Places to day sail

There are a number of options for day sailing in the Solent even though, at the time of writing, some marinas are still closed to visitors – even short stay, so we recommend calling first if you plan to go ashore. That doesn’t stop you from anchoring or picking up a mooring buoy for a relaxing lunch stop. Some of the locations listed below will require a careful eye on the tide to ensure that you don’t get caught out and have to fight the current on the way home.

Here are our  ideas for short haul, there-and-back-in-a-day sails:

  1. Osbourne Bay is a 6NM hop across the Solent towards the NE tip of the Isle of Wight. This is a cross tide journey that can be done at any state of tide. Its usually a busy anchorage but there is plenty of space.
  2. It might not be the calmest anchorage due to all the passing traffic but there is a lot to be said about anchoring in front of Netley Chapel, within Southampton Water. After a lovely sail around the Solent why not stop here for afternoon tea before heading back into Hamble?
  3. Pick up a mooring buoy in Portsmouth Harbour, approximately 12Nm away. Ideally, this would be on a date when HW is around lunchtime so that you can enjoy the flood tide to Portsmouth and catch the ebb tide back.
  4. Stokes Bay, at just 8NM miles away, is a lovely anchorage if the wind has some north in it. Possibly one of the best views of the Solent. Follow the same tides as for a trip to Portsmouth Harbour.
  5. At only 10NM, Newtown Creek has both anchorage space and mooring buoys. This is a stunning location for swimming, paddle boarding and to watch out for seals and other wildlife. It is possible to anchor just outside the creek if there is no space inside. We would recommend a date when Portsmouth HW is between 0700 and 1000 to make the most of the ebb tide for the outward journey then flood tide for the return.
  6. Thorness Bay is around 8NM from Hamble Point and is a convenient and usually empty anchorage opposite to the entrance of Beaulieu River. Good holding but watch out for strong tides.