King's Harbour Master Portsmouth

LNTM No 61/22

1. NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN by the Queen’s Harbour Master Portsmouth that as part of the Sea Angling Classic competition, a series of on-water events will take place in the Dockyard Port of Portsmouth from Wednesday 15 to Sunday 19 June 2022. The event will be based in Portsmouth Historic Dockyard and Gunwharf Quays, but boat and angling activity will take place in the eastern Solent and its approaches. 

2. The programme of on-water events is as follows: 

Wednesday 15 June – Thursday 16 June 

All day Boats arrive in marinas in Portsmouth area (Gunwharf Quays, Haslar Marina, Gosport Marina and other facilities outside of the harbour) 

Thursday 16 June 

1600 Competitors’ briefings – Action Stations (Historic Dockyard) 

1800-1930 Sea Angling Classic Boat parade (see below for details) 

Friday 17 and Saturday 18 June 

0800-1730 Sea Angling Classic competition 

Sunday 19 June 

1430 Sea Angling Classic prize giving 

3. Competitor boats will make their own way to Portsmouth or other local berthing areas and will follow all local rules and regulations. Competitor boats will display a large orange Sea Angling Classic flag during the boat parade and when competing.  

4. Sea Angling Classic Boat Parade 1800-1930 Thursday 16 June. To mark the beginning of the event, all participating boats have been invited to take part in a Boat Parade into Portsmouth Harbour on the evening of Thursday 16 June. The parade has been timed to enter harbour at Low Water (1856).  

5. Boats will sail independently from their berths and gather to the east of Horse Sand Fort, clear of the main Solent channel, aiming to be in this area by 1830. At about 1830, after receiving clearance from QHM on VHF Channel 11, the parade, led by an historic World War 2 craft, MGB81, will commence passage into Portsmouth in line astern, with vessels approximately 20 metres apart. The speed of the lead craft will be 8 knots. 

6. The parade will pass south of Horse Sand Fort and then proceed into Portsmouth, staying to the east of the starboard hand marker buoys, and will enter the Main Channel in the vicinity of Castle Pile. It will then follow the Main Channel into harbour, staying on the starboard side. Boats berthed at Gunwharf Quays will peel off to their berths. 

7. MGB81 will continue to lead the remaining craft north and will turn to port as it reaches South Railway Jetty, crossing to the west of the harbour and then proceed south. Craft berthing in the north of Portsmouth Harbour, Gosport or Haslar Marinas will peel off as appropriate to proceed to their berths. Craft departing the harbour will follow MGB81 to No 4 Bar Buoy, after which they will make independent passage to their berths. 

8. QHM will impose a closed channel for the period the boats are in the Main Channel until the last boat is clear of South Railway Jetty. For outbound vessels, this will be from 1800 to approximately 1900; for inbound vessels, this will be from 1825 to approximately 1900. Wightlink and Gosport Ferry’s operations in particular will experience some disruption, and QHM will make every effort to minimise this.  

9. Small craft are requested to keep clear of the parade and are to continue to use the Small Boat Channel. Vessels requiring to cross from Ballast Pile to or from the Town Camber or Gunwharf Quays will be held until the parade is clear. 

10. The lead craft and marshall craft will coordinate with QHM on VHF Channel 11, participating craft will be coordinated on VHF Channel 71. 

11. Sea Angling Classic competition days Friday 17 and Saturday 18 June. For each day, competitors will independently depart their berths, using the Small Boat Channel, in time to be in the holding area to the east of Horse Sand Fort by around 0730. The start line will be a line between the Cambrian Wreck Buoy and the Roway Wreck marker. Smaller boats will be mustered to the north, with larger craft to the south. Competitors will be started at 0800 by countdown on VHF Channel 71. Once the competition has started, vessels will be free to operate within a wide area of the eastern approaches to the Solent. They should continue to obey the International Regulations for the Prevention of Collisions at Sea, and only anchor in areas away from the main navigational channels. Competition angling will complete at 1600, after which all vessels will have 90 minutes to cross the finish line, a line between Horse Sand Fort and Saddle Buoy. After crossing this line, all vessels will return independently to their berths, obeying all harbour rules and regulations.  

12. Sea Angling Classic Prize Giving Sunday 19 June. At approximately 1430, the winners of the competition will depart from the Historic Dockyard berths, in company with the historic World War 2 vessel MGB81 and a media boat. As traffic allows, they will proceed up harbour towards Portchester Creek and then return to the Historic Dockyard berths. All vessels will call QHM on Channel 11 to seek permission to depart and return and will coordinate with other traffic as necessary. 

13. Cancel this LNTM 20 June 2022. 

Thursday 09 Jun 2022

Queen's Harbour Master

Owners, Agents, Charterers, Marinas, Yacht Clubs and Recreational Sailing Organisations should ensure that the contents of this Notice are made known to the masters or persons in charge of their vessels or craft.