Joining Instructions & Directions

Directions to Commodore Yachting:

Our address is:

Commodore Yachting

C/O Premier Marinas

Mumby Road

Gosport

Hampshire

PO12 1AH

 If you use the Search and Rescue App “What3Words”

Do a search for “Water. Ruler. Amuse” and you’ll find exactly where we are!

By Road:

Leave the M27 at junction 11 and take the A32 into Gosport town centre. Follow the signs for Gosport town centre, (you will notice signs at Fareham that also say town centre, but you should follow the signs to Gosport).

Keep following the road into Gosport town centre. You’ll see some of the landmarks along the way, such McDonalds, Aldi, Kwik Fit Garage on your left, Crown Bingo on your right and St. Vincent College on the left-hand side.

Go through a set of traffic lights about half a mile past the college and continue straight on all the way into Gosport.

As you pass ALDI on your left you’ll see the marina car park and dry-stack on your left hand side. The entrance to Premier Gosport Marina is on the left-hand side just after STS Defence, and before the Castle Tavern.

Enter the marina and drive past You-Boat chandlers which is on your right. Turn left into the main marina car park and park up. The car parking system logs your entry so you don’t need to pay for parking in advance.

By Rail:

Catch a train to Portsmouth Harbour railway station (not Portsmouth & Southsea) – from London these regularly go from London Waterloo Station, with some of the faster trains taking just under 90 minutes. There is also a train from London Victoria as well. From Portsmouth Harbour station follow the signs for the Gosport ferry (not the Isle of Wight ferry!). The trip across Portsmouth harbour takes about three minutes and a standard adult return ticket costs £3.70.

Further information about the Gosport Ferry can be found on their website.

On leaving the ferry, you can walk to the marina in about 3 minutes. Walk up from the ferry to the road and turn right, you will pass the Castle Tavern on your right hand side, with the marina entrance 20 metres past the pub. Walk past You-Boat Chandlers and the small ‘compass’ roundabout and towards the marina reception where they will direct you to where we are. We look forward to welcoming you!

Parking:

There is plenty of secure paid parking at the marina, please use the main berth holders car park. You will see the entrance on your left as you enter the marina. Just turn left at the ‘compass’ roundabout past You-Boat Chandlers. The marina make a charge of up to £3.00 per day for parking with a special discount code we will give you. Please be aware if you don’t pay for your parking, you’ll get a charge issued by letter from the parking company, and it’s £100. Please also note that we have no influence or sway on the parking company and cannot get charges cancelled, so please don’t ask us to interject on your behalf. Thank you for your understanding.

 

Joining Instructions For Your Course or Charter

Practical Sailing Courses:

Please ensure you arrive promptly on the first day so the course can start at 9:00am. Unfortunately in high season we are now unable to offer overnight accommodation the night before your course. If you are undertaking either an RYA Day Skipper/Coastal Skipper/Powerboat Level 2 practical course, please remember to bring along a photograph of yourself for your certification card – UK passport standard sized photographs only please.

During low season you can sleep on board your yacht the night before so there is no need to book a hotel room. We recommend that you arrive at 5.30-6.30pm if staying the night before. If you arrive later than 6.30pm please contact us on the day by telephone so we can give you instructions and let you know what Yacht you will be staying on. We are not always at the marina past 6.30pm.

Practical Powerboat Courses:

Please ensure you arrive promptly on the first day so the course can start at 9:00am. Unfortunately we are unable to offer overnight accommodation for your course however there are plenty of hotels in the local area to suit all budgets. If you are undertaking an RYA practical Powerboat course, please remember to bring along a photograph of yourself for your cert card – UK passport standard sized photographs only please. Please bring comfortable clothing for wearing under the wet weather kit. Sailing boots are preferred as this course can get wet!

Theory or Classroom Based Sailing Courses (Including Sea Survival courses):

Please ensure you arrive promptly on the first day so the course can start at 9:00am. During low season and we can offer overnight accommodation on a “bed only” basis (subject to boat availability). We cannot guarantee a yacht will be available for you to sleep on during your course, so you may need to book accommodation away from the marina. During autumn/winter months availability is generally better but cannot be guaranteed. Please contact us at least a week prior to your course commencing so we can advise if we are able to offer accommodation (on a bed-only basis).

