Brace yourself, winter is coming…..

But that doesn’t mean you should drop anchor and hibernate until the cold season is over.

Find out why it is the perfect time to enroll on our winter sailing courses at our premium Solent sailing school:

“Winter sailing courses – really?”

Yes – really!

Are you a fair weather sailor? We’re always getting asked when our sailing courses stop for the winter. The simple answer….they don’t!

Let’s be honest, the British weather is unpredictable at the best. For example, August was a pretty mixed bag of sun, rain and high winds.

So at Bacchus Yachting, we keep sailing all year.  (When did us stiff upper lipped Brits ever let a little rain or wind stop us from doing anything)?

There is nothing quite like a lovely winter cruise or sail. On a good winter’s day – the feeling of crisp, fresh air mixed with the low sun beating down is magical. On a more unpredictable day – the strong winds provide an excitement and thrill like no other. And if it does rain, there is gear to keep you warm and dry.

A lot of our students like the challenges the winter weather provides. Anyone can do a man overboard or berth the boat in calm waters. But tougher conditions will really test your endurance and mental ability.

We also have our Mileage Builder coming up at the end of October, which we have lots of our previous students joining us for. This will provide you with sailing experience on more challenging conditions and passages than our regular RYA sailing courses provide.

Flexible Learning: RYA Theory, Shorebased & Online courses

Don’t worry! If the colder weather really isn’t for you, the winter is an ideal time to get some of our RYA theory and shore-based courses completed. Throughout the season, we’ll have a full schedule of RYA Day Skipper Theory and Coastal/Yachtmaster Theory, with various options to fit around the students. Don’t forget you can also complete your First Aid, Sea Survival, SRC Radio, Diesel Engine, and RYA online courses including PPR, Essential Navigation & Seamanship and Day Skipper Theory with us.

Recognised RYA Training Centre

Our new and vibrant RYA training centre, based in the heart of Portsmouth Harbour at Haslar Marina, has first-rate facilities to accommodate your learning. Check out what some of our students have to say about us.

Exclusive marina-side dedicated classroom


dedicated sailing school classroomWe’re proud to say we are one of the only sea schools in the area to have a dedicated shore-based classroom space. It is new and equipped with the most-up-to-date equipment.

Flexible Learning

We know people lead busy lives. But that doesn’t mean you should miss out on the joy of sailing. That’s why we offer evening, weekend and flexible learning hours for those that can’t fit training in with their daily schedule. Learn at your own pace with us.


Are you interested in a winter sailing course?

* SPECIAL OFFER* 10% OFF ALL WINTER COURSES. Use code: WINTER10 Get in contact with Gemma on 02392 520200 to discuss our exclusive winter deals.