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Mile Building Weekend

Price: from £349 (Finance now available)

Location: Starts from our base at Premier Gosport Marina, and visits different ports further afield than the Solent on the South Coast.

Duration: 2 days (Starts evening before!)

Our Mile Building Weekend is the perfect way to build-up your sea miles and gain valuable experience at the helm as Skipper or as crew under the watchful eye of one of our expert Instructors. With longer, more involved & exciting passages, it’s an adventure outside the confines of the Solent and a great way to gain confidence in the waters around the South Coast.

Take a look at our live course calendar for dates for the Mile Building Weekend!


Mile Builder Sailing Course Information

Joining Instructions: Please click here for course joining instructions

Please note that the Mile Building weekends start the evening before at 6pm!

Recommended Reading: Sailing magazines and newspapers, but this is not essential 

Mile Builder Sailing Course Prerequisites: No assumed knowledge

Minimum Age: No minimum but Under 16’s must be accompanied by adult. Persons aged 16+ can be unaccompanied subject to other pre-requisites having been met

Holiday Insurance: We would advise ALL our customers to ensure they have suitable holiday insurance in-place. Yachtsman’s insurance is available from a variety of souces like Topsail Insurance and can cover things like cancellations and personal effects cover.

So what is included in the course cost?

Well, unlike some other centres, we include all your meals (Breakfast, lunches, dinners and snacks), so you won’t have to go to any extra expense during your Mile Builder with us. We also include the following:

  • Yacht hire
  • RYA Qualified Instructor / Professional Skipper
  • Breakfast, lunches, snacks and evening meals on board
  • Tea, coffee & soft drinks
  • Accommodation on board
  • Diesel
  • Cooking gas
  • Wet weather kit hire (not footwear)
  • Hire of a Baltic automatic life jacket

We can accommodate most dietary requirements, such as vegetarian, vegan, pescatarian or gluten free. Just let us know when you fill out the booking form.

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Who is the mile builders  course for:

The Mile Building Weekend is the perfect introduction to newly qualified sailors who want to gain more experience and take in some longer passages.

Running over two days (with the evening before) the Mile Building Weekend will give you longer more involved passages and a more intense sailing experience than just hopping from marina to marina.

A great way to build some extra experience before undertaking that next course.

Please be aware that the Mile Building weekend starts on the evening before at 6pm with an overnight sail.

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What we cover on the course:

You’ll get to visit marinas and ports a little further afield than the Solent, like Portland or Weymouth. It’ll involve more intense and longer days sailing around the South Coast.

Along with some cracking sailing, you’ll get to visit places you didn’t visit on your RYA Competent Crew or Day Skipper course. The passages are longer and it’ll involve more quality sea-time, but it’s such a rewarding weekends sailing.


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Mile Builder Sailing Course formats & details:

Courses run in a choice of two formats:

  • One weekend: (Saturday or Sunday) NOTE – Leaves Friday 6pm!
  • Also available mid-week

Starts from our Gosport marina base (Friday evening!) and visits various ports and marinas further afield from the Portsmouth and Southampton area.

Please be aware that our Milebuilders start on the evening before (Friday) at 6pm sharp, so we can get the most mileage in for your weekend!

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Our Principal says this about the Mile Building Weekend:

What better a way to celebrate that new RYA Competent Crew or Day Skipper qualification than with a Mile Building weekend aboard one of our fleet yachts!

A great way to build extra mileage and enjoy some longer passages to locations further afield than the Solent, guided by one of our experienced and professional RYA qualified instructors based in Gosport on the South Coast.

You’ll get to see first hand why the south coast is the perfect place to build some miles and gain more experience.

With so many locations to chose from (weather dependant of course) you might go and see Portland or Weymouth, or how about metropolitan Brighton Marina for a great night out when you arrive?

Please be aware that our Milebuilders depart Gosport Marina on the evening before (Friday) at 6pm sharp, with a nice overnight sail, so you’ll really max-out the mileage on your weekend!

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