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The University of Southampton has expanded their fleet to include a Sigma 38 yacht to allow students, staff and the general public to get onto the water. The yacht, named Flying Formula, is category 2 coded for up to 10 people and is based at Town Quay Marina near the Red Funnel Red Jet terminal.

Flying Formula
Flying Formula

The boat is setup for RYA Yacht Cruising courses as well as Skippered Charter and Bareboat charter and can also be accessed by staff on the evening yacht trips. The University is very keen to encourage the entire community to get onto the water and experience what Southampton is uniquely known for.  For more information please get in contact by emailing:


Yachting Taster sessions are offered to all and take place for half days sessions as well as week nights, please look further into the website for dates and costs.


For student and staff bareboat charter we require an ICC or day skipper qualification. An induction will be given to those wishing to take the boat out.

For external public bareboat charter we would require a yacht master qualification coupled with a boat induction.




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At Sea
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Looking Aft
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On Deck
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Sport and Wellbeing are proud to offer RYA Practical Yacht Training Courses to include Start Yachting, Competent Crew, Day Skipper and also Coastal Skipper Courses.  If you are looking for details of our Classroom theory courses, please check out the Theory Courses and Online Courses sections of our website.  The Competent Crew, Day Skipper and Coastal Skipper courses run alongside each other so it is likely that there will be a range of experience in the people on board for your 5 day course, this is anticipated and activities will be planned to cover  the requirements of all people on board at the time.  People attending the Start Yachting courses will only have fellow Start Yachters on their course.


Start Yachting


This 2 days course is a short introduction to sailing for complete beginners and no there is no pre-course experience or knowledge required to attend this course.  By The end of the course you will have experienced steering a yacht, sail handling, ropework and be aware of safety on board.  This course is ideal if you are not sure about committing to the 5 day Competent Crew Course.  There is the opportunity to stay overnight on the boat on the Saturday night but this is not a requirement and a decision can be made by all on board for the course whether you return to Town Quay Marina on the Saturday night, or if you venture elsewhere to stay overnight.  Courses run from 0900hrs at Town Quay and should be completed by 1730 on the Sunday


2019 dates available soon




Membership TypePrice of Course
Peak Performer and Frequent Fitness £112.00
Uni of Southampton or Solent Uni Student (Only available to book via online store) £127.50
Workout Central, Sports Pass and Non-Member £148.00

Booking is Essential - please book at the Jubilee Sports Centre reception in person, by phone on 023 8059 2119 or book and pay online.


Competent Crew


This 5-day course is for beginners and those who would like to become active crew members rather than just passengers.  You will experience living on board and really get to know the boat.  Virtually all of the course is hands on.  You are the crew- without you the sails won't go up and the boat won't be steered.

By the end of this course you should be able to steer, handle sails, keep a lookout, row a dinghy and assist in all the day to day duties on board. You should also have visited some interesting places and had an enjoyable holiday.  If you are not sure about attending a full 5 day course, you may choose to opt for the 2 day Start Yachting Course and then attend a three day conversion course to convert the Start Yachting course to the Competent Crew course.  Conversion courses are run on a demand basis.


Day Skipper


This 5-day course for aspiring skippers with some yachting experience and basic navigation and sailing skills.

Learn to skipper a short passage with the instructor on hand to give advice and encouragement and ensure your safety. Experience being in charge, taking credit when it all goes well and being responsible when it doesn't.

Before this course, if you are not sure that your sailing is up to speed, a good way to learn is on an RYA Level 2 dinghy course. This will teach you to sail around a course and control the boat's speed.

If it's help with navigation that you need, you should take our Day Skipper shorebased course.  Expected pre-course experience to attend this course is 5 days sailing, 100 miles, 4 nights on board a sailing yacht.  Theory to the level of Day Skipper shorebased is assumed and it is recommended that you attend the Day Skipper Shorebased course before attending this course.


Coastal Skipper / Yachtmaster Coastal


This 5-day course covers advanced skippering techniques for yachtsmen and women with considerable knowledge of sailing and navigation, wanting to undertake coastal passages by day and night.

Like the Day Skipper course, this course consists of skippered passages in a variety of situations. Each trainee will skipper more challenging passages and learn more about passage planning, pilotage by day and night, boat handling, safety and emergency situations.

