May 2019

Date Event OOD
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.

Alan P

 

Saturday July 13th Sail to Swanage

Depart 10.45 from the RoRo.

Alison

 

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. For those who moor in Holes Bay, a new bridge opening schedule has been issued, starting on April 23rd. Local Notice to Mariners for Poole No 13/2019 – find on www.phc.co.uk. It looks as though they are saving on the ‘wear and rear’ of the Twin Sail Bridge by only opening it ONCE each sequence. Poole Bridge will always open FIRST for incoming boats. The Twin Sail Bridge will then open, for both incoming and outgoing craft, the Poole Bridge will then open again for outgoing and incoming (to the pool only) boats. Timing’s on weekdays will be – hourly with no lifts at 08.30, 11.30. 13.30, 15.30, 17.30, 19.30 and 21.30. On weekends and bank holidays, lifts will be hourly at half past the hour from 05.30 to 23.30.

The Asst HM tells me that inbound large vessels may be on the wrong side of the channel when passing No 10 buoy until they are clear of Chapmans Peak.

The Arne Moors Project and Redclyffe Yacht Club. In the April NL, I mentioned briefly, the possibility of flooding Arne Moors and its possible effects on silting in the river Frome, being discussed at PYA. Objections to this are gathering pace and to help understand what is proposed, I attach a letter from the Commodore of RYC giving the latest information.

 

News from Further Afield. There is a Solent Protection Society that aims to ‘safeguard the natural beauty and amenities of the Solent Area, particularly its harbours’. This covers an area from the Needles to Selsey Bill. If you would like more information, try looking at ‘www.solentprotection.org.’.

Visitors to Lymington Commissioners moorings, have access to discount offers from the Yacht Clubs (Food and the bar), the museum and gallery. Ask when paying.

 

Brexit. Message from the RYA – ‘Keep Calm and Carry on Cruising’. Article 50 will run until Oct 31st, so this year’s foreign cruising isn’t affected anyway. However, with the political volatility, sudden change cannot be ruled out. Earlier this month The RYA suggest hinted that, in the case of a ‘no deal’ Brexit, if you are out of the country, you could be classed as ‘Union Status’. The RYA are continuing to see that the recreational boating sector is being heard by the Government.

 

 

To the Commodores of all Yacht Clubs within the PYA and surrounds

 

 

Arne Moors Project

 

There is a proposal to flood an area in Poole Harbour, Dorset, called The Arne Moors, this area is approximately 150 hectares in size, stretching from Ridge Wharf Yacht Centre on the River Frome down to the Wareham Channel.  The Project is being co-ordinated by the Environment Agency, together with the RSPB and Natural England.

 

The reason for this Project apparently, is to create a wildlife habitat for wading birds as a consequence of “coastal squeeze” in Poole Harbour, by breaching the existing protecting bank in three areas on the River Frome and Wareham Channel.  This proposal is causing consternation and concern for people who live locally, and there is a local action group both monitoring and fighting against this proposal.

 

Our concern at Redclyffe Yacht Club, situated on the River Frome, is that if this Project goes ahead, presently the project team cannot give me a 100% assurance that the end result will not cause silting of the River and the Wareham Channel, (computer modelling in this respect continues).  If silting occurs due to suspended matter running off the Moors into the Frome and Wareham Channel, it would not take a lot of silting to seriously affect navigation on this already shallow area.  Additionally, it is also felt that water flowing onto 150 hectares of the Arne Moors implies that less water is available to flow into the River Frome on the flood tide.

 

If navigation on the Frome and Wareham Channel is seriously affected this will impinge directly on the viability of our Club, local Businesses associated with Boating and the Town of Wareham.  Wareham receives thousands of visitors annually via the River Frome and Poole Harbour on commercial and private craft, particularly in the summer months and will feel the effect if navigation is seriously diminished.  In addition, many sailors enjoy visiting RYC each year.

 

I am making local Yacht Clubs, associated Businesses and local Commerce aware of this proposal.  The intention of RYC will be to object to any future planning application on this Project if no siltation is not 100% guaranteed.  It would be very helpful if your Club members would also object.  I will furnish you with objection papers when planning applications are lodged.

 

Yours sincerely,

 

 

MICK SOLOMON

Commodore

Redclyffe Yacht Club

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Appendix 3

Small Craft Emergency in Poole Harbour

Action Plan.

