Solent Sailing Weekend From Port Hamble

A weekend of sailing, with the option of an extra day of sailing on Monday for those that can get time off.

The plan is to go from Port Hamble to one of the Solent or South Coast marinas and back. The exact route will be determined nearer the time, depending on tides and winds.

This weekend is open to all, regardless of experience level. Everyone will have the opportunity, to take part in the sailing, whether helming, sail setting or sometimes just making tea at sea! For those with more experience who want to practice their sail trimming or navigation skills that's fine too.

The yacht will be a 37 or 38 footer with MCA safety coding and safety equipment for 8 persons. It has on-board central heating. 

Accommodation on the yacht is shared double cabins or a saloon berth. You should bring a sleeping bag, and a pillow if you want one.

There will be a maximum of 7 people on board including myself as Skipper, so that there is more opportunity for everyone to participate in the sailing.


Friday. 7.30pm meet at the yacht, stow luggage and provisions, then go for an evening meal in a local pub nearby.

Portsmouth, view from Gosport

Saturday. Sailing in the Solent, perhaps anchoring for lunch in Osborne bay, or sailing along the English coast towards our overnight port of call.

Osborne Bay

Sunday. Return sailing trip to Port  Hamble. Again, lunch will be provided on board. At around 5pm we should be back at Port Hamble to drop off people who have to get home on Sunday evening.

Monday. We set sail again, for a short jaunt to Cowes and back. At around 4.30pm we will be back at Port Hamble to refuel and then hand over the yacht. 


The price of the sailing weekend is £180 inclusive if we are 6 crew in total and falls to £160 if we have 7 crew. The price includes ALL costs relating to the yacht and marinas, together with breakfasts, lunches, snacks and drinks on board. There are no additional charges after the event.

Full payment will be needed by 1 November. A £90 initial deposit secures your place until then.

Upfront and Open notes

By joining this trip you accept that the Skipper has the final decision on activities and the itinerary, with safety of crew and the yacht in mind.

This is a shared costs venture, so there is no commercial liability or public liability on the part of myself as Skipper or on the part of any crew member. You take part at your own risk and accept that you will insure yourself appropriately if you wish to have insurance cover.

The Meetup ® event host is an occasional event-host and not a professional organiser (as such term is defined under The Package Travel, Package Holidays and Package Tours Regulations 1992); accordingly this event shall not be construed as a “package tour” or "package holiday".

By joining this trip you accept shared responsibility for the yacht, and you will need to provide a £200 damage deposit cheque. Please don't let this put you off, as the cheque will not be cashed except in the unlikely event that we seriously damage the yacht. So far these cheques have never been cashed on my trips and  the expectation of course is for the same this time too.

The weekend will go ahead provided that there are minimum 6 crew. If it has to be cancelled due to insufficient people or cancellation by the charter company you will be refunded in full for all monies paid.

This trip is also advertised on City Sailing Club meetup group, so some crew members will be from there.