Southeast UK & Channel Islands

It is almost impossible to imagine a more beautiful port of departure. From where? From London!
We head further and further south to the water sports mecca of England, the south-east coast. The Isle of Wight, Portsmouth, the Solent and much more await us. For the next three weeks we’ll be heading south, taking in a mix of small and large towns and harbours.
and ports. Not only driving, but of course enjoying life, that’s what we’ll be doing!
Finally, we will cross the Channel again and discover the fabulous mix of French and English life on the Channel Islands.

  • Sportive
Waterway type: 
  • Adventurous
Travel time: 
  • 3 Week

Stop over destinations



Situated on the Crouch, Burnham is one of those stereotypically beautiful towns on a lovely tidal river. Originally relying mainly on its ferry function, it later developed strongly as a fishing port for oyster farming.


For the Dutch, Chatham is almost a mythical name. Located on the Medway, it was here that Dutch mariner Michiel de Ruijter and his fleet dealt a heavy blow to the English fleet in the 17th century. Marines were deployed here for the first time and were in part responsible for the Dutch success in the attacks.




This coastal town is also a regular stop for many who explore the English coast. A large marina, but also an authentic city centre show how long this has been. The beautiful pier with its golden dome is also worth a visit.


One of the most famous coastal towns on the east coast of England is Brighton. Especially the characteristic pier, but also the old city centre are visited and praised by many.


If there is one "Mecca" in Europe for competitive sailing, it is the famous Isle of Wight and the town of Cowes. Set in the beautiful waters of the Solent, it is the home port of the famous Cowes Week. A regatta with allure that attracts sailors from all over the world. But even with our yachts, it is a more than pleasant place to be.

Beaulieu River

The Beaulieu River is situated in the southern English county of Hampshire. The meandering 18 km long river has its source in the centre of the New Forest and runs through the small town of Beaulieu before flowing into the western part of the Solent. A beautiful place to enjoy nature.


On the edges of the New Forest, the historic town of Lymington offers plenty to it’s visitors. This colourful coastal town is an ancient seaport with a rich maritime history.Located on the west bank of the Lymington River, on the edge of the Solent, Lymington is a major yachting centre with no less than three marinas and a home to many watersports enthusiasts.Founded by the Anglo-Saxons, the village has a long history and is recorded in the Domesday Book as ‘Lentune’. From the early Middle Ages up to the 19th century, Lymington was well-known for its salt making, later in the early 19th century the town started and expanded on a thriving ship building industry.Much of the architecture you see today in Lymington is Georgian and Victorian. The High Street, which looks predominantly Georgian, is in fact made up of an eclectic mix of Georgian, Victorian, Art Deco with some traces of Medieval architecture and well worth a visit.


Located in the county of Dorset, Bournemouth is one of the most south-westerly places we visit. We approach Poole harbour via the Brownsea Roads and find our way to the harbour.


Die Kanalinseln sind seit 5000 v. Chr. von Menschen bewohnt. Wegen ihrer strategischen Lage wurden die Inseln von vielen Monarchen begehrt. Eine Geschichte, die fast überall zu finden ist, so auch auf Guernsey. Durch die besondere Lage herrscht hier ein ganz anderes Klima und man wähnt sich eher an der Cote d'Azur als an einer englischen Küste.


On the south coast of Normandy lies the small tidal port of Diëlette. From here, ferries leave for the various Channel Islands and we also make a stop here on our route northwards.


This major French port has been bustling with activity for many centuries. It is a real seaport with many faces. We moor in one of the marinas close to the centre of the old town.