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Hampshire's fantastic coastline stretches the length of the Solent and is world reknowed for excellent sailing. Whether you are a beginner or expert this is the place to sail!
There are numerous marina's dotted along the coastline for you to charter a boat or to head out on an organised tour. Or if you prefer to keep your feet on dry land and admire the boats whilst having a spot of lunch, you can always head to Southampton's Ocean Village or Port Solent or Gunwharf Quays in Portsmouth.
Getting out on the water
There are plenty of sailing schools and charter companies to choose from, however a good place to start if you are a novice sailor join the Hamble School of Yachting that run numerous approved courses and taster sessions, which include water safety training and boat hire.
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.
There are numerous sailing events held throughout the year from the world famous Cowes Week held in August or the Round the Island Race held in July, great to watch but there are also opportunities to get onboard the boat and be part of the action.
The annual Southampton Boat Show (September) allows visitors to see the newest boats on the water, the latest technology and clothing. Visitors can get on the water with taster sessions and RIB rides.
The Clipper Race is a record breaking 40,000 nautical mile race around the world which stops off in Portsmouth. The unique element of the race is even novices can take part in adventure. Full training is given to ensure that you are prepared for sailing around the world. The idea of The Clipper Race is Sir Robin Knox-Johnst, who was the first sailor to circumnavigate around the globe by himself.
Land Rover BAR, Sir Ben Ainslie: America's Cup World Series
Great Britain's most decorated sailor with four Olymic Gold medals Sir Ben Ainslie has set up his home for his team Land Rover BAR in the heart of Portmouth. Land Rover BAR race in the worlds fast sailing event the America's Cup World Series, with catamaran's reaching speeds nearing 50 mph. Land Rover BAR won the two events held in Portsmouth in front of record crowds in 2015 and 2015. The America's Cup is being held in Bermuda and in 2017, with the teams aim of bringing the cup home.
On selected dates you can visit Land Rover BAR's base and visit the Tech Deck which showcases all the technology that goes into the boat, with interactive features including VR and also computer programme which will allow you to design your own boat and see how it performs in test conditions.
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