We Welcome the Police to the Harbour Office

Yarmouth Harbour Employees raise money for the charity Wetwheels

Here is one of our Commissioners, Miles Peckham, presenting a cheque for £1339.75 to Geoff Holt MBE DL of the charity Wetwheels.  This money was raised by the employees of Yarmouth Harbour Commissioners, some of whom undertook a sponsored slim during the summer.  The Wetwheels vessel operated out of Yarmouth Harbour during Yarmouth Carnival Week this year giving free trips to disabled adults and children.


Yarmouth Appoint New Deputy Harbour Master

Yarmouth Harbour are pleased to announce that Jeremy Butcher has been appointed as Deputy Harbour Master. Jeremy, who has over 30 years' experience in law enforcement, is more than suited for the role which involves an array of responsibilities, ranging from compliance with the Port Marine Safety Code, collections of mooring fees and harbour dues, enforcing General Directions, completing appraisal systems, health and safety, and the general running of the harbour.
Jeremy, who has worked at the harbour now for two seasons, is a commercially endorsed RYA Yachtmaster (Sail) and Advanced Powerboat Instructor. He has been teaching for over 15 years and has built up a good local knowledge.

Jeremy states that 'the safety of harbour users is obviously a priority, but customer service is something I care passionately about. I want to work more closely with the local community and businesses to improve our visitor numbers and bring more business to the town, not just in the summer but throughout the year'.

Power to the Dinghy Park

Please be advised that the Harbour Commissioners commence work to improve the power supply to the Dinghy Park on
Monday 15 September and this work is likely to take six weeks and be completed by Friday 24 October.

During this time the following will be affected:

Parking at the Harbour Office
Parking will be limited and some of the spaces will not be useable as the cable route passes through the south side of the car park.

The footpath along the river bank from the entrance between the bridge and Yarmouth Sailing Club to the Dinghy Park will be closed.

Slipway at Yarmouth Sailing Club
This slipway will have restricted access during the works and will only be accessible through the Sailing Club by its members.

We apologise for any inconvenience that this may cause.

Chris Lisher
Chief Executive/Harbour Master

Winter Moorings at Yarmouth Harbour

If you haven't decided where to overwinter your vessel yet, why not come to Yarmouth Harbour? We have winter berths available for a wide range of vessels at hard to beat prices. As well as providing you with a secure facility, having CCTV and gated access, along with daily boat checks with Berthing Master assistance seven days a week, and free electricity, we have teamed up with the Royal Solent Yacht Club who are generously offering a 10% introductory discount on food purchases on your first visit to the yacht club. For further information or an application form contact the Harbour Office on +44(0)1983 760321 or email us on info@yarmouth-harbour.co.uk.  Alternative forms can be downloaded via our website

Back by popular demand... TWO NEW DATES for
Harbour Handling Skills Improvement sessions

Saturday 27 September & Saturday 29 November 2014

Yarmouth Harbour Commissioners have worked together with the Royal Solent Yacht Club and the Royal Yachting Association to create another coaching session for boat owners. 

It is clear that some new boat owners have difficulty manoeuvring them, and others could use some help honing their skills.  In addition it might be worth considering some coaching for partners who may have to take over control of the boat in an emergency.

We very much hope that people will take advantage of this opportunity that the Commissioners are subsidising.

You do not have to be a member of either RSYC or RYA to participate.

Further information and an application form can be downloaded below.  Copies are also available from the Harbour Office reception desk.

Places are limited to 18 per session and will be booked on a first come/first served basis.

Further details and application form in Microsoft Word format.

Further details and application form .pdf format.

Fees are non-refundable for cancellations/no shows.

Please note that the course on 27 September is now FULL - we are taking details for a waiting list now for this date.

Chief Executive/Harbourmaster


The Annual Visitors Survey is now open...


Our annual visitors’ survey is now available for completion.  We would very much appreciate your feedback.  The questionnaire is very short, and will only take you five minutes to complete.  The survey is accessible via this link.

Thank you!

Chris Lisher
Chief Executive/Harbour Master
18 June 2014

We Welcome the Police to the Harbour Office

The police have become a tenant at Yarmouth Harbour Office and are now occupying the old Board Room, we look forward to sharing the building with them.

Please Note :-

This is a Neighbourhood Police Office which is NOT open to the general public.

If you need to contact the police in an emergency please dial 999.

If it is not an emergency please dial 101.

Alternatively you can e-mail this police office westwight.snt@hampshire.pnn.police.uk

The Harbour staff cannot obtain access to the police for you. Please do not come to the Harbour Office Reception if you need the police as we can only give you the contact details above.

If you have a pre-arranged appointment with a police officer based at the Harbour Office you will need to call them on their phone number and they will open the police office door at the front of the building for you.


Chris Lisher

Chief Executive/Harbourmaster


Yarmouth Harbour welcomes dogs and their owners.

