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short stay:
up to 12m £13.28


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About the Marina

Royal Clarence is owned by Castle Marinas, and the site overlooking the marina is an exciting residential and shore side development by Berkeley Homes. During the 18th century this area was part of the Royal Clarence Victualling Yard - a busy self-contained community, built for the purpose of supplying food and drink for the Royal Navy. The marina was originally built to host the start of the 2000 Tall Ships Race, and so the marina has inherited the ability to accommodate vessels up to 60m LOA with a draft of 5.25m. Until the entire development is finished in 2013, then patience is the word regarding facilities. At the moment all shore side facilities are located in the Cooperage Green Office which is by the marina road entrance. These include toilets, showers and laundry facilities, and just next door is the 'Pump House' - the marina’s licensed coffee shop and Tapas bar, whilst overlooking the marina on the waterfront is G's wine bar & restaurant.

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 1000m beyond the narrows of the Harbour entrance, on the Gosport side of the harbour. 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 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 head straight for the marina entrance and do not wander off to Gunwharf Quays on the Portsmouth side. To do so, you must first call for permission from the Queen’s Harbour Master on VHF Ch 11, and cross north of Ballast Bank at 90° to the main channel and remain 50m of any warship.

The marina could be mistaken for the Gosport Marina whose large gaping north jetty tends to sweep you in, as if like a giant arm. In fact if you follow the line of this north jetty - keeping it port - it will guide you into the entrance of the Royal Clarence Marina which is naturally screened by a drying bank which forms Burrow Island. At the marina entrance call VHF Ch 80 or call 02392 253810 for berth enquiries and instructions. Also note that the pontoons berths north of pontoon ‘D’ belong to the Civil Service Sailing Association and are not part of the Royal Clarence Marina.

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