Newsletters and Reports

Newsletter Issue 1 February 2017

Chris Edwards, Eastern Region Secretary, retiring                                                                                                                        For 21 years Chris Edwards has voluntarily dedicated his time to the benefit of leisure boating both on the East Coast  and  RYA nationally. He  has served our boating community in a number of voluntary unpaid capacities, resulting in  significant  benefits .  He has served  on the RYA Council as Chairman of Eastern Region; He  sat for five years as Chairman of the RYA  Planning and Environment Committee pioneering  environmental conservation for the RYA Council  and best practice within  the boating community ;  He created the role of Regional Planning and Environmental Co-ordinator, this had a national impact on boating best practice, advising and impacting on all the RYA Regions clubs and river /harbour authorities. He has since served as Secretary of the RYA Eastern Region and  is a  member of  4 advisory groups of different harbour authorities.

The truth is we owe him a huge debt of gratitude, CAYF wishes him well and thank him  for all he has done on our behalf:  in the RYA echelons, for Eastern Region, as a CHA Advisory Committee member, a CHA Port User Group member .

 

New RYA Eastern Region  Secretary Garth Cooper

The new RYA Eastern Region secretary is Garth Cooper garthword@btinternet.com well known within our region , he is a previous RYA Eastern Region  Deputy Chairman and Eastern Region Communicator.

 

Volunteer award nominations .. Has your club nominated anyone?  closing date 3 April 2017 https://therya.wufoo.com/forms/q1xfaqr005d31hs

I am always disappointed that CAYF Club Commodores  seem to ignore nominating people for an RYA award. I am sure we have worthy people who have dedicated  considerable time to Clubs but are overlooked and forgotten.

RYA Award – presented to outstanding individuals for their commitment and services to boating and the RYA at a regional or national level.                                                                                                                                                                                                        RYA Family Award – presented to a family group who is deserving of recognition for the impact they have made both individually and collectively.                                                                                                                                                                          Francis Elkin Award - Presented to an individual who has made a significant contribution in time, effort and personal endeavour in enabling people with disabilities to become involved in sailing.                                                                                                               RYA Community Award – presented to outstanding individuals for their exceptional commitment and services to boating at club or grass roots level. Individuals must be nominated by their club/centre or organisation to receive an Award, in one of three categories.  Clubs may only make one nomination in each category.                                                                                                         RYA Community Award Categories                                                                                                                                                                Lifetime Commitment - someone who has shown exceptional commitment and dedication to their club or organisation for at least 15 years                                                                                                                                                                                            Outstanding Contribution - someone who has volunteered for less than 15 years but who has none the less made a significant contribution. This could be a single or ‘one-off’ contribution.

Youth - someone under the age of 25 on the 1st October 2017 who has demonstrated a regular commitment and/or inspirational contribution which is over-and-above their own participation or achievement within the sport.

 

Essex Police Marine Community Survey

 Essex Police and Essex Police Marine Unit are currently in the process of reviewing the policing strategies and aims of the Marine Unit, with a view to providing the most efficient and targeted policing response to the major issues facing today's marine communities.  With this in mind they have produced a short survey in an attempt to establish what is most important to you and how best we can respond.

 They ask if you will take the time to answer a few questions yourselves and forward the link below to your members, colleagues or other members of the marine community you feel may wish to complete the survey.  The more responses we get the more accurate we can be in how we respond, so we would be very grateful for your assistance.

 

The link will take you directly to the survey and when you are finished it will automatically send in the results. https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/P3S7V8D

 

CAYF AGM

The CAYF  AGM occurred on 22 January 2017 (the minutes are displayed on the CAYF Website). The Chairman reported  on 6 major projects where CAYF actions had  significantly contributed to benefit member clubs without incurring any costs. Chairman and Hon Sec were re-elected and a new Treasurer Clem Freeman appointed.   Richard Bessey who as long term CAYF Secretary, Treasurer and supporter has retired to travel.  We wish him well.

 

Marine Management Organisation Plans

There has been a great deal of local discussion about the likely  impact of  the Marine Management Organisation plans on recreational boating in the Crouch and Roach. Questions we have had in CAYF are how will this impact on laying new moorings,  new pontoons and even speed limits?

The answer is that we don’t know yet although we did attend and give evidence at the MMO  workshops which gathered data locally.

The MMO are now planning 2 workshops in our area as part of an opportunity to feedback on the development of the south east marine plan, which will be launched on Friday 3 February 2017.

The Marine Management Organisation (MMO) is holding two workshops in the south east marine plan area:London: Tuesday 7 March, The Wesley Hotel and Conference Venue, Euston House, 9.30am to 4pm
Colchester: Wednesday 8 March, Rose and Crown Hotel,9.30am to 4pm

 

Litter pick

The Crouch Coastal Community Team is keen to promote a “litter pick” on the banks of the Rivers Crouch and Roach  by boat to  enhance the  saltings.  Provisional  dates are 8 April and during Burnham Week. The Mayors of Burnham and  South Woodham Ferrers  have pledged their support and attendance.  They hope CAYF clubs will also support it.

RYA Winter workshops                                                                                                                                                 You should have been circulated with Robbie Bell’s  winter4 workshops. ‘Growing your membership – making the most of open days and tasters’ is the title of Robbie’s  club development workshop being delivered this winter. The club workshops are FREE for RYA Affiliated Clubs and Training Centres to attend,  and are being held  locally at  South Woodham Ferrers YC, 1st March,    from   19:00-21:30  When you book on line you will get a map of how to get there, left click here to book your place.

Mike Peyton                                                                                                                                                                      UKs  famous yachting cartoonist , died late on Wednesday 25 January, aged 96. Mike was an accomplished sailor originally living in South Woodham Ferrers,  then moved to just outside North Fambridge when the SWF New Town was developed in the late 1970s. He was a good friend and staunch supporter of Crouch Area Yachting Federation, urging positive action over the Havengore and Potton Bridges to preserve that ancient right of navigation right up until he went into hospital. His wife Kath reports accolades from all over the world have since 

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°Crouch Area Yachting Federation (CAYF)

 

2017 Annual General Meeting

 

 

 

Held at the South Woodham Ferrers Yacht Club, Sunday  22nd January 2017

 

 

 

 Attendance:                    

 

Chairman ( Roach SA)                           Ken Wickham                           

 

Hon Secretary ( SWFYC)                       Doug MacEwen

 

Hullbridge Yacht Club                            Ken Joy

 

South Woodham Ferrers YC                  Neil Grimes

 

Roach Sailing Assoc                             Clem Freeman 

 

Woodham Ferrers Waterski Club            Tim Cook

 

Long Reach BSC                                   Paul Wilgress                                                               Hayes Farm Leisure Boat Club         Trevor Blackman                                                             Hayes Farm Leisure Boat Club               John Cook                                                                 Hayes Farm Leisure Boat Club          Derrick Rayson                                                                                             

 North Fambridge Yacht Club                  Nick Parsons

 

Apologies

 

John Saunders            Burnham SC

 

Edwin Buckley,            Royal Corinthian Yacht Club

 

Alex Gore,        Up River Yacht Club                                                                                           David Harker,                         Creeksea Sailing Club

 

Richard Bessy(Treasurer)                       Roach Sailing Association

 

 Also Invited

 

Crouch YC                    Royal Burnham YC                    Essex Marina YC

 

West Wick YC                 Wakering YC                            Narrow Seas Club                            Eyott Sailing Club

 

 1.     Minutes of last 2016 AGM  

 

 The 2016 minutes were accepted as a true record; proposed by Nick Parsons and seconded by Paul Wilgress.

 

 2.     Chairman’s report

 

 CAYF have made a significant contribution to help the affiliated Clubs in 2016; we have  demonstrated  the need to have a constant centralised voice which has grown  as our sphere of influence has grown  at forums within the RYA and CHA.  CAYF must be kept going.

 

In 2016 these highlights  included  :-

 

  • Consulting and helping position new CHA fairway buoys on the Upper Crouch in the Brandy Hole area and in the Upper River Roach also the route in Potton Creek to Potton Bridge and Wakering.
  • A new initiative by  was to draft templates for Club  Risk Assessments for Major, Medium and Annual  Club events together with Capt Robarts of the CHA. These are now displayed on the CAYF Website   http://www.essexinfo.net/cayf/  for guidance of clubs.
  • We joined with the Cruising Association to put pressure on the MOD/ QuinetiQ to keep open the Havengore and Potton Bridges that we feared were trying to close the ancient right to the sea. Our thanks to the Heads of the River Commodores, the CHA and local clubs and yards in significantly helping with proposals, to Rt Hon Mark Francois MP   and to the RYA Solicitor Gus Lewis who all have acted on CAYFs concerns.
  • We helped draft a new Strategic Plan with the Eastern Region RYA
  • We have issued 4 CAYF Newsletters to Clubs which are now displayed on the CAYF website http://www.essexinfo.net/cayf/
  • We revamped the CAYF Website and the hits have risen to 82 visits in January 2017 from 10 last January, a significant increase.
  • We have members appointed to the new CHA  Port User Group.

 

During the past year we have made contact with various organisations on behalf of the Federation. The results show we are still making some significant progress in additional representation of the sailing and boating fraternity in the Rivers Crouch and Roach.

 

I must thank both Doug and Clem for their help and especially Doug with his efforts to have a news letter covering the Crouch and Roach with relevant items of interest. Being on the RYA Eastern Committee and the CHA Advisory Committees means we have a two way flow of relevant information to decision makers.

 

This year I have again attended all the RYA Eastern Regional Committee meetings on behalf of CAYF along with Doug. We also attended this year's RYA Affiliated Club Conference at the Royal Ipswich Hospital and again updated our contact base. It all helps when we have issues in the rivers and require help in resolving them. The Havengore / MOD area closures have been one example and alas it is still ongoing with the RYA but we have had some positive feed backs from the local MP and other users of the route.

 

Essex and Kent Police have raised the issues again under operation "Kraken", concerns are around illegal immigration activities via our coastline. This is becoming an increasing concern to the extent that the Marine Division may be resurrected for Essex, Kent and Suffolk, working alongside the Border Patrol concerns. Any suspicious activity should be logged and reported by calling 101 or anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or by visiting www.crimestoppers.uk.org

 

I am prepared to stand again this coming year, if no one else wants the mantle, but we really need to engage with all clubs within the confines of the Crouch Harbour and I ask that all the individual clubs who do not wish to engage please rethink as we are becoming a recognised voice in the area once more.

