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Rye Bay


Additional Information

 Wave buoy location  50°51.083'N    000° 47.433' E
 Approximate water depth  10 m CD
 Approximate spring tidal range  6.1 m
 Storm alert threshold  3.52 m


Wave parameters are recorded using a Datawell Directional WaveRider Mk III buoy.

The buoy was first deployed on 27 August 2008, at which time the magnetic declination at the site was 1.53° west, changing by 0.15° east per year. The buoy was decommissioned on 25/04/2013. 

The buoy was redeployed on 26 February 2021, at which time the magnetic declination at the site was 0.63° east, changing by 0.19° east per year. Wave direction is reported following the nautical convention, meaning that the direction is where the waves come from, measured clockwise from magnetic north.


30/04/2024 Scheduled service
02/11/2023 During storm Ciaran, the buoy dragged its mooring ~300m NE and has settled.
06/10/2023 Data are delayed due to a BT fault identified at site. An engineer will be attending site on 06/10/23.
22/06/2023 The buoy has been redeployed.
27/03/2023 The mooring drifted off position, ~1,200m to the NE. The buoy has been recovered and will be redeployed in its original position.
23/01/2023 Buoy redeployed as part of scheduled service. 
22/01/2023 The buoy was recovered as part of a scheduled service and will be redeployed tomorrow.
17/08/2022 The buoy has been redeployed.
26/07/2022 The buoy was set adrft and recovered on the same day. Plans for redeployment are underway. 
08/07/2022 Scheduled service
05/09/2021 Scheduled service
14/07/2021 The HF shore station was installed at the Rye Harbour Master's office. The buoy is now transmitting via HF. 
26/02/2021 The buoy was redeployed on iridium. An HF shorestation will be installed within the next few months. 
25/04/2013 The buoy has been decommissioned
30/11/2012 Buoy replaced following minor malfunction
18/09/2012 Scheduled service
15/03/2012 Scheduled service
22/12/2011 Buoy re-deployed
10/12/2011 At around 1500 today, there was a problem with the buoy; first indications are that a vessel may have tied up to it. Buoy adrift and recovered
28/09/2011 Buoy re-deployed
27/09/2011 Buoy adrift
02/03/2010 Scheduled service
29/09/2009 The buoy appears to have been hit and is dented
28/09/2009 The wave buoy moved off its mooring around midday; it has been recovered and brought to Sovereign Harbour for assessment

Further information has been received about the recovery of the Waverider:  Rotterdam Port Authority found the buoy near the construction site of "Maasvlakte II" on Saturday 11 July.  The crew of their vessel RPA16 kindly recovered the buoy and contacted Rijkswaterstaat.

12/07/2009 The buoy has been found by Rijkswaterstaat, who kindly returned it to Datawell
21/05/2009 Despite an extensive search both ashore and at sea, the buoy has not been found.  It stopped sending data on 16/05/2009.  A spare buoy has been deployed in its place
14/05/2009 A problem has occurred with the buoy.  It appears to be sending good data still but is not in situ
23/10/2008 Buoy adrift. Recovered from beach and serviced, to be re-deployed soon
10/10/2008 Harbour office power switched off for the day