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Chalkdock Point

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Chalkdock Point is a headland within Chichester Harbour, which is situated on the south coast of England. It offers a secluded anchorage downstream of Itchenor that can be considered the administrative centre of the harbour.

Set within the estuaries’ channels it offers good protection in most conditions. However it is exposed to a large body of water from the west where in strong winds it becomes uncomfortable. Chichester Harbour's channels are well marked making access straightforward in most conditions, day or night and at most stages of the tide.



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Keyfacts for Chalkdock Point
Facilities
Water hosepipe available alongsideWaste disposal bins availableSlipway availableScrubbing posts or a place where a vessel can dry out for a scrub below the waterline


Nature
No fees for anchoring or berthing in this locationRemote or quiet secluded locationAnchoring locationJetty or a structure to assist landingNavigation lights to support a night approachScenic location or scenic location in the immediate vicinity

Considerations
Dangerous to enter when it is Beaufort force 5 or more from ESE, SE, SSE, S, SSW, SW and WSW.Note: strong tides or currents in the area that require consideration

Protected sectors

Current wind over the protected quadrants
Minimum depth
3 metres (9.84 feet).

Approaches
4 stars: Straightforward; when unaffected by weather from difficult quadrants or tidal consideration, no overly complex dangers.
Shelter
5 stars: Complete protection; all-round shelter in all reasonable conditions.



Last modified
July 17th 2018

Summary

A completely protected location with straightforward access.

Facilities
Water hosepipe available alongsideWaste disposal bins availableSlipway availableScrubbing posts or a place where a vessel can dry out for a scrub below the waterline


Nature
No fees for anchoring or berthing in this locationRemote or quiet secluded locationAnchoring locationJetty or a structure to assist landingNavigation lights to support a night approachScenic location or scenic location in the immediate vicinity

Considerations
Dangerous to enter when it is Beaufort force 5 or more from ESE, SE, SSE, S, SSW, SW and WSW.Note: strong tides or currents in the area that require consideration



HM  +44 1243 512301      Ch.14 [Chichester Harbour Patrol]
Position and approaches
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Haven position

50° 48.556' N, 000° 52.595' W

This is on the south side of Chichester Channel about 500 metres north of Chaldock Point.


What are the key points of the approach?

Offshore details are available in the westbound Route location or eastbound Route location sequenced 'Selsey Bill to Start Point' coastal description. Use the Itchenor Click to view haven entry for the approaches to Chichester Harbour and directions for Chichester Channel.


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Click the 'Next' and 'Previous' buttons to progress through neighbouring havens in a coastal 'clockwise' or 'anti-clockwise' sequence. Below are the ten nearest havens to Chalkdock Point for your convenience.
Ten nearest havens by straight line charted distance and bearing:
  1. Itchenor - 0.2 miles E
  2. Pilsey Island - 0.7 miles WSW
  3. Bosham - 0.8 miles NNE
  4. East Head - 1.1 miles SW
  5. Birdham Pool Marina - 1.1 miles E
  6. Chichester Marina - 1.2 miles E
  7. Thornham Marina - 1.4 miles NW
  8. Dell Quay - 1.5 miles ENE
  9. Sparkes Marina - 1.8 miles WSW
  10. Emsworth Yacht Harbour - 1.8 miles NW
These havens are ordered by straight line charted distance and bearing, and can be reordered by compass direction or coastal sequence:
  1. Itchenor - 0.2 miles E
  2. Pilsey Island - 0.7 miles WSW
  3. Bosham - 0.8 miles NNE
  4. East Head - 1.1 miles SW
  5. Birdham Pool Marina - 1.1 miles E
  6. Chichester Marina - 1.2 miles E
  7. Thornham Marina - 1.4 miles NW
  8. Dell Quay - 1.5 miles ENE
  9. Sparkes Marina - 1.8 miles WSW
  10. Emsworth Yacht Harbour - 1.8 miles NW
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How to get in?


