December 2017

Presidents Cup – call for entries. Now is the time to promise yourself you will write something of your sailing activities – either this or a past season – for The Bulletin and The Presidents Cup. Give it a try! We are all interested in your sailing experiences and you may have the joy of having a small, but beautiful, cup for a year. Please send them to me – Peter Stanaway, at ‘polpuff@tinyworld.co.uk’ and I will coordinate and pass them on for inclusion in The Bulletin.

Pictures. A picture is worth a thousand words they say. Tony is seeking relevant photo’s of RCC gatherings for the web-site

A Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to Us All.

Date

Event

OOD

December 9th

Christmas Lunch at ‘The Bear Cross’.

Alan.

27th January 2018

Planning Meeting. We will be meeting on the 27th January at The Saltern’s Harbourside Hotel.

Peter & Pat

Club News – The AGM. Members met for lunch at The Saltern’s Hotel and then settled down to the matters of the AGM. Reports were received in which it was considered that the Club had had a good year with strong support for events. The present Club Officers were re-elected for a further year. The membership subs would stay at £25.00.

2018 – Rockley Cruising Club 40th Anniversary. Help us to decide a suitable event to celebrate!

Harbour News. At a recent PHC/PYA meeting, the Harbour Master reported that levels of safety had remained much the same as previous years. However, one event stands out, where a work boat was in collision with a cargo ship. A fine of over £2000 was imposed for infringement of Rule 9B – ‘Vessel less than 20m impeding the passage of a larger vessel when it can only navigate in a narrow channel’. The MCA are also investigating. PHC have taken a decision and had approved that a ‘General Directive’ will require all work boats in the harbour to be registered. The position of Club Safety boats is still being considered.

Poole Bridge is nearing completion, but the HM does not think the given date of ‘the end of November’ will be met. It will be finished when it’s finished!

The South Quay project is nearing completion and will be ready to accept some 25 cruise ships next year. These could be up to 25% bigger than the Barfleur! This may cause some racing marks to be moved slightly. It is expected that when the PHC web-site is revamped, sailing times of cruise ships will be published. Sunseeker yachts and other cargoes will also be exported from this quay.

Harbour dues will go up by 8.9% in 2018.

Poole Boat Show will take place from June 8th – 10th in 2018.

No maintenance dredging of small channels is expected next year.

Joint Harbour Patrols with the Police used only a fraction of the allowance this year.

A marina search in October by harbour staff, found that over 250 boats had not paid their harbour dues!

15 ‘Grands Prix’ boats are expected at the Poole Regatta this year, 26th – 28th May.

The Yacht Racing Criteria is being reviewed and those recommendations relevant to us cruising yachts, will be incorporated into our risk assessment after circulation to members.

News from Further Afield.

It won’t affect us yet, but will next season if still in force! The Portsmouth HM has issued Portsmouth LNTM No 72/17. It concerns the new aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth. When this ship is moving through the harbour, a 250m exclusion zone will be enforced by Police craft. When entering or leaving harbour, the Small Boat channel will be closed. (LNTM No 24/17). Timings will be posted on the Daily Shipping Movements and will be broadcast on VHF Channel 11. This notice may be superseded for next season, but please bear it in mind.

When HMS QE is berthed at the Princess Royal jetty, it will be protected by 3 lighted yellow buoys

(FL Y 4s). It is not permitted to enter between these buoys and the ship. This is likely to continue whenever HMS QE is in harbour.

If you are venturing further afield during December and January, 9 special marks will be laid in Poole and Christchurch Bays to denote the presence of hydrographic monitoring equipment. Be aware. See Poole LNtM No 38/2017 for full details.

 

November 2017

 Presidents Cup – call for entries. Now is the time to promise yourself you will write something of your sailing activities – either this or a past season – for The Bulletin and The Presidents Cup.

Date

Event

OOD

Nov 11th

The Annual General Meeting at The Saltern’s Hotel. This will again be a ‘lunchtime’ meeting. Meet for lunch at 12.00 for 12.30 and start the AGM at 14.00.

Peter & Pat

Dec 9th

Christmas Lunch at ‘The Bear Cross’.

Meet at 12.00 to 12.15 for drinks and a chat with lunch at 13.00.

Alan

New Forest Walk

On a nice sunny day, 14 enjoyed the walk in the New Forest and the High Tea at Moor Hill House.

Harbour News.

Speed limits have been relaxed in Wareham Channel, Middle Ship Channel and North Channel from the 1st Oct – to 31st March. Boats may approach quickly, so please be aware.

