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- Felixstowe Sea Angling Society Founded in 1909 the Felixstowe Sea Angling Society is based by the beach at the end of Manor Terrace. The Society has beach and boat anglers.
- Deben Canoe Club A small club based on the River Deben in Woodbridge.
- Ipswich Canoe Club Ipswich Canoe Club was formed in 1979 to promote the sport in the Ipswich area and to provide the organisation necessary for paddlers of all abilities. Membership currently stands at around 300 with members from Suffolk, Essex and Norfolk.
- Deben Rowing Club An open club and membership is open to all regardless of age, sex or ability.
- Ipswich Rowing Club A new Rowing Club on the tidal Orwell just outside the wet dock which re-establishes the sport of rowing in Ipswich after a gap of some 70 years.
- Deben Yacht Club The Woodbridge club was founded in 1838 when boats on the river Deben estuary were mainly used for trade and transport but some owners started using them for fun. Today it is a thriving club operating mainly with modern dinghies on the upper part of the estuary, close to Woodbridge town centre and its railway station car parking.
- Felixstowe Ferry Sailing Club On the mouth of the river Deben the club supports both dinghy sailing and cruising.
- Fox's Marina Yacht Club Located at Fox's Marina on the river Orwell.
- Harwich Town Sailing Club A warm friendly sailing club, on the river Stour, committed to promoting sailing as an all round family activity in all its forms, from championship racing to pottering about in and around the harbour area.
- Haven Ports Yacht Club The club operates independently within Suffolk Yacht Harbour on the river Orwell. A private members' club (i.e. not open to the general public) but visiting yachtsmen are always made welcome.
- Orwell Yacht Club The club, originally founded in 1918, is located in Ostrich Creek that it shares with Fox's marina at the head of the River Orwell. Ostrich creek is dredged giving deep water access to the river from the Clubhouse and making it easily accessible at all states of the tide.
- Pin Mill Sailing Club The club is situated on the south bank of the river Orwell just 6 miles down river from the port of Ipswich with easy access to both international destinations and the extensive sailing potential in the local rivers. The club stages the highly regarded annual PMSC Barge Match, and the annual PMSC Smacks and Working Boats Race. Membership is around 400.
- Royal Harwich Yacht Club The club, on the river Orwell next to Woolverstone Marina, offers a wide range of activities ranging from serious racing, through to social sailing and onto training over a wide range of disciplines.
- Shotley Point Sailing Club Based at Shotley Marina at the confluence of the Rivers Stour and Orwell, Shotley Point Yacht Club welcomes all boaters to join its friendly club where you will find like-minded people with an interest in sailing the East Coast and beyond.
- Shotley Sailing Club The club, situated on the Shotley peninsula, is a warm friendly sailing club committed to promoting sailing as an all round family activity in all its forms, from racing to pottering about in and around the River Stour area.
- Stoke Sailing Club A small Club based at Freston on the River Orwell. The club doesn't have its own website. Click on the link then scroll down the page to find details of the club.
- Stour Sailing Club Located at Manningtree on the river Stour and has nearly 300 members. Interests include cruiser and dinghy racing, sail training and cruising. Members also row skiffs, paddle canoes and fish in the estuary.
- Waldringfield Sailing Club A friendly, family-oriented club situated on the banks of the river Deben.
- Walton and Frinton Yacht Club One of the oldest established clubs on the East Coast, and currently serves more than 700 members. It is found in the heart of Arthur Ransome's Secret Waters at the head of Walton Creek.
- Woodbridge Cruising Club The Club was founded in 1965 to encourage local sailors to explore the numerous estuaries on the East Coast and beyond: to the Thames, the South Coast, the Netherlands, Belgium and France.
Standup Paddleboarding Clubs
- Suffolk Stand Up Paddleboarding Club The main venue and base for the club is Alton Water near Ipswich. They also paddle down the River Stour (Cattawade, Flatford, Dedham) and other waterways around Suffolk such as the River Orwell, paddling from near the Orwell Bridge to Pin Mill and in the sea at various locations along the coast, including Felixstowe.
