Information for Visitors
Hello and a very warm welcome to you, visiting sailors from both home waters and abroad.
We're delighted that you would like to come to Itchenor and enjoy sailing with us here at our beautiful Club! You may use the facilities at the Club for up to seven days. All we ask is that you please sign the Visitors' Book on your arrival. Please note that yachtsmen from the UK should be members of clubs or associations recognised by the RYA.
Arriving by Sea
There are six clearly marked visitors' swinging moorings off Itchenor Village which are capable of taking six yachts each dependent on size. There are also visitors` pontoon moorings above Itchenor Sailing Club on the south side of the channel. All these moorings, which are owned and administered by the Chichester Harbour Conservancy (Tel. 01243 512301 or VHF Channel 14 Call Sign - Chichester Harbour Patrol) are within easy reach by dinghy from the pontoons of the Club. (The small pontoon at the upstream end of the Club staging is reserved for tenders). A daytime ferry service is provided by a local operator (Tel. 07970 378350 or VHF Channel 8) from Easter's Good Friday through to 31st October.
The recommended anchorage for Itchenor is on the south side of the Chichester Channel about half a mile below the village west of the green Fairway buoy.
Arriving by Road
Visitors should leave the A27 Chichester Bypass at the junction with the A286 which is signposted Bracklesham and the Witterings. At the mini roundabout at Birdham (4.6 miles) take the B2179 signposted West Wittering. The turning to Itchenor is a right-hand turning about half a mile further on the right. Itchenor village is at the end of this road (1.2 Miles) with the private Club Lane leading to the Sailing Club on the right side immediately opposite The Ship public house.
Access and car parking: Cars should be parked in the Public Car Park off the approach road to Northshore Shipyard together with trailers. It is regretted that cars are NOT permitted to use Club Lane (private property over which we have non-vehicular access only). Sailing dinghies can be wheeled down Club Lane but only by hand.
After unloading, road trailers must not be left on the stage or in the private road opposite the Ship Inn. Road trailers may be parked in the trailer park on the public hard or in the car park beside Northshore. Road trailers may not be brought onto the Club Stage.
Visitors attending open dinghy meetings are asked to advise the Sailing Manager if they require a berth on the dinghy stage. The wide dinghy jetty and the central landing jetty provide easy launching at all states of the tide. Some trollies (marked ISC) are available but boats should be lifted off them after use. After launching, trollies should be returned to the dinghy berth so that they do not obstruct the launching area.
All competitors and all visitors must comply with the safety, warning notices and conditions in the club rules, notices of race and in the sailing instructions. In particular, competitors when afloat and children under 12 on the harbour side of the wall shall wear adequate personal buoyancy as stipulated, please.
The Club has become well-known for its excellent dining facilities and welcomes rallies from other recognised clubs and associations. Please contact the General Manager for bookings and availability.
You are welcomed to join us at our newly refurbished Clubhouse. Please just make yourself known to the General or House Manager on arrival. We offer a full catering service during July and August, and during the rest of the sailing season the bar and dining room are open Thursdays to Sundays, serving a wonderful selection of home cooked, local food and produce. More information on our opening times and the bar menu can be found here.
If you need us, the Club Office is reached via the stairs of the Members Building next to the front lawn. Our door is always open and we will be pleased to provide further information about the Club, take entries for open meetings, bookings for stage berths, meals and accommodation etc.
Contact the office on 01243 512400 or via email
Children are always welcome at the Club however, those under 12 are not allowed in the bar after 7 p.m. We ask that children under 12 are under the continuous personal supervision of a responsible adult . All children under 12 on the harbour side of the wall must wear personal buoyancy, for their own safety.
We're sorry that dogs, other than guide dogs, are not allowed in the Clubhouse during the sailing season. They may pass across the lawn on a lead and are welcome on the harbour side of the wall but must please be kept on a lead and accompanied by their owner at all times.
Visitors are strongly advised not to leave valuables unattended in the changing rooms. There are lockers outside the Club office which can be used for small personal effects.
We look forward to seeing you soon!
Last updated 15:22 on 23 September 2020