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.

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!

May 2018

Date

Event

OOD

Monday 21 May to

Friday 1 June

Cruise to The Solent. Call Romeo Charlie Charlie on Ch 8 to arrange to meet.

Tony

Friday 8 Saturday 9 Sunday 10 June

Poole Boat Show. Come and spend an hour on the RYA mobile unit and chat to the interested public.

Peter & Pat

Saturday 23 June

Vist to Brownsea – anchor and raft up, for lunch.

Meet at the RoRo at 11.45. Evening meal at 19.30.

Tony & Debbie

Saturday 14 July

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

Tony & Debbie

Saturday 4 Sunday 5 August

BBQ at South Beach, Studland. Saturday pm.

Jean & Alan

Saturday 15 Sunday16 September

Sail to Portland. Likely departure time ~ 13.00 from Poole. Details later in the season.

Gary & Carol

Saturday October 13th Rockley Cruising Club 40th Anniversary Event

Saturday 17 November

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

Alan & Lesley

Saturday 8 December

Christmas Lunch at The Bear Cross

Pat & Peter

Club News: Saturday 13th October – RCC 40th Anniversary Celebrations. (Walk along Avon Beach) Plus an evening meal venue to be decided.

The ‘ad hoc’ get together, arranged hastily for April 19th, enabled 19 of us to meet for supper at Cobb’s Quay restaurant! Thank you, Alison, for making this possible at short notice. You will find pictures on the web-site.

News from The Harbour: At the recent Safety Meeting with the Harbour Master and members of phc, it was reported that the replacement/updating of signage in the harbour, is nearly complete.

Safety within the harbour is reported to have improved again during the past year. However, as a result of a workboat/shipping incident ending with the ship going aground on Brownsea Island, the workboat skipper was fined nearly £2000 in total.

A plea was made to please report near misses – a form for this can be found on the phc web-site.

Joint police/harbour patrols are to start again – 800 hrs have been funded by phc. The police recommend all attractive items are marked with ‘Select DNA or smart water’. Apparently, most thefts from boats – usually in the 15-30ft range – happen in the early morning between 2am and 4 am. Suspect landings of boating equipment should be reported on ‘999’ for the best chance of apprehension. Equipment is usually stolen to order.

The new South Quay is now complete and in use. This £10M investment will accept ships up to 200m long and up to 9m draft. Cruise ships such as ‘Saga Saphire’ and ‘Astoria’ are expected. 2/3 visits per month are anticipated.

The current phc web-site is being updated.

A new version of Admiralty chart 2611 of Poole Harbour is imminent.

The Annual Marine Safety Report is being written and is expected to be available in August.

The 2018 Yacht Racing Criteria attracted considerable discussion. Clearly, some of the commercial boat skippers do not understand racing sailboats. Cruising sailboats are expected to obey the Col. Regs – but I find the guidance in the Yacht Racing Criteria when sailing through the harbour, most useful (See attachment).

News from Further Afield.

A new LNTM No 32/18 has been issued from Portsmouth QHM concerning the Tipner Firing Range. Although the limits of the range are not apparently affected, the contact number for the range security staff is now on 023 9266 0373

Diving will take place to the East of Horse Sand Fort at 50o44.368’N, 001o02.304’W to a wreck, until the end of June. Please give a wide berth and pass at low speed.

Two web cams have been installed on the Needles on the Isle of Wight that give real time info on the Needles Channel and Scratchells Bay – these can be accessed via ‘vision-link.co.uk’.

News from the RYA

On the 19th May, the 12.01 Shipping forecast on R4 will move to 12.57, due to the royal wedding.

Brexit. The RYA believes the UK and the EU have reached a point where it we have a good deal with an interim arrangement until the end of 2020. However, more needs to be done to firm up on the ‘end state’ relationship. Reassurances are being sought around the new border control regime for craft and RYA qualifications holders.

April 2018

Date

Event

OOD

Saturday April 14

40th Anniversary of RCC. Walk & Meal postponed till later in the year.

Pat & Peter

Monday 21May to Friday June 1

Cruise to The Solent. Call Romeo Charlie Charlie on Ch 8 to arrange to meet.

Giorsal and/or Windrush

Friday to Sunday 8/9/10 June

Poole Boat Show. Volunteers needed to man the stand in shifts! Come and spend an hour on the PYA mobile unit and see if you can chat to the interested public.

Peter & Pat

Saturday June 23

Vist to Brownsea – anchor off and take to the dinghy for a walk on Brownsea, followed by an evening meal.

Tony & Debbie

Saturday July 14

Local sail in company – such as ‘The Bournemouth Triangle’ or in the harbour.

Tony & Debbie

Saturday to Sunday August 4/5

BBQ at South Beach, Studland. Saturday pm.

Jean & Alan

Saturday to Sunday September 15/16

Sail to Portland. Likely departure time ~ 13.00 from Poole. Details later in the season.