Daytime diving operations started off RoRo3 in mid October and will continue until mid November. If you are hardy enough to be out and about, please pass at a safe distance with min. wash.

News from the RYA.

Reluctantly, the Poole Yacht Clubs, through PYA, have agreed that we can no longer fight the behemoth of the RYA and are now in the RYA South West Region. This will make little, if any difference to us. A deal has been reached with the RYA, that the youth of Poole can use either the Southern or South West coaching teams for their development, for the next three years. It is likely that a ‘Centre of Excellence’ for race training and development, will be set up in Poole.

The AGM of the RYA is to be held at 11.00hrs on Friday 24th November, at 1 Great George Street, London SW1P 3AA. I anyone would like to represent The Club, please let me know and I will send the necessary papers.

Red Diesel is still a hot topic. After talks between the RYA/Belgian authorities and the EU’s Indirect Taxation Group, the RYA received confirmation on the 26th Sept, that the Belgian Authorities will no longer carry out checks on UK registered boats in Belgian waters.

Lobster Pots if you have had an entanglement, the RYA would like to know details as they are gathering evidence of this occurrence. If you have had an entanglement, please report it to ‘www.rya.org.uk/go/entanglements’. From a map in PBO, it looks as though hotspots for entanglements exist off St Alban’s, in the Eastern Solent and off Selsey Bill. We all know of Christchurch Ledge of course.

October 2017

Date

Event

OOD

Sun. Oct 8th

Walk in the New Forest with tea at Moor Hill House Hotel.

Tony & Debbie

Nov 11th

Annual General Meeting at The Saltern’s Hotel. Meet for lunch at 12.00 for 12.30 and start the AGM at 14.00.

Peter & Pat

Dec 9th

Christmas Lunch at ‘The Bear Cross’.

Alan

Club News. John’s Jolly was again great fun and put our basic emergency recovery skills under the spotlight. Splendid weather, just on the upper limit for this type of fun! A great supper at ‘El Diva’ in the evening! Thanks John!

Harbour News. A new yellow buoy has been placed at the SE corner of the new South Quay development. The has a light characteristic of Fl(2)Y.5s. You are NOT permitted to pass between this buoy and the quay. (See LNtM No 28/2017) For those who moor in Holes Bay, an updated procedure for operation of the Two Bridge System has been issued for passing through the Old Town Bridge during working hours during the whole week when single leaf working will operate. See LNtM No 26/2017. There may soon be an update on the Autumn Schedule! Also for those who moor in either Davis’s or CQ. Dredging is to take place from it is believed, the 9th Oct of the area between CQ pontoon A and the hammerhead of Davis’s. This is to remove the ‘hump’ and may affect the ability to leave your berth to go out into the harbour. Davis’s berth holders may not be inconvenienced until nearer the end of October. Further dredging in CQ will affect the fuel berth.

News from Further Afield. Haslar Marina in Gosport, is undergoing dredging for 7 weeks from Sept 12th.

The AGM of the RYA is to be held at 11.00hrs on Friday 24th November, at 1 Great George Street, London SW1P 3AA. I anyone would like to represent The Club, please let me know and I will send the necessary papers.

Flare Disposal. The RYA is very aware that it may be difficult for members in some cases, to dispose of out-of-date flares. In Poole we are lucky in just being able to arrange a date with the RNLI Gatehouse – ‘phone 01202 336336 – to arrange a date and time – to hand in our out-of-date flares. The rest of the country it seems is not so fortunate.

In the absence of Government funding, a crowdfunding campaign has been started by ‘Ramora’ (a leading ordnance disposal company) for the collection and disposal of out-of-date flares. £85,000 will cover the costs of setting up two centres in Dorset – Weymouth and Bournemouth – and free collections for 4 years to the public – on specific amnesty dates. Want to know more or subscribe to the crowdfunding, go to :-

www.crowdfunder.co.uk/free-distress-flare-disposal-service

Red Diesel is still a hot topic. The RYA contacted the office of Secretary of State of the North Sea, and through that office, the RYA have received formal confirmation that British boats can go to Belgium with red diesel in their tanks, without the risk of being fined. This however, is still a temporary situation and in the long term, it will depend on the outcome of a debate at EU level which was planned to take place on the 18th September.

