Move part of £1.4m redevelopment

From next month larger yachts will be able to moor at Yarmouth, Isle of Wight.

Berthing for sail and power boats is being made available on the end of the town’s 190-metre pier, which currently only accommodates the paddle steamer Waverley in September and the SS Balmoral in May.

Draught is the main restricting factor with depth guaranteed up to 2.5 metres at all states of the tide.

Harbourmaster Chris Lisher warned that the pier end was an unsuitable mooring location in rare northeasterly winds, but would be well-sheltered on other occasions.

The change is part of the harbour’s £1.4million redevelopment, which has seen the introduction of new walk-ashore berths.

The town is particularly looking forward to July 14, when the 12-metre J-Class yachts that are racing in the Solent next summer and Olympic torch – at around 1230 – come to Yarmouth.