Thanks for the welcome Celestialsailor - and thanks for the kind words too!
I suppose sailing is relative. My home base is Cardiff on the Bristol Channel - and on some small scale charts
where the Bristol Channel is just a small area I've seen it marked as 'unsailable'.
This obviously isn't true, but you have to be very, very careful. The Bristol Channel has either the second or third highest tidal range in the world (depending on where you look) at around 15m (49ft) and it progressively narrows as you travel due East until it eventually becomes the River Severn. With that volume of water
trying to squeeze into a narrowing channel Spring Tides result in a wave running up the River Severn which has reached 2.8m (9.2ft) and people actually surf on. Visitors come from around the world just to see it.
The tidal current
in the Channel can reach 10kts (my hull speed
is 6.2kts!) so careful voyage timing and planning is required to avoid sailing or motoring backwards. Added to that there are moving sand and mud banks everywhere, so don't be surprised if you run aground on mid to low tide where the charts
show open water!
After that, sailing just about anywhere else is a doddle!