. Your Skipper will be responsible for ensuring your safety during the events.