Mile Builders

What better way is there to build your sailing confidence than with a mile building adventure. Time at sea gives you confidence in your own ability and how boats handle in different conditions.

These voyages are aimed at novices and experienced sailors alike. A mile building trip, with an experienced RYA instructor on board, can really boost your knowledge and nicely set you up for some relaxed cruising with family or friends later in the year, or for an upcoming Yachtmaster Coastal or Offshore test.

  • Build miles
  • Practice what you already know
  • Improve your navigation
  • Increase your experience

Channel Triangles

  • Start and finish in Southampton
  • March & April
  • 7 days
  • 400-500nm
  • Southampton to Copenhagen and back

  • Change over in IJmuiden
  • 4 legs in June/July
  • 7 days
  • 300-430nm
  • Explore Dorset Jurassic Coast

  • Start and finish in Southampton
  • Trips throughout the year
  • 5 days
  • 120-200nm
  • France & the Channel Islands

  • Start and finish in Southampton
  • Trips throughout the year
  • 5 days
  • 180-220nm
  • Weekend Channel Hops

  • Start and finish in Southampton
  • Weekends
  • Around 120nm
  • Weymouth Weekends

  • Start and finish in Southampton
  • Weekends
  • Around 120nm
  • If you have just done Competent Crew then one of these trips would be great to do before going on to do Day Skipper. It will cement what you have learnt, give you some good miles and experience, and be a lot of fun. You will go in and out of a number of different ports.

    If you have just done Day Skipper then one of these trips would be great to do before going on to Coastal Skipper. Again, it will consolidate what you will have learnt so far and give you more experience.

    They are also perfect for anyone wanting to build miles, knowledge and experience before doing the Yachtmaster Coastal or Offshore exam.

    There will likely be the opportunity to skipper a passage of 60nm or more (with guidance from the instructor if needed). To take the Yachtmaster Offshore exam you need 5 passages over 60nm, two of these as skipper.

    You will very likely get a number of night hours on these trips.

    Many crew - male and female - join us as solo travellers, though we do regularly welcome couples, families and groups of friends.

    We offer a number of mile building sailing holidays throughout the year. Some that start and finish from our base in Shamrock Quay. Others that might be part of a big trip broken down into a number of legs.

    Above are a number of options. The destinations on each voyage are not fixed in stone.

    Most of the trips will be on our 38 to 42ft yachts.

    Some will be on our traditional classic yacht Golden Vanity.

    Others may be on a Challenger 72.

    If you have any questions about these adventures please email or call the office on 0203 006 3717 and we'll get back to you within one business day, if not sooner!

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    Shamrock Quay

    William Street



    SO14 5QL


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    E14 8BT

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