sailing location

Firstaway Charters operates in the sheltered waters of the Solent and Southampton Water on the South coast. This enables sailing to continue throughout the year, particularly as our boats are fitted with hot air heating.

The Solent benefits from the close proximity of the Isle of Wight, which shelters it from the worst of the weather. Current weather forecasts. As a result, the Solent provides a near ideal environment for Corporate Entertainment and days out, Team Building events, nervous crew, beginners and for Training / Tuition, lively social evenings ashore.

It also offers a great environment for the 'shakedown phase' before setting off to Northern France and the Channel Islands.

business location

Firstaway Charters is located at Shamrock Quay Marina SO14 5QL in the Solent.

Shamrock Quay Marina (SQM) is a good location for chartering having full time access and modern, spacious moorings. If requested the Harbour Office staff will assist in mooring up - helpful in some wind and tide conditions.

It also has a Chandlery, Pub/Restaurant called The Cove, and the 'Yellow Welly' snack bar where a good English breakfast can be found.

The Tesco Express mini supermarket at Ocean Village Marina is only a few minutes away by car for those last minute bits and pieces.

Southampton city centre with all its amenities is only a short drive away.

There is a modern toilet block, adjacent to the Harbour office. The staff in the harbour office are very helpful and have a small shop supplying basic provisions.
The carparking facilities are good with free parking (subject to Terms and Conditions) in the public area (which tends to be freed up at weekends) and a dedicated bertholders car park close to A & B pontoons.

The Firstaway berths reside on 'B' pontoon and are accessed by a security gate at the southern end of the marina.

Boat access into the marina can be gained at most states of the tide, although care should be taken at low water springs and in respect of the tide - 1 hour before low water and 1 hour before high water. At these times the current can flow across the berths rather than straight up and down the river.


From the M27 exit 3, take the M271 and follow the Dock Gate signs past IKEA and Town Quay to Platform Road. Continue on towards the Itchen Bridge western access, proceed straight over the roundabout onto the B3038. Then onto the Southampton football ground on your left and at the mini roundabout take the right fork into Belvidere Rd and the gated entrance into Ocean Quay can be found on the right.

To join the boats, continue on Belividere Rd into Millbank Street and turn right at the Pub on the corner with William Street. The entrance to Shamrock Quay can be found on the right. Pontoons A & B are accessed via a security gate (code will be provided) directly accross the boat yard from Shamrock Chandlery.

From M3/M27 junc 5, Take the A33 off the M3 or the A335 off the M27 junc5 into Southampton. These routes join up at Jurys Inn roundabout. Follow the A33 to the roundabout at the western end of the Itchen Bridge, turn left onto the B3038 and proceed as above.

From the M27 juncs 7 & 8, come in on the A3024 (take care with the 30mph cameras on this route), over Northam Bridge, turn immediately left at the traffic lights, then into Millbank Street. Reversing the above instructions, William Street / Shamrock Quay will be a turning to your left, as will be the entrance to Ocean Quay a little further on. If you reach the football ground you have gone too far.

Unless otherwise agreed, there is no need to call into our office, just phone and we will meet you on the pontoons at the boats.

Trollies can be found in the Berth Holders car park or behind the Harbour Office. They take £1 coins.

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