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Start Sailing Weekend

Venue: Cowes

Price from: £269 per person

Duration: 2 Days

A great opportunity to get out on the water and learn a new sport. This  2-day weekend is designed for beginners or anyone who has sampled sailing and now wants to get more involved. It gives you the opportunity to learn the ropes - literally! So at the end you will crew with confidence and are proud to have worked hard to achieve a basic level of competence!

What the Girls Had to Say

'A sound start for beginners, I learned more than I thought in a relaxed fun environment!' - Marina, April 2016

Starts: Friday 19.30  Cowes Office Shepards Wharf Marina

Finishes: Ends 4pm Sunday


About The Event

Our 2 day start sailing weekend is perfect if you're keen to give sailing a go for the first time - no experience needed but fun and laughter guaranteed!

During the course of the weekend you and your fellow crew will have chance to practice steering the yacht under sail and power, learn how to tie the boat up safely when you come alongside and get to grips with your ropework and knots! 

This is a relaxed weekend where you can expect to make some great new friends  - and where the emphasis is on learning to sail in a fun, supportive environment. Our female RYA qualified skippers are experts at encouraging you to have a go and at building up your confidence - their aim is to make sure you leave by the end of the weekend feeling as excited about the sport of sailing as we are here at GFS and raring to do more with us.

Coming by yourself? Don't worry, we have lots of ladies coming along on their own and chances are that by the end of the weekend you'll be making plans to go sailing again soon with your new-found friends!

Caught the bug and keen to do more? Your next step after this weekend is the 5 day RYA Competent Crew course where you'll learn to become a useful member of crew and even fit in some night sailing practice...

The boat

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. 


About Cowes 

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.

Sample Itinerary

Weekend  (2 days)

Friday - Meet at 7.30pm at Shepherds Wharf Marina, Cowes. Your skipper will be on board with the kettle on! Tonight's introduction will include a quick safety briefing to get you settled on board before retiring to the pub to get to know your crew mates!

Saturday and Sunday -  Wake up to team breakfast, perhaps a bacon butty before the weekend's plan and pre-sailing safety brief. Then it's a wonderful day out on the boat enjoying spending the day on the water - marvellous! You will get to put as much into practise as we can possibly squeeze into a weekend.


What's included?

  • Fully coded yacht with safety equipment
  • Fully qualified RYA skipper
  • All safety equipment
  • Accommodation on board
  • Diesel, water, electricity
  • FUN, FUN, FUN!!

What's excluded?

  • Transport to and from meeting points
  • Flights
  • Alcoholic drinks and evening meals
  • Mooring fees
  • Departure taxes/customs entries per person

Why choose Girls for Sail?

  • First of all we want to give you some freedom, we want you to feel absolutely able to do anything onboard, so we will greet you, make you feel welcome, confident and safe, and of course you won't have anyone rushing you! You can learn at your own pace with our skippers and feel the benefit of this in your handling of our yacht!
  • We pride ourselves on our levels of tuition.  There's no such thing as a 'silly' question!  There's no shouting onboard and as it's also your holiday, we want you to have fun and go home relaxed and satisfied with your time here! Not to mention you get to meet new lifelong friends! 

Our values are simple: Encourage, Support, Challenge and Respect!

How to book?

Click on the link above to view available dates - or if you have any questions please feel free to get in touch with us!

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