Wessex Section Introduction

Welcome to the Wessex Section

The Wessex Section is fortunate enough to cover the extremely beautiful coastline stretching from Christchurch Bay to Portland Bill.

Some of the best Blue Flag beaches in the UK are at Bournemouth and Sandbanks, dramatic cliffs along the ‘Jurassic Coast’ are a UNESCO designated World Heritage Site, plus interesting harbours and rivers to explore and relax in.

Inland the countryside of Thomas Hardy’s Wessex is varied and unspoilt, with heath land and rolling chalk hills, the home of dairy and sheep farms.

Our seafarers’ gateways to the Anglo Saxon Kingdom of Wessex offer the opportunity to explore and relax -

  • Christchurch, at the confluence of the rivers Stour and Avon, has a quiet bustle of activity in summer with a very relaxing feel to it.
  • Poole, the 2nd largest natural harbour in the world, is a busy commercial port with cross channel ferry services and is the home of the R.N.L.I. with its very impressive Training College. Yet it still offers peaceful anchorages as well as yacht club and marina facilities. From the harbour the River Frome gives access to Wareham an ancient town situated on the edge of the Purbeck hills, settled by the Vikings and the Romans.
  • Fine weather anchorages along the coast at Warbarrow Bay and Lulworth Cove.
  • Weymouth a working harbour supporting fishing, pleasure boats and a high speed ferry service to the Channel Islands.
  • Portland a deep water commercial port and home of the National Sailing Academy which hosted the 2012 Sailing Olympics and Para Olympics. A bus ride to Portland Bill provides a spectacular view of Chesil Beach stretching 18 miles westward to West Bay; this is also the safest way to witness the power of the sea where the tidal streams converge and crash into the underwater cliffs creating the maelstrom of Portland Race.
The Section aims to serve members keeping their boats in one of the harbours mentioned above, as well as those living locally but based and cruising abroad.
Where We Meet

All members are very welcome to attend our meetings, which are held at Parkstone Yacht Club, Pearce Avenue, Poole, BH14 8EH. The programme of events can be seen below.

The bar opens at 18.00 hours and the talks stars at 19.30 hours. There is adequate parking and guest are welcome.

Forthcoming Events

Monthly meetings are held during the winter at Parkstone Yacht Club.

17th January 2017 - Near and Far

A chance for section members to share experiences of last season, or of any season for that matter.

Tuesday 21st February 2017 - Baltic and Back in a Season - Bob and Sue Garrett

Bob and Sue were advised that they couldn’t “do” the Baltic justice in a season but decided anyway to see as many countries as possible and sailed 3800 miles, mostly day-sailing, and visited nine countries going as far as St.Petersburg on ‘Intrepid’, a Dufour 365. See details here.

Tuesday 21st March 2017 - Jeremy Batch - Extreme Voyagers, Part 1

A welcome return by the CA’s own popular and highly entertaining speaker, with another of his always meticulously researched and humorously presented talks.

Was the propeller invented in 1836 by an Englishman, in 1776 by an American, in 1490 by an Italian or in 240 BC by a Greek? How did a duck, a cockerel and a sheep come to be test pilots? When was Stratford’s rocket factory set-up? Plus: the story of the steam engine, the first submarine (1776), the first manned flight (1783), some “great ships” (from Brunel and others), a flying machine that was 800ft long, and a chance to revise some of your school physics. See details here.

To see seminars and lectures organised by members of the CA see here.

Interested in Finding Out More?

Please contact the Section Secretaries, Michael Prewett, Christopher Jackson and Nigel Davies, at wessex@theca.org.uk or the CA Staff on office@theca.org.uk or +44 (0) 207 537 2828