The Solent

The Solent is a strait of the English Channel between the coast of Hampshire and the Isle of Wight, about twenty miles long and five miles wide. The Solent hosts a rich maritime history and periodic sailing events.


Sheltered by the Isle of Wight, The Solent is an excellent region for water sport enthusiasts, with many bays to paddle board and explore, and a popular option to include for a Rib Charter. The Solent is a picturesque coastline of towering chalk cliffs by The Needles, multi-coloured cliffs in Alum Bay, and beautiful rich postcard landscapes, countryside, rivers, and estuaries.


The Solent is famous for hosting the international sailing event Cowes Week and is a magnet for sailors and events running throughout the year.

It was also home to King Henry VIII Navy Warship the Mary Rose which sunk in the Solent and is now displayed in the Portsmouth Historic Dockyard, and the legendary summer cricket match which is played in the middle of The Solent on the temporary island with receding tide, the Bramble Bank.

Solent Ports and harbours

There are two major ports in the Solent, Southampton oil terminal, container port and liner terminal and Portsmouth, the home of the Royal Navy. Smaller ports and harbours include Lymington, Yarmouth, Cowes, Beaulieu, Ryde, Freshwater, Hamble, Bembridge, Chichester and Langstone. All the ports and harbours are different, with a wealth of individual history, and can be visited on a Rib Charter.


The Solent, land, and sea is occupied throughout the year with events, regattas, music festivals, exhibitions, markets and more. Booking in advance is recommended.


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