For new visitors who don't know

Rye Harbour is the first bit of activity you will see when you approach from sea, new visitors are expected to call in to harbour office before proceeding up the estuary.

The flood tide is strong and can make stopping at harbour office difficult for auxiliary yachts so it’s all ways best to time arrival carefully.

Watch out for the traffic signals to alert mariners of shipping movements off the tiny wharf at Rye Harbour, there will be a delay entering or leaving if these require you to stop and wait.

Heading upriver turning to Port at the confuence of the River Brede, known locally as  Rock Channel towards Rye there are mooring sites to Starboard, Moon Marine, Sandrock Marine, Rock Channel Marine, and a group of private moorings which are all located together along this narrow stretch of water.

Once you have passed these River Brede Moorings can be seen to Port, it stands out in that part of the river as a busy friendly place with a wide variaty of craft based there.

Mooring vessels with fin keels or exposed stern gear has never proved to be a problem with the soft mud gentely supporting the boat till the next tide lifts it.

Rye was made a Cinque Port in 1189 under Henry 11, this meant that the port had to provide ships in times of war. Initially Rye had to provide 5 ships within 40 days notice and the town had to support those ships over this period. The Cinque Ports in return were allowed perks like freedom from duties and taxes, the effect was the foundation of Britain’s maritime power.

CAPTAIN CARL BAGWELL pictured below was  Rye Harbour Master for many years, now recently retired. It is unfortunate that he is  last of a diminishing  breed hands on dedicated types.



Rye has always been a port, It was at one time an island. In Roman times iron production in the area was under the control of the Roman Fleet, Classis Britannica, who exported it from here to the rest of Europe. A senior Cinque Port from the 12th Century, it was the home of the Royal Galleys from 1240, and has been a fishing, shipbuilding and trading port throughout 1000 years. It has also been very involved with pirating, smuggling and coastguard patrols. Nothing much changes !


 Current RHBOA committee:Sue Bronsdon (President), Charles Bronsdon (Chairman),Karen May (Treasurer), Stuart Pope (Social secretary), Sue Bronsdon (Secretary), Mike Roud , Brendon May,Stuart Hyder. Dennis May