Saturday 17th to Sunday 18th April 2021

Welcome to the Weekend Navigation Bulletin.

To get in touch with our patrol team call CHICHESTER HARBOUR PATROL on VHF Channel 14, or telephone the Harbour Office on 01243 512301. In an emergency, call 999 and ask for the Coastguard.


From Monday 12 April, some of the rules on what you can and cannot due during the Coronavirus pandemic changed. Most of these changes are occurring in shore-based activities (such as retail and hospitality). There is very little change for recreational boating at this time as most restrictions, with the exception of overnight stays which are now permitted from 12 April, were lifted on 29 March.

From Monday 12 April:

  • Recreational boating and other water sports activities continue to be allowed, providing that people adhere to the social distancing guidelines that remain in place.
  • People are allowed to meet outside, either with one other household or within the "rule of six".
  • People must continue to maintain social distance from those outside of their household, and there should be no household mixing indoors (including cabin/below deck). 
  • Overnight stays away from a primary residence are now permitted.
  • Conservancy visitor moorings are now open for overnight stays.
  • The Itchenor Ferry service is operating and will continue to follow the usual schedule.
  • The Itchenor Maintenance Piles are available for booking, please contact the Harbour Office.
  • The Harbour Office at Itchenor is open for casual visitors. A ‘one customer at a time’ policy will remain in place until further notice.
  • The showers at Itchenor will remain closed until further notice.

Commercial Operations

Commercial marine operations are permitted within the current guidelines, subject to operators complying with all Covid-19 regulations and published Government guidance.

Monday 17 May:

Step 3 of the Government roadmap will come into force no earlier than 17 May. Further guidance relevant to Chichester Harbour will be released by us closer to this date.

Chichester Marina Free Flow Times

Chichester Marina operates a ‘free flow’ for its lock during periods of high water to maintain water levels in the marina basin. For details of the times that the lock is in free flow please click here.

Vessel Traffic and Activity

Detailing notable vessel traffic, racing start times and other activities on the water that may affect navigation.

* Denotes back-to-back racing.

Saturday 17th April

South Harbour and Harbour Entrance
Hayling Island SC 1200 Various Classes
West Wittering SC 1506 Various Classes

Chichester Channel
Itchenor SC 1020 – 1050 Keelboats*
Itchenor Sailing Club 1410 – 1440 Various Classes*
Bosham SC 1515 – 1545 Classic Dayboats

Emsworth Channel & Langstone
Emsworth Slipper SC 1500 Various Classes
Emsworth SC 1545 – 1555 Various Classes

Sunday 18th April

South Harbour and Harbour Entrance
Hayling Island SC 1400 Various Classes
West Wittering SC 1530 Various Classes

Chichester Channel
Itchenor SC 1000 Toppers
Itchenor SC 1020 – 1050 Keelboats*
Itchenor SC 1100 – 1120 Various Classes*
Bosham SC 1100 – 1130 Various Classes*
Itchenor SC 1500 Singlehanders*

Emsworth Channel & Langstone
Emsworth Slipper SC 1530 Various Classes
Emsworth SC 1530 – 1540 Various Classes

Know Your Harbour - Boating In Safety

This season, along with 'hard hitting' Colregs questions, we will be mixing in facts about the harbour and some tips, tricks and safety information all geared towards making Chichester Harbour a pleasant, fun and safe place for all.

Q. Weather theory this week…

The wind picks up in gusts as a line of clouds forms on the horizon, you feel the first spots of rain from a squall in the air. What sort of weather front is approaching, and what weather can you expect once it has passed?

Click here for answer.

Other News

Harbour Dues

It’s that time of year again, please make sure your harbour dues for the 2021/22 season are purchased and affixed. Our patrol team will be out and about plaque checking over the next few weeks, please speak to them if you have not yet had chance to get things sorted.

Changes to the Shipping Forecast

The Maritime and Coastguard Agency, who are responsible for broadcasting UK maritime safety information, have announced that the UK marine weather service (Shipping Forecast) will change for the foreseeable future.

From Monday 18 January 2021, the BBC bulletins will be broadcast as follows:

On weekdays, there will be three broadcasts on LW and FM, 0048, 0520 and 1203, with one further broadcast on LW only at 1754. 

At the weekends, there will be three broadcasts, all on LW and FM at 0048, 0520 and 1754. 

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