 

Can I just finish by saying let's hope 2017 gives us better fine weather, fair winds and a peaceful time. Just enjoy your sailing, but please think of other water users as well when afloat.

 

Ken Wickham    Chairman  CAYF  Jan 2017

 

3.         Matters Arising from the 2016 minutes

 

  Port User Group

 

The Crouch Harbour Authority is one of a number of harbour authorities which was designated with the power to make Harbour Directions and a Port User Group (PUG) in 2015. The PUG is a new consultative body independent of the Authoritiy Chairman and Harbourmaster  that has the power to make Harbour Directions, an alternative to making bylaws. It is hoped that together with the CHA Committee this will co0ntribute to safe operation of the harbour. The first meeting of the Port User Group was on 14 October 2016 which will meet as and when required. CF outlined the role of the PUG and who sits on it.

 

Representative Body

Name

Representing

Commercial Shipping

Dean Border

Baltic Wharf

Watersking

Phil Pope

British Waterski Federation

Burnham Boating Clubs

Robert Coyle

Joint Clubs Committee

Up River Clubs

Doug MacEwen

Heads of the River Combined Clubs Committee

Crouch Area Yachting Federation

Clem Freeman

Yachting Sailing on the Crouch and Roach

Commercial Shipping

Conrad Dennison

Crouch Licensed Pilots

Environment/Flood defence/Landowners

John Lindsay

Environment Agency

Commercial Fishing /Shell fishing

To be appointed

Kent & Essex IFCA

Charter Vessels

Stewart Olley (Chairman)

Predators Marine Limited

Residential Boat Owners

Mike Pritchard

Residential Boat Owners Association

Roach Sailors/Clubs

Ken Wickham

Roach Area Fairways and Conservation Committee

Royal Yachting Association

Chris Edwards

RYA Eastern Region

Commercial Shipping

Chris Tyas

RSPB

Charter Vessels

Steve Adams

Wakering Boatyard

 

 

 

  • In  response to a question from Nick Parsons about possible conflict of interest on the PUG it was explained that  inevitably  CAYF representatives were representing differing parts of the river on PUG. For example DM who was the Chairman of the HORCC  represented HORCC on PUG and sat on the CHA Advisory Committee he  also represented the Upper Crouch on the CHA His nominated deputy was Steve Harris Hon Sec of the HORCCC.. K W the Chair of CAYF, Chair of the Roach Fairways Conservation Committee and was the Chair of the CHA Advisory Committee and a Board member of CHA and sat on the PUG, it could be seen that there was conflict but KW assured the AGM that it was his duty as a Chairman to various committees was make sure that all points and issues were fairly heard and understood.
  • A subsequent question was raised about the damage Trawlers in the Crouch and Roach were having on  the seabed ecology and damage to the environment as it was a MCZ and a short discussion was had over the issues found on the rivers. DM reported that Members (of IFCA) were asked at their meeting to be held on 12 September 2016 to make a byelaw banning bottom trawling in specified areas in the Essex Estuaries SAC. If made, the byelaw will be advertised and comments and objections accepted for a period of 28 days following the advertising. As yet this has to be ratified and put in place.

 

  4.            Treasurer’s report

 

 The Treasurer Richard Bessey, had given his apologies of absence due to heavy fog and traffic delays  He confirmed  that there had been no expenditure in 2016 and a cash balance of £252.32 remained from 2014, held personally by R Bessey. As he was planning to travel extensively in 2017 he could no longer carry on as Treasurer. Nick Parsons proposed a vote of thanks to Richard for his dedicated service over a large number of years on the CAYF Committee and as CAYF Treasurer. Unanimously agreed ( the chairman has subsequently made contact with Richard and gave him the comments of the AGM ref his continued service over the years and offered out thanks.)

 

 5.      Election of Officers

 

Election of Chairman

 

Ken Wickham was unanimously re elected as Chairman of CAYF; proposed Nick Parsons, seconded Tim Cook

 

Election of Treasurer

 

Clem Freeman unanimously elected as Treasurer ; proposed Ken Joy seconded Nick Parsons

 

 Election of Hon Secretary

 

Doug MacEwen unanimously elected as the Hon Secretary; proposed Nick Parsons seconded by Ken Joy

 

CAYF Committee

 

There were no other nominations to stand as a committee member on the CAYF Committee although Nick Parsons offered to stand as CAYF Nominated Deputy for the Port User Group.

 

CAYF  representation on the CHA Advisory committee

 

Doug MacEwen (  representing the Crouch) and Clem Freeman (representing the Roach)   were elected unanimously as a representatives on the CHA Advisory Committee; proposed Paul Wilgress, seconded

 

 Election of CAYF members to RYA Eastern Region committee

 

Ken Wickham and Doug MacEwen agreed to continue to represent CAYF at the RYA Eastern Region Committee meetings; proposed Neil Grimes and seconded Ken Joy.

 

 5. Any other business

 

 Complaint from Creeksea Sailing Club about half tide hazards to small boats.

 

David Harker Commodore of CSC had written to CAYF about the hazards of upright baulks of timber and other obstructions which are just submerged at mid tide. He requested to know who is liable for such items on the foreshore. No one at the AGM knew of the locations mentioned, it was agreed to seek more information about the location so they could be removed/made safe by the owner.

 

  • Trawler fishing through the Fambridge moorings and allegedly damaging moored boat.

 

Nick Parsons raised concerns about a large Dutch trawler that had collided with a cruiser on the Fambridge moorings and had not reported the incident. DM reported that the incident had been fully  reported to the Harbour Master and the skipper of the trawler had made a financial settlement with the owner.

 

(noted under item 3 of these minutes)

 

  • Port User Group                                                                                                                CF who represented CAYF on the Port User Group had no nominated  Deputy,  Nick Parsons was unanimously elected as the nominated deputy.( Noted under item 5 CAYF representation on PUG)
  • Thanks                                                                                                                                The Chairman thanked South Woodham Ferrers Yacht Club for their hospitality and closed the meeting at 16:18

 

 6.  2018 AGM  MEETING  Date to be advised at South Woodham Ferrers Yacht Club

 

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Capt Susan Harrison MSM 

I am sure all CAYF Clubs will all join me in congratulating our Harbourmaster Capt Susan Harrison with her State Award of the Merchant Navy Medal with Royal Warrant.

State Award for CHA Harbour Master

The Crouch Harbour Authority are proud to announce that our Harbour Master, Captain Susan Harrison has recently been awarded the Merchant Navy Medal with Royal Warrant and Order of Wear for her services to shipping and the ports industry. 

The Medal has Royal approval by her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. Susan was presented with the medal for meritorious service by the Princess Royal at a Ceremony at Trinity House, in London last week. 

The award is given to those who are serving or have served in the Merchant Navy and fishing fleets for exemplary service and devotion to duty, rewarding those who have set an outstanding example to others. Susan has been steadfast throughout her career at sea and in the harbour in ensuring safe navigation, demonstrating leadership and management. It is fitting that for her long service with such dedication that the nation recognize Susan's effort and achievement. 

During a recent press interview with the Maldon & Burnham Standard Captain Harrison said she had spent 37 years at sea and has been involved in the ports industry for the last four years. In 2012 she was appointed as the Deputy Harbour Master for the Crouch Harbour Authority, before being promoted to the Harbour Master in 2013. 

Susan said she was delighted to be recognised with this award. "It was very splendid as all these occasions are. I feel very fortunate to receive the award". 

"I have been very lucky to have had a career in the Merchant Navy which for the most part I have very much enjoyed and along the way someone has decided that I warranted this recognition. It was a wonderfully organised event. As usual HRH Princess Anne was marvellous. She was able to make you feel as though she really wanted to be there, and she knew why you were there". 


John Hayes, Minister for Shipping and Ports, said " I am proud to play a role in presenting the Merchant Navy medals for meritorious service for the first time. They provide a great service to our island nation. Every recipient has become an ambassador for the sector and an inspiration for future generations". 

 Doug MacEwen

CAYF Hon Secretary 10 December 2016

Issue 5,  November 2016

RYA Achievement Awards: Community Award Categories

It would be good to see CAYF Clubs recognising  the past work of the volunteers who have significantly contributed to the success of their club and nominating them for a regional or national award: -

  • Lifetime Commitment - someone who has shown exceptional commitment and dedication to their club or organisation for at least 15 years
  • Outstanding Contribution - someone who has volunteered for less than 15 years but who has none the less made a significant contribution. This could be a single or ‘one-off’ contribution.
  • Youth - someone under the age of 25 on the 1st October 2016 who has demonstrated a regular commitment and/or inspirational contribution which is over-and-above their own participation or achievement within the sport

Nominations which recognise the outstanding achievement and performance of club members opened for the 2017 awards  on 21 November.Please send the completed nomination form and supporting letters to: Sport Development RYA House, Ensign Way, Hamble, Southampton, Hampshire SO31 4YA Envelopes should be marked ‘RYA Volunteer Awards - Private and Confidential’.

 

Update on the Havengore / Potton Bridges

You may recall that CAYF  wrote to QuinetiQ recommending the opening of both the Havengore and Potton Bridges centrally, using CCTV remotely operated from the Shoebase Control Room. (copying the opening of bridges practice in Holland.) Quinetic have replied rejecting the proposal . They have however, acknowledged  there were problems last year with the bridges closing because of staff shortages . However, Gus Lewis, RYA Legal and Government Affairs Manager, is continuing his efforts to get the MOD and their contractors QuinetiQ  to amend the regulations concerning Havengore and Potton  bridges and the associated rights of navigation from the Crouch and Roach to the Thames. He will advise of progress.  

Border Force

Mark Roberts is the new Field Intelligence Officer for the Port of Harwich Area which includes the CAYF area. He  is anxious for Clubs to contact him on M 07818 048135 if Clubs spot anything suspicious or unusual maritime activity. He is keen to stress that if it is urgent information then 999 should be used.

 

Port User Group

The Crouch Harbour Authority is one of harbour authorities which is designated with the power to make Harbour Directions and a Port User Group (PUG) in 2015. The PUG is a new consultative body independent of the Authority that has the power to make Harbour Directions an alternative to making by-laws and adjudicate in dispute resolution. 

 

The first meeting of the Port User Group was on 14 October 2016 which will meet as and when required.

