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 09 October
to
Friday 13 October
FULL
£750.00
Monday 09 April
to
Friday 13 April
AVAILABLE
£750.00
Monday 21 May
to
Friday 25 May
AVAILABLE
£750.00
Monday 25 June
to
Friday 29 June
AVAILABLE
£750.00
Monday 13 August
to
Friday 17 August
AVAILABLE
£750.00

See what our students say:

Terry

"Thanks for a great course last week. We did have some excellent sailing and great opportunity to put training and instructing into practice.

I was very pleased choosing Urban Truant in so many ways.  Firstly, as I mentioned, I found the website attractive and easy to use when booking the course and found no problems with the on-line teaching and test you sent me. The modern office and classroom compliment well the image you set out in the website.  The boat was in good order and clean when I boarded and ,despite cold weather, we were able to stay warm and dry all week thanks to the heaters on board.  The quality... read more"

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