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Chichester Harbour Events - June 2015

Working in Chichester Harbour and the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty
Tues 30 June 9.30 am / 5 hours
New! This is a workshop for all young local people considering their future careers. Learn about the various roles working for Chichester Harbour through talks, tasks and a boat trip. Bring a packed lunch and outdoor gear for mud and the weather. Aimed at age group 16-25 years.
Fee: £10 to include refreshments
BOOKING ESSENTIAL on 01243 513275
Meet: Harbour Learning Zone on the quay, Dell Quay PO20 7EE. Roadside parking

AONB History Lecture
Thurs 18 June 3pm / 1.5 hours
If you have ever wondered how the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty designation came about and what it means today, then this is for you! Richard Austin, our AONB Manager, and Sir Jeremy Thomas, former Chairman of the Chichester Harbour Trust, will discuss how Chichester Harbour became a protected landscape and what the future might hold for this area.
Fee: £1 to include tea or coffee
Friends of Chichester Harbour: free - how to join
BOOKING ESSENTIAL on 01243 513275.
Meet: Harbour Learning Zone, Dell Quay PO20 7EE. Roadside parking

Boat Trips
BOOKING ESSENTIAL on 01243 513275
Meet: On the viewing platform in front of the Harbour Office, Itchenor, PO20 7AW. Parking in the pay and display car park

1.5 hours
Come onboard our solar-powered boat to enjoy views of Chichester Harbour Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. With general commentary
Tickets: £8.50 adults / £3.50 children up to 16 years
Friends of Chichester Harbour: £7.50 adults / £2.50 children - please quote membership number when booking. If you would like to join please click here: how to join
June dates:
Wed 3 at 13.30 Fri 5 at 13.30
Sun 7 at 13.30 Fri 12 at 11.30
Sat 13 at 11.30 Sun 14 at 11.30
Wed 17 at 13.30 Fri 19 at 13.30
Sat 28 at 11.30

1.5 hours
A trip on the Solar Heritage with a special commentary about the harbour markers and buoys and what navigation in the Harbour involves. This is a fun introductory session and not intended as formal training in navigation.
Tickets: £8.50 adults / £3.50 children up to 16 years
June date: Sat 6 at 13.30

CLASSIC BOAT RACING from Solar Heritage: X-Boats
1.5 hours
Enjoy a Harbour cruise on board our solar powered boat taking time to watch the classic boats racing in Chichester Harbour. With commentary from one of the racing team.
Fee: £8.50 adults / £3.50 children
June date: Wed 10 at 17.30

EVENING CRUISE on Solar Heritage
1.5 hours
Enjoy a cruise at this peaceful time of the day. Either bring a picnic (plastic glasses only please) or enjoy a meal at a nearby pub afterwards.
Fee: £8.50 adults / £3.50 children up to 16 years
June dates:
Sat 13 at 18.00 Sat 21 at 19.00 (Longest Day)
Fri 26 at 19.30

BYGONE HARBOUR on Solar Heritage
1.5 hours
Enjoy the views on our solar powered boat as we cruise up channel towards Dell Quay and back hearing tales of the Harbour in bygone days. In partnership with The Novium Museum, Chichester.
Fee: £10.50 adults / £4.50 children
June date: Sat 20 at 13.30

WILDLIFE on Solar Heritage
3 hours
Take in the beauty of Chichester Harbour as your skipper, an accredited wildlife safe operator, will aim to get you close to some of our wildlife which may include Harbour Seals and a variety of birds.
Fee: £17 adults / £7 children up to 16 years
June date: Wed 23 at 11.00