Representative Body

Primary representative

Representing

Commercial Shipping

Dean Border

Baltic Wharf

Watersking

Phil Pope

British Waterski Federation

Burnham Boating Clubs

Robert Coyle

Joint Clubs Committee

Up River Clubs

Doug MacEwen

Heads of the River Combined Clubs Committee

Crouch Area Yachting Federation

Clem Freeman

Yachting Sailing on the Crouch and Roach

Commercial Shipping

Conrad Dennison

Crouch Licensed Pilots

Environment/Flood defence/Landowners

John Lindsay

Environment Agency

Commercial Fishing /Shell fishing

To be appointed

Kent & Essex IFCA

Charter Vessels

Stewart Olley (Chairman)

Predators Marine Limited

Residential Boat Owners

Mike Pritchard

Residential Boat Owners Association

Roach Sailors/Clubs

Ken Wickham

Roach Area Fairways and Conservation Committee

Royal Yachting Association

Chris Edwards

RYA Eastern Region

Commercial Shipping

Chris Tyas

RSPB

Charter Vessels

Steve Adams

Wakering Boatyard

                                                                                                

 

Marine Management Orgamisation update of the South East Marine Plan

The ‘call’ for issues with supporting evidence ran from 30 June to 5 August 2016. The aim of the call was to gather information and evidence on the opportunities, challenges and needs of each marine plan area  to take forward in the marine planning process.

• In July, as part of the call for issues, the MMO ran a  workshops in Colchester and London to gather the views from stakeholders which CAYF members attended.

• Over 300 stakeholders from a wide range of organisations attended the workshops, representing an array of national and local stakeholders. Around 50 stakeholders responded to the call in the South East.

• Supported by local coastal partnerships, the workshop comprised four presentations with two interactive group activities, designed to encourage discussion between delegates on their areas of interest. Comments were recorded and included with those submitted as part of the call for issues Update and next steps

• Following the call for issues at the workshops, the MMO have been working to input comments into their issues database.

• In total they received over 3000 individual comments which they are now analysing. In November, the MMO will share with you progress on the analysis of issues for information.  http://www.us10.list-manage.com/track/click?u=ab1c7ee88ca09c8ad43de6922&id=aac0714d88&e=4084e948e4

 

CHA 5 year Strategic Plan

The Crouch Harbour Authority have produced a 5 year strategic plan which be can  be found on the CHA and  CAYF websites. http://crouchharbour.uk/documents/cha-5-year-strategic-development-plan.pdf

 

New CHA Harbour Management System

The CHA has installed a new Harbour Management System which will enable the Authority to correspond with all customers, and clubs quickly  and more cost effectively providing  the CHA have their up to date email addresses . 

This will include billing for harbour dues and sending out information to clubs and plaque holders quickly

 

CHA  2017 Harbour Dues

The CHA will send out annual harbour dues  request notices via email (if you do not have an email these will still be sent by mail).

PLEASE NOTE that the prompt payment rate for 2017 will only be available to those who payby 30th April, after that date the discounted rate will not be available.

If you are not afloat by 30th April and you are intending to launch within the next few months, it may be beneficial to pay your dues prior to launching to gain benefit of the Prompt Payment Rate.

 

HMS Beagle

You may be aware that the bones of HMS Beagle in which Chartles Darwin sailed to the Galapagos and subsequently wrote The origin of Species ended her days  in the River Roach  as a Coastguard accommodation hulk.  Her bones are still there.  Rochford District Council now plan to create an exhibition about her.

 

Feedback from the Eastern Region RYA Affiliated Club Conference 

Extracts of Eastern Region information from the Club Membership Census 2016:-

139+ Affiliated Clubs in Eastern Region;  12,500+ RYA Members; 110 + Recognised training centres;           Average No. in clubs circa 340;

  • •          Overall club membership in East is decreasing very  slightly
  • Activities likely to produce membership growth are promotion, marketing, open days/tasters and less formal ‘offers’ as well as facility investment

Eastern Region 2017 Plan

  • Develop a 4-Year Eastern Region Strategic Plan 2017-2021
  • •        Publicise Eastern Region, add value to LSAs and clubs
  • •        Recruit non-affiliated clubs
  • •        Promote local club news to ER Website
  • •        Promote personal membership of the RYA

 

Some  national observations:

The proportion of members being introduced by a parent or other family member has fallen by about 40% since the 1960’s: Taster or Open Days now make up 16% of how people are first introduced to boating   

 

Feedback from a survey, what were top 5 things that would make club members participate more?

  • •        More training opportunities to develop skills and competencies
  • •        Better social and participation opportunities that cater for all the family
  • •        Flexible participation at different times and days
  • •        Better marketing of the Club
  • •        More Club owned boats and equipment

RYA dates for next year

  • Push the Boat Out 13-21st May
  • Dinghy  Instructor Training Day will take place at Royal Hospital School on the 12th March 2017.

 

CAYF Officers representing your interests in 2016

Ken Wickham Chairman, also representing the Roach Area Fairways Conservation Committee Email: k.wickham.1@btinternet.com , Doug MacEwen representing River Crouch Clubs and associations Email:dmacewen@btinternet.com ,   Clem Freeman representing the River Roach Clubs and associations Email:  Clem.freeman@btinternet.com 

 

 

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The Crouch Harbour Authority

 

NOTICE TO MARINERS No 33 of 2016

 

Installation of Turncole Wind Farm

 

Mariners are advised that the river works in the vicinity of Holliwell Point in association with the Turncole

 

Wind Farm are now complete.

 

The spud barge GPS HAPPY and connecting anchors have now been removed.

 

NOTICE TO MARINERS NO’S 27 & 30 OF 2016 ARE HEREBY CANCELLED

 

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The Quay, River Roach: public access landing steps

Consultation Meeting

Wednesday 10 August, 11:30am

 

 On Wednesday 10 August 2016 at 11:30  Doug MacEwen, Ken Wickham and John James attended a consultation meeting with QinetiQ about the proposed flood defence improvements on Foulness Island  affecting  the Quay on the River Roach.  They represented  both the Crouch Harbour Authority  and the Crouch Harbour Authority Advisory Committee, additionally   Doug MacEwen and Ken Wickham also represented the Crouch Area Yachting Federation and the East Coast RYA Committee.

 

The meeting was held on the seawall at the Quay and public access steps overlooking the River Roach,  together with about 6 other interested parties such as birdwatchers, fishermen , residents and  boat owners who use the quay. QinetiQ was represented by Nicky Uden, QinetiQ Community Liasion officer, MOD Shoeburness, the Qinetic Project Officer Mr Richard Heptonstall  and the Chief Contracting officer for the contractors  Volker-Stevin.

 The Chief contracting officer outlined the purpose of  project; to improve the flood defence of Foulness Island by raising the seawall in the vicinity of Quay Reach by approximately two foot (600mm) with the installation of sheet piling. The design engineers are currently looking at the stretch to the north west of the island where The Quay is located (see map). The proposed sheet piling would go behind the seawall at the Quay with ramps up to and on either side so as to maintain pedestrian and vehicles towing boat trailers access.  The outline of this first consultation was to gather data of how often the quay was used to  establish use of the facility so that the design can take account of the nature and frequency of use and ensure that the requirements of legitimate users are understood and accommodated. Detailed plans can then be drawn up ready for probable installation in 2017/2018. He reassured  that there was no plan to restrict access to the Quay.

  It was concluded from those present that the quay was accessed by vehicles and pedestrians  about once per week  predominantly by local residents and fishermen with vehicles.

 The meeting then examined the flat concrete surface of the Quay which was considered in damaged and uneven  condition. The existing access ramp on the landwards side was in very poor condition. The sandy beaches either side of the quay for boat mooring were in reasonable condition and there was a request that the steps down to the water be extended down to the low tide mark and the hand rail repaired as  one of the uprights corroded right through.. The contracting engineer reported that all the areas had been photographed. The meeting concluded at 12 noon.

Doug MacEwen

 

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Dear Members,

Could I please ask you all for your assistance with our Mission 14/24? That’s a please, please, please help!

 

 We are working closely this summer with Sport England, Part of the National Lottery Fund to encourage young people with disabilities, aged 14 to 24 to take up sport, to join us sailing at the Hanningfield Sailability Project.

 Please spread the word through your contacts, schools, clubs and any other way you might think of to introduce a young person with a disability to sailing at Hanningfield.

Ideally we need to recruit just another four young people before the end of August this year to meet the criteria set down by Sport England.

Should you need any more information please call me on 01245 401052. I will keep you posted on how we get on.

Thank you very much in anticipation of your help.

Best regards

Ron Hollington

Project Manager

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Issue 4, July 2016

 

Wallasea Island a joint presentation by ABP Mer / RSPB

Clubs are invited to a  joint presentation by the RSPB and ABP  on the Wallasea Island Wild Coast  Project on 28 September Rawreth Village Hall starting at 7pm. The RSPB will be outlining progress and the forward planning of the RSPB  at the Wallasea Island site.  APB Mer will be reporting back about the results  of the environmental measurement carried out there.

 

RYA Eastern Region Committee changes

A number of changes have taken place in the RYA  Eastern Region. Chris Edwards has stepped down after a number of years as the Environmental Adviser and has handed over to Bob Calver erpecbob@btinternet.com.  Tim Wood (who many will know from Burnham Sailing Club)  has taken over as  the Eastern Region representative  on the RYA Coastal Navigation Panel . We wish them well.

 

Some important CHA NOTICE TO MARINERS     

Installation of Turncole Wind Farm   

 (Reference Notice to Mariners No 27 of 2016)

 Two vessels have been into the river and successfully discharged their cargo three further vessels are to follow.

 Mariners are reminded

 Although the vessels are relatively large they will be affected by wash from passing craft particularly whilst alongside the Flat Top Pontoon. Therefore;

 An Exclusion Zone of 1 cable (200 meters) will apply around the seagoing vessel and flat top pontoon whilst operations are taking place

 All vessels must navigate with caution at ‘Dead Slow Speed’ and keep an enhanced look-out at all times in this area while the works are ongoing.

 No navigation permitted  a) Between the shore line and Flat Top Pontoon ‘HAPPY’

                                         b) Between marked anchors and fore and aft ends of Flat Top

                                         pontoon ‘HAPPY’

 At all times whilst the sea going vessels are manoeuvring and discharging operations are taking place a standby will be in attendance (Either the ‘ARTHUR T’ or ‘JEAN T’)

She will be maintaining a listening watch on VHF Channel 11 and 16.

