Sailing News

All the latest news from the world of sailing and stories from experienced sailors.

  So, you’ve decided you want to learn to sail. Maybe it’s because you love the idea of getting around using nothing but wind power. Or, you know someone who’s just completed their ‘Day Skipper’ and they seem like a whole new person. Or, maybe someone dragged you along for a day sail on the Read more

Naming Ceremony for Our Two New Beneteau 381

  Our big news is that in February 2019 we replaced our Jeanneau 379s Batida and Manhattan with two brand new Beneteau 381s. We have continued with the cocktail theme and named them Palomar and Sazerac. These new yachts are fractionally bigger in length than the Jeanneau 379’s. However they carry their chine almost all Read more

Antigua To Portsmouth Day 19: Leopard Print Pants In The Chain Locker?

We have not received much in the way of blogs due to the heavy weather over the past 24 hours. It’s not that easy to type out there as you will see below. What we do have is the noon Skipper’s Log. The good news is they have only 100nm to go. The crew should arrive Read more

Antigua To Portsmouth Day 17 & 18: Sights, Sounds and Storms

  Antigua To Portsmouth Day 17 & 18: Sights, Sounds and Storms     In today’s blog, the crew take us through the sights and sounds of Challenger 4, and the first real test of heavy weather arrives.   Blog 27th Jan     Sights   Blackness Despite the heading of this section, at 0100, Read more

Antigua To Portsmouth Day 15 & 16: Life On A Port Tack After Horta

          The Crew of Challenger 4 are finally making way again, but have to cope with life on the opposite tack for the first time in 2850 miles. But first, we’re brought up to speed on the festivities that took place in Horta. 25/01/19   What happens in Horta stays in Read more

Antigua To Portsmouth Day 14: Once More Unto The Breach

And they’re off!… again Note from Skipper Sue   After a very pleasant interlude in Horta it is time to get this motley crew out of here. Lines slipped at 1245 UT, heading for Falmouth. ETA 7 days time. It looks like we will have 20 – 25kts from the south for the first couple Read more

From A Day Out To Day Skipper. What Pushes The Sailor In You?

Taking the helm   As a school, First Class Sailing can cater for the wide variety of skills aspiring sailors require. There are some who like to be a member of the crew, not quite a passenger but willing to share group responsibility. Others want to improve, learn more and eventually take the helm as Read more

Who You Gonna Call?… Coast Busters!

This blog was written by one of our instructors for Sailing Today and published in their magazine. Sailing Today have kindly let us post it here. Instructor Clive takes us through a recent Coastal Skipper Course to Dartmouth, and explains what to expect on your course and how an instructor helps the students achieve a successful Read more

Antigua to Portsmouth Days 9-11: Approach and Arrival in the Azores!

  Challenger 4 is safely tied up alongside the wall at Horta at 0730 UT, 0630 local time, just under 13 days of rather wonderful sailing since we left Barbuda. 2425nm run since leaving Antigua. Bacon, egg & Clive’s freshly made sourdough await for breakfast. Catch up on the weekend action below:       Read more

The Lofoten Islands: Arguably the Most Beautiful, Unique Location on the Planet

  People often ask me, ‘What’s New Zealand like?’. And, I often reply, ‘Go to Norway, instead’. Having spent over 6 months travelling around the two main islands, I guess people think I should be able to convince them to fly half-way around the world to go and ‘see where the Lord Of The Rings Read more