A huge amount of pleasure can be derived from chartering a sailing yacht and skippering it yourself.
There is so much to see and do within the Solent and a Solent charter offers opportunities to visit lots of different and interesting places within a weekend or a week. From the busy port of Southampton and the naval port of Portsmouth, to Cowes and Yarmouth on the Isle of Wight, Lymington and Beaulieu on the edge of the New Forest, and Hamble on the River Hamble. The Solent offers a great cruising ground. For a list of suggested places to visit during your Solent yacht charter have a look here .
To charter a bareboat yacht, you must have done a reasonable amount of sailing before and at least one other person on the boat should have the equivalent amount of experience and knowledge of an RYA Competent Crew certificate holder.
To charter one of our larger yachts you must have as a minimum an RYA Coastal Skipper qualification or have equivalent sailing experience on a similar sized yacht.
For our smaller yachts you need to hold an RYA Day Skipper Practical certificate or above and have skippered for at least 200nm on a sailing yacht in tidal waters, ideally in the Solent.
If you are would like to discuss your sailing to date and suitability to charter a yacht then please do call and if you don’t quite have the qualifications or experience required then you could consider a skippered charter or coming on a mile building or boat handling weekend or taking an RYA course with our parent Company First Class Sailing . They offer the full range of sailing courses, both practical and theory courses including 1 day courses for VHF.
In addition to a Solent charter France, the Channel Islands, Poole, Weymouth and beyond to the West Country are all doable if weather and time permits.
A yacht can be chartered by yourself to sail with family and friends or for a specific sailing event or for some corporate sailing with office team members or clients. So, whether you fancy some cruising, racing, skippered charter or doing some corporate sailing do get in touch.
Yachts available for bareboat charter are as follows (please scroll across to view all information):