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THE SALAMANDER NEEDLES ISLE OF WIGHT and HURST CASTLE LUXURY BOAT TRIP including PICNIC LUNCH created by multi award-winning Michelin recommended chef Andrew Du Bourg


The best way to see the famous Needles on the Isle of Wight and Hurst Castle with The Salamander Needles Isle of Wight and Hurst Castle Luxury Boat Trip


A full-day cruise exploring the western end of the Isle of Wight as far as the iconic Needles, passing 3 of the island's western bays, Colwell Bay, Totland Bay and Alum Bay on the way.


Your Salamander Needles Isle of Wight Boat Trip includes a welcoming champagne breakfast on board Salamander of Lymington, an exquisite mouth-watering picnic lunch prepared by Andrew Du Bourg, head chef at the multi award-winning Elderflower Restaurant and afternoon tea on your return passage back to Lymington on your exclusive charter yacht for the day.


The Needles form the dramatic eastern end of the Jurassic ridge of chalk which once upon a time joined what is now the Isle of Wight with Old Harry Rocks in Dorset 12.5 nautical miles away.  This chalk ridge has now completely eroded away and what remains now lies submerged below Christchurch Bay.

Hurst Castle was built by Henry VIII at the seaward end of a coastal spit, it was one of the most advanced artillery fortresses in England, commanding the narrow entrance to the Solent.

​The castle was used as a prison for eminent 17th century captives, including Charles I. It was later strengthened during the 19th and 20th centuries and played a role in defending the western Solent from invasion threats from the Napoleonic Wars to the Second World War.


A light has been on Hurst Point since early 1733. The 26 metre tower which is the operational light known today as Hurst Point Lighthouse dates from 1867.

Andrew has worked for Derick Quelch of the Goring hotel, London, at Clarence House, assisting with State Banquets and charity fund raising dinners. Andrew then honed his skills at top London restaurants working for Chris Galvin of The Wolseley, Phil Howard of The Square and Pascal Aussignac of Club Gascon where he progressed to Head Chef. With a desire to re-locate to the South Coast, Andrew became Head Chef at 5* Chewton Glen Hotel before setting up with his wife, Marjolaine, the Elderflower Restaurant in Lymington.

The Elderflower Restaurant, is operated from a grade 2 listed building in a cobbled Quay Street in the heart of the beautiful Georgian town of Lymington, sited between the New Forest and the Solent.

Andrew and Marjolaine's aim is to bring fun back into dining, encompassing imaginative cooking, relaxed but efficient service in a stunning venues.

A fantastic day out – Salamander under full sail ready with crew to take you where the wind blows

Your cruise will be on board the luxury 58 foot ocean-going sailing yacht Salamander of Lymington, which has successfully circumnavigated the world with the current skipper. You will be able to try your hand under supervision, if you wish, or you can sit back and luxuriate in the warmth of the teak pilot house saloon with great wrap round windows. Salamander is heated and perfectly suited for year round use, both sailing and cruising under motor.

Salamander’s home port of Lymington in Hampshire - Town Quay with colourful fishing boats and sailing yachts moored alongside

Lymington, where Salamander is normally based, is well worth a visit on foot, a charming Georgian town with cobbled streets, with many hotels, banks, pubs, restaurants and independent shops, lying between the New Forest and the Solent, the most famous stretch of sheltered water in the world of sailing, the venue of so many world class events, and just around the corner from the Beaulieu River, Cowes, Yarmouth, The National Trust Reserve at Newtown River, Portsmouth, Southampton, and last but not least the world famous and iconic Needles on the Isle of Wight.

Departure Details for The Salamander Needles Isle of Wight and Hurst Castle Boat Trip


The Salamander Needles Isle of Wight and Hurst Castle Boat Trip will normally depart Berthon Lymington Marina at 10.00, viewing Lymington Town Quay, Lymington River, the Solent with views across to Yarmouth and the Isle of Wight, passing both Hurst Lighthouse and Hurst Castle, Colwell Bay, Totland Bay and Alum Bay, and the world-famous and iconic Needles, before anchoring for lunch by Hurst Castle and Lighthouse, returning to Lymington at approximately 16.00.


Times may vary slightly as this Adventure is tide and weather dependant.


Bespoke arrangements can also be made to meet guests in Lymington, Buckler's Hard on the Beaulieu River, Southampton, the Hamble, Portsmouth and Gosport in Hampshire, Cowes and Yarmouth on the Isle of Wight and Poole in Dorset. 


Departure times can be agreed to suit guest’s wishes. 

Lymington, Yarmouth, Cowes, Hamble, Southampton, Portsmouth and Poole are well served by trains and ferries making overland connections for boarding and disembarking Salamander very easy.

Lymington, The New Forest and the Isle of Wight are unique destination venues for some amazing scenery, with luxurious boutique hotels and excellent fine dining providing the perfect backdrop to combine with some wonderful sailing on board Salamander, a traditional yacht with a classically designed teak interior.  

Transfers from hotels can be arranged.


What's included in the price for a Salamander Needles Isle of Wight and Hurst Castle Boat Trip?

  • Full-day cruise on Salamander for up to 12 guests.

  • A professional crew of 3, probably the highest crew to guest ratio on the south coast, usually including the round the world owner skipper with tales to tell, so you may relax or take part ... it's up to you.


  • Full dedicated steward service on board serving champagne, wine, beers soft drinks, tea and coffee.​


  • Picnic lunch specially prepared for you by Lymington's multi award-winning 5-star chef Andrew Du Bourg of the Michelin recommended Elderflower Restaurant.


  • Parking adjacent to Salamander in Berthon Lymington Marina, Bath Road, Lymington, SO41 3YL

*Based upon a minimum of 5 guests

Salamander Sailing Adventure Needles Isle of Wight and Hurst Castle Boat Trip with Picnic Lunch specially prepared by multi award-winning chef Andrew Du Bourg of the Michelin recommended Elderflower Restaurant in Lymington Call or Text 07798 524111



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“Brilliant day at sea!”

"We spent a brilliant day aboard the Salamander, celebrating my husband's birthday. The crew were so friendly, attentive and helpful.

We had all types of weather on the day, so we spent some time out on the deck and also inside. The interior of the boat is spacious and comfortable, unlike other boats of this type.

Our kids had a lovely time as well, and the crew did everything to involve them too, and make them feel like they were part of the adventure. This was not easy, given that one of them is a teenager and the other is a toddler!

We will definitely sail again next time we visit the Isle of Wight or the New Forest.."

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