A Small Craft Emergency is classed as ‘An incident which poses a threat to life, or has the likely potential to do so and which requires external assistance’

If you recognise a potential or actual emergency situation in Poole Harbour – or immediate environs – call the Coastguard on Channel 16.

The call is: –

Mayday, Mayday, Mayday. This is (Boat Name – spoken 3 times), Mayday. There is an emergency situation in Poole Harbour requiring immediate assistance. Over.

This call will be heard by the Coastguard and Poole Harbour Control Office. The Harbour Control Officer (HCO, listens on Channel 14 (The Poole Harbour Channel) and Channel 16.

You will now be in direct contact with the Coastguard who will ask you for all the appropriate information. The Coastguard will assume control. Be prepared to give your accurate position – Lat/Long – if possible.

The HCO will stand by and give any assistance required by the Coastguard. The coordination of all Emergency Agencies by the Coastguard will remain on Channel 16 until communications can be safely moved to another public channel. All parties can then be advised as necessary. The Coastguard will call for ‘radio silence’ – except you!

Casualty repatriation will be to one of the agreed points. The Emergency Service will require the postcode.

To: –

Jetty at North Haven Point (minor junction just off Ferry Road) BH13 7QN

Royal Motor Yacht Club, 54 Panorama Road BH13 7RE

Parkstone Yacht Club, Pearce Avenue      BH14 8EH

Poole Yacht Club, New Harbour Road       BH15 4AQ

Poole Lifeboat Station (Poole Bridge), The Quay BH15 1HA      

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Appendix 4

Yacht Racing Criteria – a Digest for Cruising Yachts.

The guidance for running sailboat racing in the harbour and the behaviour of yachts racing is governed by guidance agreed between PYA and PHC titled ‘Yacht Racing Criteria’. Most of this document is taken with advice on the interaction between the Harbour Control and the Race Officer running the races. However, much of the guidance for racing yacht skippers, applies equally to skippers of cruising yachts.

  • Cruising Boat skippers MUST comply with all IRPCS Rules and Poole Harbour Bye Laws.
  • Yacht skippers are responsible for the safety of their vessel and crew.
  • Skippers should be aware of commercial craft movements by monitoring Channel 14. Commercial craft report their movements when: –
    • Underway from their berth
    • Outbound at Stakes buoy
    • Outbound at Aunt Betty
    • Outbound at the Poole Bar Buoy.
    • Inbound when ~15 mins from the Poole Bar Buoy
    • Inbound at the Poole Bar Buoy
    • Inbound at Channel Buoy No 8
    • Inbound at Aunt Betty
    • Inbound at Stakes
    • All secure at her berth
  • Skippers should have an up-to date weather forecast and be aware of tide conditions.
  • Skippers should keep at good lookout at all times – 360o. This may mean taking down your jib at the Harbour entrance for a better view.
  • Commercial craft may be limited in the draft to a narrow channel, so craft under 20m must (Rule 9):-
    • Keep to the outer limit of the channel on the Starboard Side (Use the Small Boat Channel)
    • Do not impede the passage of a large commercial vessel, especially do not cross in front.
    • Do not pass between an escort vessel and the commercial craft.
  • Keep clear of commercial vessels in the Middle Ship and Swash Channels or manoeuvring in the Turning Basin.
  • If a ‘Controlled Vessel Movement’ is broadcast on VHF Ch 14, you must give clearance of 50m either side and 500m in front of the commercial vessel.
  • At times of restricted visibility (fog routine), the advice is to stay on your berth, or, if already underway, stay in the Small Boat Channel and monitor

Ch 14

 

 

 

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.

Alison

 

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.

 

 

March 2019

Date Event OOD
Saturday March 2nd Commodore’s walk at Corfe Common

Meet at Davis’s at 10.00.

Walk ~1hr 20mins, undulating but easy. Lunch at the Halfway House.

Alan P

 

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 an sail of the harbour for 2hrs.

Pete/Pat
Saturday  SundayJune 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.

Alan P

 

Saturday July 13th Sail to Swanage

Depart 10.45 from the RoRo.

Alison

 

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.

Leave the Medina entrance starts 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.

For those who moor in Holes Bay, or need to come into Holes Bay, from late Feb. into March, it has been difficult with various closings of the twin Sail Bridge. It is expected to be operational from Monday 11th March, but no opening schedule has yet been confirmed, so probably best to assume LNtM No 5/2019 or confirm with ‘Poole Bridge’ directly on Ch 12.

