Chairman’s Address

Jonathan Chairman’s Update Winter 2016/2017


Sitting here writing this we are yet to really experience the first snaps of cold.  There have been some very windy days that will have got in the way of getting out on the water for many.  It also been very wet and I have seen the odd boat waterlogged and one overturned.  It seems from the forecasters that this may well be typical weather in the future.

In this update :- CQBHA Memorabilia, PHC Annual Meeting, Poole Boat Show, Poole Town Bridge Closure, AGM, Cruising plans for 2017, Online cruise and membership, Training, Web Site and Facebook.

CQBHA Memorabilia

Those of you who came to the 25th Anniversary Party in June last year will, like me, have been fascinated by the wealth of old memories on the display boards.  I was really keen that all this hard work should be available for you to see again and so Carol (CQBHA Secretary) and Peter (Webmaster) who compiled the material have put it together into a file of photos and scans for you to view.

Have a look for yourself.  You will be fascinated.  Follow this Link .

Poole Harbour Commissioners (PHC) Annual Meeting 30th November 2016

CQBHA were recently invited to attend the 18th Annual Open Meeting of Poole Harbour Commissioners.  There were various speakers and the key points are covered below.


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Dorset Police

Dorset Police are keen that marine crime is fully reported.  They think it is drastically under reported at the moment.  There were only 62 marine crimes reported this year with 54 last.

Project Kraken is still in place so report anything suspicious.  There was also encouragement to consider joining Poole Harbour Watch.

Jim Stewart PHC Chief Executive

Turnover was up 3% to £10.5m last year.  Poole Quay Boat Haven is 10% of the overall turnover.  There was £1.6m EBITDA with a pre tax profit of £6k (due to a higher depreciation charge resulting from purchase of a large crane).

The port saw a 38% increase in passengers and vehicles due to Condor relocating.  Condor Liberation problems are resolved and the PHC are looking to her sailing from Poole for many years to come.

The Barfleur is being refitted to meet new sulphur emissions regulations.  Meantime Brittany Ferries have deployed the Pelican which was introduced last year. She is freight only and mostly takes trailers that are loaded at this end and taken off on Spanish tractor units for delivery around Spain and elsewhere.  She sails from Poole to Bilbao.

Poole Quay Boat Haven won Marina of the Year at the Southampton Boat Show.  The marina recently hosted Drumbeat; a 53 m sailing yacht which was on the Quay for 6 weeks.  There have also been some other large yachts moored there including the 187′ Hampshire.

October 2017 will see the 2017 British Ports Conference.  This is a 4 day event with various attendees including some from abroad.

Security remains important with joint patrols with Dorset Police.  Within the port there is an increased Health and Safety emphasis.  This has seen a 25% reduction in incidents with an external audit happening in 2017.  There have been lots of H&S and other training.  There is also continued support for Young Enterprise where young people can experience time working at the port.

PHC has just purchased a new pilot Boat, Barracuda, to aid the safety of pilots when they attempt to board vessels and carry out other pilot duties.

The big project for 2017 however is the South Quay to aid diversification to reduce the reliance on the ferry business.  The new work will provide facilities for bigger vessels.  It followed a detailed environmental assessment and dredging has been completed ahead of schedule.  Piles for the Quay will be delivered in early 2017 and there follows a 9 month build process.

The new South Quay construction will help transit of bulk materials.  Some is going to Tristan da Cunha to build a hospital.

200 m is be the largest vessel that can enter the Harbour due to the depth of water and the turn at Brownsea Island.  This would include cruise ships of over 1000 passengers resulting in maybe 50 visits a year.  It will also enable export of Sunseeker boats from Poole as opposed to Southampton and possibly others.

It should also bring £50m value to the local economy through 750 jobs on various projects.

Poole Boat Show May 2016

15 – 21 May 2017 will see the Poole Maritime Festival.  There will be various conferences and a 1000 international delegates and Government Ministers and VIPs attending.  It will finish off with a 3 day maritime festival and Boat show.  PHC are expecting maybe 25,000 visitors.

During the Boat Show there will be 100 boats, 130 displays, tall ships, the Royal Navy and a UK Border Force demonstration.  Local yacht clubs are involved in on the water activities.  There will also be an MCA helicopter display.  In addition there will be live music and involvement from local youth organisations and charity.  The event will extend to Baiter and the commercial port.

Poole Town Bridge Closure 

The old Poole Bridge (or Hamworthy Bridge if you believe some commentators) has been closed for some months now.  Hopefully you are used to the revised timetable.

