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25th - 26th June 2022

Welcome to the Weekly 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.

Information for Mariners 2022

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.

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.

Schools Week

Itchenor Sailing Club are hosting the annual Schools Week from Monday 27 June to Friday 01 July. There are daily races with various classes of dinghies competing, and vessels transiting the Chichester Channel and south harbour should expect to encounter large racing fleets throughout the week.

Vessels should take extra care when transiting these areas, keeping a sharp lookout and giving the racing fleets a wide berth where possible.

Rowing Regatta

This year, Bosham Sailing Club is hosting it’s first ever Rowing regatta. With a big emphasis of ‘fun on the water’, the regatta is open to all coxed coastal rowing boats.

Multiple races are taking place throughout the morning on Saturday 25th, starting from the quay and with courses set in the Bosham Channel and into the wider harbour. Mariners are asked to keep a good eye out for groups, and individual rowing vessels, especially in the confined waters within mooring areas.

Saturday 25th June

South Harbour and Harbour Entrance
Mengeham Rythe SC 0830 – 1130 Various Classes
Hayling Island SC 1300 Various Classes

Chichester Channel
Bosham SC 0900 – 1200 Rowing Regatta
Itchenor SC 1015 Singlehanders*
Itchenor SC 1025 Merlins*
Itchenor SC 1030 – 1050 Keelboats
Itchenor SC 1410 – 1430 Keelboats

Emsworth Channel & Langstone
Emsworth SC 0915 – 1045 Various Classes

Sunday 26th June

South Harbour and Harbour Entrance
West Wittering SC 0915 – 1215 Oppies & Toppers
West Wittering SC 1000 – 1130 Various Classes
Mengeham Rythe SC 1000 – 1300 Various Classes
Hayling Island SC 1100 Various Classes

Chichester Channel
Itchenor SC 1000 Mirrors*
Bosham SC 1000 Optimists
Itchenor SC 1025 – 1100 RS Feva/RS 200/Merlin*
Itchenor SC 1030 – 1050 Keelboats*

Emsworth Channel & Langstone
Emsworth Slipper SC 0945 Various Classes
Emsworth SC 0945 – 1200 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

Some Colregs questions, some harbour knowledge, boating tips and trivia. Test your knowledge with our quiz, all geared towards making Chichester Harbour a pleasant, fun and safe place for all.

Q. In Roman times the harbour was navigable all the way to Fishbourne, and Roman galleys may have sailed right up to Fishbourne Palace.

It’s not as old as the Romans…but for how long has there been a quay at Dell Quay?

Click here for answer.

Other News

Round the Island 2022

The annual Round the Island race is taking place on Saturday 25th June. The harbour entrance could be very busy at times over the weekend with competitors, sailing clubs and private vessels alike, departing and returning to the harbour. All vessels transiting the harbour, especially in the confined waters of the harbour entrance, please keep an extra watchful eye out at this busy time.

Emsworth Water Taxi

Following an extensive re-fit, the now ‘all-electric’ Emsworth Water Taxi is operational!

The water taxi is available between the hours of 0830 and 1700, operating 2 hours either side of High Water on Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Contact ‘EMSWORTH WATER TAXI’ on VHF 14, or call 07864 915247. This service is free for Conservancy maintained mooring holders hiring an Emsworth mooring.

UK/EU Entry & Exit Formalities

Following the United Kingdom’s exit from the European Union, owners of recreational pleasure craft (non-commercial) who sail their craft to and from the United Kingdom (including the Channel Islands) must notify the UK border authorities upon their first arrival into a UK port.

Please visit our website for further information.

RNLI Local Ambassadors

In order to engage with and deliver water safety messaging within local communities, a micro-volunteering opportunity has been created within the RNLI Water Safety team.

The RNLI Local Ambassador scheme aims to get local coastal businesses to deliver safety messaging on their behalf. This could be through simple actions like displaying posters or sharing key messages on social media channels.

Local Ambassadors can sign up to the scheme by visiting and filling out a simple form. They will receive a thank you email with a link to a page where they can download the current Beach Safety posters and social media resources.

Harbour Dues

It’s that time of year again, please make sure your harbour dues for the 2022/23 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.

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