Yachting for Beginners.

WHSC’s offshore team offer spring weekend taster sessions on Maurice Futerman’s 37-foot Brisbane Star.

Joining the boat on Friday evening you will spend two nights on board, visiting the harbours and backwaters of the Solent – such as the yachtie magnet Cowes and the tranquil wildlife haven that is Newtown Creek.

You will be introduced to the basics of sail- and boat-handling, mooring, pilotage, all in an area where we can safely sail in almost any conditions.

There are four places on board each weekend, and you will be sharing a cabin with someone else – like being snug in a two-person tent, but without the flapping nylon.

Brisbane Star is fully equipped and certificated for offshore charter. She has an extensive sail-set, including both spinnaker and cruising chute, heavy weather jib, and storm sails. For navigation there is a chart-plotter, GPS, on-board navigation computer and AIS tracker (so your friends and family can follow your progress). Below are the comforts of hot water, heating, fridge and cooker.

Who’s it for? We will prioritise novices – total newcomers to yachting – but will be glad to take others if there are empty places.

What you’ll need: Wet weather gear, thermals or other layers to keep you warm, sailing shoes or boots, sleeping bag and personal stuff. Talk to us if in doubt.

Costs? There is a basic charge for the boat (last autumn this was £29 pp pd).
Fuel, mooring and onboard eating expenses are shared equally.
Meals ashore and travel to and from the boat are up to invividuals.
Altogether last time it cost approximately £60 pp pd, excluding personal travel.

Dates? We are looking at all weekends from September onwards, and will discuss options once we discover interest and people’s availability.

Any questions, ask Maurice Futerman or Robin Imray, or email

See also What gear you need.