A Solent boat charter provides you with a unique sailing experience because the Solent is such a Mecca for sailing. Located between Hampshire, UK, and the Isle of Wight, the Solent is approximately 35 miles long by three to five miles wide. A wide variety of landscapes and sailing conditions can be found here. Solent Yacht Chartering is easily the best way to see and experience them.
There are a huge variety of marinas, ports and harbours for you to choose from. For instance, you can pick a quiet natural harbour such as Newtown Creek on the Isle of Wight, which is a nature reserve, a very busy one such as Southampton, or Portsmouth, with its historic dockyard containing Nelson’s flagship the HMS Victory, and home to the Royal Navy. The Solent itself is protected to a large extent from bad weather by the island, and numerous other places are nearby, including the Jurassic Coast (the UK’s first World Heritage Site), the Channel Islands of Jersey and Guernsey, or France.
You will find many features (such as the Spinnaker Tower), attractions (such as Henry VIII’s ship, the Mary Rose), and obstacles await you in the Solent.
To give you an idea, what you will find includes: an historic ship wreck, tides exceeding four knots, dangerous rocks, a curved ledge with a trap in its hook, high speed catamarans and ribs, oil tankers, container ships and cruise ships, an offshore sandbank that is good enough to play cricket on at low tide, the largest yacht race in the world, radar speed traps, pile moorings, a large number of marinas, a National Trust nature reserve, cross-channel ferries, cats and hovercraft, submerged submarine barriers, and mid channel defensive forts.
Examples of other obstacles include warships, a naval dockyard, ocean liners, cruise ships, a small boat channel, fishing vessels, active minesweepers, tugs, floating railway sleepers, lighthouses, lateral buoys, cardinal buoys, safe water and remote hazard marks, locks, sand bars, chain ferry and underwater pipelines that are marked by a fresnal lens.
Due to this rich variety, the Solent is considered to be a sailing heaven and is the home of yachting. The Cowes Week event held annually has the Solent packed with many different types of boats, yachts and ships, which take part in simultaneous races, that it is almost impossible to plot a straight course. But it is also the wide variety that allows for so many sailing schools, clubs and boat charter companies to do so well here. While the scenery might not be as magnificent as the West Coast of Scotland is, or as warm as the Pacific is, there is no other place to be to enjoy sailing, and enjoy the magnificent variety of history, nature and sailing conditions.
When chartering a Solent yacht, powerboat or motoryacht, you can choose between bareboat charter (where you skipper the boat yourself if you are suitably qualified) or a skippered charter, where a skipper (and crew if the boat is large enough) takes charge of this for you and your fellow passengers.
A Solent yacht charter is ideal for families, friends, colleagues (as team building exercises etc) and potential clients (Corporate Events etc). You can also hire a yacht for a single day or weekend, so they are also brilliant for Stag & Hen parties.
Yacht charter can be tailored to suit most requirements and budget, from the fairly basic to the ultimate in luxury yachts.
A fantasic sailing experience in the Solent awaits you, so start making enquiries now about your Solent charter. Bon Voyage !
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