Boating in the South East

Britain's South East coast is a giant goody bag crammed with watersports. The jewel in the crown for beginners and experienced sailors is the Solent, which is a racing mecca not just in the UK but across the globe.

The sailing is the main attraction but hydroballs, luxury motorcruisers, fishing boats and more are all on offer too. In fact, this region may be unique in the UK when it comes to on the water fun.


On The Water Guide to the South East

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Portsmouth
Sailors come from all over the world to test their skills on the Solent, which is considered one of Europe's best and most challenging race tracks. More... 



 Brighton
This cosmopolitan chic resort is home to the UK's largest marina, and is the ideal place for whitewater activity. More...





River Medway
Perfect for pleasure boat trippers and canoeists, the Medway is navigable from Rochester on the Thames Estuary to Tonbridge in Kent. More...





 ChichesterChichester
Take to the water in the spectacular Chichester harbour. This Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty is popular with families because of its wealth of blue flag beaches and range of watersports. More...



River Thames
England's longest river, the Thames, starts near Cirencester in Gloucestershire and flows out at Southend-on-Sea, passing through 215 miles of fun on the water. More...




 West Mersea
This east coast waterway provides a snapshot of sailing history from the 19th century when flat bottomed Thames sailing barges moved cargo around shallow waters. More...




Herne Bay
Once best known for its oysters, Whitstable on the Kent coast is now famous for
hosting the international waterski championships at Long Beach. More...




 Isle of Wight
On the Isle of Wight people are passionate about getting kids and adults alike into watersports. More...






Southampton
Southampton is a vibrant hub of watersports activity. More...






 
Rye
Once surrounded by sea, this fortified hilltop town played an important role in the defence of the south coast of England and is home to the local fishing fleet.. More...

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