The Harp may be drained, but the sea isn’t.

Brisbane Star is a privately owned 37-foot 6-berth yacht, fully equipped for offshore cruising.

Join us for weekends exploring the Solent or for longer trips beyond - across to France or down to the West Country.

Based at Gosport in Portsmouth Harbour, the boat is easily accessible from London.

Everyone is welcome, from complete beginners to experienced yacht and dinghy sailors.

Contact: WHSC Yachting

Our summer season is shaping up, with trips already planned


May 17-19:           A great outing enyoyed by everyone.

May 30 - June 2: Another enjoyable long weekend sail.

A longer, Bank Holiday, weekend where we can leave the Solent and head west towards Weymouth or east for Brighton - depending on winds.

August 9-11:       One space available

Another Solent weekend, aiming to tick off more must-visit corners of these waters.

CROSS-CHANNEL - Cruise Brittany and the Channel Islands

June/July Summer Cruise, June 28 - July 7.


There is ongoing uncertainty as to French Border Regulations for visiting UK sailors, especially at minor ports like St Vaast in Normandy - the key to our tidal planning.   So we propose a change of route, going to Cherbourg, the Channel Islands, St Malo (all of which we know), and if possible some of the beautiful Breton rivers.


Exact timings depend on weather, but there will be crew-change options in Cherbourg after the Channel crossing, in the Channel Islands, and in St Malo. All are reachable by ferry from the UK.

If you are interested.  Please email WHSC Yachting or phone.



All the above plans are weather dependent, and may change accordingly, but we will sail.

Plans assume crew joining on Thursday or Friday afternoons (or before) for departure from Gosport the first evening

About the boat:

Brisbane Star is fully equipped for offshore cruising, with both spinnaker and cruising chute, heavy weather and storm jibs, and two navigation computers.

She transmits and receives AIS for safety in all conditions.

There are six berths in three cabins, plus hot water and heating.

She needs prepping – provisioning and rigging spinnaker, cruising chute or other sails. We also have to derig this stuff and clean down the boat at the end of the trip. This takes a couple of hours, and you should plan this into your time off.


There is a basic charge for the boat (£37 per person per day).

Fuel, mooring and onboard eating expenses are shared equally.

Meals ashore and travel to and from the boat are up to individuals.

Altogether we estimate approximately £65 pp pd, excluding personal travel.

What youll need:

Wet weather gear, thermals or other layers to keep you warm, non-marking sailing shoes or boots, sleeping bag and personal stuff. Life jackets are provided.  

See What to Bring etc. and let us know if you do not have any of the items listed.


Contact us:

Email via this link:

Copy us into your dates and experience. We can take novices amongst a crew.