Sail from Gosport and explore the Solent onboard beautiful Pilot Cutter Polly Agatha.
Set sail from Gosport for four days exploring the Solent on Polly Agatha.
The Solent is the strait of sea that separates the Isle of Wight from the mainland of England. Much of its coastline is designated as a Special Area of Conservation and it is bordered by protected landscapes such the New Forest National Park, and the designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty that is the Isle of wight. This is a beautiful part of England to sail in and is popular with sailors and recreational watersports enthusiasts.
Opposite Gosport is Portsmouth. A port city and naval base on England’s south coast and is known for its rich maritime heritage and Portsmouth Historic Dockyard. Home to the interactive National Museum of the Royal Navy, the wooden warship HMS Victory and the Tudor ship Mary Rose, who is also conserved in a dockyard museum. You couldn’t be a more apt location to join a sailing holiday!
As with all our sailing holidays, there is no set itinerary and your journey will be dictated by the weather and tides but will you see you sailing along the Solent, anchoring and harbouring at coastal towns and picturesque bays along the way. The Skipper is always open to guests suggestion as far as the weather allows.
Perhaps stopover on the Isle of Wight along Hamstead Heritage Coast, an area of soft cliff lines, woodland walks and picturesque creeks. Or harbour in the traditional seaside towns of Yarmouth or Ryde.
Lymington on the mainland is also a great place to stop if you get the chance. This quaint town is full of cobbled streets and narrow lanes with the New Forest as its backdrop.
All meals and hot/soft drinks are included in your ticket price.
Guest berths: 6 Rig: Gaff Cutter
Polly Agatha was built in 2008 and her design was based on the classic design of the original “Peggy”, a Bristol Pilot Cutter. Pilot Cutters were designed to take their crews out into the wildest seas and keep them safe and as comfortable as possible. At the end of their era, it is not surprising that so many vessels became private yachts and their design is still being used to this day for sailing and charter yachts.
Externally Polly Agatha remains much in line with the design of the original Peggy with the traditional lines of a pilot cutter. Internally, however, Polly Agatha is fitted out with a beautiful modern interior and equipped with all the latest technology ensuring her guests’ optimum comfort.
She spends her sailing season exploring the beautiful Channel Islands, The Solent and sailing over the English Channel to the French coast for the maritime festivals of Paimpol and Brest and Douarnenez.
Currently based in Portland, Polly Agatha has been sailing these waters for the last decade and her owner and skipper Mark knows the area well. The white cliffs of the beautiful Jurassic coastline are the perfect backdrop for sailing Polly. Spending her life so far as a charter vessel, she always has her guests in mind and her accommodation is well considered. Mark and his crew will give you a totally relaxed holiday experience and encourage you to be actively involved, showing you the ropes and sharing their maritime knowledge.
Deck planMore about Polly Agatha
- Are all meals included?
Yes, all meals on board are included in the price except one evening per trip where guests can eat onshore (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner and soft/hot drinks) Alcohol is not included.
- Can you cater for dietary needs?
- What language is spoken onboard?
- What are the sleeping arrangements?
Polly Agatha has one private double cabin and 4 single berths in a bunk bed formation in a shared cabin. There are a further two single bunks in the saloon.
- How many toilet/showers does she have?
Polly Agatha has two bathrooms
- Is there WIFI?
No, but you should easily be able to reach 3G/4G from the shore.
- Is there an age limit?
There is no age limit for private charters but please check for scheduled voyages.
- Can I charge my phone/Camera?
Yes, there are 12V USB cigarette lighter points available at all times. 240V standard socket charging is available when Escape is hooked up to shore power or when the generator is on.
- Are there life jackets provided?
- Are Waterproofs provided?
Yes, Mark has some available.
- Do I need sailing experience?
No, absolutely not! Just a lust for adventure.
- Will I be sea sick?
Everyone reacts differently but we recommend if you are at all worried to take some medication 24 hours before departure.