England, Scotland and Wales together form the United Kingdom. The territory also extends with the 6 countries of Ulster located near the Northern Ireland and several smaller island groups like Orkneys, Scillies and Shetlands. Only the Isle of Man which lies in the Irish Sea and the Channel islands has a special status and enjoy a certain degree of autonomy. The Great Britain has always been considered as the motherland of yachting, even the German Emperor Wilhelm II sailed races here against the British aristocracy with divers sailing yachts. He baptized the area the “Meteor”, in the beginning of the 20th century when yachting was still referred in the area as the “Gentlemen’s Sailing”. The yacht charter ground in the United Kingdom is vast and the most popular destinations are the Isle of Wright which has continued the tradition in the Elite Club Yacht Suadron which marked the beginning of a regatta. Cowes which is located in the Isle of Wright was also the birthplace of the America’s Cup Race. The area is a popular attraction for most sailors who visit the area to charter their yacht for the famous Cowes Week Yachting event. The Solent region on the other hand is dotted with hundreds of ports and marinas where you can explore the harbors and creeks as far as Cornwall and Devon.
The Channel Islands and the Isle of Wright are also within a short sailing distance from Cherbourg in France. During a visit in the area, you will also have the unique opportunity to visit the beautiful and interesting Jersey and Guernsey, with no cars, which form part of a tiny Kingdom with only 3 tiny harbors. Along your sailing route in the waters of the United Kingdom, you will also have the occasion to see numerous whales, sharks, porpoise, dolphin or little puffin. It is particularly recommended to visit the Great Orme Heritage Coast and enjoy some delightful range of sandy beaches, numerous inlets and some shear cliffs.
The most popular yacht charter destinations in the United Kingdom are Solent and the southwest coast of Cornwell which is dotted with its scenic island. The sailing route continues its ways to the Isles of Scilly which is considered as the most popular sailing waters in the area. Yacht charterers sailing in the area should know well their ropes of tidal navigation especially in this region of the Atlantic, the English Channel and the Celtic Sea. There is a large charted base located on the port of Solent and within a short distance there is Beaulieu which attracts many sailors in April every year for the famous ‘’Beaulieu Boat Jumble’’. The most popular sailing harbors in the area are: Chichester Harbor, near Plymouth, it is well protected during calm waters, and Lymington. There are also some large marinas along the south and southwest coasts, in Southampton (which is called the Ocean Marina Village), Plymouth or Torquay in Devon. Both Devon and Cornwall cover approximately 217 miles of coastal line and Cornwall is enticed with the offshore island of Scilly with its amazing beauty. The area offers hundreds of beaches, some elegant spas and numerous historic villages that are worth a visit while sailing in the area. The Isles of Scilly is comprised of over 50 islands from where there are something of an English South Sea – with seas of flowers in springtime and partly semitropical vegetation. In St Mary’s, you will have the opportunity to explore the famous ‘’Abbey Gardens’’ located on the island of Tresco.
Most of the starting points of departure to visit the islands are located the Brittany coast which is geographically located near France. From there, you will enjoy the French charm and the Old England which lie very close to each other. You can visit the islands of Jersey and Guernsey where you will have the opportunity to enjoy a mild climate and discover the rich vegetations of the semitropical region. Jersey is the larger of the 2 island, and is dotted with numerous bays and long sandy beaches. It is also renowned for its vibrant nightlife and picturesque lanes especially in the town of St Helen. The harbor of St Peter in Guernsey is also an interesting and is the centre of attraction for many sailors. If you are seeking for a rougher climate, you can sail towards Scotland and enjoy its “Whiskey-flotillas” while following the trails of the famous whiskey distilleries. From there, you will have the opportunity to sail further to the island of Skye and the islands Rum and Mull or visit the Outer Hebrides towards the islands of Harras, Lewis, Barra and Uist.