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Sailing England’s South Coast: The Solent

Sailing England’s South Coast: The Solent

Coastal Sailing




5 days of fun sailing off the Isle of Wight

The Solent is rightly famed as one of the great sailing grounds in Europe. With the Isle of Wight to the south and the mainland to the north, this is a sheltered patch of water with loads of interesting towns, anchorages  and nature to enjoy. Cowes on the Isle of Wight is a sailing classic, but so is an early evening cruise up the peaceful Beaulieu River and a night anchored under the stars. There are the extraordinary Napoleonic era forts, the iconic Needles and huge cargo ships at anchor we can sail past. A truly great sailing ground.

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These are the available dates and routes. To book your place, please select the dates from the drop-down above the ‘Add to Cart’ button.


  • Start date / place: October 04 2021. Portsmouth, UK
  • End date / place: October 08 2021. Portsmouth, UK
  • Full price: £625
  • Deposit: £156


  • Start date / place: October 11 2021. Portsmouth, UK
  • End date / place: October 15 2021. Portsmouth, UK
  • Full price: £625
  • Deposit: £156


  • Start date / place: October 18 2021. Portsmouth, UK
  • End date / place: October 22 2021. Portsmouth, UK
  • Full price: £625
  • Deposit: £156


  • Start date / place: October 25 2021. Portsmouth, UK
  • End date / place: October 29 2021. Portsmouth, UK
  • Full price: £625
  • Deposit: £156


Please see ‘TRAVEL – GETTING TO & FROM YOUR TRIP’ tab for advice on start and end points.



This is non-refundable. On making payment, your berth is guaranteed.

Paying the balance
The balance of the invoice can be paid at any time. It must be received by Rubicon 3 90 days before the trip start date or your place will automatically be cancelled. We will remind you of the date nearer the time.

Cancellations and moving trips
Our expedition sailing yachts only have between 7 and 10 berths on them. When you book, you are committing to take one of these places. Due to these very limited numbers, we will often have turned away someone else who would have liked the berth. Unlike many other holidays, please understand this gives us little if any flexibility to make changes or to move trips. We will always endeavour to assist you (& the earlier you tell us the better), but unless we can find someone else to take your place, we usually cannot move your booking.

The wind and the weather ultimately shape what’s possible each day but everything is very flexible within that. Our sole objective is to get out on the water, have some fun, practise a few skills and enjoy some top class sailing.


We begin in Portsmouth, home to the Royal Navy and one of the largest natural harbours in the world. Overlooked by the Spinnaker Tower, this is a bustling busy port and we’re as likely to have to dodge a local ferry as we are a massive aircraft carrier as everyone goes about their way. Once we leave the harbour entrance, there’s some lovely flat water and we can use this to practise all our individual skills and to hone ourselves as a crew. We will be sailing around the spectacular Napoleonic forts that were built to repel the French navy back in the 19th  Century. We’ll likely finish the day in Chichester.


Chichester Harbour’s sheltered waters are perfect for sailors and wildlife alike. It was designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in 1964 and is a Special Protection Area for birdlife. As we sit quietly anchored for the night, we might see curlews, snipes, godwits, redshanks, oystercatchers, plovers, herons, cormorants and swans, as well as geese, ducks, gulls and terns. A nature lover’s paradise!



An absolute must is to head up the Beaulieu River, always best done on a sleepy, warm summer’s evening after a good sail. It’s a bucolic setting and a wonderful place to spend the night. The Beaulieu River is one of the few privately owned rivers in the world and has been in the ownership of the Montagu family for over 400 years. We’ll gentle work our way up it and stop for the night at Buckler’s Hard.


More lovely sailing in the Solent today and we’ll gently work our way west, between the Isle of Wight and the mainland, finishing for the day in Yarmouth on the island.


It’s a lovely 20nm sail west to Poole. Here we can explore the treasures of Poole’s historic quayside, wander into the heart of the old town where sea captains and pirates once stood and have a lovely evening drink looking out over the water. Sailing heaven!


On the final day, we’ll sail back to Portsmouth, arriving about 15-600hrs. That will give us time to pack away the kit, have a quick today up, sign log books and say our farewells before disembarking.

  • Join the boat promptly at 0900hrs on the start day.
    It is important you are not late as the pre-trip briefing will start promptly at that time. You will probably need to arrive at your start point the day before your trip begins and get a hotel or B&B.
  • Disembark at 1700hrs on the end day.



    • The course will start and finish in Haslar marina, Portsmouth.
    • The closest train station is Portsmouth Harbour.
    • From there, you need to take the green ferry across the harbour (5 minutes, £3.70) and walk along the shore to the marina.
    • Portsmouth harbour station is about 90 minutes on the train from Gatwick airport (IATA code: LGW). It is also possible to take a 90 minute taxi costing about £60 from Heathrow airport (IATA code: LHR)


These adventure sailing holidays are open to everyone aged 18 years and over. If you are aged 70 or over, or have any concerns about your health, we ask that you get a doctor’s note before booking. This is just to make as certain as possible that you will be okay out on the water.


We provide the foul weather clothing, life-jackets and all other technical equipment you will need. You need to bring a sleeping bag and some waterproof boots.

See more information and the full kit list here


We believe that as many people as possible should be able to head out to sea and have a great adventure. However, it is essential for everyone’s safety that you are in a fit enough state to be on board. Ability to complete the five exercises below is a pre-requisite for joining as a crew member. They are not designed to be physically taxing and almost everyone should be able to complete them. Rather they are in place to check that you have the stability and basic physical condition to be on-board. If when you join the vessel the skipper believes you are not capable of completing these exercises, you will probably not be allowed to embark. If you have any doubts at all about your ability to complete these exercises safely, you must contact your doctor before attempting them.

Fitness to sail


Four weeks before your trip start date, you will be sent final joining instructions. At this time you will be asked to complete our medical declaration. At the time of booking, it is your responsibility to be sure that you will be able to pass all the criteria at the start date of your trip. If you cannot pass the criteria you will probably be refused permission to board.

See the Medical Declaration here


  • All crew must have adequate travel insurance in place for your sailing holiday.
  • We strongly recommend that you arrange insurance as soon as you book. This ideally will cover you for any mishaps, medical or otherwise, in the build-up to your holiday so that should you have to cancel, you can reclaim your fees.
  • Please note we will not refund your money or cancel your invoice due to medical issues that disqualify you from joining your trip.
  • For our latest guidance on travel insurance, please read here.


For a full explanation of what to expect with the various trip ratings please click here.


  • Foul weather clothing to keep you dry in any conditions.
  • Fladen immersion suits. These will keep you warm in even the coldest, windiest conditions.
  • Ocean-spec lifejackets. These are the best on the market.
  • All on-board food and snacks.
  • Daily sailing lessons and tuition from two highly experienced instructors.
  • RYA sailing qualifications where applicable.


  • Your travel to and from the start and end points.
  • Travel insurance (see our travel insurance page here)
  • Any alcohol – but feel free to bring your own or buy some along the route
  • Any meals you eat ashore


Everything’s included except for flights, travel insurance, a sleeping bag and some waterproof boots. There are no hidden extras.

  • These expeditions have small numbers of people on board. When you book, you are committing to being a part of the crew.
  • These are genuine adventure sailing holidays and you will be helping sail the boat, planning where we go, navigating, cooking and keeping the boat clean and tidy.
  • When you book, the deposit is non refundable. It is possible to cancel subsequently, however you may still be liable for the balance of the invoice, depending on how close you are to the start date when you cancel.
  • Please ensure you  have read and agreed to the T&Cs and read the Trip Notes before booking.

    Terms & Conditions