Every year the offshore committee organise a full calendar of cruising trips. This is leisurely cruising, mostly suitable for everyone, even if you have never been on a boat before. The UK cruising season usually starts in mid-March and continues through to mid-November whilst international trips run all year round.
Most events are based on bareboat charters but in the Solent some members join in with their own yachts and a few members on board. The cruises are generally skippered by qualified club members which keeps the costs of the events down, although if there are no suitably qualified club skippers we may use a professional skipper.
Our Solent trips generally start from the Hamble or another location easily accessible from London, making them a great option for a weekend away sailing. These cruises can be very popular and you may need to sign up early to ensure a place. See
Upcoming Yacht Events for our next Solent trips.
We run a variety of different Solent trips: some are designed to help members develop certain skills or build their miles, some are just a leisurely cruise and some feature a big social event.
Some of the more popular social trips include:
- The Hot Toddy: Usually held in November, around ten boats sail to Cowes and hold a pontoon party with awards for the best hot toddy.
- The Summer BBQ: Usually held in July, a fleet of boats sail to somewhere in the Solent for a beach barbecue and games.
For most trips the crew will meet up on Friday evening at the marina and sleep on the boat. On the Saturday, there is a day's sailing to a location within easy reach, where the crew will spend the night, again on the boat. The boat will then return to its starting point on Sunday, allowing everyone to get home by the evening.
Some of the mile-builder weekends may go further afield and involve night sailing and taking a day's holiday.
The boat is normally chartered and is typically 36 to 40 foot, sleeping up to 8 people.
Longer Cruising Adventures
We also run a wide selection of cruises in the UK and overseas.
The club's overseas cruises have become very popular over the years and this is not surprising when you see the fantastic places that we have visited - Italy's Amalfi coast, the Dutch Lakes, Canary Islands, Croatia, Montenegro, Sardinia, Sweden, Caribbean, Turkey, Greece, Canada and Thailand to name a few.
Each year the calendar includes some favourite holiday destinations but also some interesting or lesser visited locations or opportunities to sail a particular type of boat. Please see calendar for more details on our upcoming trips.
We are always open to suggestions for new destinations and volunteers to organise trips! Spaces can go very quickly on these cruises so remember to book early.
Overseas events are organised on a charter only basis so members generally book their own flights although recommendations are made to enable shared transfers.
Photo credits: Derrick Evans
Last updated 13:10 on 22 September 2021