The Bristol Channel must be treated with respect. Tidal streams are strong, there are many shifting sandbanks and rocky hazards. Boats should be well equipped with emphasis on a reliable engine, VHF radio, and good ground tackle. With a large tidal range many of the harbours dry out and are only accessible about 2 hours around high water.For visiting and local yachts cruising the area, up-to-date charts and tide tables are essential. Commercial shipping will be encountered. Contact with Avonmouth signal station should be maintained on VHF channel 12 in particularly when entering or leaving the river Avon at Avonmouth. Below are listed a few of the local sailing clubs that can be visited dowen along the coast of the Bristol Channel Most of them are active during the summer months.
Bristol Channel Divers
Cardiff Bay Yacht Club
Portishead Cruising ClubPortishead Lifeboat trust
Swansea Yacht and Sub-Aqua Club
Thornbury Sailing Club
( 51° 30’ N; 002°46’ W )