The 2018 Cruising Programme
The weather in 2017 was patchy to say the least so we have rebooked some of the cancelled events for the coming year, 2018. The Committee is pleased to offer the following cruises for our members to participate in and these dates are all confirmed and weather permitting, all of these cruises will take place.
Every member of the Association is welcome to participate in the planned cruises, subject to marina availability and suitability of your vessel for the passage to be undertaken.
If you would like to experience those distant places in the safety of others and get to go “that bit further”, then please join us to get that experience so that you can go it alone. Both experienced and novice crews are always welcome. If you are uncertain of your boats suitability then contact a Committee or Pontoon Representative, who will be happy to help and advise you.
Every cruise that we arrange starts and finishes from our home marina of Cobbs Quay. The routes that we use are all gained from the Peter Cumberlidge Waypoint Directory, one of the best boating resources you could buy for your boat to cruise from Poole to any destination on the British south coast, or the northern French coast.
The booking form will be live early in the New Year. Once your completed form and non-refundable booking fee have been received a confirmation email will be sent to you. The Cruise Co-ordinator will then contact you approximately 4 weeks before departure when we seek confirmation of your attendance, before sending the actual cruising notes to you approximately 7 days prior to departure. There is always a skippers briefing the night before departure at 20.00hrs outside the Quay Shop when the current weather information and departure time will be confirmed. This meeting is a requirement for attending the cruise.
All places will be reserved on a ‘first come, first served basis’ so please check the web site in the New Year after you have received notification of the application form going live date. All the marinas this year have once again capped our numbers so please book early so that you are not disappointed. Your online form will only send if all the mandatory fields are completed and your non-refundable booking fee sent electronically. Dogs will not be accepted on cross Channel events. If you bring a dog on a cruise in the UK, no guarantee can be given that you will have an alongside berth so dogs are brought on this understanding and at your own risk. Everyone who applies will be sent a confirmation e-mail with an indication of your inclusion or position on the reserve list. Updates on numbers will be sent via the monthly newsletter e-mail when appropriate. If you do not receive these e-mails then please resubmit your details to the Membership Secretary on the contact form from the web site.
The following cruising dates and venues are planned for 2018.
Easter Shakedown to IOW Fri 30th March – Mon 2nd April; A return visit to Shepards Wharf on the Medina following last year’s event. The marina is located just up-stream from Cowes, giving us the perfect opportunity to explore this well-known yachting venue for the Easter weekend before returning home on Bank Holiday Monday. We will be in a confined space but there will be plenty of hands to help.
Port Solent Marina Cruise Sat 5th May – Mon 7th May; Pontoon party sponsored by Nautical Clothing and Network Yacht Brokers. A venue the Association has not been to for a few years. With a lock to enter and a short journey to Gunwharf Quay’s from here and a few shops in Port Solent it will make a lot of crew members happy. For those that have not visited Portsmouth before, this would be a good marina to start as it is totally sheltered within the top of Portsmouth Harbour.
Whitsun West– Poole,Plymouth,Falmouth,Torbay and return Sat 26th May – Sun 3rd June; A venture to the far flung west stopping at Plymouth before motoring down to Falmouth for a few days. It has been many years since the Association has gone to Falmouth but we are looking forward to returning. Once there, we will be picking our way back home. Provided the weather is kind this should prove to be a relaxing week, a great way to kick off venturing further west for those who have not yet ventured that far.
Port Hamble Marina Fri 22nd June – Sun 24th June; Pontoon party sponsored by MDL Marina Cobbs Quay. After the last few years many who have visited would have liked to have stayed longer, so this is going to be an evening cruise on the Friday staying for two nights. With many new boats in the marina and people wanting to explore, the Committee thought an extra night may just make it a bit more palatable. Cruise with the safety of numbers to see this marina for yourself.
Portland Marina overnight stay Saturday 7th July; A return to one of our new venues from last year, but still a marina many have passed by. As one of the newest marinas on the coast west of us, we thought we had better once again return to check it out, so with an overnight stay it should give us a little taste of what it has to offer, and give those new to boating the chance to explore west.
Summer Cruise – Jersey – St Quay Port d’Armor – Guernsey; Fri 27th July–Sat 4th Aug; Pontoon party sponsored by Coast Yachts. The only opportunity to cross the Channel in a large group this year with the Association. For all our berth holders within MDL Cobbs Quay this offers a taste of how Passport Escales works, giving us two free nights in both Jersey and St Quay before returning to Guernsey for another tax free fuel stop before making our way back to Poole. We have tried to get to St Quay several times so let’s hope we finally make it! Using the Channel Islands as staging points and refueling stops this should give everyone that mouthwatering taste to go, and with some of the berthing free this gets better and better, only the weather can stop us.
Bembridge Marina Sat 11th Aug – Mon 13th August; Marquee and barbeque sponsored by Network Yacht Brokers and Nautical Clothing. A venue that we had great success with last year, so with that fresh in our minds we have extended this stay to a long weekend. We still hope to have a rally BBQ here in a marquee so bring those tongs and gloves!! If you are new to boating this may be a great opportunity to see one of the unusual marinas and accesses that we visit.
Weymouth Bank Holiday Bash Sat 25th – Mon 27th Aug; Pontoon party sponsored by Clipper Marine. Our annual pilgrimage to Weymouth continues and still proves to be the most popular of our cruise destinations, marking the end of our Association cruising season. With limited space here, booking early is essential as this is often the first cruise to get full.
All of our cruises are at the mercy of the weather and decisions are made in good faith before departure. We look forward to receiving your completed booking form and fee when it goes live. Please remember if you have any questions ask any Committee member, the Cruising Secretary or a Cruise Leader who will be happy to discuss your questions. Let’s hope for an extended season, sunny and wind free next year, after all we could do with another good season to make boating in the UK get back to that feel good factor. The CQBHA Committee
The CQBHA Committee