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Old 31-03-2016, 16:33   #31
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Justwatched a snowbird anchor out front here on the ICW with a riding sail rigged on the backstay, possibly the 2 inch ripples are expected to increase or they expect a few passing mobo wakes.
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Great sailing grounds.. amongst the best in the world.
+1 000 000.

We do have some tough weather, but the flip side is there's nearly always a good sailing breeze. Rarely need to motor anywhere.

And the sailing grounds are absolutely stupendous. Hard to imagine that North Brittany, Normandy, the Channel Islands, the South Coast, and Cornwall are all arranged around one body of water only 300 miles long. The Channel has absolutely everything, from wilderness wilder than anything in U.S. waters outside of Alaska, to great ports and cities.

This spot is only a day sail from the Solent:

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Are you anchored on the Ledge just past Lullworth Cove.. or is that Swanage Bay..??
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Are you anchored on the Ledge just past Lullworth Cove.. or is that Swanage Bay..??
Isn't that a beautiful spot? That's the so-called "Jurassic Coast", between St. Alban's Head and Weymouth, and that whole stretch of coast looks like that.

It's called "Mupe Bay" and it's just East of Lulworth Cove.

Many people have no idea at all what stunning beauty there is on the South Coast of England. It really only gets better, the further West, you go, too.
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Isn't that a beautiful spot? That's the so-called "Jurassic Coast", between St. Alban's Head and Weymouth, and that whole stretch of coast looks like that.

It's called "Mupe Bay" and it's just East of Lulworth Cove.

Many people have no idea at all what stunning beauty there is on the South Coast of England. It really only gets better, the further West, you go, too.
And nobody objects if you anchor there and so bribe the local politicos to introduce new laws banning it. Best sailing in the world as long as you know how to handle changing conditions and strong and reversing tidal streams.
If you can sail there you can probably sail anywhere which I think was also a quote from the Pardeys on Seraphin. I'll be back there in a hearbeat (coincidentally the name also of my last two UK boats) if/when a lottery win should allow.
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If you can sail there you can probably sail anywhere which I think was also a quote from the Pardeys on Seraphin. . . .
Yes, but that's part of the fun! The whole range of challenges you might ever encounter sailing.


We had a huge debate on here about calculating CTS and how to cross bodies of water with changing currents, and realized that outside of La Manche, hardly anyone needs these navigational techniques. I reckon that was what the Pardeys were thinking of.
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Isn't that a beautiful spot? That's the so-called "Jurassic Coast", between St. Alban's Head and Weymouth, and that whole stretch of coast looks like that.

It's called "Mupe Bay" and it's just East of Lulworth Cove.

Many people have no idea at all what stunning beauty there is on the South Coast of England. It really only gets better, the further West, you go, too.
Went for a swim there last summer with Viv on the way home from the West Country. Stayed a bit too long and nearly missed the tidal gate at St Aldhelm's Head. Not often you see a yacht doing 6 knots through the water and 0.5 knots over the ground with the adverse big spring tide building threatening to push us back for the next 6 hours. However, really magical spot to stop and chill out.
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Went for a swim there last summer with Viv on the way home from the West Country. Stayed a bit too long and nearly missed the tidal gate at St Albans Head. Not often you see a yacht doing 6 knots through the water and 0.5 knots over the ground with the adverse big spring tide building threatening to push us back for the next 6 hours. However, really magical spot to stop and chill out.
Ahahahhaaaaa... Pete, you have to get really close into shore.. 100metres.. to dodge that race.. or anything upto 3+ miles offshore.
Worked and sailed out of Poole for many years..
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Ahahahhaaaaa... Pete, you have to get really close into shore.. 100metres.. to dodge that race.. or anything upto 3+ miles offshore.
Worked and sailed out of Poole for many years..
We were about 10 metres off the point at St Aldhelm's Head so avoided the race, but the tide was hard work. Saw one yacht drop a kid in the dinghy and cast him off under his own steam so they could increase their speed just enough to beat the current. We all made it in the end, us by creeping inside the little bays to cheat the tide.
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