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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 @ scm.dellquaysc.co.uk", 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

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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 www.funeralcare.co.uk/tributes-and-donations. 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

 

Rear Commodore Sailing.
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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
Commodore

 

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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

UPDATE - COVID 19 RESPONSE – RECREATIONAL BOATING

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

 

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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:


GENERAL

  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

 

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:

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/coronavirus-guidance-on-access-to-green-spaces


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”

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-outbreak-faqs-what-you-can-and-cant-do/coronavirus-outbreak-faqs-what-you-can-and-cant-do

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)

 

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.

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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

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