Family Sailing

Family Sailing

Its environmentally friendly, different and great fun.

Family SailingDates can be flexible, mid week price is roughly the same as a weekend and we do some great deals for selected dates—these are often long weekends. Because we own the yacht we compare favourably with bareboat rates.

Where do we go?—the obvious choice might seem to be France or the Channel Islands and we can do this, but sailing in sight of the coast appeals to many especially if it is the Jurassic coast, which is so much better from the sea than the land.

How old? Really it is a case of whether they want to go sailing or not. My experience suggests that 10 is about the youngest to really enjoy steering 9 tonnes of Yacht powered by a fair breeze. My daughters still come sailing 15 years later. If you have the whole yacht it is your decision what to do anyway* and the New Forest National Park with superb coastal walks starts just 100yds away. Lymington has recently been voted best sea side town. Beaulieu and there are other attractions are nearby.

Learning together as a family can also be a great holiday and we can run a dedicated RYA Competent Crew and/ or day Skipper course for you. learn with us now , then off to somewhere hot next summer.

When is best to go? July to October is best especially if you fancy a swim. The temperature of the sea is about the same on New Years day as May Day and at its warmest near the end of September. October half term works well and a long weekend allows you decide whether a 2 week Flotilla holiday next year really is a good idea.

What’s included? Fuel, Fees, marina dues, safety gear and if you want we will cater as well. Our food is good although we can’t really cook and sail a Yacht at the same time.  This means we may anchor for lunch or have just soup, cold chicken and salad. Dinner can be accompanied by guests wine but we only drink when safely tied up for the night (the yacht, not the crew unless they are very bad).

What’s the boat like?—well Wild Spirit is fully described on the ‘About Wild Spirit’ page. In short she is safe enough to enter serious Royal Ocean Racing Club races such as the one to Madeira or the Fastnet but still has Hot Water and central heating on board. She sleeps up to 8 people and is licensed to carry 10.  If you want a different size Yacht we can arrange it.
What is the skipper like?—see ‘About Wild Spirit’ page but basically, experienced, lots of qualifications, tolerant and with a sense of humour. Other skippers are available as well but none come with a parrot and a peg leg.

‘Hassle free sailing at its best’–Sailing Today
* Subject to Skipper agreeing it is safe and feasible. We can advise where to go, or if you wish just relax and leave it up to us.