Walks and Talks

Harbour Creekies Walk: From the Cathedral to the Church
Fri 5 June 10.30 am / 2.5 hours
Today we will walk the 7km (4 miles) historic route from Chichester Cathedral to finish by Bosham Church. Afterwards you can enjoy a break in Bosham before catching a public bus back to Chichester at your leisure (times will be given at the start). Bring your bus pass or money for the fare.
Fee: £1 on the day
Friends of Chichester Harbour: free - how to join
Meet: Bell Tower, Chichester Cathedral, West Street, Chichester PO19 1QG
Wildflowers at Sandy Point
Tues 16 June 10.30am / 2 hours
A chance to stroll around Hampshire County Council’s restricted access nature reserve at Sandy Point on Hayling Island, looking for and identifying the distinctive plants of this protected coastal heath and sand dune area. With Pete Potts, Senior Hampshire Countryside Ranger.
Fee: £4 on the day
Meet: By the gate on Seafarers Walk, Sandy Point Nature Reserve, Hayling Island PO11 9TA. Roadside parking
Wildlife in Mind
Sat 20 June 10am / 1 hour
Join James Parkin, Farming and Wildlife Officer, to learn about how Fishbourne Meadows is managed for nature conservation.
Fee: £3 on the day
Meet: The Mill Pond, Mill Lane, Fishbourne PO19 3JN
Roadside parking
Wildflower Walk 2 –Thorney
Sun 21 June 10am / 2 hours
A stroll along the field edges and sea wall at Thorney taking time to look for and identify wildflowers in the company of John Arnott, wildflower enthusiast. Bring a hand lens if you have one and a camera if you would like to take photographs.
Fee: £2 on the day
Meet: Paynes Boatyard, Thornham Lane, Thorney Island, PO10 8DD.
Free parking by kind permission
Romans in the Harbour
Wed 24 June 2pm / 3.5 hours
Explore Fishbourne Roman Palace Museum before gathering at 2pm for a talk by museum staff on finds from the Chichester Harbour area. Then we will leave for a two mile walk along the Harbour shoreline, stopping at points of Roman interest and finishing with refreshments the Harbour Learning Zone, Dell Quay. The minibus will return us to the starting point.
Fee: £14 to include entry to the museum from 10am, talk, walk, minibus and refreshments
Friends of Chichester Harbour: £13 - how to join
BOOKING ESSENTIAL on 01243 513275.
Meet: Fishbourne Roman Palace, PO19 3QR. Free parking
Harbour Hares Walk: Chichester and Langstone Harbours
Sat 27 June 1.30 pm / 3 hours
Our monthly fast paced walk. Today we will walk 8 km (5 miles) linking neighbouring harbours; and then on to Northney Farm café for a cream tea and to hear a few words from farmers Mary and Stan Pike. Some paths may be muddy.
Fee: £3 on the day – bring money for the café afterwards (£4 for cream tea)
Friends of Chichester Harbour: free – how to join
Meet: Park in field opposite the café at Northney Farm, Hayling Island, PO11 0RX Meet at the café
Free parking by kind permission

Family Activities

Open Farm Sunday at Northney Farm
Sun 7 June
Enjoy a day at Northney Farm, a working dairy farm on Hayling Island. Lots of things to see and do including tractor-trailer rides, watching the milking, visiting the farm cafe and perhaps sampling the delicious ice cream made in the farm's own dairy.
Fee: free entry
Meet: Northney Farm, Hayling Island, PO11 0RX. Free parking by kind permission of the farmers
See website for details:

Art and Photography

Photo Stroll in Bosham
Sat 13 June 10am / 2 hours
Join professional photographer Paul Gonella to explore the old buildings of Bosham and the beautiful Harbour views. Bring your camera and ensure you have plenty of battery power and memory cards.
Fee: £9
BOOKING ESSENTIAL on 01243 513275.
Meet: Pay and display car park, Bosham, PO18 8HX
Harbour in Watercolours
Sun 21 June 10am / 5 hours
Sue Ogilvy, artist and Conservancy teacher will lead this workshop. We will start with a look at the work of seascape artists. There will be an introduction to watercolour techniques, including some innovative ideas. We will experiment with these to explore different and exciting possibilities. Following a walk around Dell Quay to make watercolour and pencil sketches of the landscape, a final piece will be developed. Basic materials will be provided but you might like to bring your own. Please bring a packed lunch and outdoor clothes.
Fee: £20 to include basic materials and refreshments
Friends of Chichester Harbour: £18 – how to join
BOOKING ESSENTIAL on 01243 513275.
Meet: Harbour Learning Zone, Dell Quay, PO20 7EE. Roadside parking

Harbour Office 01243 512301

CHC holds moorings 'Open days' !

