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Jun
28
Fri
2019
Round The Island Race @ Round The Island Race
Jun 28 @ 9:00 am – Jun 30 @ 4:00 pm

The Round the Island Race, organised by the Island Sailing Club, is a one-day yacht race around the Isle of Wight.

We have put together a three day package to include a training day, the 2019 Round the Island race and cruise back after the race.

The race regularly attracts over 1,700 boats and around 16,000 sailors, making it one of the largest yacht races in the world.

Competitors come from all over the UK, to follow the 50 nautical mile course round the Isle of Wight.
Starting on the famous Royal Yacht Squadron line in Cowes, the fleet races west about, to The Needles, round St Catherine’s Point and Bembridge Ledge buoy, and back into the Solent to the finish line at Cowes.

Experience Round the Island race on Rho
Round the Island is a great day on the water. As well as competing against Olympic, world-class and weekend sailors, there will be the opportunity to race against other Sigma 38s in this one design class  – and the Sigma skippers are a competitive bunch.

We have set aside a training day, to meet the crew, build the team and allow time to practise all important manoeuvres, before heading over to Cowes.

Berthing in Cowes will allow you the opportunity to celebrate a successful days racing and swap stories with other sailors over drinks in the infamous Cowes Beer tent. And if you have any energy left, there will be many other activities and entertainment taking place in Cowes throughout the weekend.

Read last years Round the Island race report here

To Book

Booking Form

What’s included?

  • 1 day race training
  • The Round the Island race
  • Return Cruise
  • Skipper and mate
  • Accommodation on board
  • Food whilst racing and training
  • Entry to the race regatta
  • All the extras: mooring fees, diesel, water

If you would like to join us, but would like to get some more experience or brush up on some racing skills before coming along, have a look at our courses page.
If you are unsure which sailing course may be right for you, we will be happy to discuss your experience and your sailing goals to help you choose the best option for you.

If you are interested in joining us for the 2017 Round the Island Race please contact us

Jul
6
Sat
2019
March Race Training weekend I @ Equinox Hamble
Jul 6 @ 9:00 am – Jul 7 @ 5:00 pm

The mid-summer weekend courses brushing up your skills in sail drills, sail trimming, tactical and strategic navigation before Cowes week or other inshore or offshore races.

Jul
12
Fri
2019
RORC St Malo @ Equinox Sailing
Jul 12 – Jul 15 all-day

The RORC St Malo race is one of the most popular RORC races on the calendar and the walled port city of St Malo, Brittany, France welcome racers with its seafood and fine wines.  The 170-mile race pre-dates the Royal Ocean Racing Club by almost 20 years, with the overall winner taking the impressive gold-plated King Edward VII Cup, presented by the British Monarch to the Club Nautique de la Rance at Dinard in 1906. The Cowes Dinard St Malo Race is the ninth race of the 13 race series for the RORC Season’s Points Championship and except the Rolex Fastnet Race, is likely to have the largest entry of the RORC season.
The timing of the race coincides with the celebration of the storming of the Bastille in 1789, a symbol of the uprising of the modern French nation. Bastille Day is one of the biggest celebrations throughout France and the fortress village of St Malo will be a hive of festivities and cultural celebrations culminating in an impressive firework display.
Start Cowes
Finish St Malo
Distance 175NM
Approx No Days 2

If you would like to join us, but would like to get some more experience or brush up on some racing skills before coming along, have a look at our courses page.  We have a set of yacht racing worksheets available for download, please click here to download.

Contact Us

If you are unsure if this race is right for you, contact us and we will be happy to discuss your experience and your sailing goals to help you choose the best option for you.

Jul
18
Thu
2019
Channel Islands and Brittany Rose Granite Coast cruise @ RYA Competent Crew
Jul 18 @ 9:00 am – Jul 24 @ 4:00 pm

Join us to put your new found skills into practice and complete the RYA Competent Crew or Day Skipper course over 7 days. The 7-days will provide the opportunity to explore new sea areas and get some proper sailing experience.

The course will start in Hamble, cross the Channel to the Islands and along the spectacular granite coastline of Brittany, before returning to Hamble.

Heavy weather options would explore west along the coast to Devon and possibly across the Channel during the weekThe trip is also available to those who wish to cruise, and not complete the RYA course.

The cost includes meals while sailing and mooring fees – there are no hidden costs but you expected to cover the costs of any meals ashore.

If you would like a more detailed look at the RYA Competent Crew syllabus then please have a look at Is the RYA Competent Crew course right for me?

RYA Competent Crew Course Content

Experience living on a yacht and visit different ports each night. Learn the fundamentals of handling a boat under sail and under engine. Learn to handle sails, tie knots, and become a useful member of crew.

Join the boat on the first day, meet your instructor and crew, and after a safety briefing set off returning on the last day.

