What a trip!
We were " Pearl's" first charter and it was wonderful. Not only is Pearl a beautiful boat, Alistair had equipped her well with all our needs to make the trip special and comfortable, including hot drinks and biscuits. There were also blankets and heating inside should anyone need to warm up! We were lucky with beautiful sun splitting the sky on an Easter weekend.. No sign of April showers!
The scenery was beautiful and we got to see a different perspective of the harbour on the water.
Alistair was so accommodating, arranging the trip to meet our needs....it was a birthday surprise and he made it very special and at short notice! We were all novice sailors but came away having learnt something. Alistair is very patient, has a lot of interesting knowledge of boats and the harbour...So much so we felt comfortable to have a go at controlling the boat with Alistair's support! Pearl is a great sized boat for a private trip out with a few friends and family.
We hope to return to Pearl again soon! Great fun!
Thank you Pearl and Alistair!
Having just spent the day with Alistair on his lovely Colvic Sailer 29, FREEDOM, I can wholeheartedly recommend 'Solent Sailing Days'.
Communications before the day was very quick and Alistair was extremely flexible in accommodating us at short notice whilst the sailing itself was superb.
Chichester Harbour is such a beautiful area and being quite new to sailing it was a great confidence builder to be out with such an experienced skipper. Alistair encouraged us to 'take the reins' as much as we were comfortable with and was happy to answer our myriad of questions on all things sailing.
In short, it was a wonderful day and a great way of gaining experience before taking the leap to buying our own boat. (Martin)
What a brilliant afternoon with Alistair! He kindly took us out on FREEDOM around Chichester Harbour and we were fortunate to have glorious weather for our sail. We were keen to experience the feel of this sized monohull as we were considering buying one ourselves and as inexperienced sailors we didn't really know what we needed to find out. Alistair welcomed us aboard and shared a wealth of knowledge and experience. He was calm, patient and gave easy clear instruction during the sail. We sailed around a group of racing dinghies and into some clear water where we tacked back and forth to get a feel for how the boat moved. It was a wonderful afternoon and we came away feeling very happy - thank you Alistair! (Toni)
Skippered Charter 31-07-20
"We had a great day out with Alistair as a skipper!
Communication beforehand was prompt and helpful. Alistair checked with us what we wanted to get out of the day so he could tailor it, as much as the conditions allowed, accordingly. I found the service and offer very flexible.
We were keen to have a “nice day” and experience the local area and Chichester Harbour. Alistair “showed us the ropes” of sailing and involved us but also discreetly “left us to it”.
We did some sailing, saw some of the local areas, anchored, swam and did some fishing (no catch!) We had some bad luck with the weather which took a bit of a turn towards the end of the day but it didn’t dampen our spirits.Two adults and three kids, including teenagers, all enjoyed the day and would do it again!" (Helena)
Skippered Charter 11-08-20
My wife and a friend had a great day out with Alistair and Freedom yesterday. It was a blisteringly hot day with little wind but the harbour was beautiful and we managed a truly delightful swim. Freedom is well maintained and easy to handle with everything you would need for a coastal charter. Alistair is highly professional, responsive and a good communicator; arrangements ran very smoothly. He is also good company and gave us some useful guidance both on how to handle the boat and the intricacies of navigation around Chichester Harbour.
So overall I would highly recommend For skippered charter from Solent Sailing Days.