Poole Harbour is one of the best board sailing venues on the South Coast.
There is a dedicated board sailing area in Whitley Lake at Sandbanks, which
is shallow and safe, but dries out at low water. It is ideal for novices
and the area is next to the road and a sandy beach and is very convenient
for unloading and rigging.
Board sailing can, however, take place throughout the harbour, but persons intending to navigate across the Middle Ship Channel must do so by the shortest possible route, and not cause any obstruction to other vessels which can navigate only within such areas.
Wind Surfing is not allowed in the Harbour Entrance. In practical terms, keep out of the way of all other vessels in these channels (Byelaw 2bb). More challenging conditions can be met at Kimmeridge Bay, some 40 minutes to the west via the chain ferry. Kite Surfing is allowed in Poole Harbour but please note that from 2014 the rules and regulations governing this activity in Poole Harbour will include a permit to operate. For further information please contact the Harbour Office (details on page 4).
View of Poole Harbour from our Poole Harbour Webcam and Poole harbour weather forecast..