||A look round Portland Bill - given that I might just be sailing round it next weekend.
We got there after the "slack water" time when its best to sail sound The Bill. It was only about a F3-F4 but at the northern end of our walk there was really no way through for small boats. The waves were starting to break from about 150 yards out and beyond that there were some rather unpleasant looking overfalls (a strong southerly current at that time). No real room to get through between the two. The inshore passage off the very end of The Bill didn't look bad at that time.
|Weymouth to Topsham
||From Weymouth round Portland Bill to Topsham at the top of the Exe.
Stage three in bringing Derek H's new Fulmar back to the Exe.
With very big Spring tides, we took the offshore route around the East Shambles buoy and a few miles off Portland Bill.
With the wind pretty much on the nose after we turned west, we motored most of the way back from Portland Bill.
With the wind varying between 12 and 20 knots against us and 1 or 2 knots of tide with us, the first half of the journey back to the Exe (after Portland Bill) was a little bouncy at times.
We reached the Exe just as it got dark - the trip back up the Exe in the dark and with big tides was interesting! With the Exe's mix of lit and unlit buoys and moorings encroaching on the channel, I really wouldn't recommend going up the Exe at night without local knowledge!