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Itchenor Rowing Regatta


The DQ women’s, men’s, and mixed rowing teams attended the excellent inaugural Itchenor Rowing Regatta over 22-24 October 2021 weekend with more than 60 rowers and coxes from six different clubs, and a range of boats including Celtic Longboats, Solent Galleys, Quads (with all sculling), and also the Thames Barbarian’s and CYC Cornish Gigs.


World class organisation by Itchenor row management enabled 28 races in 3.5 hours over a 500 metre (allowing 7 minutes for line up and race) in the tidal window with crew changes after each race.  Everyone rowed 5 races in at least 3 different boats in an assortment of mixed, men’s and women’s crews. Both the spectator and crew changeover area were located on the small beach 300 metres west of the Itchenor Northley shipyard with beach masters assisting with every changeover.

The 12 crew Dell Quay rowing squad with our Celtic longboat, Seafox, included Nikki Buchanan, Ally Forrest, Becki Dicker, Mary Webb, Michelle Atkins plus Steve Forrest, Martin Moss, Phil Guimaraens, Chris White, John Rogerson, Nick Atkins, and Richard Bland. Steve, Ally, Martin, Mary, and Becki also made the Sunday Picnic row flotilla to East Head with Mike Dicker as Patrol Boat support. All races were a challenge and we had few wins and  several photo finishes. I think we all lost a few kg, in great conditions with mainly light winds and no rain, and also celebrated Ally’s birthday.

Going forward, subject to cox and crew availability, we look to continue club rowing sessions on Monday, Wednesdays, and Fridays plus some weekends over the winter period and are always looking for more rowers and particularly coxes. We are holding the next rowing taster session on Saturday 20 November 1000-1230 hrs. So, if you want to join the taster session to row or/and cox please email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it by Sunday 14/11/21 or contact Richard Bland/John Rogerson. Otherwise just email to be added to the rowing WhatsApp group where rowing sessions over next 2 weeks are scheduled and crews organised. We encourage rowing for all abilities.

Next year we are hoping to attend various events, including Bembridge Rowfest, Cockleshell Heroes row, Round Hayling race, and also aim for the Great London River Race in September.

 

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Power Boat Level 2 and Safetyboat Certificate Courses

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You will be aware that the club provides excellent patrol boat cover for many on the water events throughout the year, including club racing.  To helm a patrol boat, the club asks that the members who volunteer hold a RYA Safety Boat qualification. 

To gain this qualification, the RYA require that a Power Boat Level 2 qualification is held.  Fortunately, DQSC is a RYA Training Centre providing both of these courses. 

Our training programme this year has 4 Safety Boat courses and 4 Power Boat Level 2 courses.  If you are interested in starting out and learning how to drive a power boat, please do sign up for a PBL2 course. 

If you already hold the PBL2 qualification and wish to helm a Patrol Boat at DQ, please do sign up for a Safety Boat course.  You can see the course dates and sign up for both online from this page.

Training at Dell Quay is excellent value – each course only costs £50 which is a fraction of the price elsewhere! 

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Club Accounts 9 months to 31 Dec 2020

The Clubs Financial Accounts for the 9 months to 31st December 2020 are available for members to view.

You will need a members login for the website to be able to see these pages.

Why are these being shown now and not as normal at the AGM? I hear you ask. As the year end was changed last year to be 31st December from the 31st March, the accounts have to be presented to HMRC by the end of September, as we have to present them to the members before we do that they are being presented seperately now.

 

Treasurers Report and Accounts

 

 

Hardway Rally 25th/26th September

The date for this popular rally is fast approaching so do sign up if you wish to go. Hardway Sailing Club is located on the Gosport side of Portsmouth Harbour, about halfway between the entrance and Fareham.

Sailors from Dell Quay have been going there for many years and it has always been an enjoyable place to visit. The club has a long pontoon stretching out into the harbour. Although the majority of this dries during a spring tide, mooring there is no problem for bilge, lifting or even fin keels as the mud is very soft.

The club charges £10 per boat for the night and this allows us to enjoy their facilities and their bar.

HW Portsmouth on the 25th is 1459hrs and you will ideally need to arrive no later than 1730hrs. This should be little problem for boats leaving DQ by lunchtime.

Please sign up on the website and I will be in touch with more details nearer the time.

Tim Applewhite 

 

Dinghy Cruise to Bosham

Sunday 12th September

With a long term forecast for moderate wind and sunny intervals ??, why not come and join fellow club adventurers for a classic sail to Bosham  on the12th September?
Bosham is a picturesque waterside village with plenty of opportunity to obtain refreshments of various kinds!