Useful literature

The RYA Competent Crew Skills is a useful book both during the course and as an aide memoire after your course, and can be purchased for £10 please let us know when you are booking.  We also have a section on sail handling that contains some worksheets you might find useful.

Discounted course when booked with RYA Competent Crew

Book your RYA Essential Navigation and Seamanship course for £50 instead of £99.

After your course

You will have an understanding of sailing and how to be a useful member or crew, gaining a recognised certificate.

Course Details

Previous experience required None

Duration 7 days

Max instructor ratio 5:1

Cost £700

To Book

Booking Form

Included on course

RYA accredited instructor, accommodation on board, gas, diesel, breakfast and lunch each day, 1 evening meal, and RYA log book.

Wondering what to do next?

Why not continue the RYA qualifications and complete the RYA Day Skipper Theory course.

Already completed the Day Skipper Theory? Have a look at our dates for the Day Skipper Practical course.

Want to experience night sailing and watch systems? Why not join us on one of our mile builders.

Have a taste for sailing and would like some more experience? Why not come out cruising with us?

Fancy something a little faster? Why not come out racing or on a race training course?

Learn more about the other foundation courses we offer.

Or perhaps learn how to become a skipper.

RYA Specialist Courses

Learn more about the Specialist Courses we offer.

Further Information

Contact Us

If you have any other questions please contact us or check out our FAQ page.

Who are the RYA?

Find out more about the Royal Yachting Association (RYA): Who are the RYA?

Jul
27
Sat
2019
RORC Channel Race @ Equinox Sailing
Jul 27 – Jul 28 all-day

The RORC Channel race is a 24-35 hour race that is set depending on the wind and tide.  It starts and finishes in the Solent so is a popular weekend race.
Date 27-28th July
Start Cowes
Finish Cowes
Distance 125NM
Approx No Days 1-1/5

If you would like to join us, but would like to get some more experience or brush up on some racing skills before coming along, have a look at our courses page.  We have a set of yacht racing worksheets available for download, please click here to download.

Contact Us

If you are unsure if this race is right for you, contact us and we will be happy to discuss your experience and your sailing goals to help you choose the best option for you.

Aug
2
Fri
2019
Rolex Fastnet Race @ RORC Fastnet Race
Aug 2 – Aug 9 all-day

Fastnet 2019

We are once again taking part in one of the most famous offshore yacht races the RORC Fastnet 2017, racing from Cowes to the Fastnet lighthouse and finishing in Plymouth.

This is a prestigious event and an experience of a lifetime. Take part on one of our fully race prepared Sigma 38’s and race in a true one design class.

Equinox Sailing have put together a comprehensive package which includes 4 qualifying offshore races and 2 training weekends.

The crew must compete in a minimum of 300 nm offshore racing prior to the Fastnet Race. We will be competing in 4 RORC races prior to the Fastnet race allowing everyone to gain the required mileage.

Please look at the video from RORC Fastnet 2013 Race

Included in the Fastnet 2017 package

  • 2 training weekends
  • RORC offshore qualifying races
  • RORC Fastnet 2019 Race
  • ISAF/RYA Sea Survival Course
  • All safety equipment
  • All food on-board, mooring fees, and fuel
  • Team t-shirts

Please contact us for more information, or to register your interest.

Just how much yacht racing has changed can be seen in a documentary from 1965 following a yacht and her crew on the Fastnet race.

Aug
11
Sun
2019
Plymouth-Scotland summer mile builder/cruise @ Scotland Mile Builder
Aug 11 @ 9:00 am – Aug 17 @ 6:00 pm

The Equinox Extended mile builder is a great opportunity for sailors of all levels to gain more experience. In 2019 we are taking advantage of the changed timing of the RORC Fastnet Race – which will finish in Plymouth Sound August on, or around 8 Aug. We are keeping our yacht in Plymouth, rather than sailing back to the Solent, so that we are further west to start sail west to Cornwall, Lands End and then north to Ireland, Wales and Scotland.
Often sailing at night and out of sight of land, you will experience living and eating on board all under the watchful eye of your skipper/instructor.  This mile building cruise will allow you to experience the West coast of Scotland, the Irish Sea, Lands End and along the South coast of England; possibly also the Isles of Scilly!
It’s an ideal opportunity for RYA Day Skippers to gain experience and work towards their RYA Coastal Skipper or their RYA Yachtmaster Qualifications. There will be opportunities to skipper a passage under instruction.
You can join the boat for one or both legs as we will be sailing the boat up to Scotland and back.
Your skipper will be an RYA Qualified Instructor so you will have the opportunity to learn as you cruise over 600+ nm and we expect the trip to take 7 days.

There are many trains to Plymouth, and train and flight options to return from Oban.

Total mileage – 600+ nm

All meals while sailing are included.

