Sailing in the West Country means sailing to a back drop of rolling hills, prominent headlands and pretty seaside towns set beside rivers bustling with activity from all sorts of water craft.
The West Country offers some of the best cruising in the world in our opinion. 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 some lovely Devonshire and Cornish villages.
Setting off from Southampton we will aim for Weymouth as a first port of call. Followed by Dartmouth, the entrance is guarded by a castle and the pretty town is over looked by the Britannia Royal Naval College. After a night in Dartmouth and a good look around you might head off for Salcombe which is a short sail across Start Bay. Salcombe is another delightful seaside town with lots of character and surrounded by rolling hills and fields, a character of the West Country.
West of Salcombe is the bustling naval port of Plymouth.
These are some of the places you will visit. It might be in a different order and dependent on the wind direction.
A great thing about sailing in the West Country is that places to visit are conveniently spaced out and within a day or half a day’s sail of the next port.
Depart Southampton on the Sunday evening.
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.
The trip is obviously be weather dependent. If conditions prevented a trip to the West Country the the conditions might be more favourbale to head across the Channel to explore France and the Channel Islands. So you should bring your passport just in case.
In the unlikely situation where the conditions don’t allow us to cover lots of miles 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.
Whilst the weather sailing of the south coast is actually fairly mild it is important to have the correct clothing. We provide modern, branded waterproof trousers and jackets free of charge.
Space on a boat is always at a premium, so you should pack your clothes in a soft holdall that can be stowed away in a locker. Bags with wheels or metal buckles should be avoided, as these may damage the woodwork on boats. You will need:
We provide all safety equipment such as lifejackets and harnesses.
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A VHF radio is an essential piece of safety equipment and it is vital to understand the correct procedures.
Shorebased navigation classes that prepare you to safely find your way once afloat.
One day courses that broaden your knowledge and compliment the RYA practical and navigation courses.