Chi Raid


The ChiRaid event will call in on the best parts of the eastern part of the harbour, including East Head and Thorney Channel (if possible), Itchenor, Bosham and Dell Quay. The routes will be assisted by the tidal streams where practical.

Although Chichester Harbour is a sheltered body of water, we do reserve the right to modify routes or cancel the Raid at short notice if safety is likely to be compromised. If all goes well this is the route we envisage.

Chichester Tides (BST):

  • Saturday 21 May 2016:       HW     12:21  ht 4.5m
  • Sunday 22 May 2016:         HW     12:57  ht 4.5m


Saturday morning: For boats arriving by road we suggest launching at Itchenor (Conservancy hard). Boats on moorings will leave when tide permits. Our route will take us via East Head (if weather and time permits) before making our way up Bosham channel. Oyster Boat Terror will make her way round from her home port of Emsworth to pick up/set down at Itchenor Jetty before making her way towards Bosham.

Saturday lunch-time: Picnic stop at Bosham Sailing Club (BSC). Our event organisers will arrange for you to either land at Bosham, go alongside the Quay at Bosham or use mooring buoys in Bosham Channel. Please follow their instructions! It is also possible for shallow 

draught boats to sail in Cutmill and Bosham Creeks at HW.

Saturday afternoon: We return to Itchenor (Conservancy moorings or ashore at Itchenor (Conservancy hard)

Saturday evening Social Event: As this sailing may make you hungry, you also have the option of booking for the ChiRaid Supper and Social Event at Itchenor Sailing Club (ISC) on Saturday Evening.

Sunday morning: Our route will take us via Pilsey Island and Thorney Channel (if weather and time permits) before making our way towards Dell Quay

Sunday lunch time: Picnic stop at Dell Quay Sailing Club (DQSC). Our event organisers will arrange for you to either land at Dell Quay, go alongside the DQSC pontoon (subject to DQSC’s rules), go alongside the Chichester Harbour Conservancy pontoon or use mooring buoys near Dell Quay. Please follow our Marshalls’ instructions! It is also possible for shallow draught boats to sail in Fishbourne Channel.

Sunday afternoon: Return to Itchenor hard or home Port when tide permits

Chichester Conservancy Harbour Dues

Harbour dues are payable by all boats using Chichester Harbour and these can be purchased at:

  • The Harbour Office, Itchenor in person, by phone or post
  • The Harbour Office, Emsworth
  • From Patrol Staff either on the hard at Itchenor or afloat
  • From most sailing clubs & marinas (visitors dues only)

Moorings at Itchenor on Saturday Night: If you require a deep water mooring at Itchenor, there is a mid-channel pontoon and a number of mooring buoys. A water taxi service may also be available.  For further information, please check the Chichester Conservancy web site or contact the Harbour Office on 01243 512301.

Accommodation on Saturday Night: If you require accommodation, Itchenor Sailing Club may have a variety of twin and double rooms available, some en-suite. Rooms can be booked by calling the Club on 01243 512400. Cooked breakfast will be available to purchase on Sunday morning.

Camping may also be available at local camp sites (e.g. Wick Farm Holiday Park, Stubb Croft Farm, Fir Trees Birdham)


We will keep in touch via:


Please use the Booking Form below if you wish to join us! Places may be limited, so please book early to avoid disappointment!

As part of the raid we are also offering a great opportunity to take a trip on the last of JD Foster’s Oyster Fleet Terror, at the generously discounted price of £20.00 per person per day. Built in 1890 and renovated by Chichester boatbuilder Tim Gilmore, she represents the best of the harbour from her stem to her stern! Instead of carrying oysters around the harbour she will be carrying people, possibly you

For full details and booking forms please see here


To register an interest in this event please complete the details below and press Submit.



