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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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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.

 

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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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URGENT: CALLING ALL DELL QUAY ROWERS AND INTERESTED BEGINNERS

SPECIAL EVENT ON SATURDAY 14 DECEMBER BETWEEN 0930 AND 1500

REGISTER YOUR ATTENDANCE ASAP – THERE IS NO NEED TO ATTEND ALL DAY.
PICK  AN OUTING AND BOOK YOURSELF IN VIA This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

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

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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.

THERE IS NO NEED TO ATTEND ALL DAY. BOOK A SESSION AT A TIME YOU WANT TO DO.

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.

 

 

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Replacement Patrol Boat for Dell Quay Sailing Club

 

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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.

 

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DELL QUAY SAILORS HONOURED BY HRH PRINCESS ANNE

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.

 

You spoke, We listened.
The Honesty Galley Trial

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We want our members and their guests to be happy. So, you spoke and we listened…

You asked for access to hot drinks and a selection of light snacks at all times.

Today, we opened the Honesty Galley, a humble ‘do it yourself’ café table under the Cruiser board in the club house.

 

We will endeavour to keep it stocked with a few snacks, coffee, tea and cuppa soup. Bear with us if we are low on stock when you are craving a Mars bar. We will get better at judging this as we monitor demand.

Our ask, please pay your dues in the money box, and tidy up after yourselves.

Use the plastic jug to top up the kettle. Put your 'used' mugs on the floor under the table. I will purchase a washing up bowl, unless anyone has an old one to donate?

We hope that you very much enjoy this new addition to hospitality at DQSC.

 

The House Committee

 

 

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March 2020: The end for water bottles at Dell Quay Sailing Club

As part of our drive to reduce the amount of rubbish produced by DQ, the galley will cease the sale of plastic bottles of water from next season (March 3, 2020). 

The galley will happily fill and refill members’ own bottles. So if you don’t already own one, now is the time to purchase a reusable water bottle!

Experience around the harbour is that reusable bottles are falling overboard and ending up in the harbour.  So we ask that you also give some thought to the secure fixing of bottles – anything from a bike bottle holder, to a bungee with a clip or a good old piece of Velcro could do the trick.

 

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LAYING UP SUPPER

SATURDAY 9th NOVEMBER

Now’s the time to book early  for the Laying up Supper!

Join an evening of relaxed  company to celebrate the end of our sailing season and all that happened on (and perhaps “in”) the water!  Come and join in the fun; enjoy a glass of something; discover what perhaps other members get up to – and see who has won, been honoured with, a Dell Quay Duck!

 

Menu
Starter Sharing Platters
Main

Chicken, Ham & Mushroom Pie
or
Steak & Ale Pie

[with seasonal vegetables]

Desert Banoffie Pie
or
Fruit Salad
Price: £10 [£8 for children under 12]


  
7pm for a prompt start at 7.30 please; this is a busy evening.

Please book on line and pay by Bank Transfer using the reference LAYINGUPSUPPER

 

 

Do you need to refresh your First Aid knowledge?first-aid-man

DQSC has two dates for the RYA First Aid course:

Saturday 9 November 2019 [2 places still available]

or

Saturday 1 February 2020.

Courses run from 08:45 to 17:00 at the club.

As before, we have Steve Gravells from tecrec.co.uk, to train participants on first aid, CPR and extra topics relating to water sports dangers. Previous participants will know that Steve is an excellent, informative and entertaining course leader. The course costs £45 but is free to DIs, PBIs and aspiring instructors, provided you commit to instructing at DQSC at junior week or other courses.

Registration is only through the DQSC website, no log-in required. I will notify you if you have a confirmed place or are on the waiting list. Priority is given to DIs, aspiring DIs, PB instructors etc.

There is a maximum of 12 participants on each day. Even if you have done a first aid course before, it needs to be renewed every 3 years. I will hold a waiting list in case of any cancellations.

 
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