The Experience

We provide an opportunity, unavailable amongst the larger charter companies, to experience sailing a classic yacht renowned for its pleasurable performance.  We aim to put a smile on your face, to give personalised service tailored to a wide range of customer needs, and to be competitively priced.

Our service appeals to novice sailors, interested in experiencing the pleasure of sailing, yet anxious to do so under conditions of maximum safety, and who may be wary of seasickness. Equally, our service attracts many seasoned sailors, keen to experience first-hand sailing the legendary Contessa 32.  We also offer sailing experience gift days, and corporate sailing days or weekends, including on-board sleeping accommodation.  Groups interested in longer adventures, to France or the Channel Islands and back, or to the West Country and the Scillies, for example, are also welcomed. Many of our guests wish to build up their sailing miles, in preparation for RYA (Royal Yachting Association) qualifications such as Day Skipper and Yachtmaster. Sailing tuition for these qualifications, and for the ICC (International Certificate of Competence), can also be provided.

You choose where you would like to come aboard, joining us in Cowes may be attractive to non-sailing members of your family interested in exploring the Island while you are afloat. Or, by arrangement, it may suit you better to be collected from Southampton or Portsmouth railway stations, or from other centres on the Solent.  After issuing you with personal safety gear, and familiarising you with onboard safety equipment and procedures, we will waste no time in getting underway.  Your skipper will ensure your experience is safe and enjoyable, in light of prevailing weather conditions, and your sailing goals and experience. Wet weather clothing can be hired for a small fee if needed.  Hot drinks and snacks will be provided onboard and opportunities will be taken for lunch stops ashore, as appropriate.  On weekend and longer charters, we aim to berth in time to relax and enjoy a meal ashore before turning in for a night aboard.

Uniquely, Contessa 32 Experience also offers special interest voyages, for example accompanied by a professional geologist able to bring to life the experience of sailing along memorable coastlines such as the World Heritage Jurassic Coast of Dorset.

Check out what past customers have said on our Testimonials page >