Solent Sailing Weekends

Improve your sailing or skippering skills with this RYA Instructor-led weekend exploring the best the Solent has to offer, arguably the best cruising waters in the world. Starting at 1800 on Friday evening and finishing at 1600 on Sunday.

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Product Description

These Solent sailing weekends offer you the chance to gain valuable experience and build miles in beautiful surroundings and under the expert guidance of an experienced RYA instructor. This is your chance to put into practice skills you have learned on either Competent Crew or Day Skipper course, or simply to just enjoy the atmosphere and fun of sailing.

Instructor Ratio

Our weekend is based around you and with a maximum of 4 to 1 ratio of people to the instructor, you will have the chance to ask questions and practice everything from sail hoisting, reefing and trimming to manoeuvres under sail or motor. The aim is to provide a fun environment in which everyone on board can learn and get something more from their sailing, wherever they are in their journey.


Meeting at 1800 on Friday, you’ll have a chance to meet the other crew & settle in. The Skipper will run through a safety briefing after which you’ll spend Friday evening in Hamble in a relaxed environment (namely the pub) discussing the plans for the weekend. For budding skippers, this is a chance to find out how and why the plan was made, what process the skipper went through to plan the weekend and question the tools and techniques for doing so. You’ll come away with plenty of tips’n’tricks for planning your own journeys in the future.

Saturday will be spent sailing somewhere in the Solent with usually a stop en route for lunch. There will be plenty of time for the crew to have a go helming, setting sails, practising manoeuvres or maybe some navigation. Saturday evening will be a relaxed affair in the chosen destination and again you’ll have the skipper on hand, essentially your own private tuition.

Sunday will follow a similar pattern to Saturday with the final destination being the Hamble for approximately 1600hrs.

Why come along?

These weekends are a great way to boost your confidence and get more experience in a fun and relaxed atmosphere and of course surrounded by the natural beauty of the Solent with its bays, creeks and harbours.

We sail from Universal Marina, our adventures start here! Universal offers easy access from the M27, has plenty of parking and on-site facilities including a great restaurant and bar.

There’s plenty of free parking on site.


Our sailing base

Universal Marina
Crableck Lane
Sarisbury Green SO31 7ZN


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Polka – GBR912R

Polka is a meticulously maintained Beneteau First 34.7, fully race prepared. She has a carbon mast and rod rigging and flies an asymmetric spinnaker from a retractable carbon bowsprit.
We carry a full race sail inventory including:

  • Carbon Membrane Main Sail
  • Membrane Jibs (No. 1 & No. 3)
  • Heavy Weather Jib
  • Storm Jib
  • TrySail
  • Code 0 Asymmetric
  • A2 Asymmetric
  • A4 Asymmetric

Polka is MCA coded and compliant with ISAF category 1 offshore racing. She carries all the latest safety equipment, above and beyond the requirements of both bodies. All crew whilst onboard have a Spinlock Pro-sensor lifejacket allocated for their use. (The Skippers rules when to wear them will be applied at all times).

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