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Langstone Harbour Water Skiers Association

Launch Sites around the Harbour

by Chris Holden

For those of you who travel from afar to ski in Langstone and who are not familiar with the area a list of alternative launch sites might be of interest.

The Ferry Boat Hayling Island (view in streetmap)

Directions. From A3M slip off and follow signs A27 Chichester, take next slip and turn right at roundabout and follow A3023 all the way to the seafront roundabout, turn right and follow to end.

Launching. Into the Harbour entrance east side. Concrete ramp, can be step off the end at low spring tide, tide race at half tide can make launch and recovery difficult. Possible to launch off the beach to the seaward side with a 4 x 4 vehicle. 15-20 mins from A3M but it can take a lot longer to get of the Island on busy weekends.

Parking. The Ferry Boat car park and Public Car Park. Both charge and get very busy.

If you park in the Ferry Road you are likely to get a ticket.

Services. Pub, Harbour Office and compound, Public Loo`s, Shower (cold) attached to Harbour office.

Eastney Public Slipway Portsmouth Island (view in streetmap)

Directions. From A3M follow on west to A27, take the next slip and turn left at roundabout, follow A2030 Eastern Road around the Harbour after which it becomes Velder Rd. At mini roundabout turn left on A288, at 2nd set of lights turn left into Bransbury Rd, follow road until road bears sharp right, turn left but take right hand fork along Fort Cumberland Road 100 mtrs past Southsea Marina (on left), turn right and follow road along to slipway. 15-20 mins from A3M.

Launching. Into the Harbour entrance west side. Concrete ramp runs off at low tide but firm beyond ramp. Can launch off the beach at low tide to the seaward side of slip with 4 x 4 vehicle, tide race at half tide can make launch and recovery difficult. At certain times dependant on weather and tides the slip can get covered with shingle.

Parking. Car park next to slip. No Charge.

Services. None.

Bedhampton Coastal Park Bedhampton, Havant (view in streetmap)

Directions. From A3M slip off and follow signs A27 Chichester but at 2nd roundabout go straight across over the A27 and across the next roundabout along Harts Farm Way, take 2nd right into Coastal Park and follow road to slipway. 2 mins from A3M.

Launching. Into Harbour at back end. Very wide slipway 4 or 5 boats at a time but only water for approx 3hrs each side of high water. Mud beyond end of slipway. Access steps for crew to join boat. Ideal if mid day high tides and you are sure the weather will be all right for full day out.

Parking. Large car parks next to slip. No Charge.

Services. None.

Northney Marina Northney, Hayling Island (view in streetmap)

Directions. From A3M slip off and follow signs A27 Chichester, take next slip and turn right at roundabout and follow A3023 over Langstone Bridge at turn next left before filling station, along to Hotel/Marina where road bears left. Follow road into Marina keeping to the left of Shore Watersports and then turn right around the back of the buildings and follow around to the Harbour office. Pay and then proceed on to slipway.

Launching. Into back end of Marina which leads out into Chichester Harbour. It is possible to turn left and come back under bridge into Langstone but only about 2.5 hrs each side of high water. Steep concrete ramp water at all states of tide. 5 mins from A3M.

Parking. Within the Marina area, usually there is room. Cost for launch and recovery and car park 24.30 (as of 2016).

Services. Marina Toilets and showers are for berth holder only, but office will let you in if you ask nicely. Shop, Bar Restaurant, Hotel with Bars, Restaurant and swimming pool.

Other Slipways

There are a number of small slipways with limited access around high tide.

The Ship Langstone
Northney Marina (end of approach road)
Langstone Sailing Club (members only)