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A brief 'Heads up' to those members using Christchurch........

 

The sandbar at the entrance has grown a lot recently.......and the yellow buoys could lead you into a shallow trap !

 

If leaving.....as you get near the last yellow, turn towards the shore and head towards the beach huts along Avon Beach, then a big wide arc to swing out.  This would be about double the length to last yellow.

 

Any significant swell and I'd not venture out.

 

Alun.

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I was down to 1.5 ft coming in on Sunday when the tide was at 0.7. That was on a course of SE from the last yellow. It was scary. Luckily with the ne wind and no swell it went OK but was still not great. I'll have a look at the course you mention. Do you mean do a left just before the last yellow? 

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Going out.......

 

when you get close to last yellow buoy, you will see waves standing up on the shallow water all around it.....so ..go parallel to shore or a bit closer to the shore....and you need to go quite a long way before you can around the end of the Bar.

 

Alun

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A few changes when I was out this week.

 

There is now more water near the last yellow buoy.....and as long as not much swell, you can go in/out close to it.

 

Generally shallower than before between last two buoys...and wider with no particular channel.

 

Alun.

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Nice calm day [and mild !], so fancied some fresh air and a trip out. 

Arrived on the quay to see long lines of breakers all down the Bar....and no apparent easy way through.

 

U- turn and back home for breakfast !

 

Alun

 

Safety first ! ...it's more the coming back in than the getting out .

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For a minute i thought you were goign to say you went to the dark side - e.g. Baiter!

 

I suppose Lymington would be an option but way over your current 3 mile tow to Mudeford.

 

Better luck next time Al!

 

R

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5 hours ago, alun j. said:

Nice calm day [and mild !], so fancied some fresh air and a trip out. 

Arrived on the quay to see long lines of breakers all down the Bar....and no apparent easy way through.

 

U- turn and back home for breakfast !

 

Alun

 

Safety first ! ...it's more the coming back in than the getting out .

I hate going out when it's borderline. I'm always distracted all day worrying about the bar coming home. Not a relaxed day. 

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