5-Day Break from Solent (Mile-building)

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5-Day Break from Solent (Mile-building)

Venue: Cowes

Price from: £399 per person

Duration: 5 Days

Girls For Sail Verdict

Join us on this fantastic, five day sail  - perfect for getting away from it all, adding some miles to your logbook or gaining a skippered passage!

Starts: 10am, Shepards Wharf Marina, Cowes

Finishes: 4pm, Cowes


About The Event

This week is perfect for anyone who has started sailing and is keen to get more time on the water.

Whether you're hoping to complete your first channel crossing or longer passage, or a more experienced sailor wishing to add miles and a skippered passage to your logbook, this five day sail ticks the all boxes.

We'll start the week by a through safety briefing, then deciding exactly what you'd like to get out of your week with us and what you'd like to cover during the next five days. The weather and tides will certainly influence our choice of coast destination  - we may head to the busy port of Cherbourg, or along to Weymouth, Dartmouth or maybe even Brighton.

Either way, the experience of arriving into a far flung port by sea for the first time is truly exciting!

These crossings can take between 12-14 hours (or more - destination pending), so you'll be taking it in turns to keep a look out and steer the boat - staying focused and awake for the whole passage is pretty much impossible so your skipper will split you into teams (or watches) for the passages. You and your crew will work out the best time for your departure to make the best use of the favourable tides.

You'll have time to relax when you finally arrive - catch up on some sleep, enjoy some shopping or head to one of the bars or cafes for some food or even a well-deserved glass of wine or two.

Your Skipper is RYA qualified and you can take advantage of her knowledge, so be sure to communicate what you would like to take out of this long passage so she can help try to encourage, support and challenge you along the way.


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 it's 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

Day 1

  • Meet and greet 
  • Make the plans for the week* (skipered passage/pilotages)
  • Thorough safety briefing
  • Reviewing the weather and tides
  • Organise Provisions

*Your skipper may suggest a trial day sail to Yarmouth or Lymington to ensure everyone is familiar with the boat and ensure you're ready for the next day to make the most of the favourable tides.

Day 2

  • Ready to go, to make the most of the daylight
  • Set off
  • Start watch system

Day 3 

  • Take in the sights
  • Get rested
  • Plan the trip back (skipered passage/pilotages)
  • Check weather and tides

Day 4

  • Ready to go, to make the most of the daylight
  • Start back on watch system

Day 5

  • Final day in the Solent Heading back to Cowes
  • Tidy the boat
  • Your skipper will fill in your logbook with completed miles!

Experience required

If you have recently undertaken the RYA Competent Crew course then this is the ideal way to gain experience if you want to progress to your Day Skipper.

Completed your Day Skipper and would like to try sailing offshore, or if you are working towards your Coastal Skipper or Yachtmaster Offshore and need to gain a skippered 60 mile passage then this is a perfect opportunity to do so!

Sea-sickness is always a potential issue, so we would suggest that you bring preventitive measures with you (wrist bands/travel sickness medication). Not to worry, it can happen to the best sailors.

We wouldn't suggest this  particular adventure for a complete novice.


Additional Info

What's included?

  • Fully coded yacht with safety equipment
  • Fully qualified RYA skipper
  • Accommodation onboard
  • Diesel, water, electricity
  • Breakfasts, lunches and evening meals whilst sailing

What's excluded?

  • Transport to and from meeting points
  • Flights
  • Alcoholic drinks and meals when not on board
  • Mooring fees
  • Departure taxes/customs entries per person
  • Any clothing*
  • Sleeping bag/pillow

*Wet weather is available to hire in advance, please let us know if you need anything on your booking form.

Additional information

We recommend you bring plenty of layers (including a hat, gloves, and sunglasses) for this trip as offshore sailing on longer passages can sometimes feel a bit chillier. We would also stronly suggest wearing some level of sun-protection, as you are more open to the elements.

It's also a good idea to bring some sea-sickness tablets with you just to be on the safe side - if in doubt, popping a tablet* for good measure before you leave the dock can be a sensible precaution if this is your first time going offshore.

*please speak to your doctor or a pharmasist to find what works for you.


Why choose Girls for Sail

·         You will be learning from our handpicked RYA Qualified Skippers

·         We strive to provide a teaching environment that instils confidence

·         We pride ourselves on our levels of tuition 

·         There's no such thing as a 'silly' question

·         No shouting onboard

·         We believe sailing is supposed to be fun

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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