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‘Lead’ boat: Fairwind of Dell Quay

This cruise will not be venturing over the Channel for the reasons that are all too familiar; so, Solent/ Dorset/West Country here we come! The DQ Summer Cruise tends to be flexible and it is normal for some crews to join for part of the holiday. Flexibility of destination is also dictated by the weather.


Things are starting to move with Peter and Jane (Opus IV) signed up, Ron and Pam (Hobo, plus friends) hoping to meet up with us in the Solent area and Martin and Sarah looking to meet up with us in the West Country where Mandalay will already be stationed.

We have all seen an increase in boating activity this year and whilst encouraging it has meant that marinas are sometimes fully booked. I will be making enquiries of the various river authorities/marinas/eateries/sailing clubs to get a feel of the booking situation well in advance of the cruise. Some anchoring in the lovely rivers/bays/harbours may be desirable along the way. The results of the enquiries along with further details of the cruise will be passed onto participants in due course.

If you would like to join us, please register from the website using the ‘Join a rally’ link.

For further information please email Barrie Pearson at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or telephone 01403 752338

Barrie Pearson




HW PORTSMOUTH 11:09  Ht 4.1m

Following the Step 3 Covid restriction easing, marinas are now fully open and accepting individual bookings in advance with full payment.

To celebrate a return to cruising, our first rally will be to the beautiful Beaulieu River to admire the newly refurbished marina at the historic village at Buckler’s Hard.  Let the rally leader (Sue Pearson) know you are coming by

signing up here 

and book your berth (£4/m) in advance on their new walk ashore visitors pontoons by going to Tell them you are part of the DQSC group.

It is hoped the weather will be kind and we can have an appropriately socially distanced get together with the usual drinks and nibbles on and around Fairwind before a meal ashore at the Master Builder’s for those who would like to do that.
If you are able to extend your stay in this beautiful location, 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, lunch or visit the Motor Museum.

Go to Beaulieu River website for further very useful information:

Rally Leader: Sue Pearson: email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Monitoring VHF ch8: Call up ‘Fairwind’

VHF Ch 68 ‘Beaulieu River Radio’   Call up when once you are in 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


Useful graphic from the Yacht Harbour Association on marina opening.

Yacht Harbour Association on marina opening


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


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


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)

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