It is a satisfying but intensive week, with candidates often working towards a Certificate of Competence.

Coastal Skippers should be able to undertake more difficult passages by day and night and handle the yacht in more demanding conditions. By the end of the course you should have the knowledge, if not the experience, to become a Yachtmaster™.  

Expected pre-course experience before attending this course is 15 days sailing, 2 days as skipper, 300 miles, 8 night sailing hours on board a sailing yacht. Boat handling ability to the standard of Day Skipper and navigation Theory to the level of Coastal Skipper/Yachtmaster™ Offshore shorebased is assumed and it is recommended that you attend the Coastal Skipper/Yachtmaster™ Offshore shorebased course before attending this course.


Dates for all 5-day courses
18-20 & 26/27 October 2019




Membership TypePrice of Course
Peak Performer and Frequent Fitness £337.00
Uni of Southampton or Solent Uni Student (Only available to book via online store) £357.00
Workout Central, Sports Pass and Non-Member £410.00

To book click on the link below to access our online booking system.

Please note these sessions are for University of Southampton staff and their families only.

£10 per person - each trip will be a maximum of 8 people

Meeting at Town Quay at the time specified below (A lift may be available from the Jubilee Sports Centre, please email to enquire)

Date Day Time Meeting Time 
3/9/19 Tuesday 18:00-21:30 18:00
10/9/19 Tuesday 18:00-21:30 18:00
16/9/19 Monday 18:00-21:30 18:00
26/9/19 Thursday 18:00-21:30 18:00
1/10/19 Tuesday 18:00-21:30 18:00
8/10/19 Tuesday 18:00-21:30 18:00

Booking is Essential - please book at the Jubilee Sports Centre reception in person or by phone on 023 8059 2119.


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Bareboat Charter For Flying Formula:

Our prices for our bareboat charter are based on a half day session e.g 9am till 3pm. For our range of prices please see the table below. 

Minimum qualification required RYA Dayskipper practical, First Aid certificate and a VHF license.

A member of our team will perform an induction before the boat is released for charter. Practical ability will be assessed during the induction and our staff reserve the right to decline your request to charter.

For condition of charter, please see our Yacht Charter Agreement

Charter Fee

(Membership Type)

Peak Performer, Frequent Fitness and Sports Pass  £80 £80 £300
Workout Central, Pay as you go and Non-members £100 £100 £300


Deposit Fee

(Membership type)

Peak Performer, Frequent Fitness and Sports Pass  £320 £320 £1000
Workout Central, Pay as you go and Non-members £1000 £1000 £1000

A deposit will be taken at the time of booking . This will be taken off a card and then returned once the boat has been checked by a member of staff.

If you would like to enquire about making a booking, or if you wish to have a skippered boat (which can be arranged on request), please email


If you are a student and you would like to get on water there are a few options:

  • If you hold a Day skipper sail practical qualification or an equivalent ICC sail qualification you are eligible to have an induction and become a student skipper.  Additional tickets required: First aid and VHF.  Inductions are run on request by emailing
  • If you want to go for a sail but do not have any qualifications please contact the student sailing club who organise weekly trips. The club can be contacted via facebook – search for 'Wessex Sailing Club'
  • There are also student skippers who can be contacted via Sport and Wellbeing so do get in contact and we can pass on your details.



Course Cancellations/Transfers

We retain the right to cancel a date and transfer your booking or offer you a refund if the weather is unsuitable to run the course on the basis of health and safety. As part of this decision we will be looking at wind, temperature and sea state. Where possible we will give you 24 hours’ notice when a clear and accurate weather forecast comes through.

On the rare occurrence of staff sickness we will endeavour to cover the staff shortage and continue to run the course. This would also be grounds for a refund or date transfer.

For most of our watersports courses we have a minimum ratio of 1:3. Where possible we will always endeavour to run a course but if we are below ratio we may have to transfer you onto a future booking.

 The bookee cancelling the booking

Over 7 days before the course: We are happy to offer a full refund or transfer your booking to another date upon request.

Over 48 hours before the course: We will give a 50% refund or a full refund upon the presentation of a current doctor’s note.

Less than 48 hours before the course: We are not able to offer a refund

Please note that the time period stated refers to start of the day, not the start of the course.  All refunds are limited to course fees only.  If you book local accommodation, you may choose to take out cancellation/holiday insurance.

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