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Sunsail Events
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Port Solent Marina

Sunsail Events Team: 011 (44) 023 9222 2221

For information about chartering for Cowes week 2017 please contact [email protected] or call 844-676-0473.

Emergency Sunsail UK Operations: 011 (44) 023 9222 2336 (Outside base opening hours only)

Sunsail Events Team

Opening Hours:
The Sunsail Events office is open from 9 AM to 5:30 PM GMT Monday to Friday all year round.

Sunsail Reception and Base

Opening Hours:
The Sunsail base is open from 8 AM to 8PM GMT Monday to Thursdays, 8 AM to 9PM Fridays, 8 AM to 10 AM Saturdays, and 3 PM to 9PM Sundays when an event is running.

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General Information

What to Bring

Please note that all personal items are brought at your own risk. We suggest you pack the following:

  • Fleece top
  • Gloves
  • Hat
  • Scarf
  • Thick socks
  • Comfortable trousers/ tracksuit
  • Deck shoes/sailing boots or white-soled trainers

We do not recommend jeans as they take a long time to dry. It is much warmer to wear multiple thin layers than one thick layer.

Hopefully you will have good weather and if you do get sunshine we advise you have:

  • Hat
  • Sunglasses
  • Sun cream
  • Shorts
  • T-shirts

Please pack in a soft holdall as there is limited storage space on board the yacht. Please note that for security reasons and limited storage we are unable to store any personal items.

Yacht Charter Accommodation

When chartering a yacht, you may wish to sleep on board. We do not provide bedding or towels on our UK charters so you will need to bring your own. If you require a Sunsail skipper they will require their own cabin, the charterer is responsible for all the skippers out of pocket expenses during the charter.

The Marina

Facilities adjacent to the base include:

  • Showers/toilets
  • Bars and restaurants
  • Launderette
  • Chandlery
  • Leisure complex
  • Multi-screen cinema
  • ATM


You are welcome to bring your provisions with you or for your convenience there is a large supermarket within a 5 minute drive from the base. For health and safety reasons we are unable to accept provisioning deliveries on your behalf. Unfortunately, due to limited space we are unable to store provisions at our base. We are able to provide a provisioning pack for your on-board catering needs. Please contact us at your earliest convenience if you require further details as provisioning must be pre-booked.

Eating Out

There are a number of restaurants and bars in Port Solent marina to choose from, as well as the many restaurants and food outlets in Cowes.

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Information for Bareboat Events


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. Briefings are mandatory.

Yacht Collection Times

Monday to Friday     9 AM 7PM
Saturday                  9 AM Closed
Sunday                     Closed 7 PM

In an emergency resulting in arrival later than 8 PM or 9 PM on a Friday please call 011 (44) 023 9222 2336.

You should collect your boats packs from the Sunsail reception at South Lockside during opening hours 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 the yacht.

Wet Weather Gear

Wet weather gear is available to hire from us at £12 per day per person and can be booked in advance or hired on arrival. For hygiene reasons, we do not hire out sailing footwear.

Engine Hours

Engine hours are payable on your return to the base and are charged at £6.00 per hour.

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 on board. It is the skippers responsibility to 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

Sunsail – Respecting Destinations

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.
Please continue to assist 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. 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 stopping 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 Note: Times are correct at the time of publication, but are subject to change without prior notice.

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By Train

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.

Driving from the West

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.

Driving from the East

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.

Driving from London

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 speed bumps and take the next right. The gravel car park is sign posted as the Sunsail car park, this is opposite the Marine Super Store. Parking is free. Once you have parked your car, head down the path to the left of the marina with the water on your right. You will approach another small car park and where there is a Premier Marina building, at the front of this building is the Sunsail reception.

Please note: you will be asked to provide photo identification on your arrival at the base. Yachts cannot be handed over without confirmation of your identity.

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Yacht collection

Your arrangements will be made with the event organiser as to where you are collecting your yacht for Cowes (Port Solent Marina or Cowes Marina).


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