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Navigation, passage planning and some long distance passages.

Notes: Milebuilding course are designed for those clients who have attained the knowledge level of the RYA Day Skipper course and would like to join us for some more sailing experience while not doing a formal course.  These weeks are also designed for those clients who wish to gain some experience of 60+ mile passages towards the requirements for the RYA Yachtmaster exam.  There will be opportunities of being either crew or “skipper of the day” under the guidance of one of our Instructors.

You will be spending the complete week on board the yacht visiting the beautiful areas of the Canaries away from the beaten track.

The milebuilding trips take place every 4 weeks - on board one of our larger Club class yachts.

On these bigger boats we can cover the miles more quickly due to the longer yacht having a faster hull speed, and on a more stable platform than on our smaller Bavaria 36.

During the week you will either “go west” or “go east” depending on the weather conditions.  Going west you will visit La Gomera, La Palma and often El Hierro and cover approx 350 miles in the week.  The trip east covers more miles — going up wind past Gran Canaria, Fuerteventura to Lanzarote—before sailing back overnight to Tenerife.  During this week you will expect to cover in excess of 400 miles.

Pre-course experience

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10 days, 200 miles, 8 night hours

Assumed knowledge

Boat handling to the standard of the Day Skipper practical sail cruising course and navigation to the standard of the Day Skipper Theory course.

Ability after course

Have the knowledge to undertake longer passages either as crew or as skipper.

All our courses are run by one of our experienced instructors.

Suggested itinerary

On the Friday evening you join your Instructor for a welcome drink, before spending the rest of the week visiting ports such as San Sebastian de la Gomera - giving you a chance to see the unspoiled areas of the Canary Islands.
On Saturday morning the course proper starts at about 10:00 with a comprehensive safety briefing and familiarisation with the boat and its equipment.  After lunch you will prepare the boat for sea and set sail often for a short hop as a shake down sail.

Dependant on the wind direction, and the plan for the week, you will start your Sunday with a 60 mile sail to La Palma, or the slightly shorter hop to Puerto Mogan in Gran Canaria.

On the Thursday afternoon we wend our way back to Las Galletas – just in time for the end of course drinks in our classroom, with the certificate presentation.  A great chance to chat over the highlights of the week.


We ask our clients to arrive on Friday. We clean our boats and do any maintenance between 10:00 and 17:00 so if you arrive earlier we will look after your bags for you. At 17:00 we invite you to get on the yachts and meet your Instructor, and at 18:30 we hold a welcome drink in our classroom to introduce you to the crew on the other boats, and all our Instructors.

Notes: Because of our location you have the advantage that you normally arrive in our marina within 15 minutes of collecting your bags.

On the Friday we ask you to get off the yacht at 10:00 so we can clean her ready for the next week.  If you have a later flight we can look after your bags for you – and why not think of our one day courses: Diesel Engine; VHF; First Aid; RADAR and Sea Survival

Minimum Duration
6 days tuition / 7 nights on board. Download information on PDF Download Itinerary on PDF

Hanse 400e
Sun Odyssey 39i
Sun Odyssey 40
Sun Odyssey 45.2
Dufour 455
Sun Odyssey 54DS
Seaquest Prima 38
Bavaria 50

Notes: All our boats are commercially registered in Spain and are therefore fully insured according to Spanish law.  They also meet both Spanish, and the RYA’s safety standards.

As usual with Club Yachting the following is included:

  • All our clients get their own cabin – no need to share with strangers;
  • A client instructor ratio of 4:1;
  • Your course takes you away from our base marina, giving you the chance to explore the beautiful and unspoilt areas of La Gomera and sometimes La Palma or Gran Canaria;
  • Tuition from an experienced Instructor – we do not use instructors who have just qualified;
  • 6 full days of tuition, and 7 nights accommodation – we understand that you are on holiday and give you time to relax as well as learn;
  • Freshly laundered sheets, duvets and towels – no sleeping bags with liners or any need to bring your own;
  • Light weight waterproofs – just in case;
  • Food and drink on board – no need to go shopping when you arrive, and including a glass of wine or a beer after a day sailing;
  • Two evening meals on board the yacht;
  • All mooring fees, diesel and gas – no hidden extras.

Notes: We do not include: flights, travel insurance or evening meals ashore.

Must bring your own:

Sun protection – Sun glasses, sun hat and non oily sun cream (without carotene) are a definite must!

Music / DVD – there is a CD on the boat (and a DVD player on Club Class boats), so please bring with you a CD / DVD or 2.

Mobile phone charging – There is a 12v “cigarette” style socket on board the yacht which is live even when sailing, and a 240v socket (Spanish type) for when connected to shore power.

Medication – If you are taking any medication please advise your Instructor on commencement of the course.

Health care – Health care in the Canary Islands is good, but it is a good idea to collect the EHIC form from your local post office or online at www.ehic.org.uk.

Seasickness - It is advisable to bring with you a seasickness remedy if you have suffered in the past.  There is a local chemist in the town of Las Galletas – ask your Instructor where it is at the Friday night drink.

Notes: All bedding, bed linen (sheet, duvet cover and pillow) and a towel are provided.  Please make sure that you let us know if you suffer from allergies as we provide feather pillows as standard.

Recommended clothes

The climate in the Canaries is temperate.  You are recommended to bring with you shorts and t-shirts, a jumper/cardigan, long jeans/trousers and jumper for the odd cooler evening in the winter months, shoes with non-marking bottoms for use on the boat, swimwear and something for dinners ashore.  As the boat has limited storage space a sailing bag / holdall is the most suitable luggage.

Notes: We lend you a shower / wind proof jacket (normally only needed for the sea spray).  Please give it back to us on the Thursday evening.

Which boat?

Our milebuilding weeks take place on our larger yachts: Hanse 400e, our Seaquest Prima 38 or on one of our Jeanneau Sun Odyssey’s - the 39i and 45DS.  On these longer boats we can cover the miles more quickly due to the longer yacht having a faster hull speed, and on a more stable platform than on our smaller Bavaria 36’s.

Club class: Hanse 400e, Sun Odyssey 39i & 45DS, Prima 38

760 €

Notes: Whichever cabin you choose you won’t have to share unless you ask to, and also there is never more than 4 clients on board (unless you book the complete yacht for sole use). If two persons share a cabin there is a 10% discount.  We can also offer a discount if clients book two or more weeks – contact us for more details.

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Marina del Sur - Las Galletas 38631 - Telephone: (+34) 676 496 091 - UK number: (+44) 208 133 7228 - E-mail: info@clubyachting.com
Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain

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