 

News from Further Afield.

The Westerly Centaur is 50 years young and the Association is holding a get together in Bembridge from the 3rd to the 7th of July. It may be wise to avoid Bembridge around this time as some 200 boats are expected – unless of course, you are a Centaur!.

 

News from the RYA.

Lobster Pot Hazard. A multiagency task force has been formed – the Cruising Assoc, the MMO, the RYA and Fishermen – to review ‘entanglements’. The group intends to review existing guidelines, with the aim of hazard reduction and to develop solutions based on known best practice. Better law enforcement is also an aim.

At the start of the boating season we are reminded that life-rafts could be due for servicing and lifejackets should undergo their annual check.

 

Brexit. The RYA is continuing to engage with the Government to ensure recreational boating interests are heard. There is concern over border controls, time limits on duration of stay, free travel throughout Europe, an acceptance of RYA qualifications throughout Europe, are some of the concerns.

 

Low Tax Diesel – Red diesel.

Ireland has to comply with the same European Directive as the UK over the ‘dyed’ diesel for pleasure boaters. The Irish Government is to ban the sale of ‘green diesel’ to the pleasure boating industry from January 2020.  There is concern whether the infrastructure to make diesel available at the waterside is adequate. Will our government do the same? No real news, but concern is likewise being expressed at the availability at the waterside.

 

 

February 2019

Club Programme for 2019.

Date

Event

OOD

Saturday March 2nd

Commodore’s walk at Corfe Common

Meet at Davis’s at 10.00 sharp for possible car share. Drive to Corfe.

Walk ~1hr 20mins, undulating but easy. Lunch at the Half Way House?

Alan P

Saturday April 6th

Holes Bay Walk

Meet at the Cafe inn 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 approx. 2hrs. Course will be decided on weather conditions on the day.

Peter & Pat

Saturday Sunday

June 8th/9th

Sail to Christchurch

Leave Poole entrance at 11.00 hrs and we should arrive at Christchurch entrance at 14.00 hrs. 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

Depart 10.45 from the RoRo.

Alison

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 August 24th to Monday August 26th

Sail to The Solent

Depart Poole entrance at 10.30 hrs and have a fair tide all the way to Cowes.

On Monday, leave Cowes 08.15 hrs, so a reasonable early start will see you take a fair tide all the way back to Poole

September 7th

Harbour Sail.

Meet at the RoRo at 12.00.

John F

Saturday 12th October

Club Visit to Monkey World and or Tank Museum

Saturday 16th November

AGM

Details to be agreed

Saturday December 14th

Christmas Lunch

Details to be agreed

Club News.

Congratulations to Alan and Lesley who were awarded The Presidents Cup for the story of their trip to Falmouth in the summer.

Sadly, Geoff has died. Marion and Geoff were stalwarts of Rockley CC in the early years, in their Westerly Centaur,’ Sans Souci’. For many years, Marion and her ‘little band’ provided the music for the sing-alongs at Redcliffe.

News from the Harbour.

For those who moor in Holes Bay, the latest news on the Twin Sail Bridge is fewer opening times and a slow opening under one hydraulic ram. A new LNtM has just been published, No: 37/2018 – dated 24th Nov. of the ‘new’ bridge opening schedule. This will remain until further notice, but a ‘one day’ opening sequence will operate on Sunday Feb 3rd.

For those who enjoy the spectacular photography of ‘Beken of Cowes’, there will be a display of his photo’s in Poole Museum from 26th January to the 22nd April.

News from Further Afield.

The QHM at Portsmouth, reminds us that the following LNtM remain for 2019:

Special precautions apply when the aircraft carrier Queen Elizabeth is moving through the harbour. Beware.

As you pass thro’ the Portsmouth harbour entrance, you are being video’d and your radio being messages are being recorded.

Small boats from HM Forces, could be travelling at speed through the harbour with no warning.

If you venture up the further into Portsmouth Harbour, be aware of the Tipner small arms firing ranges.

Full details of the current LNtM and General Directions, can be found on ‘portsmouth@qhm.mod.uk’. The ‘Leisure Users’ section is the simplest and worth visiting.

Cowes. A new Eastern Channel is being dredged to a min of 2.25m below chart datum to give better access to the Eastern Solent. It is expected to make it easier for ferries. This is expected to be complete by Easter.

