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Iona receiving her trophy from Guy Cribb having come first in her fleet (4.5m)


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Pagham is one of the better sideshore spots on the south coast as it faces SE which gives sideshore winds and kicks up some mellow sand bar waves in S-SSW-SW. Cross-off is WSW and very X-off in a W so needs a good breeze for wavesailing. Also one of the few south coast venues which is not bad in a NE-E. Best sailed mid tide on the push for waves. The tide drops a long way so be prepared for a trek at low tide. High tide has a bit of a shore break and kills the waves. It is a great spot for wavesailing in a strong SSW-SW-WSW when the swell in the Channel is pumping - but is also great spot for intermediates in the summer.

We do not windsurf in the harbour, which is a nature reserve, so this is an open sea venue and is not really suitable for beginners. Conditions are similar to those at West Witterings or Hayling i.e. a very (too) steep shelving shingle beach at high tide with a shallow water lagoon formed at low tide by a sandbar.
There is a car park is at the end of a private road on the edge of the nature reserve; about a 50m walk across the shingle beach to the waters edge which closes at 8.00pm. It used to be 5.30pm so watch out in case they change it back. To avoid a lock in in the old days you used to have to, drop your kit off then park in the car park opposite the Kings Beach pub, then walk about 100 meters towards the sailing club.
Nothing in the car park itself but at the entrance to the private road (about one mile away!) there are loos and a cafe. 2xs in West Wittering and Shorewater Sports in East Wittering are the nearest windsurf shops.

Local pub we meet up at is the Walnut Tree Inn:
Vinnetrow Rd, Runcton, Chichester, West Sussex, PO20 1QB
01243 785881

Rough Directions:
To get to Pagham head to Chichester and take the B2166 off the roundabout on the A27. See Google maps link:


Go through Pagham village and as you pass an electronic 'Slow Down' sign a bit further down the road there is a turn off to the left sign posted Pagham Beach. Go down that road and turn right at the junction. There is immediately a roundabout near a cafe and you want to turn right and go down the private road full of pot holes which will bounce you down to the car park at the harbour mouth.

You can also sail off the sailing club at Pagham which instead of turning right at the roundabout go straight ahead for 100m and park to the left when you get to the end of the road.


There are signs to Pagham so you shouldn't get too lost.

If you plug in the Pagham Yacht Club address into a GPS you'll get there.
1 West Front Rd
Bognor Regis, West Sussex, PO21 4SY

We normally sail off the carpark by the harbour in S-W winds. E-NE winds might get in better by the Pagham Yacht Club.

Last updated: 16/05/08 20:45 By: Kiwi Steve
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Added by Kiwi Steve on 29/06/07

Pagham rocks in a swell and a S= x-on, SSW= x-shore, SW=x-shore with a touch off. Very strong - F7-8-9 Westerlies also work but very cross off but great with a swell. NE is sailable as sideshore-ish on port tack.

Last updated: 14/05/08 20:15 By: Kiwi Steve

Added by Genevieve on 03/02/09

This is a beach which is more for the dedicated sailing enthusiast. In summer, there is an 'arcade' of bucket and spadery with coinoperatedmachines, and a cafe (not for lattes) , all near the sailing club beachaccess. For those of us who prefer the traditional beach which has none of the claptrap, then the birdlifepark end is very nice indeed but bring all you need with you(and take all your litter with you), as there is nothing nor toilet.

Added by ccmassey on 17/07/14

The car park at the spit has recently been closed, but the shingle has moved much closer to the yacht club, so the sailing from there is often good. Pagham on low tide can be a great location for beginners. Once the tide is out, the bay is very shallow with a sandy bottom and the prevailing wind is usually cross on. Both of my kids have learnt to windsurf there. Anything below 1/2 tide is good, unless the sea is very rough.
LAR Watersports is located in Pagham in the Parade, if you require some kit or an update on the local conditions, owner Lee Rolfe is always very helpful. Good for board and sail repairs as well.

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