Build your experience and confidence on our mile builders, whilst you balance learning and enjoying your time sailing. Equinox run both 3 day mile builders and longer 7 or 10 days passages sailing to more interesting locations. All milebuilders include overnight passages, crossing busy shipping lanes, boat handling, sail trim, navigation, VHF, AIS and passage planning experience. Mile builders are key for those working towards their RYA Yachtmaster Coastal or Offshore qualifications, but they are great confidence builders for all levels of experience. They are a fantastic way to meet new people.
During our mile builders we will cover:
Passage planning and making
Watch systems and leading
Sail planning and trim
YachtMaster qualifying passages
Use of weather forecasts
Practice your passage planning and experience why it is important to make tidal gates. Including crossing shipping lanes and dealing with busy Traffic Separation Schemes (TSS) and undertake the challenge of identifying vessels during your night sailing.
Mile Builder Weekends
For those with limited time we compress these confidence and experience builders into long weekends. We have a number of 3-day mile builders planned- wind and tide will dictate where we go. For further information please visit our Weekend Mile Building page.
Extended Mile Builders
If looking for a longer passage, why not combine mile building into a relaxing holiday cruise, visiting some interesting ports and coastlines with more interesting navigation? We also are planning a number of extended mile builders that will involve longer passages, allowing us to sail further.
Wales Mile Builder – 7 day cruise from Hamble, down and around Lands End, then up to St Davids and onto Pwllheli in North Wales. Covering at least 430nm.
St Kilda adventure cruise – 7 days starting and finishing in Oban and taking in Mull and the Outer Hebrides and St Kilda (including a trip ashore) before sailing back to Oban. Covering at least 270nm, probably 350nm.
Scotland Mile Builder – Oban, past Jura, Islay the Mull of Galloway and then south past the Isle of Man for a brief stop in Holyhead before heading for Lands End and finally past Cornwall, Devon and Dorset en route back to Hamble. This 7-day trip includes spectacular scenery along the West Coast of Scotland and some robust passages.
Jurassic Coast Cruise – A gentle August 7-day cruise and mile builder – possibly an opportunity to complete an RYA course whilst sailing along the picturesque Dorset and Devon coasts – Lulworth, Durdle Door, Portland, Lyme Regis, Brixham, Dartmouth. Covering at least 120nm.
Brittany’s Rose Granite Coast and the Channel Islands – Two Summer cruises across to the Channel Islands and along the spectacular Rose Granite coastline of Brittany, before ending in St Malo, with a return trip starting in St Malo. Covering at least 170 nm
Contact us for more information about the next trip.