Founded in June of 1945, Hardway Sailing Club is situated in Portsmouth harbour and provides excellent facilities to local and visiting sailors.Visitors are welcomed at the club and berthing alongside the pontoon is available for up to 21 days.
The Club has good shoreside facilities with 500 metres of landing pontoons making the club accessible at virtually all states of tide possible. Fin keel boats are safe to dry out alongside by sinking into soft mud. There are water taps on pontoons, eight scrubbing grids, two high pressure jet wash systems, two derricks, storage for tenders, cruiser launching trolleys, electric winch and mast and gear stowage. The clubhouse has a bar, galley, showers and toilets.
Hardway Sailing Club has a very active Cruiser racing fleet featuring several series of club races throughout the year, and we successfully compete in the Inter-Club series with other harbour clubs, having won the trophy for several consecutive years. Inter-Club races are held in the harbour and in the Solent,over short and long courses, usually with a social gathering at the venue afterwards.
We also arrange several cruising rallies at Cowes, Bembridge, Lymington, Yarmouth and Island Harbour on the Medina, and in 2020 will be heading to Bucklers Hard and Marchwood SC.
Vessels approaching or departing the small boat channel to the south, should follow the line of the port lateral boys to avoid grounding on the South-East corner of Hamilton bank
The following vessels under 20m in length are authorised to use the main channel and loiter in the Small Boat Channel when their duties require; pilot boats, police launches, KHM Harbour Patrol launches, Border Force craft, Royal Naval vessels, lifeboats, senior officers’ boats flying official flags or discs and tugs engaged in towing operations or escorting a vessel.
Small boats may continue to use the Small Boat Channel when the main channel is closed for the passage of a large vessel other than a Queen Elizabeth Class (QEC) Aircraft Carrier. The Small Boat Channel will be shut to all traffic during QEC transits.
Hardway Sailing Club’s members have been sailing and racing dinghies since its inception in 1945, when both handicap and class racing were encouraged.
We race between the months of April and October and on Boxing Day! During the week and throughout the season we race on Tuesdays from 1900 hours with both Fast & Slow handicaps.
The slipway is ideal for launching and boat recovery at near high water and the new end pontoon with ramp allows launching and recovery at all states of the tide. Safety boats are crewed by trained volunteers.