Swimming (Outdoor) Clubs
- Felixstowe Swimscapes A friendly open water group, swimming off Felixstowe beach. We sometimes see groups of their swimmers swimming past our lookout!
Water Ski Clubs
- East Suffolk Wakeboard and Water Ski Club Based on the river Deben north of the moorings at Felixstowe Ferry.
The Coastguard Rescue Teams are on call 24 hours a day-365 days a year. In a coastal, beach or mud incident call 999 and ask for the Coastguard.
- Fox’s Marina & Boatyard. On the river Orwell near Ipswich with 100 pontoon berths and secure storage ashore for 300 vessels.
- Ipswich Haven Marina. In Ipswich docks with 320 berths and 30 dedicated visitor berths.
- Neptune Marina.In Ipswich docks with 98 berths.
- Shotley Marina. At the confluence of the rivers Orwell and Stour with 350 berths. Click here to see a video showing an aerial view of Shotley Marina.
- Suffolk Yacht Harbour. On the river Orwell just up river from Felixstowe docks with 550 berths.
- Tide Mill Yacht Harbour. On the river Deben in Woodbridge with 214 berths.
- Titchmarsh Marina. The marina is situated in the unique Walton Backwaters, an area of outstanding natural beauty and special scientific interest, and has 420 sheltered berths.
- Woolverstone Marina. On the river Orwell half way between Ipswich and Felixstowe with 235 berths and 110 swinging moorings.
- Deben Estuary Pilot website. Lots of information, videos and map about the entrance to the river Deben.
- East Coast Pilot chartlet of the river Deben entrance. EastCoastPilot.com provide PDFs chartlets on their website.
- East Coast Pilot chartlet of the river Ore entrance. EastCoastPilot.com provide PDFs chartlets on their website.
- Harwich Haven Authority. Harwich Haven Authority provides services for shipping using the commercial ports of Felixstowe, Ipswich, Harwich International, Harwich Navyard and Mistley.
- Local chart provided by Navionics. Although set to come up with our local waters this software can produce charts for anywhere in the world!.
- Map of the entrance to the river Deben. Also available from the Deben Estuary Pilot website.
- Map of the waters around Stone Point. Also available from the Titchmarch Marina website.
- MIS Online. MIS Online, Harwich Haven Authority's external portal to operational information, provides public access to Traffic, Sensor and Tidal Prediction data.
- Notices to Mariners for Admiralty Leisure Charts. Keep your Leisure Charts up to date. This link takes you to the updates for the Admiralty Leisure Folio SC5607 (Thames Estuary, Essex & Suffolk Coasts).
- Orwell and Stour Entrance and rivers navigation. More information on the rivers Orwell and Stour on the YachtPilot website.
- Tidal Stream Atlas for the entrance to the rivers Orwell and Stour. Also available from the Harwich Haven Authority website.
- Video - River Deben entrance. Aerial views of the River Deben entrance with the changing sand banks exposed an hour before low water springs on 21 April 2015. Not to be used for navigation. The sand banks are continuously moving. Refer here for up to date navigation information.
- Yachting Guide. Full details for entering and leaving the rivers Orwell and Stour. Also available from the Harwich Haven Authority website.
Coastwatch - 65 (Call us for a radio check and local conditions)
Felixstowe Ferry Boat Yard - 08
Felixstowe Ferry Pilot - 08
Fox's Marina - 80/M
Harwich Harbour Patrol Launch - 11
Harwich Harbour Radar - 20
Harwich Port - 13
Harwich Vessel Traffic Service (Harwich VTS) - 71/11/20
Ipswich Haven Marina - M/80
Ipswich Lock Control - 68
Ipswich Port Radio - 68
Neptune Marina - M/80
Parkeston Quay - 16/18
River Deben Pilotage (Callsign Odd Times) - 08
Royal Harwich Yacht Club - 77
Shotley Marina - 80
Suffolk Yacht Harbour - 80/M
Sunk Pilots Harwich - 09
Sunk Vessel Traffic Service (VTS) Harwich - 14
Tidemill Yacht Harbour Berthing - M
Tidemill Yacht Harbour Woodbridge - 80
Titchmarsh Marina Walton Backwaters - 80
Walton Yacht Haven - 80
Woolverstone Marina - 80/M
Royal National Lifeboat Institution
- Harwich Lifeboat Station. Harwich Lifeboat station is one of the busiest in Britain and is just one of the 230 RNLI stations based about Britain's coast. It is positioned opposite the Port of Felixstowe.
