Milebuilding on a Sailing Yacht

Fancy some sailing, but would prefer not to have to wear multiple layers? Think about a week in the warm winter sunshine of the Canary Islands. Temperatures in the winter months are in the mid 20's during the day - dropping to about 18 degrees at night.

With winds all year around, and a low annual rainfall the Canaries is great location for a winter sail.

With Club Yachting mile building weeks you can experience Atlantic sailing and build miles - all under the guidance of one of our Instructors.

Plan for the mileage week

The plan is lots of sailing, 60nm passages (great for yachtmaster offshore) and more sailing! You will get a chance to help with the navigation and passage planning under the watchful eye of one of our RYA instructors.

Milebuilding weeks 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. 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.

We also offer milebuilding weeks in the Mediterranean in the summer months – so if you fancy sailing around the South of France, Balearics, Corsica and Sardinia,or even down to Malta, please ask us for more details.

Experience required

As we cover longer distances on this week we suggest that you would have been on board a yacht for 10 days, 200 miles, 8 night hours. Ideally you should be at RYA Day Skipper" standard to get the most out of the week.

If you have spent a week learning to sail, or been a crew member on a flotilla why not think about one of our Just Cruising weeks?

Ability after the milebuilding week

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

Suggested reading

The RYA Offshore Sailing book is a great read before doing a milebuilding week

Suggested itinerary

On the Friday evening you join your Instructor for a welcome drink, before sitting down to have a look at the wind direction and plan your week sailing around the Canary Islands.

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, often with overnight passages.

If you prefer a more relaxing week, but still visiting other islands why not consider one of our Just Cruising weeks?

Available dates


Starts: 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 club house to introduce you to the crew on the other boats, and all our Instructors.

Ends: On the Friday we ask you to leave 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 ; First Aid ; RADAR ; Sea Survival and VHF (SRC) course

As usual with Club Yachting the following is included

  • Six days of sailing and seven nights accommodation – that extra day means you get the chance to sail to more places!;
  • Guidance from one our our experienced Instructor – we do not use instructors who have just qualified;
  • Light weight waterproof jacket – just in case of the odd wave;
  • Food and drink on board – breakfast and lunch, evening meals when sailing late and a glass of wine, or a beer after a days sailing;
  • All mooring fees, gas and diesel – no hidden extras;
  • Your own berth – no need to share (unless you want to);
  • Freshly laundered sheets, duvets and 2 pillows and towels per person – no sleeping bags with liners or any need to bring your own (we suggest you may be able to fly with hand luggage only);

Note: 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 – there is a radio on the boat which can be connected to iPods etc so please bring some music with you.
  • 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 milebuilding week
  • Health care – Health care in the Canary Islands is good, but it is a good idea to go on line for your EHIC card or collect a form from your local post office. Other European nationalities can get information from the European Commission
  • 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.
  • Travel insurance – While our boats are insured we do ask you to have your own Travel Insurance and suggest Top Sail if you live in an EU country.

Note: All bedding, bed linen (sheets, duvet cover and pillow) and two towels 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.

Note: 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.

Milebuilding week costs: