Sailing News

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

A lot of the navigational side of sailing is based on very simple school girl/boy trigonometry. The question of how to get from A to B when the tide is pushing you in a certain direction can be solved by drawing straight forward triangle on the chart. And so why is now the best time Read more

Antigua to Portsmouth Day 4: The Real Sailing Begins

  Today the real sailing began. Following a windless night motoring through an inky black sea and dense cloud cover, the wind came through around 4am. Those on watch shook out the reefed main and hoisted the yankee and staysail. We were soon powering to windward at around 8 knots. Two tacks were thrown in Read more

Antigua to Portsmouth Day 1: Introducing the Best Watch

The first of the blogs from the FCS crew on Challenger 4 as they set sail from Antigua to Portsmouth and make one of the epic journeys that sailing is all about. We’re Going To Barbuda! The journey begins.. with us running away from the ‘not-so-Jolly Harbour’, nine members of our 16 person crew having been struck Read more

Challenger 4 Departs Antigua for Portsmouth

  After a bout of poorly stomachs, with several crew incapacitated before our yacht had even left Antigua’s Jolly Harbour, Challenger 4 is finally on its way! Here is their first midday report. Good morning all All is well after a fairly windy night on Challenger 4 which saw up to 30kts of NE breeze, Read more

New Beneteau Yachts for First Class Sailing

  There’s an exciting announcement from First Class Sailing at the start of 2019 – we are looking forward to welcoming our new Beneteau 38.1 yachts, Palomar and Sazerac in February. These lovely yachts are due to arrive in this country mid-January. They will undergo a process of commissioning and inspection by a coding surveyor Read more

3 easy to steps to skippering your own yacht in the Mediterranean – Become a Day Skipper…

  This could be you next summer, exploring Greek islands, ancient Croatian towns, turquoise waters, but you could be the skipper! You could be in charge, commanding your crew (family), deciding which bays to drop anchor in for a swim and which harbours to sail to for refreshments (ice cold beer). Holidays like these may Read more

Teaching Your Family to Sail – Should You Be Doing It?

  Be honest – is it easy teaching a family member to sail? For some families, who have grown up around yachts, spent their early days with ropes and rigging as a play area – those families probably don’t find it a problem. But if you have returned to sailing, or recently been bitten by Read more

What happens on a Competent Crew Course?

Sailing Holiday A RYA Competent Crew course is a really fun learning experience. It can certainly be viewed as a holiday and there is nothing that comes close to getting away from it all and escaping everyday life than going sailing! Live Aboard a Boat You live on board a yacht for 5 days and Read more

Get a Bank Holiday Sailing Bonus Around The Solent

Get a Bank Holiday Sailing Bonus Around The Solent Make the most of your Bank Holiday weekends by combining it with a sailing course. You’ll have great fun while learning valuable new skills on your way to becoming a much better sailor. Held over two consecutive weekends, it is the second weekend that takes advantage Read more

Why take an RYA Yachtmaster Theory Course?

  You’ve done a Day Skipper Theory course and you’ve followed it up with a Day Skipper Practical. You’re ready to do away with an instructor and go and charter a yacht in the Med. Perhaps you’ve already been chartering for a couple of years. So why bother taking the Yachtmaster Theory course, or to Read more