taster sails4 hours / £50

Our taster sails are a great way to find out if you like sailing before booking on a course or longer sailing trip, or as a birthday treat or family day out.

Thanks to Ben our skipper today for a fantastic experience. First time my dad had been sailing in 50 years! Reckon we might be in touch in the future re a longer excursion. It was great to learn a lot about the world of sailing today as Ben was excellent

“Excellent in all respects.”

“I really enjoyed the day. I learned loads of stuff from Jacquie – an excellent skipper and teacher.”

“I enjoyed all the activities we did- raising and moving the sail, steering the boat, and helping to dock the boat into the harbour.”

RYA_push_the_boat_outtaster sailWe can show you round the basics of sailing in one of our taster sessions, or you can just enjoy the sail and the sights. In Chichester harbour there are often lots of other boats out which can be quite a sight, and plenty of birdlife and beautiful views. Out of Brighton marina you get to see the new Rampion wind farm or sail close by Brighton pier or the white chalk Sussex cliffs.

We are running 4 hour taster sails throughout the year from Chichester harbour and Brighton marina.

Click on the ‘Dates & Rates’ tab below for a full list and to book a place.

If you can’t find any dates that suit you, get in touch! We’re always happy to organise bespoke bookings for groups.

What we'll get up to

recoveryEach sailing taster will start with your skipper introducing themselves and asking what you want out of the trip. A lot of people want to test out if they like sailing before committing to booking on a course or trip. Other people are just looking for a fun activity to do with their friends or as a present. Either way, each taster will be hands on - you get to sail the boat! There will be a short safety briefing, but the focus is getting you out on the water and enjoying it. At some point we usually manage to fit in a cup of tea and a snack, and there are opportunities to find out about next steps, whether it be a course or a longer sailing trip. We look forward to seeing you and introducing you to sailing!

Dates & Rates

Our rates are all inclusive, covering all food onboard, hire of sailing waterproofs and visitor mooring costs.

Taster sails run from Chichester and Brighton marinas and Ocean Quay, Southampton, please see below for details.

  • Chichester Taster Sail

    We schedule half day taster sails throughout the year. These are a great way to find out if you like sailing before booking on a course or longer sailing trip, or as a birthday treat or family day out. Group discounts available.

    March 30, 2018 @ 11:00 am - 3:00 pm at Chichester Harbour
  • Chichester Taster Sail

    We schedule half day taster sails throughout the year. These are a great way to find out if you like sailing before booking on a course or longer sailing trip, or as a birthday treat or family day out. Group discounts available.

    March 31, 2018 @ 11:00 am - 3:00 pm at Chichester Harbour
  • Chichester Taster Sail

    We schedule half day taster sails throughout the year. These are a great way to find out if you like sailing before booking on a course or longer sailing trip, or as a birthday treat or family day out. Group discounts available.

    April 28, 2018 @ 11:00 am - 3:00 pm at Chichester Harbour
  • Chichester Taster Sail

    We schedule half day taster sails throughout the year. These are a great way to find out if you like sailing before booking on a course or longer sailing trip, or as a birthday treat or family day out. Group discounts available.

    April 29, 2018 @ 11:00 am - 3:00 pm at Chichester Harbour
  • Chichester Taster Sail – RYA Push The Boat Out

    We schedule half day taster sails throughout the year. These are a great way to find out if you like sailing before booking on a course or longer sailing trip, or as a birthday treat or family day out. Group discounts available.

    May 5, 2018 @ 11:00 am - 3:00 pm at Chichester Harbour
  • Chichester Taster Sail – RYA Push The Boat Out

    We schedule half day taster sails throughout the year. These are a great way to find out if you like sailing before booking on a course or longer sailing trip, or as a birthday treat or family day out. Group discounts available.

    May 6, 2018 @ 11:00 am - 3:00 pm at Chichester Harbour
  • Chichester Taster Sail – RYA Push The Boat Out

    We schedule half day taster sails throughout the year. These are a great way to find out if you like sailing before booking on a course or longer sailing trip, or as a birthday treat or family day out. Group discounts available.

    May 7, 2018 @ 11:00 am - 3:00 pm at Chichester Harbour
  • Chichester Taster Sail – RYA Push The Boat Out

    We schedule half day taster sails throughout the year. These are a great way to find out if you like sailing before booking on a course or longer sailing trip, or as a birthday treat or family day out. Group discounts available.

    May 12, 2018 @ 11:00 am - 3:00 pm at Chichester Harbour
  • Chichester Taster Sail – RYA Push The Boat Out

    We schedule half day taster sails throughout the year. These are a great way to find out if you like sailing before booking on a course or longer sailing trip, or as a birthday treat or family day out. Group discounts available.

    May 13, 2018 @ 11:00 am - 3:00 pm at Chichester Harbour
  • Chichester Taster Sail – RYA Push The Boat Out

    We schedule half day taster sails throughout the year. These are a great way to find out if you like sailing before booking on a course or longer sailing trip, or as a birthday treat or family day out. Group discounts available.

    May 19, 2018 @ 11:00 am - 3:00 pm at Chichester Harbour
  • Chichester Taster Sail – RYA Push The Boat Out

    We schedule half day taster sails throughout the year. These are a great way to find out if you like sailing before booking on a course or longer sailing trip, or as a birthday treat or family day out. Group discounts available.

    May 20, 2018 @ 11:00 am - 3:00 pm at Chichester Harbour
  • Chichester Taster Sail – RYA Push The Boat Out

    We schedule half day taster sails throughout the year. These are a great way to find out if you like sailing before booking on a course or longer sailing trip, or as a birthday treat or family day out. Group discounts available.