News from the RYA.

The RYA seem to be moving to an expected exit from the EU without agreement, but it is thought it will make little difference if visiting the EU. But if you are visiting outside the EU, you may have to prove your competence with an ICC Certificate,

Red diesel.

Belgium – the laws on red diesel are not being enforced in the short term

Netherlands – ok, but any red diesel must be in the ships tank

France – no problems at the moment, but the French are believed to be reviewing the situation.

The advice from the RYA is to always keep records of fuel bought, engine hours to be logged and only keep diesel in the ships tank.

Brexit – still no wiser! But if it happens with no agreement, there will be increased sailings of the Barfleur from Poole

Flares.

The Spring re-fit is nearly upon us and maybe a new set of emergency flares. It is becoming increasingly difficult, apparently, to dispose of your old flares. The RNLI in Poole will accept them by arrangement. Ring 01202 663283 – The College Gatehouse – at least 24 hrs in advance, to arrange when they can be handed in. (The College No. is 01202 336 336)

January 2019

A ‘Happy New Year’ with good sailing in 2019.

The Planning Meeting

Meet at 12.30 for lunch at 13.00 at The Red Lion, Sturminster Marshall, BH21 4BU on Saturday January 19th, 2019.

News from the Harbour

For those who moor in Holes Bay, the latest news on the Twin Sail Bridge suggest it may take some time before it is resolved and repaired and back in operation. Meanwhile, the residents of Hamworthty are not happy. An old act means that the waterway MUST remain open – and the TSB closed. The latest info is that a part is required and the firm who manufactured it, is in liquidation!! Information from the middle of December, suggested the twin sail bridge was stuck in the ‘down position’ and not available to road traffic but boats that could safely pass under, could. Latest from the Bridge Operating Board is that if the ‘pin mechanism can be removed; the bridge may be operated under a single cylinder’ but no LNtM yet. It is hoped to have it repaired by the end of January.

News from the RYA.

Red diesel. The RYA has met with HMRC to discuss the implications of the European Court ruling. All UK leisure boating bodies are concerned at the practical implications and ensuring availability of having to use white diesel. The RYA is trying to find a practical and cost-effective solution. It has until Dec 22nd to respond to the Commission.

Brexit – still no wiser!

December 2018

Remaining Programme

Date

Event

OOD

Saturday. December 8th

The Bear Cross has been booked for our Christmas Lunch. Club.

Pat & Peter

Saturday. January 19th 2019

The Planning Meeting for 2019. A lunchtime meeting at a venue to be advised. Full details in the January NL, but in the meantime, please think what Club events YOU would like to see.

Club News. 14 members enjoyed a game of skittles and supper at The Clay Pipe Inn as well as attending the AGM during the evening. The meeting agreed that the Annual Sub. should remain at £25 – this would become due in January.

News from the Harbour

For those who moor in Holes Bay, the Twin Sails Bridge is out of action and appears likely to remain so for a period, so much so, that a LNtM has been issued giving the revised times of opening of Poole Bridge from Nov 26th. These can be found on the phc web-site and is number LNtM 37/2018. Fewer opening times!

News from Further Afield.

Entanglements. A local study of rope entanglements has shown that these are most prevalent at low water. This suppose is obvious, as the float is set with the rope reasonably tight at high water, thus at low water there is excess rope. The advice is to give all floats a wide berth, preferably down tide/wind.

You will all have heard I expect, that Red Funnel Ferries have collided with moored yachts on two occasions in foggy conditions recently in Cowes, sinking at least one of them. Ships of more than 48m are now not allowed to navigate in the Cowes Inner Fairway or the Medina River when visibility is less than ~200M. Other vessels are advised not to depart in this poor visibility. Go to ‘cowesharbourcommission.co.uk’ LNtM No 30/2018 for full details. (Compare this with Poole LNtM on movements in restricted visibility LNtM No 14/2015).

If you sail your boat into the Schengen Area (basically the EU without the UK and Ireland) and want to fly back to the UK, you will have to explain why your passport wasn’t stamped on entry.

The Marine Plan for the S/SW. Options have apparently been identified, revised and a list of policies to address the issues. Workshops have been held throughout the region. The plan for Area 6 – from the Dart estuary to Folkstone – is being developed. The 3rd interaction is expected to follow soon.