COVID 19: National Lockdown - Harbour Use (Leisure Vessels)

On Monday 4th January, the Prime Minister announced a new national lockdown to counter the steep rise in coronavirus (Covid-19) infections in England.

Through the British Ports Association, we have now heard that Government have confirmed that “boating is allowed as exercise [in England]. This covers all sailing boats/yachts as long as persons abide by the gathering limits, social distance rules and stay local rules”.

The use of kayaks, canoes and paddleboards etc, is also deemed as exercise.

More information about what is and isn't allowed is available on the government’s website. Further information is available on the RYA website and Sport England website.

 In order to comply with the regulations, LHC visitor moorings remain closed until further notice.

Obviously, the intention of the regulations is to reduce the spread of Coronavirus by ensuring that only necessary and permitted activities take place within the wider rules, including local travel. When making a decision on whether to go out on the water, please consider the risks and bear in mind that if you get into difficulty, you may be putting the lives of those come to your rescue at risk.

During the period of lockdown, we will undertake extra security patrols and visual inspections of all LHC berths and moorings to check that boats remain secure and that there are no obvious problems. If we see anything untoward, we will contact the boat owner.  In doing so, we do not accept any additional liability beyond that contained in our standard Terms and Conditions.  This is an additional service we will provide free of charge in order to assist berth holders at this very difficult time.

The Harbour Office remains closed with most of our administration team working from home unless absolutely essential. We would be grateful if non-urgent enquiries can be made through email at

This Notice replaces LNTN 1/2020 which is cancelled with immediate effect.

STAY AT HOME                              PROTECT THE NHS                         SAVE LIVES

Ryan Willegers

Harbour Master

Issued on the 8th January 2021

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