Learn to sail
The best way to learn how to sail or how to drive a motorboat, is to take an RYA-approved course. RYA Powerboat Level 2 courses and RYA Competent Crew courses teach how the basics of boating and help build your confidence on the water.
Various companies in Lymington provide these courses which can be tailored to you, your boat or your group.
Hire a boat
There are several ways to hire or 'charter' a boat. A skippered charter is an excellent choice if you've never chartered before, or you want to sail a yacht that’s larger than you’re comfortable with, or you simply want more time to rest and relax onboard. Alternatively, you can choose a bareboat option where, subject to your experience and qualifications, you can hire the boat and skipper it yourself.
Many companies based at Lymington Yacht Haven provide a range of boating opportunities from half-day RIB experiences to sailing charters, corporate days out and boating events.
Lymington Boat Club
If you're new to boating, unsure if you want to own a boat, or if you've owned many boats before and want to enjoy all the fun of boating without the responsibility of ownership, then discover the ease of boating with the Lymington Boat Club.
New Boat Sales & Brokerage
We have experienced brokers and new boat sales agents on-site who can help with your boat sale or purchase, and are always on hand to offer any advice you may need.
Yacht Clubs, Regattas & Sailing Events
Whether your passion is dinghies or yachts, racing or cruising, there are so many ways to make the most of your sailing in Lymington. There are regular race series organised by the town's two yacht clubs, including popular Monday night, Thursday night, Sunday and Winter race series as well as one-off regattas throughout the year.
The Solent is home to some of the biggest and most popular sailing events in the world. Whether you're on-the-water or watching from ashore, events like Cowes Week and Round The Island Race are incredible spectacles.
Lymington Yacht Haven has proudly sponsored the Wednesday Junior Sailing (WJS) Programme for over 20 years. Organised by the Royal Lymington Yacht Club, the pioneering scheme provides sailing opportunities for local school children, every Wednesday throughout the spring and summer, for just £1 per session.
The scheme has enabled hundreds of school children to learn how to sail, and it has even provided a pathway for several sailors to progress to professional events and even the Olympics!