The Solent

The Solent is a magical place to sail. With protection from the Isle of Wight it seems to have its own micro climate. It enjoys more sunshine and fair weather than other parts of the UK. But no guarantees!

It is in a beautiful setting and the Western end of the Solent is very picturesque with some dramatic scenery including The Needles and Hurst Castle.

The afternoon sea breeze enables guests to enjoy gentler sailing in the morning as people get used to being on a boat and them some exciting sailing in the afternoon.

The western end of the Solent is also quieter than central or the eastern end which is great for newcomers to sailing – slightly less stressful.

There are also several bays and good marinas all within a day sail for lunch or overnight stops.

Lymington itself is a pretty town and the Yacht Haven a good place for guests to meet over coffee and bacon rolls and to enjoy a drink in the bar afterwards. It is also close to Yarmouth which makes an excellent place for lunch.

If you are chartering a boat yourself take a look at the marina guide for the Solent.

Lymington is also a good place to start a channel crossing from – France is a mere 60 miles away.

The Yacht Haven has good marina facilities.

There are many exciting events including the Clipper Race, Fastnet Race and many other regular regattas.