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Update COVID 19 at Dell Quay Sailing Club

Dear Members,

COVID -19 arrangements from 23rd March

I am sure that you will already be aware of the latest arrangements that came into effect on the evening of Monday 23 March 202, but just in case, here’s a reminder

You should only leave the house for one of four reasons:

  • Shopping for basic necessities, for example food and medicine, which must be as infrequent as possible.
  • One form of exercise a day, for example a run, walk, or cycle - alone or with members of your household.
  • Any medical need, or to provide care or to help a vulnerable person.
  • Travelling to and from work, but only where this absolutely cannot be done from home.

These four reasons are exceptions - even when doing these activities, you should be minimising time spent outside of the home and ensuring you are 2 metres apart from anyone outside of your household.

In light of these new restrictions, the GC would urge you do not come to the Club for any reason at this time.  This will be reviewed by the GC as soon as the government instructions change.

These are very difficult times for the country and if we can do even a little bit to support the national effort to control the spread of this virus, then it will be worth it.

Look after yourselves and your loved ones.

Ben Alcott Commodore

24th March 2020


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A message from the Commodore:

The General Committee met on the evening of 17th March (via Skype!) to agree what should be done at Dell Quay following the government’s new measures introduced on Monday evening.

With immediate effect:

  1. All Club organised sailing and social activities, including training and Victoria yachts, will be suspended until at least the end of April.
  2. The Galley (including the honour galley) and the bar will be closed until further notice.
  3. The cruiser lift in, scheduled for the 11th April, will be postponed until at least 7 May.
  4. The Club House, changing rooms and workshop will remain available to members, subject always to compliance with current guidelines in relation to social distancing, self-isolation, and hygiene, particularly hand cleaning.  The Club will continue to be cleaned weekly
  5. Private bookings of the Club House are suspended until further notice.

This is not a prohibition on sailing at Dell Quay, at this time members may choose to attend the Club and sail at their own risk.  Members are however asked to ensure that any activity at or around the Club is consistent with the government’s requirements.

The General Committee and I appreciate that this is difficult just as the season starts and the weather improves.  We must however take action consistent with the government’s proposals, particularly in relation to contact, where the Prime Minister said everyone was: ‘to stop non essential contact with others and to … avoid pubs, clubs, theatres and other such social venues’.

These measures will be subject to ongoing review and will be updated as soon as possible after any further change in Government guidance.

Please do continue to look after yourselves and each other at what is a difficult time.  As the GC have found Skype and other tools such as WhatsApp are good ways to stay in touch.



Last updated: 17/03/2020



Visit to Boatshed 4 and Portsmouth Historic Dockyard

Sunday April 5th 2020.




  • Boatshed 4 - Free, guided tour and space to leave bags coats etc
  • Fast Rescue Craft 102: - RAF Air Sea Rescue Boat - x3 trips approx1 hour each max of 9 persons per trip
  • Group Rate tickets for any two attractions  


Boat House 4 Tour Free
HSL102 Fast Rescue Boat (1 hour blast) £45 p/p
Group Ticket - 1 Attraction £14 p/p
Group Ticket - 2 Attractions £19 p/p


Note that we have to pay in advance to get this group discount rate, tickets have to be paid at least 10 days before visit date.
In your confirmation email you will be asked to pay by March 24th .


Arrive Old Portsmouth Hard outside the main gate 09:30
Dockyard Opens 10:00
Boatshed 4 by 10:15
Dockyard Closes 17:00

 Lunch not provided, there is a galley there or bring a packed lunch.


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Junior Training

Session 1

Tuesday 7th & Wednesday 8th April 2020 (Easter) Postponed


Session 2

Tuesday 26th & Wednesday 27th May 2020 (May half term)

juniorCome junior2and brush off the cobwebs from your dinghy and venture out on the water for the start of the 2020 season.

Minimum age is 8 years old.

Let us know if you need to borrow a club boat - numbers will be restricted due to number of available club boats and safety provision.

Priority will be given to those who are on the waiting list for Junior Week.




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 Bookings open for both sessions


The Clubhouse is now Fully Open

Thanks to Mark Moranne the new Vice Commodore for Project Managing and sourcing material in double time.

Also many many thanks to those who will hence forth be known as the "Ceiling Crew" who on Wednesday and Thursday replaced the insulation and ceiling tiles, pictured below just having put up the last tile.

Dave Few, Bill (the gaffer) Freshwater, Ron, Lawrence Kies and a gentleman who's name I am afraid I have forgotten, my sincere apologise for that, can someone remind me please.




Dell Quay member a World Champion

Huge congratulations to Dell Quay member and Firefly sailor Harvey Hillary, who was last week was crowned International 14 World Champion in Perth, Australia.



The International 14 is the formula 1 of skiff racing and Harvey and his helm Archie Massey performed consistently well in extreme conditions to dominate the series and win the event with a race to spare. The celebrations went on long into the night and both Harvey and the good ship ‘Zog’ are now on their way back home to the UK.

Harvey grew up on typical harbour racing at Chichester YC, where I first meet him as a teenager, back in the mid 1990’s when he started seriously racing his then Laser. He then moved into the Solo Class. He had one of the first all wood Gosling Solos, number 4004, which he let me have a sail in. It was electric downwind I recall, nothing like any other solo I had sailed before.

Harvey campaigned this Gosling Solo 4004, and a rig which was state of the art at the time, a Wavelength mast and a beautiful North laminate SM7, in 1998 he was just pipped by Jim Hunt to the Solo National title at Paignton that year. Harvey then moved into in a number of classes before going on to compete successfully in a host of international events in the 49er class, and then becoming an elite RYA racing coach.

