Littlehampton Harbour’s Waterfront Festival, a huge success

Crowds gathered in Littlehampton harbour on Sunday, 2nd August 2015 for Littlehampton’s Waterfront Festival.

This popular annual event organised by Littlehampton’s Harbour Master, Billy Johnson proved a huge success with visitors. The RNLI treated waterside spectators to a spectacular display of their seamanship and boating skills within the confines of the relatively narrow river Arun.

RNLI Littlehampton Littlehampton RNLI was joined by RNLI Shoreham’s all weather lifeboat, art Tamar which welcomed visitors aboard for a tour of this very impressive vessel.

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RNLI Shoreham’s all weather lifeboat named the Enid Collett after the late donor’s generous legacy funded the boat which costs £2.7million leaving Littlehampton Harbour after allowing visitors onboard for a tour and to meet the patient crew who answered everyone’s questions.

Littlehampton HarbourThere was lots of water-based activities for visitors to enjoy including this amazing water jet which propelled the rider out of the water to seemingly walk along the river.

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Littlehampton Waterfront Festival attracted large numbers of visitors to the area on what was a beautiful day.

Littlehampton RNLIRNLI Littlehampton’s Blue Peter 1, an Atlantic 75 lifeboat showing it’s capabilities within the confines of the relatively narrow River Arun.

Littlehampton RNLILittlehampton Harbour Board Erica Littlehampton Harbour Board’s new workboat Erica strutting her stuff during Littlehampton Waterfront Festival.

Littlehampton HarbourJet Skis in action during the Waterfront Festival in Littlehampton harbour

Littlehampton Littlehampton’s new public realm provided lots of space for viewing the water based activities.

LittlehamptonLittlehampton’s new public realm links up to the recently built waterside walkway providing an off-road route from Littlehampton seafront to the town centre. The new walkway was a joint project between the Environment Agency and their partners, Arun District Council, Littlehampton Harbour Board, West Sussex County Council and Littlehampton Town Council. The scheme was delivered at a total cost of £22.5m and includes a significant new sea defence wall along Pier Road and Arun Parade.

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New and old. The new public realm linking to the riverside walkway which was completed in 2006.

Arun Yacht ClubArun Yacht Club’s dingy sailors were out in force showing off their skills.

Littlehampton Harbour Littlehampton RNLI beach lifeguards were part of the main RNLI display.

LittlehamptonLittlehampton RNLI boats on display.

Sadly, the seaplane which was due to arrive at midday had to cancel at short notice owing to the pilot’s wife being unwell. We hope all is well with her and a picture below of the seaplane landing at last year’s Waterfront Festival.

DSCF4918Seaplane landing at last year’s Waterfront Festival.

Thanks to Littlehampton Harbour Master Billy Johnson and his wonderful staff for putting on another great event.

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Littlehampton RNLI Rescue by “Blue Peter 1”

Littlehampton’s RNLI is a very busy station.

Each year they handle lots of calls ranging from stranded dogs to sadly, deaths at sea.

Here’s a few pictures from one of their rescues last weekend (15h March 2014) to a stricken motor vessel.

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The Littlehampton RNLI Lifeboat “Blue Peter 1”  being launched from the RNLI’s station in Littlehampton Harbour. Blue Peter is an Atlantic 75 Lifeboat. Her twin 70hp outboard motors give her a maximum speed of 30 knots and she has a self-righting system in the event of a capsize.

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Safely launched, Blue Peter 1 turns towards the harbour entrance and the power is on to get out to the emergency as soon as possible.

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Photographing Blue Peter 1 as it leaves the harbour isn’t easy as it quite literally rockets past. Good news if you’re the unfortunate ones relying on its assistance.

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The blue flashing light indicates it’s not a training exercise.

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Before long it’s out of the harbour.

Then returns with the stricken vessel alongside where it puts the boat back on it’s original mooring. I understand that this call was to an engine failure. The seas off Littlehampton can be quite treacherous and an engine failure can potentially be catastrophic in the confused and fast running harbour entrance.

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Safely back in the calm and shelter of Littlehampton Harbour.

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Latest pictures of the construction of Littlehampton’s Sea Defences & last week’s dramatic RNLI Rescue

Some pictures of the ongoing construction of Littlehampton’s Sea Defences.

I took these pictures end of January/first week of February, 2014.

Construction of Littlehampton's sea defences 3The piles are lifted in place using one of two cranes, which are currently in operation in Arun Parade, Littlehampton.

Piling gateThe piles are loaded into a ‘piling gate’ which has been especially designed and constructed for the project. (Picture courtesy of Eric Smethurst  – VolkerStevin)

Construction of Littlehampton's sea defencesEach piles is marked out in metres markers – I believe each pile is 22 metres long.

Construction of Littlehampton's sea defences 4Each pile is then driven into the riverbed by a combination of vibrating it down and then finally banging it into place. The noise you can hear regularly in Littlehampton is the piles being driven into their final positions by the above machine.

Sea Defence construction Arun Parade 8Pile being driven home.

Sea Defence construction Arun Parade 9This picture gives a better view of the piling gate, which also creates a working platform.

