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Mile Builders

Mile building weekends (or longer if you wish) are great for doing just that – building miles.

And with miles and time on the water comes experience and confidence. Confidence not only in your own abilities but also confidence in how a boat handles and indeed what she can handle if you end up with testing weather and sea conditions.

We sail to France and back, usually Cherbourg, or to Weymouth and back. You will get about 120 nautical miles, plenty of night sailing, experience of crossing the shipping lanes if we go to France and back and for 2 people there is the opportunity to skipper a 60nm passage which is useful if you have your sites set on doing a Yachtmaster Offshore exam as such a passage is a prerequisite.

The emphasis is on having fun under the guidance of one of our experienced instructors, who will give you the opportunity to do as much or as little as you like.

Our skipper will meet you in Shamrock Quay marina for 7pm on the day of departure and you can expect to get away by about 5pm on the day you return. You will receive a full safety brief and have everything you need to know explained to you. 

Like our boat handling days/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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Brilliant Day on the Water

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

May Bank Holiday Charter of Cascadeur

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

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

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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