Wirral Peninsula is a great base for watersports, with the Dee Estuary on the west coast providing flat sandy beaches and brisk breezes for windsurfing and sailing.
The more sheltered Mersey Estuary, which forms the easterly boundary, provides the opportunity for inland sailing; and Rock Ferry is home to the Royal Mersey Yacht Club, the second oldest sailing club in the country.
The Marine Lake at West Kirby offers both flat water and high winds, providing a safe, salt-water lake for both beginners and the more experienced sailors.
Centres located around Wirral Peninsula offer sailing, windsurfing, jet-skiing, canoeing, powerboating and rafting from bases in Hoylake, West Kirby and New Brighton.
Hoylake is home to the Wirral Sand Yacht Club, the largest club of its type in the country. The sandbanks off west Wirral, offering some 8 square miles of beach, have been used for sand-yachting for more than 70 years, and indeed has hosted the European Sand Yacht Championships.