Local notices to mariners

Local Notices to Mariners contain important information on:

  • temporary navigational directions and/or restrictions, and
  • notification of water-based events in the harbour

The notices are numbered consecutively with two digits each for the number of the notice and the year it was issued, for example Notice No 41/10 means notice 41 of the year 2010.

Please take the time to study these pages as they are in force for the safety of all harbour users and will help you make the most of your visit to Bristol Harbour.

Events in the City Docks

To find out about how events in the harbour in 2015/16 will affect mariners.

1/16    Bristol Rowing Club Head Of The Harbour Rowing Race

Totterdown Basin To Baltic Wharf
Sunday 21 February 2016, 1200 - 1600 Hrs

This event will take place between Totterdown Basin and Baltic Wharf, with disabled races between Prince St. Bridge and Baltic Wharf and consists of a number of sculls and rowing eights in succession.  Craft should proceed with caution and keep a good lookout for those participating in the race.

Marshals will be stationed at all bridges to warn of oncoming participants. 

Craft wishing to proceed upstream of Prince St. Bridge or from Totterdown Basin downstream will be stopped to allow the race to take place safely.  Each race will last approximatly 20 minutes.

2/16    Baltic Wharf Sailing Club: Head of The Harbour Sailing Race

Baltic Wharf To Prince Street Bridge
Saturday 27 February 2016, 1300 - 1600 HrS

This event involves dinghy racing with a large number of sailing craft racing between Baltic Wharf and Prince St. Bridge.  Mariners should navigate with caution.

3/16    Varsity Rowing Regatta: Baltic Wharf to Canons Marsh

Saturday 12 March 2016, 1000 - 1800 Hrs

This event will take place between Baltic Wharf and the Lloyds Amphitheatre, Canons Marsh.  A course will be laid on the north side of the harbour marked by red buoys along the entire length of the course.  All vessels navigating in this area are requested to keep to the south side of the red buoys and navigate at a slow speed with caution.

4/16    Bristol Gig Club Regatta: Princes Wharf to Baltic Wharf 

Saturday 2 and Sunday 3 April 2016, 1000 - 1630 Hrs

This event involves a series of gig boats races from Princes Wharf by the M Shed to Baltic Wharf. All vessels navigating in this area are requested to keep to the north side and navigate at a slow speed with caution.

5/16    Baltic Wharf Sailing Club: Classic and Vintage Dinghy Racing

Baltic Wharf to Prince Street Bridge
Saturday 9 April 2016, 1030 - 1700 Hrs  

This event involves vintage sailing dinghies racing between Baltic Wharf and Prince St. Bridge. Mariners should navigate with caution.

6/16    Bristol Empire Dragon National Race

Sunday 17 April 2016, 1000 - 1700 Hrs

National League Dragon Boat event held in Bristol for the first time. The event will be run on the south side of the Harbour from the Cottage Inn up to Prince Street Bridge. All navigating vessels in this area are requested to keep to the north side and navigate at slow speed with caution.

7/16    10k Mini Marathon

Sunday 15 May 2016

This event takes place around the Harbour area and several road closures will be in place preventing vehicular access to the Harbour.  Prince St. Bridge will not be swung until 1330 hrs.  Mariners should contact the Harbour Office to arrange this swing if required.

8/16    South West Sea Cadets Water Sports Competition

Saturday 28 May and Sunday 29 May 2016, 1000 - 1700 Hrs

This event is organised by the TS Adventure Sea Cadet Unit and will consist of a number of young people taking part in pulling boats, racing and carrying out manoeuvres in the Baltic Wharf/Cumberland Basin area. Mariners should give due consideration to participating craft.

9/16    Baltic Wharf Sailing Club: Bristol Comet Sailing Open Meeting

Baltic Wharf To Prince Street Bridge
Sunday 5 June 2016, 1000 - 1600 Hrs

This event will involve a number of sailing craft taking part in races at Baltic Wharf.  Mariners are requested to proceed at a slow speed and navigate with caution in this area.

10/16    Rotary Charity Dragon Boat Race

Sunday 12 June 2016, 1000 – 1700 Hrs

This event will take place on the south side of the Harbour at Baltic Wharf between the Cottage Inn and the Bristol Marina. It will consist of groups of dragon boats racing in a 30 metre wide course marked by yellow buoys.