Mooring fees/fuel etc are included, trains, flights or transfers are not included.

Contact Us

Contact us to express your interest in joining the boat, or if you have any questions.  If you don't have the time for such a long mile builder, we recommend our weekend mile builders.
Aug
19
Mon
2019
Aug Hebridean adventure cruise @ Scotland Mile Builder
Aug 19 @ 9:00 am – Aug 26 @ 9:00 pm

Sail from Oban to the Outer Hebrides, and possibly onto St Kilda, returning to Oban after 8 days of cruising and exploring.
This trip will be an opportunity to sail through the spectacular Highlands, including the Inner and Outer Hebrides; with its stunning scenery and wildlife, this trip will appeal to bird watchers, photographers and adventure sailors.
Besides the relaxing cruising this is an opportunity for sailors of all levels to gain more experience and work towards the next level RYA qualification. There will be opportunities to skipper a passage under instruction.
The trip will start and finish in Oban. Due to the nature of the area we will be sailing, heavy weather options are planned if required. Please note reaching St Kilda will be weather-dependent.
Your skipper will be an RYA Qualified Instructor so you will have the opportunity to learn as you cruise over 8 days.

St Kilda Adventure Cruise Itinerary

The exact itinerary will be dictated by the forecast, but we plan on visiting as many different ports as possible during the 7 days.

Meals while sailing are included.

Mooring fees, fuel and boat costs are included. Flights or transfers to/from Oban are not included.

Cost £700

Contact Us

Contact us to express your interest in joining the boat, or if you have any questions.  If you don't have the time for such a long mile builder, we recommend our weekend mile builders.
Aug
28
Wed
2019
Aug-Sep Hebridean adventure cruise @ Scotland Mile Builder
Aug 28 @ 9:00 am – Sep 4 @ 9:00 pm

Sail from Oban to the Outer Hebrides, and possibly onto St Kilda, returning to Oban after 8 days of cruising and exploring.
This trip will be an opportunity to sail through the spectacular Highlands, including the Inner and Outer Hebrides; with its stunning scenery and wildlife, this trip will appeal to bird watchers, photographers and adventure sailors.
Besides the relaxing cruising this is an opportunity for sailors of all levels to gain more experience and work towards the next level RYA qualification. There will be opportunities to skipper a passage under instruction.
The trip will start and finish in Oban. Due to the nature of the area we will be sailing, heavy weather options are planned if required. Please note reaching St Kilda will be weather-dependent.
Your skipper will be an RYA Qualified Instructor so you will have the opportunity to learn as you cruise over 8 days.

St Kilda Adventure Cruise Itinerary

The exact itinerary will be dictated by the forecast, but we plan on visiting as many different ports as possible during the 7 days.

Meals while sailing are included.

Mooring fees, fuel and boat costs are included. Flights or transfers to/from Oban are not included.

Cost £700

Contact Us

Contact us to express your interest in joining the boat, or if you have any questions.  If you don't have the time for such a long mile builder, we recommend our weekend mile builders.
Sep
7
Sat
2019
Scotland-Solent Mile Builder @ Scotland Mile Builder
Sep 7 @ 9:00 am – Sep 15 @ 4:00 pm

The Equinox Scotland-Solent mile builder is a great opportunity for sailors of all levels to gain more experience and enjoy some excellent sea passages.  Sail at night and out of sight of land, experience living and eating on board all under the watchful eye of your skipper/instructor.  En route to our home marina in Hamble we will sail along the West coast of Scotland and the Irish Sea, then South to Lands End and along the South coast of England.

The trip will be an opportunity for RYA Day Skippers to gain experience and work towards their  RYA Coastal Skipper or their RYA Yachtmaster Qualifications. There will be the two opportunities to skipper a 200 + mile passage under instruction, or shorter passages between stopping ports.

Rho will be completing a number of summer cruises around the Highlands and the Inner and Outer Hebrides. This trip is the delivery of the boat to Hamble after the race over 9 days in late summer. This is a one-way trip but there are good transport links in to Oban, by plane, bus or train.

Your skipper will be an RYA Qualified Instructor so you will have the opportunity to learn as you cruise over 600 nm and we expect the trip to take 9 days, including stop-overs in Scotland, Wales and the West Country.


Equinox Scotland-Solent Mile Builder 

Itinerary

We plan to stop en route, the stopping points will be decided by the skipper and based on weather but may include Jura, the North coast of Ulster, Holyhead and Falmouth.

Total mileage – 600+ nm

All meals while sailing are included.

Mooring fees, fuel and boat costs are included. Travel to and from Oban and Hamble is not included.

Cost £700

Contact Us

Contact us to express your interest in joining the boat, or if you have any questions.  If you don't have the time for such a long mile builder, we recommend our weekend mile builders.