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Ch 17

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Berthing Rates

short stay:
£1.15/m (4hours)

£2.65 per metre

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YHA Rating



60 berths

240V, 16/30A

50 ton

£1 coins

24 hr Asda

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24 hr


well stocked

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About the Marina

When Premier Marinas opened this marina in 1993 it immediately earned itself the YHA’s 5 Gold Anchor award. The Sovereign Marina is situated in the heart of Eastbourne - a Sussex seaside town which is not too dissimilar to Brighton. Within this harbour there’s an outer tidal pool and four marina basins accessible through two high capacity locks which are manned 24/7. The Marina has 60 dedicated pontoon berths for visitors, which can berth vessels up to 24m LOA. The marinas on-site support and repair services operate 24/7 which also includes a retail park, a Multiplex Cinema and 24 hr Asda superstore. Within a short walk from your mooring is the Victorian waterfront with its vibrant cosmopolitan cocktail of shops bars and restaurants where you can either enjoy a meal on the quayside, luxuriating in the panoramic views of the sea, or browse the excellent range of shops, offering designer clothing and gifts.

Marina Approaches

A 25m high Martello Tower at Langney point and the lighthouse (Fl.(3).15s) serves as the best landmark for the marina. A safe water mark (LFl.10s) about 4 cables off the harbour entrance, marks the start of the entrance channel. The SWM conveniently sits on the white sector of the directional light that guides you through the dredged channel leading to the harbour entrance (258° true). This channel is marked and further emphasised by two starboard hand buoys - both lit. These two buoys also ensure that your’e clear of an old WW2 wreck to the north.

The entrance can be unsafe in strong SE/NE winds and if in doubt call the Harbour Master on VHF Ch 17 before entry. In winds of about F5 it is best to time ones arrival within an hour and a half of high water. The entrance is dredged, but if your draft is over 2 metres and it is close to low water, it is advisable to call to check the depth.

Once passed between the breakwaters, follow the buoyed channel to the twin locks. Visitors are advised to monitor VHF Channel 17 for navigation information whilst underway within the harbour. A 3 knot limit applies around the Waterfront and the North Channel. No anchoring permitted in this artificial harbour.

Locking Procedure
Upon entering the tidal harbour the marina's purpose-built twin 50m locks will be clearly visible. These are in operation 24 hours a day, closing on the hour and half-hour. Monitor VHF Ch17 for broadcasts about the status of the locks.

Light Sequence
- Vessels must not proceed. Vessels inbound to the lock should heave to or give way to outward bound vessels
GREEN - Vessels may enter the lock.

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