Day Challenges

The aim of a Day Challenge is to give you a first a taste of sailing.

Enjoy learning a new skill and chat with others who have MS. A day sail is an opportunity to become aware of the basics of sailing or to brush up on skills that you may already have. It’s a chance to experience the benefits of sailing without committing to a longer time away from home or a more testing challenge.

Our Portsmouth days offer sailing experience for all abilities. We have access to Sun Odyssey’s which are regular sailboats, and the fully accessible catamaran ‘Spirit of Scott Bader’.

A first step to new possibilities… whatever your ability or experience, these challenges are a really good way of safely getting out on the water.

yacht sailing at 45 degree angle on the solent in front of historic gun port

What To Expect

Lets go sailing! When sailing from Port Solent we will have a chance to see the historic town and Harbour from the water. We will then put the sails up and spend a few hours under sail in the Solent. We may even get over to the Isle of Wight! Our captains are very experienced and have first-hand understanding of MS.

The day will offer plenty of opportunities:

  • Steering the boat
  • Understanding how wind makes the boat move.
  • How the boat moves through the water
  • Parts of the boat, what they are called and how they work
  • Basic rope work

Don’t forget to bring warm clothes and something for lunch.
Waterproofs and life jackets are provided. All boats have toilets on board.
There is plenty of parking on site as well as disabled access toilets. Access to the pontoons is via ramp.

We kindly ask for a small reserve fee to guarantee a place on our events: £25 for the wheelchair accessible boat and £35 for the yacht.  The fee may, on request, be returned to each participant after the event. This helps us to better manage late cancellations and enable as many places as possible.


Approx timing: 10:30 -16:00

Our main base for day sailing activities is Port Solent Marina, Portsmouth.

Arrival time: 10:30 – 11:00

You will be met by an Oceans of Hope Volunteer and taken to your boat. There will be plenty of time to meet other participants and chat over a cuppa.

  • Introduction to the Oceans of Hope experience
  • Introduction to Captain
  • Safety briefing and life jackets
  • Briefing for the days sailing
  • Depart Port Solent under engine

Day Challenge Schedule

Spirit of Scott Bader pictured at dock in Port Solent marina

Day sailing Spirit of Scott Bader & Sunsail Yacht : Port Solent

June 27 & 28 2022

1 Day sailing from Port Solent - Portsmouth harbour, Solent & IOW

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Two dinghies in full sail in a lake setting

Sailability Day : Swarkestone

August 11

Dinghy sailing with RYA Sailability

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Yacht with two sails unfurled cutting through the water against a blue sky

Exploring the Solent

2, 3, 4 & 5 October

Join us for a day sailing and exploring the Solent and IOW.

To register early interest please email [email protected]

Exploring the Solent

16, 17, 18 & 19 October

Join us for a day sailing and exploring the Solent and IOW.

To register early interest please email [email protected]

Looking for more of a challenge?

View our Adventurous Challenges

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