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Old 11 August 2014, 07:33   #11
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Haven't yet done it in the RIB, but have sailed past the Bill numerous times on yachts. From memory the pilot books and almanacs describe the inner passage as "go close enough so you can reach out and touch the rock face". That's certainly what we always do, and it avoids all the bumpy stuff. Either stay very close in, or go several miles out - trying to go through the middle at the wrong state of tide will be very unpleasant!


Been there done that......"very unpleasant".
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Old 16 August 2014, 17:22   #12
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If you do stay in Weymouth and need to refuel then try and moor up in the inner harbour as far back in as possible - from there you could walk to a nearby BP petrol station or take a cab if you need a lot of fuel. I think we walked our fuel on a marina trolley last time. Worked ok for us.
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Im actually lookking forward to the bumpy bits off Portland
Be Carful what you wish for
In all seriousness, the good things about Portland Race is you can Generally taylor your excitement levels to suit your own "needs"...
Unless conditions are quite bad (when your just glad to get round with a minimum of Fuss!)
Often Close inshore is best..you can generally dip in and out of the Rough,and skirt the stuff you'd rather avoid
Like all large Race's it's totally confused,and demands respect,and is VERY variable!
It does move around quite a bit depending again on the Tide and Conditions...from close inshore to some way off,so keep a good lookout!..
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Old 17 August 2014, 04:51   #14
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Are you going eastabout to Weymouth?

Last time I went from the Solent to Weymouth I don't remember going through the Portland race!

Depending on weather/ tide, St Albans ledge can also have nasty overfalls.
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Your correct, Portland race is not on the way to Weymouth from the Solent

But having dived off the Bill loads of times I would just like to take the RIB round it for a look.

I was out yesterday and the morning it was quite calm, in the afternoon it got bumpy. On the way back from Yarmouth I must have heard 4-5 MayDays. Just as we were leaving Yarmouth the lifeboat raced out, followed by the Helicopter - out towards the Needles, someone had hit the shingle bank.

I got a good chance to play about in the larger waves, both trying to surf the big rollers and dodge the troughs.

The trip out was all at 35-40kts, the way back was 15-20kts.
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I was out yesterday and the morning it was quite calm, in the afternoon it got bumpy. On the way back from Yarmouth I must have heard 4-5 MayDays. Just as we were leaving Yarmouth the lifeboat raced out, followed by the Helicopter - out towards the Needles, someone had hit the shingle bank.
I heard on another forum that a Fishing charter boat the Dulci T out of keyhaven sank near the Needles, apparently all rescued and accounted for.
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I was out fishing out of keyhaven last Thursday! Fishing was poor, but we didn't sink!
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Sounds like the CG were a touch busy yesterday...

Coastguard round-up: Man attempts to sail to America, fishing boat caught, and boats capsize (From Dorset Echo)

And that doesn't even include Dulci T I don't think... (Sunk with 7 rescued by a passing fishing boat before transfer to Yarmouth Lifeboat)
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That was probably it then, we listened in with interest and heard the coastguard say it had gone without a trace ! Also they asked how much fuel was on board - out of environmental concerns I presume.

Watching the lifeboat race out of Yarmouth was a spectacle. They basically opened it up right away - the little harbourmaster / water taxi boats scrambled to tell a couple of yatchs messing about in the entrance to shift it. One turned about and moved out of the harbour entrance as fast as its engine would go, the other dived towards the pontoon. The lifeboat seemed to be flat out even as it left the entrance.

Quite a sight close up.
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Wow - just read that Coastguard round up link. Are they always that busy ?
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