SHOREHAM - Sussex

Panoramic View of Shoreham beach
180º panoramic shot of Shoreham Beach (Widewater)

Shoreham beach is a very popular South Coast location, providing some good but safe sailing conditions in the prevailing South Westerly winds. If there is a Force 4 or more then you will always find people sailing here, all year round. In general the standard of sailing is pretty high, and not many people bother going out here in anything less than a Force 4. However, if you are still learning, Shoreham can be an excellent location to practise in a F2/3, with flat-ish water shallow for a fair way out at low tide.

Map overlooking the sailing area, and local information

OS Map with Aerial Photo

Flat Water: NO
Wind Chop: YES
Waves: YES
Shorebreak: YES bad around high tide
Beach: Shingle / Sand
Wind Direction : E-W NW-NE

Car parking : YES (£1 during summer)
Toilets : YES
Café : YES (summer only)

Nearest Windsurf Shop : Surflädle, Shoreham

Wind information can be found here
Tide information can be found here.

Shoreham is located on the South Coast between Worthing and Brighton, just off the main A27 coast road. The whole beach is sailable, but most people Windsurf from the Widewater car park (Kitesurfers launch further East). Turn off at the main roundabout and turn immediately right and follow the road to the car park.

Conditions here really depend on the wind, but a typical SW wind will produce nice jumping and small wave riding conditions ideal for the intermediate sailor. Shoreham suffers from the usual South Coast shorebreak from approximately 2 hours before and after high tide, so this is best avoided unless the sea is quite calm. At low tide there is no problem.

The sailing area can get pretty crowded, especially on high wind days during the summer, but there is plenty of beach to the East and West to avoid this. If you break anything then the ever helpful Surflädle shop is only 1/4 mile to the East.

Launching area is shown by the red arrow. Aerial Photos & Maps from Multimap and GetMapping

The photos below should give an idea of the range of conditions found at this location. The larger images have a description of the conditions at the time the shot was taken. If you've got any good photos that you'd like to see here then email the site and I'll add them on if possible.

Typical Sailing Conditions

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