Newsletters and Reports

 

Issue: July 2018

Havengore Bridge Issue

There has long been concerns expessed by CAYF on  behalf members about the frequent closures of the Havengore bridge, which greatly affects those boating on the River Roach and Crouch who wish to use this navigable short-cut. It is a long running dispute about the frequent closures of the bridges and the considerable inconvenience for shoal draft boats when having to use the much longer route through the Crouch. QuinetiQ, operate the Foulness Ranges, the Havengore and Potton bridges on behalf of the MOD.

The issue has been escalated by CAYF via the RYA East Region to the RYA Legal Advisor,and Local MP Mark Francois. The Commodores from the Heads of the River Combined Clubs Committee, the Roach Fairways Association, the Southend Interclub Association and the Chairman of the Crouch Harbour Authority have all expressed their extreme concern. We have to keep the pressure up on this as they have also extended the range to the outer seas limits which will also affect those using the southern channel of the Crouch and not being able to use the Swin Channel in the Thames when the range is live.

Local MP Mark François now suggests an approach should be made direct to the Chairman of QinetiQ asking for a face to face meeting as they operate the Ranges on behalf of the MOD. His considered opinion is by going direct to the head of the organisation we have a better chance in getting a review of the operating practices. He has asked us to construct a letter asking for a meeting with the Chairman, this to be signed by all the concerned parties both in the Roach and Crouch but the East coast and Thames groups. The more clubs the better and he would do two things, pass this on to the Chairman of QinetiQ whom he has worked with before saying his constituents have had enough and also pass it to their head of PR whom he knows from working with the MOD for some years. All needs to be in place within 2 weeks.

Please contact Ken Wickham Chair of CAYF if your club is willing to support this approach k.wickham.1@btinternet.com

Clam Dredging on the Upper Crouch

Trawling for Clams in the Upper Crouch is becoming a serious issue with trawlers dragging metal dredges repeatedly at depth over the river bed and between moorings, destroying the riverbed and their eco systems. The boat Clubs on the Upper Crouch and Roach have expressed their concerns about the destruction of the riverbed. CAYF contacted The Kent and Essex Inshore Fisheries Conservation Authority about the issue who have recently passed a byelaw prohibiting bottom towed fishing gear in the Crouch and Roach, but as clams are not a recognised UK native shellfish the byelaws do not apply to bottom towed or suction dredging of these clams.

An Environmental Science student at Exeter University has been engaged to carry out a research project involving the impact and environmental conservation and ecology of Clam dredging on behalf of CAYF.

Her report  will be to assess the effect of clam dredging the riverbed and possible damage to the eco system and what effect this fishing is having long term.

New Border Force Liaison

Fiona Craven is the Field Intelligence Officer for Border Force based at Custom House, Tilbury Dock, Tilbury, Essex, RM18 7EJ She and colleague Mark who cover the Crouch between them, are attended the Heads of the River Combined Clubs Committee on Tuesday 17 July. They gave a brief overview of who they are, where they cover and why they are approaching clubs, and also made a plea to attend individual clubs and give a longer, more detailed presentation about Project Kraken and Border Force.

If any of the CAYF organisations also wish to have a presentation the contact is: Team inbox: BFTilburyIntel@homeoffice.gsi.gov.uk 

RYA Census

Each year the RYA carries out a club membership census, this year the census went live on the 11 th June, your club should have received an email with some information regarding your previous returns and a link to this year’s questionnaire. The RYA is aiming to achieve an 85% return rate by the 13 th August, this will enable the organisation to create and publish the annual insights document to share good practise and inform Clubs of the collated results. The Insights document had proven to be a powerful resource for clubs informing decision making.

Your prompt return is appreciated. Should you have any questions relating to the census or require any support in completing the questions please do not hesitate to get in touch.

Diary Date for RYA Affilated Clubs Conference

The date for the next Affiliated Club Conference is Saturday 24 November at the Royal Hospital School . This is a free event for RYA affiliated clubs. The Agenda and booking arrangements are likely to be available in September.

