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Itchenor Cruise Saturday 21st April

With the promise of more warm weather on the horizon why not join a dinghy cruise this coming saturday (21st April) to the lovely waterside village of Itchenor? There could even be chance for a drink at The Ship or a hot chocolate at the 'Quarterdeck' cafe!
If you have yet to get on the water this year this could be the perfect opportunity...

Further info:

  • Meet at DQSC at 1430 for a 1500 departure (HW 1645), return by approx. 1800 (weather permitting)
  • Safety boat support available throughout.
  • Friendly support available with any aspect of rigging/sailing.
  • Please ensure you have basic safety equipment to include the following as a minumum: oar(s) and tow rope.
  • Steve Potter will be the cruise leader/'lead boat' and will be available from 1430 at the club.
  • Please use the online sign up sheet to register your interest (dinghy cruising section of the website).
  • Further info. or questions can be directed via the dinghy cruising email or by calling Jon Wilburn 07740252058

Please see the other cruises in the year book and don't miss the unmissable Cobnor Camp 2018 scheduled for the 15-17 June!


Cruiser Trophies

Now that we are all afloat, and we have replaced masts, sails and all the other bits that we took home for the winter (!/?) it is time to consider the cruising that we want to do, and what we would like to get out of it.

Those of us lucky enough to form your Cruiser Subcommittee have given long and serious consideration and discussion over the last few dark and very damp months about how to encourage people to go cruising, and routing around in the club’s office, we discovered the three Cruiser Trophies. Yes, we thought, something to aim for, as if getting away to Yarmouth, Cherbourg, St.Peter Port or Bembridge didn’t provide enough encouragement to get out.

But on a more serious note, the three Cruiser Trophies have been neglected over the last few years, but should be awarded as they record part of the history and activity of the club. It is our intention to polish them up (the pictures show that they have indeed been neglected!) and award them each year going forward.

For the Best Cruising Log / Account

(Submission deadline:- Lift-out, 27/10/18)

The Dell Quay Log Trophy will be awarded to the person, Skipper or participating Crew who submits the best account of a specific cruise. This can be either a formal log of a voyage, or a readable account of an expedition. The finalists will be judged on various attributes which might include readability, challenge, general interest, or anything that the judges think makes the submission stand out. (Hint: pictures could catch the judges’ eye) The judges (who may well protect their anonymity) will have absolute discretion and their decision will be final.

The completion will only be open to DQSC members. The subject voyage or expedition need not relate to voyages in home waters, but must have occurred during 2018.


For the Most Rallies Attended

earlybirdtrophyThe Early Bird Trophy. This used to be awarded to the first DQSC boat reaching Yarmouth IOW. However we considered that too easy, especially for members with marina berths!
This trophy will now be awarded to the DQSC member, again skipper or crew, who attends the greatest number of DQSC rallies in the season. (For avoidance of doubt, the cross channel rallies score 1 rally each) Skippers please take note: to avoid potential mutiny, ensure that all your crew are recorded on all rallies.

For Notable Accomplishment
cruisercupThe Cruiser Cup will be a discretionary award open to any club member.
It will be awarded to a person, who in the opinion of the Cruiser Sub-committee, deserves special recognition for their activity in support of cruising from Dell Quay. This could be for personal achievement, support of the club or other members of the club, in any respect, that stands out as going above and beyond.
Again, the judges’ decision will be final.
It is our intention that this award, together with the two other trophies, will be presented at an early winter Cruiser Social.

BBC Filming at Dell Quay Sailing Club

Last Thursday 20th July, Dell Quay played host to the BBC who were filming a new comedy series starring John Cleese and Alison Steadman. It was an interesting day as filming moved from the main characters climbing in and out of a vintage Jaguar XK120 parked on the Quay to a scene with a Punch & Judy show on the beach. They finished by filming John & Alison walking up the pontoon to the balcony.

During the day, the galley team provided a 'grazing table', buffet lunch and 2 course supper for the 50 strong crew (paid for of course)! Many thanks to those who worked so hard on providing this - Anne & Chris Sprules, Anita Fulton, Annette Moranne, Madaleine Owens, Chris Hannell, Pat Connors and a very helpful group of our Juniors.

We think that the new series (Edith) will start in the Autumn, so watch out for some familiar scenes then.





Images of the weekends Open Meetings

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If you would like to see images taken at the two open meeting that took place at the club this weekend then hover over the "News" menu to see a new sub menu called "Photo Gallery"

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Tuesday 13th June 2017    HW Portsmouth 14:54, 4.4m

A visit to the lovely Beaulieu River is always a delight, come and join in this season’s first rally to Bucklers Hard. Three cruisers (Parity, Opus IV, Fairwind of Dell Quay) have already signed up and places have been booked on the mid river pontoon. Walk ashore berths can be reserved by contacting the marina at Bucklers Hard on 01590 616200.