Instructions given by the Tug must be adhered to and followed at all times.

 Susan Harrison

Harbour Master

 

 Paglesham Reach, River RoachNo 25 of 2016

Mariners are advised to keep to the buoyed channel when passing through Paglesham Reach, River Roach until advised otherwise due to an issue with yacht mooring risers.

 

  No 27 of 2016        Installation of Turncole Wind Farm   

Please Take Notice that components for the Turncole Wind Farm will be imported from Denmark into the River Crouch by Ships of up to 88m in length. The duration of the operation is expected to be approximately 2/3 weeks starting around 14th July 2016 (to be confirmed)

 

The components will be lifted ashore by a large mobile crane situated behind the river wall on the North Bank of the River Crouch near Holliwell Farm at the seaward end of Marsh Farm Road.

 Prior to their arrival a Flat Top Pontoon length 54.4m Beam 11.4m (GPS HAPPY) will be towed into the river and manoeuvred into a position adjacent to the crane site by tug GPS ‘BATTLER’ during the early part of the week beginning 04th July 2016

The pontoon will be moored in approximate position 51º 37.30N - 000º 54.22E for the duration of operations to the riverbed using its integral spud legs.

An HHP anchor will then be run out approximately 30meters upstream and a second HHP anchor will be run out approximately 30 meters downstream of the pontoon. The anchors will be marked with pennant buoys. There will also be mooring ropes running from the anchors to bollards on fore and aft ends of the pontoon.

 

The flat top pontoon GPS HAPPY will display 2 fixed red lights at each end.

 

 The turbine blades and components will be imported in 5 shipments by seagoing ships of up to 88m in length.

 

These vessels will arrive from seaward then manoeuvre alongside ‘HAPPY’ to discharge their cargo.

 

The turbine components are large and comparatively fragile. Strict wind, current and wave height limitation will apply to the lifting operations. If conditions are not suitable the seagoing ships will remain at anchor in the river in an approximate position of 51º 37.20N - 000º 53.26E (around 6 cables to the SE of the discharge site)

 

 Although the vessels are relatively large they will be affected by wash from passing craft particularly whilst alongside the Flat Top Pontoon. Therefore;

  • An Exclusion Zone of 1 cable (200 meters) will apply around the seagoing vessel and flat top pontoon whilst operations are taking place

 

  • All vessels must navigate with caution at ‘Dead Slow Speed’ and keep an enhanced look-out at all times in this area while the works are ongoing.

  

  • No navigation permitted  a) Between the shore line and Flat Top Pontoon ‘HAPPY’
    • b) Between marked anchors and fore and aft ends of Flat Top
    • pontoon ‘HAPPY’

 

 At all times whilst the sea going vessels are manoeuvring and discharging operations are taking place a standby will be in attendance (Either the ‘AUTHER T’ or ‘JEAN T’)

She will be maintaining a listening watch on VHF Channel 11 and 16.

Instructions given by the Tug must be adhered to and followed at all times.

 

 Update on the Havengore / Potton Routes

As you may be aware In CAYF we are getting increasingly concerned about the future of the Havengore and Potton Bridges opening for navigation. You may recall that we asked Clubs to use the Havengore Bridge route and report back if they experienced difficulties because the bridge was closed. To date we have had no feedback.

Allied with CAYFs concern is the concern by the Cruising Association, they have also met with Quinetiq, and expressed their members concern about the increasing closure of the bridges. QuinetiQ expessed  regret when the bridge has to be closed for maintenance reasons.

 At the recent Heads of the River Combined Clubs Committee, the Commodores recommended  that QuinetiQ examine the opening of both the Havengore and Potton Bridges centrally  by the use of CCTV   remotely from the Shoebase Control Room. This would copy the opening of bridges practice in Holland. CAYF think this would  be cost effective in the long term as it would save on shift working bridgekeepers and  thereby saving labour costs  and making for a more efficient operation. (We have anecdotal evidence from local fishermen that increasingly the bridges are being closed n when the MOD  are not firing on the ranges because of sickness and overtime limits) .

This suggestion was carried forward from the HRCCC to the Crouch Harbour Authority Advisory Committee who endorsed the recommendation on Wednesday 13 July.  CAYf will be writing to Quinetic as a result.

 

 QinetiQ have asked the CHA if there is a need to keep the access steps on to Foulness Quay Reach as they upgrade the sea wall on the island, part of a £5m 5 year project. It was  pointed out this was the entry point to the islands foot path system from the rivers and should be maintained.

 

 Establishing the Essex Coast Path                                                                                                      A coastal path around England was a key Government objective when the Marine and Coastal Access Act 2009 was enacted and implementation has now begun in earnest. Work is underway on the development of the England Coast Path - a new 2,700 mile National Trail around all of England’s coast.For the first time people will have the right of access around our coast. This includes – where appropriate – any land, other than the trail itself, which forms part of the coastal margin and which has public rights of access along the way.

The process of establishing a complete stretch of coast path from Bradwell to Burnham on Crouch is well underway, the stretch from Burnham to Battlesbridge and down to Wallasea Island on the other side of the Crouch about to start in October/November.  Boat yards, sailing clubs and other facilities on the coast will all be contacted by Natural England directly, (as are all landowners and occupiers with an interest in the coast), in order to discuss the most appropriate route for the new trail and any concerns about the new access rights

 Routes are:. 1 Gravesend to Southend, 2 Southend to Wallasea Island, 3 Foulness, Potton & Wallasea Islands, 4 Wallasea Island to Burham-on-Crouch, 5 Burnham-on-Crouch to Maldon, 6 Maldon to Salcott,7 Mersea Island, Salcott to Jaywick, Harwich to Shotley Gate.

 

 For further information contact https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/england-coast-path-in-essex

 

NOTICE TO MARINERS      No 25 of 2016

 

Paglesham Reach, River Roach

 

Mariners are advised to keep to the buoyed channel when passing through Paglesham Reach, River

 

Roach until advised otherwise due to an issue with yacht mooring risers.

 

 

Club feedback to the RYA

 

Clubs will be aware there was significant concern at the  lack of response last year  to the RYA requests for information about the census, well this year it is that time of year again! Affiliated Cubs will have been circulated with a request for feedback and are asked to return the information about their own club which is used to build a picture of how the RYA activities are doing in our region.

 

 Paglesham Pontoon

 

Is still not operational and not to be used by visiting craft until further notice. The new owner wishes at this time to stop any visitor landing at Paglesham for operational reasons.

Potton Creek Buoyage is at the moment awaiting E.Y.E. to respond over the design failures of their supplies. We have in place 5 lit buoys in the creek from the Roach to past the Bridge and Yard. Withes are being held subject to completion of the damaged buoys. We hoped this would have been well finished by now.

 

 Yokesfleet Creek 

The RSPB signage at the entrance to Yolksfleet creek from the Roach was highlighted in Yachting Monthly by author Jan Harber. It was  known locally  for many years to be wrong after being placed ther. It says Potton Creek Moorings and is in totally the wrong creek! RSPB and the CHA are dealing with the problem and it will be corrected soon.

 

Seals are back and playing in the mud, sliding down like any children do. Best time to see them is at near low water. Please don't travel to close or fast when they can be seen. Mainly in the Roach and Yolksfleet.

 

 CAYF Officers representing your interests in 2016

 

Ken Wickham Chairman, also representing the Roach Area Fairways Conservation Committee Email: k.wickham.1@btinternet.com  

 

Doug MacEwen representing River Crouch Clubs and associations Email: dmacewen@btinternet.com    Clem Freeman representing the River Roach Clubs and associations Email:  Clem.freeman@btinternet.com  

 

Issue 3, April  2016

 Crouch and Roach Rivers  proposal to become a SPA ?

 Natural England have just  submitted plans for consultation for designating  the Outer Thames Estuary including the Crouch and Roach as a Special Protection Area (SPA) . In the detail of fine print is the inclusion of the Crouch and Roach estuaries up to Mean high water level, overlapping the existing Crouch and Roach SPA in the intertidal data, to provide SPA coverage for common terns. An adjoining map  of affected area clearly shows the whole of the Crouch and Roach and tributaries will be affected by the SPA.

 What is the significance to us as  leisure boat users?

 The answer from the  Eastern Region RYA advisers are: Having looked through the conservation package for the original SPA, which they are extending, we seem to come under 'abrasion' which includes 'boating, anchoring and trampling' but the waters already covered include areas where there is a lot sailing activity and as far as I know the SPA has not had any impact on us to date.  This proposal was considered carefully at the pre-consultation stage when we established that the change of status would not result in restrictions for recreational boating. The issue has not come back for this formal consultation stage.

With these designations the problem is determining what measures could be taken and we were satisfied last year that there were none affecting us.

 www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/492897/outer-thames-estuary-summary.pdf  Outer Thames Estuary SPA: consultation summary

 

 A map of the Crouch and Roach affected areas can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/493244/ote-foulness-extension-map.pdf

 

Havengore Routes

In CAYF we are getting increasingly concerned about the future of the Havengore and Potton Bridges opening for navigation. We have anecdotal evidence from local fishermen that increasingly the bridges are being closed even when the MOD  are not firing on the ranges. The reason given is that the ranges are firing .

 

  • As reported in earlier newsletters we took the matter up at ministerial level of the MOD to no avail.
  • We  also submitted the facts to  Mark Francois MP with more success.  He wrote to Steve Wadey OBE the CEO of QuinetiQ  ( the contractor appointed to run the Foulness Ranges).QuinetiQ replied that they take the down time of the bridges seriously, however they have to shut the bridges occasionally for maintenance.  Navigation of the  Potton fairway is not considered part of the  MOD Byelaws only Havengore Creek although they do now consider that they are responsible for Potton and Havengore Bridges.
  • We have raised the downtime of the bridges at the March RYA Eastern Region Committee and requested it be taken up at the RYA Council on our behalf to protect this ancient navigational route.
  •  Our neighbouring Club Associations in Southend and the Blackwater have been requested to publicise our concerns to their member clubs, and urge use the Havengore route whenever they can.
  • It is evident that the MOD and their contractors have not moved their position. We would be interested for any proof they are not operating the range with consideration to the sailing community. We urge clubs use the route if boats are suitable,  and please log and report any incidents especially  if it is found shut when there is no firing.

