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Bavaria 38

Practical course information

Arrival Time: for courses starting on a Saturday morning, Friday is our “meet and greet night” giving you a chance to meet your skipper and the rest of the crew. For Monday to Friday courses you can come down on a Sunday evening. Our “meet and greet” starts at 7pm although we understand if this time is difficult for you to manage. It is very helpful to our staff if you can let us know what time in the evening you expect to arrive or if you plan to come down ready for the course to begin at 9.00 am. The best way to do this is by e-mail just in case your call catches us out and about on the pontoons! If you are delayed it is also a good idea to let us know so that we can make alternative meeting arrangements. You can find out more on our Useful Information page.

Accommodation: You will be accommodated on board one of our Bavaria yachts for the whole course. We provide pillows and pillowcases but you will need to bring your own sleeping bags and towels. During the course you will visit different ports, harbours and marinas in and around the Solent returning to Gosport Marina at the end of the course. You can expect to spend at least one night on a buoy or at anchor and may not have access to shore power every night. You may find it useful the bring a 12 volt charger for charging phones. All our yachts sleep at least 8 people in 3 or 4 double cabins although there will never be this number on board for a RYA training course. Occasionally you may be expected to share a cabin or saloon with another student of the same sex.

Single occupancy: We can guarantee you a single cabin for a supplement of £100.00 for 5 and 9 day courses, subject to availability. Please contact us for supplement rates for other courses.

Day Skipper

All inclusive price: means that once you have booked your practical sailing course with us there are no hidden extra charges:

  •  Berthing fees included
  •  Free hire of wet weather gear
  •  Most evening meals provided during practical courses (except meet and greet night and one course night, weekend courses and theory aspect of 9 day courses)
  •  Pillow and pillow case provided, just bring your own sleeping bag and towel
  •  Accommodation on board the yacht on all practical courses and for the full 9 days of a Combined Day Skipper course

Meals: for 5 day RYA practical courses you will  generally receive three meals a day although on one evening we do eat ashore to make a change from cooking and to sample the local cuisine. Please bring your own favourite “treats” or shop for them when we go ashore as we cannot cater for everyone’s tastes although we do try very hard! If you like lots of cakes and biscuits you may wish to supplement those on board with your own supplies, we aim to provide a varied menu throughout the week but not endless snacks.

During the week you can expect:

  • Breakfast – choice of cereals / toast and marmalade / bacon and eggs
  • Lunch – hot pasties and soup / sandwiches / salad and quiche
  • Supper- spaghetti bolognese / curry / fajita wraps / bangers and mash

Combined Theory and Practical Courses

For 9 day RYA practical courses your breakfast, lunch and 4 evening meals will be provided during the practical aspect of the course – cooking on board is all part of the experience! During the theory part of the course you will receive bed and continental breakfast on board your yacht. On weekend courses you will receive breakfast and lunch each day and have the opportunity to enjoy a meal ashore although this meal will not be included in the course fee.

Vegetarians and Special Diets

If you are a vegetarian we will  provide a vegetarian alternative to meat for meals on board. Special diets can be more of a challenge to our shopping skills and we appreciate anyone who requires a special diet to bring suitable items from home.

Your RYA practical course will take place whilst sailing in and around the sheltered waters of the Solent.

Each RYA practical course takes place on board one of our comfortable Bavaria sailing yachts. There will never be more than 5 students on board although our smallest yacht sleeps up to 8 people. Unlike some RYA sailing courses, our courses are FULLY INCLUSIVE of accommodation on board the yacht, free use of wet weather gear and berthing fees. Most meals (see details below) are included except on weekend courses when you will receive breakfast and lunch on board but we think you will enjoy sampling local cuisine at the wide variety of pubs and restaurants in the Solent harbours you will be visiting.

Gosport Marina

Watch out for hidden extras!

Many schools have hidden extra expenses adding up to £100.00 to the cost of a 5 day RYA course. These extra expenses often include contributions to a ‘kitty’ for berthing fees, up to £7.50 per day to hire waterproofs and most evening meals. These are all included on most of our courses. We also provide accommodation on board for the full 9 days of a combined theory and practical course so you won’t need to book a hotel or bed and breakfast room. Our 9 day courses are fully inclusive of berthing fees, waterproofs and most meals after the first weekend when bed and breakfast is provided on board one of our boats. These hidden costs can make your course a lot more expensive than the advertised price that attracted you in the first place!

Cooking on board is part of Day Skipper Course
Cooking on board is part of Day Skipper Course

Finding Commodore Yachting and Accessing the Marina

What students have said about Commodore Yachting:

Instructor very very very good, well pitched, excellent explanations, relaxed but safe, informative, great weather conditions (sure that was not anything to do with instructor though) Brilliant course

Christopher – Day Skipper, May 2016

Despite storm Katie causing disruption with the weather, Pete managed to work around that and achieve all the course requirements. It was a great 5 days and I really got a lot out of it. Pete is a bit of a character with some great stories and we had a fantastic time on and off the boat 😀

Denys – Day Skipper, March 2016

Had an amazing time with Pete and our fellow crew. Some challenges thrown at us by storm Katie but that only improved the sense of achievement. Can highly recommend the great personal service offered by Stuart, Karen and the team

Keith – Day Skipper, March 2016

Your own space on board

Yacht crews are renown for their friendliness which is convenient as they are subject to obvious space limitations on board. Even though our smallest yacht is a 3 cabin, 8 berth boat and our largest a 4 cabin 10 berth boat, it can sometimes be hard to juggle the accommodation without some sharing of cabins. If you would like your own cabin this is possible by paying for a Single Supplement. This is easy to do by following the link below.