SY6768 : Taking the inshore passage, Portland Bill

taken 1 year ago, near to Southwell, Dorset, Great Britain

Taking the inshore passage, Portland Bill
Taking the inshore passage, Portland Bill
The tide in the English Channel runs generally east or west. The Isle of Portland deflects the tidal stream southwards. Off Portland Bill the south-flowing stream meets an east- or west-flowing stream, creating turbulence a tide race which is made worse by a dramatic reduction in depth off the Bill and the action of wind SY6768 : A sighting of the tide race off Portland Bill. Sailors are advised to avoid the race and vast eddies either by sailing several miles south of it or by taking the inshore passage, a narrow strip of calmer water close to the shore. Particular times in relation to the tide and the direction of travel are recommended. Here a small fishing boat is whizzed along by the current in between the Bill and the race, which is said to be the most dangerous water in northern Europe if not the world. The view is from the base of the obelisk built by Trinity House as a daymark in 1844 SY6768 : Obelisk and boat, Portland Bill.
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Date Taken
Saturday, 16 September, 2017   (more nearby)
Friday, 14 September, 2018
Geographical Context
Coastal  Historic sites and artefacts  Estuary, Marine  Rocks, Scree, Cliffs 
Place (from Tags)
Portland Bill 
Postcode District (from Tags)
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SY 6772 6819 [10m precision]
WGS84: 50:30.7563N 2:27.3972W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SY 6770 6826
View Direction
South-southeast (about 157 degrees)
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Isle of Portland  Obelisk 

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