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Rigging Area at Chalkwell
45 minutes before high tide
force 5-6 SSW
A Hot Summer's Saturday Afternoon.
Just over 1 and a half miles to the
west of Southend Pier is Chalkwell Beach.
reasonable and has a pay and display system in operation. The
rigging green is a climb over a small wall right next to the car
park. The beach faces SSW and you can sail there approx 3 hours
either side of high tide. About three and a half hours after high
tide the Ray starts to come into view. The Ray is a stretch of water
that runs parallel to Southend sea front and about a Three Quarters
of a mile out, it is a quarter of a mile wide and over 3 miles long.
On the south side the water is perfectly flat in any wind with south
in it. At low tide the ray is approx Two meters deep. About half way
along the ray it bends slightly to the south heading towards the end
of the pier, this effectively gives the ray 2 courses. Best sailed
in South and South Westerly Winds.
How to get There
From the A127 -
1. Head east on
A127/Southend Arterial Rd toward Bellhouse Rd Continue to follow
2. Slight right at A1158
3. Turn right at A1158/Westbourne Grove
4. Continue on Chalkwell Ave
5. Turn right at Chalkwell Esplanade
Destination will be on the left