After previously sailing down the Solent from Gosport and on to Poole, we find ourselves heading down to the picturesque seaside town of Weymouth on the South Coast.
We depart Poole at approximately 9.00am and head out through the beautiful Poole Harbour, which is one of the world’s largest natural harbours. We pass through the entrance of the harbour at the Sandbanks Chain Ferry. Sandbanks (which is on our port side as we depart) has the fourth highest land value in the world, by area, and is home to some impressive houses, some with their own jetty’s! As we pass through the chain ferry a Red Admiral butterfly lands on the yacht and hitch-hikes for a while.
To our right is the stunning nature reserve of Studland, looked after by the National Trust. The beaches here are stunning and if you like being naked then the nudist beach here is perfect for you! Of course there are also ‘non-naked’ beaches and the heathland is home to an abundance of wildlife. Studland Bay is a popular destination for kayaking and paddleboarding and the bay is also a popular anchorage spot for visiting boats and yachts.
However our destination was Weymouth so we had no time to stop! We head out making our way pass the beautiful Old Harry Rocks – check out our powerboat trip past Old Harry by clicking here!
We sail pass the popular seaside town of Swanage and as we pass off of Durlston/Peveril Point the wind picks up as we move out of the shelter of the land and we find ourselves reefing the main. This stops us heeling as much however with the wind being a South-Westerly we are still beating into it.
We then need to pass St Alban’s Head (also known as St Aldhelms), a ledge which stretches out to sea resulting in a race which can cause overfalls up to 3 nautical miles offshore. We sail approximately 5 miles offshore to ensure we miss this. As it was also a weekday we stayed offshore to avoid the Lulworth firing ranges. If you have a quick Google you will see that there is some debate over whether or not vessels have the right to sail through here during these periods, to be honest we didn’t want to chance it!
So we continue along the beautiful Jurassic coastline. Despite beating into the wind the weather was glorious and the wind was steady. We arrive into Weymouth at 3.20pm and as the bridge into the marina didn’t open until 4pm we moored up at the visitors waiting pontoon.
VIDEO: Sailing Poole to Weymouth
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