Time will soon be here to lobby for the Summer opening times and I would be interested to hear any thoughts anybody has.  Please e mail me.


Our AGM will be on the 1st April (honest!!) and we will be delighted to welcome as many of you as can attend.  We plan to have a speaker as well as the Cobbs Quay MDL team.

We would also be pleased to have any volunteers who might like to join the committee.  We are particularly looking for some help and ideas for events.  E mail me if you have any ideas or are interested in helping out?

Cruising Plans for 2017

As ever at the heart of what we do.  We have an exciting series of cruises planned for 2017.  I have set out some brief details below.  More details are on our web site.  Bookings will go live in January.

Easter Shakedown to IOW 14th April – 17th April; A return visit to the Medina River after last year’s cancelled event.

Gosport Marina Cruise 29th April – 1st May; This is a new venue for the Association – it will make a lot of crew members happy due to its location close to Gunwharf Quays.

Bembridge Marina overnight stay Saturday 13th May; A venue that we have not visited for a number of years, albeit this is an overnight stay, we still hope to have a rally BBQ to start the season off in a marquee so bring those tongs and gloves!!

Whitsun St Peter Port, Guernsey – week-long visit 27th May – 3rd June; After the success of our trip abroad last year our plan is to have a week-long stay in Victoria Marina, Guernsey in what many consider to be the best marina venue. With the added bonus of tax free petrol and diesel.

Portland Marina overnight stay Saturday 17th June; A return to one of our new venues from last year, but still a marina many have passed by.

Port Hamble Marina overnight stay Saturday 15th July; With many new boats in the marina and people wanting to explore, the Committee thought an overnight return to Port Hamble was an ideal venue for seeing what there is to offer in the Solent.

Jersey to St-Quay Port d’Armor to Guernsey; Summer Cruise Fri 28th July–Sat 5th Aug; The second opportunity to cross the channel in a large group this year. 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.  This cruise will be sponsored by Coastal Yachts.

Weymouth Bank Holiday Bash 26th – 28th Aug; 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 sell out.  Clipper Marine will again be sponsoring the Weymouth Cruise.

Surely something for everybody.  Kevin has really put together a spectacular programme so get booking as soon as you can.  Remember, it’s first come first served!!!

Check out our Cruise Programme page on the web site.

Online cruise and membership moves into the 21st Century!

Exciting news!  From January 2017 we will be taking bookings and membership applications electronically.  It will no longer be possible to pay by cash or cheque other than in exceptional circumstances.  We hope that this will avoid delays and risks of lost payments etc.

Go to the web site when you want to apply for a cruise booking (s) or membership and you will have an electronic form to complete.  NB/ This must be completed fully with all details otherwise it will not ‘send’.

You will then receive an e mail giving you details of the bank account to which your electronic payment should be sent.  Be sure to put your boat name in the reference field to ensure your payment can be applied!

In the case of the cruise bookings the date your payment is received will enable us to give a priority to your booking.  If applicable you will be placed on a wait list but don’t worry, we have typically been successful in placing people where others drop out.

We truly hope that this system will be better for all but would be happy to receive any feedback which could help us improve it.

CQBHA Bertholder Training 2016

Some of you may have been involved in the activities that we organised in a link up with the Powerboat Training to offer training and practical events under the banner of the Active Marina programme over the last few years.

As an association we hope to continue this again this year with shorebased sessions (competent crew and pilotage, linked to preparation for the CQBHA cruises).  These events are aimed at skippers and crews of larger and smaller boats – including day boats/dry stack boats. Visit the Training page on this web site for details.  These are either at a nominal cost or complimentary to members.

We are also looking in to offering basic First Aid training, routine diesel engine checks and ‘emergency’ engine action as other topics if people want them.  Let me know if these would be of interest to you.

Web Site & Facebook 

I would like to once again urge you to have a look at our web site.  There is a wealth of information on it about all sorts.  Please make sure you come back regularly to see what’s new.  We are now looking to make regular posts of updates, member cruising reports and photos.

You can find information about the cruises and cruising on both sides of the channel.  There is information about the training we offer too.  We hope you find the web site useful and would welcome any feedback.

Don’t forget to ‘like us’ on Facebook.  We are using Facebook to communicate ‘time critical’ information such as bridge breakdowns, dredging and buoys off station.

To the future

Finally we are keen as an Association to be doing what you, the bertholders, want but we need your feedback.  Could I ask that you put fingers to keys – or even pen to paper – and 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