 

Safeguarding Children

The RYA are running a 1 day safeguarding children course from 10:30-13:30 on 16 April 2016 at the
Royal Harwich Yacht Club cost £15.00 info and booking here:https://www.rya.org.uk/projects/event-booking/Pages/booking-form.aspx

 

 CHA  NOTICE TO MARINERS 13/2016   Oyster Nursery Farm – Devils Reach, River Roach              Mariners are advised that the works to install floating cages at the newly positioned Oyster Nursery Farm in Devils Reach have now been completed.

 

Paglesham Pontoon and the Yard Moorings are still not operational and not to be used by visiting craft until further notice. The new owner wishes at this time to stop any visitor landing at Paglesham for operational reasons.

 

Risk Assessments

Clubs are reminded to  send their risk assessments to Elaine at the Crouch  Harbour Authority elaine@crouchharbour.org.uk if they haven’t yet done so.

 The Department of Transport Port Marine Safety Code requires all harbour authorities to ensure that risk assessments are carried out by event organisers.  TheCHA in agreement with the RYA proposes 3 categories of risk assessment.

 

  • Major likely to have a major impact on the harbour, requiring special arrangements agreed with the CHA and if necessary the emergency services in advance
  • Medium one having a noticeable impact on the harbour but does not need to consider special arrangements
  • Minor events.  Having little or no impact on the harbour and with minimal risk to non participants for which a 12 month risk assessment form can be used

 The Heads of the River Combined Clubs Committee recently compiled examples of a medium and minor risk assessment for their clubs with Capt Robarts the CHA  Adviser. These will be  publicised on the CHA website and are on CAYF website for clubs to guide and adapt for their own use as they think fit.

 

CAYF Officers representing your interests in 2016

Ken Wickham Chairman, also representing the Roach Area Fairways Conservation Committee Email: k.wickham.1@btinternet.com  

Doug MacEwen representing River Crouch Clubs and associations Email: dmacewen@btinternet.com   

 Clem Freeman representing the River Roach Clubs and associations Email:  Clem.freeman@btinternet.com  

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CAYF Newsletter Issue 2, March  2016

RYA Volunteer Awards: 2016

RYA Volunteer awards recognise the outstanding contributions made by volunteers throughout the UK.       ( Edwin Buckley was awarded last year’s Regional Award). Nominations must be from an RYA affiliated club, centre, group, association, or region not normally an individual.  Nominations for National and Regional awards should be nominated by or, at the very least, be supported by the Regional or National body they represent.

  • RYA Award – presented to outstanding individuals for their commitment and services to boating and the RYA at a regional or national level.
  • RYA Family Award – presented to a family group who is deserving of recognition for the impact they have made both individually and collectively.
  • Francis Elkin Award - Presented to an individual who has made a significant contribution in time, effort and personal endeavour in enabling people with disabilities to become involved in sailing.
  • RYA Community Award – presented to outstanding individuals for their exceptional commitment and services to boating at club or grass roots level. Individuals must be nominated by their club/centre or organisation to receive an Award.

If your Club wishes to recognise someone please put names forward  to me, dmacewen@btinternet.com by 16 March.  It will then be taken forward by RYA Eastern Region. Please only make one nomination in each category.  (The closing date for nominations to RYA  at Hamble  for this year's awards is not far away: 4 April.)For further advice http://www.rya.org.uk/ABOUT-US/RYA-AWARDS/Pages/rya-awards.aspx

Celebration of Canute’s Anniversary   in the Burnham Carnival                   

Caroline Sarychkin (a keen sailor) has recently become Chairman of the Burnham on Crouch Carnival Committee.  She wrote to CAYF asking if we would support the Burnham carnival as  she is keen to  get  local clubs involved in Carnival Day. 

You may be aware  that this year is the 1,000th anniversary of when Canute ( Cnut)  won the throne of England on 18 October 1016 at the Battle of Assandun   (Ashingdon), engaged by Edmund's army as they retired towards their ships at Canewdon.  

 The CAYF committee would like to support this initiative, we have at least three rowing gigs that could be decorated  up as Viking Longboats if CAYF Clubs supported the idea,   it could provide good publicity for member Clubs and Associations supplying other boats floats and members dressed in  the Viking theme with perhaps Club burgees on shields or staves.

 Can you reply to me whether your Club is  interested in developing the idea and taking part? please email me: dmacewen@btinternet.com. We will then know whether to develop the idea or not.

 A quote of the time stated “ there were so many kinds of shields, that you could have believed that troops of all nations were present. ... Gold shone on the prows, silver also flashed on the variously shaped ships. ... For who could look upon the lions of the foe, terrible with the brightness of gold, who upon the men of metal, menacing with golden face, ... who upon the bulls on the ships threatening death, their horns shining with gold, without feeling any fear for the king of such a force?”

 Mistley Quay

The problem with `THE FENCE` up at Mistly on the river Stour shutting off the quay  is still on going.  (it is going back to the High Court in London in the summer) so local sailing association, HASA have organised another Rally of Yachts and all craft on the rivers to sail up to Mistly to give our support to the people of Mistly . This is scheduled for   May 8th.   T.V and local Radio have been informed so they  hope to get good coverage for the protest.

 New buoyage and withies in Potton Creek                                                                        As part of the continuing CAYF strategy in keeping the Potton and Havengore bridges open to boat users. Members of CAYF together with the local yards at Rochford and Wakering and the Crouch Harbour Authority are carrying out an exercise to place a navigational route through the creek at high water. It will consist of 7 lit buoys and transitional heavy withies marking the shallow side. it's a used short cut from the Thames via Havengore Creek to the Roach, Paglesham and Rochford. These buoys will eventually make their way on to admiralty charts, they will be maintained by the yard at Wakering and part funded initially by the CHA.

RYA Vital Signs survey                                                                                                                                                  The RYA Eastern Region ask  all affiliated clubs to participate  in the attached short survey to help  safeguard boating activity. The RYA Vital Signs survey is aimed at getting an overview of the operations of clubs and centres in the UK. and covers all areas of club operation: premises, activities, boating waters and current constraints or threats. The survey should take no longer than 10 minutes, and will offer the RYA detailed insight into the challenges facing the network of boating providers across the UK:  http://www.rya.org.uk/newsevents/enewsletters/theclubroom/Jan16/Pages/rya-launches-vital-signs-survey.aspx

Paglesham Pontoon                                                                                                                                       A reminder that Paglesham Yard Pontoon is still out of bounds to visiting craft, if overnight mooring in the area is required to contact John Langrick RSA Bosun on 07740 839410.

Paglesham Pool                                                                                                                         Low cables over Paglesham pool may prove a hazard to yachtsmen and have been reported to  UK Power Networks.

 

CAYF Officers representing your interests in 2016

Ken Wickham Chairman, also representing the Roach Area Fairways Conservation Committee Email: k.wickham.1@btinternet.com  Doug MacEwen representing River Crouch Clubs and associations Email: dmacewen@btinternet.com    Clem Freeman representing the River Roach Clubs and associations Email:  Clem.freeman@btinternet.com  

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CAYF Newsletter: Issue 1, January  2016

 

Beacon Lighting Ceremony - 21st April 2016

 

Message from Bruno Peek LVO OBE OPR Pageantmaster:  The Queen’s 90th Birthday Beacons

 

“There is a long and unbroken tradition in our country of celebrating Royal jubilees, weddings, coronations and special birthdays with the lighting of beacons .  There will be a further opportunity to celebrate on Thursday 21st April 2016, when beacons will be lit throughout the United Kingdom. Those wishing to take part and send us the information requested outlined in the guide   http://www.brunopeek.co.uk   by no later than 18th April 2016, to ensure we list them correctly, as it will be sent to Her Majesty The Queen after the event.   

 

 As you are all aware HM the Queen is the RYA Patron, and I believe that many RYA affiliated clubs  will be keen to participate in marking this momentous occasion”.  

 

Within  CAYF my home club, South Woodham Ferrers Yacht Club are participating, together with local councils at the Riverside Car Park South Woodham Ferrers  CM3 5WP when a portable beacon is being lit by the Chairman of Essex County Council accompanied by the Lord Lieutenant of Essex  and other local dignitaries such as the Mayor.

 

 Ours is an open community event held in the public car park . Our Club will be open providing tea and coffee  and toilets etc. Unfortunately the early  evening coincides with low water, but we are providing two coastal rowing gigs saluting opposite the beacon  by tossing oars as the beacon is lit, to the whistles of bosuns’ calls. (Doug)

 

 As the RYA would like to know which clubs are celebrating the event perhaps you could let me know to feed back through the RYA

 

 

 

New buoyage and withies in Potton Creek

 

The area is well known to those who frequent the back waters and creeks of the Roach as noted in the article " Passage to Rochford" in PBO this month by Tony Smith. He of the wooden gaff cutter "Shoal Waters" says quite rightly in the article  " the area of creeks is possibly one of the prettiest in England". It's a used short cut from the Thames via Havengore Creek to the Roach, Paglesham and Rochford.

 

 We as members of CAYF the RSA along with the local yards at Rochford and Wakering and the CHA are carrying out an exercise to place a navigational route through the creek at high water. It will consist of 7 lit buoys and transitional heavy withies marking the shallow side. Tidal height gauges at both ends will give depth of water over the concrete causeway which is considered by many as the halfway point. These buoys will eventually make their way on to admiralty charts, they will be maintained by the yard at Wakering and part funded initially by the CHA. We are just awaiting the delivery of the buoys and would hope to have all in place by the start of the season.

 

 

Lifetime Achievement award for Mike Peyton


Many people will have chuckled over Mike Peyton’s cartoons in the yachting press, depicting the  typical unfortunate scrapes we have all been in at one time or other.

Mike who lives near North Fambridge and a keen sailor and local Elder Gaffer  has just been awarded the  Yachting Journalists Association Lifetime Achievement Award at Trinity House.

He is pictured here next to his well deserved trophy.  Mike  is now in his 95th year 

 

Crouch Harbour Authority   Notice to Mariners  no.5 of 2016 

Your attention is drawn to the following:  Mariners are advised that four Steel Tubular Piles have now been laid for the Oyster Nursery Farm in Devils Reach, River Roach in the following positions:

Pile 1  Lat    51˚ 35.860 N,Long 00˚ 50.078 E

Pile 2  Lat    51˚ 35.861 N,Long 00˚ 50.078 E

Pile 3  Lat    51˚ 35.847 N,Long 00˚ 50.184 E

Pile 4  Lat    51˚ 35.846 N,Long 00˚ 50.184 E

Each of the piles is marked with a Yellow X topmark and radar reflector, and  exhibiting a Fl.4s Yellow Light with a range of 2 miles.

