Sail across the Channel and explore France and Channel Islands. The intention is to get lots of sailing in, see a bit of the Channel Islands and France and if conditions are suitable have a BBQ on the beach.
We have a number of 5 and 7 day trips sailing to France and the Channel Islands across the English Channel, on a variety of yachts.
The departure & return locations are either Southampton or Plymouth.
Build miles, practice what you already know, improve your navigation, increase your experience or just kick back and watch the world go by as we explore the French coast and the Channel Islands.
The intention will be to get lots of sailing in as well as stopping at places like Braye Harbour in Alderney, St Peter’s Port in Guernsey, anchorages of the Islands of Herm and Sark and St Helier in Jersey. You may get down to St Malo in France and quite possibly Cherbourg and maybe St Vaast.
Perhaps we will BBQ on the beach, drop a mackerel line over the side, eat Moules Marinère in a French Bistro.
You will get at least two 60nm passages in and one or both of these may be overnight and so include some good night sailing. There will be the opportunity for 2 people to have a go at skippering a 60nm passage which will be of interest to anyone working up to do the Yachtmaster exam.
If you are looking for a shorter mile building weekend sailing to France and back have a look here.
We use a variety of boats for these sailing trips.
You may be on an old classic yacht called Golden Vanity or one of our modern yachts.
Our modern yachts are all spacious cruising yachts with the accommodation arranged into double cabins and single berths in the saloon. They are capable of taking 8 and on some boats 10 crew but there would only ever be a maximum of 5 plus the instructor on board. Golden Vanity has bunks and less scope to segregate sexes.
This is a cruise, not a course, but you will gain fantastic experience and cover a lot of miles. This area provides challenging navigation, with its famously powerful tides. It is best if you discuss your requirements with the office at the time of booking.
Each trip would obviously be weather dependent. If conditions prevented a trip across the Channel then Poole, Weymouth and the West Country could be an option and in the unlikely situation where the conditions don’t allow us to leave the Solent or West country we would look to ensure you get plenty of sailing in the testing conditions that prevent the passage but in safer more sheltered local waters. This also applies to overseas Covid restrictions not allowing us to enter France or the Channel Islands without quarantining on return. Unfortunately we are not able to offer a refund or transfer to a later date if the itinerary changes due to the weather conditions or Covid restrictions.
The price includes all food on board, apart from 1 evening meal if on a 5 day trip and 2 evening meals if on a 7 day trip as we think you might like to sample the local cuisine, fuel, gas, all safety equipment, instructor and accommodation on board. The only ‘hidden’ cost are mooring fees. It depends on where you end up at night. Anchorages are free, buoys are usually very cheap and marinas cost. If you budgeted on between £40/£50 for the trip you should be fine.
We are fully insured but we would advise that you get your own travel insurance from a company such as TopSail Insurance.