The Solent, where the beautiful New Forest meets the sea, is an absolutely stunning part of the country and also one of the most popular places in the world to go sailing.
From our base in Lymington we have wonderful access to this World Famous Yachting Playground, in the centre of the South Coast, and below we have listed just a few of our favourite places to visit and see on our trips.
Awesome Poole Harbour is Europe's largest natural harbour and it's certainly one of our favourite destinations. A very welcoming place to sail into, with spectacular houses and stunning little islands. The marina here is right next to many fantastic restaurants and bars, providing great fun for your overnight stop.
Old Harry Rocks
Standing proudly, guarding the beautiful Isle of Purbeck, is the breathtaking chalk formation known as Old Harry's Rock. Named after the most famous Purbeck smuggler of all time, the rock and other adjacent chalk stacks command you to take a picture or two as we pass.
Rising straight from the seabed and guarding the eastern entrance of The Solent, the four awesome, Solent sea forts, were constructed by hand in the 1870's to protect the highly strategic navel cities of Portsmouth and Southampton from enemy attack. An amazing sight to enjoy on any Multi Day Solent break.
Cowes, famous as the home of international yacht racing, is an extremely popular destination with all Sailing Spook guests. The modern, first class facilities at East Cowes marina, along with the wonderful "Lifeboat" Pub make for a lovely, sunny setting and great overnight stopping place. Cowes itself has many great restaurants and is easily accessible from here via water taxi or a short walk.
The Needles Lighthouse
The majestic Needles Lighthouse stands at the western-most tip of the Isle of Wight, protecting the busy shipping lane from the savage Needles Rocks. You can get to see a safe, yet magnificently closeup, view of the rocks and lighthouse on many of our trips that head West.
This beautiful coastline and UNESCO world heritage site stretches 95 miles from Dorset to Devon. The dramatic cliffs and stunning little coves are at their very best when viewed from the water, aboard Spook, on one of our West bound holidays.
Portsmouth Harbour features the Royal Navy's oldest naval base, which is home to HMS Victory and the Mary Rose. The Spinnaker Tower located inside the harbour entrance is visible throughout the majority of The Solent.
Picturesque Chichester Harbour, is a beautiful natural estuary covering over 30 square miles. A leisurely trip up through the harbour takes us past the sandy, peaceful Witterings, and ancient village of Bosham Hoe, before we navigate through the tricky lock gates, protecting the marina. Harbour seals are frequently spotted on trips to Chichester.
This maritime city played a massive part in England's seafaring history, and Southampton water is buzzing year round with colossal container ships and majestic cruise liners, making for frequent photo opportunities, whilst also providing a great, fun and sheltered place to sail.
Buckler's Hard & Beaulieu River
The Beaulieu River meanders its way past beautiful countryside, and some stunning waterside properties, as it takes us from the Solent up into the heart of the New Forest. After 3 or 4 tranquil miles we experience a view hundreds of years back in time, arriving, as Admiral Lord Nelson did, at the 18th century shipbuilding hamlet of Buckler's Hard. A beautiful place for lunch or a peaceful overnight stop.
Dartmouth & Kingswear
The scenic town of Dartmouth is steeped in maritime history, and situated on the banks of the gorgeous River Dart in the centre of the "South Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty". An overnight stop here is extremely popular on our exciting adventures to the West Country.
Hurst Castle & Lighthouse
Hurst Castle, which is actually a Tudor fort, was built in the mid 16th century during the time of Henry VIII. This historic castle provided strategic defence on the South Coast during many periods of our history, and also marks the official start to the Solent. As dramatic currents fly passed the Castle one can experience exciting, rapid sailing in one direction, or observe vessels going "backwards" if they get things wrong.
Peaceful Osborne Bay, on the north of the Isle of Wight, provides a great anchorage for a drink, and a little swim, whilst the sight of the magnificent Osborne House, Queen Victoria's royal residence, makes for a stunning, unique backdrop for a relaxing picnic lunch aboard.
This very sheltered, Boutique Marina, and amazing "suntrap" in the heart of Southampton, is surrounded by modern apartments, a five star hotel and along with a wonderful choice of waterside eating options offers easy access into the bustling City and its great choice of nightlife.