Leading Yacht Charter Company in the Solent and South Coast
Firstaway Yacht Charters is a premier yacht charter company operating in the Solent and the South Coast.
We operate from Shamrock Quay, Southampton providing easy access to the Solent and beyond to France, the Channel Islands and the West Country.
Our experienced and enthusiastic team is made up of people who love sailing, who will ensure your yacht charter in the Solent will be all it should be. We can offer advice on everything from your choice of yacht charter, to
where to sail
in the Solent or beyond.
Established back in 1985 by Helen and Eddie Hill, the reins were handed over to Sally and Eric Whitelaw in 2015 before passing to First Class Sailing in 2019. Firstaway Yacht Charters has gained and maintained a reputation as a leading Yacht Charter business in the Solent and South Coast - flexible, caring and run by experienced professionals.
We offer a selection of charter yachts, lovingly maintained in excellent condition, along with advice from our enthusiastic and experienced team who love sailing.
Our priority is to provide and maintain first-class yachts and service for our clients - many of whom return year after year to Southampton to enjoy the sailing on the Solent!
Firstaway Yacht Charters is now owned and run by
First Class Sailing.
The shoreside team is made up of Charlie Tulloch, the Principal of First Class Sailing; Jamie Cozens the Chief Instructor who is fully involved in keeping the Firstaway charter fleet in tip-top condition, maintaining and cleaning the yachts and preparing them for bareboat charter, or skippered charter; Jamie has help from Carol in making sure the yachts are spotlessly clean for your charter; and Martin Lown who takes care of your bookings and makes sure all the admin runs smoothly.
Sailing skills but no yacht? We can offer bareboat yacht charter - have a look at our charter rates.
New to sailing? Try a skippered yacht charter for a taster day or full weekend.
Want to entertain corporate clients? We offer corporate entertainment days and skippered party days. Stag Do's or Hen Parties.
Need some RYA training? We can tailor a package of RYA training to fit your needs, brought to you by our RYA approved qualified training providers.
Want to own a yacht? We can offer advice on buying, maintaining and repairing yachts.
We offer a Yacht Management scheme to help offset your yacht’s running costs.