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Old 13 July 2009, 14:10   #31
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The new marina at Portland which opened on 1 April is due to have quayside petrol. A phone call will doubtless clarify.
Just checked, and they now have petrol available.

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Camping on the beaches along the Jurassic coast is not officially allowed and with all suitable spots being well visited it would be difficult to get away with it.
OK, so looks like beach camping is maybe not possible.
But, if it were, it would have to be July 25/26 or August 8/9 (assuming we would want low water over night to allow beaching or ribs for security)
Portland tides July 25/26 HW 2201 2.3m, LW 0308 0.2m, HW 1032 2.0m
Portland tides August 8/9 HW 2111 2.1m, LW 0219 0.3m, HW 0934 1.9m
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Old 13 July 2009, 14:13   #32
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We would be starting out from the River Itchen so if there are others from The Solent area, a meet somewhere en-route and around The Solent sounds favourite.
That's where I'd be coming from as well
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All dates now clear and possible. I guess you might want to stay flexible dependent on weather.

In a typical weekend I think Portland would be good for a stop over, 1) they now have fuel available and 2) you can camp on the beaches on the inside of the harbour, as many watersports guys do every weekend. One or two pubs on the waterside too.

It would then give the option of going around the headland and to Chesil Beach on one of the days, although Chesil then goes on for some time with little change, so would probably not want to go much further West.

A lunch stop over in Lulworth is well worth it for the views and again a couple of good pubs.
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Old 13 July 2009, 14:57   #34
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2) you can camp on the beaches on the inside of the harbour, as many watersports guys do every weekend.
Cool. Where? in the area marked with black boundary?
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Between the water and the road to the south of the bridge and the boat yard. I would urge one note of caution, I have not been around to have a look since the new olympic facilities were finished, so they may have clamped down a bit in order to keep the image up!

Could do with a little help from any "locals" for feedback or to check out. Anyone out there .....
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Try contacting BlueWater boatyard on the causeway they may be able to help. http://www.blue-horizons.co.uk/crownline-moorings.htm

My cousin lives on Portland, I'll ask if he knows about camping.



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Can we first establish the 1/2nd August as the the dates for the trip ? 250kts has indicated that this is OK - but who else is , what are the numbers ?
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Can we first establish the 1/2nd August as the the dates for the trip ? 250kts has indicated that this is OK - but who else is , what are the numbers ?
I can do 1/2 August, as long as I have boat back! Fingers Crossed
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Can we first establish the 1/2nd August as the the dates for the trip ? 250kts has indicated that this is OK - but who else is , what are the numbers ?
Mark,

I can do any of them currently, so do not mind, but it's a chicken and egg situation.
If people want to camp, with boats beached for security, 1/2nd August makes no sense. If people want to stay in B&Bs or on their RIBS on a mooring if they are able, 1/2nd is possible.

I checked with Portland today, and was sternly told camping on the beach is not allowed, but to try Weymouth beach!

Summary of when people can do (if I read posts correctly):-
Andy Moore ????
Me - all 3 weekends
Blackroady - all 3 weekends (even 1/2 I think)
250kts - all 3 weekends
hatt11 1/2nd August
mark241 1/2nd August
treerat ????
malthouse ????
ColinF ????
mattH ????
Mick Balch ????
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Mark,

I can do any of them currently, so do not mind, but it's a chicken and egg situation.
If people want to camp, with boats beached for security, 1/2nd August makes no sense. If people want to stay in B&Bs or on their RIBS on a mooring if they are able, 1/2nd is possible.

I checked with Portland today, and was sternly told camping on the beach is not allowed, but to try Weymouth beach!

Summary of when people can do (if I read posts correctly):-
Andy Moore ????
Me - all 3 weekends
Blackroady - all 3 weekends (even 1/2 I think)
250kts - all 3 weekends
hatt11 1/2nd August
mark241 1/2nd August
treerat ????
malthouse ????
ColinF ????
mattH ????
Mick Balch ????
Hi chaps, would love to get down to that part of the world, however conincides with annual family holiday so I'll have to back out of this one. Have a good trip. MB
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