There aren’t many things you can do in life that can beat one of our sailing experience days on the Solent. On this fun-filled day you will experience the joys of sailing on a classic boat that’s over one hundred years old.
Our experience days are designed for people who either want to try their hand at getting involved on a classic yacht, or for those that just want to sit back, enjoy the views, and sail the Solent in style. Whether you’re a complete beginner or an experienced sailor, a sailing experience day on the Solent is a great way to take in one of the world’s most stunning coastlines.
This coastline is one of the main reasons why this sailing experience day is so popular. You will see stunning harbours and pretty creeks, and even if you have sailed here before, you’re sure to see another hidden gem.
How it works
When you book with First Class Sailing you will join us in hoisting the sails, taking the tiller, and feeling the warmth of the wood while hauling ropes through varnished ash blocks as we catch the wind in the sails. Indulge in the gentle motion and traditional sounds of an old boat as we sail the Solent off the coast of Hampshire.
Whether you’re participating in sailing or simply enjoying the view, sailing can work up an appetite. But don’t worry, we’ll also provide snacks and a delicious lunch to satisfy your hunger.
As a Solent sailing experience, there really is nothing like it – click here for availability.
Other options available
As well as sailing experiences on the Solent, we also offer week trips and courses which take in destinations including Beaulieu, Hamble, Lymington, and Portsmouth. To find out more please browse our courses.
About Golden Vanity
A Solent sailing experience day on the Golden Vanity is like taking a trip back in time. This classic yacht, constructed in the early 1900s, was modelled after a Mumble Bee Brixham Sailing Trawler, even though it was never used for fishing. As a result, she provides a sturdy and dependable base from which to enjoy a delightful day’s sailing experience.
Once we’re ready to set sail on the Solent, we’ll raise the sails and chart a course. If we’re departing from Cowes on the Isle of Wight, we have two options: we can head east towards Osbourne Bay, which is adjacent to Queen Victoria’s holiday retreat, Osborne House.
Alternatively, we could sail west past picturesque farmland on the Isle of Wight and the historic woodlands of the New Forest on the mainland, towards the turquoise waters of Newtown Creek, Yarmouth, and ultimately back to our starting point.
There is so much to point out, photograph, and discuss as we sail the Solent in style.
If departing from Shamrock Quay in Southampton, the route will be very similar, but in more of a reverse order.
How your Solent sailing experience day works out is up to you. There’s every opportunity to get involved as part of a team. Alternatively, you can sit back and relax and watch the stunning views go by.
It’s not all about what’s going on above deck though. The interior down below has been updated to include all the amenities you’d anticipate on a more modern vessel. The cabin boasts a roomy head, a fully equipped galley, and a generously sized saloon area.
It truly is an experience you will never forget.
If you want the classic yacht sailing experience day, click here to see current availability.