Locations /The Solent

The Solent

The Solent is the stretch of water that separates the Isle of Wight from the south coast of England. Approximately twenty miles long and up to five miles wide, the Solent is a sheltered sea area with significant maritime importance. 

Ports and harbours

Major ports within the Solent include Southampton with an oil terminal, container port and liner terminal as well as Portsmouth, the home of the Royal Navy. Other ports and harbours include Lymington, Beaulieu, Yarmouth, Cowes, Ryde, Freshwater, Hamble, Bembridge, Chichester and Langstone all of which have a rich history and are stunningly picturesque.

World Centre of yachting 

The combination of shelter, the myriad of ports and the geographical proximity to London and the south combine to make the Solent historically significant and to this day, the acknowledged world centre of yachting. 

Picturesque coastline 

The Solent has a variety of coastline from soaring chalk cliffs by the Needles lighthouse to multi-coloured sand cliffs in Alum Bay. There is a SSSI protected salt marsh nature reserve lining Lymington river whilst a trip up Beaulieu river reveals landscapes straight out of Constable paintings. 

Regattas and events

The Solent is always a hive of activity with many regattas and events taking place throughout the year. Principal events are listed on our 'what's on' page. For major national events such as Cowes Week or the America's Cup, booking well in advance is important. 


Lymington is our home port, perfectly positioned for all the most popular parts of the Solent. We also operate from every other port in the Solent; there is no difference in price for a day's charter. 

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Office address:
Unit 6 Dell Buildings,
Milford Road, Lymington,
Hampshire SO41 0ED

Marina address:
Lymington Yacht Haven,
Kings Saltern Road,
Hampshire SO41 3QD

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