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Sailing Opportunities on Sea Essay


Sailing Opportunities on Sea Essay arise from a combination of Sea Time cruises, Day Sails and Training events organised by CSD and private member charters that are independently organised by members.  All of these events and other activities for which Sea Essay is committed are recorded in the Sailing Programme.

Sailing Programme

The overall Sailing Programme for Sea Essay is managed by the CSD Programme Sub-Committee (PSC).  The most recent version of the programme is published below:

The following is the latest version of the 2018 Programme.

2016 Programme

CSD Sailing Programme 2018 – updated on 28 Jan 18

Members wishing to take part in any of the sailing activities aboard Sea Essay are advised to familiarise themselves with the Terms and Conditions and to contact the appropriate organiser (See below). The pricing of all events is on the Charges page.

Sea Time Cruises

Sea Time is a term used by CSD to refer generically to cruising events each year which are suitable for beginners, competent  crew and aspiring skippers.  Sea Time Cruises are skippered by CSSA Approved Skippers who are nominated by the committee.  The itinerary is typically determined by the skipper taking account of prevailing weather and the experience of the crew. Most Sea Time cruises are coastal passages starting and finishing at Mercury Yacht Harbour on the Hamble; however, Sea Time Cruises in other sailing areas are often included in the Summer Cruise.  These cruises are an ideal opportunity for members to put into practice skills learned on Competent Crew and Day Skipper Courses.  The number of berths is limited so if you are interested in taking part in Sea Time then please contact Susie Welch at the Crew Bureau on seatimebureau@channelsailing.org

Day Sails and Group Day Sails

Day Sails are a fun day out from 09.00 hours to 18.00 hours as an introduction to sailing a yacht.  The day commences with a safety brief, then we motor down the Hamble River to Southampton Water, raise the sails and then into the sheltered waters of the Solent under sail. A stop for lunch and then return to the berth at Mercury Yacht Harbour.   CSSC have included Day Sails into their taster day programme and application for berths should be made to Jennifer.Yarrow@cssc.co.uk in the first instance.  A list of Day Sails and Sea Time Cruises in the CSSC South East Region can be found here.
Alternatively we can organise a similar day out for a group, say from the same organisation, or just a group of friends. We will provide a qualified and experienced skipper and mate.  For more information and to apply for a Group Day Sail please contact Colin Smith csddaysails@gmail.com


A variety of training courses are listed on the Sailing programme. For further details of training offered by CSD please refer to the Training Page.

To book a course please contact James Savage: training@channelsailing.org


  • The status of all member charters and the current availability for charter are shown on the Sailing Programme at the top of this page.
  • Charters may be booked and organised by any CSSC member subject to the terms of a Charter Agreement.
  • Each year, CSD organises a Summer Cruise which is a series of member charter and Sea Time charters. Many of these charters are one-way passages.  Members who are interested in taking part in the Summer Cruise as crew should contact the CSD Crew Bureau.
  • Members who wish to organise a charter but who need a CSSA Approved Skipper or crew may seek the assistance of the CSD Crew Bureau.

To enquire about or book a charter on Sea Essay please contact the CSD Charter Organiser.


Details of all charges for Sea Time, Day Sails, Training and Charters

Receiving updates

When significant updates are made to the Sailing Programme or the website details are cross-posted to the CSD facebook group.

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Previous versions

Previous versions of the Sailing Programme may found in the archive section of this website.

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