For the Mariner on passage either up or down this stretch of coast not wishing to put into Bridlington with all that might imply... drying out, getting waylaid etc, Flamborough Head offers interesting possibilities.
This large promontory juts out into the sea on such a scale and in such a way that it has two effects. The first is that the tide piles up round it and accelerates, being capable of reaching 3 knts at springs. In wind against tide situations there can be overfalls that are dangerous small craft, and a minimum offing of 2 miles is recommended in these circumstances. Obviously the skipper will want the tide under him while rounding Flamborough head if at all possible. ... read more
Approaches are best seen on the charts. It is assumed you will be approaching into the weather, but if coming down wind and intending to get in behind Flamborough Head bear in mind the tidal streams around the head as already mentioned, and the necessity to stand off in strong wind against tide situations.
About six hours before high water Hull the tide starts heading southwards, building up to a maximum at around three hours before high water Hull. Conversely about one hour after high water Hull the tide starts heading northwards reaching its peak around three hours after high water Hull. These times are approximate. ... read more