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Harwich - Sailing Club


A shingle beach just south of Harwich Harbour. There is a cinema close to the beach and places to eat or have a drink in.

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Water Quality

Annual classification:

2016 Not tested

Today's Forecast

Pollution risk forecasts are not made at this site.

Facilities at Harwich - Sailing Club beach

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There is a car park by the the beach.

Dog restrictions

Seasonal restrictions may apply - please check beach signs.

Beach cleaning



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Plenty to do in Harwich with seasonal events to attend, a promenade to stroll along and, to the south of the beach, there is the Harwich Maritime Museum and further south are two old forts. The Harwich Town Sailing Club operates here.

Wildlife and Walks

The beach is fairly close to Hemford Water National Nature Reserve which is wonderful for its wildfowl and waders. To the south, a little further away, is the John Weston Nature Reserve, which has lapwing, redshank, sedge & reed warblers and also has some interesting moths and migrant bird species. See Marine Wildlife sightings at this beach

Beach type: harbour, shingle,

Beach Location

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Water Quality

What's tested here?

Water samples are not taken at this beach because it has not been designated as a bathing water and there is no voluntary sampling. You can use the beach map to find the closest beach that is tested for water quality.

Why isn't this a designated bathing water?

High levels of bacteria in the water can indicate pollution from sewage treatment works or polluted rain water draining from the land. Where does pollution comes from and how can you help?

Water quality can be reduced for up to 72 hours after heavy rain. Look out for temporary signs at the beach and on our website.

Annual classification

2016 Not tested

What’s does this mean?

At the end of every bathing season the water quality is classified as either-

Excellent – the highest classification meaning the water is cleanest
Good – generally good water quality
Sufficient – meets minimum standards
Poor – You are advised not to swim. The beach will stay open and an action plan should be in place to improve the water quality.

Today's Forecast

Pollution risk forecasts are not made at this site.

Safety, Weather & Tides

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Potential hazards at this beach

This beach is not yet classified, please see our safety tips below or contact the local beach operator for further information.

Lifeguarded locations - top five safety tips

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Beach Cleans

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Our volunteers have been surveying rubbish on  UK beaches for over 20 years. In that time shoreline litter had more than doubled and plastic has gone up by 180%!

MCS beach cleans are run all year round All year round Beach Clean events with our flagship event 'Great British Beach Clean' Great British Beach Clean - 18th to 21st Sept in September.

Volunteers record the litter they find - we use this information to help Governments and industry understand how to stop the rubbish getting there in the first place. We also promote behaviour change among the public using the data collected.

MCS Beach clean events

Within 10 miles of Harwich - Sailing Club beach

Beachwatch event

South of Orwell Bridge - 15 Sep 2017
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Beachwatch event

Felixstowe Pier Heading North - 15 Sep 2017
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Beachwatch event

Levington River Foreshore - 16 Sep 2017
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Beachwatch event

Trimley Marsh - 16 Sep 2017
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Beachwatch event

Felixstowe (the Dip to 13th hole) - 16 Sep 2017
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Beachwatch event

Bawdsey Quay - 17 Sep 2017
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Beachwatch event

Felixstowe (Manor Terrace) - 17 Sep 2017
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Beachwatch event

Bawdsey:East Lane South - 18 Sep 2017
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Small changes, big differences

litter bin icon Take your rubbish home - don’t try and cram more stuff into already overflowing beach bins

recycle icon Don’t leave litter behind - take it away and recycle it

Toilet icon Only put the 3P's down the loo - Pee, Poo and Paper - everything else goes in the bin!

Fancy a fish dish?

Find an eatery with a Fish2fork sustainable seafood rating within 10 miles of Harwich - Sailing Club beach


We rate restaurants according to the impact the seafood they serve has on fish stocks and the health of our oceans.

Along with MCS we want all seafood served in the UK to be sustainable.

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Sustainable Red fish – one or more fish options on the menu is an MCS Fish to Avoid

There are currently no restuarants listed within 10 miles of this beach!

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Wildlife Spotting

You never know what kinds of wildife you'll come across at the beach. We're interested in what you find - especially if you come across jellyfish, basking sharks or turtles. Tell us what you find.

Find out the latest news and information on marine wildlife from around the UK.

Note: This page shows reports of sightings of jellyfish, basking sharks and turtles ONLY, as MCS holds national databases for these species. Don't be alarmed if it looks like there are lots of jellyfish in the area, they are fascinating creatures. We always advise "look but don't touch".

Latest reported sightings

Within 10 miles of Harwich - Sailing Club beach

Jellyfish sightedJellyfish seen here by Ron Baker
on 19 Jul 2017

Jellyfish sightedJellyfish seen here by Alison Malyon
on 20 Jun 2017

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