Build your experience and confidence on our mile builders, whilst you balance learning and enjoying your time sailing. Equinox Sailing run both 3 day mile builders and longer 7 or 10 days passages sailing to more interesting locations. All mile builders 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.
Most mile builders include passages longer than 60 miles, this allows the crew to adopt a watch system and experience living on-board a yacht on passage. However, some passages could be 120-180 miles ensuring that the crew experience run around the clock sleep and eating while under-way. The offshore sailing is a good foundation for those considering the Rolex Fastnet Race 2019.
Our organised mile builders are skippered by an experienced RYA instructor/skipper so you will get the benefit of an experienced instructor to help you plan and run your passage. Your instructor will want to understand your particular skills and experience and what you want to enhance or reinforce. Many take the opportunity to skipper under supervision, others increase their confidence in boat handling, sail planning and trim and keeping a boat and crew ‘ship-shape’.
During our mile builders we will cover:
- Passage planning and making
- Watch systems and leading
- Boat handling
- Sail planning and trim
- YachtMaster qualifying passages
- Use of weather forecasts
Practise 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.
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? The following are typical extended cruises that we run each year to interesting coasts.
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.
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.
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.
Celtic cruise to and from SW Ireland
Two trips – one from Hamble, down to Devon and Cornwall then crossing the Celtic Sea, past the Fastnet rock and onto the glorious bays, islands and headlands of SW Ireland. Stopping in Fenit marina (Tralee), you can either sail back or fly back from Kerry airport. The second trip does the return trip from Fenit, back to Hamble. Two fantastic trips for any sailors interested in prehistoric Britain and Ireland or just wanting the get more confidence at offshore sailing. At least 400nm.