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It offers sea sailing protected from all directions except the North East. South East lie the heights of Tankerton and Herne Bay that make an ideal viewing platform and from which there are panoramic views of the sailing area. South West are the Seasalter Marshes that protect the estuary from the prevailing South Westerlies.
The marshes reduce wave generation while allowing the wind to sweep in unmolested. The whole area out as far as Red Sands Forts, five miles to the North is unusually shallow, except for a deep water channel running NE along the Southern shore of Sheppey. This produces calmer sailing with little tidal flow, but creates the risk of running aground on sandbanks that may stretch from Seasalter three quarters of the way to Sheppey.
Whitstable itself is the only place in the estuary where launching can take place at all times of the time, as the tide only goes out 150 yards by the harbour. In addition there is the benefit of hard packed shingle that makes it easy to run out the trolleys at low water. Half a mile to the East of the harbour, "The Street" projects a mile out to sea. This natural shingle bank acts as a breakwater, but also as an obstacle to sailors. However as it is only 30 yards wide, craft with lifting dagger boards and rudders can easily pass over it.