For full information on the gradual easing of lockdown restrictions at the Harbour please see Notice to Mariners 6.20 issued on 14.5.20 (which supersedes some parts of Notice to Mariners 5.20). Advice is constantly being updated and we are regularly reviewing the situation.
At present, the Harbour and Bembridge Boat Storage offices will remain closed, with regular site safety checks, including pontoons and boats continuing, with strict adherence to social distancing and personal hygiene guidelines.
If you would like to contact the Harbour or BBS please do so by email: email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org
The main Harbour telephone number (01983 872828) is available during office hours. Outside office hours it is for emergency use only. Malcolm Thorpe can be contacted directly at email@example.com or mob 07973 256248.
We will be easing the current Harbour lockdown with safety as the absolute top priority, and we are putting measures in place to limit risks to staff members, Harbour users, the emergency services and members of the public, including strict maintenance of social distancing in line with Government advice.
Staff members will be returning to work on a gradual basis as needed. We plan to complete preparations at Bembridge Marina for dredging work to commence by the end of May.
Our visitor facilities at the Duver Marina, including the shower and toilet block and the Berthing Office / Galley Locker will remain closed for the time-being.
All this information will be updated on a regular basis, with a full review on 1st June.
Our overall operation will inevitably be affected, and we thank you for your patience and understanding as we all move forward - our wish is to see safe recreational marine activities resume and to kick start the summer season as soon as is practically possible.
Fiona & Malcolm Thorpe
14th May 2020
We are looking forward to the forthcoming season, albeit that some of the great events we have lined up may be affected by the current lockdown situation. All will be reviewed nearer the dates in relation to Coronoavirus, especially those in the early part of the season. Click here for our 2020 events programme.
The Duver Marina visitors' toilet and shower facilities have been completely refurbished over the winter and will reopen when the current lockdown is lifted.
Our first event of the season - the Duver Dash on 24th May as part of the Isle of Wight Festival of Running was, for all the right reasons, been cancelled, but see the event page for 2021's date. A new Gig Fest for traditional fixed seat rowing boats is scheduled for 20th and 21st June, and on 27th Rock the Boat features music from 60s and 70s. It is likely that these 2 events will not go ahead - a final decison on this will be taken on 1st June.
At the very end of July the Family Fun Weekend will include favourites events, plus a Harbour Party and Fireworks Display and we'll round off the season with a Charity Dinner Dance at Bembridge Sailing Club in October. Click on the names to go straight to the event page.
Our 2020 nominated charity is once again The Sophie Rolf Trust - KissyPuppy, for whom our visitors and Harbour users have helped us raise over £17,600 over the last 3 years. Please have a look at their page to read about their amazing work.
Following a complete upgrade of hard/software during 2019, we now offer FREE WiFi to our visitors. The code can be obtained from the Berthing/Harbour Office on arrival.
For Facebook followers we will be continuing our monthly Draw to win a night's FREE visitor berth during 2020 ....
For visitors new to the Harbour we recommend a look at the Navigation Section, where you'll find a pictorial guide to safe pilotage in the Harbour that can be printed off for use on board. There is also a video guide of the entrance channel.
The Harbour is a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) and nearby Brading Marshes are home to the first RSPB site on the Island. There are many picturesque walks in and around the area, historic sites to visit, beautiful beaches to enjoy and a busy Harbour where there's always something to watch. The villages of Bembridge and St Helens offer a rich variety of shops, restaurants and pubs and are well worth exploring. Visit our Local Information section for more details. Bembridge Sailing Club and Brading Haven Yacht Club both offer their facilities to visiting yachtsmen - details here.
See you soon ...
Fiona & Malcolm Thorpe