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short stay:
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around £1.60 per m

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not rated


240V, 16/30A

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About the Marina

As you might expect with any marina based in Portsmouth Harbour there's a lot of historical interest behind the Hornet Sailing Club Marina. The club house was the original wardroom for HMS Hornet when the site was the base for the Fast Patrol Craft of the Coastal Defence Forces in WW2, whose role was to protect British coastal traffic and the ultimate defeat of the German E-boat menace. Today the club and its marina provides affordable berthing and facilities for current and ex-service men. As such the marina is not available to visiting yachtsmen from the general public, however it welcomes visitors who are members of any of the tri-services sailing clubs such as the Royal Naval Association, Army Sailing Associations and the RAF Sailing Association. The marina has 230 berths for yachts up to 40ft on fully serviced pontoons. The club house boasts a very modern galley and restaurant, and the House Team is proficient at producing interesting menus, usually enhanced at weekends, with a reduced menu during the mid week period. Prices are very fair and are certainly competitive when comparing like for like with the local High Street pubs and restaurants.

The marina is right under the shadow of HMS Alliance - the main focal exhibit of the Submarine Museum which follows the history and life onboard her majesty's submarine service from the beginnings of the early Holland designs right up to the nuclear age of today. The museum is also at one end of the 'Millennium Walkway' - a popular promenade walkway which skirts past the Haslar Marina and ends at Priddy’s Hard which used to be the Royal Navy's magazine and munitions store from Nelson's time right up to Falklands conflict and now a museum dedicated to its 250 year history.

Marina Approaches

Portsmouth Harbour is a very busy commercial harbour as well as being a large and important naval base, therefore there are some fairly strict protocols and procedures. The Marina is about 200m beyond the narrows of the harbour entrance - just round the back of Fort Blockhouse, on the port hand side as you arrive. To negotiate the narrows, all vessels under 20m LOA must be under power and must use the ‘Small Boat Channel’ which is 50m wide and runs from the No.4 Bar Buoy (QR) in the south, to Ballast Bank (Fl.R.2.5s) in the north, and keeps all leisure traffic to the west of the main shipping channel. This means staying as close as possible to the red port hand channel buoys, being wary of the Hamilton bank, and at the channels narrowest point you’ll pass just yards from the old HMS Dolphin Wardroom at Fort Blockhouse. At night, the red sector of the Dir WRG light on Fort Blockhouse covers the Small Boat Channel until close to the entrance narrows, after which the red sector of the Dir WRG located just east of Gosport Marina takes you through the final part of the entrance.

At the peak of the ebb tide, little head way can be made at the narrows, so best avoid arriving at these times. Once inside the harbour turn smartly to port as if making for Haslar Marina. Shadow the line of the Haslar Marina until you reach the Hornet SC Marina in the corner of Haslar Creek.

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