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Shoreham Harbour

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Courtesy Flag

Flag, Red Ensign


Safe Offing 50:47'.894 N 00:14'.656 W Harbour Entrance 50:49'.501 N 00:14'.843 W


Admiralty 2044, SC5065

Rules & Regulations

Give Way to Commercial Traffic


Shoaling Entrance, Commercial Traffic, Questionable in strong onshore winds.

Tidal Data Times & Range

HW +0015 Dover MHWS 5.9m, MHWN 4.5m, MLWN 1.8m, MLWS 0.4m. Tide-tables:   (links)

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General Description

For many of us older sailors from pre GPS days Shoreham is more likely to be remembered not for the delights within, but for the very conspicuous powerstation with its massive chimneys. This always used to serve as a useful landmark to aid in fixing your position while coasting. ... read more


Shoreham Harbour lies about 4 miles westwards of Brighton, and can be identified by the large silver chimney half a mile eastwards of the entrance.

Offshore a southerly cardinal buoy (Q(6)LFl.15s) marks the edge of a sewer outfall and is fairly close to the leading line into the harbour. The waypoint given on our chart (50°47'.894N, 00°14'.656W) is close to this buoy.

From this safe distance off, the approach can be made inwards. The transit marks consist of a low light on the end of the middle pier (Oc.5s.10M), and a taller lighthouse further back (Fl.10s.13m.15M). The transit marks lineup on 355°, and this is the best approach.

In strong onshore winds particularly on the ebb it can get very rough in the approach as the waters shallow. In these circumstances the approach could be dangerous for small craft and entry should be reconsidered. Carefully.

The entrance is liable to silting up and is constantly being dredged, however other than at dead low water springs there should be sufficient depths for yachts. The prudent skipper would probably leave it a couple of hours after low water, particularly if there's any kind of swell running.

Full pilotage information.. ... read more

Berthing, Mooring & Anchoring

Yachtsmen and motorboaters will find a berth at the Lady Bee Marina, just inside the locks on the port hand side. This is owned by the harbour authorities themselves. ... read more

Your Ratings & Comments

Correction to Lat/Long of "Safe Offing" waypoint.
Written by George Metcalfe | 6th Sep 2017
Under the "Waypoint" heading near the top, the Safe Offing waypoint Northing is incorrect. It says 50:49.894 N but it should be 50:47.894 N. It is specified correctly further down, under the "Approach" heading.

Editors note: Thanks for that, now corrected
Update Spring 2016
Written by dononshytalk | 16th Mar 2016
These notes were reviewed again by Don in March 2016. Prices still haven't changed and everything else remains the same.
Update April 2014
Written by dononshytalk | 11th Apr 2014
These notes were reviewed in April 2014. Prices haven't changed and Shoreham is becoming a harbour that is attracting more yachties.
Update 2013
Written by dononshytalk | 18th Mar 2013
These notes were updated by Don T on the 18th March 2013. Prices have been adjusted for 2013 otherwise there is little change. The Sussex Yacht Club website URL has been included.
National Coastwatch Institution
Written by SailorAlan | 18th Oct 2010
May I suggest that you might like to add to the charts or notes the positions and watch hours of the National Coastwatch Institution Watch Stations.

I am one of the volunteer watchkeepers at Shoreham [I was for about 15 years a Skipper in the Admiralty Ferry Crews] and we keep a daylight visual and radio listening watch.

The web site is http://www.nci.org.uk from which you can get full information about us and what we do.
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