Chichester Harbour is arguably the most sheltered and picturesque stretch of water in the Solent, and we’re privileged to have our boats berthed here too!
So how about joining a group of club members for a day exploring some of the upper reaches which we don’t tend to visit on our way down to East Head or out to Hayling Bay?
The Yacht Section Programme has two dates in May – Wednesday 5th and Friday 21st – when the tides are favourable to leave on the ebb and return on the flood. The idea is to give members the opportunity to have a gentle day exploring our home waters.
These Harbour Day Cruises are open to members with all sizes of Yachts, Motorboats and Dinghies, all you need to do is sign up in advance on the Yacht Section Cruise List. These short local cruises are perhaps a particularly good opportunity for skippers with smaller craft to spend time cruising with other club members. We muster around 0930 on the day at the north end of the marina entrance channel and then proceed together down the Itchenor Reach. The destination is decided on the day to suit the weather conditions.
Previous Day Cruises have tended to stop for lunch on the mid-river pontoon in the Emsworth approach channel with a good chance to see the seals on the way. These are true ‘cruise in company events’ with a maximum speed of about 5 knots. The Cruise Leader is available to give advice throughout the day either via VHF or by mobile phone.
It’s a good day out – at least when the weather is kind – and the harbour is delightfully quiet midweek too. Just remember to bring along your own grub for lunch!
If this is something you’re intrigued to try, just sign up online or contact me for more information.
Chris Lane – Lowenna