• Wave icon Trip Type: Coastal
  • Speech bubble icon Instructors: 2
  • People icon Crew Size: Max 9 (10 for ocean)
  • Cake icon Ages: 18-70 ish
  • Pin icon Region: UK & Ireland
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Adventure Rating:
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Experience Required:
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7 Days from £699

Dates, Prices & Travel

Sailing Skills & Mile Builder: England’s South Coast

Join us on a Rubicon 3 expedition yacht for a top quality 5-day sailing journey from the historic maritime city of Portsmouth to the picturesque coastal town of Falmouth. This mile-builder along England’s south coast is designed for sailors looking to gain experience, log miles, and embrace the challenge of coastal cruising under the guidance of our experienced skippers. There’s the opportunity to try night sailing, learn more about sail trim, try your hand at passage planning and just generally learn more about sailing, using the wind and building confidence under the watchful eye of the expert Rubicon 3 expedition skippers.

Ready to learn with Europe’s #1-rated adventure sailors?

Embarking on a sailing mile builder with genuine expedition skippers offers an unparalleled sailing experience far beyond the confines of traditional sailing schools. These seasoned skippers bring a wealth of real-world sailing adventures, having navigated through some of the most challenging and remote waters around the globe. Their extensive experience ensures not only the teaching of advanced sailing techniques but also the sharing of invaluable wisdom on weather patterns, emergency situations, and unique navigational challenges. This hands-on approach, paired with their seasoned insights, provides a richer, more engaging learning environment compared to standard courses led by less experienced instructors.

Want to join?

Go to the Dates & Prices button to see this trip’s dates. It will also give you information on connecting travel, including where to fly and when and where to join the boat.

 

Sailing Area

sailing mile builder uk area map
sailing mile builder uk route map
The Yachts
Key Information
What’s included
  • All food and accommodation on board

  • All fuel & berthing fees

  • Your own bunk and storage area

  • Use of oilskins

  • Use of lifejacket

  • Sailing tuition

  • RYA Competent Crew (supplementary fee)

What’s Not included
  • Your connecting travel to & from boat

  • Sailing & travel insurance

  • Meals you choose to eat ashore

  • Alcohol

  • Visas where required

  • Discretionary tip

Interested in dates & availability?

To see when this trip runs, its start and end locations, price to join the crew and availability, click on the ‘Dates, Prices & Travel’ button up top.

Discretionary tipping of the Rubicon 3 crew

The trip price is 5% less than we would normally charge. This is to allow you at the end of your adventure to offer a combined 5-10% tip to the Rubicon 3 skipper and mate if you feel they have delivered exceptional performance. This tip is entirely discretionary. See our FAQs here.

Got some questions?

Joining a big sailing adventure is a big thing, so don’t be surprised if you have lots of questions before you book. Who else joins, what to expect, and so many more queries are entirely normal. The home page has loads of info on this (scroll to the bottom), there are our FAQs and never hesitate to contact us by email, phone or live chat. The team are here to have a chat, discuss options, answer questions and help make sure you get on the exact right sailing trip for you.

The Route

This sailing mile builder runs along the UK’s south coast, making it an excellent environment in which to learn and improve skills. Strong tides, reliable wind, lots of commercial shipping and some lovely towns and anchorages along the way. The route runs in both directions between the famous naval city of Portsmouth and the charming seaside town of Falmouth. You are likely to do around 200 miles during the five days and log around 5-10 night hours.

What is a mile builder?

A mile builder is a sailing trip designed for sailors to gain experience by covering long distances over several days or weeks. It’s ideal for those looking to improve their sailing skills, log sea miles for certifications, or simply experience the adventure of longer voyages. These trips are suitable for a range of sailors, from beginners eager to learn and get a taste of open-sea sailing, to experienced sailors aiming to enhance their skills or reach professional qualifications. In simple terms, mile builders are practical, hands-on sailing experiences for anyone wanting to spend more time at sea, learn in real-life conditions, and become better sailors.

What to expect

On Rubicon 3 mile builders, you’re on a spectacular 60′ yacht that is more usually found crossing an ocean or navigating the ice up in Svalbard. It’s a fantastic sailing experience from the moment you join, and for five days, you can practice skills, learn from top-class sailors and have a fun time with your fellow crew.

Pilotage at sea

Expert tuition

Once on the boat, you’ll get expert guidance from the skipper and mate on everything from navigation to sail trim, build plenty of experience and log around 5-600 sea miles.

The weather

There are many miles to cover, so we go within reason even when the wind and the weather are a bit inclement. The 60′ yacht soaks up any rougher sea conditions, and it ensures you’ll have some great days sailing while building miles along the UK coast.

