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21st October 2016 by

Posted in Pembrokeshire

Part 1: Secret Sailing Spots in Pembrokeshire

We all have different stories, adventures and ambitions

We all have different stories, adventures and ambitions. We believe to follow your own dreams, book holidays and just be happy. So this summer, we let our house out, sold our belongings and moved aboard our sailing boat.

So the adventure begins…the best part is being able to head out in the evenings and weekends to sail the coast of Pembrokeshire with rugged spectacular coastline, broad sandy beaches and numerous safe-haven anchorages to moor in. We have met a number of characters along the way from the Milford Haven Marina team, the sailors embarking on their adventures big or small to the live aboard folk.

If you’re sailing to Pembrokeshire or hiring a charter boat there are a number of hidden harbours to explore, here are some of our favourites we would like to share with you;

Solva Harbour
Once you’re in the pool it is a perfect anchorage! The entrance is guarded by a lump of unlit rock; at high water you can pass on either side of it but, lower down the tide, the west passage is normally preferred. Once inside, there is a deep pool off to starboard with enough room for a couple of yachts to swing at anchor throughout the tide but further in the harbour dries completely. Solva is a bustling tiny village with a wide selection of cafes, restaurants and pubs. There are art galleries, deli and gift shops. We highly recommend visiting The Ship Inn.

Skomer Island
Beautiful anchorage to wake up to with the unbelievable wildlife the island is swarming with sea birds from May to July with some of the world’s biggest colonies of gannets and shearwaters. Heading to Skomer, there are a number of other islands and also the thrill of going through Jack Sound depending on which direction you approach. You can only safely anchor of the North Haven side (depending on the wind direction). There is a £15 landing fee to go ashore the island and well worth the visit.

Saundersfoot Harbour
We love Saundersfoot, we always feel like we are on holiday even though we have to go ashore to work for the day. Just by getting onto the dinghy to head to the harbour and the early mornings chatting to the locals in the village. On our return from work, we make a visit to Philly’s ice cream parlour and stroll across the beach to Coppet Hall. Then stopping by the Argosy for our Fish & Chips treat. Beware of the tides as this is a drying harbour and as we are a long keeled boat we do have to anchor nearly as far as Monkstone Point!

Explore the Pembrokeshire coast from a perspective most locals or visitors never see and discover a hidden inlet or deserted beach. Part two, we have more must visit sailing destinations.