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Sailing from Beaulieu to Southampton Town Quay

After a few nights exploring the beautiful Beaulieu River it was time to move on, mainly because we had run out of food! Having never taken the boat into Southampton before we decided we would make the short trip up to the Town Quay Marina and check ourselves in for a night for a spot of provisioning and a hot shower!

We planned our route carefully as we would be entering Southampton Waters, one of the busiest shipping areas in the world. We would be hugging the coastline of the New Forest, on the western side of the main shipping channel before crossing the lane just past the Gymp buoy.

High water in Beaulieu was at 9.44am with a depth of 3.2m so we departed at 8.00am, on what was an absolutely stunning morning! This ensured that we had enough water below us to get over the bar at the entrance to the river.

Our passage plan was as follows:

WP1: 50°47.100N 001°19.800W NE Gunard, red can to starboard, heading 45°T
WP2: 50°48.300N 001°17.800W Just before Calshot Spit buoy, head 350°T, more to starboard
WP3: 50°49.100N 001°18.100W Black Jack port can, past Fowley Power Station, heading 320°
WP4: 50°51.100N 001°20.500W Cadland Road buoy, heading 305°T
WP5: 50°52.200N 001°22.900W Deans Elbow red buoy
Past red buoys – Test, Hythe Knock, Gymp, heading roughly 315°T
WP6: 50°53.300N 001°24.450W Halfway between Gymp and Gymp Elbow, heading 30°T – cross waterway
WP7: 50°53.550N 001°24.200W Outside town quay

Southampton Docks

After initially feeling a bit apprehensive about this short passage the sail was actually quite sweet! Conditions were light and the temperature very pleasant. A number of large cargo ships past us by along with the usual passenger ferries that serve the Isle of Wight, but none caused us any concern. It is imperative to stay outside of the main shipping lane and keep a listen on Channel 12, the port’s working frequency. When the time came to cross we did so as quickly as possible at a right angle to ensure we weren’t loitering around for too long in the ‘big boys’ lane!

The marina is a little tight but manageable however the wash from the nearby ferry port can be a little uncomfortable, not too bad during our brief stay but not sure we’d fancy it in a blow! Facilities are lovely and there’s plenty nearby including the main city centre, all within easy walking distance.

VIDEO: Sailing from Beaulieu to Southampton

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