Start Yachting

Please note that during the current Covid-19 situation we are running our courses slightly differently. Pricing is per boat for up to 5 people and courses are only open to family groups or households. Please do call us if you have any specific questions.

Details on our courses can be found HERE….

General Course Information

The RYA Start Yachting weekend is an introductory course for complete beginners to understand the basics of sailing.

By the end of the course participants will have experienced steering a yacht, sail handling, rope work and be aware of safety onboard.

It is naturally a great course to establish whether or not you wish to take up the pastime without investing too much time and money.

Then if you wish to continue further into the RYA Sail Cruising Scheme then you can join the 3 day element of our 2 + 3 Day RYA Competent Crew course to receive your competent crew certificate.

Run over 2 days with accommodation provided onboard the yacht. We offer the option for you to book your own sleeping area for that extra privacy and comfort but if you are happy to share then we offer a discounted rate.

We run our courses with a maximum of 4 students normally 3. This offers each student much more hands on time and combined with the extra space onboard we find that by reducing the numbers it creates a better learning environment all round.

Our sailing school is based in Mercury Yacht Harbour on the River Hamble and sailing takes places in and around the Solent.

What To Expect FAQs Sailing Courses
2 Day Weekend £425* / £295
Start times Friday 1800
* Own Cabin

Pre-course experience None
Minimum Age 8 Years *
Assumed Knowledge None
Course Content Introduction to sailing and seamanship
Basic sailing experience
Ability after course Useful crew member
Course duration 2 Days
  • Accommodation onboard.
  • Mooring Fees.
  • All breakfasts, lunches, snacks and soft drinks.
  • Evening meals are taken ashore at the students cost.
  • Course completion certificate.
  • Knowledge of sea terms, parts of boat, rigging and sails
  • Ropework and knot tying
  • Sailing a yacht and points of sail
  • Steer a yacht under power and sail
  • Rules of the Road
  • Man Overboard
  • Personal Clothing and Safety Equipment
  • Emergency Equipment and Precautions
* Persons under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian

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Universal Yachting Ltd: Mercury Yacht Harbour, Satchell Lane,
Hamble, Southampton, Hampshire SO31 4HQ

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All forms of yachting are now permitted
The only restriction is that we can only offer Skippered Charters and RYA Training to groups of people from the same household.
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