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Capital: London
Language: English
Currency: Pound Sterling
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England (pronounced /ˈɪŋglənd/) is the largest and most populous country of the United Kingdom. Its inhabitants account for more than 83% of the total UK population while its mainland territory occupies most of the southern two-thirds of the island of Great Britain. England shares land borders with Scotland to the north and Wales to the west and elsewhere is bordered by the North Sea, Irish Sea, Celtic Sea, Bristol Channel and English Channel. The capital is London, the largest urban area in Great Britain, and the largest urban zone in the European Union by most, but not all, measures.

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Climate & Weather

The UK is at the junction of 4 different weather systems, which makes it very unpredictable.

Winter tends to vary between and cold dry with frost little wind to slightly warmer with rain and wind which makes it seem cloder. We generally get about 1-3 days of snow in the winter

Spring can vary between glorious sunshine to gales with everything in between.

Summer is more stable we either get weeks of wonderful weather, or weeks of rain.

The autumn is much the same but quite often keeps fairly warm right up to December

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Special Navigation Notes

  • If you sail up the English Channel, keep clear of the Scilly Isles, the sea is shallower here and can be very rough in a blow.

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  • If you have a pet dog I suggest you leave him/her home, the customs are very hot on rabbies prevention. Any dog coming into the UK has to go into 6 months quarantine!

Ports and Stops


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Plymouth is probably the easiest to get into if you're coming from the west, just head for the Eddystone lighthouse and you're just 20 miles away. Falmouth is a little further to the west but prettier, more of a holiday town. If you're coming from the south, keep to the seaward side of the Manacles rocks, there's some hidden dangers there if you don't know the waters. Just remembered, the small harbour of Looe is well worth a visit it's very pretty, and typifies that part of Cornwall, but it does get very busy with hoilday makers in the summer.

Further east is Salcombe, very beautiful, but be careful not to enter at low water, there's a bar across the entrance.

Further round there's Torquay - a busy holiday town, Teignmouth, a less busy holiday town, Dartmouth - very beautiful entrance particularly in the evenings, and Brixham - a fishing harbour. There's a beach just along from here too.

Further east is Weymouth. Plenty of pubs and clubs, it even has a theatre.

Next along is Poole, a great place but very shallow, be careful not to stray out of the channel

Then there's the Isle of Wight and the The Solent. Keep the Needles to starboard and stay in the channel! If you can time it; come in with the tide, it races through here at about 8 knots. There's a double high tide in the Solent too. This means the tide runs eastbound for about five hours, stands or goes out a bit then comes in a bit for about 2 hours, then rushes westward for the next five hours. The Needles Channel is the narrowest bit and this is where the strongest current is.

Once you're in The Solent, there are almost immediately two harbours choose from Lymington on the mainland, and Yarmouth on the Isle of Wight I prefer Yarmouth but both are worth a visit. Be careful crossing in a strong current, keep your engine running just in case you get carried past the entrance. Other places to visit are Newtown Creek - this is a nature reserve and you need to use your anchor here, but there's a pub a mile up the stream if you fancy a long row. Bealieau on the mainland is next - motor up to the Bucklers Hard & visit the Maritime Museum - fascinating. Cowes of course on the Isle of Wight is the centre of yachting - excellent shopping for all kinds of maritime things. Back over on the mainland is the major port of Southampton. If you want to visit, you can use the town marina or turn right just before you get there and moor in the River Hamble, this is the busiest river for all kinds of leisure boats and really is a must. Next along on the mainland is Portsmouth - full of navel history, a tour round HMS Victory is obligatory. Finally across on the Isle of Wight is the beautiful Bembridge which is only accessible at high tide. Oh and by the way, there are three forts guarding the eastern entrance to The Solent, built to keep out the French during the Napoleonic wars, and one of them has been modernised, see of if you can spot which one.

Once you leave The Solent, the next place to visit is Chichester harbour, be careful of the shallow entrance at low water, and keep to the channel. Its very beautiful here - another nature reserve.

The next big harbour is Brighton - easy to get in. The marina is on the outskirts of the town so not too crowded, but a short bus ride or walk into the town. Lovely resturaunts.


  • We're all pretty healthy here.


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