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Commodore's Christmas Cheer!cheer
On Saturday 12th December at 5pm.

Come join our Commodore's Christmas Cheer

For family fun, Christmas jumpers and festive headwear!

We would like any cheering entertainment contributions from you all, in the form of 2-3 minutes of anything that might amuse, give warmth and create a festive feeling.

Book you place online to join the Commodore's Christmas Cheer, declare your entertainment idea (if you have one), and we will send you the Zoom link a few days before.

Looking forward to seeing a vast number of cheery members! (Albeit virtually!)


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RC House.



Our membership management system is changing.  Over the next week, all primary members within a membership will receive an e-mail asking them to register with Sailing Club Manager.  Please don’t ignore it, as this system will be taking over from Medusa to manage our club membership.  Registering an account will allow you to view and update the details the club hold about you and your membership.  This is an important first step in the club’s digital strategy to enhance our online offering.  The registration e-mails will be sent from "mail @", so if you don’t receive one, please check your spam/trash folders.  If you want any further information, please contact Graham at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .


Alf (‘Alfie’) Yellowley

DQSC Honorary Life Member

16 September 1926 - 25 October 2020



Alf passed away peacefully at Pinewood Nursing Home, Chidham in the early hours of Sunday 25 October 2020 with Sue by his side. He leaves us with many happy memories, three generations of active Dell Quay members and a patrol boat named after him. Alf was always very welcoming and warm, and had a legendary wit. He was well known throughout the harbour; he started his career as a boat builder in the Itchenor ship yard during the war building landing craft.

Alf joined Dell Quay as a family member in the early 60’s with a view to using his home built Mirror dinghy for fishing. Daughters Sue and Jean persuaded him to buy some sails and he launched their sailing careers by pushing them off assuming their competency having read ‘Swallows and Amazons’. He was very active at the club until the late 2000’s making the club his second home. His wide-ranging skills enabled him to maintain (and man) the rescue boats, club buildings, the re-building and extension of the old jetty with Ken Perry and provide an uplifting presence on the General Committee. He employed a number of younger club members in his horticultural business and taught them many skills, including boat building. He built and sailed the Mirror, a Firefly, Solo and Fireball, later moving into cruisers with Fairwind of Dell Quay and Chalvedune both of which carried a well provisioned drinks locker. Many wonderful and cheerful stories abound about his adventures on the water dinghy sailing, transporting dinghies and crew to regattas and Federation Week in his launch (‘Baby’) Fairwind and later, cruising. He was a regular at the bar putting the world to rights at the ‘Wednesday’ club. He was made an Honorary Life Member in 1984, in his words, ‘for plying the Commodore with sherry’. He survived his wife Margaret (‘Peg’) who passed away in 2012.

He loved Dell Quay and many members have fond memories of him.

He leaves behind two sisters, daughters Sue Pearson, Jean Sykes, Kathleen Whitehead, eight grandchildren and ten great grandchildren.

Unfortunately, due to Covid restrictions his funeral service will only be attended by family members. If you wish to send a tribute to Alf and/or a donation to the RNLI please do so on The family plan to hold a memorial gathering at Dell Quay in the summer to share happy memories and to raise a glass to him.

Sue Pearson


Late Summer Moment Friday 11th September Fully Booked

Thanks to everyone who has booked food for Friday night. The GC have set a limit of 30 on the balcony to support Social Distancing, so we have limited the number of bookings for food to 20, to allow for other members who wish to use the bar or are around the club for other reasons.

For those who have booked, food will be served from 1830; we will need to observe the upper limit on numbers, so please bear with us and support those who have volunteered for duties on Friday to make it safe and enjoyable for everyone. Please do remember to bring a mask for when you are inside the Club.

The GC will be considering the wider implications of the changes in the law from Monday 14 September and there will be further communications on that in due course.

General Committee



Late Summer Moment

Friday 11th September

We welcome members to the club on Friday to enjoy a late summer moment on the veranda.

The bar will be open and the Galley will provide hot food for those who have booked and paid in advance.
Food will be served at 6.30pm. If you are racing, put a note in the comments and we will save yours for when you have put boats away.

We are following strict guidance around take away food and hope that you respect the need to cap numbers at 30.

We ask that we only have one person at either the Galley or bar at any time.
Please wear a mask inside the clubhouse and please dress warmly so you can sit outside!

We look forward to an enjoyable evening, seeing the club at its very best and sharing a meal and drinks with friends.

Sarah, RC House.

Booking now closed, a maximum sensible number has been reached.