Online Courses:

Following your purchase of an online course, within 24 hours you will receive a set of log-on details for your online course. A course pack including manual will be posted to you by DHL and usually arrives within 2-5 days of course purchase (Depending on time and day of the week you bought your online course). At which point you can log-on and start your online course.

9-Day Courses:

Courses start at 9am on the first day. Accommodation is available on a Yacht for the whole 9 days course duration. You will receive a theory pack and have free use of our navigation equipment as needed. We do however recommend you buy a decent set of Plotters and Dividers for the course, which will be essential for your future navigation practice (These can be bought from us upon arrival at £35/set). We provide breakfast only during the theory part of any 9-day course.

Milebuilding Weekends:

These start at 6.00pm sharp on Friday evening, usually with an overnight sail. Please arrive from 5.00pm and certainly no later than 6.00pm. This is subject to weather, tides, and restrictions within Portsmouth Harbour by QHM/Royal Navy.

Longer Milebuilding Courses (i.e. our five day cruises) usually start on Saturday or Monday unless stated otherwise. Please refer to individual instructions which will be emailed to you for any longer Milebuilding Course, or mentioned on the booking confirmation you will receive.

We would advise you to have a valid Passport on you, should the course itinerary have to change due to unforseen circumstances, which may mean a sail over to Northern France or the Channel Islands.

We provide breakfasts, lunches and one evening meal for Saturday night during Milebuilding Weekends. We would advise you arrive on Friday night having eaten beforehand as we do not cater for the Friday night evening meal.

Solent Sailing Weekends:

These start at 9.00am sharp on Saturday morning. Please arrive at least half an hour prior to the start time, so we can sort out any foul weather kit you may need and for everyone to have a relaxing start, load kit onto the yacht etc. The start time is subject to weather, tides, and restrictions within Portsmouth Harbour by QHM/Royal Navy.

The weekend is confined to the waters of the Solent, and will visit various marinas in the Solent area. A passport will not be needed.

Beyond The Solent Weekends:

These start at 6.00pm sharp on Friday evening, usually with an overnight sail. Please arrive from 5.00pm and certainly no later than 6.00pm. This is subject to weather, tides, and restrictions within Portsmouth Harbour by QHM/Royal Navy.

We would advise you to have a valid Passport on you, should the course itinerary have to change due to unforseen circumstances, which may mean a sail over to Northern France or the channel islands.

Round The Island Race:

Training weekend starts at 9.00am sharp on Saturday morning and goes through to around 5-6pm the next day. Please arrive an hour before for the skippers briefing on the first day. On race-day the starting time will be dependant on the class start time, tides etc. Please ensure you arrive by 6.00pm on the Friday evening. We will provide notification and written instructions well before the race – at least two weeks prior. Please be aware some race classes start VERY early in the morning! We may need to anchor at Osborne Bay the night before in order to get to the start-line on time.

Lonely Rock Race / RORC Fastnet Race:

A separate set of instructions and a detailed itinerary will be issued with all the information needed, course dates, practice weekends, qualifying races etc.

Food Safety & Dietary Requirements:

We provide breakfast, lunches, snacks, and some evening meals (normally 3 evening meals for a 5-day course). We can usually cater for most simple dietary needs (For example – Vegetarian, Vegan, Lactose intolerant etc) but anything likely to cause an allergic reaction or something which is potentially life-threatening will require the student to cater for themselves. If this is the case we will provide a nominal discount to the course cost for any student catering for themselves. We will need full details of any food allergies and medical conditions to be made at the time of booking. This will be disclosed to your instructor.

Course Requirements:

For some of our courses there is an assumed level knowledge that the student must have achieved. Please make sure you have this or to the level of that assumed knowledge. If there are any gaps in this pre-course knowledge, please contact us ASAP as we may be able to help or provide additional training/help prior to your course commencing.

