Sailing to France and the Channel Islands

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 Island 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.

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.

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We use a variety of boats for these sailing trips.

You may be on something like a Bavaria 42, a Jenneau 12.5, a Beneteau 381 or even a Laurent Giles 44 called Phantom.

There would be a maximum of 5 plus an instructor on board or for the Laurent Giles 44 a maximum of 6 plus the instructor and mate.

The Bavaria 42, Jenneau 12.5 and Beneteau 381 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.

Phantom, the Laurent Giles, has a big rig, hank on headsails, a fully battened main and is quite a racy boat.The accommodation is arranged into areas of bunks.She is capable of sleeping 10 but there will only be a maximum of 6 plus skipper and mate on board.

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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 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. Unfortunately we are not able to offer a refund or transfer to a later date if the itinerary changes due to the weather conditions.

Stage payments are an option call 0203 006 3717 or email the office for details.
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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.

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30 August - 5 September PHANTOM
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