Chairman’s Address

Chairman’s Update Spring 2021

Welcome to the start of a new season.  As I am writing this ‘Spring Update’ we have just had a few days of mild and sunny weather– followed by a cold snap.  Winter maybe hasn’t finished with us yet! Hopefully we will see at least a Summer of, relatively, unrestricted boating.

The biggest issue has been the Covid pandemic.  It has impacted everything but, very sadly, many have become ill and worse. Many places, including the marina, were closed and nobody could get out on boats of course. For boating though the restriction to foreign travel has led to a massive uplift in people buying boats.

As we move towards Summer and the ‘lock down’ eases, and we hopefully get some better weather, CQBHA has made bookings at marinas on behalf of members so please make sure you are getting our monthly e mail newsletter a ‘book early to avoid disappointment’!

In this update :- Marina bookings, Release from Lockdown, AGM 2021, Poole Bridges, Poole Harbour Commissioners Annual Meeting, Marina Events,Poole Harbour Boat Show and Member Communications.

Marina Bookings

Don’t forget this is the main reason we exist – cruising in company.  The point is that you can get the reassurance of going to a marina, maybe that bit further away than before, with the support and camaraderie of other members.

We have made bookings on behalf of members which started in Easter with Shepard’s Wharf, then the early May Bank Holiday in Port Hamble, a late May Bank Holiday cruise to Ocean Village, then Portland in late July and finishing with Weymouth for the August Bank Holiday.

Check out our Cruise Programme 2021 page on the web site for more details.

In view of the planned measured release from lock-down we have decided that is would be appropriate to cancel the booking at Shepards Wharf as I write this but hope the others will go ahead.

The situation is ever changing and so we will be retaining the bookings with the marinas in the hope that things may change and we can finally get away on a later cruise.  Watch out for updates in the newsletter and keep your eyes on Facebook.

Places on the bookings were open for booking (from February)and there are still places available.  We are planning for around 5 or 6 vessels on each booking and so offer the dates on a first come first served basis.  Where necessary we will ask if the marinas will take additional boats or we will run wait lists as people do drop out so do book if you fancy having a place on a booking.

You book and pay online.  If there aren’t any places left you will be placed on the waiting list and refunded if you cannot be accommodated.  As I have said in previous years, we have been able to place most people so don’t despair.

Release from Lockdown

The RYA has produced a very helpful table showing how lock-down is being released and I thought I would reproduce it here.


This year we once again had to make the choice to cancel the AGM in view of the Corona virus situation.  We have published a report of the year’s activities and next year’s plans on the web site CQBHA Annual Report 2021.  I haven’t had any comments or concerns raised and so we will proceed as proposed.

At the AGM I would have made a plea for some other people to volunteer to be on the committee – or even just help us – with cruising especially, and other efforts.  If you think you can help please get in touch.  It doesn’t have to be hours of work – every little helps!!  Please get in touch with me if you can help.

From next year we will not be having a formal review of our accounts and we are really grateful for the help we have had over the years for this from the Michael Dufty Partnership in doing this for us.  We are basically just handling cash in and out and so for future years the Treasurer will produce summary accounts of the opening and close position and these accounts will be approved by the Committee.

As well as the normal business at the AGMwe would have also had Frank Gelder (Manager at Cobbs Quay) speaking to us.  Shame because it would have been good to hear from him and have the chance to ask them some questions.

Poole Bridges

Twin Sails Bridge repairs

At this time I believe, despite efforts at a repair, the pins still need to be replaced!

I am aware that MDL, together with Sunseeker and the RNLI were in talks with the Council about the general longevity of the Twin Sails Bridge and how reliability and repairs will be as it gets older but I have heard nothing and suspect the Covid pandemic has rather taken a precedence.

Poole Harbour Commissioners (PHC) Annual Meeting 23rd March 2021

This year’s annual meeting will be online by Zoom.  A big departure but it will be interesting to see how it goes.

Stay in touch with the PHC web site if you would like to attend.  You can register here Register for PHC’s Virtual Annual Meeting .

Marina Events

We would like to hope that the team at Cobbs will be able to arrange some events at the marina as lock-down eases.  CQBHA will be doing everything we can to help make anything arranged a success.  Of course things are all up in the air at the moment.

We will let you know more as soon as we find out.

Poole Harbour Boat Show 2021

What would have been the sixth annual boat show at Poole Quay this year has also been cancelled.

It’s a shame because the show sees Poole Quay lined with a selection of stalls selling a wide variety of products including watersports equipment, clothing, RYA training, tenders and RIB’s, trailers, outboard engines, marine insurance and more.

MDL Cobb’s Quay team are also there so it is a nice chance to pop along and see them.  There were also fireworks and live entertainment.

Member Communication

Most important to us is keeping in touch with you as members.  We sometimes ask for your opinions – could I ask at least one person to try and reply!!  On the pontoons you have your own representative so get to know them as they are your ‘on site’ information and communication person.

We’re also on social media.  We have the Cobbs Quay Bertholders Association Forum which is a closed group open to members of CQBHA to exchange ideas and meet up with people for trips and much more.  Please ask to join CQBHA Facebook Forum Link

We’re also on Facebook (Cobbs Quay Bertholders Association click here CQBHA Facebook Link)for general but more importantly‘instant’ communication such as bridge closures.  Please ‘like’ us.

We have the web site as a resource for marine services and other information (make sure you mention the web site when you visit our advertisers) and, of course,our monthly newsletter.

So please, get in touch!! – there is no reason for you not to be up to date!.

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