Mariners are requested to proceed at a slow speed and navigate with caution when passing through the course.

11/16    Stand Up Paddleboard Event

Saturday 18 June and Sunday 19 June 2016, 1000 - 1700 HrS

In Bristol for the first time, this event will be held on the south side of the Harbour between the Cottage Inn and the Bristol Marina.

All navigating vessels in this area are requested to keep to the north side and navigate at slow speed with caution.

12/16    Baltic Wharf Sailing Club Regatta: Baltic Wharf

Friday 24 June to Sunday 26 June 2016, 1000 - 1700 Hrs

This event will involve a number of sailing craft taking part in races at Baltic Wharf.

Mariners are requested to proceed at a slow speed and navigate with caution in this area.

13/16    South West Sea Cadets Rowing Regatta: Baltic Wharf

Saturday 9 July 2016

This event is organised by the TS Adventure Sea Cadet Unit and will consist of a number of young people taking part in pulling boats, racing and carrying out manoeuvres in the Baltic Wharf/Cumberland Basin area.

Mariners should give due consideration to participating craft.

14/16    Harbour Festival

Friday 15 July to Sunday 17 July 2016

Vessels entered for this event will be moored in the Floating Harbour on pontoons projecting from the quayside at Canons Marsh, St. Augustine’s Reach, Amphitheatre and Hanover Quay. Installation of these pontoons will commence 4 weeks prior to the event and be dismantled within 4 weeks after the event. Vessels moored in these areas that are not entered for the event will be required to moor elsewhere as directed by the Harbour Master.

Aquatic events will take place in this area throughout the above period. Craft moored in this area should be prepared for some wash from these events and ensure their vessels are adequately fendered. Vessels passing through this area may be delayed for periods of up to 20 minutes whilst these events take place.

15/16    Charity Dragon Boat Race: Baltic Wharf

Saturday 3 September 2016, 1000 - 1700 Hrs

This event will take place on the south side of the harbour at Baltic Wharf between the Cottage Inn and the Bristol Marina.  It will consist of groups of dragon boats racing in a 30 metre wide course marked by yellow buoys. 

Mariners are requested to proceed at a slow speed and navigate with caution when passing through the course.

16/16    Bristol Rowing Club Corporate Rowing Regatta

Bristol Marina to SS Great Britain to Baltic Wharf        
Sunday 11 September 2016, 0900 – 1500 Hr

This event will involve a number of rowing craft taking part in races from the Bristol Marina to the SS Great Britain and down to the Cottage Inn. 

Mariners are requested to proceed at a slow speed and navigate with caution in this area.

17/16    South West Sea Cadets Water Sports Competition

Sunday 18 September 2016, 1000 - 1700 Hrs

This event is organised by the TS Adventure Sea Cadet Unit and will consist of a number of young people taking part in pulling boats, racing and carrying out manoeuvres in the Baltic Wharf/Cumberland Basin area.

Mariners should give due consideration to participating craft.

18/16 Bristol Half Marathon: Prince Street Bridge Swing Restriction

Sunday 25 September 2016, 0830 - 1400 Hrs

The route of the annual Bristol Half Marathon will encompass the Floating Harbour between Prince St. Bridge and Junction Lock Bridge. The race will commence at 0830 hrs and finish by 1400 hrs.

During this time Prince St. Bridge will not be swung for vessels.

Mariners who may be disrupted by this restriction are advised to contact the Harbour Office to make alternative arrangements.

19/16    Baltic Wharf Sailing Club - Open Meeting

Baltic Wharf To Prince Street Bridge
Saturday 1 October and Sunday 2 October 2016, 1000 - 1600 Hrs

This event will involve a number of sailing craft taking part in races at Baltic Wharf. 

Mariners are requested to proceed at a slow speed and navigate with caution in this area.

20/16    Bristol Rowing Club: Autumn Head Of The Harbour Rowing Race

Totterdown Basin To Baltic Wharf
Sunday 6 November 2016, 1200 - 1600 Hrs

This event will take place between Totterdown Basin and Baltic Wharf, with disabled races between Prince St. Bridge and Baltic Wharf and consists of a number of sculls and rowing eights in succession.  Craft should proceed with caution and keep a good lookout for those participating in the race. Marshals will be stationed at all bridges to warn of oncoming participants. 

