A fantastic five day milebuilding adventure - It could be a sunny cruise along the south coast, a run across the channel to France or it may end up as a brisk challenging sail in a force 7 - who knows!! Whatever the weather, it will be an adventure!
"What a great week it was! I really enjoyed it. Thank you all for everything - the warm welcome, the friendly, relaxed atmosphere, the patience of the instructors - and the female touch which put us all more in our comfort zone!!"
Starts: 0845am GFS Office at Shepards Wharf Marina
Finishes: Ends 5pm
A 5 day trip during which the crew can decide where we go, and take us there!
If you are looking to complete your Coastal Skipper or Yachtmaster and need to gain some extra miles then get on board! This would be the perfect trip for you! We can choose where we go having first looked at the weather and tides and your skipper will help you pull together a passage plan to get us there! Or you can just come along for the ride and get some miles under your belt. Either way it'll be lots of miles to add to your log book and a lovely holiday while you're at it!
We meet Monday morning and after a check of the weather and tides, following a full safety brief we'll head out on our 5 day adventure!
We take our boat at a leisurely speed to wherever we are going - well, it might be leisurely...it might not! We could go straight there or we may end up stopping somewhere on route...it's all up to you and what the weather and tides are doing!
Your skipper is RYA qualified and you can take advantage of her knowledge, either learning the basics of sailing, wind awareness, parts of the boat and of course how to sail it or concentrating on particular areas you wish to practice! You can be as involved as you wish, whether taking the helm, changing a sail, pulling on a few sheets or simply sitting back and enjoying the atmosphere! Whatever we do we ensure you'll be safe and have fun.
We mostly coach on yachts of between 37 and 41ft. Our yachts have been specifically chosen as they are easy to handle, great for learning! There is no denying us girls sometimes don't have the physical strength of the boys but with our technical ability and a well-chosen yacht we can do just as well. You will usually find yourself aboard an Élan 37, Jeanneau 37 or a Beneteau 40.7. All of your time will be spent living as crew-mates on your yacht. Most of the yachts have 9/10 berths with 3 cabins and a saloon so the boats will normally have 2 persons in each cabin i.e. 6 - this is always the case for an RYA course, MAX 6 persons on-board. On some events e.g. races we use the saloon which can sleep an additional 2-4 person.
Cowes is widely credited as being the birthplace of UK yachting, seeing hundreds of 'yachties' descend every year on the seaside town and swelling its resident population multifold!
With a wealth of activities on and off the water and a year-round mild, sunny climate the island attracts loyal visitors and second home owners alike all year round but especially during the spring and summer months when the world class sailing conditions attract professional sailors from around the world to take part in famous regattas and races - as well as thousands of spectators who gather shoreside to watch the dramas unfold.
Easily reached by high speed passenger ferry, car ferry or even hovercraft (the island has the last remaining hovercraft service in the world) from Lymington, Southampton or Portsmouth on the mainland, the island is the perfect destination for young and old alike with plenty to see, eat and do.
Our values are simple: Encourage, Support, Challenge and Respect!
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