Spring Cruise to Littlehampton

Please see below details of the cruise on the bank holiday of the 25th to 27th May.

If you are interested in coming then please complete and submit the form at the end of these details.

Tides for this weekend are neaps, as below (all BST). So leaving from/returning to Emsworth will be different to normal. Depart Emsworth BEFORE 06:00 (approx.) and wait till about 08:30 when you take the last of the ebb down the harbour and go all the way out to the West Pole where you catch the beginning of the flood to Street/Boulder and on to Littlehampton to arrive with the high water. Before entering Littlehampton, check with the HM on VHF Ch 71 as the entrance is narrow and may have commercial traffic.

Return is rather more tricky. The entrance channel DRIES 0.9M on the best line so it is not possible to leave at low water. Easiest is to leave at HW and take the ebb for the reverse route. This means arriving back at West Pole at LW and a wait (wherever convenient) for about 6 hours before re-entering EYH (IF YOU CAN) as the tide is only just 3.7~3.9M depending on which tide tables you consult.
An alternative option is to wait until just before the channel gets too shallow and run out of Littlehampton with the latter part of the ebb. You can then take a closer in-shore route to the Mixon Rock and Street/Boulder against the tide which runs strongly through that gap. (Passage north of Street is possible for cheaters.) This gets you back to Emsworth rather closer to HW but the tide heights & streams make this difficult to time correctly: miss and you won’t get in till Wednesday evening.


HW Emsworth 04:34 Sat 25th May – 4.0M
HW Little’ton 16:54 Sat 25th May – 4.2M

HW Little’ton 06:11 Mon 27th May – 3.9M
LW Little’ton 12:34 Mon 27th May – 1.7M
HW Emsworth 19:12 Mon 27th May – 3.7M

Officer of the Day: Tony Browne, (yacht Elwing II).


Saturday: Sail to Littlehampton. Drinks’n'Nibbles on Elwing II 17:30. Evening meal ashore. Suggested as the Arun View Inn just above the bridge.

Sunday: No opportunity for a dinghy trip to Arundel but this could be done by bus. Evening meal ashore. Suggested as Chopsticks in Town Centre. Choice of restaurants (Sat/Sun) can be influenced by early preference.

Monday: Sail back home, or, in case of inadequate tide, onward to another Solent destination.

Please don’t hesitate to contact the Officer Of The Day (OOD), Tony Browne ( (yacht Elwing II) 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.

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