Solent Sailing Day

These trips are an amazing respite opportunity. A day spent with family and friends, focussing on something new and different, offers a real break from hospital and treatment. Guests are encouraged to have a go at sailing the boat and often really surprise themselves at what they can achieve. The confidence boost they experience spills over into other areas of their life and the glow remains for long after they are back on shore.

These trips are free apart from travel to and from the port and include lunch. Participants are encouraged to bring along family or a friend to share in their day out and most trips are suitable for anyone of 14 years or older. There are no medical staff on board the trips, so we cannot take anyone who needs constant medical supervision, and guests need to have a level of fitness and agility in order to move around the boat. However we can often accommodate people with movement restriction and other disabilities as long as we know in advance.

  • Suitable for those aged 14 and over.
  • No sailing experience necessary.
  • There is no charge for participating in a Solent Sailing Day.

Dates for 2019:
Tuesday 9th April 2019
Tuesday 6th August 2019



Some of the many lovely comments from 2018

“Sail 4 Cancer offers a great opportunity to undertake a new challenge in the company of others who have a shared experience and to show what can be achieved despite serious illness. This helps to boost confidence and self-belief when it is most needed.” Ian

”I haven't been out properly for over a year because of ill health. I was so happy, looking forward to the day and it didn't disappoint. I was smiling all day. The sea air made me smile and feel fresh and alive. More alive than I have for a very long time.” Stephanie

“It was a great opportunity for us to spend time together, as a family. The shared experience is something to look back on and cherish. I was so proud of my son; rising to the challenges of talking the helm and pulling on the sheets and conversing with adults of all ages!” Sara

”My medical team keep asking me to relax, de-stress and take some time out - and this ticked all the boxes!” Anne

Solent Days
Solent Days
Solent Days


Typical Agenda

Solent Days

Before the event, participants will receive a joining pack which will contain details of what to wear, what to bring, where to meet and how to get there (including guidelines on car parking), plus forms to be completed before the event.

9.00 Arrive at the marina (arranging own transport).

Coffee and bacon roll/pastry with a safety brief and a tour of your boat.

10.00 Set sail into the Solent, at a pace dictated by the weather and the preferences of the group. Opportunities to take the helm, manoeuvre the yacht and trim the sails.

12.30 Lunch on board, moored up in a harbour or bay as appropriate.

1.30 Afternoon sail back to the docks, with more opportunities to have a go at sailing the yacht - or perhaps a go at racing the other boat!

4.30 Arrive back at the docks.

Solent Days
These sessions can be as lively or as relaxing as you wish; some people enjoy a spot of gentle sightseeing, getting a different viewpoint of local landmarks, others like to engage in a spot of racing. However you choose to spend your day, it will certainly be one you will remember as quality time spent with family and friends.


All life jackets and wet weather gear will be provided.


To apply for a sailing trip please fill in the sailing trips application form

© 4 Cancer Group 2019