Family fun with firstaway
Try something different with the family this summer whilst the kids are on their school holiday and come sailing. We can offer 3 or 4 nights on board for up to 6 people where all the family can get involved and pull ropes, set sails and helm if they would like to.
Sailing in the Solent is very safe and lots of lovely harbours to go into over night so you can eat a shore so Mum can have a break as well, visit the naval museums and historic dockyards knowing your accommodation is just around the corner and ready to move to the next exciting place. Alternatively we have fully catered galleys on board if you want a fun night on board in a quiet little harbour on the Isle of Wight. The choice is yours. Click here for further details.
Monday 4pm to Friday 10am £1,312
Friday 4pm to Monday 10am £1,096
Hire of MCA coded Yacht with skipper
All Safety Equipment including lifejackets
Children must be over 5 and accompanied by adult
Only 2 children (under 11) per adult
Skipper has own cabin and catered for with the family
Food and Drinks
For available dates and any questions please call on 023 8023 6000 or
Tips for sailing with Children
Sailing with a young family can be daunting, especially if you are new to sailing yourself. The thought of it may be idyllic – pottering around on a scorching summer’s day, anchoring in a small bay and watching the kids play on the beach. In practice, the idea may fill you with dread and trepidation.
But fear not! Sailing with a young family is not only infinitely possible; it can also be a very enjoyable experience. Below are some tried and tested ideas to get you started. After reading this, hopefully getting out on the water with your family might not seem like such a scary idea after all!
• Start off with short trips in good weather – Establish ground rules from the word go and stick to them
• Start as you mean to go on and gradually increase the duration and distance over time – visit places where the kids can get ashore so they can let off steam
• Strap them in! For babies, strap down a potty seat or car seat in a safe place in the cockpit and then strap the child in. You can see them and they can see you. In port you can set up a baby bouncer in the cockpit hanging from the boom. Once toddling, put them in a harness and attach the harness line to a strong point in the cockpit or to the jackstays if you’re in port. Clip on netting for the foredeck will keep them from slipping over the side
• Wear your lifejacket too – If your children see you wearing your lifejacket as a matter of course they are less likely to argue about wearing theirs
• Find a safe place in the cockpit where your children can go when coming into port or tacking and gybing. They can see what’s going on, but are well out of harms way
• Be prepared – make sure you are happy with how the boat and her systems work and have done your passage plan before leaving port (you can even do this at home!)
• Sit the kids with whoever is on the helm, leaving the other parent free to navigate and handle sheets during tacks and gybes. They can then chat, sing songs, play eye spy and other games and be lookouts!
• Involve your kids! If children understand why, then they are more likely to follow rules. Explaining how the boat works and involving them in what’s going on will hold their interest in sailing
• Explain everything, simply. Even from an early age get them on the helm, helping to keep a look out, tie fenders on or pass warps. Make them a part of the crew! (When tying on fenders, keep them inboard until you’ve checked the knots!)
• ‘Teddy Overboard’ drills! Practising Man Overboard drills is great for the whole family but also means that should a real emergency arise then your children will already know what to do
• Let them play whilst sailing in the forepeak or aft cabin, but do remember to tell them when you’re tacking!
• Take toys with large parts. Fishing around in the bilges for lost Lego is a futile exercise…
Have fun and enjoy spending time with your family on the water – sailing with children just makes the adventure more of an adventure!