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Three small sailing boats, each with a crew of three, on open water beneath blue skies. An area of trees is visible in the background.

University Watersports Centre

A short walk from Highfield, on the banks of the River Itchen, the University Watersports Centre is home to our water-based sports, such as sailing, powerboating and windsurfing. 

Watersports are extremely popular at Southampton thanks to our location close to Southampton Water, the Solent and the Isle of Wight. Situated on the bank of the River Itchen, the University Watersports Centre is ideally located for river-based, inshore and offshore courses and training.

When you visit the centre you’ll find: 

  • access to the River Itchen for kayaks, sailing boats and powerboats 
  • fully equipped training classrooms 
  • a rifle and archery range 

Take a video tour

Explore our facilities from the comfort of your home with our virtual tour videos. You’ll get a sense of what's on offer, and hopefully we’ll see you in person soon! 

      University Watersports Centre

      Let us show you around the centre on a sunny spring day.

      Southampton Sailing Club

      Take a virtual tour of Southampton Sailing club, home to our sailing and windsurfing sessions for all levels and abilities.

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