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Sailing Trips on the Solent in Hampshire

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On this website sailing trips in the safe waters of the Solent can be booked.
These are wonderful ways to enjoy a red letter day occasion as all the family can join in. Young and old will enjoy the experience. No prior experience is required but the skipper will invite you to give him a hand by acting as crew and taking the helm. The Solent has its own micro climate with significantly more sunshine than the mainland. We have a variety of trips on offer as can be seen below and we operate them from both Lymington and the Hamble river.

These short sailing trips from 2 hours to a full day are aboard a modern 40ft Bavaria sailing yacht and non sailors are welcome. The yacht is certified to take 7 crew in addition to the skipper but parties of 14 can be accommodated. After a welcoming drink while the safety briefing is given, cruise down the river from our marina base in Lymington to the sheltered waters of the Solent. Here you may choose to hoist the sails and set course for your chosen destination.

These days are truly memorable and can be made as exciting or relaxed as you wish catering for all ages. You can visit idyllic anchorages, beaches, rivers bays and harbours, some of which are otherwise inaccessible.

Go ashore to the various attractions that the Solent, New Forest National Park and Isle of Wight have to offer. Bring your own food and drink or order a hamper from us.

A 40th birthday celebration activity presentation complimentary sailing gift voucher/certificate will be supplied if required. This can be seen on the Gift Vouchers page.

Why not try a Solent river cruise? The Solent has many rivers accessible at high water to the upper reaches. The Beaulieu river, Newtown river, and Keyhaven rivers have stunning scenery, while the Medina river and Hamble river are intriguing for their rich river life. All have quaint waterside bars, bistros or restaurants. In the last few months we have seen a seal regularly in one of the rivers and a dolphin playing at the entrance to another in addition to the many rare sea birds that can be spotted in the Solents bird sanctuaries. A summer evening river cruise to watch the sun setting with glass in hand is not to be missed.

Just a word about sea sickness. The motion on a sailing yacht with its deep keel stabilisers is totally different to the motion on a car ferry. It is rare for people to feel sea sick on the yachts, we are very confident of this and encourage you to discount any fears on this subject.

Yachts are Department of Transport certified and the skipper holds an RYA/MCA commercial endorsement. All equipment you require is carried on board including wet weather gear, life jackets and life lines. Sailing trips can be tailored to individual requirements. Here are some examples of red letter day trips we can offer.

TWO HOUR EXCURSION

Once in the Solent, sail across to Yarmouth on the Isle of Wight with a drinks stop outside the harbour entrance if required. Tide and wind conditions may permit a visit to the Beaulieu river to the east or Keyhaven nature reserve to the west.

FOUR HOUR TRIP

Depending on tide times on the day, the famous yachting destination of Cowes can be reached to the east or the Needles lighthouse at the far western end of the Isle of Wight. The National Trust nature reserve at Newtown Creek on the island and the beach at Alum Bay are alternative destinations. There are options to go ashore for a short time where a variety of exciting bars and restaurants can be found. This trip is ideal as a 60th birthday treat idea celebrating with office colleagues with an evening out from 6pm to 10pm.

FULL DAY CRUISE

A full day trip allows passage to the Hamble river and Portsmouth harbour to the east or the beautiful beaches on Studland Bay and Poole harbour (the worlds second largest natural harbour)to the west. A variety of options exist for drinks and refreshments ashore or on board.

On all trips, crew will have the option to get involved in all aspects of sailing the yacht. Significant informal sailing training can be acquired by those wishing to do so. A short walk along the pontoon is required to access the yacht where a step up can be provided. Note that wheel chairs cannot be accommodated due to the nature of the activity and crew must be able to descend a companionway to the 'heads' below.

Finally please do not overlook our RYA sailing courses for beginners which is another way of treating that special person to a sailing experience. RYA Start Yachting is a two day course at a price of around 215.

Prices of all these trips can be found here

To make a reservation contact Clive Cutler

Tel 01590 623765 mob 07932 140878
or email info@hurstpointyachts.co.uk
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