Cross Channel & Yacht Distance Cruises

Channel Island Sailing Trip
Herm – Channel Isles

Cross channel and distance yacht sailing cruises and holidays are a fantastic way to see a variety of destinations. Sail, cruise and explore by yacht, the delights of France, Normandy, the Jurassic Coast,  West Country and the Channel Islands starting from Mercury Yacht Harbour, Hamble SO31 4HQ.

 It makes a great yacht sailing holiday. Crossing the English Channel by yacht on one of our ‘Channel Hops’ is an unforgettable experience but so is the interesting coastline going West! Obtain that all important mile-building for your RYA yachting logbook, build valuable day and night sailing experience, make foreign and new port landfalls… look out for dolphins, and of course… sample the rich delights of the local culture, cuisine and wine!

NB: During Covid we may be limited to certain areas of travel and we can ‘Go West’ in UK waters. Please be aware that we may not travel to Guernsey or France due to restrictions upon entry or return to UK depending upon the current legislation.  It is impossible to socially distance on a boat. We risk assess each boatload / crew and you may be asked questions about your lifestyle, where you live and any recent travel you may have undertaken or will be proposing to take that may impact your time with us. When joining others aboard a mixed boat you may be asked to home test within 24 hrs of your event or we have test kits available on site. You may ask any questions and we want you to feel comfortable with joining us aboard. You then join us at your risk if you are comfortable.

Yachtforce sailing on jurassic-coast
Ballard Down / Old Harry Rocks / Studland

The Jurassic Coast yacht sailing cruise starts from Mercury Yacht Harbour, Hamble SO31 4HQ. and goes West out of the Solent past the Iconic Needles landmark off the Isle of Wight to Poole and the gorgeous sandy National Trust owned  Studland Bay (great for swimming) with its famous Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site white cliffs at Old Harry Rocks. If conditions allow we can continue further West past St Alban’s Head navigating around the potential over-falls, possibly stopping off for a lunch stop in the dramatic Chapmans Pool. Further along the spectacular undulating fossil rich coastline you go past Lulworth Cove towards Weymouth.  Once past Poole we can moor either up the river at the Town Quay in Weymouth or possibly in the modern Portland Harbour Marina just North of Portland Bill. There is fantastic locally caught fish and  seafood at numerous restaurants and we eat out on one evening ashore. Depending upon the prevailing conditions we can sometimes return south of St Catherine’s Point around the Isle of Wight returning into the Eastern Solent.

Going beyond Weymouth to Devon, Portland Bill to Start Point is just over 50Nm crossing Lyme Bay towards Brixham and west beyond.

Barfleur – a small pretty fishing village East of Cherbourg

Cross Channel ‘Hops’ & Distance Yacht Cruises.
Your itinerary will depend upon prevailing wind and weather conditions but for 3 day cross channel hops expect to sail to Cherbourg or Alderney and back and for 5 or 7 day yacht sailing cruises expect to visit some of the following ports: St Vaast, Cherbourg, Diellette, Alderney, Guernsey and Jersey. The scenery is spectacular and the experience unforgettable. Cross Channel cruises & sailing trips mean passages of over 60Nm, watch systems and crossing the shipping lanes. For more detailed info on where you might go and some useful tips – See a blog here…

And St Vaast lock gate opening times here 2021 (in French time)

Yachts Used: Normally 3 double cabin 37ft yachts with additional saloon berths.

Start Location:  Mercury Yacht Harbour, SO31 4HQ (unless stated otherwise)

Travel by Train Info:

2021 & 2022 Cross ‘Channel Hops’ & Distance Yacht Sailing Cruise Dates:
Time & Start Days:
( Early May 3 Day) ‘Bank Holiday’ Weekend ‘Channel Hops’ & Cruises (6pm Thursday – 4pm Sunday)
(Other 3 Day) ‘Bank Holiday’ Weekend ‘Channel Hops’ & Cruises (6pm Friday – 4pm Monday)
(3 or 4 Day) Easter (Start Thurs or Fri 6pm – 4pm Mon)
(5 & 7 Day)  Cross Channel / Channel Islands Cruise (0930 hrs Monday – 3pm Friday or 3pm Sunday)

November 27 Nov – 3 Dec (7 Day Channel Crossing mix trip) ) £1698 (2 person price) in double cabin (spaces) / £1299 Single own cabin (limited availability) £999 Saloon berth 

Lanzarote Yacht Sailing Charter
Lanzarote Winter Sailing

2022 Warm Winter Canaries Sailing – (click for more)
Jan 29th – 5th Feb 2022 (Large 51ft Yacht) Full
5th Feb – 12th Feb 2022  (Large 56 ft yacht) Full

UK 2022 Cruise Dates
April 15-17 (3 Day Easter) Cross Channel Hop
April 13-17 (5 Day Easter) Cross Channel Trip
April 30 – 2 May (3 Day BH) Cross Channel Hop
June 2-5 (Jubilee 4 Day) Cross Channel Hop

