On the other side of the Poole Harbour peninsula, Sandbanks stretches from Haven Point to Bournemouth with sailing conditions from flat water cruising to moderate wave sailing. For waves and bump and jump the best wind direction is SW when low pressure from the Bay of Biscay pushes swell up the English Channel. At other times the sea will be flat on the first day of wind with the swell and waves increasing as the wind continues to blow and the working winds are NE through to W. Local effect – on hot summer days the sea breeze can pick up to 20 – 25 knots. Park and rig up in the main car park on the peninsula, which is the most popular launch spot, as there’s a grass area to rig up on. There is also car parking a little further down the Shore Road but it’s not so close to the beach (popular with kitesurfers). One of the best-kept beaches in the country, Sandbanks is also popular with families.
Getting there: As Poole Harbour
Parking: Pay and display car park on Poole peninsula
Ideal Wind: NE to W
Accomodation: As Poole Harbour
Amenities: Showers, toilets, café on the beach, FCWatersports Academy with changing rooms, hot showers, hire and tuition
Suitable for: Most abilities