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Notice to Mariners – 22 July 2020

30th July 2020

Blakeney Harbour entrance channel Mariners entering Blakeney Harbour should be aware that a new sandbank is developing between Harbour Entrance buoys number 2 and 3. Vessels entering the harbour should proceed with caution between buoys 2 and 3, in order to clear any breaking shallow water to the South (see aerial photo below). BLAKENEY HARBOUR ENTRANCE AT LW ON SUNDAY JULY 19 2020 Please expand this photo for clarity The continuous line shows the primary (deepest) channel into the harbour. The dotted line shows an alternative route into the harbour, which is safe to use by shallow draft vessels up to 2hrs either side of HW Charlie Ward Blakeney Harbour Association July 21 2020

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Notice to Mariners – 24 June 2020

24th June 2020

NOTICE TO MARINERS Blakeney Harbour   Vessels entering and leaving Blakeney Harbour should note that a new buoy has been positioned in the harbour entrance channel as follows:   HARBOUR ENTRANCE STARBOARD NO. 3A Lighted buoy: FlG(1s). Conical G. Marked 3A Position: N 52° 58.900’ E 000° 57.998’   Please also note that the following buoy has been re-positioned:   CHANNEL MARKER PORT NO. 21 New position: N 52° 58.161’ E  000° 58.356’   Charlie Ward BLAKENEY HARBOUR ASSOCIATION June 24th 2020  

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Notice to Mariners

3rd June 2020

The followings buoys have today been positioned to mark the new entrance channel into Blakeney Harbour. HARBOUR ENTRANCE STARBOARD NO. 1 FlG(5s) N 52° 59.039’ E 000° 57.800’ HARBOUR ENTRANCE STARBOARD NO. 2 Fl(2)G8s N 52° 59.025’ E 000° 57.952’ HARBOUR ENTRANCE STARBOARD NO. 3 FlG(4s) N 52° 58.976’ E 000° 58.030’ Mariners should note that sand banks are building in the area between HARBOUR ENTRANCE STARBOARD NO. 3 buoy and HARBOUR ENTRANCE STARBOARD NO. 4 buoy. Vessels should therefore keep well East of a transit line between these buoys in order to avoid shallow water. Charlie Ward Blakeney Harbour Association June 3rd 2020    

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Notice to Mariners

20th January 2020

  Mariners entering Blakeney Harbour should note that Harbour Entrance buoy no. 3 is currently off-station. Vessels entering Blakeney Harbour should obtain pilotage information from the numbers below before entering the harbour, due to the constantly changing new entrance channel. Harbour Entrance buoys no’s. 1,2 and 3 will be re-positioned as soon as the new entrance channel becomes stable.   CHARLIE WARD 07771597985 or 01263-740377   Blakeney Harbour Association January 19th 2020

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Notice to Mariners

5th December 2019

NOTICE TO MARINERS Blakeney Harbour   Mariners entering Blakeney Harbour should note that the following buoys have been removed today: HARBOUR ENTRANCE BUOY No. 1 ( starb) positioned N 52° 58.846’. E 000° 58.323 HARBOUR ENTRANCE BUOY NO. 2 (starb) positioned N 52° 58.867’. E 000° 58.025’ These buoys will be repositioned in the new harbour entrance channel during Spring 2020. Vessels entering the harbour during the Winter, before the new entrance channel is fully buoyed, should refer to the Notice to Mariners issued by the Blakeney Harbour Association on 27/11/19, which can be viewed below. Charlie Ward Blakeney Harbour Association December 4th 2019    

