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    Default Trickiest harbours in the UK to sail to...

    By sail to, I mean by wind alone, not chugging along with the main up. For Scotland I propose Berneray harbour, Sound of Harris. For Wales I reckon Menai Bridge from the south west, for Northern Ireland Portaferry. For England, I'll leave it open.
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    Default Re: Trickiest harbours in the UK to sail to...

    Faversham, two miles up a narrow, twisting, drying creek, might be one English contender.

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    Default Re: Trickiest harbours in the UK to sail to...

    Bristol would be hard work.

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    Default Re: Trickiest harbours in the UK to sail to...

    Closely followed by Wells Next The Sea.

    I would have said there are lots of small drying harbours/river estuaries that qualify as tricky though.
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    Default Re: Trickiest harbours in the UK to sail to...

    There must be loads where this dying art is seldom practised.

    Used to enjoy the following all under sail only.

    Out of Rothesay and up round the Kyles of Bute going through caladah on the way. Had access to a Sigma 33 and no fear!

    On my friends Spring 25 up the Hamble to the pub at the end opposite Moodys Yard. Beer and sail back, no engine used. (wouldnt do the beer now!)

    Had use of a Sadler 34 out of Gosport and used to make ourselves really popular sailing into Bembridge, up the river to Bucklers Hard, up the river at Lymington to the town quay....often bottled and used engine last 20 metres but great for sailing back out again and marinas like Ocean village in Southampton and right up to the lock gates at Port Solent.

    Wouldnt be allowed now

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    Default Re: Trickiest harbours in the UK to sail to...

    Quote Originally Posted by Minn View Post
    Faversham, two miles up a narrow, twisting, drying creek, might be one English contender.
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    Default Re: Trickiest harbours in the UK to sail to...

    I’ve never dared, but Tollesbury must be a bit of a so-and-so
    Pardon?

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    Default Re: Trickiest harbours in the UK to sail to...

    Sandwich would be interesting but it depends on the boat. Even I could get a Mirror up there on a flood tide.

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    Default Re: Trickiest harbours in the UK to sail to...

    Porthmadoc can be ‘fun’ how they managed to get 4 masted cargo ships in there shows how good their seamanship was.

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    Default Re: Trickiest harbours in the UK to sail to...

    I think a lot less was done purely by sail power than people imagine.
    Horses, capstans, manual force were all used frequently.

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