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Ch 14

Call Sign


HW ±2

Berthing Rates

short stay:
£5.00 over one tide

10m: £23.57

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YHA Rating

not rated


30 berths

240V, 16/30A

9am to 8pm

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About the Marina

Rye has been a commercial port since Roman times and it's the seventh of the Cinque Ports. At its peak during the 1500s, up to 200 ships frequently moored where the marina stands today and much of Rye’s history revolves around either being at war or at peace with its French neighbours - which ever was the more profitable at the time. Many of the buildings in Rye date back from 1377 and the ancient warehouses that over shadow the marina makes ones stay in Rye that little bit more appealing. The incessant long-shore drift of shingle has meant that Rye has found itself further and further from the sea and the marina is a good 2Nm up the River Rother. The Harbour of Rye is managed and maintained by the Environment Agency as a public right of navigation. There are over 300 moorings in the harbour, of which 30 are dedicated for visitors. All the moorings dry out so that boats take to the mud twice a day and visiting craft less than 15 metres long can generally be accommodated in the town itself, at the Strand Quay. These moorings comprise steel-piled wall with good timber fendering and access ladders fixed every 15 metres. The centre of Rye with all its amenities is a short walk away and next door to the ablutions block is the Tourist Information Centre for the region.

Marina Approaches

The Harbour of Rye completely dries, and access for vessels with a 2m draft is about ±1hr HW. All vessels should make for the Rye Fairway Buoy , Fl.RW.10s which is just under 2Nm from the entrance, and then head 329° for the main channel. The 30m wide channel is flanked by timber training walls which both protrude out to sea and are submerged at HW and whose outer extremities are marked and lit by port and starboard beacon pile structures, Fl.R5s and Q(9)15s respectively. In strong onshore winds, the approaches to Rye can be uncomfortable with seas breaking well offshore.

All vessels should keep a listening watch on VHF Ch 14 ‘Rye Harbour Radio’ during the HW period, since commercial traffic could be manoeuvring. The harbour is controlled by an IPTS traffic light system located 3/4Nm inland near the Harbour Master’s Office. The mile long stretch of NW’ly channel and its training wall are well marked and lit as far as the Harbour Office at Admiralty Jetty, where there’s a visitors pontoon to tie up alongside and go ashore for berthing instructions from the Harbour Master. From here the channel up the River Rother is marked by port & starboard beacons and after the No.44 PHB you need to branch off to port up the Rock Channel of the River Brede which is only marked and lit by port hand pile beacons. Not long after red pile No.54 the river becomes impassable due to a sluice gate where you to need to veer northwards for the Strand Quay - finding the best water on the port hand side close to the moorings.

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