For top class sailing, windsurfing and kayaking, look no further than the Solent.
The Hampshire coastline has many attractive harbours, marinas and estuaries, providing ideal locations for watersports.
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.
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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Be entertained with our fun pools with funky flumes and wacky waves which are enjoyed by all ages. Visit our exciting soft play adventure. Take time out and relax in our unique spa, with salt grotto, herbal steam room and sauna.
Langstone Harbour is the centre of three linked harbours on Hampshire's southeast coast, with Portsmouth Harbour to the west and Chichester Harbour to the east.
Island Charters is an internationally successful family business. We specialise in yacht management and charter of high quality performance cruiser/racer yachts. Island Charters is also an RYA accredited training centre for sailing tuition.
A visit to Portsmouth is not complete without taking a leisurely sight-seeing cruise on board the Spirit of Portsmouth.
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.
Experience a world of water fun and adventure. An all-year-round tropical water wonderland. The Rapids - fantastic fun for all the family.
Whatever excites you, wherever in the world you want to see, and irrespective of your experience; sailing will enrich your life forever. Sunsail offers Yacht Charters and Sailing Schools from their base at Port Solent Marina in Portsmouth.
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
Southsea Marina sits on the threshold of the Solent - its relaxed and friendly atmosphere a sanctuary for yachtsmen to escape the crowds. It is a hideaway from the busy cruising grounds of the Solent.
Beginers to pro’s South Coast H2O is the home of the UK’s longest System 2.o straqightline cable. Sutiable for Wakeboarders, Kitesurfers, Wakeskaters and just about anyone who wants to rip it up on the water from 8 years old.