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Sail across the Bay of Biscay from Portsmouth to the Canaries.

The Voyage

This trip will give you a good taste of offshore sailing. Leaving at the end of October you will sail from Portsmouth down the English Channel, across the Bay of Biscay, down the Coast of Spain and Portugal and on to the Canaries. It will get warmer as you head south! You may well stop in Cascais in Portugal along the way.

You will get about 1500nm under your belt.

Sailing Adventures

The Boat

The yacht is a Challenger 72 and well suited to such a voyage. She was built to sail the ‘wrong way’ around the world, a feat she accomplished twice. Since then she has sailed across the Atlantic numerous times and taken part in several Fastnet Campaigns. She is well maintained and is ‘coded’ to category Zero under Maritime and Coastguard Agency regulations. This means she is capable of sailing anywhere in the world in terms of her structure, the safety equipment she carries and the qualifications the Skipper and Mate have.

Down below she has a two heads with showers, a spacious galley and saloon area, bunks for everyone on board, a water maker and a full sized chart table with all the navigational equipment needed for such a passage.

Aboard will be a professionally qualified Skipper and Mate, plus two watch leader to keep you safe and the yacht running smoothly.

Biscay sailing


30 October – 15 November.

Join the Yacht in Portsmouth on 30th October and depart at the latest in Las Palmas in Gran Canaria on 15th November.


The price is £1347. Included within the price is all food on board, mooring fees, custom entry fees and insurance. In short the price includes everything except food and drink ashore.

How to Book

Staged payments can be made. This is run through our sister company First Class Sailing and more details and the option to book can be found here:  Sail Portsmouth to Canaries

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Thanks Sally and Eric for great service and a brilliant day with Firstaway Yacht Charters. Excellent first experience of sailing. Skipper Eric was great and let us all take a turn at the helm. A great way to celebrate special occasions. Boat was clean and well maintained with good facilities too. Would recommend Firstaway to anyone wanting to take a trip sailing. - R & A Jenner

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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

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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

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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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Firstaway run a great charter business: their yachts are in very good condition, always well prepared, properly cleaned; nothing is too much trouble; friendly and professional. I have been chartering from Firstaway for nearly 20 years and would always recommend them and never look elsewhere! - Mackeaj

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I chartered with Firstaway 3 days a Gib'Sea 37ft yatch. Very well kept and clean. excellent service and assistance, very easy checkin-checkout process. we did some 60 miles chilling around the Solent, Yarmouth harbour was also an excellent experience. highly recommended. - Tommaso M

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A beautiful day on the water around the Solent... I was slightly anxious as I don’t have webbed feet but Eric and Sally were great hosts and competent sailors... now looking forward to my next seafaring adventure. - Karen

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