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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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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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