Why not hire a sailing yacht for a weekend to explore the Solent and Isle of Wight? The Solent is one of the most accessible and interesting sailing grounds for short, fun yachting weekends. Booking a UK bareboat yacht charter for a weekend is a great way to get a feel for how yacht chartering works and and to discover whether you want to go further.
Friday evening: Boat pick up
Join your boat and complete a thorough hand over with the base team.
Eating & local entertainment:
Night time berthing:
You need to be berthed for the night one hour before sunset. However, there’s no reason why you can’t head off to one of the Portsmouth Marinas such as the vibrant Gunwharf Quays, or to Haslar Marina and eat at The Lightship.
Saturday: Port Solent to Cowes via Osborne Bay
14nm - 3 hours sailing
Enjoy your progress out of the harbour past the Historic Dockyards and Naval Base that is the heart Portsmouth Harbour.
You can see HMS Warrior and Victory, any number of warships, and other legendary vessels such as Vendée Globe Yacht Hugo Boss.
Take your time enjoying the sailing and anchor for lunch in the shelter of Osborne Bay – look out for the ice cream boat!
Sunday: Cowes to Port Solent via Beaulieu
20nm - 4 hours sailing
Enjoy some sailing in the Western Solent before heading up the over to Stokes Bay for a refreshing swim and a bite of lunch before heading back round the corner into Portsmouth Harbour and back to base.
If you prefer, leave Cowes first thing and make your way up the Beaulieu River for an early lunch and a walk in the beautiful New Forest before sailing back to Port Solent.