 

  • The Crouch Harbourmaster, Susan Harrison, is reminding all CAYF Clubs to submit their annual Risk Assessments for races and rallies being organised on the Crouch and Roach. The Risk Assessment is a useful tool for Clubs to define safety standards. She points out that templates are on the CHA website  to help Club officers.
  • If your Club is organising an event, then Elaine in the Harbour Office would like to know, so she can put it in the CHA Diary on the website so everyone knows. Email elaine@crouchharbour.org.uk

 

CAYF AGM:

The Chairman Ken reported  CAYF club  membership had increased to 29 Clubs.   Doug had attended the Heads of the River Combined Clubs Committee; Ken and Clem the Roach Sailing Association; Doug, Clem and Ken the CHA Advisory Committee meetings; and Ken attending the CHA Meetings.

 He outlined the progress made in 2015 

  • Edwin Buckley who has been awarded an RYA Regional Award and was presented with his award by    Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal.
  • CAYF membership is now at 29 Clubs and slowly growing 
  • CAYF remain very concerned at the frequent closure of the Havengore and Potton Bridges, most recently through a lack of bridge keepers. The Chairman called forCommodores of CAYF Clubs to write to the MOD. This is an ancient protected right of navigation and we are eager to see this right protected.
  • The CHA have installed new buoyage  in the Upper Crouch and Upper Roach in conjunction with the Yards, CHA and CAYF
  • River Roach - new floating oyster pens will be installed in Devils Reach which CAYF supported, in preference to the submerged trestles.
  • Feedback to the RYA from CAYF forums resulted in an RYA Affiliated Conference being held at the RHYC

 

The Hon Treasurer reported no expenditure to the CAYF Account

 

The aim in 2016 is to raise the profile of CAYF and demonstrate added value to CAYF member clubs, but can only do this if you tell us your concerns. Suggestions so far include publishing pilotage plans, of the Upper Roach and Upper Crouch, and Havengore Route on the website ; resolving damage caused by fishing trawlers  in mooring areas on the Roach and Upper Crouch. Environmental concerns about water quality.

 

Crouch Coastal Community Team

 As a first project it was agreed to pull together a small working group to publish a  map/ guide promoting amenities on the banks of Crouch /Roachfor visitors to the region.  This is to be available free at tourist centres public libraries etc

 

CAYF Officers representing your interests in 2016

Ken Wickham Chairman, also representing the Roach Area Fairways Conservation Committee Email:k.wickham.1@btinternet.com 

Doug MacEwen representing River Crouch Clubs and associations Email:dmacewen@btinternet.com 

Clem Freeman representing the River Roach Clubs and associations Email:Clem.freeman@btinternet.com

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CAYF Chairman’s Report - AGM January 2016

  • Edwin Buckley

Firstly let me congratulate  Edwin Buckley who has been awarded an RYA Regional Award and was presented with his award by Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal.

 Edwin Buckley has made a considerable contribution over three decades, in supporting sailing at local, regional and national level, in both Club and Race Management. His support has been to the  sailing community on the River Crouch and in the development of race management skills both there and to the Eastern Region and at a national level.

Edwin was a Commodore of  the Royal Corinthian Yacht Club, has been involved in the RCYC  club’s junior racing team, been a Chairman of the Crouch Area Yachting Federation and   has also been principal race officer for Burnham Week since 2006, he also represents the interests of the yacht club on the Burnham Joint Clubs Committe

  • CAYF membership is now at 29 Clubs and slowly growing 

The Crouch Area Yachting Federation comprises of boating Clubs and organisations in the Crouch and Roach Rivers and includes some non RYA  Affiliated Clubs.

 With new CAYF representatives, we have implemented a  strategy of improving communication within the 3 disparate areas of CAYF,  creating 3 area focal points Ken Wickham representing the Roach Area Fairways Conservation Committee; Doug MacEwen representing River Crouch Clubs and associations and  Clem Freeman representing the River Roach Clubs. Our objective is to raise CAYFs profile and  prove  how CAYF can add value to all Clubs on the Crouch and Roach.   

 The CAYF website has been upgraded; an occasional newsletter issued to all clubs and improved communication and consultation with the Clubs and Crouch Harbour Authority commenced.  For example a number of CAYF Clubs responded individually to the ECRYA  information  about the proposed Stour Mussel farm.

  • Havengore and Potton Bridges, River Roach

CAYF are concerned at the frequent closure of the Havengore and Potton Bridges, most recently through a lack of bridge keepers. This is an ancient protected right of navigation and we are eager to see this right protected. We have so far involved the local MP and challenged the now private company that runs the Foulness ranges on behalf of the MOD. Our efforts continue...

  • River Roach - new floating oyster pens

At the recent Crouch Harbour Authority  Advisory meeting a works licence was agreed for the Roach Oyster Company  to install plastic coated floating cages for the cultivation of oysters to replace the existing oyster trestles; almost opposite Yokesfleet Creek, on the River Roach.  CAYF representatives supported this and felt that this was  less of a hazard to the navigation of yachts tacking, than the existing oyster trestles as they would be visible  rather than submerged as at present.  Also  they will also be lit in the hours of darkness.

  • New Navigational Buoyage in the Brandy Hole

The Crouch Harbour Authority  had strong complaints last year about the confusion of the fairway at Brandy Hole and Hullbridge areas.  We managed to get the fairway identified and cleared of moored boats thanks to the cooperation of the local clubs and together with the Harbourmaster identified the best navigable channel in the Brandy Hole area.  There are now three new navigational buoys put in place to guide boats through:-

  • Sbd hand mark  in postn 51 37.99N,  000  38.68 E named Brandy Hole
  •  Sbd hand mark in postn 51 37 .92N 000  37.93E ( off the North Bank spit) named Kingsman   ( The Revenue officers erected a lookout here that stopped the smuggling).
  • Port hand mark  in postn 51 37.96N 000 37.64E (marking the right hand kink)  named Hawbush ( this was the old mouth of Hawbush Creek until the seawall was built across it).

 

  •  New Buoys at the top of the Roach

The access to the upper reaches of the Roach has always in the past been a hit or miss affair. The reputation of the shallow end of the Roach is unfounded to those who use it regularly.  To assist the access to the area CAYF have been involved with the CHA  to  laid a series of navigation buoys from Paglesham Reach ( Black Edge Buoy No 1  LIT -FL G 6 sec position 51 35.230 N 000 48.199E)  to the Upper Reaches (Top Rochford  No7 LIT-FL G 6 Sec position 51 34.844 N 000 44.867 E . Top Rochford No 8 LIT-FL R 6 Sec 51 34.826 N 000 44.871 E)

  • RYA feedback

There was  a  lack of response to the  RYA information circulars requesting feedback from  clubs    As a result of Robbie’s prompting, this has been  followed up individually with the Club Commodores  sometimes up to 4 times  to get a response, the cause was subsequently discussed at CAYF forums. The following was the rather blunt feedback.

  • Some of the  various RYA  databases  used were out of date. With modern technology it was felt  that the RYA should use one up to date database, based on the annual the affiliation fee return.
  • Club officers are busy volunteers and “skim” a large variety of incoming the messages toclubs, if the message is not obvious or lengthy it is dumped! The RYA information to Clubs requiring feedback should be to short, be simple and focussed.

 This has been fed back to the chairman of ECRYA and RYA at Hamble  to   improve the communication between  the RYA and Clubs.

 

  • Port User Group

The Crouch Harbour Authority ( A Trust Port) is  in the process of setting up a Port User Group and initial indications are that CAYF will be represented by each of the 3 area representatives

  • New Coastal team to promote tourism on the Crouch                                                                             

    Maldon District Council together with Rochford District Council is bringing together businesses, councillors, community officers, community volunteers and leisure representatives to form one    group to promote tourism on the River Crouch.   A grant of £10,000 has been obtained from the Department of Communities, to draw up and consult on an integrated  plan across District boundaries, using the River Crouch as the main focus point to  share ideas on how best to promote the area.  Once  the plan is complete it is then planned  to secure funding  from Europe to implement the plan over a 6 year timeframe. 

At a meeting on at Brandy Hole a diverse group representing the Crouch valley community as a whole ( including CAYF representatives, CHA Harbourmaster and CHA members)  met together to  gather and discuss how best to promote tourism and leisure activities as an Economic Plan.   With the other stakeholders we  identifid a range of  initial  ideas, issues of funding and possible barriers to progress.  Stage 1 which is the completion of a plan identifying objectives and the economic delivery  is to be completed by March 2016.

The Draft Plan for consultation is shown in full on the CAYF website

 Ken Wickham CAYF

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Local 2016 Activities

The RYA Eastern Region  deliver a number of club development workshops throughout the Eastern Region. This year they will be delivering two separate topics at a number of venues throughout January and February. The workshops are free for RYA Affiliated clubs to attend and are designed to share good practice and help you to achieve your development aims for 2016 and beyond.

 

  • The first workshop ‘Develop your club plan for 2016’ is designed to help you make your 2016 participation objectives come to fruition, we have met with many of your clubs over the past 3 months to help you review your activity and plan for 2016. During these sessions we will discuss the key elements involved in making your projects successful and look at the resources available to support you. 

             This will be held at South Woodham Ferrers Yacht Club, Marsh Farm Road ,       South Woodham Ferrers  CM3 5WP  on Thursday 28 January 2016 19:00 to 21:00 

  •  The second set of workshops ‘Increase your club racing attendees’ will commence from the 2ndFebruary. We know that racing is a good way to sustain and grow regular participation, this workshop is designed to encourage discussion around race management and how best to facilitate racing series and events that will encourage good quality racing and keep your members coming back for more.

         This will be held at the Blackwater Sailing Club,  Basin Road Heybridge, Essex CM9 4SD GB  on Thursday 18 February 2016  , 19:00 -21:00

 

All workshops are free to RYA Affiliated clubs, please secure your place by booking East Region sessions here:http://www.rya.org.uk/newsevents/events/Pages/RYAWinterWorkshops.aspx

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 December Notices

 

  • Potton Bridge – Operational

 
        Potton Bridge is now operational on all high tides.

 

  • RYA Regional Youth Champion Awards

      RYA Eastern Region are looking to open nominations for the RYA Regional Youth     Champion Awards.