Itinerary:

  • 12:45pm meet to get safety boat in the water
  • 1:00pm rigging
  • 1:30pm cruise briefing
  • 2:00pm ready to depart
  • We will return on the early ebb tide and aim (wind dependent) to be back at Dell Quay by 5:00-5:30pm

Other information:

  • Please note that the cruise is supported by a patrol boat but all crews should be capable of sailing/navigating independently and be aware that they sail at their own risk
  • All boats should be seaworthy and equipped with oars, anchor and a tow rope
  • Please use the dinghy cruising section of the website to sign up if you intend to come so that I have a good idea of numbers

 

I hope to see many of you at the club on Sunday.

Zander Hack 07527147300

 

Step 4 – July 19 Dell Quay Sailing Club Hands, Face, Space and Trace to continue

Area Status from July 19 Issues/Risks Recommendations and Mitigations
Clubhouse, Galley, Bar Open

Respecting the members who are content to mix and go back to life as it was whilst also respecting those who are potentially still vulnerable and want/need space and elements of protection.

 

Close proximity of others

 

Ventilation

Use hand sanitiser

Sign in, preferably using the NHS Track and Trace App

Use face coverings:
a)    when moving around the club house, especially if crowded;
b)    when queuing/ordering food/drinks at galley or bar.

Eat and drink outside when practical

Keep space between yourself and people you do not usually mix with and especially at bar and galley counter

Card only payments to continue

Open windows and doors for better ventilation

Those doing duties inside to wear face coverings (Galley/Bar).

 

 Balcony  Open

Respecting the members who are content to mix and go back to life as it was whilst also respecting those who are potentially still vulnerable and want/need space and elements of protection.

Close proximity of others.

 

Sign in, preferably using the NHS Track and Trace App

No limitations on numbers, but request that members are respectful of space given to others

Changing Rooms Open

Close proximity to other members

Ventilation

Surface Contact

Keep use to a minimum

Use hand sanitise and whenother are present, face coversings

Sanitise surfaces after sue

Race Office  Open

Close proximity of other members

Ventilation

Use hand sanitiser and when others are present, face coverings
Open doors and windows
Black Shed Open
Close proximity to other members
 Use hand sanitiser and when others are present, face covering. Open doors

Patrol Boats
 In use

Close proximity to other members

Surface Contact

PPE available if required.  Individual crews Continue to wash boats with detergent after use.  This is a requirement as it helps maintain the boats in good condition.

Longboat In Use

Close proximity to other members

Surface Contact

Continue with crewing as currently done; PPE available for cox and stroke if they wish to use it.

Continue to wash boats with detergent after use. This is a requirement as it helps maintain the boat in good condition

Club Boats In Use Close proximity to other members

Surface Contact

Continue with crewing as currently done; PPE available for cox and stroke if they wish to use it.

Continue to wash boats with detergent after use. This is a requirement as it helps maintain the boat in good condition
 Cruisers Marinas open but check in advance Close proximity to other members during socials

Surface Contact (pulling Dinghy)

Owners to manage crewing and cleaning of cruisers and personal requirements.

Socials preferably in open air.

Continue to wipe down surfaces and oars after use.

Junior Week Proceeding Close proximity of members

Junior Week will be run in accordance with the plans circulated to participants (in effect – step 3 requirements and reduced numbers).

Members are asked to avoid the club during junior week because it will be very busy (Monday 26th – 30th July inclusive).  If we can keep the numbers as low as possible, it will help us to manage Covid risks.

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Close proximity of members

Demographic of fleet includes some more vulnerable members

Members are asked not to use the pontoon during weekday racing for July and August

 

 

 

DINGHY CRUISE - East Head

Sunday 18th July 2021

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With a promising forecast why not come and join fellow club members for a classic sail to East Head and back this coming Sunday?

An early start I’m afraid :

  • 7.15am meet to get safety boat in the water ASAP (volunteers will be notified to prioritise the boat launch)
  • 7.30am rigging
  • 7.45am briefing
  • 8:20am ready to departure

 

Book so we know you are coming

 

 The sands at East Head offer the perfect chance to sunbathe, swim, play games and eat picnics! We will return as the tide floods late afternoon and aim (wind dependent) to be back at Dell Quay by 4.30 - 5:00pm.

Please note that the cruise is supported by a patrol boat but all crews should be capable of sailing/navigating independently and be aware that they sail at their own risk. All boats should be seaworthy and equipped with oars, anchor and a tow rope.

I hope to see many of you at the club on Sunday.
Zander Hack 07527147300

 

Dell Quay Family Fun Day & Regatta 2021

STOP PRESS !!!

