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Tuesday, 27 June 2017
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WEYMOUTH, PORTLAND HARBOUR -THE SOUTH COASTS PREMIER SPEED SPOT

FAST WIND DIRECTIONS: WNW-SSW
PERFECT WIND DIRECTION: W or SSW

TIDE: HIGH (ABOVE 0.5M IS SAILABLE)

FASTEST PEAK:   42.14 PETE YOUNG
FASTEST 10SEC:  41.3 PETE YOUNG
FASTEST 500M:    39.52 PETE YOUNG


PETE YOUNG:

''Parking:     
At ferry bridge boat yard (North End), Chesil Beach council carpark (middle), and Weymouth and Portland Sailing Academy (South End).
 
Wind Directions;
The harbour is sailable in all wind directions but faster speedsailing conditions are restricted to anything between WNW through to SSW. 
WSW provides a square wind and allows speed runs at each end of the causeway ( either tack) moving away from the shore into progressively choppier water, it is a good direction for Portland allowing reasonable averages in what is normally a fairly solid wind flow.
SSW is probably the fastest direction heading north away from Portland on Port tack. W is the opposite on starboard tack in southerly direction, both of these can be quick but are always gusty and at times quite demanding.
 
Tides; Anything above a 0.4/0.5m low tide allows sailing reasonably close in although sailing too close is generally quite slow due to the wind shadow caused by the bank, the road and Chesil beach.
Spring tides can be good at high to mid tide but poor either side of double low waters which unfortunately coincide with afternoon sailing. I prefer neaps which always allow for all day sailing.
 
Beware; the sand bank infront of ferrybridge car park good for hitting at lower tides which produces big catapults and/or fin and box damage. Also the flooding tide up the mouth of the fleet can catch the unwary out so don't drop your rig in the wrong place at the wrong time.
 
Websites; A site for local info and happenings:

                   
A site for current wind direction and strengths:

( this one only displays data in Internet Explorer for me not Firefox for some reason).
 
In my view Although not the fastest speed strip in the world Portland can be quickish, its a great venue with enjoyable sailing for all levels and provides great training for ventures to more favourable speed spots.
  It also great for summer cruising and being situated protruding into the English Channel can probably compete with most other UK venues on the number of sailiable days per year. Come on down.''


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