Premier’s Sovereign Harbour marina offers an ideal location from which to explore the coast, with Eastbourne just an hour-long stroll along the promenade and the rolling hills of the South Downs National Park a couple of miles further on.
Set on the Sussex coastline, just east of Eastbourne, Sovereign Harbour comprises four harbours that together provide more than 800 berths and make up the UK’s largest composite marina. Ideal for boaters of all abilities, the marina’s spacious waterfront has cafes, bars and restaurants creating a central hub of activity.
A world away from the hustle and bustle of modern urban living and a laid-back haven from which to escape life’s pressures, Eastbourne is a family friendly marina that offers fantastic facilities and a great start point from which to experience the delights of France and the Channel Isles or cruise the South Coast.
With a well-stocked chandlery, 24 hour secure car parking with dedicated berth holder bays and a fully equipped boatyard, Eastbourne’s sheltered waters, secured behind two high-speed locks, also make the marina a great place to permanently berth your boat.
Not just a good place to berth, Eastbourne offers a lively and vibrant waterside experience, with eclectic restaurants, bars and cafés, hair and beauty salons, a specialist dental and cosmedical centre and shops including a supermarket close by.
The marina also has an active berth holders’ association, formed in 1999 and RYA affiliated, organising a range of activities from winter talks to anchoring workshops, boat jumbles and cruise in company outings.
Premier Marinas acquired The Waterfront in spring 2018 and is planning an exciting programme that is designed to re-energise and re-present The Waterfront with a number of events and attractions that will be of interest to berth holders and visitors alike. As part of this regeneration Premier has rebranded The Waterfront with new signage and plans a new website.
Alongside entertainment such as live music, events being organised include a pop-up food market in May, an outdoor cinema experience, ‘Film by the Water’, in July, plus family inspired attractions – an urban beach in June and an outdoor climbing wall in October.
Eastbourne’s facilities have earned the marina The Yacht Harbour Association’s Five Gold Anchor Award and include three luxury toilets, shower and launderette blocks, a chandlery and a self-store facility for local residents and boat owners to stow away boat accessories and equipment – with flexible rental periods, starting from just £10 per week.
Along with eatery options at The Waterfront, the thriving on site yacht club located adjacent to The Waterfront’s free car park, offers light bites, lunch and delicious roasts on a Sunday and is where the thriving Dinghy Training Centre is located.
The club offers membership to Premier berth holders and welcomes visiting yachtsman; hosting an extensive racing and cruising programme and plenty of year round social events.
Eastbourne’s boatyard team provide year-round lift, high-pressure wash and block-off and re-launch services that include the use of an Italian Ascombe 50 tonne travel lift (soon to be upgraded to a Wise 60t machine) and a 1.5 tonne jib crane for mast work. Alongside the travel lift, the marina also benefits from a new towing tractor; a 20 tonne boat mover and a specialist forklift truck.
Eastbourne is also home to nine businesses, which include a mix of marine tenants. These companies offer everything from rigging services to marine electronics, cosmetic work, valeting and engineering. In addition there is a brokerage and an independent chandlery.
Tim Nicholls Yacht Services stocks all essential items for working on your boat including rope, fenders, lifejackets, paint and antifoul, boat cleaning products, fittings and shackles, GRP supplies, electrical essentials and much more. It also offers a cutting and printing service whereby the staff cut and apply boat names and decals and print crew shirts and clothing. Customers can also pop in to purchase hot and cold drinks and confectionery.
The famed white cliffs are a beautiful sight and Seven Sisters, leading to Beachy Head, are a particular highlight.
Always a popular backdrop to anchor up and have a spot of lunch, this area lends itself well to bass fishing because of its deep waters.
Eastbourne Marina is an excellent base for local day trips to Premier’s Brighton Marina and Chichester Marina, where Premier berth holders can take advantage of their 42 free visitor nights.
The marina is also a great base for South Coast cruising and cross Channel hops over to northern France; Dieppe and Fécamp being the favoured destinations. For those who want to stay close to UK shores; a couple of days can be spent marina hopping and enjoying marina life in the sheltered waters of the Solent – one of the busiest and most famous sailing areas in the world.
Eastbourne’s facilities include a wide range of eateries to choose from including a thriving yacht club, where the clubhouse provides fantastic views over the North Harbour and is the perfect place to relax and enjoy the marina.
The Waterfront is the destination for both visitors and locals. With its variety of restaurants, bars and cafes to tempt you – Italian food, Indian and Thai cuisine as well as a family friendly diner, a Harvester and two wine and music bars.
Just moments away from the marina is an ASDA, located in the Crumbles, close to The Waterfront.
THINGS TO DO
Royal Sovereign lighthouse, located 6.8 miles offshore from Eastbourne, marks the Royal Sovereign shoal. Its distinctive shape is easily recognised as it comprises a large platform supported by a single pillar rising out of the water. Fishing enthusiasts like to anchor up there and wait out for a catch – the deep waters attract a lot of bass.
Eastbourne itself is bursting with so many things to see and do; boasting three theatres for those after a cultural experience. Home to a £85 million shopping centre, The Beacon is the spot to indulge in some retail therapy and for the ultimate beachside experience, head down to the 300m pier for a brisk walk, wind in your hair affair and finish up at The Victorian Tea Rooms for an indulgent afternoon tea for two – or some traditional fish and chips whilst soaking up the atmosphere at the Jazz Lounge/Blues Kitchen.
Now celebrating 27 years of airshow excellence, every summer Eastbourne plays host to the award-winning International Airbourne Show (15 – 19 August) which features a two mile flying display line along Eastbourne’s shoreline.
BERTHING & STORAGE
Opened in 1993 by Princess Diana, the marina has 800 permanent berths, with some 5,000 yachts visiting each year. The marina offers competitively priced annual berthing contracts that can be paid on an annual or monthly basis.
Eastbourne benefits from extensive storage ashore which, when coupled with the marina’s dedicated onsite marine services, makes Eastbourne’s boatyard offering among the best on the South Coast for boat repairs and maintenance. Premier berth holders are entitled to a minimum of eight weeks free storage ashore and discounts on self-storage units within Premier Self Store.
The perfect location for both yachts and powerboats, Eastbourne Marina consists of four separate harbours. The Outer Harbour forms the entrance to the marina and is tidal, whilst the Inner, South, North and West Harbours are entered through two high capacity locks, both manned 24 hours, 365 days a year and offering in-water berthing for 800 boats up to 32m in length.
On approach from the East or South-East, remain alert for the tide rips over the Royal Sovereign Shoal, the Horse of Willingdon and the inshore Coxheath Shoal. Be aware of the Barnhill Wreck situated just north and east of the dredged channel. The wreck does show on the charts, and is shielded by both outer starboard buoys, and a special mark position on the trailing edge of the wreck footprint seaward of its position.
The dredged channel starts at the safe water mark, and is dredged to 2.4mtrs below CD. Approach is relatively simple, by following the leading light through to the breakwaters. Buoyage is illuminated throughout, as are both breakwaters and the Xeon white light situated high on the Martello Tower.
Eastbourne is a locked marina and on arrival at the calling point, visitors must call ‘Sovereign Harbour’ on VHF Channel 17 to request a lock in. Following a light sequence; always act on the lock traffic signals and obey instructions from the lock keeper.
By road, the marina is situated 2.5 miles east of Eastbourne on the A259 Pevensey Bay Road going to Bexhill-On-Sea and Hastings. Eastbourne is just 44 miles south of the M25 and less than an hour from London Gatwick Airport.
Eastbourne Marina Office
North Lock Side