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Church Ope Cove, Isle of Portland, Dorset, England
Church Ope Cove is a small cove on the east side of the Isle of Portland. It permits a fair weather anchorage off a beautiful and historic shale beach.This is an exposed anchorage that offers a measure of protection to the westerly or north-westerly winds behind its high cliffs. The cove offers straightforward daylight access as although there are no marks there are no outlying dangers. [note] Vessels approaching from the west must make navigational arrangements to avoid Portland Race. [/note]... More »

Small Mouth, Portland Harbour, Dorset, England
Portland Harbour is an extensive harbour situated on the south coast. It permits vessels to anchor inside the inner harbour area.Tucked away within the inner harbour, the anchorage offers good protection. The area is however severely windswept and the inner harbour so vast that it can only offer protection to westerly winds. In all other conditions, Portland Marina may be relied upon for a good night. Safe access is available night or day, at any stage of the tide and in all reasonable conditions. [note] Vessels approaching from the west must make navigational arrangements to avoid Portland Ra... More »

Portland Marina, Dorset, England
Portland Marina is situated on the south coast and within Portland Harbour. It offers an ultra-modern marina with all facilities in the old naval harbour.Tucked away within the inner harbour, and behind its own substantial rock breakwaters, the marina offers complete protection. The area is however severely windswept and subject to some movement in heavy easterlies. Safe access is available night or day, at any stage of the tide and in all reasonable conditions. [note] Vessels approaching from the west must make navigational arrangements to avoid Portland Race. [/note]... More »

Weymouth Marina, Dorset, England
Weymouth Marina is a marina set into the seaside resort town of Weymouth. It offers visitors berths in the heart of the picturesque town with highly convenient access to the town and its beach.Tucked away at the head of Weymouth Harbour the marina offers complete protection from all conditions. Safe access is available night or day, at any stage of the tide and in all reasonable conditions. [note] The marina requires a bridge lift for access. Vessels approaching from the west must make navigational arrangements to avoid Portland Race. [/note]... More »

Weymouth Harbour, Dorset, England
Weymouth is a seaside resort town with a small commercial harbour, on the south coast of England. It's historic and picturesque quays offer a range of pontoon berths, and in fine weather it is possible to anchor immediately outside in the bay.Weymouth Harbour offers good protection but swell can run up the outer harbour in strong easterly and north-easterly winds. In such conditions, the separately covered and more protected Weymouth Marina, located immediately upriver, may have visitors' berths that offer complete protection. Safe access is available night or day, at any stage of the tide and... More »

Durdle Door, Dorset, England
Durdle Door is a small open bay situated close west of Lulworth Cove on the south coast of England. It is entirely open save for a fronting ledge, but at its eastern promontory end it has one of the most famous rock formations in England, which makes it an attractive day anchorage.Durdle Door offers shoal draft vessels an exposed lunch stop anchorage in offshore and settled conditions. In any southerly component conditions, or in the event of any swell from that direction, the bay is entirely untenable. Careful eyeball navigation is required to approach and anchor. ... More »

Ringstead Bay, Dorset, England
Ringstead Bay is a small bay situated on the south coast of England about midway between Weymouth and Lulworth Cove. It is a pretty rural bay that provides a deep-water anchorage off a delightful finely-pebbled beach.Ringstead Bay offers a tolerable anchorage in offshore and settled conditions where an overnight stay would be possible. But in any southerly component conditions, or in the event of any swell from that direction, the bay is entirely untenable. Although flanked by foul ground, on both sides, an approach from the southeast, in daylight, is straight forward. ... More »

Lulworth Cove, Dorset, England
Lulworth Cove is a small costal bight situated on the south coast of England about midway between Saint Alban’s Head and Weymouth. It is a highly picturesque, almost-circular, bay surrounded by tall cliffs that afford an anchorage in one of England’s most attractive locations.Lulworth Cove offers a tolerable anchorage in offshore and settled conditions where an overnight stay would be possible. But in any southerly component conditions that approach force 4 or above it is subject to a swell that makes it entirely untenable. Although its entrance is difficult to distinguish from seaward, on... More »

Worbarrow Bay, Dorset, England
Worbarrow Bay is a large open coastal bight situated close east of Lulworth Cove on the south coast of England. The bay affords sheltered anchorages in its corners of Mupe Bay and Worbarrow Tout, in a remote natural setting.Good protection may be found from all but southerly winds by tucking into the appropriate corner. Daylight access is straight forward as, apart from a few inshore dangers and some foul ground surrounding its points, the bay is wide open and free from outlying dangers. [note]Anchoring is only permitted when Lulworth Gunnery Ranges are not in use. [/note]... More »

Chapman's Pool, Dorset, England
Chapman’s Pool is a small horseshoe shaped bay located a mile north by north-west of Saint Alban’s Head on the south coast of England. When settled conditions are accompanied by offshore winds it offers a remote anchorage in a magnificent natural setting.The small cove offers a tolerable anchorage in winds from north and east. It is, however, subject to any swell from the south-east around to south-west to which it is entirely exposed. Daylight access is straightforward.... More »