Brexit – what the RYA is doing. The main concerns are border controls, time limits for staying, ability of visiting craft to travel throughout Europe without customs restrictions (Cruising boats and their equipment are classed as ‘Union Goods’. The RYA is ensuring the Government understands the impact. Loss of Union Goods status would have on the ability to navigate free of customs procedures within the EU) and the ability of RYA qualification holders (Instructors) to work throughout Europe (Spain and Greece?).

To support the RYA in gaining data of where British Leisure Sailors use their boats when visiting the Continent, the RYA would like you to complete a questionnaire at ‘www.rya.org/go/Brexit-Survey’

ICC certificates – International Certificate of Competency – is a United Nations Economic Commission – not an EU document, and is designed as evidence of competence. The ICC is a matter for national Governments and there is no reason at present to suspect that acceptance of the ICC will change with Brexit.

Lobster Pots – petition. I asked in the July NL for you to report incidences of getting fouled in a lobster pot tethers to the RYA who are collecting evidence. The Cruising Association have now raised a petition to Parliament, to consider ‘Lobster Pots and Small Craft Safety’. This is in response to incidents that have occurred where the RNLI are being called out to rescue because of fouled propellers. As we sail from Poole to the Solent, we are aware of buoys, particularly in Poole Bay and off the Christchurch Ledge and of needing to keep a sharp lookout and sometimes alter course. If you feel able to support this petition, go to ‘petition.parliament.uk/petitions/200001’ and record your vote. This petition runs until March 2018.

September 2017

Date

Event

OOD

Sat. Sept 23rd

John’s Jolly. A light hearted ‘test’ of your seamanship skills. Meet at the RoRo ferry terminal at 13.45 when the ‘sailing instructions’ will be available. In the event of inclement weather, we will try again on Sunday. Pub supper on Saturday evening at ‘The Kings Charles’ in Thames Street, when we will be asked to demonstrate some boaty knots in common usage, crews included – and write a limerick with the first line: – There was an old/young man from Poole. (Not rude)

Or join us in the evening at The King Charles at 19.30 hrs

John

Sun. Oct 8th

Walk in the New Forest with tea at Moor Hill House. Meet at the Hotel at 13.30 hrs for a walk of about an hour, afternoon tea, sandwiches and cake at £15 a head at 15.00 hrs. If you just want to walk, meet the group at 13.30 hrs. Walking boots or trainers recommended, but if wet, boots. The walk is expected to last about an hour. A car ‘convoy’ from Davis’s, is leaving at 12.30 hrs.

Tony & Debbie

Nov 11th

Annual General Meeting at The Saltern’s Hotel. This will again be a ‘lunchtime’ meeting. Meet for lunch at 12.00 for 12.30 and start the AGM at 14.00.

Peter & Pat

Dec 9th

Christmas Lunch at ‘The Bear Cross’.

Alan

Club News.

A great bar-b-que on Aug 5th on a fine evening.

9 boats and 19 people, made it to The Folly for the August Holiday Saturday – beat that for a percentage turn-out!

Presidents Cup.

Get your entries in soon.

Harbour News.

The July NL carried info on passing through the bridge – for members in Holes Bay – there has now been

some clarification from the Bridge Operating Board.

  • Boats can pass thro’ the bridge other than at lift times – thro the opening spans! – if there is sufficient clearance for it to be safe to do so.

  • 3 red lights and an amber, allow safe passage to proceed with caution.

  • Keep in ‘close order’ during transit.

  • Yachts ‘hold back’ to allow motor boat clear access to the bridge before it is fully open.

  • Remain parallel to the stream/channel when holding station.

  • Small boats can pass through the bridge side by side – if safe to do so.

News from Further Afield.

From 10.00hrs on Weds Sept 6th. The Coastguard will stop using Channels 23, 84 and 86 and will use instead Channels 62, 63 and 64.

Red diesel.

The Belgian authorities have apparently negotiated a more lenient agreement on British Registered yachts using red diesel – but keep you receipts if sailing in Belgian waters.

News from the RYA.

A resolution is to be put to the RYA AGM in November for the Poole YC’s to remain in the Southern Region. Rockley Cruising Club are supporting this.

August 2017

Date

Event

OOD

Aug 5th

Club BBQ at Davis’s Boatyard. The bar-b-que will be provided, but you will need to bring your own food and drink. From16.00 hrs

Peter & Pat

Aug. 26th 28th

Club Cruise to The Folly Inn on the Medina. The Folly Inn is booked for meals on the Saturday,

Tony & Debbie

Sept 23rd

John’s Jolly. A light-hearted test of your seamanship skills.