Crew smiling at sea

Gaining experience is vital, but it needs to be the right experience

The RYA or ASA sailing courses such as Day Skipper will only take you so far. Much like passing your driving test at 17, it is only once you get on the road and start driving that you begin to learn. Sailing is no different. Getting experience of doing something the wrong way is worse than getting no experience at all, so your sail mile building needs to be with the best sailors you can get. Who better to learn from than the expedition skippers and mates from Rubicon 3, Europe’s leading adventure sailing school?

Yacht Bluejay under sail

Night Sailing

Night sailing experience is essential. After the sun sets, the sea seems a very different place, and large commercial ships can appear with frightening speed. On these mile builders, you’re likely to try some overnight sailing, allowing you to log some good night hours, and we’ll show you while you’re on the boat how to prepare for night sailing and how to be a safe, competent skipper after dark.

Night sailing

Passage Planning

Mile building sailing trips are all about getting from A to B, so a suitable passage plan sits at the heart of them. You’ll see how we plan and execute our passages before we set sail, and we’ll make sure you’re heavily involved, too, so you learn as much as possible while you’re on the boat.

navigating at sea

What next?

Mile building with us along the UK coast is a great way to experience Rubicon 3, our yachts and our famous ethos of patient, respectful support. Many crew use this as a first step before signing up to RYA Day Skipper, joining one of our bigger adventure holidays, with adventures as far as Iceland, Norway and the Caribbean.

 

The difference between Rubicon 3 and a yacht charter

This is not a luxury yacht charter vacation on a private yacht but a proper sailing adventure. 

  1. Tailored Experience: Unlike many yacht charters, the Rubicon 3 team works daily to tailor the experience to your interests and skill level. Whether you’re interested in learning advanced sailing techniques, exploring off-the-beaten-path destinations, or focusing on particular activities like snorkeling or fishing, we look to help you achieve it.
  2. Expert Knowledge: Yacht charter companies will send you off with minimal instruction. Rubicon 3 has extensive local knowledge and expertise. We can find hidden gems, secluded anchorages, and the best spots that might be off the radar of the charter companies. This insider knowledge significantly enhances the sailing adventure. 
  3. Learning Opportunities: Sailing in the UK with Rubicon 3, you don’t need any previous sailing experience. If you’re interested in learning about sailing, navigation, or seamanship, the expert Rubicon 3 instructors ensure a hands-on, educational experience. This is ideal if you see your sailing trip as a vacation and a learning opportunity.

 

Dates, Prices & Travel

Start Date & Location

October 4, 2024
Gosport, England

End Date & Location

October 10, 2024
Falmouth, England

Price

£699

Availability

Available

Trip Information

Start Date: October 4, 2024

Start Time: 18:00

Start Country: Gosport, England

Start Port: Gosport

Start Marina: Haslar Marina

End Date: October 10, 2024

End Time: 15:00

End Country: Falmouth, England

End Port: Falmouth

End Marina: Port Pendennis

Find Flights For This Trip
Fly Into: London Airports
Fly Out of: Newquay Airport (IATA Code: NQY)

* Flights are not included in the trip price.

Important Notes
Joining the boat
  • You will join the boat in Gosport, England.
  • It is scheduled to be in Haslar Marina.
  • It is easy to get here from Southampton Airport.
  • The trip starts at 6:00 PM on 4th October 2024.
Leaving the boat
  • You will leave the boat in Falmouth, England
  • The boat is scheduled to arrive into Falmouth on 10th October, 2024, and you will need to disembark by 03:00 PM,10th October 2024.
General Notes
  • We have a very strong track record of meeting the scheduled end date, with only a few exceptions over a decade of sailing and across hundreds of thousands of miles of sailing. However, given the nature and distance of ocean crossings, we can’t guarantee it and recommend booking flexible onward travel or at least allowing an extra day in your itinerary as a precaution.
  • You cannot stay on the boat after the trip end date.
  • Once you have booked, we will connect you up with other crew so you can liaise regarding connecting travel, meet up in advance etc.
  • If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to get in touch.
5-Point Pre-Booking Checklist

Before you finalize your booking, we suggest you run through our pre-booking checklist:

  1. Check Flights: Make sure you have found the right flights for your trip. Book them as soon as you have booked your Rubicon 3 trip.
  2. Travel Insurance: Once you’ve booked your trip with us, buy some sailing travel insurance. Read our full guide here.
  3. Passport Validity: Ensure your passport is valid for at least six months beyond your planned return date. Some countries require this for entry, so it’s crucial to check and renew your passport if necessary.
  4. Visas: Most sailors will not require any visas for this trip. However, if you are concerned, check any visa requirements for both your destination and any transit countries. If you do need a visa, processing times can vary, so it’s advisable to apply well in advance of your trip.
  5. Vaccinations and Health Checks: There are no vaccinations required for this trip. Make sure you have an acceptable level of fitness and agility. You can read our guide here. This is for the safety of all on board.
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