Chairman’s Address

Chairman’s Update Summer 2022

Crikey.  Normally I begin the Summer update with a weather report.  Well, as I am writing this we have had some pretty cold, wet and windy weather and I am not sure it is showing much signs of abating!  Where is Summer?

I wonder, though, if it is the weather that makes things bright or is it our life experiences?  Maybe some of you who have bought a new boat recently, or been on a trip, could share your experiences with me – and the Association – with a line or two and maybe a photograph?  We are really keen to get photographs so people can see how much fun we have!  E mail me if you can.  We are really keen to hear from you!!

In this update :- Poole Bridges, Events, Cruising and Facebook Forum, Facebook, Newsletter and Web Site.

Poole Bridges

Don’t want to speak too soon but I think the bridges have been working pretty well.  One person on our Facebook Forum even recently lauded the quickest transit he had experienced.  We are back to a normal lift schedule and things seem OK (sshh not to loud!!).

We are in contact with the Council via the Bridges Operating Board.  In truth there is very little progress or action in recent times.  Through Dan Lewis (who is the Leisure rep on the Bridges Operating Board) I raised a number of issues.  I hope that the Council will respond positively and address them – eventually!  I will let you know via the newsletter and Facebook when there is something substantive to say by way of a result.

Amongst what we are trying to achieve (although Covid and Ukraine have diverted Council resources I fear) is :-

  • Timely information about bridge issues (Whatsapp, web site or similar)
  • Planned contingency for returning boats in case of breakdown
  • Some confidence in the bridge working effectively into the future

If you let me know if you have any problems I can pass them on.


Well, after a period of inaction due to Covid they have been brought back this season?

We have had the Family Day and boat jumble and the children’s crabbing competition for which we gave some prizes.  This seemed to be pretty well attended during the day.

Next up is the two Sunset Cruises for Cobb’s Quay berth holders to enjoy this summer on Saturday 25th June and Saturday 30th July.

Join the MDL team for an amazing sunset cruise around Poole Harbour on Dorset Belle Pleasure Cruises and enjoy a glass of bubbly on arrival. Tickets are available from the Marina Office and cost just £5 each to secure your place. There are limited tickets available for each event and offered on a first come, first served basis.

Boarding is from the Dry Stack pontoon at 6.45pm, departing 7pm.  The return to Cobb’s Quay will be at 10pm.

Please let me know if you have other ideas that may be of interest to you and other members. 


Don’t forget this is the main reason we exist – cruising in company.  The raison d’etre is that you can get the reassurance of going on a trip, maybe that bit further away, with the support and camaraderie of others in the association.  Going out and, of course, returning with other members of the trip.

With Peter Hayton’s help we have pulled together bookings this year to Lymington, Port Hamble and Halsar (which ended up getting cancelled due to illness and a boat needing open heart surgery on the engine!!) and, upcoming, bookings in Island Harbour, Portland, Weymouth and Exmouth in August.

We plan and organise the marina bookings and help people to come together to plan the trip and have a great time.

Detailed information is also prepared for each person who is going on the trip with ideas on routes, tides and things to watch out for, what to expect getting to the marina etc.  We run a pre-trip meeting on Microsoft Teams for those going to check everything is alright.

People are encouraged (expected?) to meet up the night before the cruise to agree final details including departure times.  Also, to make the important go/no go safety decision.  We have set up a closed Facebook group for those taking advantage of the bookings to make arrangements.

Check out our Cruise Programme page on the web site.  Although many cruises fill up quickly people do drop out so it is often worth getting on the waiting list.  We operate on a strict ‘first come first served’ basis to ensure fairness.

Facebook Members Forum, Facebook, Newsletter & Web Site

Remember we have our members only Facebook forum – ‘Cobbs Quay Bertholders Association Forum’.  We hope people will use this for discussions, advice, looking for crew, telling people where you are going and inviting people to come with you and so much more.  Please join if you haven’t already.

We also have a Facebook page.  We have around 500 likes now!  People are also commenting on and liking some of our posts which is great for us!!

We use Facebook for things that need ‘instant’ contact such as bridge closures as well as the social interest ‘stuff’ so I hope it will be useful to you.

We also have the web site as a great resource for all information regarding CQBHA, boating, trip planning and all things to do with your boating experince, and last but not least we produce and send out a monthly newsletter, keeping you intouch with all things relevant..

Go to the website for all your weather, tide and other information relative to trip/cruise planning. There are also links to marinas on the South Coast of England and the North Coast of France, which are invaluable for planning cruises and trips of your own. You will also find lists of marine services, suppliers (make sure you mention the web site when you visit them) and other information updates, events, LNTMs that are relevant and much, much more – take a look.

Are we doing what you want?

Finally your committee is keen to be sure we are doing what you want so we need your feedback.  Could I ask that you let us know if we are doing a good job, a bad job or if want us to do something differently.

I wish you safe passage.

Jonathan Saunders