South Coast, UK
Prevailing Wind: Variable
The South Eastern ‘corner’ of England, with the Thames Estuary and the busy shipping lanes, offers many yacht harbours including Dover with its iconic White Cliffs, and the resorts of Brighton and Eastbourne. The beautiful sheltered estuaries and rivers leading to the historic town of Chichester make for fun pilotage and exploring, and will challenge your navigation!
The Solent is one of the most famous sailing areas in the world, hosting many famous sailing races. Sailing here will be an excellent learning experience with fast tidal streams, the busy ports of Southampton and Portsmouth, waterside towns, rivers, and the the Isle of Wight. Leisure boaters take to the waters all year round, enjoying the natural surroundings and the onshore facilities.
Weymouth hosted the sailing during the 2012 Olympic games and offers the dramatic Jurassic coast to explore. The massive Poole Harbour offers plenty of shelter if needed and is an instructors dream to teach in. The seaside town of Bournemouth can lead to a fun night ashore and there is also the smaller sheltered bay of Christchurch before you head into the Solent.
In the channel there is no real predominance of wind. In the summer you will experience the warmer south westerlies with the less frequent north westerly winds. These occur in July and August. From February to June, and October to November you will more than likely experience Easterlies from North Easterly to Easterly. February and November are renowned for being very unpredictable: expect any wind direction!