With record temperatures in Weymouth and Portland, we thought we'd write this blog for the benefit of our clients who are new to the area and have recently bought from us and stayed moored in Weymouth or Portland.
There are many ports locally and further afield within an achievable 3-4 hours, 20 knot passage, but we feel these are the realistic places to go below:
Lulworth Cove – Distance 7 miles. Time to get there 20 minutes
A perfect anchorage and a beautiful cove which is excellent in all winds apart from direct southerlies. Jump in to the crystal clear waters for a swim ashore to grab your self an ice cream or lean back and take in the fresh Jurassic air and relax.
Just around the corner and less than a mile away we have Mupe bay and Worbarrow bay, which are the locals secret hide away anchorages and ideal for those wanting a peaceful BBQ on the beach. But beware that the Lulworth ranges fire in term time Monday to Friday, so weekends make it ideal.
Yarmouth, Isle of Wight – Distance 40 miles. Time to get there 2 hours
Take in the breath taking scenery making your final approach passed the Isle of Wight Needles light house towards Hurst castle and in to the Solent. Yarmouth is in our minds a small traditional British town for those wanting to step back in time a little. A favourite destination for the Solent yachts provides a great social atmosphere with great bars and restaurants. If you are in to music festivals then why not moor up here and see Bestival on the 5th – 8th September. Further afield and only 30 minutes from Yarmouth why not visit Beaulieu and Cowes.
Guernsey Channel Islands – Distance 73 miles. Time to get there 3 hours 45 minutes
Across the English Channel and dodging the container vessels, which is easy enough, (keep at right angles across the traffic separation scheme, if you decide to venture in to it) visit Alderney for lunch, a simple moor up to a buoy and water taxis ashore is a welcome break to all the crew.
Venturing on to Guernsey and trying to keep up with Condor ferries, St Peter Port is packed with plenty of history and is certainly on many wish lists as a destination, a challenge for some and very rewarding trip will cement passage making confidence for a long time.
Plenty to do nearby on the boat and lots of little anchorages around the Island Of Herm and Sark. Jersey is only an hour and a half away.
Visit our T62 blog for this particular trip.
Dartmouth – Distance 52 miles. Time to get there 2 hours 30 minutes
Deep in to the Devon territory, soak up the utterly stunning scenery of the English Riviera, final approaches past castles and forts rounding the corner to a beautiful, sheltered and hidden port with all the facilities needed. Come at the right time and see the Dartmouth Regatta at the end of August and celebrate in style watching the fireworks from your own platform whilst sipping a delightful glass of champagne.