     The nomination form will be live at this address from Wednesday 9     December:www.rya.org.uk/go/youthchampion

   Any of the Crouch Clubs wishing to nominate someone should contact Chris Edwards,     Secretary RYA Eastern Region  erecrya@talktalk.net  

       Nominations will close on 20 January 2016. Regional Committees will then be asked        to  convene early in February to decide the award winner for our region from the     nominations received. All regional winners will then be invited to a presentation at the     2016 RYA Suzuki Dinghy Show on the weekend of 05-06 March 2016.

     These regional awards are a fantastic opportunity to recognise the outstanding     achievement and performance of young people across the range of activities the RYA     represents. Winners must have shown success on the racecourse, whether at local,     national or international level. Regional committees are encouraged to award winners     at local ceremonies and can have their own regional sponsors.

 

  •  Havengore Bridge – Non-operational: Saturday 12 December 2015

     Due to maintenance of the power network, Havengore Bridge will be non-operational     between 08:30 and 14:30 (approx), on Saturday 12 December 2015.

 

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Letter to all CAYF Clubs  and Affialted Organisations    ( 19 November 2015)  

From:    k.wickham.1@btinternet.com

dmacewen@btinternet.com

Clem.freeman@btinternet.com

                                                                                                                       

Dear Member,

We request your action to help keep the Havengore and Potton Bridges open and  preserve our ancient right of navigation.

We are asking all CAYF member clubs  yards and associations for their help  to write individually  to the MOD Byelaws Review Team ( shown overleaf)  requesting them  to preserve the navigation rights of passing through the Havengore and Potton bridges.

Our points are:- 

  • Havengore Creek is a valuable and safe short cut between the Rivers Thames and Roach. It saves a journey of some 30 miles in unprotected waters and is particularly useful for small vessels.

 

  • This passage is largely unusable because QinetiQ  consider the passage of watercraft a nuisance and  to have no importance whatsoever. The bridge is effectively closed from about 8 am Monday to 12 pm Friday, at weekends it is only open during the day 2 hours either side of high water when it is not night time or the bridge is broken.

 

  • There are a number of yards and Clubs that rely on continued recreational usage of the area for their survival.

 

  • Whilst the inner waters are closed to navigation at night the reality is that many vessels use the area and it is not policed.

 

  • The bye laws were written when the number of leisure craft in the area was relatively small and any future laws should take the needs of recreational vessels.

 

  • Of course it is impractical for the bridge to be used when the range is operational, but if the bridge were to open at night it would open the passage. Modern navigation systems, which nearly all small craft carry, make navigation at night relatively simple.

 

  • We would suggest that the rule that allows the inner waters to be closed at night be relaxed or the area boundary  be amended to allow passage through Havengore bridge 2 hours either side of high water when the range is not operational,  be that day or night, and that QinetiQ can only close the bridge during daylight when they are  firing rather than the current blanket closure, and that local clubs, organisations and businesses are notified of any intended closures. Firing on the range is pre planned and not carried out in a random fashion, QinetiQ are fully aware when they will have to close the bridge.

 

You may recall that your CAYF Committee are very concerned at the increasingly frequent closure of the Havengore and Potton Bridges recently through a lack of bridge keepers. Our concern is it may lead to complete closure. This is an ancient protected right of navigation and we are eager to see this right protected. We have so far involved the local MP, challenged the now private company that runs the Foulness ranges on behalf of the MOD and  have  taken the issue  to the MOD Minister so far with little effect.

We now ask that your club  help.

Regards,

 

 

Ken Wickham,                Doug MacEwen       Clem Freeman

Chairman CAYF              Crouch Rep              Roach Rep

 Please send your letters to:-

Defence Infrastructure Organisation                                                            
Byelaws Review Team                                                                                               
PO Box 349 
Aldershot 
GU11 2WZ 
tel: 01252 361986 (answer phone) 
dio-byelawsreviewteam@mod.uk

 

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CAYF  Report to the RYA Eastern Region Committee

(September 2015 at H P Y C Levington Marina)

  

The Crouch Area Yachting Federation comprises of boating Clubs and organisations in the Crouch and Roach Rivers and includes some non RYA  Affiliated Clubs.

  

  • CAYF membership is now at 29 Clubs and slowly growing 

 With new CAYF representatives, we have implemented a  strategy of improving communication within the 3 disparate areas of CAYF,  creating 3 area focal points Ken Wickham representing the Roach Area Fairways Conservation Committee; Doug MacEwen representing River Crouch Clubs and associations and  Clem Freeman representing the River Roach Clubs. Our objective is to raise CAYFs profile and  prove  how CAYF can add value to all Clubs on the Crouch and Roach.   

  The CAYF website has been upgraded; an occasional newsletter issued to all clubs and improved communication and consultation with the Clubs and Crouch Harbour Authority commenced.  For example a number of CAYF Clubs responded individually to the ECRYA  information  about the proposed Stour Mussel farm.

 

  • Havengore and Potton Bridges, River Roach

 CAYF are concerned at the frequent closure of the Havengore and Potton Bridges, most recently through a lack of bridge keepers. This is an ancient protected right of navigation and we are eager to see this right protected. We have so far involved the local MP and challenged the now private company that runs the Foulness ranges on behalf of the MOD. Our efforts continue...

 

  • River Roach - new floating oyster pens

 At the recent Crouch Harbour Authority  Advisory meeting a works licence was agreed for the Roach Oyster Company  to install plastic coated floating cages for the cultivation of oysters to replace the existing oyster trestles; almost opposite Yokesfleet Creek, on the River Roach.  CAYF representatives supported this and felt that this was  less of a hazard to the navigation of yachts tacking, than the existing oyster trestles as they would be visible  rather than submerged as at present.  Also  they will also be lit in the hours of darkness.

 

  • New Navigational Buoyage in the Brandy Hole

 The Crouch Harbour Authority  had strong complaints last year about the confusion of the fairway at Brandy Hole and Hullbridge areas.  We managed to get the fairway identified and cleared of moored boats thanks to the cooperation of the local clubs and together with the Harbourmaster identified the best navigable channel in the Brandy Hole area.  There are now three new navigational buoys put in place to guide boats through:-

 

  • Sbd hand mark  in postn 51 37.99N,  000  38.68 E named Brandy Hole
  •  Sbd hand mark in postn 51 37 .92N 000  37.93E ( off the North Bank spit) named Kingsman   ( The Revenue officers erected a lookout here that stopped the smuggling).
  • Port hand mark  in postn 51 37.96N 000 37.64E (marking the right hand kink)  named Hawbush ( this was the old mouth of Hawbush Creek until the seawall was built across it).

  

  • New Buoys at the top of the Roach

 The access to the upper reaches of the Roach has always in the past been a hit or miss affair. The reputation of the shallow end of the Roach is unfounded to those who use it regularly.  To assist the access to the area CAYF have been involved with the CHA  to  laid a series of navigation buoys from Paglesham Reach ( Black Edge Buoy No 1  LIT -FL G 6 sec position 51 35.230 N 000 48.199E)  to the Upper Reaches (Top Rochford  No7 LIT-FL G 6 Sec position 51 34.844 N 000 44.867 E . Top Rochford No 8 LIT-FL R 6 Sec 51 34.826 N 000 44.871 E)

 

  • RYA feedback

 There was  a  lack of response to the  RYA information circulars requesting feedback from  clubs    As a result of Robbie’s prompting, this has been  followed up individually with the Club Commodores  sometimes up to 4 times  to get a response, the cause was subsequently discussed at CAYF forums. The following was the rather blunt feedback.

 

  • Some of the  various RYA  databases  used were out of date. With modern technology it was felt  that the RYA should use one up to date database, based on the annual the affiliation fee return.
  • Club officers are busy volunteers and “skim” a large variety of incoming the messages toclubs, if the message is not obvious or lengthy it is dumped! The RYA information to Clubs requiring feedback should be to short, be simple and focussed.

  

This has been fed back to the chairman of ECRYA and RYA at Hamble  to   improve the communication between  the RYA and Clubs.

  

  • Port User Group

 The Crouch Harbour Authority ( A Trust Port) is  in the process of setting up a Port User Group and initial indications are that CAYF will be represented by each of the 3 area representatives

 

 Doug MacEwen  and  Ken Wickham CAYF

 

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Newsletter 2,  October 2015

Please be aware of the very high tidal predictions in the near future     

Clubs  are advised that due to the natural 19 year astronomical cycle there will be a number of exceptionally high tides throughout the period of September 2015 to January 2016. Mariners should also be aware that the increased tidal ranges will also affect the low water period and subsequently the available water over these periods is predicted to be much less than on normal spring tides.

The dates where the most notable high tides are expected are:

30th October 2015 25th – 27th December 2015 11th – 14th January 2016

New Coastal team to promote tourism on the Crouch   

Maldon District Council together with Rochford District Council is bringing together businesses, councillors, community officers, community volunteers and leisure representatives to form one    group to promote tourism on the River Crouch.   A grant of £10,000 has been obtained from the Department of Communities, to draw up and consult on an integrated  plan across District boundaries, using the River Crouch as the main focus point to  share ideas on how best to promote the area.  Once  the plan is complete it is then planned  to secure funding  from Europe to implement the plan over a 6 year timeframe. 

At a meeting on Wednesday at Brandy Hole a diverse group representing the Crouch valley community as a whole ( including CAYF representatives, CHA Harbourmaster and CHA members)  met together to  gather and discuss how best to promote tourism and leisure activities as an Economic Plan.   With the other stakeholders we  identifid a range of  initial  ideas, issues of funding and possible barriers to progress.  Stage 1 which is the completion of a plan identifying objectives and the economic delivery  is to be completed by March 2016.

Crouch Harbour Authority River Roach - New Buoys Established    

Clubs are advised that the following new buoys have been established in the River Roach (Upper).

Name

Position

Characteristic

Light

Sutton Wharf No 1

51° 34.674 N

000° 43.647 E

Green Conical Lighted Buoy

QG

Sutton Wharf No 2

51° 34.690 N

000° 43.854 E

Red Can Lighted Buoy

QR

Sutton Wharf No 3

51° 34.799 N

000° 44.654 E

Green Conical Lighted Buoy

QG

Sutton Wharf No 4

51° 34.839 N

000° 44.784 E

Red Can Lighted Buoy

QR

The following buoys have been moved to new positions as follows:

Name

New Position

Characteristic

Light

Top Rochford No 7

51° 34.832 N

000° 45.009 E

Green Conical Lighted Buoy

QG

Top Rochford No 8

51° 34.817 N

000° 45.190 E

Red Can Lighted Buoy

QR

Havengore and Potton Bridges,  and the River Roach       

You may recall CAYF are concerned at the frequent closure of the Havengore and Potton Bridges,  recently through a lack of bridge keepers. This is an ancient protected right of navigation and we are eager to see this right protected. We have so far involved the local MP, challenged the now private company that runs the Foulness ranges on behalf of the MOD and have now taken the issue  to the MOD Minister.

