Dredging operations in the Harbour are scheduled for Tuesday 11th and Wedneday 12th August, involving 3 large vessels. Please see Local Notice to Mariners no. 11 for full details.
New fingers have been installed along the Duver Marina visitors' pontoon to allow for direct access onto the main pontoon, enabling safe social distancing. Limited rafting will still be available on request and with consent, in advance, for family groups/social bubbles.
Information on current opening times for a selection of local restaurants as well as Brading Haven Yacht Club and Bembridge Sailing Club is available here.
COVID-19 measures are in place on the pontoons and across the site, and as restrictions are eased, safety is our absolute top priority. A 2m social distancing policy is in place and we ask that all visitors to the site please respect this policy for the safety of our staff, customers and harbour users.
Our staff are all here to help, but please remember to keep your distance. We are allowing one person at a time into the Berthing Office / Galley Locker after hand sanitisation, and strongly recommend the wearing of face coverings. This applies to all offices or enclosed spaces.
The Harbour Office is open (Mon-Frid 0900-1700) and berthing staff are on site 7 days a week (please note that at the current time, the Berthing Office is not always manned).
The Duver Marina visitors' toilet and shower facilities have been completely refurbished over the winter and are now open, on a reduced basis, with COVID-19 safety measures in place, for the use of berth holders and visiting boats only.
The Water Taxi is currently available, during office hours, to berth holders and Harbour customers only, with a restriction on passenger numbers. Please give advance notice where possible.
The Harbour and/or BBS can be contacted by email: firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com
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 be able to welcome customers back to the Harbour.
Fiona & Malcolm Thorpe
6th August 2020
This year's programme of events - 2020 events programme - has inevitably, but for all the right reasons, been significantly curtailed by the Coronavirus pandemic.
May's Duver Dash, this year part of the Isle of Wight Festival of Running has been rescheduled for 2021, and our 2 June events - a new Gig Fest for traditional fixed seat rowing boats, and Rock the Boat were also cancelled - 2021 dates will be available soon.
The Family Fun Weekend, (31st July to 2nd August) including the Harbour Party and Fireworks Display on 1st, has now been cancelled. A small number of activities may be provided which can be done safely in family groups/social bubbles - see the event page for more info.
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. With fundraising events all cancelled this year, we will be contining our support in 2021. To read about this amazing charity take a look at their page.
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