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Various dates available

Portsmouth – France – Portsmouth, English Channel Hop

From £325 Per person

Deposit 25% balance due 12wks before departure
Channel hops are one of the most popular ways to build up practical sailing experience and get miles added to your logbook
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Pay a 50% deposit per item
Nights onboard
3
Vessel type
Bavaria 40 “Cartel”
Vessel length
40 foot
Skipper
Yes
Berth Style
3 double cabins
Insurance Required
Yes

Join a weekend adventure where you'll get hands-on with all aspects of sailing

3 nights: Various dates June - September 2020

£325 per person

Channel hops are one of the most popular ways to build up practical sailing experience and get miles added to your logbook. A typical crossing will involve around 150 miles, several hours active night sailing and valuable experience navigating the busy shipping lanes of the English Channel. We have several options of dates and locations throughout the year.

 

Join: Portsmouth, England / On the Friday night (From 1800hrs)

Leave: Portsmouth, England

Channel hops

This is one of the most popular ways to build up practical sailing experience and get the miles added to your logbook. A typical crossing will involve around 150 miles of sailing, several hours active night sailing and valuable experience navigating the busy shipping lanes of the English Channel. For those working towards their Yachtmaster Offshore qualifications, each leg will count towards your 60M qualifying passages with night sailing. What’s more, you can explore beautiful French sailing towns and superb local cuisine.

The itinerary usually involves you joining the crew on a Friday evening and after safety and passage briefings from your skipper, we set sail for France. Following a watch system, you’ll be fully involved in a night crossing through the busy shipping lanes of the English Channel and arrive at the destination on Saturday. After arrival, you’re free to explore the local town and dine ashore in one of the many the local bistros. After lunch on Sunday, we’ll set sail back for England and settle into a watch system as the sunsets. Arrival back in Portsmouth is usually late morning on Monday.

You’ll be encouraged to take as active a role as you’d like in aspects of the crossing such as passage planning, navigation and pilotage which, under the watchful eye of a professional skipper, is a great way to build confidence and experience. It’s even possible for you to skipper an entire leg.

The fees include all waterproofs if you need them, personal safety equipment, all food onboard (including plenty of snacks and refreshments) and all fuel and mooring costs. Please note that we need to remain flexible on which destination we chose due to weather conditions at the time. For example, if the winds are southwesterly it’s not much fun beating all the way to Alderney – we’re more likely to pick Honfleur if that’s the case.

  • 3 nights on a yacht
  • Sailing instruction
  • Use of wet weather sailing clothing
  • All meals for the duration of the trip.
  • Mooring fees
  • Visits to restaurants, museums, galleries etc during the trip.
  • Travel to and from the vessel.
  • Alcohol
  • Open to beginner sailors.
  • Great mile builder.

Travel to Portsmouth, England.

Return from Portsmouth, England.

Join: Portsmouth, England / On the Friday night (From 1800hrs)

Leave: Portsmouth, England

Channel hops

This is one of the most popular ways to build up practical sailing experience and get the miles added to your logbook. A typical crossing will involve around 150 miles of sailing, several hours active night sailing and valuable experience navigating the busy shipping lanes of the English Channel. For those working towards their Yachtmaster Offshore qualifications, each leg will count towards your 60M qualifying passages with night sailing. What’s more, you can explore beautiful French sailing towns and superb local cuisine.

The itinerary usually involves you joining the crew on a Friday evening and after safety and passage briefings from your skipper, we set sail for France. Following a watch system, you’ll be fully involved in a night crossing through the busy shipping lanes of the English Channel and arrive at the destination on Saturday. After arrival, you’re free to explore the local town and dine ashore in one of the many the local bistros. After lunch on Sunday, we’ll set sail back for England and settle into a watch system as the sunsets. Arrival back in Portsmouth is usually late morning on Monday.

You’ll be encouraged to take as active a role as you’d like in aspects of the crossing such as passage planning, navigation and pilotage which, under the watchful eye of a professional skipper, is a great way to build confidence and experience. It’s even possible for you to skipper an entire leg.

The fees include all waterproofs if you need them, personal safety equipment, all food onboard (including plenty of snacks and refreshments) and all fuel and mooring costs. Please note that we need to remain flexible on which destination we chose due to weather conditions at the time. For example, if the winds are southwesterly it’s not much fun beating all the way to Alderney – we’re more likely to pick Honfleur if that’s the case.

Sailing boots

Trainers/ deck shoes (no black soled shoes please – they mark the deck)

Waterproof sailing kit (two sets are recommended. Heavy gear for on-board and lighter kit for trips ashore)

Hat

Balaklava

Sailing gloves – 2 sets

Glove liners

Hand warmers

Hot water bottle

Clothes for on-board and on shore

A small backpack for trips on-shore (30-40 litres)

A water bottle

Thermals, two sets

Thick socks, two sets

Sun glasses (polarized)

Sun cream – SPF50+

Small quick dry towel

Swimming kit

USB cord to charge your phone

Cash

Warm sleeping bag

Head torch

Sailing knife

Passport

Printed out Insurance details

Any medication you require

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