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Leading Yacht Charter Company in the Solent and South Coast

Firstaway Yacht Charters Southampton is a premier yacht charter company operating in the Solent and the South Coast.

We operate from Shamrock Quay, Southampton providing easy access to the Solent and beyond to France, the Channel Islands and the West Country.

Our experienced and enthusiastic team is made up of people who love sailing, who will ensure your yacht charter in the Solent will be all it should be. We can offer advice on everything from your choice of yacht charter, to where to sail in the Solent or beyond.

All badged up
All badged up


Established back in 1985 by Helen and Eddie Hill, the reins were handed over to Sally and Eric Whitelaw in 2015 before passing to First Class Sailing in 2019.  Firstaway Yacht Charters has gained and maintained a reputation as a leading Yacht Charter business in the Solent and South Coast - flexible, caring and run by experienced professionals.

We offer a selection of charter yachts, lovingly maintained in excellent condition, along with advice from our enthusiastic and experienced team who love sailing.

Our priority is to provide and maintain first-class yachts and service for our clients - many of whom return year after year to Southampton to enjoy the sailing on the Solent!

 Sam Pirkhoffer


Firstaway Yacht Charters is now owned and run by First Class Sailing. The shoreside team is made up of Charlie Tulloch, the Principal of First Class Sailing; Martin Lown - the General Manager who makes sure everything runs smoothly, Richard Lloyd-Williams who is in charge of Sales and Bookings, Sam Pirkhoffer the Operations Manager, who is fully involved in keeping the Firstaway charter fleet in tip-top condition, maintaining and cleaning the yachts and preparing them for bareboat charter or skippered charter; Sam has help from Michelle and Nikita in making sure the yachts are spotlessly clean for your charter; 

Charlie Tulloch of First Away Yacht Charters
Charlie Tulloch


  • Sailing skills but no yacht? We can offer bareboat yacht charter - have a look at our charter rates.
  • New to sailing? Try a skippered yacht charter for a taster day or full weekend.
  • Want to entertain corporate clients? We offer corporate entertainment days and skippered party days. Stag Do's or Hen Parties.
  • Need some RYA training? We can tailor a package of RYA training to fit your needs, brought to you by our RYA approved qualified training providers.
  • Want to own a yacht? We can offer advice on buying, maintaining and repairing yachts.
  • We offer a Yacht Management scheme to help offset your yacht’s running costs.

Customer Testimonials

Highly recommended

Wonderful people. Sally in particular couldn't have been more helpful. The skippers were professional and experienced, but also good fun and made the whole experience very enjoyable. Thanks all!- Sam N

Day trip with great skipper

Excellent company, with a very well appointed boat (Zara). Nothing was a problem to them, despite me chopping and changing a lot. Our skipper - Gavin - was fantastic. Knowledgable, friendly and great company. I would certainly use this company again.- ASQC

Amazing Trip. Highly Recommended!

I arrived with no expectations and ended up having an amazing time on "Elissa" The Skipper was super friendly and got us involved with the sailing. Overall was a phenomenal experience and I highly recommend to anyone considering!! 5 STARS- Virginia Water

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