United Kingdom

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The United Kingdom is a great historical sailing nation island in northwestern Europe. Home of the Royal Yacht Association and many international sailing championships.




"The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, commonly known as the United Kingdom (UK or U.K.) or Britain, is a sovereign country located off the north­western coast of the European mainland. The United Kingdom includes the island of Great Britain, the north­eastern part of the island of Ireland, and many smaller islands. Northern Ireland shares a land border with the Republic of Ireland. Otherwise, the United Kingdom is surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean, with the North Sea to the east, the English Channel to the south and the Celtic Sea to the southwest, giving it the 12th-longest coastline in the world. The Irish Sea separates Great Britain and Ireland. The total area of the United Kingdom is 94,000 square miles (240,000 km2).

The United Kingdom is a unitary parliamentary democracy and constitutional monarchy. The current monarch is Queen Elizabeth II, who has reigned since 1952, making her the world's longest-serving current head of state. The United Kingdom's capital is London, a global city and financial centre with an urban area population of 10.3 million. Other major cities include Birmingham, Glasgow, Leeds, Liverpool, and Manchester.

The United Kingdom consists of four constituent countries: England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. Their capitals are London, Edinburgh, Cardiff and Belfast, respectively. Apart from England, the countries have their own devolved governments, each with varying powers, but such power is delegated by the Parliament of the United Kingdom, which may enact laws unilaterally altering or abolishing devolution. The nearby Isle of Man, Bailiwick of Guernsey and Bailiwick of Jersey are not part of the UK, being Crown dependencies with the British Government responsible for defence and international representation. The medieval conquest and subsequent annexation of Wales by the Kingdom of England, followed by the union between England and Scotland in 1707 to form the Kingdom of Great Britain, and the union in 1801 of Great Britain with the Kingdom of Ireland created the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland. Five-sixths of Ireland seceded from the UK in 1922, leaving the present formulation of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. The UK's current name was adopted in 1927 to reflect the change. There are fourteen British Overseas Territories, the remnants of the British Empire which, at its height in the 1920s, encompassed almost a quarter of the world's landmass and was the largest empire in history. British influence can be observed in the language, culture and political systems of many of its former colonies.The United Kingdom has the world's sixth-largest economy by nominal gross domestic product (GDP), and the ninth-largest by purchasing power parity (PPP). It has a high-income economy and a very high human development index rating, ranking 14th in the world. It was the world's first industrialised country and the world's foremost power during the 19th and early 20th centuries. The UK remains a great power, with considerable economic, cultural, military, scientific and political influence internationally. It is a recognised nuclear weapons state and is sixth in military expenditure in the world. It has been a permanent member of the United Nations Security Council since its first session in 1946.

The United Kingdom is a leading member of the Commonwealth of Nations, the Council of Europe, the G7, the G20, NATO, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), Interpol and the World Trade Organization (WTO). It was a member of the European Union (EU) and its predecessor, the European Economic Community (EEC) for 47 years, between 1 January 1973 and withdrawal on 31 January 2020." Wikipedia






Latest Reviews

London

We enjoyed our visit to London, it is a great place to visit on a sunny day, even in winter. We walked around St Catherine's docks and Gretna Green.

East Cowes Marina

A well maintained clean busy marina with a great modern pub ‘Lifeboat’ on the eastern side of the river Medina.

Folly Reach

A pleasant meander up the creek and a friendly welcome to the Folly Inn with taxi service from mooring pontoons.

Haslar Marina

A pleasant marina, good parking, nice cafe and friendly staff. Lots of well signed mooring berths in a sheltered position just off the solent.

Newton Ferrers

This is truly a spectacular spot on the English riviera. Noss Mayo is also very pretty.

Kingsbridge

We passed through Kingsbridge and found other towns and villages to be much nicer.

Salcombe

We visited during the evening and enjoyed the street full of bars and restaurants overlooking the harbour. Very quaint.

Outer Hope

We stayed in this pretty little bay during a trip to South Devon. The two beaches and surrounding coastline are beautiful.

Dartmouth

A wonderful bustling town, with friendly locals and a relaxed atmosphere.





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Top facilities

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Sunsail Yacht Charter
1 . Sunsail Yacht Charter

Sunsail have been at the forefront of sailing vacations for over forty years. Since our very first Flotilla set sail from Aegina in the Saronic Gulf in 1974, we've expanded to destinations across t...

Cornish Cruising
2 . Cornish Cruising

Based in one of the largest natural harbours in the world, Cornish Cruising is uniquely placed to offer fantastic sailing holidays with our yacht charter or to improve your knowledge and safety wit...

Solent yacht Charter
3 . Solent yacht Charter

Solent Yacht charter offer a variety of craft for bareboat charter, including sailing yachts from 36 to 50 foot, or high speed motorboats and RIBs. All boats are comprehensively equipped and compl...





