Monday, 25 June 2012

Cowes "raid"... Part 2.. "Passage plan"

..passage plan he laughingly called it...

..being a sailor almost pathologically linked by some kind of marine strength, high tensile, stainless steel (316 'natch) umbilical to Chichester Harbour I don't own an almanac...  so rough order navigation only following...

...what do I have is a set of 'not for navigation' tidal flow charts from the inestimable "Visit My Harbour" website which are available here... [click here]

The Visit My Harbour charts are a little more readable than this one which is available from here [click here]
There are on-line almanac's of course - from this one [click here] the following is very useful..

Westbound: The tides start to stream west into the Eastern Solent from HW-2 Portsmouth (HW-2 Dover) and for the first two hours the tide will stream north round the Nab Tower and the Bembridge Ledge.

So... on the 14th July, HW Portsmouth (& Chichester) is 08:13 (08:55) and 20:43 (21:20). To get the maximum tidal benefit westward we would have from 06:00 to 12:00 (which is 4 hours after) so 6 hours in total; at 13:00 the tide starts to turn against us and it fairly moves round Cowes so we need to be in the close proximity by then... so we really don't want to be leaving much later than 0700 to get there in a Fantasie...


Coming back on Sunday - same rules apply for anybody going back to Poole (albeit add an hour). For me, I have a nice leisurely start, and get to Cowes to join the eastbound express elevator which starts at about 13:00 - I should be able to get back on the mooring by about 19:00 (22:15 HT Northney) so have 6 or 7 hours to get back...  the other week I did Portsmouth to Chichester on the tide in a couple of hours so this should be plenty...


Stay with me...  Part 3 deals with "which side"........

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