Welcome to NCI Newhaven lookout
NCI Newhaven was founded in 2004 so 2021 marks seventeen years of continuous community service without a single day of watchkeeping missed, except during the initial compulsory eight-week Covid-19 lockdown in 2020.
NCI Newhaven lookout is built on the cliff top on Castle Hill 175 feet above sea level. It provides a panoramic view of Seaford Bay from Newhaven Harbour entrance to Seaford Head eastwards and to the ocean off Brighton westwards as well as to seaward into the shipping lanes of the English Channel. On a clear day, a total exceeding 400 square miles can be observed. There is very good coverage for VHF radio reception.
The lookout at Newhaven was built in the early 1960s to replace a small lookout inside Newhaven Fort.
VHF radio: channel 65
The NCI holds a national licence issued by OFCOM for the exclusive use of VHF Channel 65. This dedicated channel has been granted to NCI with strong support from the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCGA). Channel 65 facilitates communications between our lookout and seafarers on a variety of routine matters. Stations can respond to requests from passing, as well as local, sailing craft and fishing vessels for radio checks in addition to providing actual weather and sea state conditions. They can also provide, on request, information on a range of local facilities and hazards. Call NCI Newhaven on VHF channel 65. Our call sign is Newhaven NCI.
Vehicular access is restricted to those on watch. Visitors should note that there are steep stairs to ascend in order to gain access to the lookout. There is no alternative access for those with mobility issues.