Step aboard a performance yacht for a two hour sailing experience from Brighton Marina. Sit back and relax on the ocean, or get hands on to help the skipper - the choice is yours.
- Brighton (East Sussex)
- Price for 1 Participant
What better way to spend a couple of hours than out on the open water, with the wind in your hair and the sun on your face? Whether you are in the mood for some hard work and exhilaration, or would prefer to relax on the deck, this really is a fantastic experience for all lovers of the Great British coastline.
Upon arrival at the marina, you will be greeted by your qualified and experienced skipper and kitted out with a life jacket. Once you have been introduced to the rest of your team and climbed aboard the performance sailing boat there will be a safety briefing and a short introduction to sailing. Then you'll set sail, and the fun will begin...the skipper will give you the chance to hoist the sails and take the helm to test out your nautical skills. If you prefer kicking back and relaxing with a drink, that is fine too - you can be as involved in the process as you like! This experience is perfect for small numbers, making your sailing adventure more intimate and even better for learning the ins and outs of yacht sailing - weather permitting, you may even spot a dolphin, so keep your eyes peeled!
This experience makes an amazing gift for anyone who loves being out on the water! You can also do your yacht sailing trip at sunset, making it even more magical.
The two hour sailing trips from Brighton Marina are available on selected midweek and weekend dates - usually Fridays and Saturdays - throughout April to October (subject to availability).
If you wish to take this experience at sunset, the next available dates are:
Non-swimmers should notify instructors upon booking.
Experience Duration: 02:00
Time at Venue: 02:30
This is a 2 hour yacht sailing trip - please arrive with plenty of time to get yourself signed in before your trip is due to depart.
You can also book your yacht sailing trip at sunset and watch the sun set over the water (this runs on selected dates and times)
Participants: The Yacht Sailing - 2 Hour Trip in Brighton is for 1 participant.
Max Group Size: 10
Spectators Allowed on Site: Yes
This 2 Hour Yacht Sailing Trip is not suitable for non-participating spectators - although you may like to watch your loved ones set sail from the marina, and enjoy a drink or meal at one of the many food and drink establishments, whilst you wait.
They will run with a minimum of 5 people and no more than 10 per boat.
Maximum numbers can be flexible as they can run with more than one boat, subject to availability.
Life jackets will be provided. Please wear flat appropriate shoes that won't mark the boat, swim suit and towel.
You'll have access to the full Marina facilities, including changing rooms, hot showers, restaurants and free WI-FI.
Sailing experiences are a the mercy of the elements - if weather or water conditions are not suitable for sailing, you will simply be rescheduled for an alternative date.
At Experience Days we are excited to provide you an exclusive interview about the roots and future of Lagoon Watersports in Brighton with one of the founders- Harvery Dawkins. Lagoon Watersports offers a wide range of exciting Watersports such as: Wakeboarding, Kayaking, Sailing and SUPing which can be found via our webpage here.
1) Please explain a bit of background on Lagoon Watersports and the different activities you offer.
My initial passion was for windsurfing, in particular wave sailing. This passion led to the development of my love for being on and in the water as much as possible. So with my business partner and friend Seb Rouse we started the business in 1994 with just 6 windsurf boards and it grew from there. The increasing popularity of the business meant we began to expand – introducing sailing and kayaking. Seb is a very keen sailor and so specializes in the sailing side- the yachts and powerboats, opening our big boat-sailing and power boating centre in Brighton Marina whereas I manage the centre in Hove Lagoon.
Lagoon Watersports offers a variety of exhilarating water activities including: Wakeboarding, Windsurfing, Kayaking and Dinghy Sailing which is brilliantly run by our team of up to 40 employees (during peak season). Since the centres’ opening in 2001, the thrilling Zap Cat powerboats immediately became a very popular extreme power boating experience, but personally I prefer a more rustic approach and enjoy the sail and human power rather than the engines.
Wakeboarding has been a sport the staff and I have always been keen on; however it tends to be impractical and expensive due to internal and external factors such as an appropriate boat, driver and a calm sea. But as soon as the new generation of straight line wakeboard cable systems arrived we knew that this was the way to go and invested to become the South Coast’s first cable Wakeboard Park.
In the last couple of years, the standup paddle boarding scheme has exploded and this is something I love. It is so accessible yet has the diversity to make the sport as challenging and extreme as you like.
2) How did your passion in watersports turn into a career?
I wanted to go windsurfing when it was windy not when my boss said I could, which was often enough. I just wanted to be completely independent in what I loved to do. Obviously the reality is very different and there’s a lot of hours involved but throughout the years I’ve managed to do a lot of windsurfing, SUPing and wake boarding so it has pretty much worked out as planned.
3) Do you have any exclusive information you can share with us?
We are finding more and more people want to get onto the water. When people visit or even residents of Brighton, everyone wants that connection with the water, it makes you feel good. A recent trend that we are delighted to see seems to be that more and more people are looking for health activities that are more interactive to do outside of the gym, and that is what Lagoon Watersports offers. To coincide with this, we have been adding new classes like SUP yoga, SUP race training, coastal sailing cruises and more advanced training courses to help customers stimulate their passion and reach that next level. Also look out for SUPing (Standup paddleboarding) it’s the next big thing!
4) What makes your experiences unique and special for customers?
Our focus is to offer people the chance not just to try a sport but to go on and practice it on a regular basis; whether that experience is sailing a yacht all the way to France, wake boarding every night after work or going to SUP race events. We try to remove as many of the barriers as we can so that the clients interest can be driven e.g. we provide everything including: equipment, storage space and a team of staff to help train and give advice. Our close team of staff is the spirit to the business and this passion easily translates to the customers. Our staff members enjoy meeting customers and are keen to share their knowledge with the customer and as keen to get out on the water with them. The venues also make a difference. We are very lucky to have such great venues and Hove Lagoon is one of the best centres in the UK to learn such a range of watersports. Whilst Brighton Marina gives us the opportunity to sail sight out of sea.
5) What’s your most frequently asked question from customers?
It would probably be either ‘Do you provide wetsuits?’ Which we do! Or ‘what happens if it rains?’ As we are already getting wet, we do still run the activities. Watersports have that advantage of being great fun despite the weather; because you are active your body is able to stay warm. We also have a great café you can wind down in après Surf!