Just a word of warning; when crossing Christchurch Bay and in the vicinity of Hengistbury Head there are many long-line and pots in the area with very small buoys marking them, well out into the bay, even close to racing marks(yellow buoys), and over the shallower waters here when approaching from the North Head mark.
Also be aware of the ferry at the Poole entrance which has right of way here.
Unless you have more than deep pockets I would not recommend the Salterns Marina on your right hand side at £43 for a 25 ft overnighter 2 years ago( think Sandbanks !!)
Poole Entrance Tides
The big ebb runs from 3 to 0.5 hr before LW at the entrance
The big flood runs from 0.5 to 3.5 hrs after LW at the entrance.
The small ebb runs from 4.5 to 5.5 hrs after LW
The small flood runs from 4.5 to 3.5 hrs before LW
The smaller ebb and flood are about half the rate of the big ones so not such a problem.
Slack slots are:
5 and 3 hrs before LW,
at LW, and
4 hrs after LW.
Note: Times are for Poole entrance
(UKHO admiralty free tides give times for Poole entrance).
Most publications refer to Poole Quay or Bridge where LW is 0.5 hr later than the entrance.
Thank you that it REALLY helpful.
Originally Posted by LadyInBed
Originally Posted by PhillM
OK so I have been sorting out holidays etc and the above works for me and the family. Of course its subject to weather and confirmation closer to the time.
Can we please take a roll call of who is in (in principle). Russell has been talking to the marinas, and there is nothing big planned in either that weekend.
If you are happy with the dates, please add your name below and PM me with your email address.
Originally Posted by PhillM
My leave year is synced to the tax year, so I'll probably be hoarding the days by that point and may not take both the Friday and Monday off. But I can reach Yarmouth late on Friday or return to Southampton late on Sunday, depending on which the tide serves best.
EDIT: Just noticed the Monday is a bank holiday. Will probably be able to do all four days in that case - hurrah!
Last edited by prv; 10-11-11 at 23:19.
Count me in ! Those tide times look particularly handy BTW.
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Put me down too please.
Wouldn't mind some company from off Langstone to Yarmouth on the Friday.
I presume you mean to sail in company ? I should be able - and happy - to do that, though I'm sure there will be lots of boats coming from Chichester.
Is the plan to have some kind of meetup in Yarmouth as well as Poole? If I'm merely pre-positioning to catch a tide through the Needles, I tend to just tuck in behind Hurst Spit for the night, being free, without the hassle of mooring up, and quicker to get away. But I might be tempted in to the bright lights if there's beer involved