Mile Builders

Overview

Whether you need to skipper some serious passages before taking a Yachtmaster exam, want to build your sea miles in a safe and enjoyable environment or simply want to try out offshore cruising as an active crew member, an Urban Truant cruise is a great experience.

We run voyages to France, The Channel Isles and the West Country. Trips vary in length from 3 day weekend Channel dashes to 7 day cruises, combining real passages and interesting pilotage with visits to pretty harbours along the way.

Your first cross-Channel voyage can be a big hurdle to face and our talented instructors (RYA Yachtmaster examiners and instructors) will show you how to make it a safe and enjoyable experience.

Pilotage through the Channel Isles is challenging and extremely satisfying, with stunning coastal scenery en-route. It provides a great introduction for the less experienced members of crew and a chance to hone skills for those building towards higher skippering qualifications.

The West Country has beautiful scenery and many glorious harbours with a slower pace of life than the often hectic Solent, so cruise here is always fun.

For those trying to amass the mileage and skippering hours required before attempting a Yachtmaster exam, these cruises are ideal. When booking, please let us know your plans and we can ensure that you are nominated to skipper at least one of the longer passages and some of the more complex pilotage too. The instructor will be on board, but, barring necessity, will enable you to skipper the boat.

Complete beginners to sailing would be advised to take a course such as RYA Competent Crew before throwing themselves into a longer cruise as you will find the whole thing much more enjoyable as an active member of the crew. However, only basic knowledge is required and many relative beginners have had a great time and learnt a huge amount about themselves and massively improved their skills on these trips.

Planned dates can be found below and we are always happy to make bespoke bookings for groups based on your availability.

Pre-Course
Experience
Complete beginners to sailing would be advised to take a course such as RYA Competent Crew before throwing themselves into a longer cruise as you will find the whole thing much more enjoyable as an active member of the crew.
Assumed
Knowledge
RYA Competent Crew
Duration3-7 days

What’s Included

When you book a course with Urban Truant we do our best to ensure there are no extra fees – everything you need to complete your course is included:
 
  • All meals and refreshments whilst on board
  • All mooring fees
  • All fuel costs
  • Use of Urban Truant’s quality wet weather gear and safety kit

At Urban Truant we feel it’s important to provide quality catering and pride ourselves on serving fresh tasty food pre pared by a local Hamble based restaurant. We are also happy to cater for different dietary requirements upon request.

Course Dates

Below are listed our available dates. If you cannot see dates that you require, please get in touch with us and we may be able to to arrange a more suitable date.

2017 Dates
Monday 21 August
to
Friday 25 August
1 PLACE LEFT
£690.00
Monday 04 September
to
Friday 08 September
FULL
£690.00
Monday 11 September
to
Friday 15 September
FULL
£690.00
Monday 18 September
to
Friday 22 September
FULL
£690.00
Monday 09 October
to
Friday 13 October
1 PLACE LEFT
£750.00

See what our students say:

Caroline

"I wanted to drop you a quick note to say thank you so much for a great week aboard Inspire.  I would be lying if I said I wasn't a bit nervous about spending the best part of week on board a boat with three people I'd never met, as well as being a bit nervous about some of the tasks as crew on a boat - especially hopping off with the lines!
 
However, Rich did a great job at putting everyone at ease and creating an atmosphere which made the learning interesting and fun.   I feel like a learnt a huge amount and it was beneficial to be on the course with the Day Skipper pupils as I was able to watch... read more"

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