Chalkdock Point is situated in the northeast section of Chichester Harbour. It is located about a two and a half miles up the Chichester Channel, that stretches north-westward up through the harbour, and can be found half a mile west of Itchenor. It is one of the harbour’s three recognised anchorages, furthermost in but most convenient to Itchenor.

Chalkdock Point along with the other anchorages of East Head Click to view haven and Pilsey Island Click to view haven , accessible by branching off in the Thorney Channel, are all accessed from Chichester Channel that is detailed, along with approaches to Chichester Harbour, in the Itchenor Click to view haven entry.

Chichester Harbour's sheltered and drying channels are almost entirely occupied by private moorings. Vessels should not anchor in or near established mooring grounds for fear of fouling existing ground tackle. Vessels anchored in Chichester Harbour should not be left unattended for long periods and must display a black ball along with an anchor light at night. Swimming off the boat is dangerous here because of the strong tides within the channel.




Convergance Point Follow the Chichester Channel until the Chalkdock Light Beacon pile is passed to starboard. After passing the beacon the channel turns eastward passing north of Chalkdock Point, where the line of the blackthorn hedge pulls back less than half a mile east. It marks the southern side of the channel continue eastward following the south side of the channel.




Haven location Anchor about 200 metres out from the shore, anywhere south of a line from the Chalkdock Light beacon to the Fairway Light-buoy situated 1200 metres to the east.


Land at the Itchenor Jetty, just over half a mile up channel, which is available to tenders at all states of the tide.
Please note

Currents run strong here so a reliable outboard will be required to make the run on a foul stream.





It is possible to come alongside the jetty for a short period. The outer face of the jetty has a depth of approximately 2 metres at mean low water springs. Visitors should restrict themselves to the first two lengths of pontoon only, as the remaining pontoon is allocated as permanent berths. However the pontoon is only a set down area with a waiting limit maximum of 20 minutes. This is due to the level of congestion and the necessity of maintaining access for the emergency services. Penalties can be applied by the harbour master for each hour's overstay.


Why visit here?
Chalkdock Point’s immediate shoreline is made up of saltings dissected by shallow channels. This makes it suitable only for its wealth of birdlife to explore, and impractical for a tender.


Within the Point there is the small Chalkdock Marsh area of wetland that lies between a coastal footpath and Park Copse. Although the site is relatively small and lacks a variety of species, it has marsh-mallow scattered throughout that makes it an important conservancy site. It is also an important wildlife area that is home to a wide variety of birds. These include the Shelduck, Brent Geese, Farlington, Teal, Pintail and Shoveler and it also contains the harbour’s highest densities of Widgeon and Black-tailed Godwit.


The best way to explore the point and its surrounds is to land up channel at the Itchenor jetty. From there the wonderful ‘Itchenor Circular walk’ takes a visitor along a pathway that encircles western Itchenor’s coastline including Chalkdock Point. This walk may be picked up by taking the pathway, on the right, close to the foot of the Itchenor jetty. Pass across the face of both boatyards to pick up the pathway along the south side of the channel.


The very easy flat walk is 6km in total. It sets out as a shoreline path and returns to Itchenor through farmland and then the road. During its course it provides splendid views of the harbour and passes some of Itchenor’s very attractive housing including historic buildings such as Itchenor’s St. Nicholas' Church that dates back to 1175.


From a purely sailing point of view Chalkdock Point provides an excellent anchorage close to Itchenor. Likewise, as anchoring is prohibited east and north of Fairway Light-buoy, in Itchenor Reach and Bosham Channel, Chalkdock Point provides a useful tide wait location for vessels proceeding up channel.


What facilities are available?
Chalkdock Point has no facilities, but adjacent Itchenor which is convenient from this anchorage has two boatyards which can cater for most sailing requirements.


Any security concerns?
Never an issue known to have occurred to a vessel anchored off Chalkdock Point.


With thanks to:
Phil Walker Deputy Harbour Master. Photography by Michael Harpur.


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