Chairman’s Address

Jonathan Chairman’s Update Spring 2017


Welcome to the start of a new Season.  As I am writing this ‘Spring Update’ we have just had a great weekend of sunny weather – if a little windy!!  Never mind global warming this is global ‘winding’!!

I can only hope that as we move towards Summer we get some better weather but we have some exciting stuff coming up these next few months so make sure you are getting our monthly e mail newsletter a ‘book early to avoid disappointment’!

In this update :- AGM 2017, Poole Bridges – repair and timetable update, Cruises, Marina Summer Party 2017, European Maritime Day/Poole Maritime Festival 2017, Poole Harbour Boat Show and Member Communications.


Saturday the 1st April saw the AGM with guests Lyn Parsons (Dorset Police Marine Section) and Dave Wilson (MDL).  Once again Cobbs Yacht Club kindly hosted us.  Lyn spoke about the revival of Operation Kraken and the importance of reporting any and all marine crime.  There is a view that much more crime happens than gets reported and the very limited marine police resource doesn’t get deployed.  If you see something actually happening dial 999.  If it happened earlier dial 101 (or 01202 222222 from a mobile).

We are looking into how we can engage you as members with Harbourwatch.  Keep your eyes on the monthly newsletters for updates.  Also our Facebook account will now be linked to Dorset Police.

Paul from Powerboat Training UK explained about the training he has planned which members can access for a nominal £5 donation to the RNLI.  Bookings for events can be made with Ian at the Quay Shop.  Details shortly.  Kevin Butler talked about the cruises that are planned for this year.

The main talking point at the AGM were a number of differing views about the appropriateness of the new electronic booking/banking system for cruises and members joining.  An alternative of going into a bank or post office and paying into the CQBHA account on a bank giro credit with cash or cheque was recommended for those who are reluctant to make electronic payments.  It was explained that a card payment approach was too costly at this point but would be kept under review.  The majority of those present indicated their support for the current approach though.

People stayed for a while after the business was finished taking the chance to mingle and chat with the MDL, Dorset Police and CQBHA teams.

Poole Bridges – Timetable and Poole Bridge repairs

At the AGM we found out that the long term repairs on Poole Town Bridge due to finish in June 2017 were significantly behind schedule.

We have been lobbying the Bridges Operating Board (through Dave Wilson as leisure representative) for a Summer lift timetable that meets everybody’s needs.  Details will be confirmed as soon as we know them but Dave is committed to the timetable having hourly lifts from the start of the school holidays as a must.  The old Poole Bridge will remain in both or one leaf up state to allow passage.


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

We have an exciting programme in prospect starting in Easter with Shepard’s Wharf, then Gosport, Bembridge overnight stay, Guernsey, Portland overnight stay, Port Hamble overnight stay, Jersey & Guernsey & St Quay, finishing with the Weymouth.

Cruises are open for booking, at a cost of £15, but as Kevin said at the AGM many are full.  We are typically limited to 25 craft or less and so offer cruises on a first come first served basis and those who missed out last year were among the first to book in 2017.  Where necessary cruises are running wait lists and people do drop out so do book if you fancy going on a cruise.

This year you can book and pay on line.  There are still a few places left. Otherwise you will be placed on the waiting list.  As I said, in previous year’s, we have been able to place most people so don’t despair.

Check out our Cruise Programme 2017 page on the web site for more details.

Marina Summer Party – 22nd July 2017

MDL will again be organising a Summer party at the marina.  This year it is planned to be on Saturday 22nd July.  CQBHA will be doing everything we can to help make it a success.

There may be a different approach this year but much is still in the planning and discussions.  We will let you know more as soon as we find out.

European Maritime Day/Poole Maritime Festival 2017

European Maritime Day (EMD) is a prestigious event organised by DG MARE, the European Commission’s maritime/marine division. Designed to bring together Europe’s community of maritime professionals in order to share knowledge and forge partnerships, the annual event has been hosted by some of Europe’s major maritime locations since 2008.  This year, in 2017, the honour has been awarded to Borough of Poole.

This one-off opportunity will promote Poole as a springboard to promote local and regional business to an international audience.

In support of EMD 2017 Poole have built a Business Programme and Public Festival that forms part of the week of activity collectively known as Poole Maritime Festival (PMF).

There will be an exciting week of events that includes the European Maritime Day. With activity aimed at local businesses plus a spectacular line up of family focused maritime events and entertainment – it’s a week not to be missed!  For more details visit  The Poole Harbour Boat Show will also be part of this event.

Poole Harbour Boat Show –19th – 21st May

Once again there will be a boat show in Poole centred on Poole Quay this year.

The Friday will be a Press Day, with the pontoons open only to VIPs, sponsors, and guests of the marina exhibitors.  Exhibitor stalls will be lining the Quay on all three days and will be open to everybody.

MDL Cobb’s Quay team will again be there so pop along and see them.  There will also be fireworks and live entertainment.

There is a dedicated web site if you would like to take an advanced look at the planned activities

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’ve also hit the social media.  We’re on Facebook 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 them) and our monthly newsletter.

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

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 you want us to do something differently.

I wish you safe passage.

Jonathan Saunders