Experience the thrill of sailing on a high-performance Volvo Open 70 while honing your skills and building your miles
These trips are for everyone, wither you are a novice or experienced sailor. You can get involved as much as you like, or you can sit back and enjoy the sail.
Over the trip, you will have the opportunity to helm, trim, practice sail evolutions, passage plan, weather route and have the opportunity to skipper a passage.
Don’t think this will be a luxury ride! Such a high-performance racing yacht does not come with many creature comforts. Cramped quarters, freeze-dried food and basic accommodation are the trade-off for a fast boat, many miles and the most exhilarating ride. We do it just as the elite ocean racers do so you truly get a genuine experience.
What can you do with Mile Builders?
We often get asked how many miles are required for certain qualifications and what are the benefits these can bring to you, so to answer your questions we have included a list below for some of the most common yachting qualifications from the RYA and an outline of how you can use each one.
This is one of the most popular sailing qualifications among beginner sailors. This is a qualification that will allow you to hire boats from the majority of rental companies for holiday sailing (though please check prior to booking). You will learn how to sail short passages during the day while learning how to be in charge of the boat, perfecting how to control boat speed and safe navigation.
Miles Required: 5 days, 100 miles, 4 night hours
This course expands on the knowledge gained doing the Day Skipper but introduces passage planning, pilotage during both day-time and night-time, safety and emergency procedures. The most common uses for obtaining a coastal skipper qualification is to undertake passages that require longer hours of sailing, particularly during the night.
Miles Required: 15 days, 2 days as skipper, 300 miles, 8 night hours
The Yachtmaster is broken into three different categories that you can complete, each having a different specialism: The Yachtmaster Coastal, Yachtmaster Offshore and Yachtmaster Ocean. These qualifications can be commercially endorsed and then be used for an array of employment opportunities onboard a yacht.
(Coastal): 30 days, 2 days as skipper, 800 miles, 12 night hours. (If you hold the Coastal Skipper practical course completion certificate this is reduced to 20 days, 2 days as skipper, 400 miles, 12 night hours.)
(Offshore): 50 days, 2,500 miles including at least 5 passages over 60 miles.
(Ocean): Minimum non-stop distance of 600 miles must have been run by the log.