Solent West

Jim Saltonstall looks at racing in the Western Solent
The western end of the Solent has seen plenty of racing over the years and will see plenty more. It’s used by clubs such as Keyhaven YC, Yarmouth, Gurnard SC, Lymington Town SC, and the Royal Lymington YC. Many international events have also been held in the western end of the Solent, hosted by either one of the Cowes clubs, or by the Royal Lymington YC. The majority of both national and international events held in this area are hosted by the Royal Lymington. This club offers superb facilities both ashore and afloat, meeting all the requirements for a major event; with an excellent race management team and great social programs. Probably the most popular watering holes with the sailors in the Lymington area are the Chequers and the Ship - ask at the club for directions. The club house is located on the western side of the river, almost opposite the ferry terminal. There is ample car parking in the area, and a good slipway right next to the club house. Accommodation in the area is relatively limited, so it’s particularly important to book early in an area that’s popular with all kinds of holiday-makers. Camping and caravan sites are plentiful in the area, especially in the New Forest. All other facilities that you might need - such as chandleries and sailmakers - are easy to find. After all, this is one of the most popular sailing areas in Britain today. Race Areas There are normally two race areas used off Lymington. One is to the east of the river entrance, the other is to the west. There is a further option during spring tides and light winds, and that is just inside Hurst Point on the northern shore. And of course, the classic round-the-cans Solent courses may take you on an