Portsmouth, UK

events, schools & sailing holidays

Sailing experience level
Day Skipper

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. Cross the Solent to the Isle of Wight, home to the celebrated Cowes Week regatta and a popular, picturesque island resort. Further still, the English Channel gives way to France, where you can indulge in the culture and cuisine of the continent.

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.

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Safe at Sea

Our Sunsail Port Solent base is 'Good To Go!' The “We’re Good To Go” industry standard mark is a self-assessment scheme that has been designed by VisitEngland in partnership with the national tourist organisations Tourism Northern Ireland, VisitScotland and Visit Wales to provide a ‘ring of confidence’ for all sectors of the tourism industry, as well as reassurance to visitors that businesses have clear processes in place and are following industry and Government COVID-19 guidance on cleanliness and social distancing.

We look forward to welcoming you back onboard to our new safe environment.

Fleet in Portsmouth

Our fantastic Sunsail 41.0, made by Jeanneau, has several features that make it the ideal vessel for any sailor. The UK version has been specially modified to offer exceptional control, racing and cruising. It is balanced, responsive, spacious and rewarding to helm. Our Sunsail 41.0 is available to book on our Portsmouth sailing schools as well as our Portsmouth bareboat and flotilla charters. This monohull is exclusive to our Sunsail UK fleet and is designed to give those wanting to learn how to sail, or adventurous sailors looking to explore new waters, the perfect platform to do so.  

UK Mini Flotilla Breaks – 2021

Explore the beautiful cruising grounds of the Solent and the Isle of Wight with the support and reassurance of a Sunsail lead crew on a flotilla break. Our flotillas offer an informal, relaxed and unique experience for families, couples and groups and are a perfect and unique way to get together and experience the brilliance of sailing to beautiful places in company.

Portsmouth Flotilla Itineraries

Easter Solent Sights Flotilla Portsmouth

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May Bank Holiday Flotilla

Join us for a 3-day flotilla weekend and void the rush of the Summer British sailing season.

  • 29th-31st May 2021
  • New luxury Sunsail 41.0 yacht for this charter
  • Lead flotilla yacht and crew to guide you
  • Gin & Tonic evening party
Sailors sitting on Sunsail 41.0

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July 5 Day Flotilla

Due to popular demand, we're hosting another 5 day flotilla staycation this Summer!

  • 24th-28th July, 2021
  • New luxury Sunsail 41.0 yacht for this charter
  • Lead flotilla yacht and crew to guide you
  • Gin & Tonic evening party
May Bank Holiday Boats in Port Solent

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August 5 Day Flotilla

Join us for a 5 day flotilla to Cowes and back to enjoy the Solent.

  • 9th-13th August, 2021
  • New luxury Sunsail 41.0 yacht for this charter
  • Lead flotilla yacht and crew to guide you
  • Gin & Tonic evening party


What's included?

We’ve created a flotilla package just for you, so all you have to worry about is choosing which of our incredible routes to go for and when.

What's included
  • Fully equipped cruising yacht for the duration of your holiday

  • One tank of yacht fuel*
  • Full cylinder of cooking gas and full tank of water
  • Guaranteed mooring at each stopover
  • All sailing, navigation and safety equipment onboard
  • Fully equipped galley/kitchen
  • Flotilla Punch Party **
  • End Cleaning 
  • End of Week Regatta **

*Fuel is not included on our specialist flotillas in Italy 

** Not included on our specialist flotillas in Portsmouth, England. In place of Flotilla Punch Party will be a Gin and Tonic party. The lead crew consists of a Skipper and Technician.

What's not included
  • Food and Drink (find out more about our provisioning options)
  • Lead Crew: Skipper, Host and Technician **
  • Dinghy and outboard 
  • Mooring and marina Fees
  • Children's life jackets (we recommend bringing your own) 
  • Snorkelling masks and snorkels (we recommend bringing your own)
  • All clean linen including bath and tea towels 
  • Beach Towels
  • Security Deposit
  • Wi-Fi Internet
Sailing School

Sailing schools

From the Mediterranean to Australia, or even a bit closer to home at our Port Solent UK 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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Sailing conditions

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Portsmouth (UK)


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Port Solent Marina

Portsmouth, Hants

PO6 4TJ England

Base opening hours

The Sunsail base is open Mon-Thursdays from 9am-5pm (or 8pm when we have yacht departures), Fridays from 9am-8pm, Saturdays from 8am-10am and Sundays from 3pm-8pm Sundays when we have yacht departures.

From November to February Sunsail Portsmouth operate winter opening hours.

Mon-Fri: 8am-4pm

Weekends dependent on charter arrivals/departures

Nearest airport
Southampton Airport