SAILGP Viewing / Solent Sailing Weekend

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SAILGP – Viewing The Fastest Boats On The Water – From the Water! (Spaces Left  1 Female / 1 Male updated 7.8.19)

SAILGP 50 Foot supercharged wing-sailed foiling catamarans racing in close-quarters at speeds potentially exceeding 50 knots, just off Cowes.  6 Nations, Racing just off Cowes – Saturday 10th / Sunday 11th August.

Couple this with our fantastic social weekends with great food with good wine and the odd cheeky G&T for Sun-downers – What is not to enjoy!

Having just seen several of these boats out on the water practising – we are just in awe! Grab this opportunity to have a great weekend on the water and to watch the SAILGP F50 Multihulls from the water NOW!

This weekend is a fantastic weekend for getting on the water and doing some sailing. Then later in the afternoon on Saturday there is the most unbelievable ‘Fastest Sailing Boats in the World’  6 Nations SAILGP Teams competing against each other just off Cowes on a specially designed course. You get to view this from the water (people on the land have to pay just to step into a distant viewing area situated on Cowes Green!) A weekend afloat with us all for £319pp

This is aimed at people wanting a teaching sailing weekend taking advantage of the protected sailing waters of the Solent in a social environment with the added bonus of late afternoon viewing of the F50’s SAILGP boats on Saturday.  We meet on the Friday evening at our base at the Hamble. The boats that we use are normally about 37 feet long, comfortable modern cruisers with heating, with 3 double cabins and 3 berths in the saloon.

When & Where:  From MDL Mercury Yacht Harbour, Hamble that has excellent facilities with 24 hr staffing, restaurant / bar, chandlery and ample free on site parking

We normally head out of the Friday evening, leaving for a short sail / trip to a nearby destination as an added bonus. We look at the weather, tides and wind together to decide upon our destination for the Saturday evening making sure that we will be just west of Cowes for the F50 SAILGP competition and to view from the water. during the day we will visit places of interest, explore rivers and creeks and moor up or drop anchor for lunch.  On Sunday we sail returning to the Hamble for late afternoon leaving the boat at about 1600 hrs.

You may visit places such as Cowes, Beaulieu River, Newtown Creek and Southampton in the Central Solent or Hamble village. At night we will moor alongside a pontoon giving access to the shore-side marina facilities with excellent showers / toilets / laundry facilities and 240 volt power.

Learning Sailing Skills: The sailing is suitable for novices and first timers as well as those with more sailing experience. We get absolute beginners where we teach people to take part as an active member of the crew, people wanting to ‘re-fresh’ their skills perhaps having done a Day Skipper course, those wanting to gain experience for their flotilla holiday right through to Yachtmaster standard coming on board – everyone takes something away with them. If there are particular skills that you would like to practice we will do our best to accommodate you. As well as the physical sailing aspects we usually include reefing whilst sailing, heave to, MOB etc, you may do some pilotage for port entries and we work on buoyage and light recognition, mooring and anchoring techniques – and then the ‘easy methods’ that our skippers utilise in everyday sailing.

As an Example: – Beginners could be taught specific rope work skills and the more experienced aboard useful tips for when ‘short-handed’ sailing. Advanced sailors may be asked to moor or leave a mooring under sail, practice using an asymmetric spinnaker, focus upon sail trim etc. Everyone gets ‘hands on’ experience during the weekend in the running of the boat and a chance to helm. Simply do as much or as little as you like. Build up some experience, learn and we can teach you elements that you may be weak in, coach and inform you. Couple the above with good company, good food and a convivial atmosphere on board – and life is good!

Lunch on Board

Catering: We have been complemented that our food is excellent and not the ‘normal boat food’. We generally serve a 3-course evening meal with wine plus cheese board and real coffee aboard on the Friday night as we are often late in after the evening sail . We do, where possible, put a First Mate / Hostess aboard to help with on board duties and assist tuition ratios. Once we are safely tied up along side, we can have a drink or two. We have a ‘G&T sun-downer’ and people are encouraged to bring their favourite tipple to go with the nibbles for this if they’re not a G&T fan… it all makes for good fun.  On one evening (normally Saturday) during the weekend we eat out at own cost.

Example Itinerary: (Includes F50 SAILGP Viewing Off Cowes)


  • 1800 Meet Friday – Hamble – MDL Mercury Yacht Harbour
  • Free  / 24Hr Staffed Parking Within Marina Gates
  • Boat Safety Brief
  • Slip Moorings for Evening Sail (weather & crew experience dependent)
  • Meal Onboard


  • 0900 Sat Briefing
  • Sail Training
  • Lunch on Board
  • Sail Training. After 3.30pm F50 SAILGP Viewing
  • Moor at Destination
  • Sundowners
  • Enjoy On Shore Ambiance / Eat Out at Own Cost
  • Accommodation on Board (own sleeping bag/pillow / towel / wash kit required)


  • 0900 Sunday Brief
  • 1000 Slip Moorings
  • Sailing – Watch the Action Of Cowes Week Fleets
  • 1300 Brunch on Board
  • Afternoon Sail
  • 1600 Return Hamble MDL Mercury Yacht Harbour

What is Included:

  • Professional Skipper & First Mate
  • Accommodation on Board
  • Meals on Board
  • ‘Sundowners G&T & Pre-Dinner Snacks
  • Mooring Fees (Except Cowes – during Cowes Week / Regatta Periods)
  • Fuel
  • Safety Equipment
  • Wet Weather Gear

To Book: Bookings can be taken over the phone if required and paid for by debit card or transfers. Please contact us to check availability and confirm that you wish to proceed. We can fill in or send you an event booking form.  The bank details for transfers are on the booking form. Transfer the monies and email us confirmation of the payment. Scan and send the completed booking form / photograph it / post it to us etc. We will send you a confirmation letter with equipment list.

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Price:  £319 (4 spaces)

NB: Just to let you know that if the group decides it wishes to moor in Cowes on the Saturday night the Skipper can see if this is possible but the mooring fee in Cowes would need to be split between the paying crew. Likely cost would be total £80 – £130 depending upon the marina with space. There could be an opportunity for a midstream mooring which would be cheaper but necessitate water taxi’s. The Skipper can chat this through and see what the feel of the group is…

Any questions – give us a ring on 02380 016450 and speak to Paul / Buster or email