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 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

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

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
1 . Weymouth

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
2 . Port Hamble

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. Ce...

Folly Reach
4 . 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
5 . Haslar

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
6 . Port Solent

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...

East Cowes
7 . East Cowes

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...

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 ...

Gunwharf Quay
9 . 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...

Noss
10 . Noss

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...

Trinity Landing
11 . 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.

Cowes Roads Swinging Moorings
12 . 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...

Shepards Wharf
13 . Shepards Wharf

Short-term and overnight berthing managed and run by friendly staff who know and love their local area and whose mission is to help you draw the best from your boating experiences. Wide water acces...

Town Quay
14 . Town Quay

Adjacent to the Red Jet terminal and in front of the Cowes Harbour Office providing easy, walk-ashore access direct to Cowes High Street. Vessels of up to 7m in length are permitted to use the pont...

Whitegates Pontoons
15 . 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...

Island
16 . Island

Island Harbour is set in a beautiful and secluded valley and offers easy access to Newport, Osborne House and (just once a year) the site of the Isle of Wight Festival. The marina offers over 200 b...

Gosport
17 . Gosport

Just 500m from the mouth of Portsmouth Harbour, Gosport Marina offers immediate access to the Solent and with it the opportunity to experience all the delights of boating on the South Coast. A wort...

Endeavour Quay
18 . Endeavour Quay

A small quay home to yacht builders offers repair facilities.

Royal Clarence
19 . Royal Clarence

Once the Royal Navy Victualling Yard, Royal Clarence is a deep water marina of 145 berths, accessible at all states of the tide. Its fantastic sheltered position, close to the mouth of Portsmouth h...

Southsea
20 . Southsea

Nestling on the Eastney Peninsula, in the quieter reaches of Langstone Harbour, Southsea Marina is perfectly located for exploring the delights of the Solent. A friendly, working marina, ideal for ...

Hamble Point
21 . Hamble Point

Hamble Point Marina is hard to beat for its location alone, right at the mouth of the River Hamble with easy access to the world famous waters of the Solent. This makes the marina a magnet for comp...

Swanwick
22 . Swanwick

Set in the quiet upper reaches of the Hamble River, Swanwick Marina offers 24-hour access to the cruising grounds of the Solent. Nearby, the delightful waterside villages of Bursledon, Hamble and W...

Universal
23 . Universal

Universal Marina is an independent, family operated marina on the Hamble, just 20 minutes from the river mouth and only 5 minutes drive from the main access roads to the river. Set in 68 acres of t...

Central Beach
24 . Central Beach

A small jetty extends into the estuary that is only accessible during high tide.

Ribble docks
25 . Ribble docks

A small creek private members harbour for small yachts.

Mayflower Town Quay
26 . Mayflower Town Quay

A large car park garden with a long quayside next to the Red Funnel Ferry port.

Penzance
27 . Penzance

The northern part of the harbour is shallow for smaller boats, while the southern part provides good shelter for visiting yachts.

Porthleven
28 . Porthleven

Porthleven village is one of the most attractive holiday locations in Cornwall with an annual Food Festival, RNLI Gala Day, and a host of other events. Porthleven's many restaurants, historic inns,...

Mullion Cove
29 . Mullion Cove

A tiny harbour that dries during low tide provides little option for visiting yachts.

St Michael's Mount
30 . St Michael's Mount

This north facing harbour dries and is connected to the mainland only during low tide.

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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.

Weymouth
4 . Weymouth

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

Torquay
5 . Torquay

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

New Quay
6 . New Quay

A pretty seaside town with a rocky shoreline.

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.

Portchester
20 . Portchester

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

Bristol
21 . 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
22 . Newquay

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

Bournemouth
23 . Bournemouth

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

Plymouth
24 . Plymouth

Plymouth is a costal city on the south coast of Devon, England.

Datchet
25 . Datchet

Village in Berkshire near Windsor and Slough.

Lee-on-the-Solent
26 . Lee-on-the-Solent

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

Hill Head
27 . Hill Head

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

Warsash
28 . Warsash

Warsash is on the river humble on the opposite side of the river to Hamble-Le-Rice.

Lower Swanwick
29 . Lower Swanwick

Lower Swanwick is up the River Hamble with a large marina, the A27 bridge blocks masted boats from heading further up the river.

Southampton
30 . Southampton

Southampton is a city on the south coast of England on the river Itchen and leads to the central solent.

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