Fancy the challenge of helming your boat through blue crystal waters after a night sipping wine under a warm starlit sky? Or how about coping with the power of a Force 6; perhaps in the pouring rain? Whichever sounds best, chartering is for you…..
Membership of the Club gives you the chance to charter with others to explore areas of the UK, Mediterranean and other parts of the world. This offers an alternative to sailing on Club members’ boats and does not restrict your sailing to areas where these boats are based.
At popular Club events, chartering gives you an opportunity to participate, getting involved in all aspects of working the yacht. Each year, members charter for events such as the Treasure Hunt, Last Night of the Proms (at Osborne House), the Mediterranean charter and Cowes week.
Charters are publicised through the website and the email contact list and costs vary depending on the season and location. A week in Scotland can start from as little as £300 (all inclusive), to £500 a week for cruising along the South Coast. Weekend charters in the Solent cost between £120 to £180, including shared costs. Most charter companies will let you charter with a Day Skipper qualification.
In previous years boats have been chartered en masse in many European waters, from Sweden round to Turkey. In September 2011, over 50 members on 9 boats sailed in Turkey. In 2012 we went to the Ionian, departing from Lefkas and sailing north to Corfu for a week; then south to Cephalonia for a week. In 2013 we had another very successful fortnight; this time in the Saronic Gulf. In 2014 we chartered seven yachts in the Baltic and explored the beautiful islands of the Stockholm Archipelago. In 2015 we went to sail the Adriatic off the cost of Croatia and it proved so successful that we're returning to Croatia in 2016,
As a member of a charter crew there is the opportunity to get involved in all aspects of running the boat allowing you to hone your skills in navigation, catering and boat handing skills. All skill levels are welcome, especially beginners, who are introduced to yachting in a warm and friendly environment.
Many charters begin life with discussions at our Social events, held regularly throughout the year, and support is given to anyone wishing to arrange a charter. Please contact the Rear Commodore (Charters) for more information.