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!
We thoroughly enjoyed a fabulous day sailing with Alistair on Pearl with a gentle breeze and mainly dry conditions. We are an occasional sailing family who were also introducing a new recruit to sailing.
Pearl is a great boat for a small group and very well equipped. We were impressed with the modified deckchair giving comfort seating not usually experienced on a yacht!
Chichester harbour is a lovely expanse of water to practice in with many navigation challenges, we also went out into the Solent for a couple of hours.
We all benefitted from Alistair’s calm relaxed coaching style. He also kept us refreshed throughout the day with regular hot drinks and biscuits.
Alistair was focused on ensuring we experienced the day we wished for and regularly checked with us and adjusted accordingly.
We shall return and highly recommend a Skippered Charter with Solent Sailing Days.
Jayne B. (Aug 2021)
What a wonderful skippered family yacht sailing experience with Alistair on the beautiful Pearl as a birthday surprise for my husband. We did a 5 hour sail from Dell Quay, passing Chichester harbour, Itchenor and Bosham. We were blessed with glorious weather and light winds that made my children’s first sail an absolute delight. Alistair was great, congenial and calm and made a cracking cup of tea (lots of choccie biscuits too!). A day to remember and repeat. Highly recommend.
We had a great time with Alistair aboard Pearl showing us our first experience with sailing, Alistair was patient and courteous with us and answered every one of our multitude of questions, we felt safe and cared for every minute while we were out and we are thinking of doing it again. It was a great experience and I recommend it to anyone. Gabriel A.
My wife found Alistair’s contact details on line as a Christmas present for me. The reason for my trip was to help me gain confidence in my abilities after passing my Day-skipper course, with the expectations of applying for my coastal skipper course very soon. The two-day trip with Alistair certainly gave me that.
Alistair’s planning was spot on and I felt very safe. He carried out a review with me, before the actual day, to ensure he not only understood what I wanted to achieve but also ensuring he could deliver what I was looking for on the trip. I can safely say I had two good days of sailing that included a number of hours sailing at night. He delivered exactly what I was looking for.
Clearly an experiences yachtsman who put me at my ease from the very start and allowed me the opportunity I needed in sailing the yacht myself. I’d add that the ‘Pearl’ was a beautiful boat and handled really well and comfortable to sleep on. Food and drink were good and plenty of it.
During the trip he clearly explained what we were going to do, (all based on my requirements), and the planning, despite the wind/tide issues, (usual ‘stuff’ we all have to put up with) worked a treat, including the night sailing and navigating back through Chichester Harbour. The second day was just as good giving me good sailing experience in congested waters in the harbour.
Excellent two day and something I would heartily recommend to anyone, particularly if you are looking for training experience. He also gave me good ‘general boating’ advice throughout the time, which has resurrected my thinking about buying a boat myself.
Graham Cole MSc, BSc(hons) MCIOB