Maritime Volunteer Service

Patron: H. R. H. Prince Michael of Kent

East Sussex Sovereign Harbour Unit

A Company limited by Guarantee No. 3003565. A Registered Charity in England and Wales No. 1048454 and in Scotland SC 039269. Registered Address: International Business Centre, Delta Crescent, Warrington, WA5 7WQ

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Updated 05 / 03 / 2018

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Training on East Sussex 1 - During February we ran two training sessions involving intensive manoeuvring practice on ES1 in the North Harbour. Thank you for the excellent response to our training session. It went well and hopefully you all now  feel more confident in handling ES1 in tight and challenging close quarter situations."

 Weather permitting we are running another  training session on ES1 this week. The intention is to take ES1 out through the locks if conditions are favourable and conduct some short training exercises at sea. On board 1000 - Finish mid-afternoon - Bring packed lunch

 If you want to take part in these or other training sessions please contact


MARCH - Sat 3 Harbour Training on ES1 I/C David Hughes.  Sun 4 Eastbourne Half Marathon - Marshalling in Sovereign Harbour area. I/C Eddie Oades

Sat 10th  -Sun 11th We propose to take East Sussex 1 to Boulogne for a short weekend . (weather permitting, as ever).  Any seagoing MVS seagoing member is welcome to join the crew.  Outline plan:      Depart Sov Harbour:  0700 UTC /Sat 10th March.  ETA Boulogne 1600 UTC      Overnight alongside in Boulogne.   Depart Boulogne: 0700 UTC /Sun 11th March. ETA Sovereign Harbour 1500      Members can sleep on board Friday night if they wish, ready for the early start Saturday.

Training Opportunities  - Port exit and entries; helmsmanship and lookout duties; coastal passage making, navigation and watchkeeping; crossing TSS in daylight hours.

APRIL - T 3 ES1 Lift Out
F 27 Pre Season Party. Langney Sports Club, Eastbourne. Open to all members and their families and friends of the Unit. Music & buffet. Tickets £5
MAY - T 2  ES1 Back in (provisional)        Sa 26 Eastbourne Carnival     Su 27 ES1 Open Day     M 28  ES1 Open Day
JUNE - Sa 23 to Sa 30 Seafarers Awareness Week
JULY - Sa 7 999 Show      Su 8 999 Show
AUGUST - Sa 25 to M 27 East Sussex 1 open days
SEPTEMBER - M 3 Merchant Navy Day    ES1 deploys to Solent. Dates TBA

New Members Welcome

Tuesday 7.30 p m.

Sovereign Harbour