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These very thorough notes have been supplied by Lee on the Solent SC 2000 Fleet Captain John Best.
1. Sailing conditions First things first, the tides: they are springs-ish, and HW is at 09-26 on Saturday and it is likely to be LW when we come back. LW is at 14-51, so it will be shallow quite a way out from the beach.
What I can say though is that although the winds have been a bit strange in direction so far this year we should be into the Summer sea breeze season by July. Which means that if it is sunny the sea breeze will come in around 12-00 to 12-30 and will start just about SSW and during the afternoon back to WSW coming straight up the Western Solent and may get to a nice solid force 4 by about 16-00 hrs.
At that stage when coming ashore one will need to pay attention to the beach. Not for nothing is Lee on the Solent called that. It will be a Lee Shore on our return to the beach. As one approaches the shore do not aim to the right of Lee's slipway, 'Here be Dragons', the shore is steep to and there are rocks about , so always aim for the long sandy/shingly beach to the left of the slipway.
If it gets boisterous there will be a shore party awaiting your arrival, but under normal circumstances it is just a beach arrival, with all the options that prevail on beaches. Normally I would pause in deepish water , take the mainsail down , roll it up and approach that way , thus on arrival you don't have to sort the mainsail out before going up the slipway . Others do it their own way, including flashy handbrake turns at the last minute. Entirely your call, but there will be folk there to help. It will be quite shallow water a fair way out, so will be less abrupt than if the tide completely covered the beach area.
2. Accommodation Googling B&B in Lee On Solent nets you the 10 best addresses, and there are much the same number in Hillhead, which is 1.5 miles away. There are now 11 budget hotels in Fareham which is 5 miles up the road. These are the places that we have had favourable responses from in the recent past.
In Lee on Solent: The Anchor Inn. Avon Manor Guest House, Leeward House Bridgemary Manor House Hotel ( a hint pricy) The Olive Tree Acorn Lodge The Waters Edge Solent Gate
Hill Head: Beach Cottage is recommended
Fareham: Trafalgar Guest House Trevarner Guest House
3. Arrival /parking /where to put your boat
On Saturday morning folk should deliver their boats to the front Gate on Marine Parade East (LOSSC seems to pop up on most GPS lists these days). Having dropped your boat off, drivers will be encouraged to go about 300 metres east along Marine Parade and park in the pay and display car park there , it is easy to transit backwards and forwards to the car park on foot by the beach path, you can even wheel your boats along the beach if needs be. If you arrive really early, you might get a parking space on Marine Parade, but if it is warm and sunny, which it will be, then don't bank on it. Lee is a beach resort for the south of England.
If arriving on Thursday or Friday evenings: there will be folk about on Friday evening until it gets dark, and if you want to come on Thursday by prior arrangement will be fine, you can use my number which is: 07770 778248 to arrange early boat deliveries.
4. Food /drink / entertainment On arrival on Saturday morning and on Sunday morning there will be butties and cups of tea & coffee available for a modest fee at the Signal Station on the waterfront.
Food will be available until we go afloat and after we return [from the club ?] , and there is a plan to hold a BBQ at the club in the evening. The club bar will be open in the evening.
I look forward to welcoming you all to LOSSC !
John Best 2000 Fleet Captain
Ian FrogleyPosted - 18/06/2019
Ian FrogleyPosted - 28/06/2019
JB's notes added
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