Honda Youth Rib championships

Entries for the Honda Youth championships are open to RYA Affiliated Clubs in two cagegories. For 8 - 12 age group when they can win a Hon wave T40 with a Honda BF 20 engine, For 13-16 age group when they can win a 460 Highfield with a Honda B50 engine.

The competition takes the form of a time trial around a set of marks - the fastest time wins. The slalom buoys are set 12.5m apart so that skill and control, and not necessarily speed, are the most important factors. Each competitor has two runs, one as a practice and one as a 'hot lap'. Both runs are timed and the fastest time put forward. The regional event is being held at Paxton Lakes SC on Saturday 4th August, so if anyone wants to take part they need to contact soon indeed. Phone 02380 604224 or email youthrib@rya.org.uk for more information.

New secretary of RYA East Region

Tim Wood is the new Hon Secretary of RYA East Region. Tim Wood has taken over from Garth Cooper, who has stepped down to edit East Coast Pilot. Tim is a solicitor by profession and well known West Mersea sailor he is secretary of West Mersea Yacht Club and a past Commodore of Dabchicks sailing Club. Email; tim.w.wood@btinternet.com

CAYF Officers representing your interests in 2018 Ken Wickham Chairman, 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 Treasurer representing the River Roach Clubs and associations Email: Clem.freeman@btinternet.com

 

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Ministry of Defence (MOD) Shoeburyness: Range Sea Danger Area

  With summer upon us, it’s timely to remind local sailing and watersports clubs and associations of the restrictions in the vicinity of the Foulness and Maplin Sands. QinetiQ operates the live weapons test and evaluation Range in Shoeburyness and on Foulness Island in Essex, known as MOD Shoeburyness. The Range is active Monday to Friday (occasionally at weekends), all year round conducting activities that involve firing and detonating live ammunition, often over long distances out to sea.

  To enable the Range to work safely and ensure that hazardous activities do not present a risk to members of the public, it operates under the jurisdiction of theArtillery Ranges Byelaws 1936 and the Shoeburyness and District Military Lands Byelaws 1935 (under the Military Lands Acts 1892 to 1903). The byelaws govern the use of the land and rights of access and passage through the byelaw area. The byelaws cover an area of the Thames Estuary and the North Sea and the inner waterways that run from Havengore Creek across to the River Roach and the River Crouch. This area comprises the Range Sea Danger Area (RSDA), unauthorised entry to this area is both prohibited and dangerous.

  QinetiQ is responsible for managing access to the RSDA and ensuring that mariners do not stray into the area, putting themselves and their vessels at risk.In order to help monitor the RSDA whilst the Range is active, QinetiQ uses marine radar and has a Range Safety Boat which patrols the in area and advises any unauthorised vessels to leave in accordance with the byelaws and in the interests of health and safety.

  To raise awareness of the location of the RSDA and help avoid incursions by unauthorised vessels, there is a section on the MOD Shoeburyness website which is dedicated to safety information for mariners. Here, mariners can find guidance on how to safely navigate in the vicinity of the Range, how to contact Range Control for advice and the meaning of the Red Flags that the Range uses to indicate the status of the Inner and Outer Sea Areas. If you or your members sail in the vicinity of the Range, we strongly recommend that you familiarise yourself with the restrictions.

  Our website also has a guide for anyone wishing to access the inner waterways via Havengore Bridge and we post status alerts on Twitter to notify when either Havengore Bridge or Potton Bridge is non-operational. Follow us @SHB_Alerts.   