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Notice to Mariners

27th November 2019

NOTICE TO MARINERS Blakeney Harbour Mariners entering Blakeney Harbour should note that a new entrance channel has now opened up from Blakeney Bar into the harbour. The entrance channel now runs WEST of the Hjordis wreck beacon (and positioned N 52° 59.018’.  E 000° 58.144’). The previous entrance channel, to the East of the Hjordis beacon, should no longer be used, due to considerable new siltation which has occurred across the entrance. Vessels entering Blakeney Harbour should now head ESE from Blakeney Bar (avoiding breaking water) directly to starboard Harbour Entrance buoy No. 3 (positioned N  52° 58.866’.   E 000° 57.792’), and then follow the buoys into the harbour as previously. Mariners should also note: if entering the harbour for the first time, please contact Charlie Ward (01263-740377 or 07771597985) for up to date information relating to pilotage and swell conditions at the harbour entrance. do not attempt entry more than 2.5hrs before HW to 2.5hrs after HW. Deep draft vessels should however seek advice regarding safe entry timing. do not attempt entry at night until Spring 2020, when lit buoys will be positioned marking the new entrance channel. Harbour Entrance buoys No’s 1 and 2 should now be ignored. They will be removed as soon as conditions allow, and repositioned in Spring 2020. Blakeney Fairway buoy still indicates safe water anchorage for vessels waiting to enter the harbour, but should not be used as a navigation mark for harbour entry. This buoy will also be re-positioned during Spring 2020. Charlie Ward Blakeney Harbour Association November 27th 2019  

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Notice to Mariners

29th October 2019

Mariners entering Blakeney Harbour should note that the following buoys have been repositioned: HARBOUR ENTRANCE PORT NO.5 BUOY New position: N 52° 58.732’ E 000° 57.552’ CHANNEL MARKER STARBOARD NO. 6 BUOY New position: N 52° 58.649’ E 000° 57.337’   Charlie Ward Blakeney Harbour Association October 29th 2019

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Notice to Mariners

25th August 2019

NOTICE TO MARINERS Blakeney Harbour Mariners should note the following: HARBOUR ENTRANCE STARBOARD BUOY NO: 1 has been repositioned as follows: N 52° 58.846’ E 000° 58.323’ The light sequence for the above buoy has been altered as follows: FlG(5s) The temporary green buff buoy positioned close to Harbour Entrance Buoy No. 1 has been removed. To enter the harbour, vessels should proceed from the Fairway Buoy SSE to Harbour Entrance Buoy No. 1, leaving this buoy close to starboard before turning SW to Harbour Entrance Buoy No. 2 and onwards following the buoys into the harbour. Charlie Ward Blakeney Harbour Association August 24th 2019  

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Notice to Mariners

11th August 2019

NOTICE TO MARINERS Blakeney Harbour   Mariners entering Blakeney Harbour should proceed from the Fairway Buoy directly towards the green unlit buff buoy in position N 52° 58.849’.  E 000° 58.311’, passing at least 75M East of green Harbour Entrance buoy No. 1. After reaching the green unlit buff buoy, immediately turn SW and head directly towards Harbour Entrance buoy No.2 and onward following the buoys as previously. The harbour entrance channel is changing almost daily at the moment. Mariners intending to enter the harbour for the first time are therefore strongly advised to call 07771597985 for up to date pilotage information before entering.   Charlie Ward Blakeney Harbour Association August 10th 2019    

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Navigation Warning

8th July 2019

NAVIGATION WARNING Blakeney Harbour Entrance   The entrance channel to Blakeney Harbour, in the vicinity of the HJORDIS wreck, is changing rapidly. Currently the primary channel remains as buoyed, but the entrance channel between the Bar and Harbour Entrance buoy number 3 is becoming very narrow and can be extremely hazardous in times of moderate to heavy swell.   Those Mariners familiar with Blakeney Harbour Entrance may now prefer to enter and leave the harbour using the new channel (currently not buoyed) which is opening up from Harbour Entrance buoy number 3  heading out WNW, running South and West of the HJORDIS wreck. Great care and local knowledge is required to safely navigate this channel, ensuring a route is taken where the swell isn’t breaking.   We are monitoring this situation closely, and suggest that for the time being Mariners entering the harbour for the first time should first obtain up to date pilotage information by phoning CHARLIE WARD on 01263-740377 or 07771597985.   Charlie Ward Blakeney Harbour Association July 8th 2019

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