Our Company

Sailing Ventures was set up in 1995 in Lymington by its Principal, Martin Fordham and is a fully recognised RYA Training Centre. Sailing Ventures offers a variety of sailing courses and cruises. These include RYA practical and shorebased courses, corporate and team build events, racing and cruising holidays. Whatever your pleasure Sailing Ventures would be pleased to cater for your needs. Lymington, our sailing base, has quick and easy access to exploit the sheltered waters and harbours of the Solent as well as the English Channel via the Needles. We are therefore able to run courses all year round.

Our yachts are modern, well maintained and fully equipped to meet the MCA code of practice and the safety standards set by the Royal Ocean Racing Club. We specialise in the personal approach to ensure our clients learn at their own pace. We like to think we not only teach, but pass on and foster our love and respect for the sea. Try Sailing Have a go, have some fun, spend a few hours or a day or two sailing with us doing as little or as much as you wish. An adventure to the Isle of Wight perhaps as a present for the whole family and come away with some good memories! Cruises Each year Sailing Ventures organise cruising in the West Country, Brittany and the Channel Islands or Southern Ireland. Our cruises can combine learning with adventurous family holidays whilst testing one's sailing and navigational skills to the full. These areas are noted for their charm, secluded anchorages and magnificent scenery, which is why we keep going back.


Sailing Ventures offer you the opportunity to participate in some of the most exciting yacht races in the world, including the famous Fastnet Race. Previous experience is not essential to race with Sailing Ventures providing you have determination and a will to compete. Good introductions could be the annual Round the Island Race when over 1900 yachts circumnavigate the Isle of Wight or the Lymington spring and autumn series sailed around the cans in the Western Solent. Yacht racing is definitely a challenge, but it is also very stimulating and rewarding. RYA Practical Courses Sailing Ventures offers the RYA sail training programme, encompassing careful structured instruction for the absolute beginner through to Yachtmaster. The RYA scheme can be joined at any level, with the required previous knowledge and experience, and Sailing Ventures will be pleased to advise and help you to choose the appropriate course. Our instructors are fully qualified to teach a complete range of RYA courses.

RYA Shorebased Courses

Sailing Ventures' shore base in Hordle, Hampshire, just 5 miles from the marina at Lymington, has full facilities available for RYA theory courses. From Essential Navigation and Seamanship which introduces basic seamanship and navigation through Day Skipper which develops the navigation to Coastal Skipper/Yachtmaster Offshore, with more advanced navigation and meteorology up to Yachtmaster Ocean, covering celestial navigation and worldwide meteorology. The intensive courses take place over five days or 3 weekends with a maximum of 8 students. Sailing Ventures also run 1 day short courses which enables you to expand your knowledge and skills in specialist areas. They are great as stand-alone courses, but also complement courses in the training scheme. They include First Aid, VHF Radio SRC, Radar and Diesel Engine.

Own Boat Tuition

Sailing Ventures offers instruction aboard your own yacht which can range from consultancy on safety equipment, confidence building within a new sailing location to the RYA training programme. Your instructor will teach any aspect of seamanship required which could be very useful for family and crew.

Yacht Deliveries

Maximise your holiday abroad and let our commercially endorsed skippers deliver or collect your yacht, all year round, to your chosen cruising ground!

Corporate Activities

Corporate entertainment for valued clients at events such as The Little Britain Cup, Cowes Week to witness the racing and the excitement of this prestigious regatta! Team building, for small groups, to inspire a common co-ordinated commitment to the team goal! Match racing in identical yachts to test the initiative and resolve for project or sales groups to bring some spice into your team! Challenge us to come up with a suitable event to meet your requirements.