Passage Planning – Channel island Cruise

Passage Planning – Channel Island / France 7 Day Yacht Cruise
On any of our cross channel yacht sailing trips starting from Hamble in the UK you will have the opportunity to take part in navigation and pilotage and thoroughly test your knowledge and sailing skills – as well as having fun! You can take responsibility as the Skipper for your log book miles, passage plan and run the boat with the reassurance that our professional Skipper is on hand at all times to oversee and aid when required. Everyone will take part in the watch system and running of the boat as active members of the crew. Check out some great places to eat ashore here…
And a bit about the various ports here…

Please Note:
On all these yacht sailing cruises and cross channel passages starting from Hamble, Solent UK the routes and sailing areas have to be determined by the weather and crew capabilities and safety is of primary concern. If conditions make a channel crossing impossible then it may be more prudent to do a Jurassic Coast cruise or use more sheltered waters available when necessary. The decision for the cruising areas to be used is taken by the Skipper and Directors of the company.

UK Cross Channel & Distance Yacht Cruise Price Includes the below:

  • Professional Skipper
  • Modern Coded Yacht
  • Accommodation Aboard
  • Food & Drink Aboard (excludes any evening meals taken ashore)
  • Fuel
  • Gas
  • Safety Equipment
  • Wet Weather Gear (Gill OS2 Jacket / Trousers adult sizes only)

(Please Note – There is a shared mooring fee kitty split between the clients – budget approximately on £55 for 7 day trip, £45 for a  5 day trip and £35 for a 3 day trip but it depends which marinas we visit, what season it is, and how many are on board)

Adventure Sailing in the Canary Islands on Large Modern 51ft+ Yachts:

Lanzarote – Large Modern 5 Cabin Yachts

If you have a group and want a Skippered Charter from Lanzarote any time in February – We can help! We will be in Lanzarote and available to arrange & Skipper your charter! Please be aware of any Covid guidance / regulations. See here Canary Islands entry requirements

‘Buy A Berth’ or ‘Buy a Cabin’ Lanzarote Weeks:
Week 1: 
 Jan 29th – 5th Feb 2022  (Full)
Week 2:   5th – 12th Feb 2022 (Full)
Week 3:   12th – 19th Feb 2022 Enquire
Week 4:   19th – 26th Feb 2022 Enquire

£1045pp Shared Cabin
£1599 Single Occupancy – in 2 person cabin (limited availability)
+ Flights, Transfer and Boat Kitty
Canary Islands Adventure Sail / Flotilla – Click  where we get to explore the largest marine preserve in Europe.

 October 2022 Greece  51ft  yacht  around the islands and an ‘Assisted Flotilla’ experience. 

We also plan to visit Scotland to explore the Scottish West Coast Islands and take in a couple of distilleries and some island exploration.

To Book:
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Call Us: 02380 016450

Spinnaker prep on 5 Day Cross Channel Yacht Cruise
Ross – 1st Mate: Spinnaker prep on 5 Day Cross Channel Yacht Cruise

What Our Clients Say:
Ross Henderson, Easter Cross Channel Cruise – ‘I thought the way you constantly educate the crew and explain the reason for taking action or your thought process behind anything from sail trim to navigation was very well received. It is great to be on a yacht and constantly receive this education’. 

Steve Hicks says, ‘Buster puts all the stuff you learn on RYA courses into perspective and teaches you to be a sailor not just how to sail’.

Dan Harrison said this about a 7 day ‘Westcountry Cruise’ in December’,
Having sailed the December cruise in 2019 with Buster I was keen to sign up to the December 2020 cruise as soon as possible.  Unfortunately for reasons we all know too well this could not go ahead, so I was eager to be part of the trip this year (2021).  We all met on Orinoco Flow at Mercury marina in the Hamble on the Friday evening.  We had an amazing sail from Hamble to Lymington that evening under a starry crystal clear sky, recapping our knowledge of the flashing sequences of cardinals, lateral marks and spotting numerous shooting stars.  The following day we took the decision to stay in port due to Storm Arwen which gave us the opportunity to discuss the week ahead, review the forecast and potential sailing destinations, and complete our passage planning for the next couple of days.
Although the weather at times was fresh, the provided wet-weather gear coupled with a heated boat mean that you never feel cold. We got as far West as Dartmouth.  The sailing during the week was fantastic and as always Buster imparted his knowledge, demonstrating practically how to balance and stabilise the boat for the wind and sea conditions.  Not only did we do a lot of sailing but we also had the opportunity to carry out all the passage plans and pilotage, taking it in turns to lead each day. We generally had the South Coast cruising ground to ourselves, having only seen four other boats on the water by the middle of week, with two of them being the Queen Mary 2 and her pilot vessel departing Southampton. Not only are you immersed in a life of sailing for the week, the hospitality on board is excellent, the highlight being the slow roasted lamb that was in the oven for the duration of the passage from Dartmouth to Poole, ready to reward us on arrival into Poole. Thanks Dan.’ 

Last updated: 9/12/21