John

Oct 8th

Walk in the New Forest with tea at Moor Hill House Hotel.

Tony

Nov 11th

Annual General Meeting at The Saltern’s Hotel.

Peter

Dec 9th

Christmas Lunch at ‘The Bear Cross’

Alan

Club News.

Visit to The Folly on Friday August 26th to Sunday 28th. Berths have been booked for Friday and Saturday.

Harbour News.

The Poole Lifeboat Station is having and Open Day on August 6th 11am to 5pm.

The Old Lifeboat Station Museum on Poole Quay is now open every day and most Tuesday evenings.

The British Offshore Rowing Championships will take place on the 29th and 30th July, around a course set off Sandbanks. No doubt you will be asked to keep clear of the racing. See LNtM No 23/2017 for details.

News from Further Afield.

The Premier Marina in Gosport is being dredged from the 10th July for 6 weeks.

The proposed tidal power generation field off St Catherine’s Point, has been put on hold – wind power is understood to be cheaper.

Apparently there are errors in the latest published electronic and paper charts of the buoyage in the approaches to Portsmouth. The most important correction for us, approaching from the West, is that Buoy 4 should be shown at ‘50 46.997N 001 06.486W QR’. There are several others and it is recommended that you look at Nav. Warning No 54/17 on the Portsmouth Harbour web-site, for all the details.

News from the RYA.

The RYA is seeking data from boat owners of their activity to support them during Brexit negotiations. A simple survey can be found on the RYA web-site – mainly about visiting the EU.

RYA members can get a free ticket (with a £1.95 transaction fee) to the Southampton Boat Show by calling 0844 776 7766 – you will need your RYA membership No to hand! Extra tickets can be purchased at £12.

Red Diesel.

A couple have been fined 500Euro in Belgium for having traces of red diesel in their fuel. Are the Belgians getting tough?

Carbon Monoxide Poisoning. Two deaths on the Broads last year, remind us of the danger of carbon monoxide poisoning. A MAIB (Marine Accident Investigation Branch) investigation of an accident in 2016, found that exhaust fumes from an idling engine killed the occupants of the boat. Recommendations from the enquiry, were that all habitable spaces must be adequately ventilated – forehatch and coach roof partially open – to allow a thro flow of air. Canopies should also be open. This recommendation also applies if cooking with gas. The MAIB recommend that consideration should be given to fitting a CO monitor alarm. The most common signs the onset of CO poisoning are: beginnings of a headache, dizziness, nausea and confusion. If this happens, you should seek fresh air immediately and consider going to hospital for a check-up. Carbon monoxide can also arise from the exhaust of an idling engine of a near-by boat. Deaths from CO poisoning also occurred in the Lake District in 2014/15!

 

July 2017

Date Event OOD
Aug 5th Club BBQ at Davis’s Boatyard.  The bar-b-que will be provided, bring your own food and drink. From 16.00 hrs. We will again have a ‘bring and buy’ to exchange ‘boat bits’. Peter & Pat
Aug 25th 26th 28th Club Cruise to The Folly Inn.

Tony would like to know as soon as possible – if you are coming. Meal at the Folly Saturday. Berthing Friday and Saturday nights.

Tony & Debbie
Sep23rd John’s Jolly. A light-hearted seamanship event. In the event of inclement weather, we will try again on Sunday. Pub supper on Saturday evening. John
Oct 8th Walk in the New Forest with tea at Moor Hill House Tony
Nov 11th Annual General Meeting at The Saltern’s Hotel. Peter & Pat
Dec 9th Christmas Lunch at ‘The Bear Cross’ Alan

 

Club News.     Visit to the Poole Harbour Control Room. A visit has been arranged to the Harbour Control Office on Sunday 16th July at 11.00hrs.

Visit to The Folly on Friday August 26th  to Sunday 28th. Berths have been booked for Friday and Saturday. If you haven’t already told Tony that you intend to come, please do so as soon as possible. The berthing Master at The Folly should be called on Channel 72 as you approach the Folly Inn, for directions to your berth – you are part of the Rockley Cruising Club Rally and he will have your boat name! and be ready to direct you. Tony would like to know your ETA at The Folly from your passage plans – so he can then advise the Berthing Master an approximate time you may be expected at The Folly.