  We would be most grateful if you could circulate this information amongst your members and other contacts in the sailing and watersports community and where possible, create a link from your website to our Information for Mariners page. If you have any questions or suggestions for improving the information, please let me know. You may also find the information in the attached leaflet of interest which you can print and circulate amongst your members if you wish.

  https://shoeburyness.qinetiq.com/public-safety/information-for-mariners.aspx

  Nicki Uden – Community Liaison Officer, SHOEBURYNESS RANGE

Careline: 0800 0560108

 

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 North Fambridge Yacht Club ...............Taster Session Gig Rowing

 On bank holiday weekend of the 5th &,6th May the North Fambridge Yacht Club is having a open weekend, if you are interested in Gig rowing, come along we will be pleased to see you, our new Gig the “Sprit of Battlebridge” a 5 person Spirit class Gig, will be available for taster sessions, the Gig made available to the club by  member Roy Hart of Skee Tec Battlebridge.

  

Full briefing and safety Equipment will be supplied.

For further information please contact the club web site

www.nfyachtclub.co.uk

 The club is situated at Yacht havens Yacht Station, Ferry Road, North Fambridge, Essex, CM3 6LR.

     

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Dear club contact

 

Please circulate the following as appropriate within your club.

 

Graham Louth, the RYA East Region’s Regional Rules/Disputes Adviser and a RYA National and International Judge, is running two workshops at Royal Harwich YC on Saturday 14 April:

 

(a) Junior Rules Workshop: Racing Rules aka How to Win! This is an afternoon workshop, commencing at 14.00. Attendance is FREE. It is targeted at OnBoard and Champion Club Sailors.

 

(b) Rules Workshop: The Racing Rules in Practice. This is an evening workshop, commencing at  18.30. The course fee (which includes supper) is £8.00.

 

Further details are attached. The workshops are bookable via the

RHYCwebsite. (https://www.royalharwichyachtclub.co.uk/events)

 

Graham is also running Rules Workshop: The Racing Rules in Practice at Aldeburgh YC on the morning of Sunday 15 April.  The fee is £5.00. The timetable is:

 

09.30  meet up

10.00 session 1

11.00 coffee

11.30 session 2

12.30 finish

12.30 bar open and Sunday lunch (not included in the workshop fee) available by prior booking.

 

In the afternoon Graham is running a smaller forum for race officers/protest committee members about running advisory hearings/arbitration and full protest hearings. Graham has designed this event for a small group of people and would be grateful if attendance is limited to those who are ‘desperately keen to attend’.

 

The workshop is bookable by e-mailing Sarah Davies, Aldeburgh Yacht Club Training: training@aldeburghyc.org.uk . Indications of a wish to attend the afternoon forum should also be sent to Sarah, as should bookings for lunch.

 

 


 

The above workshops are open to non-members of the host clubs.


Graham is happy to run workshops for other clubs, subject to finding a mutually convenient date.

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The Crouch Area Yachting Federation  AGM

on Sunday 18 February 2018 at South Woodham Ferrers Yacht Club CM3 5WP starting at 14:30

        

  Attendance:

 Chairman ( Roach SA) Ken Wickham

Hon Secretary ( SWFYC) Doug MacEwen

Roach Sailing Assoc  Clem Freeman

North Fambridge YC Nick Parsons

Burnham Sailing Club John Paul

Burnham Sailing Club Rosemary Prior

Up River Yacht Club Dennis Haggarty

                               

Apologies of Absence

RYA Planning and Environment Adviser  Bob Calver

URYC Steve Harris

 Also Invited

Crouch YC Royal Burnham YC Royal Corinthian YC Essex Marina YC

West Wick YC           Wakering YC              Narrow Seas Club                  Eyott Sailing Club

 

  1. 1. Minutes of last 2017 AGM  

 The 2017 minutes were accepted as a true record; proposed by Nick Parsons and seconded by John Paul.

 

  1. 2. Chairman’s report

 This year again I took the chair of the CAYF because there is a need to have a constant centralised voice for the clubs at the RYA and CHA, thus CAYF must be kept going.

 I am pleased to report that Richard Bessey was successfully nominated for a Community Lifetime commitment award by CAYF to the RYA for all his years work as Treasurer and Secretary of CAYF. . Unfortunately he couldn’t receive his award from HRH Princess Royal as he was sailing was in the Canaries on route to Cape Verdi Islands. Congratulations also go to Doug MacEwen also awarded the RYA Community Lifetime Commitment Award for 42 years dedication  to SWFYC.

