Chichester Harbour Federation

Home of the Chichester Harbour Race Week


Working with Harbour Users for Harbour users


Goodwill and fellowship between all members

Organise & Coordinate

Social, cruising and racing events under the flag of the federation

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to our Historic Harbour

We are the oldest of the harbour wide organisations, formed in 1924 when, with only four clubs sailing, the need for regulation to avoid disputes became apparent. Over 90 years later, with 15 active clubs, the harbour is recognised not only as the busiest for dinghy and keelboat racing in the UK but possibly in the world. Including the clubs, Chichester Harbour Federation represents a total of 36 Organisations.

The number of boats entering for the Fed’s Chichester Harbour Race Week makes it consistently the most well attended open regatta in the country.

ChiFed’s stewardship is vital to the smooth organisation of a vast programme of racing in a harbour where over 10,000 boats are registered. By our agreement with the Harbour Master, using the marks listed and adhering to Chifed’s Racing Regulations with an annual programme of racing fixtures agreed, our member club enjoys a light level of authority which is the envy of clubs elsewhere.

Under the 1971 Chichester Harbour Act ChiFed is required to nominate 4 serving members for the Chichester Harbour Conservancy Advisory Committee and 2 Conservancy board members, so we represent our members by playing a pivotal role in managing our harbour and uniquely for any other harbour in the UK, the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

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Boatyards & Marinas




Sailing Schools


Race Week

Chichester Harbour Race Week

First as ‘Fed Week’ and now as Chichester Harbour Race Week, this great event has been running for well over 50 years. 


The Chichester Harbour Federation is proud to represent 7 associations along the Chichester coastline.


Meet, eat, drink and sail from the 15 stunning sailing clubs here at Chichester Harbour.

Boatyards & Marinas

Berth, repair and more at 15 boatyards & marinas in the Chichester area.

Sailing Schools

Giving young people their first taste of sailing.

Sail to us

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