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Rye Harbour (River Rother)

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Courtesy Flag

Flag, Red Ensign


Safe Water Mark 50:54' N 000:48' E


Admiralty 1991, SC5605

Rules & Regulations

6 Knts Speed Limit, No Anchoring Inside, Traffic Signals Must Be Obeyed, Not suitable for boats 15 M or more.


Occasional Ships, Rough possibly dangerous entrance in Strong Onshore Winds.

Tidal Data Times & Range

HW +0002 Dover, MHWS 7.7m, MHWN 6.0m No Low Water Data Available

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General Description

Harbour Master      
01797 225225   or VHF #14 ... read more


In settled offshore conditions the yachtsman or motorboater should have no problem finding and negotiating the well marked entrance to Rye Harbour. ... read more

Berthing, Mooring & Anchoring

After paying harbour dues and getting some inside information from the harbour master... ... read more

Your Ratings & Comments

Harbour temporarily closed to visitors!
Written by Tyro Sailor | 7th Jun 2024
...as I discovered to my chagrin yesterday morning on my way there from Eastbourne. Several weeks of work on the harbour is going on and there's simply no room. The Harbourmaster was apologetic, sympathetic and insistent. Worth checking early in the planning stage, as I didn't.

There was no alternative in a westerly wind and eastgoing spring tide but to continue to Folkestone, where I dried out close to the visitors' buoy.
Shame, really, as I believe it's a nice town.
Update May 2022
Written by Don Thomson 3 | 6th May 2022
I reviewed these notes in early May 2022. I've added the warnings from our members below and the prices are unchanged
Take care at springs
Written by rupertemerson | 23rd Apr 2022
Be careful of arriving too soon before high water on springs. No more than an hour before would be my suggestion. You are required to sign in at the harbour master's office and tying up to their structure is not simple when the tide is ripping down the channel, especially if single handed. Down at the Strand it is really only suitable for small bilge keelers and even then you need to be aware that the river runs up to a barrier and bounces back so you can be fooled. Once Strand Quay has flooded it does hold for a while so you need not rush to choose your spot. If you can make it to Rye you are rewarded with a gem, especially if antiques and curios are your thing. If not, a walk out to the Tudor Camber Castle is a joy on a sunny day and then in the evening you are spoiled for choice in the culinary line. Excellent pies at the Standard Inn or classy fish at Webbe's. Indian, Italian, Vegan all well regarded. Rye is a real harbour, with lots of commercial and leisure craft full of real sailors if you seek them out, and they are a friendly bunch.
Not for bigger boats 2019 info from Peter
Written by Bryant | 16th Aug 2019
Just to note I used the info about Rye Harbour and couldn't find anywhere for a 15m boat to tie up - I called the Harbour Master and he said that for years they've been asking Reeds etc to change the entry as there is no
place other than Strand Quay in town to tie up and that is for smaller boats. As of now its also restricted due to works on the Quay. It would be worth updating your notes. I'll email Reeds too but given the HM has failed to get them to do any update I guess my email will fall on deaf ears
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Written by Don Thomson | 28th Mar 2018
The light signatures on the marks on both sides of the channel entrance have been changed otherwise much is the same as before. Prices, which were unchanged in 2017, remain the same for 2018
Update Spring 2016
Written by dononshytalk | 21st Mar 2016
These notes were reviewed by Don in March 2016. I've made a few changes; pontoons are not yet installed at Strand Quay; prices have been simplified and I've learnt that they do not encourage the use of fender boards at Strand Quay because they tend to get all tangled up with mooring ropes.
Update April 2014
Written by dononshytalk | 10th Apr 2014
These notes were reviewed in April 2014. The prices have not changed for 2014. We have corrected our previous statement that electricity was not available, it is, at both the Admiralty Jetty and Strand Quay. They had intended putting in pontoons at Strand Quay for this year but apologise to those of you who knew of this; they have had to spend much of the early part of this year repairing storm damage and will have to delay this improvement until next year. In the meantime the toilets have been given a lick of paint!!
Update 2013
Written by dononshytalk | 15th Mar 2013
The Rye Harbour notes were updated by Don T on the 15th of march 2013. Prices will be going up in March 2013 and we have shown the new prices.
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