Royal Yachting Association
The Port of Felixstowe is Britain's biggest and busiest container port, and one of the largest in Europe. The port handles more than 3.7 million TEUs (Twenty-foot Equivalent Units) and welcomes over 3,000 ships each year including the largest container vessels afloat today. The port provides some of the deepest water close to the open sea of any European port.
Click here to see the Port of Felixstowe 2015 Journal which is the annual report produced by the port giving details of the port and its future plans.
Click here to see the Arrivals and Departures page on the Port of Felixstowe website.
The Port of Ipswich is the UK's biggest grain export port handling around 500,000 tonnes of grain every year. It also handles 3 million tonnes of cargo and 200,000 cubic metres of wood per annum. All ships leaving Ipswich sail down the river Orwell and come out to sea between Felixstowe and Harwich.
Click here to see the Port of Ipswich Arrivals and Departures page on the Associated British Port website.
Marine Traffic provide details of live shipping all around the world. The map below shows our local shipping. Ships over 300 tonnes are required to carry Automatic Identification System (AIS) equipment which transmits GPS and other information so the map shows live data. Some smaller craft also carry AIS equipment. If so they may also appear in the map.
Click on the symbol in the side bar on the left hand side of the map to refresh the map and ensure the map is up to date. The map will refresh automatically every 10 minutes. For more details about a ship hold your cursor over the ship on the map.
Tides and Moon Phases
Times include British Summer Time if applicable. Approximate times (in minutes) to be applied to Felixstowe Pier High Water predictions for ...
Whilst we have made every effort to ensure these figures are accurate we do not accept any responsibility for any inaccuracies in these tide tables.
Click here to see the tidal predictions for the next seven days. This link will take you to the Admiralty EasyTide website and will open in a new window or tab.
New moon - Disk completely in Sun's shadow
TIDES4FISHING.COM is a website that is designed for people with an interest in fishing anywhere in the world. Click here for Felixstowe tides and the best times to go fishing! The website is funded by advertisements.
Weather and Local Conditions
Beaufort Wind Scale. Definitions of all 12 wind forces used in the Met Office forecasts.
- Force 0 - Calm - 0 to 1 knot. Sea like a mirror.
- Force 1 - Light Air - 1 to 3 knots. Ripples with the appearance of scales are formed, but without foam crests.
- Force 2 - Light Breeze - 4 to 6 knots. Small wavelets, still short but more pronounced. Crests have a glassy appearance and do not break.
- Force 3 - Gentle Breeze - 7 to 10 knots. Large wavelets. Crests begin to break. Foam of glassy appearance. Perhaps scattered white horses.
- Force 4 - Moderate Breeze - 11 to 16 knots. Small waves, becoming longer, fairly frequent white horses.
- Force 5 - Fresh Breeze - 17 to 21 knots. Moderate waves, taking a more pronounced form, many white horses are formed. Chance of some spray.
- Force 6 - Strong Breeze - 22 to 27 knots. Large waves begin to form, the white foam crests are more extensive everywhere. Probably some spray.
- Force 7 - Near Gale - 28 to 33 knots. Sea heaps up and white foam from breaking waves begins to be blown in streaks along the direction of the wind.
- Force 8 - Gale - 34 to 40 knots. Moderately high waves of greater length; edges of crests begin to break into spindrift. The foam is blown in well marked streaks along the direction of the wind.
- Force 9 - Strong Gale - 41 to 47 knots. High waves. Dense streaks of foam along the direction of the wind. Crests of waves begin to topple, tumble and roll over. Spray may affect visibility.
- Force 10 - Storm - 48 to 55 knots. Very high waves with long over hanging crests. The resulting foam in great patches is blown in dense white streaks along the direction of the wind. On the whole, the surface of the sea takes on a white appearance. The "tumbling" of the sea becomes heavy and shock-like.. Visibility affected.
