Langstone Harbour Rally
Sat 21 Sep 2013

Not been to Langstone Harbour for a while? Here’s your chance pay a visit to this area which is recognised internationally for its importance in nature conservation. It is also a haven for aquatic wildlife and a myriad of bird species, and when you come the Harbour Board can add "and has visiting seals" to its promotional texts. More importantly, you can get beer and a great curry there.

We’ll having a nice easy stay at P325 Pegasus’s home port of Premier Southsea Marina and enjoy the hospitality of the Eastney Cruising Association and their great bar prices. Please note that children are welcome but dogs are not allowed in the club house or on the veranda.

We will enjoy dinner at the Bombay Bay restaurant, a favourite of mine, where we are booked in from 8pm. The restaurant is on site and Indian food is suitable for those on a gluten-free diet. The food is reasonably priced and approx. £15 per head is more than enough for standard grub. The ECA bar is open until 11pm and there is also a chip shop and Spar store 1/3 mile up the road.

The ECA is RYA affiliated and welcomes all visiting yachtsmen. But, the security gate can be a tricky obstacle, so patience is required for me to get there from the bar to let you in! Additionally, the ECA serves Sunday lunch for about £4.75. If any members wish to have lunch before they leave, let me know ASAP and I'll book them in on Saturday afternoon, as this is popular.

Please let me know in good time if you are coming so I can organise berthing and meals.

Getting To Southsea Marina

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Marina tide gate: Saturday 21st September, open from 1025-1625. Sunday open from 1107-1705.

Langstone lies between Portsmouth Harbour to the west and Chichester Harbour to the east. On the weekend of our rally we will have strong spring tide and high water Saturday is 13.18pm 4.8m. High water Sunday is 14.00pm 4.8m. Southsea Marina is small so be sure to inform me of your intentions in good time.

The approach is easy in most weather conditions, but best HW -3 to +1 hour. The entrance channel lies between the East and West Winner drying banks. Once close to the Fairway Beacon, one mile to the South of the entrance to Langstone Harbour, in line with a conspicuous chimney, steer 344º to just clear East Winner. The entrance deepens and favours the West side. The entrance to the Southsea Marina Channel is just past the Hayling Ferry pontoon. Contact the marina on VHF channel 80, call sign "Southsea Marina" when you are approaching the marina channel to be given your berthing instructions.

Seven starboard and nine port markers mark the approach channel. The channel is dredged to 0.5M. Yachts with a draft of 1.5M or more should know better and should exercise caution when approaching at LW -2 to +2 hours. Enter the marina via the automatic tidal gate. The red and green lights at the marina entrance show if the tidal gate is up or down. They are not used to control traffic. Red = gate up, no access. Green = gate down, 1.6M or more clearance. There is a gauge outside the marina to ensure that there is enough water depth to give you clearance. When entering the marina, the vessel travelling with the tide takes priority over a vessel travelling in the opposite direction. There is an outer waiting pontoon for use when the tidal gate is closed.

Looking forward to welcoming you,

Stuart Tucker, P325/27 Pegasus

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