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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. You will need to bring pillows, 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
  •  Breakfasts, lunches and evening meals eaten on board during practical courses (except for theory aspect of 9 day courses) See below for details.
  •  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  eat breakfast and lunch on board as well as two evening meals. Evenings provide an opportunity to get off the boat to stretch your legs and to sample the local cuisine whilst escaping the galley! 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.

Please note all meals eaten ashore are excluded from your course fee.

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 bolognaise / chicken curry

Combined Theory and Practical Courses

For 9 day RYA practical courses your breakfast, lunch and two 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, special diets, allergies and food intolerance

If you are a vegetarian we will  provide a vegetarian alternative to meat for meals on board.

Special diets, allergies and food intolerance can be more of a challenge to our provisioning. As a sailing school we do not have professional skills in both the nutritional and safety aspects of vegan, paleo and a whole range of special diets. Without such skills, we would hate to get it wrong and cause unintended issues. For these reasons, we would appreciate it if anyone who requires a special diet to bring suitable items from home to supplement the on board provisions.

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 on board 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, breakfasts, lunches and 2 evening meals after the theory aspect of the course 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 Competent Crew Course
Cooking on board is part of Competent Crew Course

What students have said about Commodore Yachting:

Very approachable company and well maintained boats. Would highly recommend the company to friends and family.

Sian – Day Skipper, May 2018

I’ve been on lots of “school” boats in the Solent. These Bavarias are the most comfortable that I’ve been on… a huge margin. It’s nice to see boats that are looked after. I was along for the ride as my 14 year old son was doing a Start Yachting course. I shall bring him back with his brothers to complete a Competent Crew course. For myself (Coastal Skipper already achieved) I’d like to do several mile builder courses. 

Barry – Solent Weekend, April 2018

I really enjoyed the course, sailing to different locations each day, the night sailing and meeting and spending 9 days with a great group of people all wanting to learn more about sailing, I now feel very confident about chartering a yacht in the future. The biggest thanks go to our Instructor Simon who showed great skill and patience in the way that he taught and shared his many years experience and knowledge of all aspects of sailing, we also shared many hours in the evenings talking about our experiences and possible adventures in the future,a very enjoyable and memorable course. I’d use Commodore yachting again for any future training and would recommend them to others wanting to improve their sailing. Many thanks once again.

Trevor – Day Skipper, October 2017

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.