Mile-builders

Are you a would-be Day Skipper, Coastal Skipper or Yachtmaster™ looking to put theory into practice? Or simply a keen sailor looking for an adventurous sea voyage? Rival Sailing mile-builders are a great way  to get practical sailing experience and lots of sea miles under your belt!

Our mile-building passages are skippered by an experienced RYA Yachtmaster Instructor on board Rival 41C long-range cruising yacht East End Endeavour. You’ll have ample opportunity to brush up on boat handling, passage planning, navigation, safety procedures, victualling – and delegation, should you wish to step in as “skipper” for a day or two.

Mile-builder cruises operate largely on a watch system, making night sailing and longer non-stop passages a regular feature, giving you the chance to add passages over 60 miles to your RYA log book.

Destinations include the Inner and Outer Hebrides, Ireland and the Isle of Man. Even in favourable weather, rounding the Mull of Kintyre, where the Firth of Clyde meets the North Channel, can offer a challenge – but the Crinan Canal offers a safe and scenic alternative in adverse weather conditions. In between stints at sea, you’ll be able to relax and take some time ashore to rediscover your land legs!

Either join in one of our advertised mile-builders or get a group of sailing enthusiast friends together, check our sailing calendar for available dates and book a private mile-builder (4-6 persons). Contact us if you’d like more details or book your place on an advertised mile-builder now to make sure you don’t miss out. 

Rival Sailing mile-builder prices are all-inclusive with no hidden costs! From the first breakfast/lunch, you get all breakfasts, lunches and evening meals aboard the boat, tea/coffee & snacks throughout PLUS all fuel and berthing fees. A meal on the evening of arrival can be arranged at your own cost. Off-peak prices (October to April inclusive) are listed in brackets to the right of peak season prices.

Mile-builder passagesIndividualMulti-booking:
2+ persons
Group booking:
5-6 persons
7 days£595 (525)£525 (455) pp£2500 (2100)
8 days£680 (600)£600 (520) pp£2880 (2400)
9 days£765 (675)£675 (585) pp£3240 (2700)
10 days£850 (750)£750 (650) pp£3500 (3000)
12 days£1020 (900)£900 (780) pp£4200 (3600)
14 days£1190 (1050)£1050 (910) pp£4900 (4200)
21 days£1785 (1575)£1575 (1365) pp£7350 (6300)

While we aim to be as flexible as possible to help you get the most out of your cruise, all sailing activities and destinations are subject to favourable wind and sea conditions for the crew’s comfort and safety.

IMPORTANT: Before booking a course, please make sure you have read our Booking Terms & Conditions, which can be found in Book now > Documents.