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Whether these are your first RYA Practical Courses or you are an experienced yachtsman looking for professional sailing qualifications we aim to tailor your RYA practical course to meet your individual requirements. Our RYA instructors are all highly experienced and carefully chosen to make your sailing course both great fun and and a fantastic learning experience.

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Sailing in the Solent

There is also a range of shorebased and Speciality Courses including Milebuilding Weekends and longer Cruises, Radio and First Aid training.

The majority of our RYA practical courses take place whilst sailing in and around the sheltered waters of the Solent. Each 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. Breakfast, lunch and some evening meals are eaten on board. ln general though, evening meals are an opportunity to get off the boat and explore local pubs and restaurants. On weekend courses when you will eat breakfast and lunch on board. We think you will also enjoy sampling local cuisine at the wide variety of pubs and restaurants in the Solent harbours we will be visiting.

Information about RYA Practical Courses 

Arrival Time: for RYA Practical 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. Try to make the most of this opportunity to meet your instructor and the rest of your crew. It is an ideal chance to find out what will be happening during your course,  settle into your new on board accommodation as well as ask all those questions!

Accommodation: You will be accommodated on board one of our Bavaria yachts for the whole course. You will need to bring your own pillow, 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 a 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 weekend, 5 and 9 day courses, subject to availability.

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 (see below for details)
  •  Accommodation on board the yacht on all RYA Practical Courses and for the full  9 days of a Combined Day Skipper course – just bring a sleeping bag, sheet, pillow and pillow case.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch and evening meals (2 evening meals on 5 day courses and 3 evening meals on 9 day courses) are included. On weekend courses when you will eat breakfast and lunch on board, you will purchase your own evening meal ashore unless there is a night sail when you will eat on board.

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.

A typical menu for the week might be:

  • Breakfast – bacon sandwiches / choice of cereals / toast and marmalade
  • Lunch – hot pasties and soup / sandwiches / risotto
  • Supper- spaghetti bolognaise / chicken curry

A mix of cooking on board and exploring local cuisine is all part of the experience!

Drinks: There are large water tanks on board which are filled up with fresh drinking water at the start of every course. If you do not like tap water you can purchase bottled water and drink this on board. As an alternative we would however urge you to consider bringing your own reusable filter bottle or purchase one from us when you arrive. We do not supply bottled water as part of our commitment to reducing plastic waste and as a company are supporters of the ‘Ban the Bottle Campaign’.

Unlimited tea, coffee and orange squash are provided. If you have a preference for Lady Grey, Rosehip or any other specially tea you are welcome to bring your own along. A cafetiere is available on board.

Alcohol is permitted whilst tied up safely at the end of the day. Again, do feel free to bring along your favourite tipple or enjoy sourcing something new to sample whilst on your travels. Do remember however that alcohol and deep water and not inherently compatible and so we ask you to drink sensibly during your time with us. Should we or an instructor have any concerns about your sobriety, you may be asked to leave the boat.