Portsmouth, UK
Day Skipper
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England's naval heartland

Located in the naval heartland of England’s south coast, Portsmouth offers exciting, invigorating sailing conditions perfect for experienced sailors. Steady winds create the opportunity for thrilling tacks and gybes, with many famous races and regatta taking place in the waters of the Solent and the Isle of Wight.

Walk the impeccably restored decks of Lord Nelson’s historic HMS Victory, which led the Royal Navy fleet in the Battle of Trafalgar and was to be the site of Nelson’s tragic death. Visit Gunwharf Quays, the South coasts leading designer shopping outlet. Cross the Solent to the Isle of Wight, home to the celebrated Cowes Week regatta and a popular, picturesque island resort. 

Closer to home you'll find the ancient woodland of the New Forest, where royals have hunted game and passed their leisure time for centuries. As well as excellent, easy hiking, the New Forest is home to a number of traditional, affluent towns and villages left largely unchanged for hundreds of years. As a sailing ground and a holiday destination, the Solent has few rivals.

Please note the below UK charters, flotillas and sailing courses are delivered by our partner, Prometheus Sailing Limited.

To make a booking for these products please contact Prometheus on 02394 350 505 for availability. The terms and conditions that apply to such bookings can be found at: Prometheus Sailing School

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Prometheus Sailing LTD (previously Sunsail)

The Marina Lock Approach

Port Solent




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Sailing schools

Learn to sail at one of our bases. From the Mediterranean to the Caribbean, Thailand to Australia, or even a bit closer to home at our Port Solent base, our RYA qualified instructors teach you all the skills you’ll need on your sailing holiday.

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Experience required

Sailing experience level
At least 20 days or 400 miles as skipper on an equivalent size yacht

Level 3 destinations are our most challenging. Suitable only for confident, experienced sailors, Level 3 destinations offer long spells of open water sailing, broad tidal ranges, strong winds and remote anchorages.

Skippered Holiday

Try a skippered holiday

  • Relax and let your skipper take charge
  • Be as hands on or laid back as you like
  • Learn from an expert skipper
  • Gain local knowledge and recommendations
  • Peace of mind and safety on the water
  • Discretion and privacy when you need it
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Portsmouth (UK)


Prometheus Sailing LTD (previously Sunsail)

The Marina Lock Approach

Port Solent




Base opening hours

Prometheus Sailing LTD is open Monday - Thursday from 9am-5pm (or 8pm when we have yacht departures), Friday from 9am-8pm, Saturday from 8am-10am and Sunday from 3pm-8pm.

From November to February Sunsail Portsmouth operate winter opening hours.

Monday - Friday: 8am-4pm

Weekends dependent on charter arrivals/departures

Nearest airport
Southampton Airport

Yacht mobility statement

The layout and structure of our yachts may not be suitable for those people with reduced mobility, please contact one of our holiday planners to discuss your individual needs