We are awaiting  a formal reply, but it seems the MOD stance is that they don't have any influence over what they consider Private land  and they don’t acknowledge ownership of Potton Bridge, even though they built it.  CAYF  maintain the "Ancient Rights of Navigation over Tidal Waters "comes  in to play and the MOD have a duty to maintain the operation of the bridge.

The CHA,  RSA and RMHA are with local yards looking at placing navigation withies and yard buoys in Potton Creek from the "Violet" through to Wakering Yard. This is a very narrow winding creek but a well used cut through to the Havengore Bridge from the Roach by fishing and leisure craft. It passes under the Potton swing bridge!

Concern has been raised over the clearance under high voltage power cables in Paglesham Creek.  Clem met UK Power engineers at the site and they agreed that the poles have moved and cable height has dropped. These cables were only replaced a year ago and it would appear that no stays were fitted to the poles. This should be rectified in due course but no timescale was given we will monitor the situation.

New Owners at Paglesham Boatyard,

Many Clubs will be aware that that the yard at Paglesham  know asShuttlewoods has been sold. The new owners are Maclean Marine Engineering. This is a new company to the area who have transformed the old yard back into a working unit.  The owners main line business at the yard will be to fit out large luxury houseboats for the London market. These will be hulls prefabricated on the South Coast and brought by sea to Paglesham for final fitting out before delivery back into the Thames. Parts of the yard and moorings will trade as a boat yard and the new owners wish to work alongside the existing mooring holders and continue the long established relationship the location has with them in the past.

It is hoped by the new owners to be up and running early 2016.

 For a while all Clubs are asked not to use the yards pontoon as its considered now a dangerous structure. Shore side very limited parking whist the yard is being remodelled. Yard moorings and slipway are not to be used by visiting boats till further notice. A CHA Notice to Mariners No 33 of 2015 has been issued covering this.

There is a small walkway across the saltings in Paglesham Pool near the Pill box which will allow access at half tide to the sea wall path. Please be careful as it is very weedy and slippery.

Club feedback to the RYA

Clubs will be aware there was significant concern at the  lack of response back  to the RYA requests for information  this year. The RYA requested individual follow up at forums and individually with the Club Commodores. This provoked the following rather blunt feedback:-

  • Some of the  various  contacts  used  by the RYA were out of date. With modern technology it was felt  that the RYA should use one up to date database, based on the annual the affiliation fee return.
  • Club officers are busy volunteers and “skim” a large variety of incoming the messages to clubs, if the message is not obvious or too lengthy it is dumped! The RYA information to Clubs requiring feedback should be to short, be simple and focussed.

 This has been fed back to the chairman of ECRYA and to the RYA at Hamble  to   hopefully improve the communication between  the RYA and Clubs.

RYA Affiliates Conference:  14 November at Royal Harwich Yacht Club

For the first time the RYA will be facilitating a nationwide programme of RYA Affiliates conferences. The primary aim of these conferences is to educate clubs as to the wide variety of services available to support the work that they do.

 The conference is free to club officers and key volunteers. During the day clubs will receive an overview of the different services available from those that are directly involved. Clubs will have the opportunity to network with other clubs, book clinics with RYA staff and volunteers and attend workshops focused on Push the Boat out and CASC (delivered by Mandy Peters, RYA Legal advisor).

 The Eastern Region event will be at Royal Harwich Yacht Club on the 14th November. CAYF  would very much like to encourage all RYA Affiliated Clubs  to attend. It will  help  their  understanding of how the RYA add value to the Club. The event will be free, teas, coffees and lunch will be provided. I pass on some more information during the committee meeting.

Mussel Fishery River Stour                                                                                                                                                WashMussels Limited` has applied to the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs for an order under the Sea Fisheries (Shellfish) Act1967 for a period of 5 years to have exclusive rights to cultivate and harvest shellfish of the kind specified in the order on the River Stour.

Many CAYF Clubs wrote objecting  to this application earlier thisn  year which may restrict popular anchorages. Subsequently HASA arranged a  meeting  with the Mussel Farm Directors  and their solicitors  to re assess the area where the Mussel Farm wants to be, there are five areas up the River Stour where they want this all to take place, alltogether the Mussel Farm wants to use 66 Hectares of the River Stour.

The Harwich Harbour Master was not keen on having floating markers, which would happen if they had Crab pots  and with commercial boats very near this could cause a problem, also in this area the local sailing club do most of there racing there.  The local fishermen are very annoyed about it,  as it will affect their livelihood as they are charter skippers and take people out to fish for Bass in the very areas the Mussel Farm wants to lay there  Seed Mussels. A second meeting is to be sought.

CAYF Officers representing your interests

Ken Wickham Chairman, also representing the Roach Area Fairways Conservation Committee Email: k.wickham.1@btinternet.com

Doug MacEwen representing River Crouch Clubs and associations Email: dmacewen@btinternet.com

Clem Freeman representing the River Roach Clubs and associations Email: Clem.freeman@btinternet.com

 

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Newsletter 1, July 2015

CHA Fees 2016

Sadly there are less  bigger boats to pay  dues this year and coupled with the last cargo income  from Crossrail ( alternatives are hoped for) to break even the CHA plaque fees will need to go up next year to balance the books. After exploring other revenue streams without success, your CAYF reps agreed to vote it through. It should be  emphasised  that the CHA dues have not increased for early payment in the last 3 years.

Vessel Length

Feet                      

Metres

Full Harbour Dues

% Increase

Prompt Payment Rate               

% Increase

 8.00 – 15.50

2.44 – 4.73

£ 35.50

14.53%

£24.00

14.29%

15.51 – 21.50

4.74 – 6.55

£ 49.00

13.9%

£34.00

15.27%

21.51 – 26.50

6.56 – 8.07

£ 62.00

14.8%

£42.00

15.08%

26.51 – 32.50

8.08 – 9.90

£ 65.00

15.03%

£44.00

14.3%

32.51 – 38.50

9.91 – 11.73

£ 76.00

15.15%

£51.00

14.6%

38.51 – 49.50

11.74 – 15.08

£ 86.00

14.6%

£58.50

14.7%

49.51 – 59.50

15.09 – 18.12 

 £ 95.00

 4.45%

£65.00

15.03%

59.51 +

       18.13 +

    £121.00

15.24%

£84.00

15.06%

 

River Roach - new floating oyster pens

At the recent CHA Advisory meeting a works licence was agreed for the Roach Oyster Company  to install plastic coated floating cages for the cultivation of oysters to replace the existing oyster trestles; almost opposite Yokesfleet Creek, on the River Roach. Your CAYF representatives felt that this was  less of a hazard to the navigation of yachts tacking, than the existing oyster trestles as they would be visible  rather than submerged as at present. Also  they will also be lit in the hours of darkness.

New Navigational Buoyage in the Brandy Hole vicinity

The CHA had strong complaints last year about the confusion of the fairway at Brandy Hole and Hullbridge. We managed to get the fairway identified and cleared of moored boats thanks to the cooperation of the local clubs and together with the Harbourmaster identified the best navigable channel in the Brandy Hole area.  There are now three new navigational buoys put in place to guide boats through:-

  • Sbd hand mark  in postn 51 37.99N,  000  38.68 E named Brandy Hole
  •  Sbd hand mark in postn 51 37 .92N 000  37.93E ( off the North Bank spit) named Kingsman   ( The Revenue officers erected a lookout here that stopped the smuggling).
  • Port hand mark  in postn 51 37.96N 000 37.64E (marking the right hand kink)  named Hawbush ( this was the old mouth of Hawbush Creek until the seawall was built across it).

 New Buoys at the top of the Roach

The access to the upper reaches of the Roach has always in the past been a hit or miss affair. The reputation of the shallow end of the Roach is unfounded to those who use it regularly.  To assist the access to the area the CHA have laid a series of navigation buoys from Paglesham Reach ( Black Edge Buoy No 1  LIT -FL G 6 sec position 51 35.230 N 000 48.199E)  to the Upper Reaches (Top Rochford  No7 LIT-FL G 6 Sec position 51 34.844 N 000 44.867 E . Top Rochford No 8 LIT-FL R 6 Sec 51 34.826 N 000 44.871 E)

There are also lit navigation buoys at Barling , Barton Hall , Mucking and Lower Rochford (a pair.) From there to Wakering Yacht Club and Sutton Wharf at Rochford, the yard have laid a series of their own red and green buoys plus green withes. A sensible approach is around 1 1/2 hrs each side of high water.

Havengore and Potton Bridges, River Roach

CAYF are concerned at the frequent closure of the Havengore and Potton Bridges, most recently through a lack of bridge keepers. This is an ancient protected right of navigation and we are eager to see this right protected. We have so far involved the local MP and challenged the now private company that runs the Foulness ranges on behalf of the MOD. Our efforts continue...

RYA feedback

There has been a  lack of response  to the RYA information sent to club secretaries requesting feedback this year. As at least one of these returns will be to HRH the Princess Royal, the RYA are chasing Clubs to return information to Hamble or via the Eastern Region. Requests include:  the 2015  RYA Club survey; Club volunteering initiatives feedback; and the most recent, a proposal  for extensions to the Outer Thames SPA which may have an  impact on restricting navigation. It would be great if all CAYF Clubs replied...

Boats Speeding at the Hullbridge

In an attempt to curtail the perennial problem of members of the public launching at the public Hullbridge slipway then speeding through  the moorings when the CHA launch has gone, the Harbourmaster is proposing to moor an experimental  8 knot buoy in the middle of the river opposite the 2 public slipways of Hullbridge and South Woodham Ferrers. This will state that the area is a restricted 8 knot speed area. CAYF have welcomed the initiative which will be reviewed at the end of the year. 

New CAYF  members

Welcome to Burnham Coastal Rowing Club contact is Jerry Mecoy  Email: jerry.mecoy@me.com