V51-09 Portland to Poole

After some wet and windy days in Portland, sailing weather has been restored, and we are off on an exploration eastwards to the Solent. First stop is Poole – we have not been here by boat before.

We had to skirt the army firing range (just east of Lulworth Cove) with a small diversion south to 50 degrees 34 minutes. They were using the smaller northern part of the D026 range (see your chart).

Jo is a big fan of Old Harry’s Rocks off Studland. She spent childhood holidays in Swanage nearby.

The narrow entrance to Poole harbour has a strong current at peak tide flow and comes complete with a chain ferry to dodge! However it is by no means as fierce as it sounds; and the channel is excellently marked.

Molia tied up in Poole Quay Boat Haven which is located right on the town quay in Poole.

The Custom House restaurant (slightly west of the marina) is highly recommended.