Sailing News

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

See the Solent in a different light   It may come as a surprise to you, but this time of year is our favourite for sailing courses and many of our instructors prefer it. So, we’ve listed a few of the reasons why we believe Autumn sailing can be much better than in the Summer: Read more

The Great Britain SailGP Team Breaks 50 Knot Record In Solent

  COWES, England – August 6, 2019 – Dylan Fletcher’s Great Britain SailGP Team today achieved what no other sail racing team in the world has done, breaking the sport’s elusive 50-knot speed barrier during training ahead of Cowes SailGP. The historic moment – a first aboard the supercharged F50 catamaran – occurred during the Read more

SailGP Racing In The Solent

  SailGP is coming to the Solent in August and it looks like we’ll be seeing some epic racing on the south coast and maybe pass the 50-foot wingsailed catamarans in Southampton Water as they head to the technical area. It’s a new sport, established in 2018 and is an annual, global sports championship featuring Read more

Arctic Sailing On Luxury Yacht Santosa With Mother Nature Putting On A Show

  The Santosa Nordic sailing experience came into its own this week with the Guest Crew sighting a whale and reports of some excellent sailing against a beautiful backdrop with Mother Nature playing her part every minute of the day.  Day 5 Andoya to Fiskevaeret Skipnes Had a cracking down wind sail today down the Read more

First Class Sailing Expands Into Yacht Chartering

L to R Charlie Tulloch (Principal First Class Sailing) Sally and Eric Whitelaw (Firstaway Yacht Charters)   Southampton sailing school First Class Sailing has purchased the business of Firstaway Yacht Charters to expand its business and provide an additional service for its customers. This means that Firstaway owners, Sally and Eric Whitelaw, will be able to Read more

Naming Ceremony for Our Two New Beneteau 381

  Our big news is that in February 2019 we replaced our Jeanneau 379s Batida and Manhattan with two brand new Beneteau 381s. We have continued with the cocktail theme and named them Palomar and Sazerac. These new yachts are fractionally bigger in length than the Jeanneau 379’s. However they carry their chine almost all Read more

Why get qualified? An RYA Yachtmaster Instructor Explains Why You Should

A typical class on a school boat takes in a diverse range of ages, backgrounds and aspirations. First published in Sailing Today, Clive Loughlin looks at why RYA qualifications are worth more than the paper they are printed on. As published in Sailing Today – August 2018 (pdf version) 5 + 40 + 5 = Read more

Howards’ Way: Did That BBC TV Show Get You Into Sailing?

  How did you get into sailing? For many it is the family, others school or scouts, but for some people of a certain age it would have been Howards’ Way, a BBC TV series set on the south coast, that brought to life the ins and outs of sailing – from the boatyard to the Read more

Competent Crew Course – Get Into Sailing

Competent Crew Course – Get Into Sailing with Family or Friends Have you ever wanted to go sailing, but didn’t know where to start? Whether you come from a sailing family and want to build up your knowledge, you haven’t sailed in a while and need your memory refreshing, or whether you’ve never been on 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