Chairman’s Address

Jonathan Chairman’s Update Winter 2017/2018


Sitting here writing this we are yet to really experience the first long periods 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 ‘beached’.

In this update :- GDPR, Poole Town Bridge Closure, Poole Harbour Commissioners Annual Meeting, CQBHA AGM, Cruising plans for 2018, Cruise Bookings Open!, Training, CQBHA Memorabilia, Web Site and Facebook.


Many of you will be aware of the importance of data protection.  With the advent of smartphone and other technologies the Data Protection Act is to be replaced by GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation).  This comes into force on the 25th May this year and CQBHA has sought to ensure we are compliant.

You can see our approach, policy and Privacy Notice HERE 

Poole Town Bridge Closure

The old Poole Bridge (or Hamworthy Bridge if you believe some commentators) has been closed since September 2016.  You probably all got used to it!  As I write the bridge has just opened!!

Having spoken to Richard at the Cobbs Quay office we are back to normal opening times.

Poole Harbour Commissioners (PHC) Annual Meeting 23 January 2018

CQBHA were recently invited to attend the 19th Annual Open Meeting of Poole Harbour Commissioners.  There were various speakers and the key points are covered below.

  • PHC are providing support to Marine Police patrols
  • PHC participate in various audits and compliance requirements
  • There is a Brittany Ferries new passenger gangway well underway
  • The new South Quay will help increase income by 30%
  • PHC are looking to take (motor) yacht handling and loading (esp. Sunseeker)
  • The plan is to have cruise ships (20 in 2018 and 37 in 2019).
  • Looking to go to 50 eventually
  • The maximum ship size will be 220 m
  • PHC are also talking to bulk cargo companies
  • Also considering small container ships

The full presentation from Jim Stewart (PHC Chief Executive) is on the PHC website


Our AGM will be on the 24th March 2018 and we will be delighted to welcome as many of you as can attend.  We plan to have a speaker from the RNLI 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 2018

As ever at the heart of what we do.  We have an exciting series of cruises planned for 2018.  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 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 refuelling stops this should give everyone that mouth watering 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.

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.

Cruise Bookings – live 22nd January!

From 22nd January 2017 we will be taking bookings and payments electronically.  It will no longer be possible to pay by cash or cheque other than in exceptional circumstances.

When you apply for a cruise booking (s) or membership 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.

CQBHA Bertholder Training 2018

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 shore based 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.

Interesting extra topics this year are basic use tip for VHF aimed at skippers and crew.  Also how to use a defibrillator.  These in addition to favourites like use of lifejackets and flares and practical boat handling aimed at the ladies for confident skipper support.

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.

CQBHA Memorabilia

I would like to mention this again if I may.  Those of you who came to the 25th Anniversary Party in June 2016 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 (Group Secretary) who compiled the material has 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 .

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