April 2019

Date Event OOD
Saturday April 6th Holes Bay Walk

Meet at the Cafe in Davis’s at 10.30 for coffee. Walk around Holes Bay with a light lunch at the Peacock Cafe at Upton House

Alan P


Saturday May 18th  Harbour Sail.

Meet at the RoRo at 11.00 for a sail of the harbour for 2hrs

Peter Pat
Saturday Sunday June 8th/9th Sail to Christchurch

Leave Poole entrance at 11.00

On Sunday. HW Christchurch is at ~14.45, so we can leave after lunch, take the last of the ebb through the harbour to return to Poole.

Alan P


Saturday July 13th Sail to Swanage

LW Poole is at ~14.20 – neaps

Depart 10.45 from the RoRo.



Saturday 27th July Club BBQ at Davis’s Boatyard.

Late afternoon/evening event.

BBQ will be provided; all you need is to come and bring your food/drink

Jean R


Saturday Aug 24th to Monday August 26th Sail to The Solent

Depart Poole entrance at 10.30 and have a fair tide all the way to The Medina.

On Monday, Leave the Medina entrance at about 08.15.

Volunteer required
September 7th Harbour Sail.

Meet at the RoRo at 12.00.

John F


Saturday 12th October Club Visit to Monkey World and Tank Museum

Meeting times etc to be agreed

Saturday 16th November AGM

Details to be agreed

Saturday December 14th Christmas Lunch

Details to be agreed




News from the Harbour.

The RNLI, Poole, are having a Station Open Day on August 4th 10.30 – 16.30. This is the lifeboat station, not the College.

As usual, speed limits will again be enforced throughout the harbour and for 1km beyond the Haven Hotel, from the 1st April – 10kn through the water and be careful about your wash.







Notes from the PYA Meeting.

The annual affiliation fee will remain at £68

After a year in the SW region of the RYA, our representative feels that really, we should be in the Southern Region, but he will continue trudging to the deep SW to attend meetings for the time being. This is to be reviewed in a year’s time, although it is thought the RYA will not welcome that approach. The SW Region is well run with a cohesive team but sailing in Solent Waters is more relevant for us than Cornwall!

No further news on the MCZ which includes Studland.

The potential of building 11,000 new homes in Poole, is considered far too many. Some of these could be accommodated at Rockley Sands.

Attention seems to have shifted from ‘seahorses in Studland’ to ‘wading birds’ in the proposal to flood Arne Moors through breaches of the riverbank on the Arne side as well as the banks on the South side. If this goes ahead, it has the potential for silting in the River Frome. This could have a disastrous affect our friends at Redcliffle YC. There is expected to be an opportunity to sign a petition against this proposal in due course. We will be kept fully informed through PYA although our close relations with Redcliffe will also help.


Notes from The Poole Harbour Commissioners public meeting.

This was held on Monday 25th March and is intended to inform ‘the stakeholders. The main points were: –

Turnover for the port was up at £13.3M with an increase in ferry traffic although bulk cargoes were declining.

Safety was of the highest priority and the security of Poole was ‘high’

Cruise ship visits were up from 4 in 2014 to 16 in 2018. ‘Astoria’ was the largest of the visitors.

The South Quay was now fully operational and handles the Cruise ships as well as an ‘export quay’ for luxury yachts like ‘Sunseeker’.

Although ‘Barfleur’ was now 25 years old, recent updates to meet environmental regulations, would enable it to operate for many years ahead. Other regular ships were the ‘Pelican’ (freight only) and the ‘Armourique’ (in regular support). The Channel Islands shipping continued. ‘Condor’ was now firmly based in Poole.

Poole Boat Show is the second largest in the country.

Poole Boat Haven was again voted best in its category.

The increase in Harbour Dues was mentioned – but this to a formula agreed with PYA – but I can see it being a hot topic at the next PYA/PHC meeting in May. Poole was still down at the cheaper end on the South Coast.

Richard Ballantyne, Chief Officer of British Ports, updated the meeting on where he saw Poole after Brexit. He could offer no positive outcome. Ports he said. Carried 95% of trade with Poole being one of the 20 RoRo ports in the country and some lorries may re-route to take advantage of smaller queues. Controls would have to take place at borders and Brexit would increase these checks although in the case of ‘no deal’, it is thought these controls would not be introduced immediately. Whatever happens, he said, trade will continue. Technology was thought would help in a ‘customs solution’. Shortages of trained staff were a problem. On Brexit, Poole would lose EU Support Funds but would share in a Government £1.7M investment fund.


Red diesel. It seems likely, that the use of red diesel for pleasure craft, will be banned. The RYA is calling for a ‘long transition’ period especially to meet the ‘no trace’ requirement as the expense of replacing fuel systems to remove the last traces of red dye, is seen as far too expensive. The RYA also believe, that to buy and transfer ‘road diesel’ carries safety risks. A consultation is therefore to be carried out on the impact of the introduction to decide how best it can be introduced. The RYA sees the lack of easily available diesel at the waterside to be a safety issue as skippers may find it hard to get sufficient supplies.


News from Further Afield.

Bembridge. All 200 of the expected Westerly Centaurs who are expected to attend the celebrations in the Duver Marina, are expected to be accommodated on the Duver pontoon. A little crowded then!


Brexit. Still no real news.