The Newhaven marina is tucked away on the western side of the River Ouse, about 8 cables from the harbour entrance and out of harms way from the busy Hoverspeed and Transmanche ferries that ply across the Channel from Newhaven and Dieppe. The marina has over 300 fully serviced pontoon berths with room for up to 20 visitors on a dedicated visitors pontoon, which can accommodate vessels up to 15m LOA. The Newhaven YC to the south of the marina welcomes visitors when its open. There are two pubs close by to the marina and the town is only a few minutes walk from the marina where there are more pubs and restaurants to choose from. For provisions, there's a large supermarket on the marina side of the river, and there’s another one just over the bridge, about 1km to the north of the marina.
The long 800m western breakwater marks the entrance to the harbour, which can be spotted several miles away, and at night you can pick up the light house at the end of the Breakwater, Occ(2)10s. The light on the much shorter Eastern Breakwater is less obvious, but quite easy to make out, Iso.G.10s.
Conditions can get a bit choppy off the entrance in strong S/SE winds and yachts need to be aware of the shallows inside the inner bight of the Western Breakwater. Also all yachts must obey the traffic signal located on the western shore, opposite the root of the Eastern Breakwater;
RED RED RED vert: no entry
GREEN GREEN WHITE vert: small craft may proceed, 2 way traffic
GREEN WHITE GREEN vert: proceed when instructed
The main channel to the marina is dredged to 6m, and although the marina is dredged to 1.5m twice a year, the water between the marina pontoons silts very quickly due to the constant ferry movements, so its best to arrive an hour or two either side of high