Sailing News

All the latest news from the world of sailing and stories from experienced sailors.

  Sail away from the UK, out of the Solent, down the busy English Channel and then South across the Bay of Biscay to warmer climes and your destination: Gran Canaria in the Canaries! For anyone wishing to do some serious offshore sailing, build miles, or just escape to the high seas this will be Read more

FCS Enter ‘Parade of Sail’ During Southampton Sailing Week

Southampton Sailing Week’s Parade of Sail from the River Itchen will look similar to Amsterdam’s   It is time to celebrate the thrill of sailing and in May, First Class Sailing are getting involved with Southampton Sailing Week. Both of our yachts will enter the ‘Parade of Sail’ which is being billed as “the finest Read more

The ARC Rally

The 2016 ARC Rally, a hugely social yet really quite competitive sailing race, is fast approaching with the training weekend kicking off on the 5th November. This year we’re entering, giving 12 people the opportunity to crew in this renowned race (we’ve got one place remaining if you are interested!). Established in 1986 as a Read more

Achieve Your Sailing Qualifications With First Class Sailing

Whether you’re a competent sailor or are just beginning to take to the water, First Class Sailing provides some of the most up to date and comprehensive sailing courses and qualifications you will find within the United Kingdom. With our wide range of Royal Yachting Association (RYA) approved practical and theory courses, you can broaden Read more

Sailing in the Solent – the Perfect Destination for Yacht Training

First Class Sailing offers an extensive range of RYA practical yacht training courses, suitable for sailors of different abilities and levels of experience. Set along some of the UK’s most beautiful and diverse coastlines, our courses allow you to build upon your existing sailing knowledge, and learn new skills. Training is an essential part of Read more

America’s Cup World Series in The Solent 2015

If you’ve been sailing on the Solent during the early part of 2015 you may well have seen the Ben Ainslie Racing team going through their paces. The images below were taken by our crew and left everyone impressed by their speed and dedication. All this preparation is building up to the big day in Read more

Make Shamrock Quay Marina of the Year in 2015

So where would you find the best Marina in the UK? And what makes a Marina excel? These are the questions that surface every time the Yacht Harbour Association’s Marina of the Year Award comes around. Having said that the award was only started last year and won by Plymouth’s Mayflower Marina, an independent marina Read more

Organising a yacht fashion shoot for Vogue Netherlands

The romance of sailing has inspired many photographers to use yachts as the set for their photo shoot, but what is it like on the other side of the lens? How do you accommodate the artists while sailing a fully rigged ship? In the blog below, Darryl Hughes a regular correspondent during his voyage around Read more

Take a Closer Look at 2014’s New Boats

With January now upon us, it won’t be long before First Class Sailing’s customers will be building their sailing skills and confidence on brand new learning platforms. Two new Sun Odyssey 379 boats will be taking to the waters in February, offering students more tools to navigate the ocean waves, as well as more interior Read more

Our New Yachts are Coming from Jeanneau

We’re pleased to announce that we’ve purchased two new boats to replace our old yachts, which will be turning up here at First Class Sailing in January.