Leg 2/2024

4  – 11 May  Tidal Training: Lymington/UK to Granville/France via the Channel Islands.


Night sailing with radar exercise


For sure, this will both be a spectacular and highly interesting leg, boosting your coastal sailing experience and really getting familiar with tidal calculations. After this leg, you will know it by heart how to work out how to best take advantage of the tides!  

Using the hand bearing compass to “find a treasure” in The Solent.

We will start in the Mecca of sail training, namely The Solent, and stick around for the first days to do some thrilling Yachtmaster exercises like ferry gliding, blind navigation and “treasure hunting”. Thereafter we will cross the busy English Channel to Cherbourg in France. From here, some complex tidal calculations are necessary to take us through the thrilling Alderney Races to the Channel Islands before ending the week in Grandville, which, per se, is a challenge! 

If weather prevents us from sailing, we can have radar navigation down below using the beamer to study radar targets.

Knowing your ColRegs when meeting a big ship turning into Southampton in The Solent.

Passage planning. Where do we want to go? And how? And when?

Planning to cross the English Channel

Planning the crossing of the English Channel

The feeling of sailing to unknown harbours in a bit more challenging weather or at night is done deliberately. The goal is to combine a bit more challenging sailing and navigating in the English Channel while reaching pleasant destinations. 


Regina Laska berthed in Jersey

Custom clearance is necessary in the Channel Islands

A Hallberg-Rassy passing “The Needles” leaving The Solent westbound.

Where did all the water g0?

Arrived in St Peter Port, Guernsey

Great food in St Peter Port, Guernsey

French Breakfast!



It’s a unique opportunity to do this kind of sail training on a fine Hallberg-Rassy 46, and we will jointly take care of our fine yacht and learn how to handle a 20 tonnes boat under all sorts of conditions. 

It will help a lot if you first join the theory course on Malta. Therefore, participants who have done this course before have a priority. If you haven’t done the course, welcome to sign up!

You will become well prepared in all the theoretical subjects. We can thus concentrate on the practical side of seamanship and manoeuvres. If you have no possibility to join the theory course, should, at least, work through the excellent book by my friend Tom Cunliffe: The Complete Day Skipper or The Complete Yachtmaster. For German sailors, my own new book “Praxisguide Fahrtensegeln” will certainly also be valuable to understand tidal navigation.

If you wish to buy books at bookharbour.com, please don’t forget to use the discount code rs-BHAPGG10

Price: EUR 2,485 per person including all food consumed onboard, harbour fees, diesel etc.  plus visits to restaurants and pubs.