In addition to campaigning the I14, Harvey can be found racing his blue Firefly at Dell quay will his 6 year old daughter. We look forward to seeing Harvey on the water, in the bar and in the classroom giving our junior sailors some racing tips!

Mark Harper DQSC



A very Happy New Year and Welcome to 2020 at Dell Quay!
Some news and dates for your attention -

  1. Update Clubroom roof void works –  good progress in dealing with the pest activity in the roof void  has been made despite the Christmas holidays. From this Wednesday 8th January, various contractors will be in the clubroom.  Works will include testing all electrical wiring and cables in the roof as well as removal and replacement of affected roof tiles and insulation.   Pest controllers will also be present at times.  PLEASE NOTE that the clubroom remains closed.   It is particularly important that members do not enter the clubroom during this phase. Current estimates are that the works should be completed by the end of January.  The lounge and changing rooms remain in use.

  2. Sunday lunch January 19th postponed. Due to the timing of the roof works, we are sorry to postpone the Sunday lunch scheduled for the 19th January. We will find another quiet Sunday for this event.

  3. Frostbite and other sailing events – will run as usual but operating from the sail loft.

  4. Calling all Galley Supervisors and Duty Officers! Come along for an informal refresher session with lunch, meet other GS and DOs to update your skills and knowledge and increase your confidence in fulfilling this role. Saturday 15th
    February 11am to 2 pm. Please Book Online so we know you are coming!

  5. Other Dates for your diaries....
    1. Mama Mia Here We Go Again evening 8th February. An evening of music, singing, dancing and food, for all ages.
    2. Wine Tasting 7th March. A highly popular evening led by our own wine expert Liz Sagues.
    3. Working Weekends are 1st and 2nd of February and 29th and 1st March.
      We look forward to seeing as many of you as possible at these weekends. It is a great opportunity to meet new people, learn new skills and enjoy delicious hot soup and endless cake!



December Rowing Taster Day at Itchenor Sailing Club

Saturday 14 December

A very successful day was had on Saturday at Itchenor. Chris Blevins and his team kindly organised an excellent opportunity for Dell Quay members and members of other clubs in the harbour to have a go at rowing their Dale Longboat and Solent Galley.



Despite winds blowing up to Force 7, it was a beautiful day to be out on the water and there was an enthusiastic Dell Quay contingent, some 20 strong, who braved the conditions and enjoyed the experience immensely whether they were novice or experienced rowers. Richard Bland kindly acted as our club co-ordinator for the day. The ability to row in such conditions in mid-winter shows that rowing really is a year round and almost all weather activity. With Dell Quay’s more sheltered and less crowded water, the opportunities throughout the year for social and more serious rowing are boundless. Mid-week and evening rowing will be a great way to get members out on the water more and to engage a wide range of age groups as well as those who may be less able bodied through age or illness. It will not take long to learn to cox and rowing really is easy once you get started.

We had some 30 expressions of interest in the taster day which bodes very well for Dell Quay rowing next year. If you are interested in hearing more about Dell Quay rowing please email DQ Rowing  via email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Peter Binning and Richard Bland





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Itchenor SC have very kindly organised a rowing taster day for Dell Quay members and members of other harbour clubs.

Here are the details:

Apart from ISC rowers there will be Bembridge Trustees joining in along with Bosham Sailing Club bringing their St Ayles Skiff and visitors from Chichester Yacht Club and Dell Quay Sailing Club who are coming to try out the different types of boat to help inform their decision on what rowing boat to buy.

Programme: High Water 12.32

0930   Club Open for Coffee and Bacon Butties.
0945   Bosham crew arrive in their St Ayles Skiff, Valiant.
1000 - 1045  Outings in Bembridge, Iccanore and Valiant. Scratch crews.
1100 - 1145  Outings in Bembridge, Iccanore and Valiant. Scratch crews.
1200 - 1245  Outings in Bembridge, Iccanore and Valiant. Scratch crews.
1230 - 1400  Happy Hour and Lunch of Fish Pie or Cottage Pie for £12.50. Optional pudding available.
1330 - 1415  Outings in Bembridge, Iccanore and Valiant. Scratch crews.
1430 - 1515  Outings in Bembridge, Iccanore and Valiant. Scratch crews.
1500  Tea and close


A Support Boat will be in attendance for the day to assist with the outings and to help BSC get their boat back to Bosham.

Richard Bland has kindly agreed to be the Dell Quay representative at this event.

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We would love to see more DQ members out on the water especially as we are now well on the way to acquiring our own boat.






Replacement Patrol Boat for Dell Quay Sailing Club



The General & Sailing Committees of Dell Quay Sailing Club, after much research and analysis of its future water activities, are pleased to announce the purchase of a new rib 4.2 patrol boat, to replace one of it ageing Dell Quay Dory boats.

This new rib supplied by JBT Marine Ltd of Portsmouth, will be complete with a Yamaha 40hp engine and will be delivered to Dell Quay Sailing Club in early 2020 in readiness for the first of its RYA Powerboat Training Courses of the new season.

Ben Alcott Commodore of Dell Quay Sailing Club commented:

"We have a truly exciting club programme for 2020 with our best ever mix of water-based events, including racing, and cruising adding to the great club community and atmosphere. Dell Quay SC are committed to providing the best possible safety cover for all of its water activities”.

This new patrol boat will be used to complement the sailing clubs existing patrol and support boat fleet in order to maintain a safe environment for the sailing clubs growing number of new water activities.

Naming Competition

Our new rib will need a suitable short name and for radio communications - and appropriate for DQSC please!

No prizes for the winner, but you have the honour of naming and launching our rib in the new year when delivered. Please complete the below, with your full name and the suggested name for the new rib and click on the Submit button. Closing date Friday 3rd January 2020.

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