Be sure to check out Reeds and / or the appropriate pilots for more detailed information and alternates, this is just an overview of likely candidates, but I have been to all of them. I am generally only concerning myself with anchorages as harbours and marinas are well covered in Reeds.
To see my recent visits to each anchorage check out the "Labels" the panel to the right.
Is useful leaving to the east in westerly winds but can be exposed to surge, take care to be make sure you are in the right place and remember that the conveniently situated Bembridge lifeboat is forever rescuing yachts and motor boats from Bembridge ledge. Many will prefer to use one of the three marinas just inside Portsmouth Harbour (check out the rules, you must use the small craft channel and monitor QHM on channel 11) or.....
Is a very popular anchorage for lunch and can get very busy when the weather is good but it usually gets quieter overnight although jet skies can be an annoyance until dark. The anchorage is sheltered from winds with south in them and has good holding but is subject to wake from shipping and is quite shallow, especially at springs, its fairly flat but do a circuit of the swinging area and reduce to soundings. When arriving in the area late or on an ebb tide I fsometimes go here for a nights sleep before going onto my trot mooring on the Hamble which, single handed, I need to have slack-ish water on the flood.
The Solent - Plymouth.
|With such a narrow window to get around the inshore route there|
is often a queue of boats from Portland and Weymouth.
|The inshore route - check the pilot book!|
Lyme Regis & Beer Head
|A busy beach at Lyme, at 08:30 on a July morning.|
|Beer beach from the anchorage.|
|The old quarry on the north shore of Antseys Cove.|
|Not far from Polkeris is Goran Haven, an interesting anchorage in |
quite weather. The harbour is shallow and dries, anchor off, well
inside of Gwineas rock
St Mawes, the Fal and The Truro River.
|Race days can be spectacular.|
|Don't be surprised to find one of these working boats a few yards away.|
|Sancerre off St Mawes, July 2019. A long dinghy painter will|
encourage race boats to keep a bit further off although from what
I have seen and heard the working boats are very skilfully sailed
and not a problem.
St Michaels Mount
Newlyn & Mousehole
|Anchored in Gwavas Lake off the harbour. 2018,|
|Newlyn Harbour, 2021.|