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General details:

On Southampton Water, Hill Head is SSW-facing into the Solent & looks almost directly across to Cowes.

I think there are 2 car parks/launch areas in Hill Head - or maybe the more easterly one (linked to in the directions section) is actually Lee-on-Solent? [If you could confirm this, I'd be most grateful - MF]. Whatever; the one I used is the one linked to below, & I saw that other windsurfers had launched from the more westerly car park.

I've only ever sailed here once - & that was on my way home from Brighton, Nov 1999 - slightly hung-over from the previous night! I seem to remember it being a bit cold & grey, with SW wind. Despite the wind direction, I don't remember there being any swell or waves to speak of, so I would guess this is normally a fairly flat-water venue.

The beach is shingle/pebbles & there isn't much of it. ie: You're always very close to the water's edge. There are groynes every 70m or so.

It was only a couple of hours after HW when I saw it, so I'm not sure how far the tide goes out.

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Directions to the right place:

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How the winds work:

I'd guess anything from NW, through SW to ESE would work pretty well.

Wind Direction Comments
N Cross-off. Unknown conditions
NE Offshore. Unknown conditions
E Cross-off. Unknown conditions
SE Cross shore from L. Good
S Cross-on from L. Good
SW Onshore. Good.
W Cross-on from R. Good
NW Cross shore from R. Good
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Tidal conditions:

HW springs tend to occur around 12:00 - 13:00. HW neaps around 18:30 - 20:00 (GMT).

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Large car park (I don't remember paying!)

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B&B's / campsites


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Pubs and eateries


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