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Poole Harbour - Hamworthy

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General details:

A fairly popular spot - also with free parking still (2002). Car park can get very full - especially in summer.

There's a large grassy area (called Hamworthy Park!) which - if it weren't for irresponsible dog owners - would be an excellent place to rig/derig. From car park to water's edge is about 100m. There's a small (nonexistant at high tide) sand/shingle beach which is fairly shallow for quite a way out.

Hamworthy car park Hamworthy rigging area
Hamworthy - looking W Hamworthy - looking E

This is a pretty safe location, though there is a current as the tide gets sqeezed by the Arne Peninsula opposite.

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Directions to the right place:

Take the A350 towards Poole. Go straight across both the A31 and the A35, on to the B3068 through Upton. After a couple of miles you come to some traffic lights by a school. Turn right at the lights and go over the railway crossing. As the road bends round to the right you will see Hamworthy Park on your left hand side. The car park is approximately one hundred yards past the corner on the left hand side.

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How the winds work:

Hamworthy Park beach is directly South facing and a warm South Westerly will get you sailing out at right angles from the launch spot.

Wind Direction Comments
S Onshore. Blasting across to Brownsea island. Prob best direction for Hamworthy.
SW Cross-shore from R. Clean wind.
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Tidal conditions:

HW springs tend to be 09:30 - 10:00 and again 14:00. HW neaps are 14:30 - 18:30.

It's easier to go by LW times here, though: LW springs are around 17:00; LW neaps around 09:00 - 13:00 (yes - the neap tides really rush by!). All times are GMT.

Like the rest of Poole Harbour, there is a double high tide around springs. ie: The tide comes in, goes out a little, then comes back in a little before disappearing as if down a drain.

Poole spring tide curve

Formula boards will suffer - with big fins bottoming on low tides.

The tide *can* go so far out that the dredged channel to Moriconium Quay is visible (apparently).

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Currents: When the harbour is filling or emptying, strong currents pull you East (ebb tide) and West (flood tide), but there are landing points on the private gardens and up at Rockley.

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Hamworthy park has a large Male and Female Cottage (??), paddling pool and "dog free" children's play area. PLUS a fresh water tap which, with a tap fitting/hose pipe, allows you to clean the salt off.

Car park is free but fills up quickly on "nice" days.

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B&B's / campsites

Try Rockley Park, you can launch from there too.

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Pubs and eateries


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Content supplied by. Anon contributor, Apr 2004 - thanks.

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