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Annual Sea Lock maintenance completed at Whitehaven Marina

Wednesday, March 18th, 2015

Whitehaven Marina is pleased to announce the successful completion of its annual Sea Lock maintenance in readiness for the coming summer season. The lock gates, that have successfully protected the marina and the 400 boats inside from the awesome power of the Irish Sea after another year of heavy storms, have undergone a thorough structural inspection together with the  maintenance of the hydraulics, electrical systems, seals, anodes and backup systems. This year the focus was to carry out repairs to the pontoons on either side of the lock that vessels secure to on entry or departure. Much of the work was carried out by the cheerful Whitehaven staff in very cold and wet conditions!


Mark Bowden, Operations Director of Marina Projects who operate Whitehaven Marina, commented  “Like the massive sea walls which form the outer and inner harbours, the Sea Lock is a vital part of the infrastructure that protects the town from flooding; controls the water levels inside  and provides a sheltered haven for the various types of vessels that use Whitehaven Marina”.

The Sea Lock was constructed in 1998 at a cost of £6.7 million and formed the integral part of the regeneration of Whitehaven Harbour and town. Approximately 3400 vessels a year pass through the Sea Lock which is manned 24/7.


The Lock closure and its planned maintenance, has been timed to cause the least disruption to Whitehaven Marina users and this year, unlike in 2014, there was no requirement to fully drain the lock so the time that the Sea Lock was closed to traffic was reduced.

Whitehaven Marina is the most comprehensive marina on the North West Coast of England, with extensive facilities; friendly and professional staff and easy access to the cruising grounds of Scotland, the Isle of Man, Ireland and North Wales.

For further enquiries about the Marina and the Lock and its operation please contact or call 01946 692435 or visit

For press enquiries and photographs please contact Mark Bowden on 02392 526688

2015 Whitehaven Sea Lock Closure

Sunday, February 1st, 2015

2014 saw one of the best summers in decades but also some of the worst storms in 50 years, which meant the piers, quay walls and lock gates protecting the marina and the town withstood a tough test against the awesome power of the Irish Sea. With that in mind and with winter now upon us, the team at Whitehaven Marina is busy planning the winter maintenance programme, which includes a long list of important tasks that need to be carried out on the sea lock.

This year’s annual sea lock closure will be between 0800 hours on Monday 23rd February 2015 and 1700 hours on Friday 27th February 2015.

A busy summer for the lock gates

During this time there will be NO access whatsoever through the lock and the area will be fenced off, preventing access across the pedestrian bridge. We would like to apologise for any inconvenience this may cause, but we are sure you will understand the need to carry out this annual maintenance to ensure that the gates work safely and reliably over the next twelve months.

Unlike the 2014 closure during which the lock barrel was pumped dry to allow the huge, 56 tonne outer gates to be refurbished, this year all of the work will be carried out while afloat. Despite not emptying the lock we will be setting to work on a long list of essential maintenance tasks from pontoons and vessels including:

  • Upgrading and servicing bearings
  • Refurbishing pontoons
  • Adjusting centre and side seals
  • Anode inspection and renewal
  • Preparation and painting of gate skins
  • Maintenance of the gauge board system
  • Cleaning, scrubbing and scraping
  • Servicing backup systems
  • Electrical inspection and maintenance
  • Hydraulic inspection and maintenance
  • Overall structural inspection


The lock gates stood up against last years heavy winter storm


If you have any questions or queries about the sea lock closure or the lock operation in general please don’t hesitate to contact us on 01946 692435 or email, we will be happy to help.

Tall Ship Tenacity of Bolton sailing in to Whitehaven Marina in 2015

Tuesday, January 13th, 2015


The Tall Ships Youth Trust has been gifted a 16 metre Ketch by Bolton School. Tenacity of Bolton, built in 2007, provides the perfect sail training environment for young people. This is a fantastic opportunity for the Trust to grow its fleet and to expand its sail training offerings.

With this in mind, the Tall Ships Youth Trust has decided to operate the Tenacity of Bolton out of the North West with Whitehaven Marina as her base. This opens up wonderful cruising grounds around Scotland, the Isle of Man, Ireland and North Wales as well as making sail training with the Trust more accessible to young people and groups in the area.

Tenacity of Bolton: Arriving in Whitehaven in Spring

Tim Law, Marketing and Operations Director commented “We are really looking forward to being up in Whitehaven. The marina offers fantastic facilities and the surrounding area opens up new waters for our sail training crews to explore. Having a new voyage programme for Tenacity of Bolton and the North West makes 2015 an exciting year for Tall Ships.”

