The Solent is sometimes referred to as a play ground for sailors, an exciting mix of sheltered waters and strong complex tides with a variety of ports and harbours within a few hours sail. This popular cruising area also has a strong racing background which makes this 20 nautical mile stretch of water a busy place to sail and an ideal place for people to attend their RYA Day Skipper course.
The commercial ports of Portsmouth and Southampton ensure a steady stream of commercial vessels adding additional complexity for pleasure craft and racers. RYA Day Skippers in the Solent need to know their collision regulations and ensure their crew are maintaining a proper lookout.
Summer regattas ensure that the Solent is always popular with racers; the racers are easy to spot with their well drilled crews and colourful spinnakers. While anchored in Osborne Bay you can often find yourself enjoying your lunch with racers providing some exciting entertainment.
Cowes is described as the “Mecca” of sailing and is a must place to visit, with its busy marinas and world class yacht racing. Cowes Week is the largest regatta in the UK and hosts nearly 1000 boats over 7 days of racing. The now famous Cowes firework display rounds off this regatta in style. Yacht racing is unique as a sport as professional and amateur crews race alongside each other during this week-long regatta.
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Enjoying the Solent at a more leisurely pace is easy with historic places like Beaulieu River and Newtown Creek to enjoy a relaxing lunch. For the more adventurous skipper and a favourable tide, it is possible to plan a lunch stop with the Needles in sight before a short return sail to Yarmouth or Lymington to enjoy a hearty meal and a well earned drink.
Interested in getting away from busy ports and marinas? For a more relaxed night, anchoring or picking up a mooring buoy in Poole to the West or Chichester to the East of the Solent, can allow you to experience a night with just the sunset and stars for company while the water gently laps the side of the boat.
At the end of your 5 day course you will have clocked up nearly 100 miles, learnt how to skipper a yacht by day in familiar waters, and have experienced sailing at night. The RYA Day Skipper course is a tough yet rewarding course, and allows the Day Skipper certificate holder to charter a yacht.
For further information or to book a course please visit our RYA Day Skipper page.