Dear Mooring Holders,

I promised a final update before Wednesday. We are tonight issuing the following guidance to River Users.

From tomorrow, boat owners may return to and use their vessels and dinghies, kayakers, paddle boarders and other River Users may all use the River Hamble and adjacent waters for recreational purposes. Public slipways may be used to access the water within the River. With people able to travel longer distances, it is also timely for owners to visit their craft to ensure that they are seaworthy. Again, from tomorrow, boat owners will be able to leave their moorings and navigate into the Solent and beyond, subject to emerging guidance from the Maritime and Coastguard Agency. The onus of responsibility will fall to individual skippers and users to plan their journeys and activity responsibly. If a particular destination is planned, skippers must check that that destination has the facilities or space available, as those locations will also need to ensure compliance with the Law regarding Coronavirus.

Those who keep their boats or craft in or who wish to access the water from private sites such as marinas, yards or Sailing Clubs must check arrangements with the individual site. Social distancing rules must be complied with. Public car parking in and near access points to the River such as Hamble Village, Bursledon and Swanwick is limited. Those using these facilities must be mindful of the need to maintain social distancing. Further advice is provided at the following link to Government guidance on the use of public spaces and outdoor activities:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-outbreak-faqs-what-you-can-and-cant-do/coronavirus-outbreak-faqs-what-you-can-and-cant-do#public-spaces–outdoor-activities–exercise

The Harbour Office will remain closed to visitors but will be manned to field any questions and take payments over the telephone. Patrol Officers will be on the water through the day to assist and provide guidance. The Harbour Authority thanks River Users for their understanding and support throughout these continuing exceptional times.

Best wishes
Jason Scott

Jason Scott
Marine Director and Harbour Master

River Hamble Harbour Authority
Harbour Master’s Office
Shore Road, Warsash, SO31 9FR
Tel : 01489 576387
Fax: 01489 580718
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A 6 knot speed limit applies throughout the River Hamble. For the safety of others and to protect the environment, all vessels are also required to make minimum wash.

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