Sea defences in Arun Parade LittlehamptonThis is what they look like when they’re all finally in place. The above is a picture of how Arun Parade is looking like now. Some observers has expressed concern that the new sea defences don’t go high enough. When I catch up with Eric next, I’ll ask him for an answer from an engineering perspective. Appearances can be deceptive.

Construction of Littlehampton's sea defences 6This is how Littlehampton’s Arun Parade is shaping up now.

LittlehamptonWorking on the junction of Arun Parade and Pier Road

Construction of Littlehampton Sea Defences 7The piles all in place along the Southern end of Arun Parade.

Sea Defence construction Arun Parade 11Piling at Arun Parade.

Piling works at Arun ParadePiles being driven in at Arun Parade (Littlehampton seafront’s iconic light house in the right of the picture)

littlehampton sea defence construction craneClearly the road surface of Pier Road is not able to take the weight of the crane, which is of particular concern to us here in Pier Road. The vibrations from the piling far exceed what most of us expected. There’s also understandable concern for the integrity of our buildings during these works. Many of Pier Road business owners live above their businesses.

Entrance to Littlehampton harbourTide flowing into Littlehampton harbour. A confused and dangerous sea. This picture was taken just a short time before a lady was swept out to sea. Despite being rescued by Littlehampton RNLI, she passed away later in hospital.

Coastguard helicopterThe Coastguard helicopter flying over Littlehampton Harbour assisting with the rescue.

Air AmbulanceAir Ambulance also attended.

Air Ambulance 2Air Ambulance leaving Littlehampton.

cropped-dscf0234.jpgLittlehampton’s RNLI rescued the lady from the sea, quite literally a few minutes after she first went in. (above is a picture of them on a previous emergency call out). We’re very fortunate here in Littlehampton to have such a dedicated, hardworking local volunteer crew who go out in all weathers and sea conditions.

Our thoughts are with the family and friends of the lady who passed away.

Milly from Spirit FM visits Littlehampton RNLI

Friday 16th August 2013.

SPIRIT FM’s Milly’s Mystery Tour visits Littlehampton Harbour.

Milly Luxford from Spirit FM visits Littlehampton Harbour  as part of her mystery tour and was whisked out to sea by Action Boat accompanied by the entire crew of Littlehampton’s RNLI.

Spirit FM at RNLI LittlehamptonDespite the cloudy, overcast dull morning, the rain held off as Milly was whisked out to Sea in the capable hands of Nick Tree, Action Boat’s MD accompanied by the entire crew of Littlehampton RNLI.

Milly from Spirit FMMilly from Spirit FM being helped into Littlehampton’s RNLI D Class lifeboat earlier this morning.

Milly from Spirit FM getting into Action BoatMilly safely transferred onboard Action Boat’s high powered RIB.

Action Boat have proved a very popular and welcomed addition to Littlehampton Harbour offering a range of powerboat experiences including adrenaline rides, river trips, sea safaris and corporate events. They also run the Littlehampton Ferry on behalf of Littlehampton Town Council and their commercial partners.

Spirit FM Radio StationMilly from Spirit FM on Action boat and the RNLI Lifeboats head out to sea for Millie’s Mystery Tour.

RNLI Littlehampton Blue Peter 1Blue Peter 1, Littlehampton’s famous RNLI lifeboat leaving the harbour for this morning’s event. The RNLI have an open-door policy at the Littlehampton Lifeboat Station and proves very popular with visitors of all ages. There’s also a great gift shop onsite selling a range of RNLI souvenirs and memorabilia.

Milly later broadcasted live from the RNLI Littlehampton’s Station chatting with the crew and giving an interesting overview of how the RNLI manages to do such great work.

To find out more about volunteering or fundraising opportunities with the RNLI Littlehampton visit their Website Here – or  pop in any day to the RNLI Station at Littlehampton.

Littlehampton Harbour gets its first Trot Mooring Customer, but all is not well…

Littlehampton Harbour Board has just got its first Trot Mooring Customer, but alas, all hasn’t gone as it should.

Littlehampton Harbour Trot MooringsNot too sure what’s gone wrong here, I suspect the yacht owner has failed to realise that he’s meant to moor his bow to the top chain, and his stern to the lower chain, but I could be mistaken. In any event, something is seriously wrong and with the tide coming in at the speed it does in Littlehampton harbour, there’s a good chance he’s going to go under.

Littlehampton HarbourAs always, the helpful knowledgeable harbour board staff can be relied upon whatever the crisis and they can be seen standing by the stricken yacht in the background.

Littlehampton MooringsA clever interception by the harbour board staff by attaching a large buoyancy buoy to the yacht’s bow in an attempt to lift up the bow with the rising tide. But, will it be enough to do the trick?

Littlehamptons new trot mooringsAs the tide rises, it’s the moment of truth for Littlehampton Harbour Board’s intervention..

Littlehampton harbour mooringsThankfully, the tactic works and the yacht is out of trouble for now at least. The harbour board also attached rear mooring lines to the chains closest land to hopefully ensure it doesn’t happen again.