The Tall Ships Adventures summer 2015 programme has just launched. Highlights include the Caribbean, the Biscay Challenge, the Fastnet and the Arc. Although focused on young people between the ages of 12-25, the Trust also offers exciting adult voyages for anyone up to the age of 80.

To find out more contact Tall Ships Adventures on 023 9283 2055 or visit

For further information and images or to enquire about joining a voyage as a journalist please contact:

Kelly Hughes, Tall Ships Youth Trust PR and Events Officer
Tel: 023 9283 2055, Email:

© Tall Ships Youth Trust 2014

Bart’s Bash at Whitehaven

Thursday, August 21st, 2014


The world’s largest sailing event! Whitehaven Sailing and Boating Association has been registered as a venue for Bart’s Bash! Come along and join in the fun, help break the new world record and support the Andrew Simpson Sailing Foundation!

Bart’s Bash is a sailing race that will be run by sailing clubs all around the world on behalf of this charity, each club will sail an individual Bart’s Bash race at their location. This particular event is attempting to succeed in gaining a Guinness world record for “The largest sailing race in 24 hours at multiple venues.” A huge number of people have expressed an interest and signed up, currently including over 40 countries, more than 600 clubs, together with 2500 sailors and rising!

Help Set a New World Record for Bart!

How did this all begin? Andrew James Simpson, nicknamed “Bart” was an English sailor. Bart had previously represented Great Britain by winning a Gold medal during the summer 2008 Olympics in Beijing, as crew for skipper Iain Percy in the Star Class. On 9th May 2013 he tragically died in a training accident in San Francisco Bay while preparing for the America’s Cup competition. The foundation is a charity set up in Andrew’s memory in 2013 to inspire the generation of young people through sailing in the UK and around the world.

The race at Whitehaven will be held on Sunday 21st September 2014, briefing at 9.00am outside the facilities block on the Bulwark Quay, for the race to begin at 11.00am. A donation of £5 per crew member will be collected for the Andrew Simpson Sailing Foundation. Come along for a fun filled day and to support this great cause!

Whitehaven Boating and Sailing Association would like to invite you to the event. Please register your interest with;

Derek O’Reilly –


David Fletcher –

If you would like more information please visit;

All Aboard! James Cook at Whitehaven

Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014

Have you seen the big yellow boat? You can’t miss it! James Cook, a training vessel for the Ocean Youth Trust North, arrived at Whitehaven early on Sunday 20th July and will be taking various trips to and from the Marina until early September. With plans to return to Whitehaven on 26th July, it will be berthed  in Queens Marina, come and take a look!

Whitehaven Marina provides a perfect base for James Cook’s summer programme; with a fantastic tidal access window, excellent crew facilities, proximity to the town and access to other areas and Marinas in the Irish Sea. The voyages provide a great opportunity for children to acquire a range of life skills, work within a team and experience the challenges of the sea along with learning valuable knowledge about measuring distance, and estimating voyage time.


The Sea Cadets Crew



Designed to be sailed by young people many of whom come from non-sailing backgrounds, this 54 tonne steel-hulled ketch caters for crew both young and old and crew with disabilities. The groups that sail gain invaluable experience and become fully involved in sailing the boat; steering, drills, safety, learning the ropes, preparing a boat for sea and getting the sails up and down.  During the 6 week period the boat will travel to and from Whitehaven collecting different groups of young people from the Cumbria area to begin a 6 day expedition. Currently the boat is holding crew from Whitehaven, Workington and Maryport all part of the Sea Cadets.

If you would like more information or to book a voyage please visit



Summer Scrub Special

Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014

Summer Scrub Special Whitehaven Marina Summer Scrub

Boat Jumble & Open Day Sat 30th August

Tuesday, July 8th, 2014

Come and join us for a fun day out at Whitehaven Marina!

Free entry, parking & visitor night for those coming by car or boat!

Everyone is welcome to join us from 10am to 4pm on Saturday 30th August.

Our 2014 Boat Jumble Poster

There will be a bouncy castle, Raymarine demonstrations, electrical health checks, life-jacket checks, chandlery, and ice cream!

If you have some spare boating bits and pieces you want to sell on – or are looking to pick up some new things – why not come along?  It’s free to have a stall just contact the marina on or call 01946 692435 to book your space!

On site will be the Whitehaven Harbour Youth Project, Maiden Marine, RNLI, Chris Dobson and much more.

From 5pm there will also be a BBQ for berth holders and exhibitors so come and join us for a bit of a social too and meet the team.


