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 The Bristol Channel 


Yacht Sailing and Boating Centres...... Weather...... Yacht and Sailing Clubs...... Localities...... Fishing and Angling...... Major Ships and Shipping...... Charts and Tides...... Marinas and Services...... Search and Rescue


The Bristol Channel is entered across a line from St Govans Head (in Wales) to Hartland Point (England).

Open to the south westerly swell it is widely regarded as a formidable stretch of water. severn-boating map chart of Bristol Channel


Certainly, the Bristol Channel must be treated with respect. Tidal streams are strong, there are shifting sandbanks and rocky hazards. Boats should be well equipped with emphasis on a reliable engine and good ground tackle

With a large tidal range many of the harbours dry out and are only accessible about 2 hours around high water.


 Boating Centres 


The largest centres are on the north shore of the Bristol Channel at Swansea (marina) and in the Severn estuary at Cardiff (marina).

On the southern shore there are marinas at Watchet and, in the estuary, at Portishead.

Bristol Harbour (marina) lies some 5 miles from Avonmouth up the Bristol River Avon.

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 Tawe Barrage Lock, Swansea

In addition to the major centres, almost every sea side town has a sailing club and yacht and motor boat owners

knightstone harbour

Knightstone Harbour a small harbour at the northern end of Weston-super-Mare bay.

It can only be accessed about two hours either side of high tide. It dries to firm sand at half tide. Local advice is invaluable for all small harbours in the Bristol Channel.
Kinghtstone Harbour 

For visiting yachts cruising the area, up-to-date charts and tide tables are essential.  Commercial shipping will be encountered.

Shore and boat fishing is popular everywhere. Dinghy sailing, power and trailer boating are popular pastimes at all centres. Many west facing beaches offer good surfing.   A number of angling and sub aqua clubs are based on the Bristol Channel.

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 Bristol Channel Sailing and Boating Links 

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Weather
see also Severn Boating Links

Swansea 5 day weather..... Ilfacombe 5 day weather....... Watchet 5 day weather....... Tenby 5 day weather...... Top Karten   (synoptic chart)...... Met Office 84 hr synoptic....... Weather Buoy 62303   (actual weather)...... Met Office Marine....... Meteorologica ('real-time' isobaric chart)........ PassageWeather  (pressure. wind, wave height)........ The Beaufort Wind Scale

AccuWeather forecasts (upto 30 days) for Sharpness and Avonmouth

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 Yachting and Sailing Clubs 
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Cardiff Bay Yacht Club......Swansea Yacht and Sub-Aqua Club...... Mumbles Yacht Club...... Tenby Yacht Club...... Ilfracombe Yacht Club...... Portishead Yacht & Sailing Club......Portishead Cruising Club...... Highbridge Cruising Club...... Clevedon SC...... Bristol Channel Yachting Association...... Bristol Channel Divers...... Chepstow Boat Club....... Thornbury Sailing Club......Weston Bay Yacht Club......Newport Uskmouth Sailing Club......Cardiff Yacht Club........Mumbles Sailing School.......Burry Port Yacht Club......Chepstow and District Yacht Club.......Burnham on Sea (Motorboat & Sailing) Club

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Localities

Carmarthen Bay......Flatholm Island...... Steep Holm Island...... Caldey Island...... Lundy Is


 Fishing and Angling 

Bristol Channel Angling........Fishing Wales

For other angling links go to Severn Boating Links

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Major Ships and Shipping

Bristol Port Company   (shipping movements in Avonmouth and Royal Portbury Docks).
Associated British Ports  (Severn ATS with maps for Newport, Cardiff, Barry. Swansea and Port Talbot).
Gloucester Harbour Trust  (includes shipping movements Sharpness and Gloucester).
Cardiff Harbour Authority  (Full marine informtion).
Port of Bridgewater  (includes Notes for Mariners).

ShipAIS  (live shipping movements in Bristol Channel)
Severn Shipping  (excellent ship photographs)


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 Charts and Tides 

See tidesSkipper's Reference and 'Nautical Matters' under Severn boating links

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Marinas and Services
see also Ports of Call

Burry Port Marina......Porthcawl Marina.....Swansea Marina......Penarth Marina (Cardiff Bay).......Cambrian Marina (Cardiff Bay).......Lydney Harbour Marina (proposed)......Watchet Harbour Marina.......Uphill Boat Centre......Portishead Marina......Bristol Marina......Sharpness Marina......Transeurope Marinas Group.

Designer Metals.......Barry Inshore Powerboat School......Boatlaunch (trailer boating)......Cardiff Bay Waterbus......Gower Water Taxi.......Aquatech (specialised boat charter).......Compass Sea School......C.J. Marine Services......C F Spencer  (Marine Consultants and Surveyors)

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 Search and Rescue 

RNLI  (gives information of lifeboat stations at Tenby, Burry Port, Horton and Port Eynon, The Mumbles, Port Talbot, Porthcawl, Atlantic College, Barry Dock, Penarth, Burnham on Sea, Minehead and Ilfracombe)........ Portishead Lifeboat ....... Maritime and Coastguard Agency......Operation Coastwatch....... Coastguard Association...... Phonetic Alphabet...... Mayday Signals



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