Top Marinas, Harbours and Anchorages

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Weymouth Marina
1 . Weymouth Marina

Weymouth Marina is tucked away at the head of the harbour, with quiet, secure berths just a stroll from the beach and shops.

Port Hamble Marina
2 . Port Hamble Marina

Port Hamble Marina is on the River Hamble, right in the heart of the South Coast's sailing scene. With thousands of visitors every year, this busy marina is popular with racing enthusiasts and crui...

Cowes Yacht Haven
3 . Cowes Yacht Haven

Cowes Yacht Haven represents the heart of the sailing world in Cowes. Whether you are looking to berth your boat or entertain corporate clients in a unique setting, Cowes Yacht Haven has it all. ...

East Cowes Marina
4 . East Cowes Marina

With the exception of a few berths, the marina is dredged to 2m. We've happily moored Clipper round-the-world yachts, Swan 60s and even a Volvo 70. Very deep draught yachts should check clearance a...

Folly Reach
5 . Folly Reach

It can take as little as 20 minutes to motor to Folly Reach from the harbour entrance. Almost halfway up the River Medina, it is a world away from the hustle and bustle of Cowes and is designated a...

Haslar Marina
6 . Haslar Marina

The friendly atmosphere at Haslar Marina is supported by the active Haslar Yacht Club, helpful on-site businesses and bars, and the can-do approach of our staff. Some of our berth holders have been...

Port Solent Marina
7 . Port Solent Marina

Port Solent is at the northern most point of Portsmouth Harbour some 45minutes of motoring up a dredged channel. The marina provides excellent shelter and facilities. Port Solent is a worthy recipi...

St Katherine Docks
8 . St Katherine Docks

St. Katharine Docks offers great facilities in an iconic setting. As the only central London marina, visitors can enjoy the unique experience of sailing up the Thames and mooring right next to the ...

Noss Marina
9 . Noss Marina

Set on the sunny eastern bank of the River Dart, in a secluded area of outstanding natural beauty and just minutes from Dartmouth, Noss on Dart Marina offers easy access to some of the most beautif...

Gunwharf Quay
10 . Gunwharf Quay

Fantastically located at the mouth of Portsmouth Harbour, beneath the iconic Emirates Spinnaker Tower, Gunwharf Quays Marina offers immediate access to the Solent and some of the best sailing and c...

Topsham Quay
11 . Topsham Quay

This quayside mooring drys in low tide along with the whole river.

Sidmouth Beach
12 . Sidmouth Beach

A drying beach used by a local sailing club.

Trinity Landing
13 . Trinity Landing

Trinity Landing is located just inside the entrance to Cowes Harbour and provides walk-ashore access to the heart of Cowes. It is often used as a landing point for visiting vessels.

Axmouth Harbour
14 . Axmouth Harbour

Behind the shingle bank is a small harbour with four pontoons that dries with the tide.

Cowes Roads Swinging Moorings
15 . Cowes Roads Swinging Moorings

Two rows of heavy duty yellow swinging moorings are laid, one to the west of the harbour entrance between Egypt Point and the Royal Yacht Squadron, providing deep water moorings for vessels up to 2...

Lyme Regis Harbour
16 . Lyme Regis Harbour

The inner harbour dries in low tide, but outside the harbour four short pontoons offer some mooring options with some protection from the extended breakwater.

West Bay Harbour
17 . West Bay Harbour

The harbour is at the mouth of the river Brit and has an inner drying harbour, and also three outer short pontoons.

Whitegates Pontoons
18 . Whitegates Pontoons

Visitor moorings just past the Chain Ferry on the port side. You will need to use the water taxis or your dinghy to get ashore. These moorings are quiet and ideal for craft wishing to stay overnigh...

Portland Port
19 . Portland Port

Portland Port is a thriving commercial port located on the UK's south coast. The port's close proximity to the English Channel shipping lanes provides an ideal location for vessels both in terms of...

Portland Marina
20 . Portland Marina

Right on the cruising crossroads for the Channel Islands and West Country, Portland Marina has the space for seasoned sailors, and the time for Jurassic Coast day boaters, anglers and divers. Book ...

Weymouth & Portland Sailing Academy
21 . Weymouth & Portland Sailing Academy

Weymouth Bay and Portland Harbour offer some of the best sailing waters on the planet and has purpose built on-shore facilities to match. This winning combination was showcased to the world with W...

Weymouth Inner Harbour
22 . Weymouth Inner Harbour

A collection of four and five pontoons extend into the corner of River Wey west of the town bridge. Home to local boats with no vacancies for visiting yachts.

The Cove Pontoons
23 . The Cove Pontoons

Weymouth Harbour is the closest port on mainland England to Cherbourg, St Malo and all of the Channel Islands. Georgian architecture along the quayside helps maintain the harbours historic ambience...

Lulworth Cove
24 . Lulworth Cove

Between Swanage and Weymouth this natural cove provides natural shelter for anchoring yachts in most conditions.

