You don’t have to be crazy to consider Winter Sailing. In our last article post we looked at 10 Reasons why Winter Sailing is awesome.
During winter, only the hardiest of sailors will spend the night at anchor, so if you have been tempted to try a winter sailing weekend, here is the Hamble Point Yacht charters guide to where to go:
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.
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.
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 is a great selection of cosy pubs including the magnificent George Hotel and the Kings Head which usually has a roaring fire.
In Winter, the showers at Yarmouth Harbour are free – an added bonus!
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.
Thank you all for the well prepared Aeolus. Hope to charter her again next Spring and probably this autumn.
Hassle-free check-in with adjacent free parking about 50m from the boat so we could start enjoying our accommodation-only 2 night stay. Marina facilities are excellent, the location ultra-quiet at night, the boat was spotless, and essential start-up supplies helpful. We lucked out on weather with sun and shorts at the end of March by the Solent for the weekend. I highly recommend Alex and her boats for a stay on the water.
As usual excellent service from the team at Hamble Point Yacht Charters. This must be about the 7th or 8th time and always great! Finally made a visit to Chichester and had a great time there and back. Technical problem with the boat in Cowes heading back but no big deal. All sorted out with Sea Start...
My go to charter company on the south coast for the past 15 years, very professional, their yachts are always well prepared. I'll be back in April and then again in October.
Having a charter option immediately available with Hamble Point Yacht Charters gave our client the confidence to purchase their first yacht. Charter Management reduced the financial risk for the client and I don’t think we would have closed the sale without the client having the reassurance of a charter income.
We can recommend Hamble Point Yacht Charters on all points. Marvelous service, good price, great boats. An absolute winner!!
Just finished a fabulous week in the Solent with two friends. The chartered boat was in very good condition, considering she was quite elderly. Being the end of the season there were a few scratches on her hull, which were pointed out by the staff. However, the interior and engine were in first class condition, everything was ship shaped and worked. Bembridge then Yarmouth back to Buckler's Hard, finally returning to the Hamble. Winds mainly from either S or N of F3/6, just perfect sailing. Certainly, in the future, hope to repeat this experience with a very well run organised Charter.
Thank you for everything, certainly hope in the near future to charter again, and pleased to recommend the efficient way your organisation works
We charter regularly from HPYC and always find the boats are clean, well maintained and properly equipped. The handover and briefing process is always efficient and thorough so we get away quickly and we know support is available if there are any difficulties. The marina location is also a great plus, giving easy and quick access to the Solent with options to go east or west depending on the tides. All of the team at HPYC are very friendly and helpful and we really appreciate the great service they provide.
Thoroughly enjoyed the week. Four days sailing with Leigh as skipper; made up the itinerary as we went along - across to Cowes then down to Lulworth Cove and back. Several of us have sailing experience but did not have the experience to navigate the tides and currents of the south coast. Leigh was brilliant - quickly got us doing all the work within our own abilities and his knowledge and experience was exceptional. Knew his stuff. Great fun and pretty good value for money all once you divided it up between the seven of us. Not quite enough storage for all the beer however...
Very efficient and friendly service, quick and slick handover and return. Communication with Alex was very good, both by telephone and emails. I’d never sailed a Gib Sea 37 before but Viola is quick under sail and motor, very noisy in tick over as was pointed out at the handover but equally quiet with a few revs, in fact almost ‘electric’ quiet one crew member remarked. The heavy kick to port in astern can be used to good effect when close quarter manoeuvring. Plenty of electronics ( I brought charts with me but didn’t need them, the plotter at the helm was great ) All in all, Viola was a credit to you and I wouldn’t hesitate to charter her again... Although I do like the look of the Halberg Rassey on the next berth ! Perhaps next year? Many thanks Alex and the team.
We had an excellent weekend on board a 36 ft yacht, Aeolus, chartered from HPYC. The boat was in great condition, fully equipped with no problems at all, Booking, collection and returning the boat all went very smoothly and the staff were all super friendly and efficient. Hamble Point Marina is also a really nice spot and a great place to start out from. HPYC will definitely be our first choice for our next charter.
Had another amazing week sailing thanks to HPYC. The team here are so friendly; Alex, Josh and Dave are a really credit to the business - nothing seems to much trouble and we shall definitely be visiting again next year. Here’s to hoping we have another mid 20’s heatwave.....please.
When asked what do HPYC do really well... 'Presentation and quality of yachts on offer together with friendly and helpful staff, willing to be flexible and to accommodate client's wishes.'