 During the past year I have made contact with various outside organisations on behalf of the Federation. The results show we are still making in the back ground 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  Doug with his efforts with the CAYF news letter and website covering the Crouch and Roach with relevant items of interest. I being not only on the RYA Eastern Committee as a member, Doug is now the Vice Chairman, and on the CHA where I sit as Chair of the Advisory Committee,  Doug is now also the Vice Chair of the CHA Board, this means we have a really good two way flow of relevant information for CAYF.

This year I have again attended the RYA Eastern Regional Committee Meetings and we, Doug Clem and I also attended this year's RYA Affiliated Club Conference at the Royal Ipswich Hospital and again updating our contact base, updating the needs as to the new data protection acts.

All this will help when we have issues in the rivers and we require to help in resolving them, such as the scaling down of the RSPB site work at Wallasea Island, the proposed lower and upper Crouch Crossings.

 Of continuing concern is The Havengore Bridge  / MOD area closures which significantly affect boats in the Roach. Our efforts are still ongoing with the RYA, but it seems that the RYA Cruising are not interested at working on our behalf and dismissive, despite Richard Card Chaiman of RYA Eastern Region pleas for help. We recently have had encouraging interest from Mark Francois local MP . also . With the announcement on Friday that  Havengore Bridge is closed to marine traffic for 6 weeks . The MOD Contractor Quinteq state that over the past few months the bridge has developed numerous and varied faults and despite extensive efforts to restore the mechanism to full working order, an intermittent fault which causes the bridge and its safety features to fail is still evident. The MOD  priority is to maintain vehicular access over the bridge so that the residents of Foulness Island can reach their homes and would not be isolated in the event of an emergency.When they have full confidence that the bridge will perform with a greater degree of reliability, they will restore the service for marine traffic. They estimate that the closure will be for approximately 6 weeks whilst the new external contractor conducts further fault finding and rectification. In 2017 with the bridge being out of action for some months in the autumn / winter, CAYF had many complaints from boat users as has the CHA and we are trying to have a “Minds” meeting as to what we can do next.

 The CHA are looking seriously into the effects of wash on moored craft and river banks and more detailed information and action is likely during the year. At a recent presentation to the CHA it was indicated with the tides we are now experiencing and the lack of surge tide protection by the reduction of protective works at Wallasea island, topping has become more a reality. Heavy wash from speeding craft increases the problem.

 Trawling for Clams in the Upper Crouch is becoming a serious issue with trawlers dragging metal dredges repeatedly over the river bed and between moorings, which is destroying the riverbed and their eco systems.The Kent and Essex Inshore Fisheries Conservation Authority have passed a byelaw prohibiting bottom towed fishing gear in the Crouch and Roach but as clams are not a recognised shellfish it does not apply to Clam dredging.

 As  last year the Border Patrol and Essex and Kent Police have raised the concerns are about illegal immigration activities via our coastline. This is becoming an increasing concern to the extent the Marine Division has been resurrected for Essex, Kent and Suffolk, to work alongside the Border Patrol. We have seen their activities in the Harbour and any suspicious activity should be logged and reported by calling 101 or anonymously to Crimestopppers on 0800 555 111 or by visiting www.crimestoppers.uk.org

 So finally we really need to engage more across all clubs and associations 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.

Ken Wickham   Chairman

   5. Treasurer’s report

Clem Freeman  reported  that there has been no expenditure or receipts and the balance stands at £252.32 as last year..  In answer to a question from from Burham Sailing Club he reported that although the officers did attend meeting on behalf of CAYF any  travelling expenses to meetings was absorbed by them.

