Chichester Harbour is a large natural harbour with winding channels and drying mud flats to the south west of the city of Chichester. Access to and from the sea is through a narrow entrance with a shifting shingle bar.
It has been designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and is a major wildlife haven with large populations of wildfowl and waders. It is also one of Britain’s most popular boating areas with around 17 miles of sheltered channels to explore and more than 10,000 craft regularly use the harbour.
Chichester Harbour Conservancy Board manage the harbour, patrol the waters, collect harbour dues and give advice on anchorages and moorings. For trailer sailors there are plenty of launching facilities and every kind of marine service can be found within the harbour or nearby.
There are six marinas to choose from in Chichester Harbour all offering a wide range of services for berth holders and visitors alike.
Birdham Pool Marina is in a beautiful setting but with modern facilities six miles from the harbour entrance.
Chichester Marina is a locked marina at the eastern end of Chichester Harbour. Despite having over 1,000 berths its location gives it an air of peace and tranquility.
Family owned Emsworth Yacht Harbour is found at the northern end of the harbour and just a short walk from Emsworth town.
Northney Marina is on the north shore of Hayling Island and provides modern facilities as well as a boatyard.
Sparkes Marina is close to the entrance to Chichester Harbour on the south east of Hayling Island and welcomes vessels up to 20m LOA.
Thornham Marina is at the top of beautiful Prinsted Bay where you will find first class facilities along with helpful and experienced staff.
There are also a wide range of moorings and anchorages.
There is an anchorage just north of East Head, east of East Head Spit buoy, though it can be uncomfortable in north easterly winds and there are no facilities nearby.
At Emsworth there are visitors pontoons but they are not connected to the shore. Call Chichester Harbour Patrol on VHF Ch 14 for availability.
Also call on VHF Ch 14 for the 40 berths on pontoons and buoys at Itchenor. There is also a nearby anchorage on the south side of the Chichester Channel, approximately half a mile from the village off Chalkdock Point.
From April to October the Itchenor Ferry between Itchenor and Bosham also operates as a water taxi to boats on moorings in Itchenor reach. Call on VHF Ch 8.
The anchorage in the Thorney Channel just east of Pilsey Island has no facilities nearby.