- Force 11 - Violent Storm - 56 to 63 knots. Exceptionally high waves (small and medium sized ships might be lost for a time behind the waves). The sea is completely covered with long white patches of foam lying along the direction of the wind. Everywhere, the edges of the waves are blown into froth. Visibility affected. The air is filled with foam and spray. sea completely white with driving spray, visibility very seriously affected.
- Force 12 - Hurricane Force - 64+ knots
- Source: - Met Office website and The Weather Window website.
- Felixstowe Waverider. Just over two miles offshore, East of our lookout and close to the Felixstowe Ledge buoy, there is a Datawell Directional Waverider buoy provided by the Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science. Hold your cursor over the red arrow for Water Temperature, Significant Wave Height, Average (Zero Crossing) Wave Period, Dominant (Peak) Wave Period, Dominant (Peak) Wave Direction and Wave Spread.
Gale Warnings. Definitions of the 5 levels of gale warning and the 3 time scales used in the Met Office Gale Warnings.
- Gale - Winds of at least Beaufort force 8 (34-40 knots) or gusts reaching 43-51 knots
- Severe Gale - Winds of force 9 (41-47 knots) or gusts reaching 52-60 knots
- Storm - Winds of force 10 (48-55 knots) or gusts reaching 61-68 knots
- Violent Storm - Winds of force 11 (56-63 knots) or gusts of 69 knots or more
- Hurricane Force - Winds of force 12 (64 knots or more)
- Imminent - Expected within six hours of time of issue
- Soon - Expected within six to 12 hours of time of issue
- Later - Expected more than 12 hours from time of issue
- Source: - Met Office website.
- Inshore Waters and Strong Winds Forecast provided by the Met Office. Area 5 (Gibralter to North Foreland) includes Felixstowe. If you are not able to obtain the Inshore Waters Forecast through the normal channels call us on Channel 65 and we can relay it to you.
- Lightning in real time provided by LightningMaps.org.
- Pressure and Weather Fronts.
Sea State. Definitions of sea state used in the Met Office forecasts.
- Smooth - Wave height less than 0.5m
- Slight - Wave height of 0.5 to 1.25m
- Moderate - Wave height of 1.25 to 2.5m
- Rough - Wave height of 2.5 to 4.0 m
- Very Rough - Wave height of 4.0 to 6.0m
- High - Wave height of 6.0 to 9.0m
- Very High - Wave height of 9.0 to 14.0m
- Phenomenal - Wave height more than 14.0m
- Source: - Met Office website.
- Shipping Forecast and Gale Warnings provided by the Met Office. Sea Area Thames includes Felixstowe.
Visibility. Definitions of visibility used in the Met Office forecasts.
- Good - Over 5 nautical miles
- Moderate - Between 2 and 5 nautical miles
- Poor - Between 1,000m and 2 nautical miles
- Very Poor - Less than 1,000m.
- Source: - Met Office website.
Wind Changes. Definitions of wind changes used in the Met Office forecasts.
- Becoming Cyclonic - Indicates that there will be considerable change in wind direction across the path of a depression within the forecast area
- Veering - The changing of the wind direction clockwise, e.g. SW to W
- Backing - The changing of the wind in the opposite direction to veering (anticlockwise), e.g. SE to NE
- Source: - Met Office website.
- Windguru. Wind forecast for Felixstowe Ferry.
- Windyty Forecasts providing forecasts for winds, cloud cover, wave heights and much more.
- Webcam - Coastwatch Lookout. Live video of Felixstowe's beach from the webcam on Martello Tower P.
- Webcam - Deben Yacht Club. Static image refreshed every hour. The Deben Yacht Club is in Woodbridge.
- Webcams - Felixstowe Ferry Sailing Club. Static images refreshed every 10 minutes. Two webcams - one looking up the river and one looking down the river to the entrance of the river.
- Webcam - Neptune Marina. Static image refreshed every 10 seconds. Neptune Marina is in Ipswich Docks.