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#1 Posted : 03 July 2017 14:25:44(UTC)
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Location: Fishguard, Wales

Starting 15 July 2017 from 14.00 and ending 16 July after 14:00.

High water is about 16.30 BST.

Portchester Sailing Club (PSC) is situated directly adjacent to Portchester Castle, the most impressive and best-preserved of the Roman 'Saxon Shore' forts that was built initially in the late 3rd century. The port at the harbour mouth only began in 1180. Around the club are coastal footpaths and nature reserves to explore.

PSC has a bar and balcony overlooking Portchester Lake and other facilities to support its active cruiser, dinghy and fishing sections. However, this year, the older parts of the building are undergoing restoration. Sadly, all the catering facilities are packed away, so the club is unable to provide any food, plates or cutlery this year. We will have to make do ourselves.

Portchester Sailing Club lies to the North of Portsmouth Harbour entrance. Portsmouth Harbour entrance is used by many large military and commercial vessels as well as numerous small craft. Visitors are advised to inspect up to date charts and visit

http://www.royalnavy.mod.uk/qhm/portsmouth. Please see attached document for details.


Saturday: Tides 02:53 4.3m, 08:15 1.1m, 15:38 4.4m 20:41 1.4m

Some PSC cruisers leave for Interclub 3 Bembridge Starting 13.30

Saturday Afternoon

Arrival & tie up if pier pontoons available 14.00 to 18.30

Dinghy summer series race starting at 15.00 will also be using the slipway. Please leave room.

Bar open from about mid day. St Mary's tea room open 10.30 to 16.00

Saturday Evening

The Bar will be kept open provided that enough boats turn up

The recommended option for food is to Fetch Fish & Chips from Mother Kelly's 023 9221 9149

Other options include:

  • Curry from River Spice 023 9232 6033

  • Dine at The Cormorant 023 9237 9374

Sunday: Tides 03.45 4.2m, 09:04 1.9m, 16:32 4.3m 21:36 1.4m

Those moored in the channel can leave anytime. Those on the slipway or pier can leave before 06:15 or depart after 14.00. Some cruisers return from Bembridge (Inter-Club 3) in the afternoon.


Three floating pontoons are connected to shore by a pier. The pontoons dry at 2.8 metres above chart datum. One metre depth of water should be available for about 2.5 hours either side of high tide.

The number of boats that can be moored against these pontoons will depend on the way they have been configured. At best, each pontoon can accommodate two boats on the channel side and one on the inside. However the pontoons may be arranged with an overlap. The pontoons are sheltered from prevailing winds by Portchester Castle but can become lively in strong southerly winds. More can be accommodated by rafting out.

There is another floating mooring pontoon between piles in the channel just opposite the clubhouse and slipway. A tender is required to get ashore. Since wakes can cause severe pitching of the pontoon it is recommended that only one boat be moored either side and mooring lines are kept slack but rafting out is possible. The water can become shallow on the shore side of the pontoon.

Boats can dry on or immediately adjacent to the slipway enabling access to shore using shoes or boots for a few hours either side of low water. The North side of the slipway must be kept clear for the passage and launching of dinghies on trailers.

Visitors can moor up on the north sides of the upper and lower dolphins that are situated on the south side of the slipway. The lower dolphin dries at 2.7 metres above chart datum. So 1 metre of water should be available for about 2 hours 15 either side of high tide. Do not tie up between the dolphins, there is mooring tackle on the ground. Close to high tide you could tie up to a ground chain that runs from the upper dolphin to the slipway.

Visitors are advised against walking through deep mud. The fine grey silt is difficult to wash off and there are a few spots where it is possible to sink in.

For full details and chartlet please see attached document.

Coordinator: Chris Prowse 07761915001 cjprowse@gmail.com

Please let me know if you are coming. I intend to be present with a car most of the time.

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