Originally Posted by Pikey Dave
Don’t forget if you’re operating in the Solent, you’ll need the special adaptations to cope with the notorious “Solent Chop”
Wind-over-tide can get very lumpy at Hurst, Cowes is extremely busy for commercial and pleasure traffic and you get confused seas, Bembridge Ledge, Ryde sands, the shingles bank west wight - only a few of the characteristics of the Solent, any can catch the un-wary out and all have over the years.
A extract from the below link,
'If anyone can find details, a yacht foundered in Needles Channel in 1997, when crew "high on testosterone" (coroners remarks), decided to sail their charter yacht from Poole back to Hamble. A mayday was heard about 16.00hrs, searches were made but nothing found. At 23.00hrs people coming out of a pub near Gurnard, saw a boat on the beach, which upon investigation was found to have a body attached. The other 3 crew, were not found. OK the wind was forecast F11, but a sobering thought if anyone thinks a 'strong crew' can beat the seas near the Bridge. It was during the inquest, that the Yarmouth Lifeboat Cox stated that even they would not enter that area in F6+ even on flood'
Interesting the Yarmouth lifeboat cox said a F6 would be best avoided at the bridge ( Needles area ), that pesky Solent chop Mr Dave
I'm not saying the Solent is more or less dangerous than anywhere else on the UK coastline, but with the wrong boat in the wrong hands there are areas that'll potentially spoil your day