Visit the Solent Harbours

What's the plan?

This is a chance to extend the sailing season by getting out on the sheltered waters of the Solent, where we will make short journeys between the various pleasant local harbours such as Lymington in the New Forest, Cowes, Yarmouth and Bembridge on the Isle of Wight, and also our base port of Hamble amongst others. The weather is often still quite benign at this time of year, and in almost all conditions the waves in the Solent remain slight anyway, so this is perfect for those people who aren't sure about their sea legs.

We'll sail in a Beneteau 37, which is a spacious boat, It's provided by a very reputable company who only ever keep very recent and well-maintained models in their fleet, and it is of course also fully MCA coded. The boat has full central heating too.

As skipper I will be on hand at all times to ensure the boat is sailed safely. I am an RYA/MCA Yachtmaster Offshore with a commercial endorsement.

We'll pick up the boat on the Friday evening and there will be a chance for everyone to get to know each other over a relaxed meal before we do any sailing. On the Saturday morning we'll spend an hour or two making sure everyone knows how the boat works and where everything is before setting off. This trip is scheduled to end back at Hamble at 5pm on the Sunday evening, but you may take advantage of a free extra day of sailing on the Monday if you prefer, as I have booked the boat until then. You won't be expected to clean the boat at the end of the trip as the charter company will do that for us.

Who should come?

All abilities are welcome and everyone will be able to take part in steering the boat, managing the sails, and doing a little basic navigation too if you wish.

If you RSVP yes for this trip please contact me soon afterwards to let me have your payment and your contact details. 

Feel free to call me on 07711-528477 if you'd like to discuss anything (Steve)

How much does it cost?

The cost of this trip is just £125. The costs of marinas, food and fuel are split between everyone on board. It isn't possible to predict them exactly but they don't usually become prohibitive.