Saturday, 4 June 2011

Sailing at Newport, Parrog Beach, Pembrokeshire

On the 28th May 2011 we attended the Camping and Caravaning Boating Group meet at Parrog, Newport, Pembrokeshire. This is an annual event which we have been attending every year for more over 10 years. Newport Bay is located just North of Dinas Head giving an interesting sailing area with beautiful scenery of the headlands and the Presseli mountains. Unfortunately the Nevern River at Newport is very tidal with the river entering the sea over a large sandy beach. Access is restricted by a sand bar which is only passable two hours either side of HW. Moorings are drying, but are cheap at £20 a week. You need a dinghy to get to you mooring or you can wade over the beach and get wet before the tide rises too high.

The weather at the beginning of the week was windy and made the bar impassable. The tide times were poor with high water late in the afternoon or in the early hours.

I did not get out until the Wednesday evening when the wind had died down and managed a few hours sailing in the Bay. I sailed the next morning leaving at 07:30 hours but the sea was like a mill pond. I motored to Cwm yr Eglwys, anchored and made a cup of coffee. By the time I came out of Cwm a slight breeze had come up from the North and I had a nice sail back to the River Nevern.

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