 

Harbour News. A recent Harbour Safety meeting reported that: –

  • The construction of the new quay is expected to finish by the end of the year and ‘open for business’ early in 2018.
  • PHC are addressing new signage in the harbour.
  • Although safety in the harbour is good, there is still the odd occasion when small boats – usually racing and seeking an advantage over the fleet – are in conflict with commercial craft, particularly ferries. Care is urged.
  • After an accident between a cargo ship and a small commercial craft, The HM is to introduce a ‘commercial small craft register’. This will be covered under a ‘General Direction’.
  • Jet skis can cause a bit of a problem and any incidents/complaints are to be passed to the HM asap.
  • Poole Borough Council have asked that particularly during this peak period of the season, boats pass through the Twin Sail Bridge in a safe and timely manner – 5 boats per minute is the assumed planned rate, sometimes it is much less than this! Please be aware of this. PBC ask that you keep ‘close but safe order’ during the passage through the bridge and if you are a motorboat, no need to wait for the bridge for the full opening, but go through as soon as there is clearance and it is safe to do so and the lights allow. Also please be ‘on station’ at the published time.
  • Works on The Town Bridge and approaches, are not likely to be finished until September.

 

News from the RYA.  The RYA and the MCA have been discussing the problem of poorly marked fishing gear and the risks of entanglement; data is poor. We are asked to report all entanglements with fishing gear to ‘www.rya.org.uk/go/entanglements’ to help build a better picture. (I know within our membership there was at least one entanglement last season!).

 

 

June 2017

Date Event OOD
June 17th Afternoon visit to Brownsea for a walk around the Island. Pottery Pier for a picnic lunch aboard. If the weather is settled, anchor overnight. Clearly this is weather dependant, there may be a ‘Plan B’ Tony & Debbie
Aug 5th Club BBQ at Davis’s Boatyard.  The bar-b-que will be provided, bring your own food and drink. From 16.00 hrs. We will again have a ‘bring and buy’ for ‘boat bits’. Peter & Pat
Aug 25th 26th28th Club Cruise to The Folly Inn.

The Folly Inn for meal on the Saturday, Tony would like to know, as soon as possible, if you are coming. Berthing Friday and Saturday.

Tony & Debbie
Sept 23rd. John’s Jolly. A light-hearted seamanship event. In the event of inclement weather, we will try again on Sunday. Pub supper on Saturday evening. John
Oct 8th. Walk in the New Forest with tea at Moor Hill House Tony
Nov 11th Annual General Meeting at The Saltern’s Hotel. Peter & Pat
Dec 9th Christmas Lunch at ‘The Bear Cross’ Alan

 

Club News.

Poole Boat Show. Thanks to members who took turns to represent The Club at the Yacht Clubs of Poole (PYA) trailer at Poole Boat Show.

New style club stickers – instead of flags – are available from me at £7, including postage.

Ian has sold ‘Chochise’, and has an Avon Redstart dinghy with a 2.5hp Suzuki outboard for sale at £500 Interested?

 

Harbour News. For those who berth in Holes Bay, no news yet on the return of Town Bridge to full normal operation, although I did pick up a rumour that completion has slipped a little and full operation could be delayed a few weeks.

The Yacht Racing Criteria has been revised for 2017 and although this does not directly affect cruising yachts, much of the guidance for racing yachts could be usefully followed. This can be found under ‘www.phc.co.uk’ under Reports and Publications, General Port Information under Yacht Racing Criteria. A quick read is recommended.

 

News from the RYA. Further to the notes from the RYA in the May NL, the areas of main concern after Brexit are:    The Union Transit status of boats and their contents and what control will be faced by individuals and vessels that don’t have this status.    Whether RYA qualification holders will be able to work in the EU.    The RYA is set to continue to lobby all bodies to ensure recreational boating remains as free as possible.

 

Changes to the Coastguard Channels. The MCA have announced changes to the use of some channels. We are used to channels 23, 84, and 86 being used for Coastguard weather reports etc, but from September channels 62, 63 and 64 will be used instead. More details as they become known. Do you have these channels on your radio?

 

RNLI Open Day. The RNLI at Poole are having an Open Day on Sunday the 6th August and is seeking help. Contact ‘suzieontherocks@hotmail.com’ if you feel able to help.

 

Lymington Harbour. Lymington now has 3 walk ashore pontoons on Town Quay – with water but no electrics, accommodating ~75 boats plus the 40 moorings on the buoys and welcomes visiting yachtsman and clubs.