.   6. Election of Chairman

Ken Wickham wsa proposed as Chairman by Nick Parsons and seconded by Doug MacEwen and unanimmously elected as Chairman

    7. Election of Hon Secretary

Doug MacEwen was proposed by Clem Freeman and seconded John Paul and unanimously     elected as Hon Secretary

    8. Election of Hon Treasurer

Clem Freeman was proposed by Nick Parsons and seconded by Doug MacEwen and         unanimously elected as Hon Treasurer

 9. Election of CAYF representatives to CHA Advisory Committee (2)

No other nominations had been received and Doug MacEwen representing the River Crouch and Clem Freeman representing the River Roach who were both willing to stand were proposed by Ken Wickham and seconded by Rosemary Prior

    10. Election of CAYF representatives to RYA Eastern Region Committee (2)

As no other nominatiosn were received both Ken Wickham and Doug MacEwen were unanimosly elected to the RYA East Region Committee.

11. Representation of Crouch and Roach Clubs to  CAYF Committee

Nick Parsons offered to sit on the CAYF  Committee and was unanimously elected

12.  AOB

In answer to questions from Burnham Sailing Club Doug MacEwen outlined the position on the proposed new ferry crossings:-

 Middle Crouch Crossing

There is a 560-year history of a foot (and even a horse) ferry regularly running between the picturesque villages of North & South Fambridge, across the River Crouch in Essex.  With the continual improvement of local footpaths, cycle routes and the England Coast Path there is a project by Fambridge Yacht Havens with support of the Crouch Coastal Community Team is to re-instate this once vital ferry crossing.by installing a convenient all tide pontoon and small car and cycle park at South Fambridge. 

The proposal is to operate a regular service using a purpose built, all weather ferry capable of carrying 12 persons and bicycles between a newly installed pontoon at South Fambridge and the existing pontoon at North Fambridge.   The ferry will provide a 10-minute crossing time between the two districts of Maldon and Rochford which will save a 40 minute drive between the same points.  As well as a huge time saving, other advantages include easy access to many miles of footpaths and cycle routes, the North Fambridge Railway station, the 500-year old Ferry Boat Inn, Fambridge Yacht Haven, Canewdon, Ashingdon and many more local villages.  A recent social media survey of 15 surrounding villages provided 245 responses with 85% in favour; 81% stated that they would use the ferry; 61% thought it reinforced the use of public and rail transport.  

It is hoped that the ferry will be operational in the early summer of 2018

 Lower Crouch Crossing

Planning application to place a passenger foot ferry pontoon at Grassland point on the South shore of the  RSPB site Wallasea Island is currently awaiting consent from Rochford District Council has been made.  A similar application is being proposed on the North side of the Crouch in the Burnham Area. Either an upgrade of the towns jetty or that of Burnham Sailing Club to take a ferry and service the needs of the handicapped

The installation of a new passenger bicycle ferry cossing between the two sites is supported  by Crouch Coastal Community Team, with the object of securing funding for the new pontoons. There is a BSC  member who approached  CAYF, his local sailing club and the local mayor (Bob Calver) with to object to the proposals . He also involved the RYA, Maldon District Council, Crouch Harbour Authority, MMO for not highlighting this enough. His complaint was as a lad he sailed close and through the area and would if this went ahead would be unable to do so. As the planning application was placed with Rochford District Council it was pointed out that he should contact them. To date we understand he has not.

 Foulness Firing Range

A question was raised about the detail of  the boundary for the Foulness / QinetiQ and whether the firing range had been extended The Chairman explained that the navigational marks had been removed from the East Swin by Trinity House which coincided by the MOD prohibited area being republished . He confirmed the boundary as :

 Outer Sea Area

1. 51° 31.380'N 0° 46.515'E
2. 51° 30.220'N 0° 45.724'E
3. 51° 30.270'N 0° 51.273'E
4. 51° 31.459'N 0° 56.704'E
5. 51° 34.071'N 1° 2.239'E
6. 51° 39.581'N 1° 7.391'E
7. 51° 39.609'N 1° 2.735'E
8. 51° 36.990'N 0° 54.961'E

 

The meeting closed At 16:00

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 Issue:  February   2018

 

Volunteer Awards                      

   Please can you remind  club about the RYA Volunteer Awards and get any nominations in by Tuesday 3rd April 2018. The RYA Awards recognise the contribution volunteers make at either regional or national level. In the past the Family Award and the Youth category of the Community Awards have been under represented. Details of all the award categories and an online nomination form are available on the RYA website at http://www.rya.org.uk/about-us/rya-awards/Pages/rya-volunteer-awards.aspx .

