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Where to Sail

The Solent is a wonderful sailing area, steeped in history. With great ports to visit, and wildlife and nature reserves to explore, there's somewhere for everyone to discover and enjoy...

COWES

A visit to Cowes is well worth it to soak up the ambience of one of the world's busiest yachting centres, home of the America's Cup.

Watch one of the many regattas or take a stroll through the narrow cobbled streets, exploring shops, cafes and restaurants. Osborne House , Queen Victoria's magnificent summer residence, is open to the public and just a short bus or taxi ride from East Cowes Marina.

Cowes
Portsmouth harbour

PORTSMOUTH ROYAL DOCKYARD

All aboard! Portsmouth’s historic dockyard is home to famous sailing ships of bygone days including HMS Victory and HMS Warrior - Lord Nelson sailed from Portsmouth in HMS Victory to win the battle of Trafalgar.

On a visit to the Dockyard you can step aboard these ships and learn how the history of shipbuilding and innovation in Portsmouth shaped the world. There are some great museums to be explored, including the National Museum of the Royal Navy and the Submarine Museum.

BEAULIEU RIVER

A picturesque marina, Beaulieu River offers peace and tranquillity in the heart of the New Forest. Visit for a couple of hours, pick up a mooring, go alongside at the RSYC's Gins Farm or stay overnight in the marina.

After a walk along the riverbank to Beaulieu, treat yourself to a drink and supper at the Montagu Arms . A short walk in the opposite direction also provides light refreshment at the Master Builder's , Buckler's Hard - where most of Henry VIII's fleet was built. If there's time, Lord Montague's private car collection at Beaulieu Motor Museum is worth a visit.

Beaulieu River
Yarmouth

YARMOUTH ISLE OF WIGHT

The charming, pretty village of Yarmouth will appeal to everyone. Great pubs and restaurants include The George , with outside tables at the water's edge. Yarmouth is situated on one of the best parts of the island for walking; there are lovely coastal walks to the Needles and across the island to Freshwater Bay.

See why this area inspired Alfred Lord Tennyson – the light and views across the sea are always changing and the sunsets are spectacular.

For a guide to accessing Yarmouth marina click here

NEWTOWN CREEK ISLE OF WIGHT

A natural, unspoilt harbour, Newtown Creek is a nature reserve on the Isle of Wight. Peaceful and tranquil, it's a haven for birds, especially in spring and winter, and a great place to spot wetland wildlife. It's a beautiful place to explore, surrounded by meadows of wild flowers and ancient woodland. Visitors' moorings are provided and a run ashore in the dinghy to the local pub is a must!

Newtown Creek
Lymington

LYMINGTON

There’s lots to see in the busy port of Lymington , a Georgian market town world-renowned as a sailing resort. There are ferry links to the Isle of Wight and plenty of shops, pubs and restaurants. Moor up against the town quay or in one of the marinas and visit the quaint cobbled High Street with its traditional Saturday market, established more than 750 years ago in 1250.

All these ports can be reached within a 2-4 hour sail from Shamrock Quay. En-route you could also take in the village of Hamble - a popular yachting centre and a great place to have a drink and enjoy the atmosphere.

There's no shortage of brilliant sailing in the Solent and so many great places to visit... the choice is yours!

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Brilliant Day on the Water

Fantastic days sailing with friends on a wonderful boat. It certainly helped that we had 3 very experienced sailors with us, would highly recommend Firstaway sailing if you want a day on the water in the Solent. - Clive B

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Thanks Sally and Eric for great service and a brilliant day with Firstaway Yacht Charters. Excellent first experience of sailing. Skipper Eric was great and let us all take a turn at the helm. A great way to celebrate special occasions. Boat was clean and well maintained with good facilities too. Would recommend Firstaway to anyone wanting to take a trip sailing. - R & A Jenner

May Bank Holiday Charter of Cascadeur

We were 7 onboard this Jeanneau 12.5 m and while there wasn't much wind, with what little there was we managed 7 kts. Cascadeur is a great charter boat - roomy, clean, well equipped. Eric and Sally were very helpful and clearly know their stuff. - Peter R

Highly recommended

Wonderful people. Sally in particular couldn't have been more helpful. The skippers were professional and experienced, but also good fun and made the whole experience very enjoyable. Thanks all! - Sam N

Day trip with great skipper

Excellent company, with a very well appointed boat (Zara). Nothing was a problem to them, despite me chopping and changing a lot. Our skipper - Gavin - was fantastic. Knowledgable, friendly and great company. I would certainly use this company again.- ASQC

Amazing Trip. Highly Recommended!

I arrived with no expectations and ended up having an amazing time on "Elissa" The Skipper was super friendly and got us involved with the sailing. Overall was a phenomenal experience and I highly recommend to anyone considering!! 5 STARS - Virginia Water

Fantastic Service, Again, Thank You!

Firstaway run a great charter business: their yachts are in very good condition, always well prepared, properly cleaned; nothing is too much trouble; friendly and professional. I have been chartering from Firstaway for nearly 20 years and would always recommend them and never look elsewhere! - Mackeaj

Great experience in Solent with Firstaway

I chartered with Firstaway 3 days a Gib'Sea 37ft yatch. Very well kept and clean. excellent service and assistance, very easy checkin-checkout process. we did some 60 miles chilling around the Solent, Yarmouth harbour was also an excellent experience. highly recommended. - Tommaso M

An exciting day

A beautiful day on the water around the Solent... I was slightly anxious as I don’t have webbed feet but Eric and Sally were great hosts and competent sailors... now looking forward to my next seafaring adventure. - Karen

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