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Small tidal stream inaccuracies can develop when advancing beyond HW Dover +6. Because of this we only enable today's tidal stream chartlets to advance 24 hours. Future tidal planning is best accomplished by using West Bay (Bridport)'s future tides predictor below.
The above image represents the current tidal streams offshore of this haven. Streams attaining three knots and above are highlighted by red arrows . All times are in local time with red text indicating springs, blue indicating neaps and gray between tidal events. Click [+] to advance the estimate by an hour and click [-] to step back. Future tidal planning is best accomplished by using West Bay (Bridport)'s future tides predictor below.
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Arrows represent the direction of tidal streams with lighter or shorter arrows indicating weaker streams. Stronger streams are indicated by heavier or longer arrows, and as mentioned above, red arrows flagging rates of 3 knots and above. Numerals represent [mean neap, mean spring] rates in tenths of a knot. For example the numbers 12,23 would indicate a mean neap of 1.2 knots and a mean spring of 2.3 knots.
More local tidal detailsToday's Bridport (West Bay) tides — High water: , Low water:
Today's Dover tides — High waters: 09:48, 22:02, Low waters: 04:34, 17:00
We are now on Springs.
HW West Bay is 50 minutes after HW Plymouth, -0500 Dover.
Standard Port Plymouth.
MHWS 4.1m MHWN 3.0m MLWN 1.6m MLWS 0.7m
Mean Level 2.3. Duration 0650
The inshore streams between Straight Point and the west end of Chesil Beach are weak. They run generally in the direction of the coast, HW Dover +0600 Eastbound, HW Dover Westbound, with a maximum spring rate of less than 1 kn. Inshore at West Bay the east-going stream runs south-eastward along the coast, then south on the west side of the Portland peninsula to turn east by south-east to the south of the Bill. A clockwise eddy forms and fills the whole bay during the west-going stream.
Tides in the vicinity of Bill of Portland are strong and a dangerous Race exists south of the Bill. The peninsula disrupts the flow of water in the Channel and the streams are further disrupted by a ledge of Portland stone that extends further out to sea. Added to this are strong south-going streams either side of the Bill, running for 9 or 10 hrs of the tidal cycle, that meet the main Channel streams. All combine to cause the seas to well up and break with the effects of this conflagration being felt up to 5 miles south of Portland Bill.
The Race can be avoided by staying 3 to 5 miles offshore and allowing for a strong set into the race or onto the Shambles. Those planning on visiting Weymouth from the west can make use of an inshore passage which is much faster and shorter. Timing is vital to catch slack water and the right weather conditions in the inshore passage, but it should not be attempted during Springs or at night. Approaches to Race are covered in the Weymouth Harbour [lpin] entry.
There is also a Race off Start Point which extends about a mile to the south-east of the headland. In strong winds, the race off Start Point may be severe for a mile or more to the south-east, and up to 2 miles with strong south-westerly wind-against-tide conditions. In fair weather, there is an inshore passage where less turbulence can be found, but a vigilant watch must be maintained for lobster pots.
This tool can be used to estimate future costal tidal streams for this area. All that is required are two simple steps:
Step 1: What is the Dover High Water for the target date?
Use a current Dover Tide Table to find Dover High Water for the target date. The National Oceanography Centre offers online tidal predictions for up to 28 days from today. Click here to open their tide table for Dover
Step 2: Input the target date's Dover High Water
Taking a mean tidal offset from Dover's tide, we expect your targetted date's associated local tide at to be:
High waters: Low waters:
Data based on an average tide is only accurate to within one hour, if you more precise times are required use the ISA tidal predictions, with Bridport (West Bay) offset -01:00.
For planning purposes only, not for navigation. Please see our terms and conditions.
Headline: Remaining settled with plenty of warm sunshine.
This Evening and Tonight: Remaining dry this evening with plenty of late sunshine. Cloud gradually building from the east, though patchier than recent nights, with the clearest skies further west. Rather breezy, especially over higher ground and the coasts, and feeling cooler. Minimum Temperature 5C.
Friday: Cloud soon breaking up through the morning to leave another fine and settled day with plenty of warm sunshine, though breezy along the coasts. Maximum Temperature 20C.
Outlook for Saturday to Monday: Staying dry with high pressure remaining dominant. Plenty of strong sunshine but some cloud bubbling up at times. Warm days, albeit cool overnight. Breezy along the southern coasts.
Click [+] to advance by twelve hours and click [-] to step back. The forecasted time is presented in the top left hand corner of the pressure chart. Click the image to display it in a full window.
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Contacting Coastguard and Emergency Services
Coastguard should only be used for distress and urgency calls as follows:
The National Maritime Operations Centre (NMOC) based at Fareham handles all operations in the area from Sussex, Hampshire, Isle of Wight, Dorset and Devon. They also assist other authorities such as the Police, Fire and Ambulance with their specialist expertise. The centre is manned 24x7 and has helicopters, based at rescue bases at Portland or Lee-On-Solent, at their disposal. Ch.67 can be used for routine communications and the National Maritime Operations Centre can be contacted directly on +44 23 8032 9486 for administrative enquiries only.
Phone 999 when it is a Police emergency, such as when a crime is in progress, someone suspected of a crime is nearby, when there is a danger to life or when violence is being used or threatened. Phone 101, the police non-emergency number, when it's less urgent than a 999 call.
Useful Local Contacts
West Bay Harbourmaster
P: +44 1308 423222
M: +44 7870 240636
West Bay Deputy Harbourmaster
P: +44 1308 423222
M: +44 7773 479598
Tourist Information Centre,
47 South St.
P: +44 1308 424901
Bridport Community Hospital,
P: +44 1308 422371
Admiralty Leisure Folio SC5601 ‘East Devon & Dorset Coast, Exmouth to Christchurch’, 2172 ‘Harbours and Anchorages on the South Coast of England’ Admiralty Chart 3315 ‘Berry Head to Bill of Portland’
Imray 2000 Series Chart Pack 2300 ‘Dorset and Devon Coast’. Imray C10 ‘Western English Channel Passage Chart’, C5 ‘Bill of Portland to Salcombe Harbour’. NV Chart Atlas Pack UK2 ‘Start Point to the Needles’.
Please note eOceanic makes no guarantee of the validity of this information. Whilst every effort has been made to use valid source data and ensure calculations are correct, no warranty is made. All tidal predictions are approximations and differences used to calculate times and heights at secondary ports are based on stated averages that reduce precision. This information is provided as a guide only and is not to be used for navigation. For navigation please refer to published tidal tables. Actual height and time of tides are affected by barometric pressure and other weather effects. Any data provided on this page is entirely used at your own risk and you must read our legal page if you view data on this site.