If the thought of six endless weeks of school summer holiday fills you with dread, you’re not alone. It can be difficult to think up new and interesting ways to fill the time to save the kids from weeks of boredom, but thankfully there are things you can do to spice up your summer. For a brilliant way to see the UK’s stunning coastline from a different perspective, why not charter a yacht?
At first, it might seem like a bit of a jump. An afternoon in the park with an ice cream is very different to a day spent out on the water in a yacht. But maybe that’s a good thing. After all, chartering a yacht means that your entire family can learn a new skill at the same time. One of the best places to learn to sail is on the Solent, which is famed for its excellent sailing conditions. Chartering a yacht on the Solent is very straightforward, and you can charter the yacht alone or include someone to show you the ropes.
Most children love boats, and will love seeing how it all works first hand. Kids will love being taught to sail, and they might even let mum and dad have a turn if they behave themselves! You will be with a fully trained expert who will know all the relevant first aid, and you will be able to ask lots of questions about yachts, sailing and the Solent itself.
If you want to go a step further and make it a proper learning experience, why not sign up for a proper training session? These courses range from training for absolute beginners to first aid and theory courses to suit your schedule, ability level and interests. This means that it’ll be pitched at exactly the right level, whether it’s the little ones who are keen to get into boating or the grown-ups who want to hone their abilities.
If you charter a yacht, one of the most enjoyable aspects is that you get to set the pace and the route. You might just want to venture around the area you start in, or you might prefer to sail down the coast to explore another area. Either way, you can see the things you want to see, and enjoy the beautiful sea views from your own yacht. Arrange for some catering or bring your own picnic-style lunch for a truly memorable experience on the seas.
About the author:
Ben Newbury loves taking to the waves of the Solent and racing yachts. He spends his time on land blogging about his experiences at sea