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Getting back on the Water

Getting back on the Water

The excellent news is that on Wednesday 13th May, the government confirmed that use of boats is now permitted!  
It is subject to various restrictions. Please carefully review the guidance to ensure that you are able to meet it. A list of the various links appears below.  In particular, please note that:

  1. You must not come to the club (or leave your home) if you or anyone on your house is showing symptoms;
  2. You may only sail with members of your household;
  3. You must maintain social distancing and good hygiene;
  4. You cannot stay overnight on your boat.

At Dell Quay, we are not proposing to re start club events yet (e.g. racing or training). We are happy for members to use their boats, subject always to the government guidance.  We ask in particular that members note the following.

  1. Safety - Give very careful thought as to whether you should be sailing taking into account:
    1. The condition of your boat;
    2. The prevailing weather conditions and your own level of experience and expertise – in short, is it safe for you to sail?  The last thing we want is to require any of the emergency services to attend a Dell Quay member.  Please re read page 8 of the year book (Sailing at Dell Quay Sailing Club- your responsibilities for going afloat.)
    3. There will be no safety/patrol boat cover.
  2. Social distancing - Be patient with each other to allow social distancing:
    1. In the dinghy park, and maneuvering around the quay and slip way, keep 2m/6ft 6” apart when moving your boat (about the width of the lanes between the boats). ‘Give way’ to those leaving the dinghy park or the slip way (so that makes more room for those in it to move around).  Remember to wash your hands after touching the gate or other surfaces– please bring your own hand sanitizer for now.
    2. Limit use of the Club house to that which is strictly necessary – e.g. getting keys to the shed.
    3. Come to the club dressed and ready to sail.  Please do not use the changing rooms. And please do not go into the club if you cannot maintain social distancing.
    4. We’ll endeavor to provide some additional sanitizer and paper towels but, in the meantime, please bring your own and dispose of used paper towels in the outside bin near the barrier.
    5. The galley, honesty galley and bar will remain closed for now. Please be considerate in removing any food waste or rubbish from the club and its surrounds.
    6. The hot water is not on so please do not shower or expect hot water.

Government Guidance:

This document states, amongst other things:

“The risk of the coronavirus being passed on to others outdoors is considered to be low as long as people maintain social distancing.

In England you can leave your home to exercise and spend time outdoors for recreation.

All forms of water sports practiced on open waterways, including sailing, windsurfing, canoeing, rowing, kayaking, surfing, paddle-boarding and the use of privately-owned motorised craft (in line with the guidance issued by the relevant navigation authority) are allowed. You can continue to use towpaths for walking, running and cycling, being mindful of other users and people living in boats along the water”

This documents states, amongst other things:

1.1 What can I do that I couldn’t do before?

There will be a limited number of things you can do that you cannot do now:

  • spend time outdoors – for example sitting and enjoying the fresh air, picnicking, or sunbathing
  • meet one other person from a different household outdoors - following social distancing guidelines
  • exercise outdoors as often as you wish - following social distancing guidelines
  • use outdoor sports courts or facilities, such as a tennis or basketball court, or golf course – with members of your household, or one other person while staying 2 metres apart
  • go to a garden centre

At all times, you should continue to observe social distancing guidelines when you are outside your home, including ensuring you are 2 metres away from anyone outside your household. As with before, you cannot:

  • visit friends and family in their homes
  • exercise in an indoor sports court, gym or leisure centre, or go swimming in a public pool
  • use an outdoor gym or playground
  • visit a private or ticketed attraction
  • gather in a group of more than two (excluding members of your own household), except for a few specific exceptions set out in law (for work, funerals, house moves, supporting the vulnerable, in emergencies and to fulfil legal obligations)

If you are showing coronavirus symptoms, or if you or any of your household are self-isolating, you should stay at home - this is critical to staying safe and saving lives.”

As always, stay safe (and alert!)



QuayNews April 2020 Electronic Version

The first edition of Quay News for 2020 is now available on the Club website.

Clearly this is not the year we all planned, however your Committees are regularly reviewing the rest of the season and revising their plans, so we can all enjoy our wonderful Club and its facilities at the earliest opportunity.

In the meantime, sit back and enjoy this edition of Quay News.

Correction: The DQSC Optimist Open backup date is SUNDAY 6th September 2020 (not the 5th as stated in the recent edition of Quay News)



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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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.

Please email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it to tell us you can attend.


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.




Dell Quay Sailing Club’s John and Sue Nash have been awarded a RYA Community Joint Award for Lifetime Commitment for their exceptional voluntary contribution to Dell Quay Sailing Club and to the sport of sailing by the Royal Yachting Association Honours and Awards Panel. Their award was presented at a special dinner on 22 November by RYA President HRH Princess Anne, The Princess Royal.

Both Sue and John are former Commodores of the Club as well as serving in many other leadership roles over their years of membership. Current Commodore Ben Alcott said “Both Sue and John exhibit everything that is great about Dell Quay Sailing Club: passionate about our sport, a strong commitment to volunteering, and a remarkable ability to bring people together. We are so proud that they have been honoured in this way - they thoroughly deserve it!” Neither Sue or John seem ready to hang up their wetsuits just yet; Sue stood down as Commodore on 15 November 2019, but retains her role as Chief Instructor in the Club’s Training Centre and lead for Junior Week, and John is currently the Secretary for the Cruising Committee.

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