We’ve listed some testimonials from previous Contessa 32 Experience customers below.

My family and I had a great day out on the Solent with Derek. He is an excellent host, tolerant, confidence inspiring and very generous with his knowledge and experience.


Skipper Derek was simply brilliant, we would highly recommend this day trip if you’re visiting the Isle of Wight. Derek made us feel very safe as he is a highly proficient sailor, he told us lots of great stories and my partner who’d never been on a sailing boat can’t wait to go again. The best part of the trip was we felt we could do as much or as little sailing as we liked, Derek offers a very bespoke service so if you’re unsure about the weather he will re-arrange for another day.


Thank you for a wonderful experience. Joe really loved it and it will certainly encourage all of us to go out on the water again.


Thank you so much, it was such a great day. Everything was perfect!


I really enjoyed the sail and chatting about the boat. Hope to see you out on the water again soon!


Completely enjoyed the entire experience especially the fact that we were involved in the sailing of the yacht. Would definitely recommend to others!


Great day out on the water with our group of 4 and Derek. Everyone was involved in the sailing regardless of their level of experience which was excellent. Lots learnt and lots of fun had.


We had a fantastic afternoon with Derek. The weather was ideal and the boat in great condition. Derek was the perfect skipper and kindly let me do most of the helming, along with our children! Thanks for a terrific sail, we very much hope to do it again!


We already have some experience with sailing in general. We were specifically interested in experience with the Contessa 32 – a true classic, and in sailing on the world famous Solent during our stay on the Isle of Wight. And it was a great experience! After a thorough introduction and briefing we set sails. Derek was the best skipper we could imagine. He let us sail his boat and was there with helpful comments and a helping hand as needed. We also learned a lot of interesting things about the Isle of Wight. Thank you for a great trip!


Lovely boat and a great day sailing despite the tide preventing a visit to the needles. Hope to be back again next year.