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.

Remaining Programme

Date

Event

OOD

Saturday October 13th Rockley Cruising Club 40th Anniversary Event

Saturday 17th November

Rockley Cruising Club AGM

Alan & Lesley

Saturday 8th December

The Bear Cross. Pub For Our Christmas Lunch.

Pat & Peter

Club News.

For those of us hoping for a few days in Yarmouth in 2019 enjoying Old Gaffers, it seems that the event has been cancelled – too expensive (£100,000) to stage – this event may be lost forever. Start thinking of an alternative for next year! This year, the Spring Bank Holiday event in The Solent didn’t happen, possibly because we had no rallying point.

News from The Harbour.

For those in Holes Bay, notes from the June meeting of the Bridge Operating Board – just released – say that work to improve the counter balance on Poole Bridge is to take place (To make it faster?). If there is a fault on a bridge lift, the bridge operator has been asked to announce on Ch 12 to those waiting for the lift, when normal operations are expected to resume.

Speed limits within the harbour have been relaxed for the winter in the Wareham Channel, Middle Ship Channel and the North Channel. 6kn still apply in The Little Channel and Holes Bay. 10kn from the Harbour entrance to Bell Buoy and from 1400m seawards from South Haven Point.

News from Further Afield.

The Cruising Association are urging us to make radio checks by calling another boat rather than always asking the Coastguard, as this could take valuable resources away from safety duties. It is considered that a radio check at 1W power with another vessel or shore station at a distance of 8miles, is a better test of antenna and radio performance.

News from the RYA.

The AGM of the RYA is to be held at 11.00 on Friday 16th November at 1 Great George street SW1P 3AA. If you would like to go to represent Rockley CC, please let me know and I will send all the necessary papers.

The Annual Multiagency Casualty review urges us to always wear our lifejacket correctly to save our life. Carrying a vhf radio or EPIRB as well as downloading ‘Safetrax’ on your ‘phone could also give extra safety.

October 2018

September 2018

Date

Event

OOD

September

Saturday Sunday

15/16

Club Sail to Portland/Weymouth.

Meet at the RoRo at 06.45hrs. Return to Poole Sunday.

This trip is weather dependant, please keep in contact with the OOD. Plan ‘B’ will be a get-together at a local pub.

Gary & Carol

Chinaman of Polruan’

on Ch 8 or 16.

Saturday October 13th Rockley Cruising Club 40th Anniversary Event.

Our 40th Celebrations will be an afternoon buffet at Poole Yacht Club. The ‘Starlight’ room has been booked for 14.00 hrs. Buffet at 16.00 hrs. A ‘birthday cake’ will be cut at 16.30 hrs.

November

Saturday 17

Skittles

& A.G.M.

The Claypipe Inn’ Holten Heath, BH16 6JY

Rockley Cruising Club AGM

Meet at 17.45 hrs

Alan & Lesley

December Saturday 8

Christmas Lunch at the Bear Cross Pub

Pat & Peter

Club News. A late switch of venue from Studland to Davis’s for the BBQ on a warm sunny evening, was enjoyed by 18 members. Thank you, Jean, for organising and Tony for the music. See Photo’s on the web-site.

News from Further Affield.

Beer Head radio is now on Channel 62 – not 64.

News from the RYA.

The RYA is keeping up pressure on the Government, trying to ensure the needs of recreational boater’s feature in Brexit negotiations. To ensure: –

  • Not unreasonable customs costs, no additional disruption and red tape

  • Reasonable border control in/out of the EU

Important questions still unanswered are

  • Union Goods’ status

  • VAT in/out for boats

  • Proposed migration policy

The RYA aim to allow recreational boaters to enjoy their freedom

The RYA has developed a simple on-line reporting form for ‘entanglements’. Many ‘amateur’ lobster/crab pots are poorly marked – entanglements happen! The on-line form has been produced to help gather data and can be found on ‘www.rya.org.uk/go/entanglements’ (Fishing Gear Incident Report form)

A consultation for a Code of Practice for Pleasure Vessels covered by the IPV Code has been launched between Aug 1st and Sept 26th. After wading through the 32 pages, I think this mainly concerns vessels such as ‘Brownsea Princess’ and perhaps Club Rescue/Service Boats, but it does contain a passage on using SOLAS for voyage planning. Go to ‘www.gov.uk/government/consultations/intended-pleasure-vessel-ipv-code-pleasure-vessel-exemptions’ for further information.

Drink/Drive limits when in charge of a boat – apparently there were 45 deaths related to alcohol consumption in the leisure boating industry between 2006 and 2012! Most harbours are thought to have byelaws to cover ‘under-the-influence’, but these are hardly ever used. The British Ports Authority (BPA) want to bring in legislation to limit the alcohol intake to 35micrograms/100ml of breath – the same as commercial skippers. The RYA are minded to go along with this provided ‘it is based on compelling evidence’ and is ‘clear, understandable and enforceable’.

August 2018 News

Remaining Programme for 2018

Date

Event

OOD

Aug 4/5th

BBQ at South Beach, Studland.

Meet at South Beach, Studland, during the afternoon – find the Club Flag on a pole – for the BBQ at 17.00hrs.

Jean & Alan

Sept 15/16th

Club Sail to Portland/Weymouth.

Meet at the RoRo at 06.45hrs. to rendezvous with others from the harbour. On Sunday, depart Portland at 12.00hrs.

