King's Harbour Master Portsmouth

LNTM No 61/23

1. NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN by the King’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 14 to Sunday 18 June 2023. The event will be based in 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 14 June – Thursday 15 June

All day Boats arrive in marinas in Portsmouth area (Gunwharf Quays and other facilities)

Thursday 15 June

1600 Competitors’ briefings – Eden – Gunwharf Quays

Friday 16 and Saturday 17 June

0800-1730 Sea Angling Classic competition

Sunday 18 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 competition days Friday 16 and Saturday 17 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 and finish lines 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. After crossing this line, all vessels will return independently to their berths, obeying all harbour rules and regulations. 

5. Sea Angling Classic Prize Giving Sunday 18 June. The prize boat will be in Gunwharf Quays marina and KHM will be called at approximately 1500 requesting permission to cross from Gunwharf Quays to into the small shipping lane to the harbour entrance and return back to Gunwharf Quays. Three other boats will accompany the prize boat. A single request call on behalf of all of the boats will be made to get permission from KHM for all boats to cross, with a further call for their return.

6. For all events, Sea Angling marshal craft, clearly marked rigid inflatable boats, will be on hand to assist competitors as required. All boats taking part in the event will be listening on VHF Channel 11 when underway.

7. Cancel this LNTM 20 June 2023.


Friday 09 Jun 2023

King'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.