Navigational tips and beauty spots around the north-east coast of the Isle of Wight.
Old Castle Point
Nearly back to Cowes! There is a long finger of Bembridge limestone, known as Norris Rocks, named after the on Old Castle Point, which stretches out from the western edge of a gap in the deciduous trees about a third of the way to the red buoy Norris. To avoid the rocks, keep Old Castle Point on a bearing of not less than 296M.
West of Old Castle Point, the main obstruction is The Shrape, a mud
ledge that rises sharply once the town of Ryde disappears behind Old
Castle Point. Stay out of the trots outside because the tide can wash
you into the moored boats. Once past the porthand No2 buoy, drop all
sail, turn hard to port and motor into Cowes for a well deserved glass