Welcome to visitors
A warm welcome is extended to visiting yachtsmen from both home waters and abroad who arrive by sea as well as to sailors visiting us to compete in our Open meetings.
We expect those yachtsmen from the UK to be members of clubs or associations recognised by the RYA. They are invited to use the facilities at Itchenor Sailing Club as visitors for up to seven days. Please sign the Visitors' Book on your arrival at the Club. Also welcome are those who arrive by road to take part in one of the many open meetings organised by the Club.
ARRIVING BY SEA
There are six clearly marked visitors' swinging moorings off Itchenor Village which are capable of taking six yachts each dependent on size. There are also visitors` pontoon moorings above the Itchenor Sailing Club on the south side of the channel. All these moorings, which are owned and administered by the Chichester Harbour Conservancy (Tel. 01243 512301 or VHF Channel 14 Call Sign - Chichester Harbour Patrol) are within easy reach by dinghy from the pontoons of the club. (The small pontoon at the upstream end of the club staging is reserved for tenders). A daytime ferry service is provided by a local operator (Tel. 07970 378350 or VHF Channel 8) from Good Friday through to 31st October.
The recommended anchorage for Itchenor is on the south side of the Chichester Channel about half a mile below the village west of the green Fairway buoy.
Visitors should make themselves known to the Secretary or House Manager when they will be asked to sign in the Visitors` Book. A full catering service is provided during July and August, and during the rest of the sailing season the bar and dining room are open Thursdays to Sundays.
The club has become well-known for its excellent dining facilities and welcomes rallies from other recognised clubs and associations. Contact should be made in the first instance to the Deputy Secretary who, in conjunction with the House Manager, will do her best to fit your rally into the busy club programme. Please call 01243 512400
ARRIVING BY ROAD
Visitors to Itchenor SC should leave the A27 Chichester Bypass at the junction with the A286 which is signposted Bracklesham and the Witterings. At the mini roundabout at Birdham (4.6 miles) take the B2179 signposted West Wittering. The turning to Itchenor is a right-hand turning about half a mile further on the right. Itchenor village is at the end of this road (1.2 Miles) with the private Club Lane leading to the Sailing Club on the right side immediately opposite The Ship public house.Access and car parking: Cars should be parked in the Public Car Park off the approach road to Northshore Shipyard together with trailers. It is regretted that cars are NOT permitted to use Club Lane as it is private property. Sailing dinghies can be wheeled down Club Lane but only by hand.
After unloading, road trailers must not be left on the stage or in the private road opposite the Ship Inn. Road trailers may be parked in the trailer park on the public hard or in the car park beside Northshore. Road trailers may not be brought onto the Club Stage.
Visitors attending Open dinghy meetings are asked to advise the Secretary if they require a berth on the dinghy stage. The wide dinghy jetty and the central landing jetty provide easy launching at all states of the tide. Some trollies (marked ISC) are available but boats should be lifted off them after use. After launching, trollies should be returned to the dinghy berth and should not be left obstructing the launching area.
All competitors and all visitors shall comply with the safety, warning notices and conditions in the club rules, notices of race and in the sailing instructions. In particular, competitors when afloat and children under 12 on the harbour side of the wall shall wear adequate personal buoyancy as stipulated.
The Club Office is reached via the stairs of the Members Building next to the front lawn. The staff will be pleased to provide further information about the Club, take entries for open meetings, bookings for stage berths meals and accommodation etc.
Office phone 01243 512400
The club has bedrooms and a family room which can be booked in advance with the Assistant Secretary. Link here to current rates
The Club Rules are so designed that don't upset the adults and the adults don't upset the children! Children under 12 are not allowed in the bar after 7 p.m. Children under 12 must be under the continuous personal supervision of a responsible adult. All children under 12 on the harbour side of the wall must wear personal buoyancy.
(other than guide dogs) are not allowed at the Club but may pass across the lawn, stage and jetties on a lead.Valuables: Visitors are strongly advised to leave valuables with the Secretary and not unattended in the changing rooms.Dress: It is the custom of the Club that all those in the public rooms after 19.30 p.m. wear dress appropriate for the time of day. Only visitors arriving belatedly from the sea are excused. Bathing and sunbathing costumes are worn only on the harbour side of the wall.