February 2018




Saturday March 24th

Walk on Hengistbury Head and visit to the Visitors Centre Details in the March NL.

Alan & Lesley

Saturday April 14th

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 later.

Pat & Peter

May Saturday 19th – June Sunday 3rd

Cruise to The Solent. Join early on Sat or later the weekend after. LW Poole on Sat 19th – and likely departure time ~08.30. Casual meet up’s.

Call Ch 16 then working Ch 08.

Call on Ch08

Friday – Sunday 8/9/10 June.

Poole Boat Show. Volunteers needed to man the stand in shifts!

Peter & Pat

Saturday June 23rd

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

Tony & Debbie

Saturday July 14th

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

Tony & Debbie

August 4/5th

BBQ at South Beach, Studland. Saturday pm.

Jean & Alan

September 15/16th

Sail to Portland. Likely departure time ~ 13.00 from Poole

Gary & Carol

Saturday October 13th

Walk along Avon Beach (Mudeford) with lunch

Gary & Carol

Saturday November 17th

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

Alan & Lesley

Saturday December 8th

Christmas Lunch at The Bear Cross

Pat & Peter

Presidents Cup. Congratulations to Gary for winning the Presidents Cup this year with his account of a cruise to France 2017.

Harbour News. Poole Old Town Bridge re-opened to road traffic at 16.30hrs the 23rd January.

The CEO of Brittany Ferries gave a presentation on the history of the company, quite recent, their present operations and hoped for expansion in the future. An interesting review of how a rather maverick character saw a need and set up a ferry company to fill a perceived demand in a very French way! Yes, the demand was there!

The CEO of PHC reviewed the commercial operation of the port, of which the highlights were:-

Poole is a large Trust Port and last year had an income of £11.4M up from £10.5 on the previous year which yielded a profit of £664k.

£4.8M was invested in the last financial year.

There had been some decline in conventional cargo over the last year.

All Condor Fast Craft are now based in Poole and are likely to remain so.

Poole marina continues to figure at the top of marina awards.

The European National Maritime Conference held in Poole was very successful – but the Europeans let it be known that if the result of ‘Brexit’ had been known before the conference was agreed, it would not have been held in the UK. Poole Boat Show in 2017 in conjunction with the European Conference – was another success with an estimated 34,000 attendees. This year the show would be on the 8/9/10 of June and include exhibits in the Port of Poole.

Poole harbour has a 5-star rating for safety and all users were asked to report near misses as these were an important indicator of general safety.

Navigational aids in the harbour continued at a high level of availability.

The South Quay project was nearly complete and was expected to be operational this Spring. This was expected to enable PHC to increase revenue by 30%. Export/Import of yachts was expected to make a large contribution as well as an increase (double) of small luxury cruise liners.

During a question and answer session, questions were asked: –

Do PHC support the flooding of the land by Wareham? (outside PHC’s jurisdiction) – This proposal was very dependent on an environmental impact assessment.

On ‘Brexit’ the advantage of land space available within the port, gave Poole an advantage if needed, should a need for customs clearance become necessary.

Other Harbour News.

The special mark placed SE of the South Quay development has now been removed.

News from Further Afield. A reminder from the Portsmouth HM to keep 50m clear of any warship or Naval Establishment – except the need to pass Fort Blockhouse when using the Small Boat Channel. General Direction 2/18 refers.