Our favourite winter sailing spots!

You don’t have to be crazy to consider Winter Sailing. Boasting glorious sunrises and the tranquility of quiet waters, we've put together some of our favourite winter sailing destinations.

East Cowes Marina

East Cowes Marina on the River Medina, Isle of Wight, offers good shelter from passing ferries, and offers stylish washrooms you’d expect in a luxury hotel with underfloor heating and hairdryers provided!

The Lifeboat is a large pub close to the marina serving a varied menu food all day, a popular Under 12s menu, free wifi and a homely décor. It’s a short hop via the ferry or a water taxi to the charming town of Cowes with a range of boutique shops and restaurants, or stop in to the Pier View, the sailors’ local.

Yarmouth Harbour


The village of Yarmouth on the NW coast of the Isle of Wight is a lovely place to be at any time of year. But in Winter there are some fantastic cosy pubs such as the magnificent George Hotel, or why not take a look at the beautifully refurbished Terrace Restaurant which has incredible views across the harbour.

In Winter, the showers at Yarmouth Harbour are free – an added bonus!

Haslar Marina

Just inside Portsmouth Harbour, Dean & Reddyhoff’s Haslar Marina is large and friendly and has lots of space for that all-important boat handling practice. There are a number of nearby shore-based attractions which are worth a visit including Gunwharf Quays or the Historic Dockyards.

Head to the “Mary Mouse” (or the Lightship as it is also known) which is owned and run by a fellow sailor, who has just completed the Ostar transatlantic race, for quirky but modern showers and the Trinity Restaurant.

Berthon (Lymington)

Berthon is a lovely, deepwater marina and the showers even feature a warming box for your clothes!

It is a short walk to the Georgian market town of Lymington, right on the edge of the New Forest, to explore a wide choice of pubs, restaurants and hotels and pick up an original piece of contemporary sailing art from Stephen Lees.