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March 2020: The end for water bottles at Dell Quay Sailing Club

As part of our drive to reduce the amount of rubbish produced by DQ, the galley will cease the sale of plastic bottles of water from next season (March 3, 2020). 

The galley will happily fill and refill members’ own bottles. So if you don’t already own one, now is the time to purchase a reusable water bottle!

Experience around the harbour is that reusable bottles are falling overboard and ending up in the harbour.  So we ask that you also give some thought to the secure fixing of bottles – anything from a bike bottle holder, to a bungee with a clip or a good old piece of Velcro could do the trick.


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Dell Quay Sailing Club AGM LunchAGM2018

Sunday November 17th at 13:00




The pre AGM lunch prepared by Nick Atkins and his team fresh on the day



Fish Pie
Vegetarian Garden Cottage Pie

seasonal vegetables


Treacle Sponge and Custard


Price £7.50 or £5 for juniors under 12






Now’s the time to book early  for the Laying up Supper!

Join an evening of relaxed  company to celebrate the end of our sailing season and all that happened on (and perhaps “in”) the water!  Come and join in the fun; enjoy a glass of something; discover what perhaps other members get up to – and see who has won, been honoured with, a Dell Quay Duck!


Starter Sharing Platters

Chicken, Ham & Mushroom Pie
Steak & Ale Pie

[with seasonal vegetables]

Desert Banoffie Pie
Fruit Salad
Price: £10 [£8 for children under 12]

7pm for a prompt start at 7.30 please; this is a busy evening.

Please book on line and pay by Bank Transfer using the reference LAYINGUPSUPPER



Do you need to refresh your First Aid knowledge?first-aid-man

DQSC has two dates for the RYA First Aid course:

Saturday 9 November 2019 or

Saturday 1 February 2020.

Courses run from 08:45 to 17:00 at the club.

As before, we have Steve Gravells from, to train participants on first aid, CPR and extra topics relating to water sports dangers. Previous participants will know that Steve is an excellent, informative and entertaining course leader. The course costs £45 but is free to DIs, PBIs and aspiring instructors, provided you commit to instructing at DQSC at junior week or other courses.

Registration is only through the DQSC website, no log-in required. I will notify you if you have a confirmed place or are on the waiting list. Priority is given to DIs, aspiring DIs, PB instructors etc.

There is a maximum of 12 participants on each day. Even if you have done a first aid course before, it needs to be renewed every 3 years. I will hold a waiting list in case of any cancellations.

Dell Quay Players present
A Nilation
A murder mystery set on a Nile cruise in 1932.
Saturday, 19th October, 7pm for 7.30 start
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Tickets are £15 per head to include a sumptuous Egyptian themed dinner.

Past experience suggests that this event will be heavily subscribed, so we can only allow a maximum of 1 guest per club member and, on this occasion, we ask that Juniors are not included.

Dressing for the occasion is strongly encouraged and there will be prizes for the best outfits.

Booking is by email to: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Please indicate how many tickets are for DQ members and how many for guests. Your booking is not secured until payment is received and you have received a confirmation email.

Please let us know of any dietary requirements.


Easyway to Hardway! Cruiser Rally

September 14th & 15th




Just exit Chichester Harbour, turn right, proceed about 5 miles and turn right again. Go past the big pointy tower on your right, try and avoid the green ferries that whizz back and forth and a bit further up on the left you will come across Hardway Sailing Club. Easy peasy!

The annual cruise to this welcoming club is taking place earlier this year in the hope that the weather is kinder than it was 11 months ago.  We berth alongside the club's own pontoon which partly dries.  They charge just £10 per boat per night and we normally eat in their clubhouse which provides a good selection of excellent reasonably priced food.

This has always been a popular destination and we have often had more than 10 cruisers making  the trip. HW at Chi Harbour Entrance on Saturday is 1246hrs BST.  It's best to leave in good time to reach Hardway no later than 1500hrs to ensure easy berthing alongside their pontoon.


Please sign up online in the usual way.  Any queries then give me a call.


Tim Applewhite
Rally Leader
07531 784163


Victoria Day 2019 at Dell Quay Sailing Club

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12 Victoria Model Yacht racers spent Victoria Day taking part in 7 races, 4 to count, held at DQSC.

The day was blessed with pleasant sunshine and the racing was keen.

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  • 1st - Simon Bell.
  • 2nd - Linda Bell.
  • 3rd - Dick Hoare.
  • 4th - Chris Sprules
  • The Commodore Sue, who is luckily, never far from her work a day Tiara :) awarded the prizes.

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The races were followed by afternoon tea and cakes for the racers and spectators.

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Founding members of the group Rob Nunn, Victoria class Captain and Chris Sprules cut the Birthday cake 

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followed by Ukulele playing and singing.

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The Victoria Yacht enthusiasts meet weekly and are extremely successful in terms of their regular attendees and the prolific number of races.

They are always pleased to see a spectator and more than welcoming to prospective new members to their jovial group.


Good Friday April 19th - DQSC Team Racing event

Something completely different for all members...teamracing
No need to rig your own boats, just bring your sailing kit bag.....the team racing event will be using the 8 Club Picos - stored on the quay!
Come along for a 10.00am briefing in the clubhouse with Rob Nunn who has kindly volunteered to run the event.

Details are:

  • Briefing in the club at 10.00am. Please be at the briefing if you wish to be part of the event for the day.. First pair of teams starting on the water at 11.00am
  • Teams and boats will be drawn at random at the 10:00am briefing, we will have teams of 2. (8 identical Pico Boats available, rigged and sailed single handed with just the mainsail - no jibs or crews)
  • Short racing (15mins max. per race) 2 teams race against each other.
  • Committee boat start from the Dory 'Fred West', with a very simple course close to the club.
  • Changeover of teams / boats using the club pontoon on the south side of the club.
  • A Round robin event, depending on numbers, each team will initially race at least once against an opposing team, and then a knock out event to get and overall winning team.
  • If there is some breeze that day, it could be quite fun in the Picos....


For more details please email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it



DQSC Junior Sailing


Hello all Junior Sailors, as the weather is getting warmer, it will be soon time to start sailing. As your new junior lead, I would really like to hear your ideas for 2019. Please ask you parents to help you with this survey just follow the link below. Junior Sailing Survey


I am also hosting the first junior committee of the year on Wednesday 27th March at 1830 at Dell Quay Sailing Club, please come and have a say in your junior events.






Bosham Dinghy Cruise - 30th September


Our final dinghy cruise of the season will be a return visit to the historic village of Bosham.  This ever popular event promises to be a rewarding cruise with the chance for a drink or an ice cream in the middle!

This is a PATROL boat supported cruise but all crews must be capable of independent sailing. All boats should have a tow line, anchor, oar(s) and a bailer. If you have a hand held VHF then please bring it also.

We will meet at Dell quay at 1300 with boats rigged & ready to go (please ensure you sign in on the white board in the club house). There will be a short safety briefing in the club house at 1315 ready  for a prompt departure at 1330

Please use the online registration form (under dinghy cruising) to sign up.

Hope to see lots of you on the day!

Cruise Leader: Jon Wilburn

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