Chichester Harbour Conservancy is holding two open days to promote the beautiful and accessible moorings available to let in Chichester Harbour Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
Guests will have the chance to go aboard Regnum IV the Conservancy’s specialist moorings barge and learn about the equipment and expertise involved in making and maintaining safe and secure moorings. The Patrol team will be on hand to take guests out to experience the beautiful surroundings of the available moorings and to explain the great range of services that make their moorings so attractive. Also, special one-off discounts on mooring charges will be available on the day.

The two open days will take place in Itchenor on Saturday 18th April, 1000-1400 and in Emsworth on Saturday 2nd May, 1000-1300. Please contact Phil Walker on 01243 512301 or for further information or to register your interest.

Local Notice to Mariners No.1 of 2015


This Local Notice to Mariners is to be read in conjunction with the Byelaws for Chichester Harbour which may be obtained from the Harbour Office or online at .

Chichester Harbour Conservancy is responsible for managing the risks associated with marine operations to ensure they remain as low as reasonably practicable, but has no wish to over-regulate the use of the harbour.  Going afloat can never be free of risk and everybody who uses the harbour, especially those in control of vessels, has an important role to play to ensure the harbour remains safe.

There may be times when it is not safe to participate in a particular activity.  Before taking to the water those in charge of vessels, adults responsible for children and those organising events and races need to carefully consider the prevailing weather, tidal and traffic conditions.

Harbour users are advised of the following measures to facilitate the safe use of the harbour:

1.  Chichester Harbour – Speed of Vessels and Care.
Attention is drawn to the speed limit of 8 knots which is in force for the whole of Chichester Harbour.  Attention is also drawn to Chichester Harbour Byelaw No.4 ‘The Master of a vessel navigating the harbour shall navigate the vessel with care and caution and in such manner as shall not cause annoyance to the occupants of any other vessel or cause damage or danger to any other vessel or to any mooring or other property'.
Vessels navigating within mooring areas shall take particular care to comply with Byelaw No.4 by:
a) reducing their speed so as not to cause undue wash;
b) not overtaking in mooring area fairways, if such overtaking action shall place two vessels abreast of any vessel or vessels navigating the fairway in the opposite direction;
c) furling spinnakers in plenty of time in adverse weather conditions, before reaching the moorings - this is particularly applicable to large vessels, which should be under power at busy periods;
d) using the main channels and not navigating between the lines of moorings, whenever possible.

2.  International Regulations for Preventing Collisions
These regulations are incorporated into Byelaw No. 10, and apply to the harbour and to vessels navigating therein. Because of the considerable traffic in the harbour, mariners are to pay particular attention to:
a) keeping to the starboard side of the channel
b) reducing speed and if necessary altering course in plenty of time if the giving way vessel;
c) if under power and sail displaying a black cone point down.

3.  Reporting Concerns Relating to Safety
a.   Harbour users are requested to report immediately to the Harbour Master any reasonable concern they have regarding safety in Chichester Harbour. Harbour users are also requested to report incidents and damage which may affect safety in the harbour.

Or call SOLENT COASTGUARD on VHF Channel 16 or 67

b.   To report incidents or damage call “Chichester Harbour Radio” on VHF Channel 14 or telephone 01243 512301. You may also submit a written report, or complete an Incident Report on line at: .
c.   Incidents and damage that should be reported include:
i. damage to and collisions between vessels;
ii. damage to navigation marks, harbour structures or facilities;
iii. malfunctioning navigation marks;
iv. dangerous near-miss situations between vessels;
v. vessels proceeding at an excessive speed or creating excessive wash, and;
vi. any other dangerous occurrence.

d. Chichester Harbour Conservancy complies with the Port Marine Safety Code and has appointed a Designated Person to monitor compliance with the Code and report to the Conservancy. Any reasonable concerns regarding safety in the harbour may (in addition to being reported to the Harbour Master) be brought to the attention of the Designated Person by writing to:-

Mark Capon (Designated Person)
Regs4ships Ltd
Digital House
Kemps Quay
Quayside Road
SO18 1AD

