The Solent is awash with events taking place all year; the world famous Cowes Week attracts visitors and competitors from all over the World. The Old Gaffers' Rally, the 'Round the Island Race' or the 'Cowes Oyster Rally'.
Each week sees the arrival and departure of the world's finest cruise ships - from the majestic Queens to the Ventura and Independence, all sizes can be seen alongside in Southampton Docks - and a few rarer sights as well!
The Naval Dockyard at Portsmouth always has an interesting collection of Britain's fleet lined up on the docksides and Gunwharf Quays is a major venue for races and rallies.
And finally the Solent Cricketers awash on Bramble bank.
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Round the Island Race - 2nd July
America's Cup - 23rd - 24th July
Cowes Week - 6th - 13th August
Southampton Boat Show - 16th - 25th September
Cowes is the archetypal sailing town, its olde-worlde quirky shops and delightful restaurants are a delight at any time of year. Enjoy one of Cowes many eating establishments, whether it be a traditional yacht club or Murrays famous seafood restaurant. A trip to Benzies to see where Queen Victoria purchased presents for Albert or a visit East Cowes with its own particular charm rounded off with a trip to Osbourne House; all cannot be overstated.
Further up the River Medina towards Newport, The Folly Inn nestles on the eastern banks. The Folly makes an ideal dining spot with its extensive menu and varied dining areas depending on the weather. This venue is a favourite for yachtsmen and women on a Saturday night, with live entertainment and where dancing on the tables is not frowned upon but encouraged! This could make a lovely weekend venue for the party-goers amongst you.
Here are some ideas of destinations for your Solent Yacht Charter. But feel free to suggest your own itinery - float in the harbour or head over to the Isle of Wight for the day.
We are blessed by being able to operate from Southampton at the very centre of the UK's boating paradise. As well as a whole host of destinations to choose from, the Solent offers sheltered boating in all but the worst of English weather and all year round. Choose from our range of beautiful destinations to really enjoy your Solent Yacht Charter.
Here's some ideas...
Cruise to the Needles and Alum Bay along the western Solent, with a trip up the Beaulieu River to Bucklers Hard.
Cruise to Portsmouth to see the Spinnaker Tower, HMS Warrior, Gun Wharf Quays and cruise the Eastern Solent past Osborne House to Cowes and up the Medina River to The Folly.
Visit this historic Maritime City. Skirt past the forts which protect its entrance and see the Spinnaker Tower looming high over Gunwharf Quay, with the masts of Warrior proudly reaching into the sky. The Marie Rose, Victory and Warrior are all within easy reach of the boat. Feast in a trendy restaurant, or pick up a designer bargain in the Gunwharf shops.
Go up the Spinker Tower and view the majestic seascape, the Isle of Wight in front, Portland Hill behind you and Portsmouth's Historic Naval Dockyard at your feet.
Quaint and unspoilt with its unique water front looking out towards Lymington. How about lunch at the famous George Hotel, fish & chips at Salty's or the impressive Royal Solent Yacht Club? Or why not do your own thing with a BBQ on the beach and wash down with afternoon tea at the Jirah restaurant in the Square?
Yarmouth is one of the smallest towns in the United Kingdom. It had a 2001 population of just 791. Yarmouth Castle was built in 1547. It survives, and is now in the care of English Heritage.
This tranquil oasis, once the capital of the Isle of Wight, is now a peaceful nature reserve owned by the National Trust. A perfect spot to unwind and enjoy the changing landscape, the ebbing tide revealing the old Roman salting beds. Wildlife abounds and even Osprey are now regular visitors. You can wander past flower-rich hay meadows, through ancient woodlands with rare butterflies and red squirrels, and look out over salt marsh and the clear waters of the harbour, bobbing with sailing boats in the summer and alive with birds in the spring and winter. For those on the water it is a beautiful place to explore and a good way to look out for wetland wildlife.
Nestling at the top of the Beaulieu River is the site where many fine fighting ships were made in the period 1745 - 1814. This historic maritime village, all beautifully restored, gives a window into the life and times as they were lived in the 18th century. The Maritime Museum charts the incredible story of this small community and the fifty-plus fighting ships which were launched from the slipways.
Time to relax at the Master Builder. Dinner overlooking the river, drinks on the lawn, BBQ or afternoon tea, this is a very special place to be.
Cruise up the Beaulieu River with lunch in the beautiful Master Builder Inn, with time to explore where Nelson's ships were born straight from the New Forest. Visit the Maritime Museum and see the houses inhabited by the master builders, the very slipways where Agamemnon amongst others were launched. A short trip down the road and the world-famous Motor Museum is there for your delectation.
Beaulieu River/Bucklers Hard
A charming town on the South Coast within the New Forest. A sailing mecca, and indeed a major gateway to Yarmouth, Isle of Wight. Similar in many ways to Cowes, it has its own special ambience. Lovely restaurants and tea rooms and a gorgeous harbour, make a visit here a must. Lymington has a number of interesting independent shops including some designer boutiques. On Saturday a market is held in the High Street, the origins of which probably date back to the 13th century.