 

  Havengore Bridge

    The Havengore Bridge is out of commission for around 6 weeks. Seems they have safety issues and can’t raise the bridge.  There has long been concerns expessed by CAYF about the closures of the bridge which greatly affects those on the River Roach. Local MP Mark Francois has  been engaged again and we had a response from Mark Francois MP saying he has passed all the concerning information from local marine users to QinetiQ Chairman and awaits yet another reply. We have to keep the pressure up on this as they have also extended the range to the outer seas limits which will also affect those using the southern channel of the Crouch and not being able to use the Swin Channel in the Thames when the range is live.

 

Free RYA Race management workshops by Peter Saxton,  Race Management Coordinator.

 Peter is running 3 FREE workshops at venues across the region and we would like as many people to attend as possible. The sessions are at; Norfolk Broads YC, Royal Harwich YC and Priory SC.

 This workshop is aimed at those responsible for the planning and delivery of club racing programmes. During the session Peter Saxton (RYA Race Management Coordinator) will look at the key aspects of running good quality racing, some quick wins for volunteers and how to keep your racers coming back for more.

 These sessions will be very useful for all of those involved in race management at club level, Peter will share some top tips and ideas and we would welcome your support in drumming up attendees, especially to the RHYC and PSC events, bookings can be made following the link below;

 BOOK HERE: http://www.rya.org.uk/newsevents/events/Pages/rya-east-club-development-workshops-.aspx

  

Royal Visit

 Do you or do any of RYA Affiliated  clubs wish to invite RYA President HRH The Princess Royal to come along and officiate at an event being staged between 1st September 2018 and 31st January 2019.

 Please find attached the bid form, bid guidance and dates to be avoided for the above period. Please note the following points. For simplicity the attachments are attached to  the Email message to you.

 1.    Invitations to open or visit new buildings / facilities

  Please be aware that bids that are reliant on the completion of building work are strongly discouraged.  It is a complex and time-consuming job for HRH’s staff to coordinate visits around the country and extremely embarrassing for everyone concerned if a bid has to be withdrawn at a late stage because building work has fallen behind schedule.  Bids are submitted on a six-monthly basis and it is completely acceptable for buildings and other facilities to be “officially” opened even after some use.

 2.    Bid forms: content

  We can offer advice on bids but, as we will not be responsible for making the arrangements, anyone submitting a bid must be completely confident that they can deliver what has been outlined on the form.  Guidance on the information to be included is attached.  Please note that all bids must be completed in Word as pdf versions cannot be submitted to HRH’s office.

 3.    Dates to be avoided

  When preparing a bid please take particular note of the attached “dates to be avoided”.

 4.    Successful bids: organising the visit

  It is the responsibility of the organisation HRH is visiting to ensure that arrangements are made for the visit to run smoothly, both beforehand and on the day.  Organising a visit requires a great deal of work beyond simply making the normal arrangements associated with a particular type of event.

 The responsible individual will need to liaise with the appropriate Lord-Lieutenant’s office, Royal Protection Officers, local police and, possibly, the press and the Royal Press Office.  They will need to submit documentation by specified deadlines which will include, but not be confined to, a timed programme, detailed guest list and biographies. 

 Prior to the event the organisers will have to be available, (often at short notice), for a minimum of two recces which will be attended by security personnel, the Lieutenancy and a representative from HRH’s office.  On the day of the visit, HRH and her Lady-in-Waiting will need to be hosted at all times.  Anyone wishing to submit a bid must be certain that they can fully meet these obligations.

