Navigational tips and beauty spots around the north-west coast of the Isle of Wight.
Cowes to Gurnard Ledge
During Cowes Week many yachts will sail spectacularly close to Cowes Green to stay in the shallows and cheat foul tide. However, just west of the Squadron are Lion Rocks and off Egypt Point, Grantham Rocks.
Line up the semi-rampant lion and the structure of the Egypt Point light on 272M and you’ll leave them all to port (as above).
Once past Egypt Point, there are reefs, believed to include the wreckage of a German bomber, that start off the U-shaped Briary Court and the twin-coned roofs of Hawkins House (above).
The reefs extend further out once you’re past the single-storey gas reduction station. Don’t go further than 30m (200ft) inshore of the orange ball Citymain buoy.