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Entry Fee



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Please pay either by BACS (please contact our Treasurer Neil Fuller via email to: for payment details) or post your Payment to:

Commodore ECA, c/o 7 Ferndale Road, Hove, East Sussex, BN3 6EU

Once your payment is received we will post you the event flag, lapel badges, meal vouchers and event briefing information.

As the booking fee is purely to cover our costs we regret that if you decide to cancel your booking, we cannot return any entry fees.

In the event of bad weather conditions making it necessary to cancel or alter the sailing programme, we will do our best to let you know as soon as possible. The Supper and Social activities at Itchenor Sailing Club on Saturday evening would still go ahead.


I certify that my vessel has adequate third party insurance cover of at least £2 million whilst participating in the Event.

Legal Liability

a. By confirming acceptance of this declaration form, participants accept that they are responsible for themselves, their crew and their boats whether ashore or afloat.
b. Nothing done by the organisers (i.e. ECA, host club when applicable, event management team, patrol craft and anyone helping to run the event) will relieve participants of their responsibilities.
c. By putting to sea participants imply the suitability of their boat and the competency of the skipper and crew for the expected or forecast conditions.
d. The provision of a ‘mother ship’/support/patrol/safety boat(s) does not relieve participants of their responsibility. There is no undertaking by the ECA to provide such support.
e. Each skipper is responsible for ensuring that their boat is equipped and seaworthy so as to be able to face extremes of weather, that their crew is sufficient in number, experience and fitness to withstand such weather, and that adequate safety equipment is carried, properly maintained, stowed, in date and that their crew knows how to use it.
f. The person signing this form accepts and agrees to the following Risk Statement.

Risk Statement

1. The responsibility for a boat’s decision to participate in the Event is hers alone.

2. Sailing is by nature an unpredictable sport and therefore inherently involves an element of risk. By taking part in the event, each participant agrees and acknowledges that:

a. They are aware of the inherent element of risk involved in the activity and accept responsibility for the exposure of themselves, their crew and their boat to such inherent risk whilst taking part in the event.
b. They are responsible for the safety of themselves, their crew, their boat or their property whether afloat or ashore.
c. They accept responsibility for any injury, damage or loss to the extent caused by their own actions or omission.
d. Their boat is in good order, equipped to sail in the event and they are fit to participate.
e. The provision of an event management team, patrol boat if supplied and other officials and volunteers by the event organiser does not relieve them of their own responsibilities.
f. The provision of patrol boat cover, if supplied, is limited to such assistance, particularly in extreme weather conditions, as can be practically provided in the circumstances.
g. They are responsible for ensuring that their boat is equipped and seaworthy so as to be able to face extremes of weather, and that the safety equipment is properly maintained, stowed and in date and is familiar to the crew.
h. They are aware that on a boat without guardrails or which does not fully meet the ISAF relevant safety regulation there is additional risk which should be considered in connection with item 1 above.
3. The safety of a yacht and her crew is the sole and inescapable responsibility of the person in charge who must do their best to ensure that the yacht is fully found, thoroughly seaworthy and manned by an experienced crew who have undergone appropriate training and are physically fit to face bad weather. They must be satisfied as to the soundness of hull, spares, rigging, sails and all gear. They must ensure that all safety equipment is properly maintained and stowed and that the crew know where it is kept and how it is to be used. They shall also nominate a person to take over responsibilities of the person in charge in the event of their incapacitation.

4. The boat is required to hold adequate insurance and in particular to hold insurance against third party claims in the sum of at least £2 million.

5. I agree to be bound by the ECA Briefing Notes, the Risk Assessments and all other rules that govern this event. In particular, I have read the sections on liability and risk detailed above and agree to their provisions. I will draw this to the attention of all crew members before sailing.

For booking forms and full details see the attachments below:

ECA Raid event poster

ECA ChiRaid boat info

ECA ChiRaid Oyster Boat Terror trip info

ECA ChiRaid boat booking form

ECA ChiRaid Oyster Boat Terror trip booking

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