Itchenor Rally - Sept 12th & 13th
Escape from the Solent and enjoy the delights of Chichester Harbour
The cost will be £30 to include dinner at Itchenor Sailing Club
Evening 12th September
Like us all, Itchenor Sailing Club is slowly coming out of lock-down. They’ve had a racing programme going for a month, but restricted to Force 5, so many weekends have been cancelled so far. They are delighted to welcome us on Saturday. The menu is restricted (staff still on furlough), but they will serve a two-course meal at 7.00pm. Itchenor Sailing Club will provide a ferry service to the Conservancy pontoon from 4.00pm to 6.00pm, and at 10.00pm (though may be on standby from 9.30pm) when the bar closes.
Please note that I MUST have final numbers from skippers for the supper by close of play on Tuesday 8th September, as Itchenor will charge us on Wednesday. Itchenor will accept cancellations until close of play on Thursday.
I have spoken to the Conservancy Harbourmaster and there should be no problem in berthing on their pontoon.
Itchenor is a delightful village and there are walks in either direction along the shoreline. But there are NO facilities, neither marine nor retail, save the Ship Inn and the “Quarterdeck” coffee shop beside the Northshore sheds. If anyone is in desperate need of supplies I will try to arrange transport to the nearest shops, but can’t promise. I’m afraid the Covid regs prevent me inviting you round to us in Earnley; hopefully that will be possible next year.
The only real hazard is the entrance over Chichester Bar. However, in the ten years I’ve been sailing into Chichester Harbour the West Pole and Bar Beacons have been moved, I think, twice to keep pace with the movements of the West Pole Bank and Bar. So make sure your charts are up to date. Pass West Pole to port and continue to the Bar leaving the Bar Beacon to port. Last winter, least depth was 1.0m below Chart Datum, but the Harbour Conservancy were able to facilitate a dredge, though I don’t know what depth they achieved, and that will anyway have changed.
Tidal Heights at Chichester Bar from Harbour Information for Mariners: (BST):
September 12: HW 0712 3.12m
LW 1300 2.1
HW 1944 3.8
September 13: LW 0145 1.9
HW 0837 3.8
LW 1317 1.9
There should be plenty water for an early afternoon arrival on 12 September – but don’t take it from me; do your calculations! Entering the Harbour, leave Eastoke to port and be sure to keep all three Winner starboard hand marks to starboard, before turning to starboard into the Chichester Channel. Follow the straightforward buoyage to Itchenor.
As you approach Itchenor, the first jetty is Northshore (where Southerly yachts were built). Roughly parallel to it, and continuing to the Conservancy/ferry jetty, are six white visitors’ moorings marked “V” on the south side of the Channel which the Conservancy currently permit two boats to raft up on each. About 0.2nM East of Itchenor Sailing Club jetty (there are two white dolphins on top of the poles at either end of it) there is a Harbour Conservancy pontoon. The Conservancy does not accept advance bookings, but the August rally were able to berth five boats on the pontoon, rafting up. The Conservancy waived the Covid restrictions of two boats rafting maximum. There is a ferry service in working hours, and Itchenor Sailing Club may provide a ferry service. As a last resort, if no space on the moorings, the anchorage advised by Itchenor Sailing Club is on the south side of the Channel about half a mile below the village west of the green Fairway Buoy (it should be marked on your chart). Charges are: 9.01m to 14m £11.00 per night (incl VAT); 14.01m to 18m £15.00 per night. The Conservancy phone is 01243 512301 and VHF Channel 14 Call Sign Chichester Harbour Patrol.
For further information and to book please contact the organiser
Organiser: Michael Smith
Date and time
Sun, 13 Sep 2020 17:00