Celebration Excuse

Date: April 23rd - 25th

Venue: Portsmouth to Chichester Harbour

Format: Sailing, land-based excursions, and dining

The Celebration Excuse is a unique one-off event to celebrate being back on the water. We will gather in Portsmouth Harbour on Friday evening before taking part in a navigational exercise to the beautiful Chichester Harbour on Saturday. Sundowners and dinner will be at the Itchenor Sailing Club on Saturday evening. Sunday will include a walk in the Chichester conservation area before heading home.

NB: All tide times are UTC. +1 hour for BST. HW Portsmouth is HW Chichester -8 Minutes.

Afternoon: Boats to meet in Portsmouth Harbour. Options for berthing include Gunwharf Quay (click here) or Haslar Marina (click here)
1930: Meet at local restaurant Abarbistro (
link) which is easily accessible from both marinas. This is an opportunity to meet the rest of the fleet and where details of the navigation exercise in the morning will be provided.
Dress code: Smart Casual

Chichester Harbour:
18/09/2020 HW LW HW
Time 11:46 17:11 23:58
Tidal Height 5.1 m 0.4 m 5.1 m
0930: From Portsmouth we will run a navigational exercise to Chichester Harbour, the winner of which will earn themselves two tickets to the Prize Winners Dinner at which they will be awarded the Festival of Britain Challenge Cup. Overnight boats will moor at Itchenor Sailing Club where we will dine in the evening after a reception drinks on the lawn overlooking the harbour. The club house can be accessed by land or by sea and offers a variety of different rooms for those who are driving down and wish to stay the night. For more information on the accommodation click
1930: Pre Dinner Drinks on the lawn.
2000: Dinner
Dress code: Jacket and Tie

Chichester Harbour:
19/09/2020 HW LW
Time 12:30 17:55
Tidal Height 5.2 m 0.4 m

1000: For those wanting to explore more of the Chichester Conservatory there will be a guided one and a half hour walk along the river to The Crown and Anchor pub. The return journey will be via RIB transfer to ensure all get back in time for the tide.
After this, boats return home.

Chichester Harbour:
20/09/2020 HW LW
Time 13:15 18:39
Tidal Height 5.1 m 0.5 m

To sign up click here