Rear Commodore Sailing.
I am pleased to announce that Peter Binning has been co-opted to the General Committee as Rear Commodore Sailing.  As a co-opted member, his appointment expires at the AGM in November.
Peter has been a member at Dell Quay since 2005.  Some of you will know Peter from the Solo fleet, which he joined last year. He is also a regular helm for the Junior Week day sails to Itchenor.  And when time permits, he is a keen off shore racer.  And last year he (finally!) found time to formally qualify as a dinghy instructor.
Peter is a very welcome addition to the General Committee.  He will also chair the Sailing Committee, to which he was elected last November.
Ben Alcott




Who would have thought, the Patio and Pontoon are 5 year old now.

Take a short trip down memory lane, at the pictures showing the process from old Jetty to new Patio and Pontoon.


Local Notice to Mariners No.17 of 2020


The guidance issued by DEFRA for ‘Using a Boat Inland and on the Coast’ will be withdrawn from 04 July 2020, meaning that there will no longer be any specific restrictions on waterways businesses. This includes skippered charter and passenger boat operations, as well as those wishing to stay overnight on their boat.

Boating operators are responsible for conducting a Risk Assessment drawing on the relevant sources of government guidance for Covid-10, available here.

Conservancy visitor berths are available for overnight stays. However, to comply with continuing social distancing guidelines the following restrictions apply:

  • A maximum of two vessels will be permitted to raft on visitor moorings.
  • No rafting of vessels will be permitted on visitor pontoons.
  • Visitor berthing cannot be booked in advance and availability remains on a first-come-first-served basis.

To maintain safety in Chichester Harbour:

  • Please follow social distancing guidance.
  • Observe the signage on Conservancy jetties and hards.
  • The ferry at Itchenor is now operating. The wearing of face masks is mandatory and strict social distancing requirements are in place.
  • The use of tenders is identified as a high-risk activity, and we caution mariners to take extra care when accessing their vessels. Click here for advice.
  • Rescues pose a risk to both the casualty and the rescuer. Please ensure that your craft is well maintained and that you sail within the limits of your abilities.   

We appreciate your continued support in maintaining a safe harbour.

Cancel LNTM 15/2020.

Richard Craven
Director & Harbour Master
03 July 2020


Dell Quay Rowing Boat Delivery date!

Despite the lockdown delay, our rowing boat build is starting shortly and is due for completion by 25 July. A delivery team us being assembled ready to move as soon as government restrictions on both sides of the Severn Bridge allow. Our new boat could be ready to row at Dell Quay by the last week in July.

Rowing is possible even now in lockdown.

news binnningfamilyLast Sunday the Binning family in fully compliant (in all senses) mode had a successful first rowing outing in the Itchenor boat. A beautiful day for rowing and 3 teenage Dell Quay members also got some coxing experience. Any Dell Quay household with a competent cox wanting to row please contact me and an outing can be arranged. The boat can be rowed as a coxed pair if you don’t have a full crew.

More news soon. The lockdown will be eased. There will be rowing all year round and everyone is welcome to get involved in this new on the water venture for Dell Quay.

A new Rowing tab on the website is being set up and more information will be posted here as the boat nears its delivery date.

Anyone interested in more information, please email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it



Message from Rear Commodore Sailing

Access to the Dell Quay harbour water is now permitted from the 13 May 2020 to exercise in sailing dinghies, SUPs, windsurfers, kayaks, windsurfers etc – providing current social distancing guidelines are followed. This is for open/recreational water based activities only -  please note, there is no organised club racing. 

Please make sure you have a current harbour sticker, (01 April 2020 to 31 March 2021) this is required even for recreational dinghy sailing, windsurfing,  as well as for canoes, kayaks and SUPs etc, that go on the harbour water.  Please see the Chichester Harbour Conservancy webpage for further details and the current rates:


  1. The DQSC dinghy park will be OPEN to access your craft.
  2. The DQSC Clubhouse, and changing rooms will remain CLOSED.
  3. Please travel in your sailing kit or be prepared to change discreetly in your car.
  4. The DQSC Club dinghies and SUPs will be NOT available for hire. Also, there is no hose available for washing down craft.
  5. Please bring your own antiviral gel/wipes and use them if you have contact with communal surfaces, such as the dinghy park gate. Take your own trolley to the foreshore when launching and also recovering.
  6. There is no DQSC patrol boat cover, and the responsibility for a crafts decision to participate on the water is yours alone – know your limits.

Mark Harper

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