Tidal stream atlas
I have tried google etc but I cant find a detailed a tidal stream atlas for the whole of the Salcombe esturary coveing the entire 12 hour tidal range. Does such a thing exsist?
The Admiralty Chart should cover it, bought from any Chart agent and most Chandlers of repute.
Compared to what the bloody wind is or isn’t doing the tide’s a doddle…
So John, working, living, and sailing in Salcombe, we look forward to seeing you leading the pack around next year.
Oh and the ultimate excuse - don't live in Salcombe.................
All I can see out of my office window is tarmac and brick! :-(
I have come to the conclusion that if you are a mid-fleet sailor you will NEVER get lucky by going a different way to the bulk of the fleet but there are a few places in the estuary to avoid like the plague (Ditch End) and when sailing against the stream there are particular places to try and cross the stream, e.g. from the Portlemouth ferry stage over into the Yawl moorings. The Bag is impossible to sort out but it is quite shallow in the middle and the edges are not as helpful as you might think, except the little bays by Scoble point where there are consistent back eddies. Best to stay in the wind. The tide rips out by Snapes point and there is a big wind shadow a surprising way out from it. Look at the articles in the magazine. If you can memorise what the tide does in the bag and remember it when you are neck and neck with 3 other boats all under spinny and struggling for control on a tight gusty reach, you are not sailing in my bit of the fleet!
Oh hum, it's a shitty job but someone has to do it, and it seems to be John, lucky bu66er. I recall one race a couple of years back during the club regatta. It was very light and the first buoy was no. 7. The RS200's struggled to the ferry steps, where they were caught up by the handicap fleet, that started 5 mins behind them. One RS200 on the Portlemouth side stopped, and had a leisurely fag (as in tobacco) twenty minutes later the wind picked up as a sea breeze. At this point This RS200 jumped back into his boat, and sailed up to and through the fleet on this gust. He won the race with hundreds of yards clear. The beauty of Salcombe.