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Saturday 30th - 31st October 2021

Welcome to the last Weekly Navigation Bulletin for the 2021 season.

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.

Information for Mariners

Our annual publication contains tide times, navigation guidance, information about our facilities and more. As well as the online version, you can find printed copies in locations all around the harbour. Contact the Harbour Office on 01243 512301 for further information.


On Monday 19th July, the remaining restrictions on social distancing in the United Kingdom during the Coronavirus pandemic were lifted. Government guidance is now centred on personal responsibility, for example continuing to wear a face mask in busy public areas such as shops and public transport, and by meeting other people outside where possible.

All Conservancy facilities are open and operating as advertised. The Harbour Office at Itchenor is open and we would request that all persons visiting the Harbour Officer wear masks and follow the ‘one in one out’ policy for the time being to keep our staff and customers safe.

We will keep all Government guidance and advice under review, and further Covid 19 information relevant to Chichester Harbour will be released by us as we receive it.

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 30th October

South Harbour and Harbour Entrance
Hayling Island SC 1400 Various Classes

Chichester Channel
Itchenor SC 1030 – 1040 Keelboats
Bosham SC 1100 – 1110 Various Classes
Itchenor SC 1410 – 1430 Keelboats
Itchenor SC 1440 – 1500 Various Classes*

Sunday 31st October

South Harbour and Harbour Entrance
Hayling Island SC 1100 Various Classes

Chichester Channel
Itchenor SC 1000 – 1110 Various Classes*
Bosham SC 1100 – 1110 Various Classes

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.

Know Your Harbour - Boating In Safety

This is the last bulletin of 2021 and we hope you have found the quiz fun and informative. We are always interested in any feedback and suggestions of how this is received and could be developed.

We look forward to welcoming you back in 2022.

Other News

Capsize of Motor Cruiser NORMA G

On 25 May 2020, the 5.48m motor cruiser Norma G was capsized by a large wave while making an approach into the River Camel near Padstow, north Cornwall, England. The boat capsized close to an area of sand known as the Doom Bar. Two of the four family members on board were in the boat’s forward cabin; one managed to swim out, the other, a 17-year-old girl, was unable to escape. Following her rescue by a harbour patrol officer and the RNLI, the casualty was transferred to Padstow Lifeboat Station and later airlifted to hospital where, despite all attempts by the medical staff, she died the same day.

The full MAIB report can be read here.

While this tragic incident happened many miles away, conditions at the entrance to Chichester Harbour can be just as treacherous. With a strong ebb tide flowing against a south westerly wind, large, confused seas can form across the Winner Bank, the Chichester Bar, and the Harbour Entrance, making passage highly dangerous, if not impossible, at times.

Smaller vessels in particular are at high risk of swamping in large waves and, as in the case of NORMA G, a capsize can occur rapidly, leading to potential entrapment within the vessel.

We would urge all mariners navigating Chichester Harbour and the approaches to make full investigation into the prevailing conditions before making passage. The weather stations CHIMet (situated on the West Pole Beacon) and CamberMET (situated on the Camber South Cardinal) both provide real-time data on sea conditions, wind strength and wind direction. The latest bathymetric survey for the Harbour Entrance is published on the Conservancy website and advice can be sought from the Harbour Office by calling 01243 512301 or by email to, or by viewing the Navigation & Safety page on our website.

Harbour Patrol 2022

Would you like to spend the summer working with a skilled, dynamic and fun team? We have opportunities in our Patrol team for full and part time work during the summer season between 01 April and 31 October 2022.

  • Do you enjoy a busy, active, marine environment that is different every day?
  • Are you available to work some weekends?
  • Will you be over 18 by April 2022?
  • Do you enjoy meeting people and providing assistance?
  • Do you enjoy taking on responsibility?

You will need RYA Powerboat Level II certificate and a VHF operator’s licence along with a good knowledge of Chichester Harbour by the time you start, so if you don't have these yet, there's plenty of time to qualify before the 2022 summer season.

Applications will formally open in February 2022, but if this sounds like you then call Ed Carter, Senior Deputy Harbour Master on 01243 512301 for a chat about the role.

Friends of Chichester Harbour

The Friends of Chichester Harbour are a registered charity which exists to preserve and improve the unique beauty of Chichester Harbour. Members include walkers, sailors, nature enthusiasts, fishermen, wildfowlers, local residents, visitors, businesses, and other groups who share our love for the Harbour.

You can join as an individual, couple, family, or organisation from only £20 a year and you can join easily by completing the online form.

Members can join the weekly Work Parties run by the Conservancy Rangers, working on various projects including maintaining paths, planting hedges and trees and all the other tasks essential to managing the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty which surround the water itself.

The Friends organise an annual programme of events which are open only to Members. These include walks in the harbour surrounds with a nature guide, talks on a wide range of topics, birdwatching, boat trips on the harbour, our annual BBQ, etc.

These events provide a great opportunity to meet other members from across the area and share common interests. Membership also entitles you to a discount on some of the public events run by Chichester Harbour Conservancy.

Harbour Life

Find out all that the Harbour has to offer by reading the latest edition of our Harbour Life magazine here.

Harbour Life - Summer 2021

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