Hi. The overnight bit is the complicated bit for me in planning terms, you have a superb cruising range but it is how you leave the boat overnight?Chichester harbour is a good destination….high tide takes you to some lovely spots….there are campsites walking distance from Northney Marina Hayling (Fleet farm) 2 miles, big hotel next door or the beautiful village of Langstone over the bridge (?B&B). There is also a campsite and prob accomm at Emsworth although I have not into sailed there. Itchenor is good to launch from (all states of tide) with excellent campsites perhaps 2-3 miles away. Bosham has top (price) B&B and stunning scenery/location with sailing club. Phone Chich. Harbour office or look at website. It is all about finding a pontoon or slipway where you can leave the boat. There are good anchorages in the harbour too (can give more details) but you need a boat tent or tender to get over the mud……
My Q to Jim is if overnighting Isle of Wight with friendly clubs do you use their slipway and take rollers or borrow a trolley or do you use their pontoons? Presumably they extend a welcome on the basis you are a member of a sailing club elsewhere (or are they just plain welcoming!?).
I feel happy leaving the boat on a pontoon overnight and slept in boat tent Bembridge pontoon but imagine they would not be very mellow places for sleeping peak season/weekends with yachts……..but a quiet place with next door camping……send me details by private message!
Otherwise look at Cruising logs here on UKWA website for inspiration or go to DCA website and look at old newsletters. I would add that anytime I have gone somewhere new I have been suprised by how helpful Harbour staff or Marina staff have been so phone calls are well worth it…….I always feel an extreme amateur in a small boat but they are there to help and enjoy doing it (so far so good!). Let us know what you get up to