Watersports in Hampshire
For top class sailing, windsurfing and kayaking, look no further than the Solent.
The River Hamble, with its annual regatta, is one of the country's leading yachting centres and many kinds of leisure craft and sailing facilities can be found there.
Both yacht charter for the experienced sailor or sailing courses for beginners are available at numerous coastal centres in Hampshire.
Visiting boats are welcome in many marinas and a choice of locations is available, from quiet and unspoilt spots such as Emsworth or Keyhaven to attractive town harbours such as Lymington or those with easy access to bars and restaurants such as Port Solent.
Hayling Island's award-winning beaches are the popular home of windsurfing while the Calshot Activity Centre on the edge of the New Forest offers a variety of courses in sailing, windsurfing, canoeing and powerboating for people of all ages and abilities.
Hampshire is also a great place to go kayaking, with a variety of trails and routes to follow.
Whether you like to be out in the open in places such as Southampton Water and Calshot Beach or if you prefer more comfortable exploring along Beaulieu River and Basingstoke Canal, there is plenty to discover.
For the more adventurous, the Solent also offers opportunities to try out kitesurfing, waterskiing and wakeboarding.
Sailing in Hampshire
Southampton has become synonymous with sailing.
If you do not own a boat then places such as Port Solent and Ocean Village provide a perfect setting to sit back on the marina and admire yachts of all shapes and sizes.
If you are looking to start sailing the Hamble School of Yachting run numerous approved courses and taster sessions.
The Jubilee Sailing Trust operates two of the only tall sailing ships in the world designed for people with physical disabilities based in Southampton.
The Jubilee Sailing Trust is a registered charity and helps change young peoples lives by taking them out and the tall ships and enabling them to do something that may otherwise not have been possible.
Gosport has produced a handy new guide to help sailing and watersports enthusiasts get the most out of a visit to the Gosport and Lee-on-the-Solent area.
Packed with details on local marinas, boat charter companies, sailing tuition, kite surfing, fishing and chandlers, the guide has all you need to know, including a very useful map showing the public slipways available.
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Haslar Road, Gosport
Where your adventure starts... the Solent is one of the world's best sailing destinations. So why not make the most of it and charter a yacht from Solent Yachting for a day, weekend or even a week. No experience required.
Woodmill Outdoor Activities Centre offers activities/courses in kayaking, canoeing, climbing and abseiling, archery, tunnelling, high ropes, low ropes, rafting, trapeze and fishing for individuals and groups of all abilities.
All abilities are welcome on Wetwheels' fully accessible boats for trips around the Solent.
Tightloops is the total fly fishing experience company for those holidaying in Hampshire and looking to experience a hobby Hampshire is world famous for.
Experience a world of water fun and adventure. An all-year-round tropical water wonderland. The Rapids - fantastic fun for all the family.
One of Portsmouth’s largest entertainment, leisure and event complexes, located just off Southsea Beach.
Port Solent Marina, Portsmouth
Sunsail Events offers amazing corporate sailing days, team building activities and bareboat charters from its base in Port Solent Marina.
Sail with us from Gunwharf Quays to explore Portsmouth Harbour with its many interesting sights, and enjoy the fabulous sailing and numerous ports and marinas that the Solent has to offer.
SWAC offers courses in sailing, powerboating and theory shorebased courses. The purpose built centre is situated in the heart of Southampton's historic dockyard, is within easy access of the city centre.
Shieldhall was laid down in October 1954 and entered service in October 1955. Built by Lobnitz & Co of Renfrew, she is of special interest as she was built on older classic lines with a traditional wheelhouse, of riveted and welded construction with