Chairman’s Address

Chairman’s Update Winter 2020/21

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’s also been very wet and I have seen the odd boat waterlogged.

In this update :- Cruising plans for 2021, Cruise Bookings Open!, How Cruising in Company will work in 2021, Twin Sails Bridge, CQBHA AGM, Training, CQBHA History, Web Site and Facebook.

2020 Wow!

Goodness knows where to start with 2020.  For some it has been a difficult and possibly sad year.  For everybody it has been a year of missing out.  On holidays, boating, seeing friends and family.

As we look forward to 2021 it seems that some relief is on the horizon and suggestions are that by Summer things will be back to ‘normal’ – whatever that will look like.  Let’s hope so.

Cruising Plans for 2021

As ever at the heart of what we do.  We have an exciting series of cruises planned for 2021.  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 ‘Mosey on up the Medina’  Shepherds Wharf 2nd – 5th April 2021

Our first cruise of the season will see a return cruise to the Medina river just up from Cowes, giving us the perfect opportunity to explore this well-known yachting venue for the weekend going up on Friday before returning home on the Monday.

Friday to Monday – Port Hamble 1st – 3rd May 2021 

This is a chance to get to an MDL marina so no mooring fees (if you’re on the Freedom Berthing Plan)!  Time to get the dinghy out and explore up river or simply kick back and chill.

This is a busy marina in the heart of the South Coast and 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.

Whitsun Holiday Cruise to Ocean Village 29th – 31st May (Whitsun Bank Holiday)

This one is planned as a Bank Holiday cruise with the plan to return to Cobbs on the Monday but a chance for those on the cruise to extend it to a whole week to explore east up the Solent and to the far corner of Portsmouth Harbour to Port Solent.

The two night stay at this well-appointed marina where you can eat, drink, shop or just unwind has been booked.  If people want to extend the time they will need to book the next venue (s) themselves.

Ocean Village is a possible departure point for an extended cruise to marinas in the Hamble, Lymington, Beaulieu River or on the Isle of Wight.

Plot a course to Portland Marina 31st July 2021

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!

It is planned as a one night stay to give you a chance to explore Chesil Beach and the Isle of Portland.  You could opt to extend the stay of course.

This cruise is ideal for smaller boats or for those who wanted to ‘dip their toe in the water’ of cruising in company.

Whistle down to Weymouth 28th – 30th August 2021

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.

Surely something for everybody.  Hopefully we have 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 6thFebruary 2021!

From 2020 we have taken 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.  Don’t worry if you don’t get a reply straight away.  That priority won’t alter.  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.

How Cruising in Company will work for 2021

Unlike in previous years, we will not be leading the cruises.  We will make the bookings at the marinas and give them your details and be on hand to give any guidance you might need.  It will be up to you as skippers to decide on passage plans etc.

We think it will be a good idea for the skippers to meet together on the night before the cruise – we suggest 2000 hrs in the amenities block or Yacht Club  – to agree the leaving time, whether the weather is suitable etc.  To help this we will circulate a list of attendees and contact details.

It may or may not be that a committee member from CQBHA will be attending a particular cruise.  However, from receipt of your acknowledgement of booking members of the CQBHA team will be available to support and answer any questions that skippers may have – especially from those less experienced or more apprehensive skippers.  For example with additional navigational or pilotage tips.

In addition, as a result of our partnership with Powerboat Training UK based at Cobbs Quay we have arranged specific short course on pilotage and navigation to help you be confident on the cruise which are available for a small donation to the RNLI.

We are still looking for a person or people to help with cruise planning and to be the person handling the cruise booking.  So, if you can help, let me know?  chairman@cqbha.org.

Twin Sails Bridge Closure

You will be aware that there have been a number of problems with the Twin Sails bridge – I reported this for the last 2 years too!!!  The issue is still the faulty ram which is presenting more than a little challenge to find some to make and (the main problem it seems) provide a warranty.

As I write this the Twin Sails Bridge is closed to marine traffic to try a fix in December.  Let’s hope that provides some permanency to the repairs to the bridge!.In any case we try and keep you up to date with any news so please keep looking at newsletters, Facebook page, CQBHA Association Forum Facebook page and the CQBHA Web Site for more information.

CQBHA AGM

Our AGM is planned for the 27th March 2021.  If we can meet face to face by then Iwill be delighted to welcome as many of you as can attend.  If not, we may even try something virtual.  I would be pleased to hear from anybody who has a paid for Zoom account who would be prepared to host a meeting for us if we need to be ‘virtual’.

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?chairman@cqbha.org

CQBHA Berth holder Training 2021

These events are specifically planned to support people going on our cruises.

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 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 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 History

For those new (or not so new) to CQBHA there is a chance to look back at the history by viewing some of the old papers compiled by Carol Turner our Secretary.

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

Chair

CQBHA chairman@cqbha.org