Hen Parties

The Solent is the perfect hen destination. Sailing provides a great activity but also time to relax and catch up with your friends in the privacy of your own yacht and around some beautiful scenery. The sailing format can be leisurely with long lunches anchored in one of the many picturesque bays around the Solent or very active including some racing. Conditions impact on the day but as skipper I work with you to adapt and meet your goals.

The cost of the boat is generally under £200 per person assuming maximum occupancy making it cheaper than many European and UK weekend Hen dos, much less hassle and something very different. Everyone sleeps on board so you have no extra hotel costs.

As skipper I will ‘teach’ as much or as little as is wanted or needed. The skipper is there to make sure you stay safe but they also very much want you to enjoy the weekend. You may get the sailing bug or you may just enjoy a very different type of weekend – being able to spend time with friends away from the normal hectic lifestyle we all lead. Even if you don’t want to be active in the sailing you are still very much part of the group and you don’t miss out on the conversation. There really is something to suit everyone in sailing.

The weather is never guaranteed but the Solent seems to have its own micro climate. The Isle of Wight seems to have more sun than the mainland. Many groups enjoy the option of diving off the boat to swim in a bay. Some boats even have a warm shower on the stern platform to rinse off the salt water.

Generally hen parties eat ashore on both evenings and need to bring something for lunch and breakfast on board on Saturday and Sunday. It is possible to go to a marina for lunch. You will need some drinks too! A hen weekend like this gives you the opportunity to watch costs or enjoy some luxury by bringing as much as you can or want.

A typical hen weekend

Everyone usually arrives around 1800 on Friday evening – people settle on the boat and go out for a meal. Lymington Yacht Haven has a BBQ area if that appeals.

Spend Saturday sailing (and racing if wanted). There are several bays to anchor in for lunch (and maybe swim) – Osborne Bay, Alum Bay, Newtown Creek or Beaulieu River to mention a few. We often sail to Cowes for Saturday evening – a lively centre for ‘yachties’ or perhaps Gunwharf Quays in Portsmouth. It is quite special to sit in the boats at the end of the day enjoying a few drinks before going out for a meal and general celebrations.

Swan in LymingtonAfter an active and relaxing day, the hen night is often partying (usually) in Cowes in all their fancy dress or simply going for a ‘quiet’ dinner. There are often several groups of Stags and Hens in Cowes on a Saturday evening so a fun evening is guaranteed. Portsmouth is another option with its many nightclub venues.

When everyone is ready to set sail we depart Cowes (or wherever) and head for Lymington. It is usually a more relaxed sailing day on Sunday – depending on weather and tides and how people are feeling. WE arrive back in Lymington by 1600 latest.

Please contact me to discuss how hen weekends work.

Creature comforts

The marinas have shower and toilet facilities and the boats have a toilet, fridge, hot water, CD etc. When on shore power you can use hairdryers and curling tongs.

You will need to bring sleeping bags and pillows although these can be provided at an extra cost.

Contact Kirsten about your Hen Party

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