Chairman’s Address

Jonathan Chairman’s Update Winter 2018/2019

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 has also been very wet and I have seen the odd boat waterlogged and one ‘beached’.

In this update :- Cruising and Committee changes, Twin Sails Bridge, CQBHA AGM, Cruising plans for 2019, Cruise Bookings Open!, Training, CQBHA Memorabilia, Web Site and Facebook.

Cruising and Committee changes

Kevin Butler who many of you will know, especially those who have been on our ‘in company’ cruises has decided that for 2019 someone else should pick up the cruise planning and cruise leading ‘flag’.  It is hard to know just how much effort Kevin has put into cruising over the many years he has led it and, perhaps as important, how many people he has enabled and encouraged to ‘Go Further’ (CQBHA’s ‘vision’) – I am one.  The Association and many individuals owe Kevin a great debt – thank you.

At the same time Nina Dunne who acted as Kevin’s most recent able Lieutenant taking booking details and giving them to Kevin thought it was time to hand over to someone else.

We have been lucky to secure Andy Vey to plan and lead the cruises and Gavin May who will manage the bookings.

Our Treasurer, Sandra Bainbridge, has stepped down.  Sandra has moved us on to Quickbooks during her tenure and this has made things easier.  Happily after a short period of looking like we may not have a replacement Gavin May has stepped into the breach.

Twin Sails Bridge Closure

You will be aware that there have been a number of problems with the Twin Sails bridge – closely following those with the Town Bridge!!!  The issue seems to be a faulty ram which is presenting more than a little challenge to remove.

It looks like there will be a period – maybe  1 or 2 weeks – when the bridge will be closed, down and will not lift.  Thus there will be no access or exit from Cobbs Quay.  This is yet to be confirmed so please keep looking at newsletters, Facebook page   , CQBHA Association Forum Facebook page and the CQBHA Web Site  for more information.


Our AGM will be on the 30th March 2019 and we will be delighted to welcome as many of you as can attend.  We plan to have a speaker from MDL (Mike Glanville – Managing Director) as well as the Cobbs Quay MDL team.

This will be the first year since Dave Wilson started that we won’t be hearing from Dave– he decide to retire in January.  I know Dave is happy to retire – although he was a little emotional at his leaving do.  We wish him all the best and would like to recognize that he has been very supportive to the CQBHA during his time as manager.  We hope that same can be said of his replacement.

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 2019

As ever at the heart of what we do.  We have an exciting series of cruises planned for 2019.  I have set out some brief details below.  More details are on our web site.  Bookings will go live in early February (see below for details).

Easter ‘Meander up the Medina’  Shepherds Wharf 19th – 22nd April 2019

Our eggciting first cruise of the season will be to the Medina river just up from Cowes, giving us the perfect opportunity to explore this well known yachting venue for the weekend before returning home on the Monday. We will be in a confined space but there will be plenty of hands to help us all in.

MayDay Madness @ Portland Marina 4th – 6th May 2019

As one of the newest marinas on the south coast, we thought it would be a good idea to pay Portland another visit. Heading west gives us a chance to take in the spectacular scenery and iconic landmarks of the Jurassic Coast! Our two night stay will give you a chance to explore Chesil Beach and the Isle of Portland.

Pontoon Party sponsored by Network Yacht Brokers

Whitsun Holiday Cruise to Port Solent & Port Hamble 25th May – 1st June 2019

A whole week to explore east up the Solent and to the far corner of Portsmouth Harbour to Port Solent, for a two night stay at this well appointed marina where you can eat, drink, shop or just unwind!

Then it’s a short hop back to the River Hamble for a four night visit to Port Hamble. This busy marina in the heart of the South Coast is a favourite for many. Great for a scenic trip up the river in the dinghy to Swanwick and beyond. The picturesque Hamble Village, with its inviting pubs and restaurants, is only a few minutes walk away.

Pontoon party sponsored by MDL.

Wayfearers go West to Weymouth 24th – 26th August 2019

Weymouth still proves to be the most popular of our cruise destinations, marking the end of our Association cruising season. This small and friendly marina is a summer holiday destination for many, with its shops, bars and restaurants within a few minutes walk.

With limited space here, booking early is essential as this is often the first cruise to get full.

Pontoon party Sponsored by Coast Yachts with a special ‘guest appearance’ to entertain you!

Surely something for everybody.  Andy Vey has really put together a great 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 2nd February 2019!

From 2nd February 2019 we will be taking bookings and payments electronically.  It will no longer be possible to pay by cash or cheque.

When you apply for a cruise booking (s) or indeed 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 the 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 2019

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.

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 talking this year about a course for our younger crew too!!

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 page and Facebook Forum

I would like to once again urge you to have a look at our CQBHA 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.  Visit the CQBHA Facebook Page.  We are using Facebook to communicate ‘time critical’ information such as bridge breakdowns, dredging and buoys off station.

Late last year we also set up the Cobbs Quay Bertholders Association Forum.  This is a closed group FB forum for members to chat, keep up to date, share experiences, tips, help and advice to like-minded members.

The forum has got off to a healthy start and growing… all the committee have joined so hope you will too.  All you need to do is ask to join – don’t forget to answer the questions!!  Cobb’s Quay Bertholders Association Forum

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