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The Scilly Isles - Start Point

The Scilly Isles - Start Point



The water separating the coast of England from that of France is known in the United Kingdom as the English Channel, and in France as La Manche.

The climate of the English Channel is controlled to a large extent by the series of cyclonic disturbances that usually move toward the E or NE, generally passing N of the British Isles. In such cases, the English Channel is under the influence of a mild and moist SW or WSW jet stream.
At other times, different conditions occur mainly when an anticyclone appears and develops over northern Europe. Winds from E may persist for several days and blow in the channel.
In winter, weather to the E is bitter cold and it is often accompanied by strong winds, but in summer there is usually fine weather. Winds are very variable. The term “predominant wind” is of little significance in this area.
The main features are the westerlies that occur from December to January and from July to August. During both these periods, more than 50 per cent of the winds are from SSW to NNW, often from SW more than NW.
Easterlies are from NE to E and occur most frequently from October to November and from February to June. The frequency is highest in May. Winds from SE are the least frequent.
February and November have the most uniform distribution of winds from all directions.
Winds are characterized as predominantly W over the Scilly Isles, unlike over the English Channel. There is a tendency for wind shifts from W to NW more so than from SW to W in summer, and to a lesser degree in January.
In the approaches to Southampton and the Isle of Wight, winds often blow along The Solent and Spithead. Local variations are usually subordinate to the main stream which may sweep over much of the Isle of Wight. The island has not been observed to provide its own sea breeze.
The main breeze reaches force 3 or 4 on the coast and more over the water, then spreads out over the land. The land breeze blows on clear nights throughout the year and may be more marked in winter than in summer.
At the Bill of Portland, the sea breeze effect results in a strong tendency for winds from N to NE to veer toward E, and those from W to NW to back toward SW between 0700 and 1300. The fluctuation of land and sea breeze at The Bill of Portland is sometimes NE to WSW, the general direction is parallel with the coast. The tendency is very pronounced during the warmer months and it is particularly marked for the N and S directions.
This is a land and sea breeze effect reinforced by the configuration of the river mouth. The effect is substantially repeated in similar topographical situations, in particular at Plymouth.

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Mullion Cove

The cove is situated on the eastern side of Mount's Bay and on the western coast of the Lizard peninsula. The harbour entrance is open to the south-west but is protected by the natural breakwater of Mullion Island half a mile (0.8 km) offshore. The village of Mullion and ...
8 Oct 15

Newlyn (Cornwall)

Newlyn is a popular stopover point for boats en route for the Isles of Scilly or for crossing the English Channel to Brittany. Newlyn harbour is accessible at all states of the tide.
The harbour is contained by a long North Pier with its adjacent fish market and the shorter South ...
1 Feb 12

Penzance (Cornwall)

Penzance harbour is a popular Mount's Bay mooring point for visitors' yachts and the berth of the Scillonian ferry which travels between Penzance and the Isles of Scilly.Penzance harbour has a wet dock capable of holding craft drawing ft (4.5m) and a drying harbour. The wet dock gates ...
1 Feb 12

Falmouth Falmouth Marina

Falmouth Marina offers berthing for boats up to 20m (2m draft) outside the sill. Inside the sill berthing is available for boats up to 15m (1.5 draft). Annual Berth Holders, monthly visitorsand daily visitors are welcome.Electricity and water is available on the ...
8 Oct 15


Small port protected by a breakwater.
27 Aug 11

St Mary's (Scilly)

St Mary's  harbour is privately-owned by the Duchy of Cornwall. The harbour office is located on the Quay and is open from 08.00 - 17.00 daily.Communication with harbour office on VHF Channel 16, working Channel 14. Please contact the Harbour Master for allocation of deep water ...
1 Feb 12


Port .
27 Aug 11

Southdown Marina

This marina is on the Cornish side of the River Tamar. Having passed Drake's Island in Plymouth Sound and entered the Hamoaze with Cremyll Point to port, you will find Southdown Yacht Club situated on the north side of Millbrook Lake, behind lovely Mount Edgecumbe Park. The location ...
7 Oct 15

Ile de Keller

Île privée  au nord d'Ouessant.
14 Nov 10

Phare de Nividic

Le phare de Nividic est un phare situé au large de la pointe de Perne, à l'ouest de l'île d'Ouessant en Bretagne. Il est le point le plus à l'ouest de la France métropolitaine. Il doit son nom au rocher sur lequel il est construit : le Leurvaz an Ividig.Hauteur  : 35,55 ...
8 May 12

Phare du Créac'h

Creac’h Light  is shown from a conspicuous tower, 55m high, standing on Pointe de Creac’h, near the W end of the island. A racon is situated at this light, but it can only be used by vessels passing NW of the island.
8 May 12

Plage de Yuzin

Plage de Yuzin ou le port de "Ar Yusin" offre une petite zone de mouillage protégée de l'Est ainsi qu'une cale de mise à l'eau.
8 May 12
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Manche - English Channel

The English Channel (French: La Manche, "the sleeve") is an arm of the Atlantic Ocean that separates the island of Great Britain from northern France.
A number of major islands are situated in the Channel, as the Isle of Wight off the English coast and the British crown dependencies ...
3 Jun 12

NE Atlantic Ocean

The Atlantic Ocean is the second-largest of the world's oceanic divisions; with a total area of about 106.4 million square kilometres (41.1 million square miles), it covers approximately one-fifth of the Earth's surface.
The Atlantic Ocean has irregular coasts indented by numerous ...
31 Jul 11


Alderney is similar to the other Channel Islands in having sheer cliffs broken by stretches of sandy beach and dunes. The island is surrounded by rocks, which have caused hundreds of wrecks. There are treacherous tidal streams on either side of the island: the Swingebetween ...
8 Oct 15


Customs and Immigration 
Masters of all vessels arriving in Guernsey must complete (immediately upon arrival, before any crew member goes ashore), the Customs and Immigration declaration ...
7 Oct 15

Start Point - Selsey Bill

From Start Point to the Bill of Portland, 50 miles NE, the coast curves inward in a broad sweep, the N portion of which is Lyme Bay. Between the Bill of Portland and Saint Catherine’s Point, at the S end of the Isle of Wight, the coast is divided into two bays by the Isle of Purbeck.
The ...
3 Jun 12

Bretagne Nord

La navigation  en Bretagne Nord exige l'attention car les courants de marée y sont généralement importants:- vers l'Est à marée montante,
- vers l'Ouest à marée descendanteTermes liés à la maréeAmplitude: Différence entre la hauteur d'une pleine mer ...
21 Jul 12
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