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Sailing to the Isle of Wight via the Needles Channel

Departing at 8.45am on a beautiful and still morning, our route would be taking us from the coastal town of Swanage on the South Coast of the UK over to Cowes on the Isle of Wight.

Normally we would take the North Channel when sailing this route however the conditions were very calm, and had been for the preceding days, so we were confident that if we took the Needles Channel the sea state would be smooth to slight.

Due to fairly light winds we motored for the first hour and a half before finally there was enough wind to power up the sails and turn off the engine.

By 11.15 we were passing the famous chalk formation of the Needles. With light winds and the tide with us we cruised quite comfortably through the Needles Channel, up into the Solent before reaching our destination of East Cowes Marina.

Log Entries:

08.45: Slipped Mooring Buoy, Swanage Bay
09.45: 50°37.66N 001°49.55W Motoring
10.30: 50°36.65N 001° 42. 65W Sailing
10.50: 50°38.81N 001° 39. 41W Approaching Port Buoy near the Needles
11.15: 50°39.34N 001°36.83W Passing Needles
12.10: 50°43.59N 001°28.39W Solent
13.45: Arrived East Cowes Marina

Total distance – 29.6nm
Avg Speed – 5.8knots

VIDEO: Solent Sailing

A short video of our sail from Swanage to Cowes via the Needles Channel. If you like please don’t forget to give us a thumbs up!


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