ECA October Rally to Chichester Marina 06/10 – 07/10/18 Reminder

ECA October Rally to Chichester Marina reminder

06/10 – 07/10/18

Please see below details for the last rally of the season to Chichester marina. This will be your chance to catch up on everybody’s season activities and interesting tales.  If you are interested in coming then please complete and submit the form at the end of these details. If you could register as soon as possible it will help in making reservations and planning. Berths have been reserved for Saturday night only.

As you can see high tide on the Saturday at Emsworth is mid morning and moving towards springs so those leaving from Emsworth with a 1.5m draft will probably not depart much before 08:45 (HW -1.5).

Chichester Marina has a lock which operates 24 hours a day. Either side of high tide the lock will be open for free flow. As you approach Longmore Point, ensure that you have your VHF on Ch80; on passing Birdham Spit pile call the marina using your boat’s “call sign”, advise your position and request lock entry.

The Lock Keeper will acknowledge your call and either instruct you to “proceed to the lock on a green light” or, in busy times, “join the back of the queue for the lock and enter in turn upon a green signal light”. While holding position, or approaching, favour your starboard hand to allow room for outbound traffic to pass port to port in accordance with COLREGs Rule 14.

During free flow, follow the radio and traffic light signal procedure outlined above. Generally speaking, there will be little or no delay in receiving clearance to leave your berth. The Duty Lock Keeper will make an “all stations” announcement at the beginning and end of free flow. In addition, a flashing yellow beacon signifying that free flow is in operation will be illuminated.

For further information about the lock procedure go to

Tide Times

Saturday 6th October

HW Emsworth – 10:14 4.3m and 5ft 8in at sill

HW Portsmouth – 10:00 4.5m

Chichester Lock Free Flow – 08:44 to 11.59

Sunday 7th October

HW Emsworth -  11.07 4.6m and 6ft 8in at sill

HW Portsmouth – 10.48 4.7m

Chichester Lock Free Flow – 09.34 to 13.09





Saturday 6th October


Arrive at Chichester Marina mid-day onwards

18:00 Meet on Yacht Bob for drinks and nibbles

19:00 Proceed to Chichester Yacht club

19:30 Meal in Yacht Club (Note: Food can be ordered at the hatch so no need to order in advance)

Sunday 7th October

Independently return to port



Chichester marina VHF Ch 80 Tel 01243 512 731


The OOD for the rally is Andrew Bannister contact details below;

Boat Name: Bob  Beneteau 331,  MMSI 235081546

Contact: Tel 07599180046


Rally contact VHF Chan 16/72


Please don’t hesitate to contact the cruise Officer Of The Day (OOD) if you have any questions.

Participating skippers are reminded that all ECA rallies and events are carried out under rule 22 of the Emsworth Cruising Association Rules as published in the Emsworth Cruising Association Yearbook.

Participation in an ECA rally or event is taken as acknowledgement and understanding of this rule.

 The ECA draws to the attention of skippers and crew attending, that full responsibility for sea worthiness of boats and experience of crew attending, is held with the skipper of the boat sailing to the  rally, all information given in guidance should be checked before setting out.

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


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