Happy 20th birthday to town’s Sovereign Harbour

Berth holders enjoy the sunshine at the 20th birthday celebrations
Berth holders enjoy the sunshine at the 20th birthday celebrations

Premier Marinas hosted a get-together of berth holders earlier this month to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the opening of Sovereign Harbour with all proceeds from the event benefiting Eastbourne RNLI lifeboats.

Berth holders were entertained by live band Dirti Martini with complementary cocktails served by the staff of Premier Marinas. Local police and fire units supported the event along with the RNLI Sea Safety road show,

RNLI fundraisers, Sovereign Harbour Rotary Club and other local organisations supporting the Royal Yacht Association active marina scheme.

Cut price own boat tuition was supplied by instructors from Sovereign Harbour based training school Sea Training Sussex and refreshments were served by Flamini during the three hour event.

A total of almost £1,000 was raised for Eastbourne lifeboat which has already been handed over to Eastbourne RNLI operations manager Paul Metcalfe.

John Hesse who owns the Flamini Airstream said, “From the hatch of our vintage American Airstream we served gourmet burgers direct from the farm at Hankham, Bratwurst and tofu hot dogs, soft ice cream 99s and a range of drinks with the money going to the RNLI.”

Opened in 1993, Sovereign Harbour was built on land that was formerly the beach.

Formerly known as The Crumbles, the marina consists of four separate harbours, a retail park and several housing projects. It was originally run by its developer, Carillion, until 2007 when it was bought by the Premier Marinas group, who also run several other marinas along the South Coast including Brighton, Chichester and Port Solent.