Originally Posted by The Jackeens
just checked about 30 miles from portsmouth via oars - or whatever its called
whats the "hole" like - I assume the meeting point being so far out from the bill has a good reason
It can be a bit bumpy off Selsey Bill, so you might best best to keep offshore. It's quite a long way round though.
Having said that, I have always gone closer in with no trouble; from the forts I would go straight across to the Looe Channel, passing between Street and Boulder bouys. Then keep the Mixon beacon to port and you're fine all the way across to Littlehampton.
You want to approach the harbour from due south and watch out for the training wall which covers at half tide -- but Andre will show you all that I'm sure!