The river entrance is ~3.5nm NW of Cowes. Leave Chichester Harbour entrance at HW-2hrs and carry the west going tide to the seasonal yellow racing mark that lies close to the leading line. Align the leading marks (front is red No 2 beacon and rear is the west edge of Lepe House) on 324o to get you over the Bar, (avoid LW-2 to LW+2hrs) and then follow the well-marked channel through beautiful countryside for 3 miles up to Bucklers Hard.

Moor up alongside the floating pontoon in the river just up from the marina and use the tender to get ashore for showers and the Yachtsman’s Galley and Bar at The Master Builder’s House Hotel. Marina berths with walk ashore pontoons are also available in Bucklers Hard Yacht Harbour. There is plenty to do; visit the Maritime Museum and learn about ship building in 18th century at Buckler’s Hard, walk or take the dinghy up the river to Beaulieu village for shopping and afternoon tea or visit the Motor Museum. If the weather is good, why not extend the cruise and sail to nearby Lymington, Yarmouth, Newtown River or Cowes.

NOTE: Double HW at springs, the 2nd HW is 13/4 hrs after the first.  There is a 2 hr stand at neaps


Please let us know you are coming, so we can plan ahead

Rally Leader: Sue Pearson: Home 01403 75233, Mobile 07803 755308

Aboard ‘Fairwind of Dell Quay’ Monitoring channel 8: Call up ‘Fairwind’

VHF Ch 68 ‘Beaulieu River Radio’   Call up when you enter the river.    

Harbour Master’s Office 01590 616200 e-mail: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Visit Beaulieu River website for further information:


Find a Crew or Skipper by Joining the DQSC Crew Register Now

Are you a Yacht Skipper or Dinghy Helm looking for crews for cruiser rallies, dinghy racing or dinghy cruises?

Are you looking for the opportunity to crew for Yacht Skippers or Dinghy Helms?

If so then sign up for the DQSC Skipper / Crew Register.

It's very easy. Just follow these few simple steps:

1. Login to the DQSC website.

2. Under the User Menu click on the Skipper / Crew Register link.

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3. You will then be taken to the Skipper / Crew Register web page. You can then see who has already registered (from the links across the top of the page) and enter your own details/requirements. See below:

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Dell Quay 2017 Racing Season Starts This Weekend

With Spring almost upon us the new racing season starts on Saturday with the first two races of the Early Helm Series, followed by the Early Trophy series on Sunday.

The Early Helm Series is a set of handicap races, with the series winner awarded the Palmer Goblet Trophy.

The Early Trophy Series incorporates class starts with the Solo class going first, followed by the Handicap class and then the Junior class. The introduction of the Junior class start is new this year and will enable juniors to experience racing alongside the adult fleets. Series winners are awarded the Jack Lewis Trophy for the Handicap Class and the Single Handed Trophy for the Solo Class. A dedicated trophy for the Junior Class is currently under review.

So do come along and support this popular DQSC activity and of course have a lot of fun. Even if you are new to racing please come and give it a go as beginners are always encouraged and are given plenty of support. Details of how to start racing can be found in the Club Racing section of the DQSC website under “Have A Go”.

The Early Helm races start at 13:45 on Saturday and the Early Trophy races at 14:30 on Sunday


Dell Quay Sailing Club

RYA Shore based Day Skipper Course


The RYA Shore based Day Skipper Course run at Dell Quay Sailing Club over the winter has come to an end.

Giles Hall, Rear Commodore Sailing kindly attended and handed out certificates to the students.



 left to right: Margaret Holder, Jane Matthews, Rik Norton, Bill Freshwater,

Carol Andrews(trainer), Matt Rhodes, Madaleine Owens  and Clive Norris


The students undertook the shore based course over 23 weeks learning about boat and crew safety, navigation, weather and passage planning.


RYA Day Skipper Success at DQSC

Eight Day Skipper Theory course students recently received their hard earned RYA/MCA Certificates from Peter King, Rear Commodore Sailing. 
The course was run over the winter for a period of 23 weeks at Dell Quay. For two hours every week the students learned about navigation, boat safety, weather systems, forecasts and skippering skills.
A big well done to the dedication and perseverance of the students. I, for one, look forward to seeing the students developing their Day Skipper skills this season.
I am thinking about running a course during next winter so if people are interested I will get another course set up beginning in October 2016.
Carol Andrews
Day Skipper Theory Students
DQSC Day Skipper Students proudly displaying their certificates



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The basic premise of these emails is that "I have been mugged in [somewhere], and I need money to pay the hotel bill"

These emails are completely bogus, although very convincing as they appear to come from someone you probably know, and are CC'd to others you know are also friends of the sender.

If in doubt your usual prudence should prevail. For information you can always forward them to

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