ABP Marine Leisure Guide
Your guide to safe watercraft operation in and around the Port of Southampton. Click here
Studland Bay Marine Conservation Zone
Voluntary No Anchor Zone. A link to an email circulated by the RVYC to their Cruiser Group. Click here
Choosing the Right Boat -
A link from Harry, a student on Homeschooling Adventures, an alternative learning programme for kids.
Looking for a Marine Berth to rent?
Rebel Marine details are given on the For Sale link
Sept 2021 View the creek at low tide
A very informative website that allows one to zoom in to the coastline around England, including Wootton Creek, that can be viewed at low tide in high definition.
Dinghy Park report.
Slipway cleaned early August and 1st September
Be vigilant and secure your property
There have been recent reports of trespass and theft in and around the creek. It is worth remembering to be vigilant and ensure your property is locked up and secure at all times. Inevitably there will probably be more opportunist crime during the current crisis.
Recent groundings on Wootton Rocks
Once again another visiting boat has gone aground on Wootton Rocks having thought that the red post marking it was a port channel marker. WCFA have been in conversation with QHM regarding the hazard of this misleadingly marked post, and received the following response:
The red post is the most appropriate mark to use in this instance, it cannot be an IDM red/black because according to the definition an IDM has to have clear water around the isolated obstruction. When QHM replaced the original mark (bucket/traffic cone on a scaffold pole) they had to put it slightly to the north to enable the contractor to get in into the sea bed, which is why it is where it is.
Further, any visiting yacht unfamiliar with the area should check their chart or plotter, by doing so its obvious that marker is for the rocks and not the channel or even check the WCFA web site which shows two drone flights covering the complete creek area taken at high and low tide, specifically to assist in passage planning.
If you see or are involved in a grounding on Wootton Rocks please contact the Fairways who will pass this on to QHM Portsmouth.
Don't make waves, cut your speed.
Know your local harbour Speed Limits
The following speed limits apply:
Within Wootton Creek to the West of the meridian of the mouth of the creek.(Longitude 01 12’.84 W) -
The speed limit in each case is to be taken as "speed through the water".
QUEEN'S HARBOUR MASTER PORTSMOUTH
Recreational Boating During Coronavirus -
LNTM No 32/20
28th March Various advice and information for recreational boaters during Coronavirus
Cowes Harbour Commission
advice and information for recreational boaters
England Coast Path on the Isle of Wight
Some of you may be interested in the Wootton Fishbourne section. Report IOW 2, page 35
A second Overview document will be published later this year alongside report IOW 1 which covers the length of coast between East Cowes and Wootton Bridge.
Wootton Creek Fairway Association
Annual General Meeting
In accordance with the latest Government advice the meeting scheduled for 26th March at the Royal Victoria Yacht Club has been postponed.
A new date will be announced when circumstances permit. For any queries please contact any Committee member or the Hon Sec.
26 Sept Some useful seasonal advise for boat owners "Now that the Autumn weather has arrived many of you will be thinking about laying up your boats or preparing them for Winter. Whether you take your boat out it or leave it on its mooring the condition of the mooring itself is often overlooked and as a licensee it is your responsibility. However it is a good time of year to check as the water temperature will now be higher after the Summer than it will be in the Spring. There are also low water spring tide conditions while it remains light before the nights really close in and we revert to GMT.
The whole mooring should be checked as it could fail through one weak spot. Are the four anchors or sinkers properly buried? Is the ground chain in good condition? Every link? Are the riser chains in serviceable condition? again every link. Are the mooring ropes good and of a suitable size, particularly if the boat will be on the mooring during winter storms? (Or this year Autumn storms!). It may be prudent to double up or provide some extra lines. Particular attention should be paid to every shackle which are a common weak point. Are they worn? Is the mousing present/sound? Has the pin thread eroded? (I have found pins which will just pull out after a few years and only held in by the mousing!)
Having checked your mooring now you can sleep easier during those dark night storms or know that the mooring is ready to receive your boat next spring ready for the coming season."
19 June Only the brave/fool hardy/confident. Photo of DB taking delivery of a secondhand greenhouse.
8 May Fun On The Water. ‘British Marine Isle of Wight’ is delivering 'Fun On The Water' for all the family at Cowes Yacht Haven, Saturday 12 & Sunday 13 May 2018, 10am – 4pm. Entry is free and there will be a host of activities to try out. Rebel Marine of Cowes and Fishbourne are participating with a range of on the water craft and even offering a few short taster blasts on Lightening Rebel, the fastest Charter RIB on the Island free of charge. Book a time slot on arrival.
25 April Venturing out and about on the water soon?
If your planning to go to Cowes or the Medina then check out the diagram on the Cowes Harbour Commission website for the recently opened Dredged Eastern Channel in Cowes Harbour.
Speed limit in the creek. The speed limit in the creek is 5 Knots, but occasionally people disregard this and can cause unnecessary wash and disturbance. QHM Portsmouth have the authority to enforce this rule and any incident of this kind can be reported to them. The procedure is to go onto the QHM Portmouth website and use the REPORT AN INCIDENT form. This form is then logged and viewed by the QHM or his deputy and any action necessary taken. Evidence in the form of video together with details of the craft or perpetrators would be needed in order to pursue it further.
As the season gets under way continue to be vigilant on and around the creek.
Help maintain a safe and enjoyable environment by reporting any suspicious activity.
The police contact number is 101 or 01962 841 534. There are also useful links on the Hampshire Police website, www.hampshire.police.uk, to the Marine Unit Project Kraken, and advice under Marine Crime on Steps to secure your vessel and the property within it.