RYA Start Yachting – No prior experience/knowledge needed

RYA Competent Crew – No prior experience/knowledge needed

RYA Day Skipper theory – Sailing experience to the level of RYA Competent Crew, with some sailing time preferred

RYA Day Skipper practical – Theory knowledge to the level of RYA Day Skipper, with practical skills to RYA Competent Crew standard (We recommend that you have been sailing regularly within the previous 4-6 months prior to your RYA Day Skipper Practical Course starting)

RYA Yachtmaster / Coastal Skipper theory – Theory knowledge & practical sailing skills to RYA Day Skipper level

RYA Coastal Skipper Practical – Approximately 15 days / 300 miles of sailing, with at least two days as Skipper of the vessel. Theory knowledge to the level of RYA Yachtmaster/Coastal Skipper, with practical sailing skills to the level of RYA Day Skipper with time as skipper (To make the most out of this course we recommend you have done a marina skills/power handling day and have refreshed your RYA Day Skipper practical sailing skills)

RYA Yachtmaster – As per below

RYA Yachtmaster Coastal – Exam Details

RYA Yachtmaster Offshore – Exam Details

Please make sure you are up to the minimum levels of skills and prerequisites for the course. If you are not able to meet the minimum required standards you may not reach your goal. We will work hard with you to help as much as we can but there is no guarantee of passing if you do not come well equipped for the course.

What To Bring With You:

The practical courses are all at sea or are yacht orientated. You will need appropriate clothing for the time of year and the usual “UK weather” factor which changes daily! There is a high chance that there will be a night sail or two, please remember that is does get colder at night, especially at sea.

As a guide we would advise people to bring plenty of comfortable, warm clothes to wear under foul weather gear, suitable sleeping attire, a sleeping bag and pillow, hats (cap and a woolly hat), sailing gloves, sunglasses (retaining strap recommended!), sun cream/after sun (Aloe Vera is great!), at least one large bath/shower towel and suitable toiletries (smelly sailors aren’t good!), thermos-style travel mug, water-bottle, phone charger (12v & 230v) plenty of thick warm socks, and appropriate footwear for a wet environment (Trainers don’t tend to grip wet decks well!) All footwear must be non-marking and clean. Please remember to bring suitable dry footwear for when you aren’t on the yacht and go ashore.

Please bring your personal items in a “holdall” which can fold or roll flat. Please do not bring hard suitcases as whilst the yachts have plenty of storage, the lockers are not designed for bulky hard luggage. If you do bring hard luggage with you, you’ll be asked to unpack and then leave them in your car. Overboard Dry bags are a very good option and roll flat.

For longer courses there are usually pay-to-use washing machines and tumble driers at various marinas you’ll visit. Please make sure that if you use the marina facilities for clothes washing and drying that you don’t delay yacht departure!!! Speak to the skipper about departure times and planning your clothes washing in good time.

For the Sea Survival course you will need to bring along a swimming costume, towel etc as you’ll be in the swimming pool.

So Whats Included?:

We provide breakfasts (cooked breakfast and cereal, toast etc), lunches, snacks and most evening meals on board (typically 3 evening meals for a 5 day course). We also provide tea, coffee, hot chocolate, orange/blackcurrant squash and water (from marina taps) You may have to take one evening meal ashore at your own cost. For shore-based theory courses we only provide free accommodation (Which is not guaranteed and is strictly subject to Yacht availability – Please check with us at least two weeks before your course*). Some theory courses also provide a basic breakfast (Please check with us beforehand).

We include for the hire of one of our yachts (For practical courses), plus the services of an RYA qualified professional Instructor during your course. For theory classes we provide the use of our floating classroom.

We include all the fuel for the yacht, including cooking gas, marina fees, water and electric (For practical courses).

We include life jacket hire and wet-weather gear hire (NOT footwear or gloves!)

Any course materials for theory lessons, and practical material for logging your syllabus as you undertake the courses.

*We cannot guarantee a yacht will be always available for you to sleep on during your course, so you may need to book accommodation away from the marina. This is especially true during spring/summer months. During autumn/winter months availability is generally better but cannot be guaranteed. Please contact us at least two weeks prior to your course commencing so we can advise if we are able to offer accommodation (on a bed-only basis).

Last but not least……….

We would like to thank you for booking a course with Commodore Yachting, and we look forward to meeting you!

See you soon!

Jon & Tom