Jonathan Saunders – Chairman
Jonathan started boating around 15 years ago and gained confidence and experience through cruising in company with CQBHA. With guidance from members and training with CQBHA and through the RYA Yachtmaster course he widened his cruising area. With the Association and others he has cruised to Caen, Torquay, Guernsey and Jersey, St Malo and Dinan and Perros Guirec amongst other destinations in the UK and France. He is proud to represent the Cobb’s Quay Bertholder’s interests with MDL and others including the Bridges Operating Board etc.
Kevin Butler – Vice Chairman
Kevin started boating through canoeing, windsurfing, yacht crewing and then onto two ski boats, a Fairline Sprint, and a Sealine 290 before moving to his present vessel a Princess 38 Flybridge. He joined the association in 1996 to widen his cruising grounds with his then small children, who have both grown up at the marina. Kevin is a long serving member of the committee joining in 2000 and in 2001 he began to assist with the cruising role which he has done for the past 17 years. He looks forward to supporting the membership and Committee in the future, with its ever-changing role. His aim has always been to help others make that daunting journey a “Reality”. Kevin is always happy to talk about cruises, the Association or give advice. He can be found on “Reality” D36 most weekends.
Carol Turner – Association Secretary
Carol has been the CQBHA Secretary since April 2006, but a berth holder at Cobbs Quay since 1995. She has a long history of boating – starting with sailing yachts. Her experience of motorboats began in 1987 with a small Fletcher Cruisette, kept on a trailer and launched at Mitchells Boat Yard. The boats have gradually got bigger and she is now crew on ‘Solaris’ – a Sealine S34 berthed on C35. With partner Ivor, she has participated in many CQBHA cruises – including their first Channel Crossing over 10 year ago.
Gavin May – Co-Opted Treasurer & Cruising Secretary
Like many, Gavin’s interest in boating started by messing about in dinghies as a child. Returning to this interest about 20 years ago, he and his wife first bought a small sports boat and have stayed with that boat format over the years, currently owning their Windy Khamsin, on C44. A cruise with MBM magazine many years ago gave them the confidence to start to cruise independently and they continue to do so having visited the West Country in the Uk numerous times. These days they are more likely to be found in France where over the last decade they have cruised extensively between east Normandy and mid Biscay.
Val Grant – Membership Secretary
Val has been at Cobb’s Quay since 1998 and is now on their fifth Sealine. You can find her on Spindrift, C34.
Andy Vey – Co-Opted Cruise Leader
Andy started his boating as crew on the Christchurch Harbour passenger ferries at the age of 12, his passion for the water was driven by his father who saw active service in the Royal Navy. He then gained experience of many different types of craft including a keen interest in water skiing, windsurfing and sailing. With the urge to travel further and explore by water, his boats have gone from a 14 foot Fletcher Arrowflyte to the latest vessel a Princess V42. Having moved their boat to Cobb’s three years ago, Andy and his wife Jo helped set up Coast Yachts brokerage for his son Graham who also has a passion for the water and all things nautical! Andy now uses his knowledge and experience to help other keen boaters and is a qualified RYA instructor, often carrying out ‘own boat training’ for those new to the water. He can be found most weekends in the marina or on board ‘Satisfaction’ , C49.
Peter Hayton – Webmaster
Peter, a marine artist, and his wife Anne, an accomplished marine photographer, have lived in Poole all their lives and have never been far away from the sea. In 1976 Peter took up scuba diving and skippered inflatable dive boats and steel work boats up to 75ft for over 20 years. He started sailing in 1984 and moved into powerboats and Cobb’s Quay in 1996 with a Mariah 18ft bowrider. Later Peter and Anne bought a Mariah 25ft Cuddy and went on CQBHA cruises to the Solent and Weymouth but found the seas a bit challenging at times and moved on to a Bavaria 29, 14 years ago. Since then they have regularly cruised across the channel and the south coast of England. Peter runs the CQBHA website and for a number of years published the CQBHA Horizons Magazine. Peter would love to hear from members with interesting articles or information for the website and can be found most weekends on his boat ‘Work of Art’, berth C24.
Jim Reynolds – Members Representative
Jim spent many years trailing boats from his Hertfordshire home before a ‘lifestyle’ relocation to Poole late 2006 and berthing at Cobbs Quay, whilst upgrading to a Bayliner Trophy sports/day boat berthed on F163. As a keen fisherman he’s frequently out in Poole Bay chasing specimens or just chilling in the harbour with his family, or cleaning his boat! Joining the committee soon after arriving at the marina he assumes responsibility for writing and issuing the association’s newsletter, in addition to interacting with our Pontoon Representatives.
Emma Butler – Dry Stack Liaison & Facebook Editor
Emma has grown up at the marina with her dad Kevin and mum Linda on Reality. She has met and continues to meet new friends through her boating and jet ski riding and has now taken on the role of members representative for the dry-stack. Emma also runs the CQBHA Facebook pages & photo-blog and can be found around the marina or on “Reality” D36. She hopes to help the next generation enjoy the marina as much as she has and to enjoy boating and water sports in company and safety
Clive Snow – General Representative
Clive is a founder member of the Association. His boat Girl Fisher can be found at the head of F pontoon. Over many years he has continued to support the Association including accompanying our cruises across the Channel acting, as Clive would say, mother ship. Clive operates the local Sea Start vessel and is the guy you want to know when and if you have a problem. If he can ’t fix you, he knows someone who can!