Why Choose Us?

Charlie Sailing is a small, family-run company based in Lymington.

With decades of experience operating in the UK and around the world, we truly feel that we can offer our clients a bespoke, tailor-made sailing experience.

We always shape our packages around your availability, timeframe and budget and remain proud of our attentive, personalised approach.

Professional, Attentive Instruction

Charlie Tait

Charlie Tait

Charlie, our Chief Instructor and RYA Principal, is a highly experienced, qualified RYA Ocean Master Instructor with extensive sailing experience.

He has logged over 100,000 nautical miles under sail and has a 3-year circumnavigation and 6 Atlantic crossings under his belt, as well as plenty of experience nearer to home.

He offers patient and professional instruction at all levels with a good sense of humour and ensures that everyone has a great time. With a sound theoretical and practical knowledge and a flair for passing it on, students on board Jemima learn quickly. Be assured that after all this sailing, he can tell some great tales!


Jemima, an Ovni 385, is a beautifully fitted, handcrafted, aluminium cruising cutter. Built by Alubat in France, she is a substantial, high-performance yacht, and will readily take the knocks of long-distance cruising and instruction in her stride.

Designed with safety and comfort in mind, she is a reassuringly fast yacht. Her lifting keel allows exploration of harbours and anchorages normally inaccessible to other yachts.

The interior is bright, airy and exceptionally well finished, providing comfortable accommodation. Jemima will sleep six comfortably, with ample provision for personal storage.

With large seating areas in both the cockpit and main saloon in which to gather, she has a home from home feel and is well blessed with creature comforts. After a long day of sailing, everyone looks towards Jemima’s galley. We pride ourselves in offering good quality fresh food – enjoy freshly baked bread, ground coffee and appetising evening meals every day. We are happy to cater for any special diets by prior arrangement.

She is well equipped to DOT standards and is fully coded for commercial use.

About Jemima

Jemima, an Ovni 385