February 2019

Club Programme for 2019.




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.


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


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


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)