A few people claim to dislike sailing in the Solent, inspite of it being such a tricky place place. It has strong tides, complex wind patterns, lots of leisure and commercial traffic, choppy waters, and ever changing conditions - but, for many sailors. it's this complexity that makes Solent Sailing such a rewarding challenge.
Founded in 1886, Bembridge Sailing Club provides the base for the Bembridge Redwing,Bembridge One-Design, and Illusion fleets. It is an RYA Training centre and Volvo Champion Club. Visiting Yachtsmen from RYA affiliated clubs are always welcome. Lunch available every weekend . Rallies by prior engagement.
Set up by businessmen and artisans, Braiding Haven Yacht Club has gained a reputation with visiting Yachtsmen for being one of the friendliest clubs in the Solent area. The active cruising section and year round dinghy sailors make full use of the comfortable clubhouse, bar and high quality affordable catering.
Chichester Cruiser Racing Club offers two handicap fleets Alpha (VPRS) and Beta (progressive) for round the cans racing in Hayling Bay and passage races to Littlehampton and Yarmouth and everywhere in between,. PLus a week-long cruise in company across the Channel. All events have lively social dinners.
Beautifully situated between Premier and Birdham Marinas with restaurant and bar open all year except Sunday, Monday and Tuesday evenings, October through to March. A family friendly members’ club catering for yacht and motor cruising in company, dinghy racing, and model yachting with a warm welcome for visiting sailors and rallies.
Cowes Corinthian Yacht Club was established in 1952 by the late “Tiny” Mitchell as a club for local sailors. CCYC has recently undergone a refurbishment including the installing of new pontoons, a new walkway and access bridge and an 8m boom crane lift.
The Club -Which was founded in 1912- encourages sailing, good sportsmanship, youth training, racing, and fishing. ECSC boasts its own river frontage, small craft moorings, deep water pontoon and secure shore side premises. It organises weekly racing for cruisers, keelboats and dinghies and annual charity event, ‘Sail the Wight’.
Gurnard SC is the leading dinghy sailing club on the Isle of Wight. Racing from March to December caters for all levels. The club is an RYA training centre with established cadet section. Open events are held annually including a Junior Regatta and Cowes Dinghy Week, with races for dinghies and catamarans.
The Island Sailing Club is the largest sailing club in Cowes, and is best known for organising the J.P.Morgan Asset Management Round the Island Race. The club operates a fleet of Sonar day-boats, which can be hired by Club Members and non member. ISC Tuesday evening racing throughout the Summer is very popular.
Keyhaven Yacht Club is situated in one of the most beautiful harbours on the Solent. The harbour is shielded by the massive shingle bar that leads to Hurst Castle. With its easy access to the solent, the harbour is a perfect haven for small yachts and dinghies.
Lymington Town Sailing Club- established in 1946 - has an enviable record of winning world and national championships. The Club has lively keelboat and dinghy racing, and cruising sections, and organises the Classic Series and autumn Solent Circuit as well as motor boat section cruises around the south coast and beyond.
Situated on the left bank of the River Test, near the military base, MYC is the hidden gem of the Solent with comprehensive facilities entirely operated by volunteers. These include Club House, parking, pontoons, moorings, scrub off, and winter layup, with a secure yard. Visitors are welcome. Contact the secretary for details.
Formed in 1932 at RAF Calshot, the Club moved to the Hamble in 1957 and opened to non-service membership. The friendly clubhouse is situated adjacent to MDL Port Hamble Marina and welcomes visiting yachtsmen. Cruising and rallies are the clubs main activities and visiting rallies are welcome.
The Club exists to encourage amateur yacht sailing, the study of seamanship and navigation, the holding of matches, races and regattas, and the provision of accommodation to enable social interaction between Members of the Club and their guests." (From the RCYC Constitution 1931). Enjoy a vibrant social life at an inclusive club at the centre of yachting life in Cowes and beyond. Relax after a day's sailing in the club's well-stocked bar, inviting dining room, unique terracing and gardens overlooking the Solent.
Royal Lymington Yacht Club is located at the western end of the Solent, the Royal Lymington Yacht Club began its life in 1922 as the Lymington River Sailing Club. It quickly gained strength and in 1924 found a home in a disused boathouse beside the River. This original structure remains, just, as the southern wing of today's expanded premises, commanding an outstanding view down the Lymington River, across the Solent to the Isle of Wight. The membership has grown from the original 85 to around 2,500.
RORC was founded in 1952 in Plymouth following the first Fastnet Race. With over 3,300 members around the world, the RORC is one of the largest offshore racing clubs and is a national authority for the measurement, rating and racing of offshore yachts.
The Royal Solent Yacht Club is located on the seafront next to Yarmouth Pier and enjoys unrivaled views of the Western Solent. With excellent Bar and Catering facilities, visiting yachtsmen and visitors from affiliated clubs and other RYA clubs are always welcome. In addition to running a comprehensive summer sailing programme for members, the Club also hosts a number of regattas, rallies, championships and nationals for a variety of classes and clubs; the most renowned of these being the Taittinger Regatta in July. The Western Solent and Christchurch Bay provide some of the best sailing on the south coast and offer a magnificent setting for all types of racing.
The Royal Southampton is the region's premier yacht club offering a wide range of cruising, racing, training and social activities throughout the year. We were awarded our Royal Charter in 1875 which makes us one of the oldest royal yacht clubs in the country. Yet while traditions are important, the Club is young at heart and constantly attracting new members including families, young people and business.
The Royal Southern Yacht Club, Hamble, was established in 1837. The Club hosts national and world championships, cruises, extensively by motor and sail, and hosts regattas for yachts large and small. The Club house boasts well appointed accommodation, a bar, restaurant and moorings.
Founded in 1775, the Royal Thames Yacht Club is the oldest continuously operating yacht club in the world as well as being the oldest royal yacht club. Our members participate in a wide range of racing and cruising events in home waters and worldwide.
On the Eastern shore of Wootton Creek in Fishbourne with a fabulous vista over the Solent, the Royal Victoria Yacht Club is a very sociable and friendly club with an 'open-to-all' policy.
“Founded in 1815, the Royal Yacht Squadron will be celebrating its bicentenary this year. The clubhouse is a castle located on the Isle of Wight on the south coast of England built in 1539 by Henry VIII. The club has always had close ties with the Royal Navy and many illustrious members such as Vice Admiral Sir Thomas Hardy, Sir Francis Chichester, Sir Robin Knox Johnston and Sir Ben Ainslie. The club’s patron is Queen Elizabeth II and the Admiral is the Duke of Edinburgh.”
Shanklin Sailing Club has over 30 Sprint 15 catamarans and a handful of small dinghies. We race 3 times a week between March and September and make regular catamaran cruising trips throughout the year, around the Island and beyond. We run a number of sailing courses as well as regular cadet sessions. New members are very welcome.