4.  Management of Recreational Events
a) Organisers of events that may impact normal harbour activities and all events that involve racing (except those covered by f.) must contact the harbour authority at an early opportunity prior to any event taking place. For most types of events a formal risk assessment will be required. The content of this assessment will need to be proportional to the event / activity.
b) The risk assessment and the safety management of a particular event will be the responsibility of the event organiser.
c) The event risk assessment should identify all risks concerned with the safe and efficient use of the harbour by all harbour users. Details of how the risk is to be controlled will be part of the assessment.
d) The formal risk assessment should be submitted not less than 4 weeks prior to the planned event to enable the harbour authority to comment and consult on the assessment. It is recommended that large events are consulted on in the autumn preceding the event to avoid clashes with other events. 
e) The Conservancy will need to be satisfied that the risks to harbour safety have been effectively mitigated, before consenting to an event.
f) Racing events coordinated through Chichester Harbour Federation and run in accordance with their Code of Conduct for Racing will not be required to submit risk assessments to the harbour authority for routine events. 
g) This notice is to be read in conjunction with document entitled – A Guide to Good Practice on Port Marine Operations (Section 7 Management of Navigation – Event Planning) DfT July 2013.  Your attention is also drawn to the advice given in the preparation of risk assessments issued by the Royal Yachting Association ( )

5.   VHF Radio Communications
a) All vessels whilst underway within Chichester Harbour are advised to monitor Chichester Harbour Radio on VHF Channel 14. VHF transmissions on this channel should be kept short and relevant.
b)  All vessels of 18m or more in length overall, and vessels not under command, restricted in their ability to manoeuvre, or towing a vessel or structure, over 12m in length, or the total length of the tow exceeds 20m are to give notice of their movements by reporting to ‘Chichester Harbour Radio' on VHF Channel 14, giving the vessel's name, length, position and intentions.

6.  Towing
a)  All vessels towing a vessel or structure, over 12m in length, or the total length of the tow exceeds 20m are to give notice of their movements.
b)  If these tows are unusual objects or non-routine towage events the movements should be approved in advance by the Harbour Master.

7.  Safe Use of Tenders
Chichester Harbour Conservancy recognises that persons using tenders are responsible for their own safety but it is concerned that some may be taking unnecessary risks. It is recommended that:
a) the tender is of suitable size and stability for the intended purpose.
b) all persons in tenders wear lifejackets;
c) tenders are not overloaded;
d) weather, sea and tidal conditions are properly assessed;
e) tenders carry a torch at night;
f) tenders carry a means of summoning assistance;
g) tenders are not used by persons under the influence of drink or drugs.

8.   Swimming
Chichester Harbour Conservancy is concerned that some swimmers expose themselves to unnecessary risk. Much of the harbour is unsuitable for swimming and the parents of young swimmers, and swimmers themselves, are reminded of the following basic precautions:-
a) Never dive or jump into water of an unknown depth.
b) Never dive or jump from any structure.
c) Never swim near moving boats, boats running their engines or boats which may depart their moorings.
d) Never swim in the fairway or navigable channels.
e) Never swim in strong currents and/or tides; these are particularly strong near the harbour entrance.
f) Never swim after consuming alcohol or after a meal.
g) Beware of the cold; hypothermia can kill.
h) It is not advisable to swim alone.
i) Always tell someone on the shore where you are swimming and when you expect to return to the shore.

9.   Diving
a.   All diving for favour or reward (i.e. “at work”) is subject to the Diving at Work Regulations 1997 (DWR 97) and the associated Approved Codes of Practice (ACOP). Diving at work may only be carried out by a diving contractor who has notified the Health and Safety Executive in compliance with the provisions in DWR 97 and dives may only be carried out in accordance with the legal requirements. Additionally, Chichester Harbour Conservancy requires that divers at work apply for prior consent from the Harbour Authority before undertaking a dive.
b.   Chichester Harbour Conservancy strongly recommends that all diving (whether the diver is at work or not) should meet all of the above requirements.
c.   Sport or recreational diving which does not meet the above requirements is not recommended because of strong tidal flows, the number of underwater obstructions and moorings, and the numerous vessel movements in the Harbour.

