Chairman’s Address

Jonathan Chairman’s Update Summer 2018


Well, as I am writing this we have just had a few exceptional days of very hot weather.  Once again they are saying that this will be the best Summer for years – and for the first time it is looking like it might be.  I have to say I will believe it if I see it!!

I wonder if it is the weather that makes things bright or is it our life experiences?  Maybe any of you who have bought a new boat recently, or been on a cruise with us or others, 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 :- Summer Party, Poole Bridges lifts, Events, GDPR, Cruising, Poole Boat Show and Facebook, Newsletter and Web Site.

Summer Party

This year the party at the marina will be on the 21st July.  Tickets will again be only £6.  This represents amazing value and includes a Hog Roast with a vegetarian alternative.  A live band – ‘HandleWithCareBand’ – is performing and there will be a raffle and auction too.  All proceeds this year go to Julia’s House.

There will be a fairy light lit marquee in case of unkind weather and a close up/table top magician.  It is hoped that a special surprise visitor will greet guests too!

Posters will be up soon and tickets will be on sale from the office.  Buy your tickets early – don’t miss out.

Poole Bridges lifts

I thought as more of us will be using the bridges over the next few months a few timely reminders might not go amiss?  These may also help speed up busy lifts.

  • First the lights. If it is safe you can pass under the opening bridge or though the opening spans if a yellow light is showing along with the reds.  You don’t have to wait for green– watch this useful video produced by MDL MDL Bridge Video
  • Only pass under the opening spans of Twin Sails – even if you do not need the height of an open bridge
  • Boats that can pass under the closed bridge should try and avoid bridge lift times or pass the queue waiting for the lift (but still only going under the opening spans!)
  • When safe go under/through the bridge even when it is lifting

We now have a ‘direct line’ to the Bridges Operating Board through a closed Facebook page.  If you let me know if you have any problems I can pass them on.


We are still desperately keen to have someone (or ‘ones’) to help out with social and member interest events and visits and also with our social media and general promotion of CQBHA.  If you feel you can help please get in touch with me

In the meantime though Jim Reynolds (who runs the newsletter and member liasion) and Kevin Butler (our cruise leader) have organised visits to the RNLI to see the training facility and to the new floating lifeboat station (which was not very well attended unfortunately) and also to see PHC Harbour Control.  There is the possibility of running these and other events again.

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


I am sure you are highly aware if not sick to the back teeth of talk about GDPR but just to let you know that we as an association take control your data seriously and have sought to comply with GDPR in a meaningful way.  As such I want to reassure you that we only use your data (which is kept confidential) to provide you with CQBHA ‘services’ and you can at any time find out what and update information we have about you.

There is a contact from on the web site or in need you can contact me direct.


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 cruise, 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 cruise.

This has again been a bumper year for cruising with most cruises pretty much fully booked.  As ever we are dependent on weather and we have lost cruises to adverse conditions but safety is paramount.

The great weather recently saw a fantastic cruise to Port Hamble with tasty treats laid on by Dave Wilson and his better half to the delectation of the cruisers.  The remaining cruises are planned for Portland, Jersey, St Quay and Guernsey and also Bembridge and rounding off the year, as usual, with a late Summer cruise to Weymouth.

Check out our Cruise Programme page on the web site.  Although many cruises are at capacity 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.

Poole Boat Show

I am sure many of you, like me, would have gone along to the Poole Boat Show on the Quay this year.  I chatted to the Cobbs Quay team there and they had a successful few days taking a number of enquiries.  They also had another popular practical challenge again this year with a bit of a queue when I was there.  It was a simulator getting people to moor a boat.  On the leader board I noticed many of the Cobb’s team’s initials – how many hundred go’s?  They once again had ‘pole’ position alongside Poole Quay Boat Haven.

Among the highlights were demonstrations from the RNLI and the PHC.  There were also tall ships, sport boats, on-the-water demonstrations, live music and fireworks.  People could also look at and purchase a host of chandlery products, clothing and watersports accessories.  There seemed to be a much larger display of boats in the marina and also stalls which was great to see.  When I went there were large crowds on the boats too.

Facebook, Newsletter & Web Site

Coming along nicely I would say.  I think we are over 100 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.

I would be interested to hear what you think about our Facebook idea – or maybe you would like to ‘like us’?  We are thinking of putting our cruise photos on Facebook.  Is that a good idea?

We also 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 a monthly newsletter.

Go to the web site for 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