However dogs need to be kept under control at all times whilst in the Harbour and on Harbour property and not cause a nuisance to other Harbour users.

Dogs are to be kept on a lead whilst on Harbour property, especially on the pontoons, around the Harbour Office, and quays. They are to be kept under control when on the Green.

The dog’s owner is responsible to immediately clear up after their dog if it fouls on Harbour property. Dogs should not be allowed to urinate on water stand pipes, electrical boxes, notices, planters etc.

Yarmouth Harbour is very much a visitor destination and the Harbour brings over 100,000 visitors to Yarmouth and the West Wight each year so its essential that the Harbour is kept clean for the benefit of all visitors.

Chris Lisher

Chief Executive/Harbourmaster

£5 off berthing fees for return visits ...

We have another great offer for you when you next visit Yarmouth Harbour for an overnight stay.  Having paid for your berth you will get a £5 discount voucher for your next visit to Yarmouth, plus another voucher for when you visit Poole Quay.  If you booked and paid for your berth online then just call into the Harbour Office for your vouchers.  This offer is applicable for overnight stays from 1 April to 31 October this year.

Book online and receive a 10% discount on your overnight berthing fees

If you visit Yarmouth Harbour for an overnight stay between 1 April and 31 October 2014 AND book your visit online via our website you will receive a 10% discount on your moorings fees for the duration of your stay!  

Navitus Bay formalises commitment to working with Yarmouth

Wind park developer and ports sign ‘memoranda of understanding’ 

On 31 March 2014 Navitus Bay Development Ltd (NBDL) officially entered into ‘memoranda of understanding’ (MOU) with Yarmouth, and two other mainland ports, Poole and Portland.

These formal agreements commit the developer to undertaking studies with the ports that will explore how their facilities could be best used in both the construction and operation & maintenance (O&M) phases of the wind park. 

Further information is given in the press release by Navitus Bay which can be downloaded here.

Yarmouth Harbour is now a Tourist Information Point (TIP)

THE latest of the new-style Isle of Wight tourist information points (TIPs) opened for business at the harbour recently. We now have a comprehensive display of booklets and leaflets not only for visitors to Yarmouth but those visiting the Island as a whole. The Deputy Mayor of Yarmouth, Alan Ingram, was on hand to officially open the TIP. We are absolutely delighted to host this new facility.

Introducing 'Dippy' the Isle of Wight's celebrity Penguin ...

We have a new visitor to the harbour!  I would like to introduce you to ‘Dippy’ the Isle of Wight’s celebrity Penguin. 

Dippy aims to promote Island Tourism with a creative theme that captures the imagination of everyone who loves Penguins. Dippy ordinarily lives at Seaview Wildlife Encounter and his adventures see him travel through time and space to different locations on the Isle of Wight.

The creative project involves models of Dippy and photos of the real Dippy superimposed into a variety of Isle of Wight locations. The pictures are then accompanied by short narrative about his adventures and posted on his website www.dippytheisleofwightpenguin.com  and Facebook page www.facebook.com/Dippyseaview


Dippy keeping watch at the harbour entrance.


Dippy’s Adventures will be developed into a series of children’s books which are planned to be published towards the end of the year. 

Lorraine Adams, Director at Seaview Wildlife explains, “Dippy’s adventures will be educational and fun.  Dippy aims to promote outside activities, Island heritage and the environment.  Dippy’s mission is to show children how exciting and diverse the Island can be." 

The creative theme to Dippy’s Adventures on the Isle of Wight is based upon the idea that the new scale model Needles lighthouse installation at Seaview Wildlife Encounter will contain a magic door that is just big enough for a penguin to squeeze through…

Mary Cracknell, Marketing Manager at the Needles Park, commented “We are very excited about the new developments at Dippy’s Penguin Pool and look forward to Dippy’s magic door transporting him across the Island to the real Needles, where we will see him start off on his adventures around the Isle of Wight to a variety of destinations.



Next time you are at Yarmouth Harbour for a short stay, pick up a ‘Loyalty Card’ from one of our staff or at the Harbour Office Reception, and get it stamped.  Pay for four short stay visits and get the fifth visit FREE.

Short stays are 0-4 hours, not overnight, generally lunchtime visits.

Terms and Conditions are printed on the cards.



Facilities & Reception Opening Times

Friday 28 March 2014 Thursday 24 April 2014 Office

Friday 25 April 2014 Monday 1 September 2014 Office

Tuesday 2 September 2014 Saturday 27 September 2014 Office

Sunday 28 September 2014 Sunday 26 October 2014 Office

Monday 27 October 2014 End March 2015 Office &
0700 1700

On Fridays/Saturdays during November and December the Harbour Office Reception and Showers will be open to 2200.

Normal opening hours will continue throughout the festive season other than Christmas Day 25th December when the Harbour Office will be closed.



Energise Island Business


Please use Channel 68

Monitored by the Harbour Office and Berthing Masters on the water.