Dear Members,

NOW !
that we have been forced to turn the central heating on in JUNE!
I thought I would remind you all that it is Summer (actually midsummers day as I write) and this coming weekend 26th June, is the
Dell Quay SC Regatta & Family fun day at the club.

Activities

We will be having an adults & juniors dinghy race series  (Race entry, sign up via the club web page)  PLUS the keel boats from Itchenor Sailing Club will be finishing on the club line.

Taster & instruction sessions from our Rowing & SUP group on the club Pontoon, just sign up on the day to book your slot, or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Shore side

Exhibition of the Victoria Model Yachts class on display.

Educational information from the DQSC environmental initiative including The Green Blue & SAS 250.

Our Sail wear suppliers, Unique workwear will have range of garments on offer, available  in both ranges of Dell Quay branding.

The Chichester Harbour Trust will be there with a display stand also.

Catering

The Galley team will be busy preparing a delicious selection of cakes &  sandwiches which will be available for afternoon tea (don’t forget to sign up on the website).

The galley will be open from 11.00am

The activities kick off at 11.00 with the paddle activities, followed by racing from 12.15.

We are currently lobbying the weather gods to provide suitable conditions for this event

Why not sign up now !

And Finally !
The 2021 club photo competition will also be launched on the day, details will be on the club website.  Photo’s of you by You.
The winning picture will be used as the yearbook cover for 2022 & there will also be prizes for runners up.
Some images may also be used on the web site and Quay news & to show others what a fun time can be had at our club.

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Please note:
Due to the remaining Covid 19 Restrictions, follow the government guidelines Hands Face Space,  shore staff will be available to help.
The galley will be operating a one way system in the club for accessing the  balcony & pontoon, please follow the signs.
The QR code posters are in place for NHS track & trace for you to scan on your smart phones.
Please observe the no parking of vehicles on the quay rule, strictly loading & unloading only at all times, not just during Regatta.

 

Pop-up wine tasting

Saturday July 10th 6.30pm


Fabulous FIZZ
and special STILL


Celebrate Sussex!


join Liz Sagues to enjoy 5 wines + nibbles
and learn more about Sussex wine
and the people who make it


Tickets £10 (over-18s only, deadline July 8th)

from This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it / 01243 528672


Tastings will be held on the club balcony, maximum 26 ticket-holders,
to meet Covid-19 regulations

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Special offer on Liz's new book: £8
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Cruiser Day Sail Saturday 19 June 2021


Sail in company.  Intended destination is Priory Bay (IOW) for lunch, returning to Dell Quay on the evening tide.  This should be a perfect occasion for those wishing some company as they explore the way out of Chichester Harbour.


This will be an early start.  The aim is to leave as the tide turns, running down harbour with the ebb tide and out into the Solent (Weather Permitting).  Anchor off Priory Bay for lunch, returning around 15:00 towards Chichester Harbour to enter the harbour with the flood tide back to Dell Quay for high tide.

High Tide morning: 07:00.  Depart Dell Quay by 8:00
High Tide evening:  19:40.  Return to Dell Quay before 21:30


These are neap tides, so the current will not be so strong , but will still push you through the harbour entrance quickly.  We don’t want to leave late as we are looking for a good depth of tide over the harbour bar.  This is dredged to 1.5m below chart datum, but there can be quite high waves at the bar with a southerly wind.
Wind forecast (as of Monday  Morning)  is for  a light F2 north easterly to start, swinging round to southerly F3 as the sea breeze sets at around 11:00, which should be perfect.  The sea breeze should hold for the return to Dell Quay.


When leaving or entering Chichester Harbour, be aware that the tide flows across the harbour entrance once you get outside the Hayling Island beach.  Although many boats turn towards the Solent fairly close in, It is prudent to continue south passing both the Bar Beacon (Red Post) and West Pole (a large Tripod structure), before turning westwards.  Priory Bay is about 220deg from West Pole.  Look for a conspicuous wedge in the IOW profile and aim just to the right of that.  There are also several small gas tanker ships anchored off Bembridge, sailing between the last two westward of these will also lead towards Priory Bay.  As you get closer in, St Helens fort becomes visible, keep that well to port. You will see a tree covered point of land with conspicuous rocks at the east end of the bay and  Seaview houses are conspicuous to the west end of the bay, and it is a popular anchorage, so a large number of boats at anchor will be visible.


If the weather forecast becomes unfavourable, or there is some other need to change plans, I will post a notice in the club entrance on Saturday morning.  I will also be on VHF ch 8,  Call sign “Opus Four”.


Sign up using the Join a Rally link


Peter Matthews

 
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