Worbarrow Bay
25 . Worbarrow Bay

This wide bay is found midway between Weymouth and Swanage close to Lulworth Cove.

Chapman's Pool
26 . Chapman's Pool

A pretty natural bay offering sheltered anchoring in the right conditions.

New Quay Harbour
27 . New Quay Harbour

A busy little harbour nestled in the corner of the natural bay.

Aberaeron Harbour
28 . Aberaeron Harbour

An enclosed drying harbour aside a fresh water river alongside the pretty town.

Aberystwyth Marina
29 . Aberystwyth Marina

Aberystwyth Marina offers over 160 first class berths providing safe, secure and sheltered moorings for motor boats and yachts. The marina is at the heart of the historic fishing port on the 23 acr...

Chelsea Harbour Marina
30 . Chelsea Harbour Marina

Across the river from Battersea park in Fulham / Chelsea this small marina may have some space for visitors.

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Top Towns

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Cowes
1 . Cowes
(Isle of Wight )

Cowes is a very popular sailing destination on the Isle of Wight home to round the island race.

Hamble
2 . Hamble

Hamble-le-Rice is a village and civil parish in the Borough of Eastleigh in Hampshire, UK. It is best known for being an aircraft training centre during the Second World War and is a popular yachti...

Cosham
3 . Cosham

Cobham is an inland town at the North Western end of Portsmouth Harbour.

New Quay
4 . New Quay

A pretty seaside town with a rocky shoreline.

Weymouth
5 . Weymouth

Situated on the mouth of the river Wey this pretty east facing town is on the southern coast of England.

Torquay
6 . Torquay

A large town in Devon built around a natural peninsula on the southern coast of England.

Portsmouth
7 . Portsmouth

Portsmouth is the second largest city in the ceremonial county of Hampshire on the south coast of England. The local authority, Portsmouth City Council was given unitary authority district status i...

Dartmouth
8 . Dartmouth

A busy town and harbour on the River Dart.

Gosport
9 . Gosport

Gosport is a Borough town in the South Hampshire conurbation, on the south coast of Hampshire in southern England. The 2011 Census recorded its population as 82,622.Wikipedia

East Cowes
10 . East Cowes
(Isle of Wight )

Cowes is an English seaport town and civil parish on the Isle of Wight. Cowes is located on the west bank of the estuary of the River Medina, facing the smaller town of East Cowes on the east bank....

Salcombe
11 . Salcombe

A leafy town and busy natural harbour on the Kingsbridge estuary.

Outer Hope
12 . Outer Hope

A small west facing village on the southern coast of England.

Newton Ferrers
13 . Newton Ferrers

A large town on the tidal River Yealm and a safe harbour a short distance up from the rocky southern coast.

London
14 . London

The centre of London (City of London) is home to business, culture and history.

Aberaeron
15 . Aberaeron

A pretty coastal touristic town on the west coast of Wales.

Kingsbridge
16 . Kingsbridge

At the head of the Kingsbridge Estuary north of Salcombe.

Rochester
17 . Rochester

Rochester is an old historic town in the south east of England set back from the sea but accessed by the Rover Medway.

Lytham St Annes
18 . Lytham St Annes

Lytham St Annes is a conurbation in the Fylde district of Lancashire, England. The neighbouring towns of Lytham and St. Annes-on-the-Sea have grown together and now form a seaside resort. Wikipedia

Ryde
19 . Ryde
(Isle of Wight )

Ryde is a seaside town on the northern coast of the Isle of Wight with an unusual long pier for a ferry terminal that has a train running long it. Home to a small local harbour.

Penzance
20 . Penzance

Penzance is an historic town just north of neighbour Newlyn in the south west of England.

Newlyn
21 . Newlyn

Newlyn is a large fishing town just south of Penzance in the south west of England.

Helford
22 . Helford

Helford is a tiny village built around a creek off the Helford River in the south west of England.

Llangranog
23 . Llangranog

This small coastal village south of New Quay has a sandy beach and a small dock area where local boats have been pulled up the beach and dry docked.

Aberystwyth
24 . Aberystwyth

A large historic university town, with a castle overlooking the mouth of the Rheidol river.

Gibraltar
25 . Gibraltar

A British territory in southern Spain separated from La Linea by the runway, which on the southern side is home to a marina. The rock of Gibraltar is clearly visible from some distance and known fo...

Portchester
26 . Portchester

A small inland town at the Northern end of Portsmouth Harbour.

Bristol
27 . Bristol

Bristol is an inland city linked to the Sea by the River Avon. Bristol has a 19th century harbour that now contains restaurants and shops.

Newquay
28 . Newquay

Newquay is a popular tourist town on the north coast of Cornwall.

Bournemouth
29 . Bournemouth

Bournemouth is a seaside resort on the southern coast of England.

Lee-on-the-Solent
30 . Lee-on-the-Solent

A small coast town west of Portsmouth overlooking the Isle of Wight.

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