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Selsey Invoice, Aug 2021 « Chelsea Kayak Membership

A small devoted group from CKC took the chance to paddle round Selsey Invoice, on the south coast in August 2021. Selsey Invoice is acquainted from the delivery forecast (the place it will get talked about as a part of the inshore waters forecast in the direction of the tip of the forecast). We had assumed that the land poking out into the ocean was Selsey Invoice, however stunned to search out that the mainland known as Selsey and Selsey Invoice is definitely the headland off the tip of Selsey that’s coated in water at excessive tide.

So to begin our exploration of Selsey Invoice we park additional West at Bracklesham Seaside near ‘Billy’s on the Seaside’ café, subsequent to a pay and show automotive park proper on the seaside. The journey has been deliberate to launch at low water to keep away from the typically dumping surf on the pebble seaside, and with a low water and a delicate slope it’s a straightforward launch. The primary hazard being paddling by way of swimmers and physique boarders to the open sea.

Bracklesham Seaside at low water (LW) with pebbles and groynes seen, and a flat seaside to the ocean

Trying again we are able to see {that a} flagpole has a British flag flying and that will likely be our reference level for the return. As soon as within the open sea, wind is as forecasted at F3-4 with 0.5m waves each 5 seconds, till we attain Selsey Invoice.

We head East and as we get nearer to Selsey a windmill is seen on shore. As we get nearer nonetheless, the water turns into turbulent as we cross a shallow financial institution. Approaching the invoice, about an hour after low water, we are able to nonetheless see a submerged pebble financial institution with seagulls on it marking Selsey Invoice.

Selsey and Selsey Invoice

Paddling round this and heading into Sussex Bay the wind drops and the water turns into a lot flatter. The solar additionally seems and the clouds disappear. Plainly the East aspect of Selsey Invoice has utterly completely different climate to the West aspect. So it begins to make sense that Selsey Invoice is used as a boundary for 2 areas of the Met Workplace’s inshore water forecast. Stopping for a tea break on the pebbles alongside from Selsey, the water turns into very clear, shallow and heat, the sky is evident and blue. A banana with the tea provides the situation a secluded tropical really feel.

View throughout Sussex Bay to Aldwick close to Bognor Regis (for a lunch cease)

After a pleasing tea break it was a straight paddle throughout Sussex Bay to Aldwick near Bognor Regis. Though it’s tough to tell apart any options from distance alongside this a part of the coast, we had deliberate lunch to be initially of the groynes close to Bognor Regis. With the great visibility we have been simply capable of determine the situation from a substantial distance.

Pebble seaside at Aldwick: just about abandoned underneath clear blue skies

Surprisingly for mid August the pebble seaside was just about abandoned. After lunch we head again alongside the coast with wind F3-4 straight into our faces, on the lookout for the Pagham Harbour entrance. The doorway is tough to search out as a result of two parallel sand bars guarding the doorway, however as soon as lined up appropriately we slip in simply. As soon as by way of the doorway we get pushed actually shortly in the direction of the harbour and in the direction of some turbulent water. We had anticipated calm water during which to discover the harbour, and shortly realise that we received’t be capable of get again out for a number of hours if we proceed into Pagham Harbour. A fast change of plan and we attempt to ferryglide throughout from one sandbar to the opposite however don’t make any headway towards the circulate in any respect, simply going sideways. On the opposite aspect we discover an eddy and talk about if we must always carry the boats over the sandbar or paddle towards the circulate. Deciding to proceed towards the circulate we slowly creep again to entrance. Paddling across the finish of the sandbar on the entrance, the water is so quick that, though we’re paddling quick, we’re not making very a lot progress and begin to decelerate till we cease shifting ahead utterly whereas nonetheless paddling at a excessive price. We actually should push even more durable to to get across the finish of the sandbar, however finally succeed. We land shortly after and stroll over the slender sandbar to have a greater take a look at Pagham Harbour and the doorway.

Turbulent water on the entrance to Pagham Harbour
Exploration of Pagham Harbour has to attend for an additional day

Persevering with our journey, and again at Selsey Invoice simply after Excessive Water we are able to see that the water circulate is totally completely different to after we have been right here a couple of hours in the past. The water is shifting very quick and forming clean waves. We journey the rollercoaster by way of the waves, reaching 6 knots within the course of. Just a few moments later we get spat out on the opposite aspect of Selsey Invoice and the circulate just about stops utterly. The wind additionally drops too, to F2.

We paddle for an extra hour on the lookout for the British flag and flag pole for our touchdown level. As deliberate, we land at excessive water +1.5hrs to keep away from the dumping surf once more. A couple of minutes later the lifeguards take down the flag – we’re again simply in time!

Bracklesham Seaside 1.5 hours after excessive water (HW), now with no groynes seen and a steeper seaside, and extra individuals


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