© The Milebuilding Club 2017
The Milebuilding Club

Welcome to The Milebuilding Club

Yachting is huge these days, a global phenomenon that should be widely accessible but for various reasons manages not to be. Ownership can be expensive, chartering and share schemes can be complicated, and all require the would-be sailor to find regular crew, which can be surprisingly challenging. The Milebuilding Club was originally created to enable relatively inexperienced sailors to get on the water easily. As the club has developed we have noticed that experienced sailors also appreciate having access to fuss-free sailing with capped costs. We have found that sailors of all skill levels work well together, bound by an appreciation of sailing and a common desire to enjoy yachting in an uncomplicated and fun way.

How does it work?

We sail Thunderbolt, our Bavaria 38, from Deacons marina on the Hamble river. Much of our sailing is day-sailing. We currently expect to sail every Friday, Saturday and Sunday, weather permitting and occasionally we go away for a few days at a time to places like the Jurassic Coast and northern France. Sailing is organised by email and Google calendar so that club members can see at a glance who is sailing and when. The skipper is always on board to ensure safety and to offer support and instruction. Club members can bring a guest by prior arrangement - if there is capacity, which there usually is. We have a maximum of 6 people on board and so far we have never had to ‘ration’ the sailing, some people sail several times a month, some less. Membership is for 12 months. The returnable security deposit is £400 and club subscription is £200 per month – not much for easy turn-up- and-go sailing…

What it is:

A club for individuals who would like to sail but don’t have regular crew. A club for those who would like to avoid a boat-ownership ‘runaway-costs’ nightmare. A club for sailors who like to sail regularly without fuss and formalities each time.

What it isn’t:

A syndicate Shared ownership Yacht charter Corporate Complicated Stuffy Elitist Something new - this   is our 7th year  
The idea of sailing for pleasure isn’t new. The word ‘yacht’ entered the lexicon in 1660 when the Dutch gave King Charles II a ‘jacht’ named after his sister - Mary.  Charles II derived great pleasure from his new vessel and essentially invented yachting as a pastime.

Who it is for:

Ex boat owners, who will appreciate the capped costs, no-maintenance and not having to find crew. Newcomers, who will enjoy ‘low-impact’ tuition, perhaps before moving on to their own boat. Anyone who would like to sail with an easy going crowd of enthusiasts.
© The Milebuilding Club 2017
The  Milebuilding Club

Welcome to The Milebuilding Club

Yachting is huge these days, a global phenomenon that should be widely accessible but for various reasons manages not to be. Ownership can be expensive, chartering and share schemes can be complicated, and all require the would-be sailor to find regular crew, which can be surprisingly challenging. The Milebuilding Club was originally created to enable relatively inexperienced sailors to get on the water easily. As the club has developed we have noticed that experienced sailors also appreciate having access to fuss-free sailing with capped costs. We have found that sailors of all skill levels work well together, bound by an appreciation of sailing and a common desire to enjoy yachting in an uncomplicated and fun way.

How does it work?

We sail Thunderbolt, our Bavaria 38, from Deacons marina on the Hamble river. Much of our sailing is day-sailing. We currently expect to sail every Friday, Saturday and Sunday, weather permitting and occasionally we go away for a few days at a time to places like the Jurassic Coast and northern France. Sailing is organised by email and Google calendar so that club members can see at a glance who is sailing and when. The skipper is always on board to ensure safety and to offer support and instruction. Club members can bring a guest by prior arrangement - if there is capacity, which there usually is. We have a maximum of 6 people on board and so far we have never had to ‘ration’ the sailing, some people sail several times a month, some less. Membership is for 12 months. The returnable security deposit is £400 and club subscription is £200 per month – not much for easy turn-up-and-go sailing…

What it is:

A club for individuals who would like to sail but don’t have regular crew. A club for those who would like to avoid a boat-ownership ‘runaway-costs’ nightmare. A club for sailors who like to sail regularly without fuss and formalities each time.

What it isn’t:

A syndicate Shared ownership Yacht charter Corporate Complicated Stuffy Elitist Something new - this   is our 7th year  
The idea of sailing for pleasure isn’t new. The word ‘yacht’ entered the lexicon in 1660 when the Dutch gave King Charles II a ‘jacht’ named after his sister - Mary.  Charles II derived great pleasure from his new vessel and essentially invented yachting as a pastime.
© The Milebuilding Club 2017
The  Milebuilding Club

Welcome to The

Milebuilding Club

Yachting is huge these days, a global phenomenon that should be widely accessible but for various reasons manages not to be. Ownership can be expensive, chartering and share schemes can be complicated, and all require the would-be sailor to find regular crew, which can be surprisingly challenging. The Milebuilding Club was originally created to enable relatively inexperienced sailors to get on the water easily. As the club has developed we have noticed that experienced sailors also appreciate having access to fuss- free sailing with capped costs. We have found that sailors of all skill levels work well together, bound by an appreciation of sailing and a common desire to enjoy yachting in an uncomplicated and fun way.

How does it work?

We sail Thunderbolt, our Bavaria 38, from Deacons marina on the Hamble river. Much of our sailing is day-sailing. We currently expect to sail every Friday, Saturday and Sunday, weather permitting and occasionally we go away for a few days at a time to places like the Jurassic Coast and northern France. Sailing is organised by email and Google calendar so that club members can see at a glance who is sailing and when. The skipper is always on board to ensure safety and to offer support and instruction. Club members can bring a guest by prior arrangement - if there is capacity, which there usually is. We have a maximum of 6 people on board and so far we have never had to ‘ration’ the sailing, some people sail several times a month, some less. Membership is for 12 months. The returnable security deposit is £400 and club subscription is £200 per month – not much for easy turn-up-and-go sailing…

What it is:

A club for individuals who would like to sail but don’t have regular crew. A club for those who would like to avoid a boat- ownership ‘runaway-costs’ nightmare. A club for sailors who like to sail regularly without fuss and formalities each time.

What it isn’t:

A syndicate Shared ownership Yacht charter Corporate Complicated Stuffy Elitist Something new - this   is our 7th year  
The idea of sailing for pleasure isn’t new. The word ‘yacht’ entered the lexicon in 1660 when the Dutch gave King Charles II a ‘jacht’ named after his sister - Mary.  Charles II derived great pleasure from his new vessel and essentially invented yachting as a pastime.