Yacht approaching The Needles

The Solent is a popular sailing destination on the South Coast of the UK however it is also one of the busiest shipping areas in the world! We had previously done some sailing in the Solent when completing our RYA Day Skipper course and here we are now sailing our new yacht for the first time!

We departed from Haslar Marina in Gosport passing by the iconic ‘Mary Mouse 2’ – you can’t miss it, she’s a green Trinity Lightship which is now a restaurant at Haslar Marina!

Slipping into the small boat channel of Portsmouth Harbour we make our way out of the harbour before turning to starboard. The sea was fairly rolly here so we raised the main sail to give ourselves a bit of stability.

We headed across the Solent and sailed downwind close to the north-west coast of the Isle of Wight before picking up the Needles Channel and sailing pass the stunning cliff formations of The Needles, of which the The Needles Lighthouse stands at the outer, western end of the formation.

Once pass the Needles the wind died and we were basically be-calmed so we ended up motoring for the majority of our trip across Poole Bay.

As we approached Poole we were able to do a little more sailing as the wind picked up. We practiced gybing a few times before heading into Poole Harbour.

Our destination for the night was Poole Quay Boat Haven. Here we had a go at berthing a few times before finally tying her up for the evening. Located on the quayside the marina is in a great location for exploring Poole however it’s not particularly cheap, currently with it being July (2018) the rate is £4.19 per metre!

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Sailing the Solent

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