Southern England

The home of yachting

South coast of England

This splendid cruising ground has something in store for everyone. From legendary port cities such as Southampton and Falmouth to secluded bays and stunning islands, from the thrill of sailing up a tidal river to off shore encounters with dolphins, there is so much to do, see and sail! Drop your anchor in Falmouth Bay and enjoy the local seafood or watch a regatta moored at the Isle of Wight. Visit the haunts of ancient monks on the legendary Scilly islands or the most famous Warship ever built: Lord Nelson's Victory. And a bit farther afoot the city lights of London beckon, or, if you fancy a night passage, the sunny coast of Brittany in France...

This area is one or the most popular cruising grounds in the world, and not for nothing. Yachting was practically invented here by the British upper class. Many sub-areas have their own attractions and it is all close enough together to cover all of it in a holiday. The whole southern coast of England sports beautiful scenery offering secluded bays, moorings in tidal rivers surrounded by birds and seals, sailing past wooded hills or high cliffs, and old port towns to go ashore and have a pint after a day's sailing. Whether you opt for the area around the Isle of Wight, the Devon coast or Cornwall, each area has all of these features, amazing nature, characteristic towns and good sailing. The lay of the land means that you can find good sailing spots in almost any weather and there are plenty of great ports, moorings and anchorages. Imagine having a classic steak and kidney pie for lunch while gently bobbing on your anchor at the foot of a cliff... Top locations to visit are the Scilly Islands, Falmouth and the Isle of Wight, but don't stop here and explore all the nooks and crannies of this great area!

Timing: sailing weather here is best from spring till autumn, with the winter months getting cold and wet. Yet even then, because of warmer currents, the area around Cornwall can give very pleasant sailing with soft days. The wind is generally from Westerly directions and since the English Channel is open to the Atlantic, conditions out to sea can get rough at times. Yet large parts of this area have enough shelter from the land to enable sailing in most weather types.

Routes and planning: The wind patterns and tides do necessitate some planning if you plan to go further afoot, yet marinas and ports are plentiful and at good distances from one another, and great moorings and anchorages can be found all along the coast. And some tidal calculations only add to the thrill of proper sailing, don't they? It is very well possible to discover part or the whole of this area in a holiday, offering you the sailing experience of a lifetime, as one of our members will confirm:

If, after reading this, you feel like heading out here, just have a look at our boats in this area that you can swap or rent, and why not have a chat with the owner?

Boats in around Southern England