Port Solent Joining Instructions
The Port House
The Sunsail Hospitality and Events planning team are available all year round
Monday to Friday - 0900 - 1730
Sunsail Reception and Base
The Sunsail base reception and check-in
Monday to Thursday - 0800 to 1730
Friday - 0800 to 2000
Saturday - 0800 to 1000
Sunday - 1500 to 2000
Sunsail Events Team: 02392 222221
Reception for delayed arrival: 02392 222336
Emergency Sunsail Operations: 02392 222336
Technical Support Number: 02392 222277
Please contact reception during the opening hours stated above. In case of emergency, outside of base opening hours, please contact Sunsail Operations. The Technical support number is available from 0800 – 2100 daily.
What to Bring
Please note that all personal items are brought at your own risk. We suggest you pack the following:
- Fleece top
- Thick socks
- Comfortable trousers/ tracksuit
- Deck shoes/sailing boots or white-soled trainers
- Overnight sleeping bag
For events taking place during the warm weather seasons, we advise you also have:
- Sun cream
We do not recommend jeans as they take a long time to dry. We also advise that is much warmer to wear multiple thin layers than one thick layer.
Please pack all of your luggage into a soft holdall as there is limited storage space onboard the yacht. For security reasons and limited storage we are unable to store any personal items at the base.
The yacht briefing introduces you to your yacht, its systems and rigging. It is carried out individually for each yacht. It is important that all systems and equipment are fully understood. These Yacht briefings are mandatory.
Yacht Collection Times
Monday to Friday 0900 to 1900
You should collect your boats packs Sunsail UK Reception at The Port House during opening hours stated above, unless pre-arranged, and supplements paid through Sunsail. Only the skipper can collect the yacht, unless otherwise arranged, and approved in advance with Sunsail.
If you arrive outside the times listed above, without advising Sunsail, you will not be able to gain access to your yacht. You will also need to collect your paperwork from the Sunsail UK reception located through the main entrance of The Port House, Port Solent.
Yacht Charter overnight events
When chartering a yacht overnight and staying onboard. You will need to bring your own bedding and towels as these are not provided at our UK base.
- Facilities adjacent to the base include:
- Bars and restaurants
- Leisure complex
- Multi-screen cinema
- Free Parking
- Onboard Food and Drinks
We are also able to provide an onboard provisioning pack for your catering needs from as little as £17per person. Please contact us at your earliest convenience if you require further information, as onboard food and drink packages must be pre-booked.
Portsmouth Harbour Yacht Club is open every Friday and Sunday evening until late. You can pre-book a table for you and your crew by calling 02392 222228.
Engine hours are payable on your return to the base and are charged at £16.50 per day.
Equipment on the Yachts
Sunsail yachts are equipped with just about everything you will need for a safe and enjoyable event. You will be given a checklist on arrival to make sure you have all the items listed on the inventory. Please inform the base manager before you leave the base if anything is missing, as it is not always possible to replace or exchange items once you have departed the base. Any problems with your yacht must be reported to the base staff immediately, if not we cannot be held responsible.
All yachts are equipped with life jackets and safety harnesses for everyone onboard. It is the skippers responsibility to check the safety equipment and advise the crew when personal safety equipment should be worn.
Charts and Pilot Books
All the charts and pilot books for the sailing area are on board the yacht. If going across the channel you will need to notify us in advance or your insurance will be invalid.
Weather and Sailing Conditions
Tidal range – approximately 4 metres
Prevailing wind South Westerly – force 2-5
Respecting our Sailing Waters
Sunsail remain committed to looking after the environment and supporting the cultures where we operate and over many years you have helped us to ensure that our presence does not negatively impact these areas. Here are a few dates of how you can help us to leave these areas ‘as good as or better than we found them’.
Avoid pumping oily bilge water or other hazardous substances into the sea. Never use washing up liquid to deal with oil spills. Spill kits are provided on your yacht. Be litter conscious - never throw rubbish overboard and minimize the use of plastics and non-biodegradable products. Keep a safe distance when viewing marine life, approach side on and stop with propellers in neutral. Identify dark water areas as possible important shallow ecosystems. Avoid purchase of marine ornamental souvenirs and the harvest of endangered fish. Please wash off your anchor when leaving an anchorage. Your yacht is equipped with low phosphate washing up liquid, please use this and keep the bottle so that it can be refilled. Separate the waster onboard and recycle as much as possible. Please ensure the use of holding tanks and pump out facilities, as well as minimising the use of bleach.
Directions to Port Solent base, Portsmouth
The nearest main line station is Portsmouth & Southsea with regular connections to Chichester, Brighton, London and Southampton. The nearest local station to Port Solent is Portchester and the station at Havant is conveniently placed on the Network South East, London to Portsmouth Harbour Service. For information on local and national train times and fares telephone: 08457 484950 (24 hour service). There is a taxi rank at Portsmouth and Southsea train station.
Leave the M27 at Junction 12. As you approach the traffic lights ahead stay in the left hand lane and proceed into the filter lane to the left which adjoins the A27 eastbound. Pass through a number of sets of traffic lights and once you have driven under the motorway bridge proceed into the filter lane on your left hand side into the Port Solent Marina complex.
Join the A27 and continue heading west. Immediately before the A27 becomes the M27, filter left down to the Hilsea roundabout when you see sign for Port Solent. Take the second exit off the Hilsea roundabout and continue until you reach the Marriott Hotel traffic lights. Stay in the middle lane and follow the road over. Pass through a number of sets of traffic lights and once you have driven under the motorway bridge proceed into the filter lane on your left hand side into the Port Solent Marina complex.
Travel towards Portsmouth on the A3 and continue on the A3(M). Take the right hand fork at the bottom of the A3(M) for the A27, marked Portsmouth & Southampton. Take the westbound A27 and follow the "From the East" directions.
- On Arrival at Port Solent
Follow the main road going straight across the first roundabout. At the next roundabout, bear right (the only way). At the third roundabout, take the second exit. Then drive over two "sleeping policemen" and take the next right. The Port House building is directly ahead of you and the car park is on the left on the gravel area. Make your way into the main entrance of The Port House and report to reception. Parking is free.