South Coast sailing flotillas with Sunsail UK & Prometheus Sailing

Enjoy a UK Flotilla Sailing Holiday

Why choose a UK flotilla sailing holiday?

Sunsail’s UK sailing flotilla breaks are perfect for experienced sailors or novice sailors, perhaps seeking the next step up from your day skipper course. With the security of a lead boat on hand, they are a fun and safe way to gain some sailing miles, experience different types of location and build confidence as you navigate along the UK’s stunning south coast.

Everyone can enjoy some stress free sailing in good company, without the hassle of airplanes, flights or disrupted travel plans. 

 

How does a UK flotilla work?

Each day there's an itinerary for all the flotilla yachts and a daily briefing for everyone with our lead skipper and host.

The briefing is an opportunity to discuss the navigation plan for the day so that you’re really confident and happy. However, sailing with the flotilla is totally flexible. You choose whether to sail in company or venture off on your own  towards the days final destination. It is very much a personal choice.

Equally, there’s no requirement to join in the social elements of the flotilla but a pontoon party is always great fun! And it’s great to share your experiences at the end of the day: reliving the thrill of a perfect sail or the sighting (if you’re lucky) of dolphins and seals.  

Even the most experienced sailors can sometimes worry about bringing the boat into the marina at the end of the day. Arrive knowing your lead skipper will be there before you to take your lines and help you in. And, if you don’t feel quite ready to take charge of the yacht, remember we can provide a skipper or an instructor for all or part of your holiday. 

 

Our Sunsail 41.0 flotilla yachts

You’ll be chartering one of our stunning Jeanneau Sunsail 41.0 yachts. Roomy and beautifully appointed, each boat has three cabins and can sleep up to 9 people. Perfect for a family sailing adventure or for a group of friends.

Our boats have a spacious cockpit with an easily accessible swim platform for launching a paddle board or diving in for a relaxing swim. These are handy for mooring stern-to in the marina as well and make stepping aboard easy.

UK flotilla sailing, yacht charters Prometheus Sailing & Sunsail

UK Flotilla Highlights 

  • New luxury Sunsail Jeanneau 41.0 yacht
  • Lead flotilla yacht and crew to guide you
  • Helpful sailing advice from our expert skippers
  • Mermaid gin & tonic pontoon party
  • Get to meet other like minded sailors
  • See the historic English coast as never before
  • Experience sailing to new harbours & ports
  • Hire a YellowV SUP if you wish
  • Enjoy the benefit of sailing in company

 

The Sunsail August 2024 Flotilla

Sunday 11th – Friday 16th August, 2024 
 Sunsail and Prometheus Sailing has over 40 years of experience in perfecting and offering flotilla holidays.

£2,299 inc VAT for up to 10 people

**Skippered charters also available** 

Call 02394 350505 or email us now

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Cruising area

You will cruise around the Solent and enjoy places of really unexpected beauty. Highlights might include anchoring in Newtown Creek with its colony of seals and population of sea eagles. Or sailing past Portsmouth’s Historic Dockyards with a close up view of warships old and new.

Beaulieu is another hidden gem buried in the New Forest, with a delightful pub and access to the famous motor museum if you want to spend some hours ashore. Cowes, Yarmouth and Lymington are some of yachting's finest destinations and each one is different. There’s no thrill like arriving in a town from the sea!

Typical flotilla itinerary:

Arrive at Port Solent Marina the night before to collect your yacht. You'll receive a thorough handover from our Prometheus Sailing base staff and be introduced to the other members of the flotilla. Following an overnight stay at the marina on board your yacht, the group will set sail in the morning to Cowes. 

Please Note:

  • this itinerary is subject to changes
  • day sailing times and distances are a guide only, based on average routes and wind speeds
  • these are subject to actual course sailed, weather and tides on the day

Day 1

Portsmouth (Port Solent) to Cowes 

Approx 11 Nautical miles 
2.5 hr Sailing time *

Not too many miles to cover on the first day sailing to Cowes Harbour.

Stop for a swim at Osborne Bay with its well known ice cream boat. Or a sail round one of the three Napoleonic forts in eastern Solent.

The flotilla will head into Cowes to stay for the night. This legendary home to the yacht sailing has many excellent eateries and watering holes. 

All our flotilla guests will also get to enjoy a special Mermaid Gin & Tonic drinks party on the pontoons in Cowes Yacht Haven. 

For celebrity spotters it’s always worth trying to catch a glimpse of a famous sailor or two…

Day 2 

Cowes to Lymington 

10 Nautical miles
2 hrs Sailing time *

Day 2 starts with the group meeting for the daily yacht briefing held by the lead crew, before setting sail to Lymington. There are lovely places to explore on the way – Newtown, Beaulieu and Alum Bay are all possible lunch and swim stops.

Lymington Yacht Haven itself has won many awards and the shower facilities are spoken of by the sailing community in hushed and reverent tones. The Haven Bar is charming and friendly and you can easily spend a very happy evening without straying far from the yacht. This would be a shame, though, as Lymington Town is delightful and the Town Quay is a great place to sit and watch the world.

Day 3 

Lymington to Southampton 

20 Nautical miles
4 hrs Sailing time *

Day 3 heads to the hustle and bustle of Ocean Village Marina in Southampton.

A 4 hour sail across the Solent and up Southampton Water will allow you some fantastic sailing time.

You will moor up in the stunning Ocean Village Marina, surrounded by 5 star hotels, thriving bars and a wide range of restaurants. 

Why not visit the amazing HarBAR on the 6th floor of the 5 star Southampton Harbour Hotel. Enjoy sky-high chilled-out vibes in this atmospheric rooftop bar and lounge. Featuring panoramic views across the Solent and the bustling marina below, it’s the place to be and be seen, cocktail in hand and enjoying amazing dishes and sharing plates with friends.

Day 4 

Southampton to Yarmouth 

20 Nautical miles
4 hrs Sailing time *

After the daily briefing day 4 is a sail back across the Solent to the beautiful seaside town of Yarmouth.

The busy harbour bustles with ferries and the lifeboat. Many sailors stop here before leaving for France or further afield and it is often the first port of call on return. The cheerful harbour staff are on hand in their boats to guide you into the right berth. This pretty town has several excellent bars and restaurants. Treat yourselves to supper at The George or the funky Salty's Bar.

There's some lovely walks round some of the Isle of Wight’s most beautiful coastline or across to Freshwater Bay. There always seems to be spectacular sunsets and sunrises at Yarmouth. It's worth getting up to enjoy the dawn.

Day 5 

Yarmouth to Portsmouth (Port Solent) 

20 Nautical miles
4 hrs Sailing time *

Today the fleet has a lovely voyage back east before heading up to Port Solent Marina.

With five day’s experience and confidence behind you, it's a chance to really enjoy Portsmouth’s legendary naval history as you sail through the harbour. Passing the spectacular Spinnaker Tower and the Portsmouth Historic Dockyard.

Up at Portchester Lake there is an astounding view of Portchester Castle with its Norman Keep. This English Heritage gem has been home to a fort of some sort since about 268BC. The history associated with it is well worth a read.

You’ll arrive back in plenty of time to sit back, relax and take in the many shops and restaurants located on the Port Solent Marina boardwalk.