Shingles Bank - Surprise & Beware
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We were out around Yarmouth yesterday and on heading out from Hurst had a bit of a surprise. At first I thought it was a very clear day and we could see the cliffs of Anvil Point / Swanage. But it became clear that we were looking at the Shingles Bank.
Surprising because I've never seen it as exposed. We were about 2hr after HW and (checking later) tide height was 1.9m at Totland. With a charted drying height of 1.9m, this meant the bank should just be exposed. Instead it was a good 2-2.5m high, perhaps higher (I couldn't see over the top stanting in the boat and that's about 2m eye level). This means that the bank is presently around 2+ metres above HW. On some of the pics I could see a HW mark (black line). Pics wern't great as they were on a phone (not expecting the day to turn out quite as fine as it did yesterday).
Anyway, I don't recall ever seeing the Shingles as high as this (the smaller bank, most westerly on the chart was also clearly visible). I'm aware they can build up over the winter but is this size 'normal'?
And, of course, as a footnote... Best not to take any shortcuts across the Shingles for a while, at any state of the tide.