May 2017

Date Event OOD
May 19th 20th 21st VOLUNTEERS NEEDED!Poole Boat Show. Volunteers to spend an hour or so, on the stand, particularly on Saturday and Sunday. The PYA Stand will be available. Peter & Pat
May 28th Solent Cruise. 28th May sail to Cowes. Yarmouth Thursday 1st June for Old Gaffers. Dinner on Saturday evening at The Royal Solent Yacht Club. Jean & Alan
June 2nd 4th Old Gaffers – Yarmouth. Return to Poole Sun/Mon. Jean & Alan
June17th Afternoon visit to Brownsea for a walk around the Island. Pottery Pier for a picnic lunch aboard. It the weather is settled, anchor overnight. Clearly this is weather dependant, so there may be a ‘Plan B’ Tony & Debbie
Aug 5th BBQ at Davis’s Boatyard.  Bar-b-que will be provided, bring your own food and drink. From 16.00 hrs. We will again have a ‘bring and buy’ for ‘boat bits’. Peter & Pat
Aug25th 26th 28th Club Cruise to The Folly Inn on the Medina. Table booked for Saturday, mooring Friday & Saturday nights. Tony & Debbie
Sept 23rd John’s Jolly. A light-hearted seamanship event. In the event of inclement weather, we will try again on Sunday. Pub supper on Saturday evening. John
Oct 8th Walk in the New Forest with tea at Moor Hill House Tony
Nov 11th Annual General Meeting at The Saltern’s Hotel. Peter & Pat
Dec 9th Christmas Lunch at ‘The Bear Cross’ Alan

 

Club News.    A visit to the Harbour Control Room can be arranged. If you are interested.

Club Talk on a subject of boat maintenance. A venue and topic have to be arranged, please let me know if you are interested.

As always, if you are in Poole and want some company for the weekend, e-mail members that you want company a couple of days beforehand (list in The Bulletin) or, call Romeo Charlie Charlie on Ch 8 to arrange to meet.

New style club stickers    – instead of flags – are available from me at £7, including postage.

 

Harbour News.    For those who berth in Holes Bay, now that the season is here, traffic through the Old Town Bridge in single leaf operation. To clarify the situation and to improve safety, PHC have issued a LNto M – No 09/2017. Please check on www.phc.co.uk for full information.

Poole Maritime Festival is taking place all week with free entry to Poole Boat Show for the public from Friday 19th to Sunday 21st. RCC will be on the PYA stand. Learn more of the event on www.phc.co.uk.

 

Notes from the RYA.        Now that Brexit has been triggered, the RYA have our interests – Pleasure Sailors – in mind. They will be working with and lobbying government, to minimise the impact of any changes to regulations that will affect us. The areas of concern are: –

Border controls.    Length of permissible stay in Europe.    Freedom to travel throughout Europe.

Europe’s Acceptance of RYA qualifications. (However private recreational skipper qualifications are nothing to do with the EU).    Continued use of red diesel.    Control of invasive non-native species.

Use of biocides (in antifouling).

Domestic issues such as:-    MCZ’s.    Offshore energy.    Carriage and disposal of flares.

Lifejackets.    Light dues.    Alcohol abuse.     Are not effected by Brexit.

 

Further Afield.

Portsmouth have updated the LNTM about the Small Boat Channel now that dredging and buoyage changes are complete. A new notice 24/17 supersedes that announced in the April NL. Small strays from the buoyed channel are likely to risk grounding. Use of the Swash Channel is still allowed, but if using the Small Boat Channel, entry/departure MUST be at Buoy 4. For full details see ‘www.royalnavy.mod.uk/qhm/portsmouth/regulations/small-boat-channel’.

April 2017

Date

Event

OOD

Saturday

April 1st.

Walk at Kimmeridge and visit to the dinosaur museum – still time to join in! Meet at the New Inn Church Knowle at 11.00!

Alan& Lesley

April 14th 17th.

B. H.

Informal get-togethers. Call Romeo Charlie Charlie on Ch 8 to see who’s around.

Saturday

April 22nd

Visit to the ‘Hall and Woodhouse’ Brewery (Badger) Blandford Forum. We will stop at ‘The Golden Fox’ at Sturminster Marshall on the way back to Poole, for lunch.

Alan& Lesley

April 29th May 1st B.H.

Informal get-togethers. Call Romeo Charlie Charlie on Ch 8 to see who’s around.

Fri. May 19th Sun. 21st

Poole Boat Show. At the AGM, we again agreed to have a presence at the Poole Boat Show.

Peter &Pat

Saturday

May 27th

Solent Cruise. Depart from Poole Sat (earliest) 27th May early morning!? Springs.

