Sailing adventures are the perfect way to enjoy your free time, escape to the water on your own or with your family this summer – lungs full of fresh air and experiences to recount in years to come, the list of benefits are endless!
RS Sailing pride ourselves in creating a range of boats that require minimal maintenance and are quick and easy to rig. Use that saved time wisely by researching and planning your next sailing adventure to minimise faff and maximise fun! Don’t forget to take endless photos, sail to your favourite spot, anchor up, do backflips off the bow, have an alfresco picnic and enjoy the moment.
Use the map below to find great sailing locations, local to you.
We’ve constantly updating locations but if you know of an incredible adventure that we haven’t got listed on our map, please email firstname.lastname@example.org and we’d love to share it on our website with other swallows and amazon enthusiasts!
The River Hamble
The river is not just a sailing mecca, it is a nationally an internationally important site for nature conservation and a birdwatchers’ paradise. There’s so much to see in this beautful spot.
With a busy sailing scene, shallows, moorings and punchy amount of tide, the Hamble River can be a tricker location to navigate and sail around at busy times. Plan your sail carefully and visit the river mid-week for quieter waters.
Map & Chart
Click here to check out a map of The River Hamble. Admiralty Chart 2036: The Solent and Southampton Water.
Warsash is the best site for access to Southampton Water and The Solent. The rivermouth is 1500 metres along the 6 knot limited channel.
Vehicle access is from Shore Road, via Passage Lane, opposite the Rising Sun public house. It can accommodate several launching vehicles and boats at once on a wide gravel slipway and hard. There is a shallow gradient reaching to the low water line.
Location: Shore Road, Warsash, Hampshire, SO31 9FR.
Daily charges: Dinghy under 6 metres – Free
Free 4 hour stay (April-October). In the car park adjacent to the Rising Sun and 7 day parking for cars and trailers entered from Passage Lane.
There’s a punchy amount of tide on the River and out to The Solent, plan your sail well to remove the risk of being caught out. Follow this link to find out the tide times at the launching point – Warsash.
- The River Hamble Harbour Authority
- Warsash Tide Times
- Visit Hampshire
- How to plan a sailing adventure
Windermere lake, at 10.5 miles long, one mile wide and 220 feet deep, is the largest natural lake in both the Lake District and in England, and is fed by numerous rivers.
Arthur Ransome based his book ‘Swallows and Amazons’ partly on Windermere lake and it’s easy to see why! Stunning scenery, miles of open water ahead of you and endless islands to sail around it invokes the inner adventurer in everyone. Keep your eyes peeled for the ‘Bownessie’ too, Lake Windermere’s version of the Loch Ness Monster.
With plenty of water, no tide and easy launching Lake Windermere is the perfect spot for a potter in your favourite boat.
Map & Chart
The Slipway at Ferry Nab, Ferry Nab, Bowness is the best spot for launching on Lake Windermere.
Location: Ferry Nab, Bowness on Windermere, Cumbria LA23 3JH
Daily charges: All untrailered non motorised craft which are carried to the water’s edge: free. All other craft up to 11m or 3.5 tonnes: £13
Car parking at Ferry Nab (multi tariff applies 8am to 8pm) from £1.50 for up to one hour through to £8 all day. All day with a trailer is £10.
Windermere obviously does not have ‘tides’, however water levels rise and fall depending on the weather. Long periods of rain can raise the level by 0.5m or more.