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Probably the safest place to sail on this stretch of coast and suitable for beginners. The ideal wind direction for Stoke Bay are SW and SE which produce the cleanest wind but can also be sailed in anything from E to WNW. The tidal range is small, the most furthest you have to walk to the water is 10 metres and launching is easy even in very strong winds. It’s a very good place to practice short board technique. In an E just about every windsurfer in the area sails here as the wind funnels between the Isle of Wight and the mainland. Andy Biggs Windsurfing is half a mile away and stocks new and second hand equipment. Equipment hire is also available and they are open seven days a week (Tel: 02392 582614).

Getting there: Leave M27, Junction 11, follow A32 to Gosport, then B3333 Alverstoke/Stokes Bay

Parking: Payable parking (seasonal)

Ideal Wind: NW to SW, E

Accomodation: B&B, camping at Kingfisher Caravan Park

Amenities: Toilets, café, shops, club

Suitable for: All abilities

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