The Solent Sailing Experience
Join us on this hands-on, exciting day out aboard Clipper 60 Taeping, a proven 60ft Ocean Race Yacht. Ideal for newcomers to the sport or more experienced sailors simply looking for a day out on the water. You can experience the thrill of sailing in a safe, relaxed environment, whilst really getting involved in the crewing of the yacht. You will have the opportunity to take the wheel of Clipper 60 Taeping as she powers through the Solent and feel the buzz of working on the front of the boat whilst she crashes through the waves."Hands on sailing aboard Clipper 60 Taeping - a 60ft proven ocean race yacht. Available on midweek dates, this trip is ideal for first time sailors to the more experienced just looking to get on the water for a great day sailing..."
When you arrive you will have an opportunity to look around Taeping, before the Skipper gives a short safety brief about the day. Then we will slip lines and motor out of the River Hamble to the famous waters of the Solent. This 30 mile stretch of water between England and the Isle of Wight, flanked at one end by the Needles and at the other by Napoleonic forts, provides some of the most popular cruising waters in the World. The Solent also plays host to Cowes Week, the biggest UK yachting regatta, as well as providing the start line for many Round the World Races and World Record attempts. Whatever the day and time of year there is always something to see in this busy stretch of water.
The exact course for the day will depend on the tides, but the Skipper will introduce you to lots of sailing manoeuvres during this hands on experience aboard a 60ft Ocean Race Yacht. You will be served a racing style baguette lunch under sail and this provides a great opportunity to sit back and enjoy the sailing before we return to the marina for 4pm.
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9:30 - 10:00: Meet us in our office in the marina for a tea or coffee whilst everyone arrives.
10:00 - 10:45: Your Skipper and Crew for the day will fit you with lifejackets and take you to the boat for a quick look around before a full safety brief is given and everyone rigs the boat ready for sea. At this stage you will be hands on getting the sails ready, leading the ropes and getting used to the boat.
10:45: Depart the marina and motor down the River Hamble to the Solent where we hoist our sails and get underway.
13:00: Lunch is served under sail after a morning of cruising around the Solent.
15:30: After an afternoon of sailing and boat manoeuvres, we arrive back outside the River Hamble and drop the sails before we motor back up the River to the Marina.
16:00: Depart the boat.
Where we sail: On the Solent, from HYS Marina in Hamble
Event time: 10am to 4pm
Maximum participants: 12
When: Selected Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from April to September.
Boat: Clipper 60 Taeping
A baguette lunch, snacks, soft drinks and tea and coffee as well as all the safety kit such as lifejackets and wet weather clothing are provided as part the day.
Participants must be at least 12 to come on this day and if they are 12 to 17 they must book with a parent or guardian. There is no upper age limit.
There are a number of steps and a ladder inside the yacht, if you think you might need assistance to move around, we would ask you book with someone who can give you a helping hand.
How is this day different from the Ocean Race Yacht Experience?
The Solent Sailing Experience is different to the Ocean Race Yacht Experience, as it is only available on midweek dates and aboard Clipper 60 Taeping. Both events are very hands on and our staff are on hand to give full guidance on the day. Ideal for novices as the pace of the day is slightly slower allowing more time to explain and experience all aspects of sailing.
Brill day! Would have liked windier conditions, however an excellent and informative day. Andrew
A really super day out with a difference. Thank you. Anonymous