10.  Kite Surfing - Chichester Harbour
It has been assessed that kite surfing is incompatible with the safety and enjoyment of the other 9,000 vessels which regularly use Chichester Harbour.  Kite surfers are advised that they may be directed, under Sections 4 and 89 of the Chichester Harbour Conservancy Act 1971 and Section 52 of the Harbours Docks and Piers Clauses Act, to stop kite surfing within the limits of Chichester Harbour, by Officers of the Chichester Harbour Conservancy.

11.  Use of Kill Cords in Powered Craft
Following a fatal accident the Marine Accident Investigation Branch (MAIB) issued a safety bulletin highlighting that kill cords are a safety feature to stop an engine when the driver moves away from the controls.  They emphasise that it is essential that operators of vessels fitted with kill cords:
a) Test them regularly to ensure that the engine stops when the kill cord mechanism is operated.
b) Make sure that the cord is in good condition.
c) Always attach the cord securely to the driver, ideally before the engine is started, but certainly before the boat is put in gear.
d) Stop the engine before transferring the kill cord to another driver.

The full MAIB Safety Bulletin is available here .

12.  Lifejackets
Remember to take your lifejacket afloat and wear it.  Use your lifejacket crotch strap, remember to check and service your lifejacket regularly. Lifejackets are useless unless worn.

13.  Consumption of Alcohol
Don't drink whilst in charge of a vessel.  Alcohol is involved in about a third of all recreational boating fatalities.

14.  Prohibited Anchoring
Anchoring is prohibited in or near mooring areas or in the vicinity of navigation and racing marks. Vessels are not to anchor in the centre of channels and are to exhibit a black ball or white light. Vessels are not to be left unmanned at anchor for periods of more than four hours (Byelaw No. 12).

15.  Improper Use of Distress Signals
In the interests of safety the attention of all yachtsmen and other harbour users is drawn to Chichester Harbour Conservancy Byelaw No. 23. Persons wishing to organise firework displays etc. within the harbour are advised to seek permission from the Harbour Master.

16.  Vessel Landed Waste Reception and Pollution
a)  It is an offence for any vessel, including recreational vessels, regardless of size, to discharge any refuse overboard within specified distances from land, and in the case of plastics and other persistent rubbish, in any sea area surrounding the UK (International Convention for Prevention of Pollution from Ships (MARPOL 73/78)
b)  Mariners are advised that reception facilities for vessel landed waste are located at, or close to, all mooring areas and marinas within Chichester Harbour.
Chichester Harbour Conservancy administers a Port Waste Management Plan on behalf of all waste facility providers in the harbour and this document can be viewed at .
This document details the location and types of waste collection facilities including recycling, and vessel pump-out facilities. Any enquiries relating to waste facilities should be directed to the local mooring provider or to the Harbour Office. It is a serious offence to discharge waste at sea or into harbour waters.
c)  All harbour users are requested to report all sightings of oil pollution immediately to Chichester Harbour Radio on VHF Channel 14 or by telephone on 01243 51230.  At times when the Harbour Master's Office is unmanned, reports should be made to Solent Coastguard on VHF Channel 16 or 67, or by telephone on 02392 552100.

17.  Chichester Bar
Chichester Bar is periodically dredged to achieve a depth of 1.5m below Chart Datum.   Following severe gales depths may vary and it is then prudent to assume a least depth of 0.7m below Chart Datum.  Details of the latest bathymetric survey are available from the Harbour Office or online at .
With a falling tide and strong winds from a southerly sector a dangerous sea may be encountered.  In these conditions it is advisable to exercise caution and cross the bar between three hours before and one hour after HW springs.

LNTM 20 of 2014 – Reduced Depths Chichester Bar
Mariners are advised that a bathymetric of Chichester Bar undertaken 15 December 2014 shows an isolated spot height of 0.9m below Chart Datum close to the western edge of the channel, north of Chichester Bar Beacon.

For greatest depths keep east of the line between Chichester Bar Beacon and  Eastoke Buoy where the least depths is 1.3m below Chart Datum. 

The latest survey is available to view here , or on the Conservancy's website.