    May 26, 2018 @ 11:00 am - 3:00 pm at Chichester Harbour
  • Chichester Taster Sail – RYA Push The Boat Out

    We schedule half day taster sails throughout the year. These are a great way to find out if you like sailing before booking on a course or longer sailing trip, or as a birthday treat or family day out. Group discounts available.

    May 27, 2018 @ 11:00 am - 3:00 pm at Chichester Harbour
  • Chichester Taster Sail – RYA Push The Boat Out

    We schedule half day taster sails throughout the year. These are a great way to find out if you like sailing before booking on a course or longer sailing trip, or as a birthday treat or family day out. Group discounts available.

    May 28, 2018 @ 11:00 am - 3:00 pm at Chichester Harbour
  • Chichester Taster Sail

    We schedule half day taster sails throughout the year. These are a great way to find out if you like sailing before booking on a course or longer sailing trip, or as a birthday treat or family day out. Group discounts available.

    June 23, 2018 @ 11:00 am - 3:00 pm at Chichester Harbour
  • Chichester Taster Sail

    We schedule half day taster sails throughout the year. These are a great way to find out if you like sailing before booking on a course or longer sailing trip, or as a birthday treat or family day out. Group discounts available.

    June 24, 2018 @ 11:00 am - 3:00 pm at Chichester Harbour

 

FAQ

FAQs

What our previous crews said

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Ben was a superb teacher. He was calm and measured and assessed our groups skill and temperament perfectly, tailoring the day to us so that we got the most out of it and explaining this carefully without overloading us with terminology or too much information. Thank you for a thoroughly enjoyable day. Comments from the rest of the group: "Ben was brilliant, extremely patient and calm despite our (my) stupid questions. A great taster day... though I'd recommend people wear thermals. Those sea breezes are chilly!" (Chris) "Ben was calm, patient and knowledgeable and the day was a good hands on experience for a total newbie." (Ali) "Ben made the day fun and informative. I really enjoyed the experience." (Janet C) "A most enjoyable experience." (Seb)

25th April 2017

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The day was fantastic, so much fun and we all learnt a lot too. Our skipper Jackie was great, very knowledgeable and a good teacher. She had time for everyone at all levels and abilities. She explained everything well and gave us confidence.

25th April 2017

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Fabulous family day with skipper Ben who was a wonderful instructor and made the whole experience very relaxed and fun!

19th April 2017

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Thanks to Ben our skipper today for a fantastic experience. First time my dad has been sailing in 50 years! Reckon we might be in touch in the future re a longer excursion. It was great to learn a lot about the world of sailing today as Ben was excellent

10th May 2016

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Many many thanks for enabling us to experience sailing on Cassie, with very best wishes

12th November 2015

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Great people, good vibes, I loved it!

8th October 2015

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The Skipper was fabulous and we learnt a lot.

8th October 2015

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Ben was a great instructor, very knowledgeable and explained things really well, he is clearly passionate about sailing.

8th October 2015

What To Bring
  • Clothing layers - even if it's sunny or warm on land it can get quite chilly when sailing
  • Hat, sun cream, lip salve, sunglasses, gloves
  • If you're staying overnight or longer you'll need to bring a sleeping bag, pillow, towel, toiletries
  • Any medication you would normally require
  • Pack your belongings in a soft bag that can be easily stowed
  • Do bring any of your favourite snacks or soft drinks as we may not be near any shops
    (If you have your own foul weather gear you are welcome to bring it)
  • If you haven't been sailing before and don't know if you might get seasick, some good advice is to have a sensible breakfast and don't drink lots of alcohol the night before!
  • Bring seasickness pills if you might need them.
What We Provide
  • Lifejackets
  • All meals & snacks while on board (vegetarian/vegan)
  • Sleeping berth
  • Course books in advance (if applicable)
  • Access to our onboard sailing library, including RYA course books (copies available to buy)
  • Quality XM foul weather trousers, jackets and waterproof deck boots
    (If you have your own foul weather gear you are welcome to bring it)
  • Please feel free to discuss equipment concerns with us prior to your sailing trip or course, we will happily advise on purchases if you would like to buy your own gear.
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Our Boats

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Jalapeno is a Dutch built Standfast, a solid roomy boat that handles the sea well. We can take bookings for up to 10 people on Jalapeno and there is room for everyone to eat and plan together around the central saloon table. There is an unusually large amount of flat deck, a great spot for a picnic at anchor!

Our RYA courses and sailing trips from Chichester marina are run on Jalapeno.

Facilities include heads (toilet/washroom), galley with gas oven and heating.

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Cascadeur is a French built Jeanneau. She has up to ten berths in four cabins, with room for everyone to sit and eat round the circular table in the main cabin, or use the cockpit table to eat or work together outside. We can take bookings for up to 10 people on Cascadeur.

Our RYA courses and sailing trips from Southampton are run on Cascadeur.

Facilities include two heads (toilet/washroom), gas cooker with oven, heating.

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Karic is a British built Westerly Renown ketch - a ketch means there are two masts, so three sets of sails for people to learn how to use. She has berths for six people to sleep in three cabins, with room for everyone to sit and eat round the table in the main cabin. Designed for family cruising, Karic is a safe, sturdy boat. There is a centre cockpit with room for a crew of six to sit in comfort.

Facilities include a roomy heads (toilet/washroom) and meths 2 hob cooker