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Sail across the English Channel: Cherbourg Route

Sail across the English Channel: Cherbourg Route

Coastal Sailing

June 13 – 17 2020 (£499)




Sail from England to France (& back again!) on our super week long English Channel special via Cherbourg

This is a fantastic opportunity to experience the thrill of sailing through the crowded shipping lanes from England to France. You will stay at least a night in France before sailing back to England.  Lots of training, build your experience and have a fantastic week of sailing. If you're a beginner you can earn your RYA Competent Crew certificate.

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This is a typical itinerary for our English Channel special. The wind and the weather ultimately shape what’s possible each day

Day 1: Joining day, training and a sail to the Isle of Wight

Join the boat by 0900hrs on the start day. Get your belongings packed away and relax. There’s plenty of things to do in the future but right now it’s about meeting the crew, getting your bags packed away and we’ll do lots of safety briefings. In the afternoon, we’ll slip lines and head out into the Solent to learn all about the essential skills and drills, tacking and gybing, and general sailing manoeuvres. We’ll stop in Cowes on the Isle of Wight that evening for a crew meal in the local pub.=

Day 2: Off across the English Channel to Cherbourg

It’s a good 60nm across the Channel to the French coast, so we have a full day of sailing ahead of us. Due south, we have to find our way across some of the busiest shipping lanes in the world. You can be guaranteed to see huge cargo ships passing ahead and to astern of us, and our 60′ expedition yacht will be in her element as we speed through these famous waters. The tides can reach 9 knots as we approach the coast of France so it’s superb navigation exercise, too, and soon you’ll be piloting us into this famous French port.

Day 3: Day ashore to explore Cherbourg

Cherbourg has some great attraction, with the showpiece being La Cité de la Mer, a superb science and history museum inside the harbour’s former Transatlantic maritime terminal. There’s a space devoted to the Titanic, which called into Cherbourg five days before it sank and on the military side of things you can board France’s first nuclear submarine, Le Redoutable, launched in 1967.

Days 4: Sail across the English Channel to the Needles

It’s another 60nm north to the south coast of England, but rather than head straight back to Portsmouth, we’ll maybe get a chance to anchor near the magnificent Needles that form such a landmark for the western edge of the Isle of Wight.

Day 5: Sail up the Solent to Portsmouth

Our final day of sailing and it’s just a few short miles up the solent to the home of the Royal Navy, the iconic spinnaker tower and home


  • You should join and leave the boat in Portsmouth at 1000hrs on the joining day and 1700hrs on the leaving day


  • Portsmouth has a mainline rail station at Portsmouth Harbour which is around a 90-minute train ride from London and has a direct rail link to London Gatwick Airport. (LON). It is also around the same journey time to London Heathrow although this is not a direct train line. Coaches terminate at the Hard Interchange next to the railway station.


These adventure sailing holidays are open to everyone aged 18 years and over. If you are aged 70 or over, or have any concerns about your health, we ask that you get a doctor’s note before booking. This is just to make as certain as possible that you will be okay out on the water.



We provide the foul weather clothing, life-jackets and all other technical equipment you will need. We really urge you not to spend any extra money unless you are sure you want to! You need to bring a sleeping bag and some waterproof boots.

See more information and the full kit list here


We are committed to helping as many people as possible have an amazing sailing holiday and experience the magic of the sea. Our skippers and mates have medical training and the boats have some medical supplies and equipment on board. However, the reality is that once on board access to professional medical assistance is going to be slower than if you were on land. If we are offshore it may be some days. For this reason we ask you to check through the medical disclosure form below before you book. If you answer yes to any of the questions, you should get in touch with us before you book. It will probably still be fine but it’s good to make sure. You will be asked to submit the form electronically 14 days before the start date, ensuring that we have the most up to date information.

See the Medical Declaration here


  • It is essential that you have adequate travel insurance in place for your sailing holiday.
  • We strongly recommend that you arrange insurance that covers you for any medical mishaps in the build up to your holiday so that should you have to cancel, you can reclaim you fees.
  • Please note we cannot refund your money or cancel your invoice due to medical issues.
  • For our latest guidance on travel insurance, please read here.


Mostly day sailing, shorter mileage and more time to head ashore and explore. Please note, this trip more sailing each than some other routes.


  • Foul weather clothing to keep you dry in any conditions.
  • Fladen immersion suits. These will keep you warm in even the coldest, windiest conditions.
  • Ocean-spec lifejackets. These are the best on the market.
  • All on-board food and snacks.
  • Daily sailing lessons and tuition from two highly experienced instructors.
  • RYA sailing qualifications where applicable.


  • Your travel to and from the start and end points.
  • Travel insurance (see our travel insurance page here)
  • Any alcohol – but feel free to bring your own or buy some along the route.
  • Any meals you eat ashore.


Everything’s included except for flights, travel insurance, a sleeping bag and some waterproof boots. There are no hidden extras.

  • These expeditions have small numbers of people on board. When you book, you are committing to being a part of the crew.
  • These are genuine adventure sailing holidays and you will be helping sail the boat, planning where we go, navigating, cooking and keeping the boat clean and tidy.
  • When you book, the deposit is non refundable. It is possible to cancel subsequently, however you may still be liable for the balance of the invoice, depending on how close you are to the start date when you cancel.
  • Please ensure you  have read and agreed to the T&Cs and read the Trip Notes before booking.

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