Craft wishing to proceed upstream of Prince St Bridge or from Totterdown Basin downstream will be stopped to allow the race to take place safely. Each race will last approximately 20 minutes.

21/16    Baltic Wharf Sailing Club: Classic and Vintage Dinghy Racing

Baltic Wharf To Prince Street Bridge
Saturday 12 November 2016, 1030 - 1630 Hrs  

This event involves vintage sailing dinghies racing between Baltic Wharf and Prince St. Bridge. Mariners should navigate with caution.

22/16    Minor Events In Floating Harbour 2016

Friday 1 January: Baltic Wharf Sailing Club New Year’s Day Race
Saturday 26 March: Easter Egg Race - BWSC
Sunday 10 April: Pegasus Model Boat Club
Sunday 5 June: Triathlon (Cumberland Basin)
Sunday 19 June: ‘Skyride’ (Bristol Bike Ride)
Thursday 23 June: Summer Solstice Race,BWSC,Baltic Wharf (1900hrs)
Sunday 4 September: Pegasus Model Boat Club
Friday 9 to Sunday 11 September: Cabot Cruising Club, Rally, Bathurst Basin
Saturday 26 November: Beaujolais Race, BWSC, Baltic Wharf (1345hrs)
Saturday 17 December: Mince Pie Race, BWSC, Baltic Wharf (1345hrs)
 

Times are between 1000 and 1800 hrs approximately.
Vessels are requested to proceed with caution in the vicinity of these events.

23/16    Water sport activity sessions

Baltic Wharf Sailing Club - racing on Saturdays, 1300 - 1600 hrs. March to December.      Baltic Wharf.
Baltic Wharf Sailing Club - training session, first Saturday of each month, 1100 – 1300 hrs.
Baltic Wharf Sailing Club - sailing event, Wednesdays, 1100 – 1300 hrs.
Baltic Wharf Cadet and Social Sailing - Wednesdays, 1730 - 1930 hrs. May to September. Baltic Wharf.
WESSA Youth Sailing - weekdays and evenings April to October. Baltic Wharf.
Baltic Wharf Sailing School - sailing/ powerboat tuition throughout the year. Baltic Wharf.
Bristol Canoe Club - Tuesday/Thursday evenings throughout the year.
Baltic Wharf to Netham.
Bristol Rowing Club - throughout the year. Albion Dock to Netham and River Avon.
Ariel Rowing Club - throughout the year. Netham to Hanham.
Guides Association - evenings and weekends. Redcliffe Wharf.
Scouts Association - evenings and weekends. Baltic Wharf.
TS Adventure Sea Cadets - evenings and weekends. Baltic Wharf to Narrow Quay.
Young Bristol - water sports throughout the year. Pooles Wharf.
Bristol Gig Club - gig rowing throughout the year. Bristol Marina to Netham.

24/16    Quayside events 2016

Throughout the year numerous quayside events take place. These may cause some restrictions to visitor’s moorings.  Visitors are requested to contact the Harbour Office for more details and directions on entering the harbour.

28/16 Harbour Office summer opening 2016

Sunday 27 March  2016 to Tuesday 31 May 2016

The Harbour Office will be open for general enquiries, licensing and the purchasing of commodities between 08:00hrs and 17:00hrs seven days a week.

Wednesday 1st June 2016 to Sunday 30 October 2016

The Harbour Office will be open for general enquiries, licensing and the purchasing of commodities between 08:30hrs and 16.30hrs seven days a week.

Contact information

Harbour Office

Underfall Yard

Cumberland Road

Bristol, BS1 6XG

Opening Hours

Opening Hours

Open for general enquiries, licensing and the purchasing of commodities daily (except Christmas Day) as follows:

Summer (BST)

Harbour Office: Saturday to Thursday 08.00 to 17.00, Friday 08.00 to 16.30

From 1 June 2016: Monday to Sunday 08.30 to 16.30

Emergency Service: Duty Officers are on call between 07.30 and 22.30

Winter (GMT)

Harbour Office: Monday to Sunday 10.00 to 15.00

Emergency Service: Duty Officers are on call between 09.00 and 17.00

VHF Radio

Channel 73, callsign BRISTOL FLOATING HARBOUR.

Email: harbour.office@bristol.gov.uk

Tel: 0117 903 1484

Fax: 0117 903 1487