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Events for our customers

Tuesday, October 4th, 2016
We have had several very successful events this season. From Barbecues through to sailing races. Including Barts Bash on 18th September when 18 vessels locked out in the morning to take part, building on the success of last years event.
However the most recent event was “A talk through time”
On a wet and windy evening in Whitehaven, nearly 50 berth holders braved the elements to enjoy nibbles and wine, hosted by Sharon and Denver at Wellington Bistro before a historical presentation based on the development of Whitehaven and West Cumbria.

 “A Talk through time” was a pictorial exploration of the West Cumbria, split in two segments. The first focused on the history of Whitehaven over the last 100 years, with particular emphasis on the part played by the harbour in the industrial and social development of the town. The second half covered a wider geographical area and looked at a range of industry including mining, farming and the more recent nuclear developments.

The speakers were Gerard Richardson and Ivor Nicholas who have collaborated on four books comprising decades of images taken by Ivor Nicholas  during his career as a photographic journalist in the area.

The Wellington Bistro  are now participants in our Berth Holders Loyalty Club Card and offer 10% off for all annual berth holders.  Why not pop in for lunch or afternoon tea and cake and make use of your new discount.

The event was a great success and everyone seemed to find it enjoyable as well as informative.

Thank you to everyone who attended.


Staff movements

Tuesday, October 4th, 2016

In addition to welcoming John Davies as our new Lock Keeper; Ashlea Long has also come back to the office for two days a week and Karl White who was in the Lock has moved over to Dock Master. His tasks will now involve assisting Allan in the yard and looking after the marina generally. (pictured below Karl helping with Allan with lifting boats.)

Maintenance around the Marina

Tuesday, October 4th, 2016

Its not glamorous. But a necessary part of operating a marina is maintaining the site and all the fixtures.

Our maintenance team have been making use of good weather and light to check and replace deck boards on the pontoons; check and repairs lighting; installing a new rung on the ramp at the West Strand and installing a new ram in the sea lock.

In addition the boat hoist in the boatyard has had a facelift with a new cab fitted.

Berth holders and visitors alike will undoubtedly appreciate the amount of work involved in maintaining the marina to a high and safe standard and join us in applauded the work in not always the best conditions that our maintenance team do.



New weather station for Whitehaven customers

Wednesday, September 28th, 2016

Whitehaven Marina are delighted to announce that a new weather station has been installed in the marina and is now reporting live data to the WeatherLink website.

Vital for those boating customers at Whitehaven who are planning a cruise to or from the Marina and useful even if you are going to sit on your boat in the marina or do some odd maintenance jobs onboard. It will also be handy for local folk who maybe can’t quite see what the weather is like on the coast – we all know how the weather can vary within the space of a few miles.

The link to Whitehaven Marina’s weather can be found here

As well as current conditions it also gives a forecast and historical data.

Assistant Marina Manager at Whitehaven Marina, Tony Taylor said “Ive already received some great feedback from customers regarding the weather station. The link shows everything you could need from precipitation to wind strength/speed etc etc and the hourly changes. Plus a 10 day forecast. Our customers love it.”

Those who just want the simple live feed can click on

Whitehaven’s coffee morning to support the RNLI

Wednesday, September 28th, 2016

RNLI Coffee Morning

Car Parking Improvements

Thursday, August 11th, 2016

Thank you for your patience whilst we have scrubbed and cleaned the Bulwark Quay ready to be re lined and new security gates fitted. The relining will allow more cars to be parked on the area. With increased numbers of bertholders and more people working in Whitehaven town, the pressure on car parking generally is severe. As a result, we appreciate that we need to control and manage the parking on the Bulwark Quay better than we have done.

Car park reconfiguration of the Bulwark Quay, a new and upgraded CCTV system and weather station are all projects that we are working on at the moment. Marina security is a vital part of what we offer and so the new HD (high definition) cameras and recording equipment will be a vital part of providing that security. With over 10 cameras constantly surveying the marina basins; the car parks and boat yard, the marina is monitored and recorded by the duty Lock Keeper 24 hours a day.



Berth Holders BBQ

Thursday, August 11th, 2016

There will be a bertholders BBQ on the afternoon of the 26 August.

As you arrive for “a sun kissed bank holiday weekend” there will be a hot dog or beef burger waiting for you! We will be lighting the BBQ at 1800 and it will be on a first come first basis. Please bring your own bottle(s) of wine or beer.

If the weather is inclement, we will update you in good time – we can’t have hot dogs in the rain again!!

SS Balmoral visits Whitehaven en route to the Isle of Man

Thursday, August 11th, 2016

In July we saw the SS Balmoral arrive in Whitehaven to pick up paying passengers to the Isle of Man. When this vessel comes to Whitehaven she adds a touch of class and nostalgia to the Harbour. Today the Harbour tends to berth more modern leisure and commercial vessels particularly those used to service the off shore wind farm industry.

Other boats of interest that have visited us recently are:-

James Cook (Ocean Youth Trust North), Glasson Sailing Regatta, 103 year old nobby, Najad 470 in the yard, 85 foot Sunseeker

Girl power in the three peaks

Monday, August 8th, 2016

In June the first all female team in 39 years took line honours in the three peaks race. Whitehaven is the second of two stopovers in the race where they cycle and then run up Scarfell Pike and back and then sail off up to Fort William to climb Ben Nevis. 

In a J 120, the all girl (pictured) Team Aparito digital health were delighted to be first over the line in a race that is ranked amongst the 10 most difficult endurance races in the World. 

Overall and IRC winners were Pure Attitude, an X37

The race involves teams of 5, sailing from Barmouth to Caernarfon in Wales where two of the team must run to the top of Snowdon and back. The team must then sail to Whitehaven in Cumbria, where again two of the team must cycle and run to the Summit of Scafell Pike. Finally the teams sail to Scotland where the final challenge is to run to the top of Ben Nevis and back. In total the team must sail 389 miles, climb 11,176ft run 72 miles and cycle 72 miles.

Whitehaven Marina Manager Simone says of the race “ We love hosting a stopover in the three peaks race at Whitehaven every year. It always fills us with huge admiration for the competitors as it’s definitely not an easy race”.

For more information on the race results and the race itself logon to

Join us at Whitehaven in helping the Workington Lifeboat appeal

Monday, August 8th, 2016


The Workington Lifeboat is crewed by dedicated volunteers who give up their time and risk their own lives to help save others. Now they need YOUR help to raise the final £150,000 to get the state of the art Shannon Class Lifeboat

The current Tyne class lifeboat needs replacing next year and the new Shannon Class Lifeboat costs £2m; is powered by water jets rather than propellers and is 50% faster to reach people further off shore and quicker.

Please either 

Text RNLI WORKINGTON to 70300 and donate £5 to the RNLI.

Your text will cost you the standard network message rate in addition to your £5 donation. The RNLI receives 100% of your £5 donation. The RNLI is a charity registered in England and Wales (209603) and Scotland (SC037736). Registered charity number 20003326 in the Republic of Ireland.

Or give via the Just Giving Page by clicking on

Its easy to do and your £5 could help save more lives.