Warm clothes including hat, scarf, sailing gloves and thermal underwear. It is better several thin layers rather than two thick layers. If you are just starting out sailing there is no need to spend huge amounts of money on expensive clothing. Even a cheap set of thermal long johns and vest will keep you warm and don't foget we supply you with wet weather gear. For those considering doing a lot of sailing it would be worth thinking about purchasing a dedicated breathable layer system. This normally consists of a thermal base layer, a mid layer fleece with breathable wet weather gear as an outer layer. Some examples of manufacturers who supply this type of clothing are Gill www.gillmarine.com and Musto www.musto.com. Don't forget a sleeping bag, pillow, sunglasses, sun cream, your wash kit and a towel. Soft holdalls only please. You will also need a small amount of spending money for trips ashore.
If you are coming on a Cross Channel trip or Distance Cruise please don't forget your passport. We also recommend you bring an EH1C (formerly E111) available form your local Post Office or online at www.dh.gov.uk Passports are not required on any other courses.
The school carries full public liability insurance for its students, however personal travel / cancellation / accident insurance is strongly recommended. Topsail Insurance are specialist insurers who offer insurance for this activity. They can be contacted here
You will be sailing in the Solent / south coast which is the ideal training ground for any yachtsman. You may visit some of the well-known harbours on the Isle of Wight such as Cowes or Yarmouth. You may also visit areas such as Beaulieu, Lymington, Poole and Portsmouth.
We take a maximum of 5 students per boat on sailing courses (3:1 Ratio courses is 3 students), 4 on motor cruising courses and 3 on power boat courses. All of our boats are capable of taking more than these numbers so there will be plenty of room for everyone onboard.
Part of learning to sail is learning how to live aboard a yacht. All chores, including cooking, are shared equally between all students and the instructor. The meals provided are pre-prepared, homecooked meals and simply require heating up in the oven. The only other cooking that is required is vegetables or rice, etc.
You can indeed bring your mobile phone. As many people come along sailing to get away from everyday life or as a holiday, during teaching times we would ask that phones are turned off to avoid distraction unless of course you are expecting an urgent call. Mobile phone coverage is only up to approximately 10 miles from land which will generally give you coverage on all courses except distance sails and cross channel trips. In an emergency the yacht can also be contacted by radio.
It may be necessary for you to share a cabin (unless booked on a 3:1 ratio course). Couples and friends will normally share. If you are coming on a course on your own there is a possibility you will have to share a cabin but this would only be with someone of the same sex.
There is a large, free car park here in the marina where you can leave you car for the duration of your course. Whilst there is 24hr security and CCTV in the car park, we cannot accept responsibility for loss or damage to cars or their contents.
On all practical sailing courses we provide breakfast, lunch and dinner onboard except for the first evening. On motor cruising courses we provide breakfast and lunch and on shorebased and power boat courses no meals are provided. We also supply plenty of snacks to keep you going during the day. We have a reputation as the 'Hamble School of Eating' and this is down to the high quality (and quantity!) of the food we provide.
Although you will spend some nights in marinas, in order to explore some of the more beautiful locations and to get the most out of the sail cruising training you may also spend a night or two on a mooring buoy or a secluded anchorage. After all, sailing is about adventure!
We do allow under 18's on courses when accompanied by a parent / guardian over the age of 18. Under 16's are permitted on courses when part of a group booking with at least one person over the age of 18.
All of our yachts fully comply with the code of practice for small commercial vessels and meet all requirements as set down by the Maritime and Coastguard Agency. All boats are checked before and after each course and all safety equipment is serviced on a regular basis.
Smoking is permitted onboard, however as it is in close confines with other people we would ask that you have consideration for your fellow crew and only smoke at the back of the boat and downwind. Off course it would be polite to ask your fellow crew first.
Even Nelson suffered from sea sickness, however it is not common in the Solent due to its sheltered location. If you know you are susceptible, then it is worth buying some motion sickness tablets such as Stugeron from the chemist and bringing them with you.
The ideal course for you is the Competent Crew course. It is the course for the absolute beginner to learn the basics and enjoy the delights of sailing. At the end of this course you will have become a confident and competent member of crew.
We understand that sometimes you want to learn in the familiar environment of your own boat and people you know. Our instructors can come onboard and teach you anything from a full RYA course to some instruction focused on your individual requirements
If you have no previous experience you will need to start with the Competent Crew course followed by the Day Skipper theory and practical courses. These courses will give you the skills you need to skipper a cruising yacht on short passages by day. You will also need to do a one day SRC course so you are able to use your VHF radio onboard.
Why not attend our 7 day Yacht Maintenance course. This course is an intensive hands-on practical course that will equip you with the basic fault finding and problem solving skills needed together with knowledge to carry out routine maintenance tasks such as painting, antifouling, varnishing and GRP repairs. You will also spend time looking at electrical systems, engines, plumbing and rigging.
Although the majority of jobs in the sailing industry will require you to have the Yachtmaster certificate there are some positions that will accept the RYA Yachtmaster Coastal qualification. Your certificate will need to be commercially endorsed which means you will also need a Sea Survival certificate and attend a medical with your GP. Our Professional Sail Training Fast Track course may be able to help you achieve your dreams.