Tall Ships visit Whitehaven

Thursday, July 3rd, 2014

The weekend of the 20th June saw Whitehaven host the Apprentice Ship Cup, an exciting sailing competition with two tall ships mooring on the sugar tongue participating in the industry sponsored event. Thousands flocked to the West Strand waterfront to explore the continental market, street theatre, admire this year’s ships, and soak up the sun on what was a fantastic weekend! Ships involved this year were; Lady of Avenel (31m,) Maybe (25m,) and Yacht challenger One 2041 (22m.)

The tall ships arriving at high water

The tall ships arrived at 5.30pm on Friday 20th June. Staff at the Marina arranged free flow for the event to allow them to enter and exit the harbour, and space on the Sugar Tongue was allocated for their stay. The tall ships began in Liverpool then raced their way to Whitehaven and Belfast, allowing 173 young apprentices, ages between 16- 25 the opportunity to challenge, develop and learn new skills in the battle for winning the cup. Three teams organised by the Merseyside Adventure Sailing Trust tackled the course with apprentices from Peel Ports, Balfour Beatty and Sellafield taking part. Duties involved; preparing the ship for sea, handling ropes, lookout and watch procedures, life boat and emergency duties, steering, navigating and setting sails, all within professional control. This gave a unique experience enabling the apprentices to build friendships, self-esteem and provided them with a great challenge. On the sun drenched Friday evening the participants rustled up a BBQ, the harbour provided a great location for the young people to bond and embark upon their adventure. On completion of this regatta an awards dinner was held in Liverpool to celebrate the success and unique achievements of the young apprentices.


Avenel leaving the harbour


Gerard Richardson, Chief executive of the Whitehaven Festival Company said “I am delighted with the event, sometimes everything works including the weather and the tall ships weekend was one of them. We have had great feedback about the continental market and the street theatre. The Marina area is absolutely made for this sort of event and I’m hoping we can stage a lot more.” The continental market always goes down well with the locals, boat owners and visitors to the event. Selling food and products from all across Europe, there really was something for everyone, with arts, crafts, scarves, clothing and a range of delicious treats. Who could say no to a German Sausage finished off with a French Crepe in the company of some great street theatre!

Following the successful home and garden show at the Marina, the Tall Ship weekend made an impressive image on the harbour and gave our berth holders lots to explore within Whitehaven. There are various upcoming events to look forward to such as Whitehaven Live on 5th July, The Coast to Coast Adventure Race beginning 28th August, and our Boat Jumble on 30th August along with many more. What’s not to admire about the beautiful coastal town and Marina at Whitehaven, it’s great that there is so much going on.


Maybe berthed on the sugar tongue







New face at Whitehaven

Friday, June 27th, 2014

Many of you will already be aware that we now have Jenny as our Marina Office Administrator.  Jenny Hewitson joins us as we wish Ashley good luck in becoming a mum!

Born and raised on a farm in the countryside of Cumbria, after school Jenny moved to Manchester to study Graphic Design and Advertising at University.  She thoroughly enjoyed her time in the city and the chance to experience a different way of life but the pace was really quite different to what she was used to!  Living away from home gave Jenny the confidence to see the world and she embarked on a round the world trip of a life time with a friend, starting in South East Asia, on to Australia, New Zealand, Fiji and Hong Kong.  “What an amazing 5 months!” she says!

Jenny sits in the new Whitehaven Marina office

Now back in her home in Cumbria, Jenny is fairly fit and not only enjoys playing netball for a local team but also running with a group from St Bees!  “My heart has always been at home, now living back in West Cumbria I am delighted to be part of Whitehaven Marina team, keeping the administration and reception duties under control.”

Make sure you come and say hi to Jenny next time you’re at the marina and make her feel welcome!

2014 Club Card Offers

Wednesday, June 18th, 2014

Calling all Whitehaven Marina berth holders – don’t forget to keep your Marina Club Card on you at all times to make sure you can benefit from the many offers and discounts available to you from local shops, bars and restaurants!


Current offers also include, 10% off at:

  • Akash (dining in)
  • La Venue
  • The Waterfront (food bill)
  • The Courtyard Cafe (Rum Story)
  • La Venue 2 go
  • Treasure Chest (spend over £20)
  • West Coast Fish


  • 20% off The Beacon admission for up to 4
  • 2 for 1 entry at The Rum Story
  • 5% at Romar (on non promotion items)

We want to say thank you to all our participating retailers – if you are a local business or marine trader and would like to offer Whitehaven Marina Berth Holders a privilege discount then let us know!

Make sure you show your card at the participating store or restaurant to benefit.