Gary & Carol

Chinaman of Polruan’

on Ch 8 or 16.

Saturday October 13th Rockley Cruising Club 40th Anniversary Event

An afternoon get-together followed by an evening meal, in Poole.

Sat. Nov 17th

Rockley Cruising Club AGM & Skittles Evening

Saturday 17th November

The Claypipe Inn’ at Holten Heath.

Meet for a game of skittles at 18.00pm. Food will be at 19.00 with the AGM at 20.00. Followed by more skittles before home time.

Alan & Lesley

Sat. Dec 8th

Christmas Lunch at The Bear Cross

Pat & Peter

Club News

RCC 40th Anniversary Celebrations. Don’t forget to reply by the 14th August if you intend to come!

News from The Harbour.

PYA, the RYA and MCZ’s (Marine Conservation Zones). PYA contacted the RYA seeking their position on the proposed Marine Conservation Zone for Studland Bay. The RYA have said that they fully support recreational boaters for continued access to Studland as an anchorage and as a refuge for boats on passage in unexpected foul weather. They are keen to establish a scientific basis to allow continued use as an anchorage – without significant damage to the environment – and its importance to the local business cases to allow this. The RYA are not ‘sold’ on the idea of environmental anchors’ on current knowledge and are keen to establish facts on their use and will press for this in a study before any decision is made.

The letter from the RYA to PYA says: –

Regarding Studland, obviously this is an emotive subject and the RYA will do it’s best to represent the interests of all recreational boaters, in responding to the consultation. Although we have not finalised our response (pre the cut off consultation date of 20th July), we are likely to dispute the need for any anchoring restrictions, based on the quality of evidence linking anchoring and the long-term impacts to seagrass, the socio-economic impact of restrictions and the vital importance of safe anchorages. Further to this, the RYA has been working in partnership with conservation bodies to deliver best practice anchoring in Studland Bay; we are in favour of informal approaches, in place of legislation.

Our position on eco-moorings will likely support the long-term research and eventual roll out of eco-moorings that meet the needs of boaters, but we will establish that this not currently the case.’

Conservationists are keen to prevent boating activity regardless of scientific evidence.

Your voice is represented on this important matter – for us in Poole – through PYA and the RYA.

July 2018

Remaining Programme for 2018

Date

Event

OOD

July Saturday 14th

Local sail in company. Meet at the RoRo at 11.45 then depart for a sail – OOD will decide where on the day. Weather dependant

Tony & Debbie

August Saturday 4th Sunday 5th

BBQ at South Beach, Studland. Meet at South Beach, Studland, during the afternoon – find the Club Flag on a pole – for the BBQ at 17.00hrs. Plan ‘B’ will be to have the BBQ in Davis’s.

Jean & Alan

September Saturday 15th Sunday 16th

Club Sail to Portland/Weymouth. Meet at the RoRo at 06.45hrs. A Club Pontoon Party at 17.30 before going to a local pub for an evening meal.

Sunday, depart Portland at 12.00hrs. Plan B will be a get-together at a local pub.

Gary & Carol

Saturday October 13th Rockley Cruising Club 40th Anniversary Event

An afternoon walk at Rockley, followed by an evening meal. Past members have been invited.

Sat. Nov 17th

AGM combined with a Skittles Evening at The Clay Pipe Inn or at a venue in Wimborne.

Alan & Lesley

Sat. Dec 8th

Christmas Lunch at The Bear Cross

Pat & Peter

News from The Harbour. Several members supported The Club in the PYA stand at Poole Boat Show. This year it was a shared stand with the SW Region of the RYA, it was more of an ‘RYA Stand’ with clubs present, rather than a ‘Club Stand’. The Boat Show this year, seemed less than last year but with some very impressive demonstrations. Thanks to those who helped The Club. If the large clubs had similar proportional turnout, the quay would be blocked!

Useful Tips from the RNLI. Two leaflets are available from the RNLI, covering recommendations for simple engine checks! Simply search ‘RNLI engine checks’ and the option of two lists will be available. One for inboard, the other for outboard. Simply choose one and if that is not the one you want, choose the other.

News from Further Afield. An update on the redevelopment at Lymington Town Quay. Application is to be made to provide more walk-ashore visitor berths at the Quay. It is hoped to start the work in winter 2019 to be ready for the 2020 season.

Details of the third tranche of consultation for the Marine Conservation Zones include Studland – again. This includes the whole of Studland from Shell Bay to Old Harry Rocks. If you want to make a comment on these proposals, you can do so on – ‘consult.defra.gov.uk/marine/consultation-on-the-third-tranche-of-marine-conser/’. There is a deadline of 20th July to reply.

News from the RYA

Brexit. Although the RYA seem to be happy with the arrangements for the transition period, concern is creeping in about the likely details of the final agreement.

The RYA has launched a new Safety Advisory Notice for 2018. This covers:-

  • Advice on the correct storage of liferafts for quick release.

  • Arrangement to ensure safe loading of a safety line anchorage.

  • Best practice in arranging boat electrics.

  • Fire prevention and fire fighting equipment.

  • Best action in the event of entanglements with sea surface gear.

  • The importance of making sure your night-time navigation lights are up-to-scratch.

This can be found on www.rya.org.uk/go/safety. The 5 advisory notices from previous years, can also be downloaded at the same time. Interesting reading!