Cross Channel & Yacht Distance Cruises

Channel Island Sailing Yacht Trip / Break
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. Many companies have shied away from visiting France after Brexit (due to passport stamping / customs clearance) but we have visited France without problem since Easter 2022, had some exploration on hired electric bikes and enjoyed the exceptional French ambiance and cuisine. It is remarkably quiet with a lack of English boats visiting – I think we saw 2 others at Easter 2022.

 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!

Yacht sailing Cruise / Break 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.  Further west 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.

For the longer trips going West we round Portland Bill and the infamous ‘Portland Race’ dodging the lobster pots and use the fast flowing tide to cross the larger passage (approx 50Nm) of Lyme Bay (often accompanied by Dolphins) to Torquay, Dartmouth and ports further West. 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.

Channel Hop in Yacht to France
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. St Vaast lock gate opening times here 2022 (in French time) For more detailed info on where you might go and some useful tips – See a blog here…

Yachts Used: 37ft yachts (3 double cabin with additional saloon berths).
Start Location:  Mercury Yacht Harbour, SO31 4HQ (unless stated otherwise)
Travel by Train Info:  (updated 25/5/22)

2022 Sailing Yacht Cruise Dates

Easter 2022 in Cherbourg

Aug 27-29 (3 Day BH) Cross Channel Hop – Saloon Berth £585pp or (2 person price sharing double cabin £1095 – (6pm Friday – 4pm Monday) 5 Spaces

Sept 24 – 1 Oct Greek Island Holiday Cruise 2 Spaces
Oct 1-8
Greek Island Holiday Cruise – 7 Spaces

Oct 24-28 (5 Day Normandy Cruise) – Saloon Berth £685pp or (2 person price sharing double cabin £1195 (0930 Monday – 3pm Fri) 5 spaces

Nov 12-19 Lanzarote Holiday Cruise3 Spaces

Nov 26 Nov – 2 Dec (7 Day Channel Crossing Explore Baie de la Seine – Personal Development Week) – £1698 (2 person price) in double cabin / £1399pp Single own cabin (limited availability) £1095pp Saloon berth 2 Spaces (Max 4 clients aboard)

Jan 21-28 2023 – Spaces Lanzarote Holiday Cruise 7 Spaces

April 7-10th 2023 (4 Day Easter) Cross Channel Trip £599 Single in Shared Cabin / £899pp Single Occupancy Cabin / £1099 (2 person price) in Double Cabin – (Friday 9.30am – 3pm Monday)

Channel Crossing by Yacht To St Vaast France
Channel Cruise to St Vaast – Normandy France

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…

Itinerary 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, or too arduous, 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.
You have to comply with any entry requirements for visa / Covid  relevant to the countries visited. Please check for France, Channel Islands, Greece or Canary Islands plus return requirements into UK.

Cross channel Cruise by Yacht - Electric Bikes in Cherbourg at Easter 2022
Easter 2022 Electric Bike Tour from Cherbourg

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 – Mooring Fees that when we moor away from our home port the mooring fees are shared amongst the clients (budget on £18 for 2 nights / £30 for 3 nights / £40 for 5 nights.

Greek Island Cruises / Adventure Sailing in the Canary Islands on Large Modern 50ft+ Yachts:

Lanzarote – Large Modern 5 Cabin Yachts

 September 24th – 1st October 2022 Greece  50ft  yacht around the Greek Islands (Saronic & Argolic Gulf Sailing) and an ‘Assisted Flotilla’ experience. Click link above

2022/2023 Warm Winter Lanzarote Sailing – (click for more)
Nov 12-19 2022 (Large 51ft Yacht)
Jan 28th – 4th Feb 2023 (Large 51ft Yacht)
Feb – 11th Feb 2023  (Large 56 ft yacht)

‘Buy A Berth’ or ‘Buy a Cabin’ Lanzarote Weeks:
£1095pp 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.

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:
Email Us: info@yachtforce.co.uk
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 ‘West Country 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.

Adrian & Dan Enjoying Slow Roast Lamb

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: 10/6/22