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This is one of the U.K.'s principal Naval Harbours and dockyards, and as such, it has a long history. It is controlled by The Queen's Harbour Master (QHM) who is a Naval Officer, and not by a Port Authority.

Position 50° 47.31'N, 01° 06.63'W (SBC entrance)

Clearance

The entrance to this large and sheltered harbour, is narrow and very busy with all types of craft, including naval ships and ferries.

All vessels over 20m must obtain permission from QHM via VHF channel 11 to enter, leave or move within the harbour.

Vessels under 20m MUST use the Small Boat Channel (SBC). It is just outside the western edge of the main channel. If fitted, the engine must be used.

The SBC may be used (at the shipper's discretion) even when the main channel is closed (e.g. in fog).

Monitor VHF channel 11 while entereing, leaving or manouvering within the harbour.

Last updated May 2010.

HM Customs and Excise
Norman House, , Kettering Terrace , Portsmouth Hampshire PO2 7AE
Tel: +44 (0) 845 010 9000
Queen's Harbour Master (QHM)
Semaphore Tower , HM Naval Base , Portsmouth PO1 3LT
Tel:+44(0)23 92723124 ,VHF Channel 11, 13

Docking

The entrance to this large and sheltered harbour, is narrow and very busy with all types of craft, including navy boats and ferries. Yachts must have their engines on while transiting this entrance and strictly keep to the small boat channel. Craft over 20m must obtain permission to enter or move about in the harbour (call VHF channel 11).

There is a choice of several marinas within the harbour and a large number of swinging, as well as drying moorings. The upper reaches of the harbour are shallow. Gosport and Haslar marinas are a short, inexpensive ferry ride from the town centre, however Gosport has all shops and services.

Beware of the ferries crossing east/west just inside the entrance.

Boats should monitor VHF channel 11 when entering and using this harbour.

Portsmouth Harbour Control
Tel:+44(0)23 9272 3694
VHF Channel 14 'Portsmouth Harbour Radio'

Last updated April 2016.

Royal Clarence Marina
Weevil Lane, Gosport , Hampshire PO12 1FY
Tel:+44 (0)23 9252 3523 ,VHF Channel 80 'Royal Clarance Marina'
This marina on the Gosport side of the harbour is in the Royal Navy's former victualling yard. It has all facilities including electricity, water, WiFi, toilets, showers, waste recycling, laundry, chandlery and workshops as well as bars and restaurants. 24 hr security.

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Yacht Clubs

Eastney Cruising Association
Ferry Road , Eastney , Portsmouth, PO4 9LY
Tel:+44(0)23 92734103
Gosport Cruising Club
Weevil Lane , Gosport
Tel:+44(0)23 9258 6838
Hardway Sailing Club
103 Priory Road , Gosport , PO12 4LF
Tel:+44(0)23 9258 1875
Locks Sailing Club
6 Longshore Way , Southsea , PO4 8LS
Tel:+44(0)23 9282 9833
Portsmouth Harbour Yacht Club
The Port House, , Port Solent , Portsmouth Hampshire PO6 4TH
Tel:+44 (0)23 9222 2228
Portsmouth Harbour Yacht Club is located on the ground floor of Port House offering excellent food in its quayside restaurant and bar. The Club is open to all visiting yachtsmen and non members.
Portsmouth Sailing Club
The Old Consulate , 21 Bath Square , Portsmouth, PO1 2JL
Tel:+44(0)2392 820596
Royal Naval Club and Royal Albert Yacht Club
17 Pembroke Road , Portsmouth , Hampshire PO1 2NT
Tel:+44(0)23 9282 5924 Fax:+44(0)23 9282 8266
Tudor Sailing Club
Langston Harbour , Eastern Road, Portsmouth , Hampshire PO3 5LY
Tel:+44(0)23 92662002
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