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Boat Handling

The wind is pushing you off and you have a cross tide. A crew member stands, rope in hand, on the beam. There is a pub overlooking the marina with plenty of punters enjoying an afternoon pint and jostling for a view of what is about to unfold.

Will it provide entertainment or a will there be quiet murmur of disappointment as you bring the yacht to a perfect halt alongside for your crew to step leisurely ashore with the lines. Hopefully the later!

Boat handling days or weekends are great for those who just want more practice in this aspect of boating or for those that want to brush up on rusty or forgotten skill. Perhaps you are about to bareboat charter a yacht and just feel a day or two with an instructor might be a good investment and will help you to preserve the security deposit on the boat you charter!

Emphasis on these days/weekends is on close quarters manoeuvring: Boat handling under power in confined spaces, in marinas, getting in and out of tight berths, turning in a tight spot, parking when only one or two of you are on board, that sort of things. There is also boat handling under sail to practice as well: sailing on and off buoys, man over board practice under sail etc.

If there is something specific you want to practice then I am sure we can accommodate.

If you want a day’s practice on the boat you intend to charter then we can arrange that.

Boat Handling weekends / days are great for improving skills and confidence.

Like our mile building weekends these are run in conjunction with our sister company First Class Sailing and a full list of dates can be found on their site here: Dates

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Fantastic days sailing with friends on a wonderful boat. It certainly helped that we had 3 very experienced sailors with us, would highly recommend Firstaway sailing if you want a day on the water in the Solent. - Clive B

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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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We were 7 onboard this Jeanneau 12.5 m and while there wasn't much wind, with what little there was we managed 7 kts. Cascadeur is a great charter boat - roomy, clean, well equipped. Eric and Sally were very helpful and clearly know their stuff. - Peter R

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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

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

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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

Fantastic Service, Again, Thank You!

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

Great experience in Solent with Firstaway

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

An exciting day

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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