Jean & Alan

June 2nd 4th.

Old Gaffers – Yarmouth. Return to Poole Sun/Mon.

Jean & Alan

Saturday

June 17th

Meet at the RoRo at 12.45 to motor to Pottery Pier for a picnic lunch. Afternoon visit to Brownsea for a walk around the Island. If the weather is settled, anchor overnight.

Tony & Debbie

August 5th

BBQ at Davis’s Boatyard. Bar-b-que will be provided. From 16.00 hrs. We will again have a ‘bring and buy’ to exchange ‘boaty bits’.

Peter & Pat

Aug. 26th 28th.

B.H.

Club Cruise to The Folly Inn Cowes.Table booked Saturday evening.

Tony & Debbie

Sat. Sept 23rd.

John’s Jolly. Saturday, a light-hearted seamanship event. If bad weather, then Sunday. Pub supper on Saturday evening.

John

October 8th.

Walk in the New Forest with tea at Moor Hill House

Tony

November 11th

Annual General Meeting at The Saltern’s Hotel.

Peter & Pat

December 9th

Christmas Lunch at ‘The Bear Cross’

Alan

Club News. A visit to the Harbour Control Room can be arranged.

New style club stickers – instead of flags – are available from me at £7, including postage.

  • Richard’s boat is called ‘Astrality’ – a small amendment.

PYA.

Poole Clubs and the RYA. PYA is the voice of the combined Poole Clubs. Discussion at the AGM of PYA was largely taken up with the relationship of Poole Harbour Clubs with the RYA. The whole situation is still very strained and toxic and is only expected to improve when key personnel change, elections in the Southern Region are due at the AGM in October! Funding is one of the contentious issues. The PYA Rep on the RYA Srn Region, is holding a very steady hand and is in contact with personnel from both the Srn Region and the SW Region. The SW Region he says, is by far the best staffed and organised. The SW Region nominally starts west of Anvil Point whilst the Srn Region is to the east. The CEO of the RYA is dead set against Poole Clubs being in the Srn Region. Meetings continue at ‘a high level’. As a Club, WE are not affected which area we are in. It is those clubs with active junior and youth members, who have to travel to Cornwall from Poole for example, for training weekends, instead of to Southampton, who are most inconvenienced. It is thought best for the time being, that the Poole Clubs continue with a foot in both camps until all the issues are resolved – probably not until there has been a change in personnel – until then we will continue as we are and be kept fully informed by our Rep. So, the battle continues.

The present officers of PYA were returned to office and the annual affiliation fee remains at £68.

Marine Conservation Zones. As you know, Studland Bay is again coming up for discussion as an MCZ. The meeting at The Thistle Hotel on the 7th March, gathered information only. PYA are representing the Affiliated Clubs. Socio/Economic reasons are thought to be the main reasons against the granting of an MCZ for Studland. The effect of anchoring on eel grass beds is still unknown. A case for Studland Bay to remain as it is, is being made. Time scales: – Natural England pre-consultation to advise Defra by end March: The minister then decides final list and the formal 12 week Defra consultation begins (PYA coordinating input for the affiliated clubs) probably late summer/autumn: Minister then decides which sites to be designated with selected sites chosen in 2018. It is the 12-week consultation where the work has to be done.

Special Protection Areas. This is being pursued by the Harbour Commissioners, The whole of the harbour is down as a SPA (Special Protection Area), largely for the protection of the population of overwintering birds. Again, eel grass beds are at the centre of interest. It was noted, that at a particularly low Spring Tide, the exposed eel grass beds were grazed bare by Canada Geese! (So much for anchor damage!) Certain nature buffs blame boats anchoring overwinter in front of North Haven for disturbing the roosting pattern of turnstones. It has been noticed that these birds in fact, roost snuggled down on the boats at anchor. So much for the understanding of bird habits by the environmentalists! The harbour can almost be divided in two – ‘quiet areas and ‘commercial’ areas. We don’t have too much interaction in the out of the way quiet areas like Brownsea Lake and Holes Bay, so the birds can have it to themselves, especially during the winter. We all need to live together. We mainly use the commercial areas.

Harbour Notes. On Saturday, the 13th May, the retiring mayor is going to ‘Beat the Bounds’ of Poole Harbour, starting from near Wareham. This is an ancient tradition dating from the 14th century to mark the boundaries of Poole Harbour in a dispute with Wareham. The harbour boundaries are sought out and ‘beaten’. It will probably start from Redclyffe and visit Brownsea and North Haven before ending at Poole Custom House. Anyone is welcome to join the flotilla. More details if and when they become known.

