Ryde Harbour

50º43'.98N, 01º09'.31W (ENT)

Ryde Harbour

Ryde Harbour is located on the northeast coast of the Isle of Wight and enjoys excellent views across the Solent towards Portsmouth. The well-situated harbour is protected from adverse weather conditions from most directions.

Image Credit: Ryde Marina: Jack Babington

Ryde Marina is now run by Ryde Town Council and has already seen a number of improvements put in place including; all main pontoon walkways re-decked with Fibregrid, increased staffing levels with Marina operatives on site seven days a week 0800-1800 (summer hours), installation of CCTV, out of hours security patrols, installation of electric hook-ups and a coded pontoon access gate. Refurbishment of the shower and toilet facilities were recently completed in 2023.

Known as ‘the gateway to the Island’ and a popular destination for families, Ryde Marina lies next to long sandy beaches where you can hire everything you need for a day on the beach, as well as kayak and paddleboard hire. It is only minutes away from restaurants, a bowling alley, swimming pool and fun fair.

Ryde Esplanade runs the full length of the seafront, followed by the promenade along the sea wall, which passes the Canoe Lake and reaches as far as Puckpool Park to the east. 

Connections to Portsmouth and Southsea are within easy walking distance. The marina dries and is only accessible to vessels approximately 2 hours before and 2 hours after High Water Portsmouth for a boat drawing 1.5M. Ryde Marina Operatives can be contacted on VHF Ch. 80 Call Sign ‘Ryde Marina’ and will provide directions and assist in berthing your vessel.

Approaching Ryde Marina from the east, beware of Ryde Sands (dries), either pass north of No Man’s Land Fort or use the inshore passage between the fort and Ryde Sands beacons (lit port hand markers). Three Starboard hand markers and three Port hand marker mark the drying demarcation channel at 197º across Ryde Sands; these are unlit buoys. Keep well clear of the hovercraft manoeuvring between Ryde Pier and the marina, and the Wightlink high-speed ferries from and to Ryde Pier Head. 

The Marina entrance is lit after sunset by two fixed red lights (vertical) on the port side of the marina entrance, and one flashing green light on the starboard side of the marina entrance. There is pontoon berthing for vessels for up to about 14 metres in length, there is the option for fi n keel vessels to lay alongside the marina wall. 

There are showers and toilets close by as well as a public slipway, there is water on all pontoons, electric hook ups, waste and recycling facilities. Mariners are advised that the marina entrance suffers from a periodic build-up of sand and so before visiting should consult the latest navigational notices issued by QHM (Portsmouth). VHF Ch 80 Call Sign ‘Ryde Marina’. There are also Local Notice To Mariners posted on the Ryde Marina webpage via www.rydetowncoucil.gov.uk

Contact: Ryde Marina, The Esplanade, Ryde, Isle of Wight, PO33 1JA. Tel: 01983 613879. Email rydemarina@rydetowncouncil.gov.uk

Please note, information in this publication is to be used as a guide only and not for navigation.