Up the Creek - Isle of Wight
Kings Quay Creek
This Bay is located half way between Osborne Bay and Wootton Creek and is very much a drying mooring. It’s also one of those moorings that are free, natural, quiet and undisturbed by the likes of Sunsail. Even those moored in Osborne Bay will not approach and they generally slip away in the evening. Excellent shelter from Westerlies and Southerlies even on anchor with good holding. On a warm day good swimming may be had especially on a falling tide in water warmed up as it recedes over the Bay’s sand. Also good for observing the wildlife ashore & afloat and especially the sunrises. A dinghy inshore will show you the “Creek” where one of John Goode’s (Sailing Today) School of Yachting yachts sailed into one evening and picked up many Metres of the Farmers Barbed Wire, the area being used for farming. Beware of the “No Landing” sign. A short sail east will bring you to a Holiday Camp where Yachtsmen were once made very welcome and a good cheap meal could be taken. Anchor just off the beach and dinghy ashore. Should you not wish to anchor close in the Bay but still desire a meal, drop anchor well inshore of Peel Buoy rock but beware of the easterly rocks.
Pick your time right to enter. Pending draft no more than 2 hours before a high spring tide. Navigate through the small and shallow entrance around 2 bends where the depth increases but beware of the flood tide. Once you reach the stone wall turn about. This is tight but manageable. Adat is a big yacht at 40 foot but the Bow Thruster gave us tremendous help. No Bow Thruster? Then use as much Prop Kick as you can. Drop anchor but only for a short stop then head out before the tide catches you. It just might be possible to overnight on neaps but that’s for another day.