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Chichester Approach, Entry, General Overview, Sparkes Yacht Harbour

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Courtesy Flag

Flag, Red Ensign


Eastoke Point 50:46'.69N, 000:56'.07W Approximate Position of West Pole Beacon: 50:45'.45N 000:56'.59W


Admiralty 2045, 3418, SC5600

Rules & Regulations

8Knt Speed Limit, Harbour Auth. hot on daysignals eg. Cones and Balls


Entrance Unsafe in Strong Onshore Winds (see text) Spring Ebbs can reach 6 Knts
Submerged Barrier between Portsea and the Horse Sands Fort. Dolphins mark the safe passage.

Tidal Data Times & Range

HW +0027 Dover, MHWS 4.9m, MHWN 4.0m, MLWN 1.9m, MLWS 0.9m Tide tables:   (links)

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General Description

Chichester Harbour is a large area of winding channels and drying mud flats with access to the sea through a fairly narrow entrance with a shifting shingle bar.

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For the yachtsman or motor-boater, the first thing that needs to be noted about entry to Chichester Harbour is that this cannot be considered a harbour of refuge... ... read more

Berthing, Mooring & Anchoring

Sparkes Marina is located just within Chichester Harbour on the Western side. As it is so close to the entrance it's details are included in this particular article, including visitors mooring prices.

The Marina is approached by a dredged channel with 1.5 m minimum below chart datum, and the entrance to this channel lies just to the south of the unlit easterly cardinal beacon mentioned in the approach and entry section.
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Your Ratings & Comments

Stayed at Sparkes beginning of April. £54.70 for 10.5m boat with electricity
Written by Chris99 | 29th Apr 2024
Firstly, I made a mistake by exiting Chichester Harbour just after low tide with a SE wind blowing about 5 or 6. Very severe seas at the bar with breaking waves both sides and across the exit, so once we had started it would have been dangerous to try to turn. Plenty of depth according to the chart, but severe waves meant this was not the case.

We were lucky to get out without wrecking. Very large waves with short frequency. At one point we had less than 6 inches under the keels in the wave troughs with waves about 10 feet trough to peak. Had we grounded it would have been a bad situation.

Sparkes marina is really nice. There is a narrow channel available at all tides. We exited at low tide between spring and neap and had around 8 feet all the way out until opposite the sailing club, where this dropped to about 6 feet. It is very narrow, so keep a very close eye on the sounder.

You are supposed to book via the MDL Marinas website, which I had a problem with but this was sorted within 20 minutes even though it was a Sunday.

Shops are quite a walk away and the nearest decent pub is 20-25 minutes walk through a housing estate.

Staff friendly and welcoming.
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Update March 2022
Written by Don Thomson 3 | 17th Mar 2022
I reviewed these notes in March 2022. There are no significant changes. I've uploaded a Marina diagram for Sparkes Marina in the Nav images (top right). It's worth clicking or tapping on the Sparkes Marina chartlet in the berthing section for the close in buoyage of the approach to the Marina

Written by Don Thomson | 12th Mar 2018
Sparkes have raised their prices slightly and we have uploaded a new chart
We have had information on Harbour dues from the Conservancy Board which says that "as a visitor, if you are paying one of the Chichester Harbour marinas an overnight visitor fee this will include our visitor harbour dues fee for up to one month. You can visit numerous marinas within this first month."
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Update Spring 2016
Written by dononshytalk | 30th Mar 2016
These notes were reviewed by Don in March 2016. There has been a price increase at Sparkes Marina
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Update March 2014
Written by dononshytalk | 26th Mar 2014
Reviewed in March 2014. Small price increase at Sparkes
Update 2013
Written by dononshytalk | 10th Jan 2013
The only changes are the 2013 prices. Don T
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