Portsea Island, along with its close neighbour - Hayling Island, seems tailor made as an introduction to the world of island circumnavigations. A relatively short round trip, it still incorporates the necessity of tidal planning in order to set a good time - and to avoid a low bridge or a muddy walk!
For a real challenge try for the double - Portsea and Hayling combined!
Note: Portsmouth Harbour is a landlocked natural harbour with a narrow entrance. It contains a busy commercial port, ferry terminals, a military range and a Royal Navy Dockyard. Check for shipping movements and follow QHM Regulations:
Portsmouth Harbour Entrance (Royal Navy)
From the regs: " 3e. Small boats crossing the harbour entrance may only do so to the north of Ballast Pile and may not cross the main channel until south of 4 Bar Buoy."
i.e. No cutting corners.
We know this route is paddled regularly by local paddlers and just highlight that. We don't encourage or condone that you follow suit. It is entirely your call whether it is a good idea to paddle it.
If you do, then ensure you understand and follow the specific crossing point regs!
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