RYA Start Yachting Sailing Courses - Solent & Southampton Waters


The RYA Start Yachting Sail Cruising Course is a fantastic way to give yacht sailing a try. Running over 2 days during the week or at weekends it brings students with no sailing experience into this amazing sport and also includes 1 nights accommodation on board the yacht. We limit course courses to just 4 students.

During this RYA start yachting practical course you will cover practical navigation, pilotage, boat handling, seamanship, skippering techniques and the all-important berthing in marinas. Our normal course fee is from £199 per student at low season, £275 in mid season & £349 at high season. This includes shared accommodation.



RYA Start Yachting Low Ratio Sailing Course

The RYA allows a maximum of 5 students on the start yachting practical course, with the course based totally on board the yacht this can usually mean sharing a cabin with a stranger. At Solent Boat Training run a lower student to yacht ratio course and so offer you your own bed for the night and 2 days of the course.

Why not book the whole yacht for a private course for 2 to 4 students from as little as £796 midweek or £996 for weekend courses.


Bavaria 37 Start Yachting Cruising Yacht

Our Bavaria 37ft cruising yacht has 3 double cabins and a double bed conversion in the saloon. Her large galley and bathroom ensure your time on board is enjoyable at every point as we travel around the Solent.

Our  RYA start yachting practical course runs from our Shamrock Quay marina base in Southampton. Every course is different, but you will enjoy nights on board several of the following marinas : Ocean Village marina, Port Hamble marina, East Cowes marina, Haslar marina and Lymington Yacht Haven marina. Each of these marinas have excellent facilities such as bars, bistros, laundry, shops and showers that compliment the yacht own facilities. 

RYA Start Yachting Practical Course


Minimum student age is 12. Under 18`s must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.