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Simon 's right. The Swellies are no big deal - as long as you get the timing right. The leading marks are good, and it 's easy to do under motor, but not so easy under sail because the winds can be unreliable.
All around the UK, there are places (races around headlands, usually) where the pilot book writers have to talk about the "worst case", to avoid getting people into trouble, but in fact, in "normal" conditions, you wonder what all the fuss is about. I 'm thinking of places like Corryvreckan and Portland Bill.
If you 're visiting the Lake District by boat, Whitehaven would be a good base. It 's a lock entry into a marina in a basin that dates back to the rum and slave trade, centuries ago. (the tides are up to 8 metres, so approach at half-tide upwards).