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Learn to Sail in the Solent

RYA Sailing School Courses

Learn to sail in the Solent – the world’s most rigorous sail training ground

Perhaps you’ve been sailing with friends and want to learn more? Perhaps you sailed with your family as a child and want to reconnect with the sea? Maybe you dream of selling up and sailing round the world?

Whatever your sailing dream, Sunsail and Prometheus will be with you all the way, and here at Port Solent is a wonderful place to start.

There are so many reasons to choose us:

The fleet: our Jeanneau Sunsail 41.0 Yachts are the newest and most modern in the UK. With excellent headroom, comfortable double bunks and plenty of space below and above deck, they are ideal for both novice and more experienced sailors.

The location: Port Solent Marina has excellent facilities and, positioned well inside Portsmouth Harbour, it offers sheltered nights alongside and the opportunity to sail safely even in bigger winds. The busy naval port is a great place for gaining confidence in a busy environment while further up there are opportunities for sailing and night pilotage in the quiet of Fareham Lake. Once out into the Solent there are boundless possibilities – passages to Cowes, Southampton, Lymington and Yarmouth are always popular and with Chichester Harbour to the east there’s no shortage of destinations.


UK Sailing School Special Offers

5 day Youth Sailing Academy 

22nd-27th July 2022

Was £799pp  Now £699pp

Any special offer discounts will be applied at time of booking when paying the deposit and cannot be added retrospectively.
Special offers are only available on listed dates and are subject to availability. Special offers are subject to change and can be withdrawn at any time.


The instructors: for many years Sunsail has had a flourishing instructor development programme and we are rightly proud of the calibre and kindness of our staff. Knowledge of and enthusiasm for the sport is paramount when we choose our staff. With us you can go from first steps to qualified instructor safe in the knowledge that a Prometheus Skipper will be alongside you, teaching and coaching you along your journey.

Flexibility: with our large fleet and wide pool of instructors we take great care to find the course and skipper that is right for you. A taster day? No problem. Yachtmaster mile building? Of course. A fun family weekend? Absolutely. Give us a ring and we can tailor a course to suit you, and even include an RYA qualification when appropriate. You can book a whole boat for you and your friends, but if you want to come on your own than that’s fine too – most people do and because we match you with people of a similar standard you’ll have a great time meeting new people.

Joining Instructions

You can find additional helpful information in our Prometheus Sailing School Joining Instructions.









2 Day RYA Start Yachting Course

The RYA Start Yachting course is ideal for beginners. This course provides a short introduction to sailing for novices.

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Family Courses

Learn together as a family on your own private charter

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5 Day RYA Competent Crew Course

The RYA Competent Crew course introduces a beginner to sailing a yacht

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5 Day RYA Day Skipper Practical Course

The Sunsail RYA Day Skipper practical course will enable you to skipper a yacht by day in familiar waters.

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RYA Day Skipper Theory Course

A comprehensive introduction to chart work, navigation, meteorology and rules of the road.

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5 Day RYA Coastal Skipper Practical Course

The Coastal Skipper Practical course is the next step on from the RYA Coastal Skipper and Yachtmaster Theory courses

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ICC Assessment

The International Certificate of Competence provides an internationally recognised qualification

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Youth Sailing Academy

Our Youth Sailing Academy is a great mix of sailing instruction and other, fun activities for teenagers

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2 Day Yacht Refresher Course

The refresher course is great for those would like additional tuition before confidently returning to the water.

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3 Day RYA Start Yachting Follow On course

Join the 3-day RYA Start Yachting Follow On course to complete the RYA Competent Crew course

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7 Day RYA Yachtmaster Coastal Prep and Exam

An advanced course for those wishing to enjoy more challenging sailing

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7 Day RYA Yachtmaster Offshore Prep and Exam

An advanced course for those planning to become professional sailors or enjoy more challenging sailing

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