Return of out-of-date Flares. These may be returned to the gatehouse at the RNLI Headquarters, Poole, by appointment. Ring 01202 336 336, to make an appointment.

For those who berth in Holes Bay, additional work has been found to be required on Poole Old Town Bridge. Work is going on around the clock with the aim of meeting the original timescales.

With the re-development of the area close to the southern end of the Twin Sail Bridge, Greenham Regis Electronics is moving to Cobb’s Quay.

Further Afield.

Repositioning of the buoys in the approach Channel to Portsmouth Harbour is now complete and is as in the new Admiralty Chart No 2625 – issued at the beginning of March.

Following the changes to the approach channel in Portsmouth, a new ‘Small Boat Channel’ has been established. It still starts at Buoy 4(50.46.98N 001.06.49W), runs along the western edge of the new dredged channel and is ~50m wide and runs to Ballast Pile.

A new jetty – the ‘Princess Royal Jetty’ has been opened in Portsmouth in preparation for the new aircraft carrier. (at 050o.48.33’N 001o06.69’W) The Admiralty Chart No 2629 has been updated to reflect these changes and will be issued on March 30th.

March 2017

Date

Event

OOD

April 1st

Meet at ‘The New Inn’, Church Knowle at11.00 for coffee. Then to Kimmeridge for a walk to The Folly Tower. The New Inn’ for lunch at 13.00. Depart to The Fossil Museum at 14.30.

Alan & Lesley

April 14th 17th.

Nothing planned. Call Romeo Charlie Charlie on Ch 8 to see who’s around.

April 22nd

Visit to the ‘Hall and Woodhouse Brewery (Badger beer) Blandford Forum. Lunch at The Black Horse.

Alan & Lesley

April 29th May 1st

Nothing planned. Call Romeo Charlie Charlie on Ch 8 to see who’s around.

May 19th21st

Poole Boat Show.

Peter & Pat

May 27th

Solent Cruise. Depart from Poole Sat 27th May early! Cruise to end at Yarmouth for Old Gaffers on Thursday.

Jean & Alan

June 2nd 4th.

Old Gaffers – Yarmouth. Return to Poole Sun/Mon.

Jean & Alan

June 17th

Visit to Brownsea

Tony & Debbie

August 5th

BBQ Davis’s. Bar-b-que. From 16.00 hrs. We will again have a ‘bring and buy’ to exchange ‘boaty bits’.

Peter & Pat

Aug. 26th 28th.

Club Cruise to The Folly Inn on the Medina. Likely departure time from the RoRo, Poole at 07.45 Sat. Return early morning on Monday.

Volunteer required.

Sat. 23rd.

John’s Jolly. A light-hearted seamanship event. In the event of inclement weather, we will try again on Sunday. Pub supper on Saturday evening.

John

Oct 8th.

Walk in the New Forest with tea at Moor Hill House

Tony

Nov 11th

Annual General Meeting at The Saltern’s Hotel.

Tony

Dec 9th

Christmas Lunch at ‘The Bear Cross’

Alan

Harbour Notes. Work on piling and dredging for the South Quay started in Mid February and will continue until November. Associated works will continue until January 2018.

Club Risk Assessment for Poole Harbour. As required by the Harbour Master, I have reviewed the Club Risk Assessment and sent it off to the HM. There has been no comment which means it has been accepted – there is little change from last year! I have attached the first and last pages – the important ones – for you. If you would like the 16-page detail in between please let me know and I will e-mail them to you.

The area around the South Quay. Port of Poole Marina/The Turning Basin/Little Channel, will be busy with work boats during this period. We are asked to pass the area with caution, at low speed and maintain a good lookout. LNtM 4/2017 refers. Listen on Ch 14 for info.

Return of out-of-date Flares. These may be returned to the gatehouse at the RNLI by appointment. Ring 01202 336 336 to make an appointment.

Marine Conservation Zone.

If you wanted to know more about the Marine Conservation Zone proposed for Studland Bay and can’t make the Drop-In at the Thistle Hotel Poole on 7th March, another opportunity will be at Studland Village Hall, 13.30 to 18.30 on Weds 29th March.

Cowes.

Dredging the Eastern Channel and construction of the Shrape extension that was to have taken place before this season really got under way, has been postponed until after this summer season.