Richard Craven
Harbour Master
1 January 2015

Chichester Harbour Conservancy has appointed James Parkin as its new Farming and Wildlife Officer. James brings a wealth of knowledge and experience in conservation to the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB).
For further details go to or contact the Harbour Office on 01243 512301.
Chichester Harbour:
Celebrating 50 Years of Outstanding Natural Beauty
2014 marks 50 years since the harbour was designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB), one of Britain’s finest landscapes. To help celebrate this milestone Chichester Harbour Conservancy is putting together an exciting programme of activities from special conservation walks through to a cycle ride, a beach picnic, rural skills workshop and an arts exhibition and lots of our fascinating local history. For further details go to or contact the Harbour Office on 01243 512301.

Siun Cranny, has been appointed Director to head the Chichester Harbour Conservancy. Richard Craven will be the Harbour Master.

posted April 6

Keen sailor, Siun Cranny, has been appointed to head Chichester Harbour Conservancy. Siun, will take on this newly created role to lead the well established team at the Harbour Office.

Following the untimely death of Manager and Harbour Master, John Davis, last August the management structure has been carefully reviewed by Conservancy members. Over the years the role has changed and it was felt a position of Director would formally recognise the responsibility of working with partner organisations and planning the way forward to manage the balance between the harbour and the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

Siun, formerly chief executive of a national cancer charity, member of the founding team of an international sailing school, and independent charity consultant is delighted to be appointed and looks forward to joining the Conservancy team. She has sailed the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans, the highlight of which was taking part in conservation work in the Galapagos Islands. Louise Goldsmith, Chairman of the Conservancy, who has headed up the recruitment team said ‘The new Director role needed not only someone with a passion for the harbour and sailing but an understanding of environmental issues combined with the skills of building successful relationships with partners. We believe that Siun is the right person for this challenge.’

The position of Harbour Master will be taken on by Richard Craven who has been deputy for over 10 years. Alison Fowler continues as Environmental Manager. Peter Taylor, Chairman of the Advisory Committee added ‘the new management arrangement will ensure that all users of Chichester Harbour are cared for and the good stewardship of the water and land will continue”.

Siun Cranny is expected to take up the post in early Summer.

Photo from left to right:
Peter Taylor, Siun Cranny, Louise Goldsmith, Richard Craven, Alison Fowler

It is with great sadness that we report the death of
Lt Col. John Davis OBE,
Chichester Harbour Master and Manager.
John suffered a suspected heart attack on Saturday 28 August and was pronounced dead on arrival at Queen Alexandra Hospital. At the time, John was out racing in his Sunbeam keel boat 'Fleury'.
John was appointed Harbour Master and Manager in July 1997. He worked tirelessly for Chichester Harbour, a place that was much loved by him and his family.
In 2005 he was awarded an OBE for his services to sailing and the environment.
Richard Craven, Acting Harbour Master said, ‘we are devastated by the sudden loss of John Davis, both a friend and colleague. Our thoughts are with his family at this difficult time.’
John is survived by his wife Valerie and two children Ben and Becky.
New Bird Hide at Cobnor
posted 6 May 2010
A derelict bird-viewing hide at Cobnor has been demolished and a new one built and put in place for the public to enjoy the many thousands of birds that visit Chichester Harbour each year.

An enthusiastic team of volunteers from the Friends of Chichester Harbour, worked with Rangers from Chichester Harbour Conservancy to erect the new hide. The hide had been designed and built by the Rangers in their Itchenor workshop.

The new bird hide is open to all, to enjoy the views over Nutbourne Marshes. A colourful panel gives photos and information on the birds that might be spotted. Nicky Horter for the Conservancy said, ‘the new hide is a great improvement, this is a lovely, restful spot to stop and admire the view as well as to spend time watching our wonderful wildlife’.

The new hide is dedicated to Joan Edom, who grew up at Cobnor and was instrumental in achieving the Local Nature Reserve designation for the marshes. Joan was the Conservancy’s first conservation warden, as a volunteer and then in an honorary role. Joan set about organising the bird count system in Chichester Harbour which laid the foundation for the vast dataset now held by the Conservancy.

Diana Beale, Joan’s niece said, ‘It is fitting that the new hide is dedicated to her as it is at the spot where she would sit for days at a time with her thermoses, sandwiches and binoculars, guarding the nesting birds hour after hour!’

From left to right: Keith Rathbone, Georgia Siddle, Diana Beale, Nicky Horter

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