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Universal Yachting Pop Up Sailing Days - Post Lockdown Fun

Chris and Mel Warwick, principals of family-run sea school and yacht hire business, Universal Yachting, are launching two new initiatives for people to enjoy safe, healthy adventures on the South Coast, as soon as the country comes out of lockdown. 

Their new Pop Up Sailing Days will provide an alternative adventure, running at short notice when a good weather window ‘pops-up’, and can be booked on a first come first served basis.

The inspiration for the Pop Up Sailing concept came from many family summers spent on Chichester Harbour, as members of Emsworth Sailing Club, where when the sun is out and the tide is in, you can drop everything and escape out on the water. Melanie Warwick explains,

“We have teenagers at home and know that everyone is looking for fun, exciting things to do after lockdown that are safe. As a family we saw how crowded the beaches got last summer. We’ve been running the business from home during lockdown and around the kitchen table with our kids input, we came up with Pop Up Sailing’ as way to enjoy a new experience sailing on the sea, away from the crowds.” 

Melanie at the helm

All you have to do is pre-register to have a chance of a fabulous day. Starting out from the beautiful River Hamble, seeing the Solent and South Coast from the water, and sailing with a highly experienced, qualified skipper you’ll be able to have up to seven people in your group. No previous sailing experience is needed and the Pop Up Days will run according to all government restrictions and safety guidelines. 

“Going sailing is an amazing feeling. It’s an exceptional activity for mental and physical well-being and an escape from everyday life. Something we all need!”  adds Melanie. 

Pop Up Days will cost £400 per group. Simply register your interest and you will be contacted before each Pop Up Day is due to run with the chance to book in.  
Allum Bay at anchor
In addition to the Pop Up Days, family groups can also pre-book private days out on the Solent midweek or at weekends. With a variety of lunch options and itineraries, it’s the chance to try something new and to have something in the diary to look forwards to. Family days make a fabulous gift and are the perfect chance for everyone to get stuck in and have a go.  
Register your interest here:


Liz Rushall
Published on 2021-02-23