Where should I go if I arrive early before the Hamble event in May 4th or before the Cowes Jubilee Festival in August?

We have set out below some Marinas that could offer shelter and interest to you should you arrive early in the Solent. All the marinas said that the more notice they are given about booking and arrivals the better, as they would welcome at least some idea of numbers.

Premier Marinas at both Gosport and Swanwick say that they are likely to have spaces for quite a few boats and would welcome the gaffers.

Gosport 02392 524811 ( Wendy Barker ) say that if booked in advance they will guarantee places and they do hold a few places for last minute boats. Any overspill can be re-directed to Swanwick Marina Bursledon 01489 884081 - ( Gosport is an ideal place if you have time to explore the history around Portsmouth )

Royal Clarence Marina, Gosport say that they will also have spaces and would very much like to welcome as many gaffers as would like to come and would look forward to seeing our boats in the marina ( as a change from their usual visitors )
02392 523523

Bembridge Marina - 01983 872828 - Malcolm Thorpe would be very pleased to see the gaffers and would always try and make room for as many who would like to come - he also offered to look after any boats that came very early, and maybe the owners had to leave it and go back to work etc for a few days, and they would look after the boat for them. He also mentioned that Bembridge Harbour wold be celebrating 50 years of the Harbour on the 26th. 27th & 28th July and the Harbour was going to be a fun place for all to join in, and would welcome foreign visitors as well and all Solent gaffers. ( Bembridge is an ideal place if you would like peace and pleasant country surroundings and easy access to explore the Island )

Hamble River - If you are coming to the Hamble Event for 4th May you could try the Harbour Master at Hamble and ask if they have a space for you, you will have one reserved anyway for the 4th May 2013
Tel : 01489 576387 or call Hamble Harbour Radio on channel 68