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Sovereign Yacht Harbour, Eastbourne

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Courtesy Flag

Flag, Red Ensign


Outer Harbour Entrance 50:47'.322 N 000:20'.036 E


Admiralty 536, SC5605

Rules & Regulations

No Toilet Discharge within the locked harbour.


Shallow Approach, unwise in strong onshore conditions.

Tidal Data Times & Range

HW -0005 Dover MHWS 7.4m, MHWN 5.5m, MLWN 2.2m, MLWS 0.7m. Tide-tables:   (links)

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General Description

Sovereign Harbour tel 01323 470099 VHF #17
Marina  tel 01323 470099 
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Approaches to Sovereign Harbour are relatively straightforward. ... read more

Berthing, Mooring & Anchoring

While you are waiting in the lock, the lock keepers will allocate you a berth. ... read more

Your Ratings & Comments

Written by Don Thomson | 28th Mar 2018
There is more up-to-date information on the charts re depths in the approach. Prices for visitors haven't changed.
To clarify the note by Jaypea last spring (below); they were indeed short staffed in the early spring of last year but that has been rectified and our members can expect to have a full welcome this summer as they not only have a full staff on already but increase that for the summer.
Soveriegn Harbour is accessible virtually 24 hours
Written by Trevor Gurr | 13th Sep 2017
Just to make things clear I'm a annual berth-holder and have found the marina very good. The locks and office are accessible 24 hours, on the rare chance that the lock keeper has been called away they will not have gone far, I have entered the marina myself at all hours of the night with no problems. If you are deep keeled and trying to enter on spring low tide then you may have depth problems but isn't that a bit of bad judgement on your behalf. The local marine companies are open usual business hours. The only thing I wouldn't recommend is the local chippy, there are some great chippies in Eastbourne a short distance away and other eating,drinking establishments, many I could recommend.
Update on facilities and an unimpressive service
Written by Jaypea | 11th May 2017
Overnight stay 2nd April. They were clearly short-staffed which may have had a bearing on procedure though we spoke to a couple of berth holders who, whilst disappointed, weren't surprised.
If unfamiliar with the place, as we were, don't take anything for granted!
NO allocation of berth or guidance after requesting entry to lock, we had to make second radio enquiry.
Sparse details given of marina facilities but [after request] we were issued with WiFi code which is free to use. Washroom facilities were excellent. Free electricity hook-up. Good food options on marina site. The chandlers and boatyard service company are closed Sundays and Mondays....queried whether this was 'pre-season' hours and was told not so don't rely on it during the summer. Over dinner we realised we hadn't clarified a few things but found the office locked at 20.30 with no staff to be found anywhere and no indication of hours/return.
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Update Spring 2016
Written by dononshytalk | 18th Mar 2016
These notes were reviewed by Don in Spring 2016. I have noticed an anomaly in the charting of the harbour entrance. Some recent charts have been showing the first SHM inbound as being in the red sector of the lead in lights. UKHO is looking into this but in the meantime local information is that that buoy has never been moved and is still to starboard of the required track into the entrance. Prices have been updated for the 2016 season
Update April 2014
Written by dononshytalk | 10th Apr 2014
These notes were updated April 2014. Prices have been adjusted for the 2014 season
Correction re. DIY store
Written by Bryant | 24th Apr 2013
"Sovereign Yacht Harbour does not have a DIY store in proximity as stated
in your text. There are Wickes, Homebase and B&Q stores a short 2 to 3
mile taxi ride away in Eastbourne. There is an Asda 24 hour superstore,
Next, Boots Chemist, JD Sports, Matalan, Poundland, Harveys furniture,
Brentanos shoes and Cinemax all within 150 yds of the yacht club. On the
Waterfront adjoining the Inner harbour can be found a Harvester pub &
restaurant, Thai, Italian Indian and Spanish/Mexican restaurants as well
as a huge gift store, coffee shop, wine bar, hairdresser, dentist and
fish& chip take away.
There is a local Eurotek Chandlery, Southern Shipwrights Ltd boat
maintenance yard, Bates Southern yacht brokerage and several service
Sovereign Harbour Premier Marinas office tel no is 01323 470099
Hope this helps."
Update 2013
Written by dononshytalk | 18th Mar 2013
These notes were updated by Don T on the 18th March 2013. The reference (below) to the narrowness of the berths has been included and the prices updated for 2013.
Visitors moorings at Sovereign
Written by Orion1231 | 2nd Dec 2011
When the moorings person take details of your boats length, also tell them the beam. If you are allocated a berth next to someone you may find that your combined beams is greater than the width between the berth fingers. Boats are beamier than in the past and this is a recurring problem at Sovereign.
Last year the people on the adjacent boat became very worried as we entered into a space that was just large enough.
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