Gary & Carol

Saturday October 13

Walk along Avon Beach (Mudeford) with lunch

Gary & Carol

Saturday November 17

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

Alan & Lesley

Saturday December 8

Christmas Lunch at The Bear Cross

Pat & Peter

Club News

Hengistbury Head Walk. A smaller number than perhaps expected, but it was early in the year, enjoyed a very pleasant walk at Hengistbury. A slightly misty damp start gave way to a nice walking day by 11.30 and we were able to sit looking out to sea to have our picnic lunch – but it did cool a little during lunch!

Harbour News

Cobb’s Quay is holding a Boat Jumble on Saturday 14th April – from early morning.

Poole Bridge will be closed overnight to marine traffic on Wednesday the 18th April.

The 10kn speed restrictions are again imposed from April 1st in the harbour and to 1400m beyond South Haven point.

News from Further Afield.

Last year we had a warning of fatalities due to carbon monoxide poisoning from a boat with engines idling in a marina. The BoatCOSafe campaign, want the Government to make the installation of CO monitors in inland boat mandatory. Could this extend to all recreational boats?

Plans for increasing the number of walk ashore berths at Lymington Quay have increased to 46. Other improvements are also planned – but completion is not expected until 2020!

Beaulieu Boat Jumble is to take place from 10.00 to 16.00 on Sunday 22nd April

You may recall, that last year there was an opportunity to sign a petition seeking tighter control of fishing buoy markers – ‘entanglements’. This petition only gathered 10,700 signatures in the 6months allowed, so hasn’t gained the 100,000 needed for the Government to take it further. Considering the number of incidents, the Government believes there are already sufficient rules in place covering the marking of fishing gear. Continued vigilance needed!

Dredging will take place at Horner Sailing Club and Fort Blockhouse in Portsmouth Harbour during April and May.

March 2018

Date

Event

OOD

Saturday

March 24

Walk on Hengistbury Head and visit to the Visitors Centre.

Meet at the South end of the car park at 11.30, then walk to Hengistbury Head. Have a picnic lunch on the headland, before catching the land train back to the Visitors Centre.

Alan & Lesley

Saturday

April 14

40th Anniversary Walk from the moorings at Rockley Creek along the shore for a meal at Lake Yard restaurant. A symbolic start at the place of our beginnings to a pleasant evening meal. Details still being worked out.

Pat & Peter

Week Sunday 20 May to Friday June 1

Cruise to The Solent. Join early on Sat or later during the week Someone will be in The Solent during the two weeks, call Giorsal and/or Windrush Ch 8 Romeo Charlie Charlie to meet up.

Peter

Or Tony

Friday to Sunday

8/9/10 June.

Poole Boat Show. Volunteers needed to man the stand in shifts! Come and spend an hour on the PYA mobile unit and talk to the interested public. Please let me know if you would like to help and what preferred timeslot.

Peter & Pat

Saturday

June 23

Vist to Brownsea – anchor off and take to the dinghy for a walk on Brownsea, followed by an evening meal.

Tony & Debbie

Saturday

July 14

Local sail in company – such as ‘The Bournemouth Triangle’ or in the harbour.

Tony & Debbie

Saturday 4 Sunday 5 August

BBQ at South Beach, Studland. Saturday pm.

Jean & Alan

Saturday 15 Sunday 16 September

Sail to Portland. Likely departure time ~ 13.00 from Poole

Gary & Carol

Saturday 13

October

Walk along Avon Beach (Mudeford) with lunch

Gary & Carol

Saturday17

November

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

Alan & Lesley

Saturday 8

December

Christmas Lunch at The Bear Cross

Pat & Peter

Club News. At my request, General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) were on the agenda at the recent PYA meeting. (The RYA Power-point presentation on this topic on their web-site, is very helpful!) My words of introduction raised eyebrows all around the table as no one seems to have thought much about it – they will apply to ALL sailing/Yacht Clubs! They come into force in May, so more of that when we have worked out the exact wording required to apply it to our Club Membership.

Harbour News. Town Bridge works are now reported to be complete and the bridges lifting schedule and controlling lights are as published in LNtM 25/2016. i.e. a return to hourly openings.

The South Quay Development Special mark has now been removed (this guarded the southern extremity of the quay during works)

For those hardy winter sailing souls from Holes Bay, there are diving operations on Port of Poole and Town Quays until mid-March and passing boats are asked to keep well clear and at slow speed.

Report from PYA. At the recent meeting, we had an in-depth report of what the RYA SW Region can do for us; I am not sure many of those around the table were terribly convinced (distance of travel!) – we have a PYA member who attends RYA SW meetings on behalf of all clubs affiliated to PYA and who reports back.

The PYA affiliation fee remains the same for 2018 – £68.

June 16/17th is likely to be a very busy weekend in Poole Harbour, with 3 big open meetings taking place – but in different parts of the harbour or Poole Bay.

Consideration is being given to developing the Sydenhams wood yard to include a small marina. No details at present, but PYA were asked to comment on the proposal and expressed concern at the possibility of traffic joining at right-angles to the stream – together with prevailing cross winds – in the pool between the bridges when potentially full of boats. Cobbs Quay Berth Holders Association do not at present raise any objections; but Davis’s haven’t been consulted. During the development stage, large vessels could be manoeuvring in the pool. Development of the old Power Station Site is also being considered.