Mileage & Experience Builders

We can offer both 3 and 5 day mileage building trips in both the UK and Spain. These cover between 200 and 400 nautical miles with a mixture of night and day sailing and practical navigation and seamanship exercises.

Ipswich > France/Belgium

Our long weekends to France & Belgium are designed to provide day and night experience over 200 nmiles which are all eligible for your RYA  log book and typically follow the following pattern:

Meeting at your vessel in Ipswich at lunchtime on the Friday, we use the afternoon to conduct a briefing, yacht familiarisation, crew work up, watch allocation and passage planning before preparing supper to eat onboard prior to departure at approximately 9pm.

We then sail during the night across to the continent with rotating watches arriving about 9am – a stunning introduction to night sailing across the North Sea and seeing the sun come up early on a summer’s morning as we cross the busy traffic separation scheme (TSS) at first light. This 12 hour passage provides ample opportunity for everyone to get involved in practical navigation and practical use of Viking Blue’s comprehensive systems & instruments.

The Saturday is spent ashore at our destination (Nieuwport, Belgium or Dunkirk, France) followed by dinner in one of our carefully selected local restaurants.

An early start on the Sunday morning kicks off the last day with an approx. 12 hour day sail back arriving about 6pm on the Sunday evening.

Priced at £425pp (based on 6 persons) – fees include Skipper & Mate, Vessel Charter contribution, Fuel, Marina Fees, all food, tea, coffee etc taken aboard and wet weather clothing if required.

Complete our contact form or call us on 01394 421209 to discuss your requirements and availability

Extended mile building trips to the Channel Islands

We have single berths for the following two passages available:

3 - 10 August: Ipswich to St Peter Port,Guernsey – Likely ports of call are: Dover, Eastbourne, Southampton, Weymouth and Cherbourg*

24 - 31 August: St Helier Jersey to Ipswich – Likely ports of call are: Cherbourg, Weymouth, Portsmouth, Brighton and Ramsgate*  

*Please note that all planning is subject to wind and tide but each leg will include a night passage and a number of stops ashore over the 7 days which allows some contingency for adverse or unfavourable weather.

Berths are offered at £745 each based on 6 persons sharing accommodation with all fuel, food and beverages taken aboard, wet weather gear and marina fees included.

Flights to and from Guernsey and Jersey from many local and regional airports (Stansted, Southend & Gatwick ) are available along with train and ferry connections.

So if you think you’re up to the challenge, give Lee a call on 01394 421209 or email info@vikingmariners.co.uk and we will be happy to discuss this exciting opportunity with you in greater detail.

Mileage building from Alicante

We can offer both 3 and 5 day mileage building trips. These cover between 200 and 400 nautical miles with a mixture of night and day sailing and practical navigation and seamanship exercises. Prices range from only £395pp.

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Scheduled dates for 2019

7 - 9 June - Ipswich to Dunkirk
3 - 10 August - Ipswich to Guernsey
24 - 31 August - Jersey to Ipswich

If you don't see the dates you are looking for, please contact us as we will try to be flexible to accommodate you.

Your vessel - Viking Blue

A fast Blue Water sailing yacht measuring 52ft overall with fully battened main, 150% cruising Genoa along with cutter rig options via stay and cruising chute.  Viking Blue is the only boat of its class and size on the East Coast coded by the Maritime and Coast Guard Agency (MCA) for up to 10 passengers and two commercial endorsed Yachtmaster crew. She is fully insured for commercial use and boasts an extremely high level specification for long range fast sailing with additional water and fuel capacity, full B&G instrumentation, plotters, generator, water maker function and extensive galley.

Mileage Building: The Best Way to Experience Sailing

Whether you’re learning to sail for fun, an intermediate looking to build confidence for trips on your own yacht, or you are working towards an RYA qualification, a mileage building trip with Viking Mariners will help you gain the practical knowledge and experience you need. Not only that, but it’s a real adventure!