 Please note that RYA reserves the right not to submit bids if they do not consider them to be deliverable.

 Could I please ask you to ensure that all bids are emailed to Jude Rose, PA to Chief Executive jude.rose@rya.org.uk by close of business Wednesday 28 March 2018 at the latest.  We would expect to receive notification of the outcome of the bids around the end of July 2018.

 Would you also let me know, especially if your bid is successful and you wish a senior officer of the East Region in attendance.

  Paglesham Pontoon

 The Pontoon at Paglesham owned and operated by Maclean Marine Engineering has a fault and is sinking at it seaward end. Repairs are being instigated but at the moment all are being asked not to consider using the pontoon as it’s in a dangerous condition. All will be notified if and when its again serviceable.

 Trinity House Notice to Mariners, 12/01/2018 - East coast of England-approaches to River Blackwater: 

 1.Station : Eagle Lighted Buoy.Amendment : Moved to position Latitude 51º 44.109’N., Longitude 001º 03.630’E.

 2.Station : N.W. Knoll Lighted Buoy.Amendment : Moved to position Latitude 51º 44.292’N., Longitude 001º 02.137’E.

 3.Station : Bench Head Lighted Buoy.Amendment : Moved to position Latitude 51º 44.557’N., Longitude 001º 01.186’E.

 Daisy Collingridge is RYA East youth champion

  Daisy Collingridge from Suffolk, a member of Waldringfield Sailing Club, has won the RYA Regional Youth Champion Awards, for the East Region.

 Daisy will receive her trophy at the official awards presentation taking place on Sunday 4 March at the RYA Dinghy Show 2018. The awards will be presented by 49er World Champion and Rio Olympian Dylan Fletcher.

 In just one year Daisy (18) has achieved fantastic results in the Laser Radial, including winning a bronze medal in the World Sailing Youth World Championships. A significant achievement and the first GBR medal in the Radial girls since Ali Young in 2005.  She also finished 2nd overall in the Under 19 RYA Youth National Championships and 9th in the Ladies Radial Youth World Championships 2017.

 Daisy said of her success: “It feels amazing to be presented with the award as a sailor, but ultimately this award celebrates Waldringfield Sailing Club where I learnt to sail and I have received outstanding support over the last year – especially at the ISAF Youth Worlds."

 

Crouch Harbour Authority request to Clubs 

 The   CHA requests for the forth coming 2018 season that all clubs within the confines of CHA submit their  annual risk assessments The Three risk assessment models are suggested, providing for Major, Medium and Minor events. Examples on the CAYF and CHA websites  can be adapted for use by other Clubs  as appropriate                        https://www.essexinfo.net/cayf/risk-assessments/   

  A Major Event is one which is likely to have a major impact on the operation of the harbour, requiring special arrangements agreed in advance with the harbour authority, for which a full risk assessment should be prepared, in consultation where appropriate with the emergency services. Examples of such events are the Burnham Week  Races competitors and  many spectator craft).

  A Medium Event is one having a noticeable impact on the operation of the harbour but for which the harbour authority would not need to consider special arrangements in advance,  risk assessment form can be used.

  A Small Event is one having little or no impact on the operation of the harbour and with minimal risks to non-participants. For these events, for which a formal risk assessment is inappropriate, a standard notification form can be used, whether for a one-off event, or a series of small events (e.g. “Thursday evening Cadet training”).

 This is to ensure there is suitable notification available to all when race officers of the day set a course on the day and CHA have to ensure the prior safety of other river users through the said courses laid on the day.

 GDPR /Data Protection

 A reminder that all clubs will need to have in place their individual General Data  Protection Regulations  for their clubs by 25 May 2018. It applies to clubs class associations and training centres.. The RYA have details on what is required on their web site and also there is an example of a Yacht Club template on the CAYF website:

 https://www.essexinfo.net/cayf/news/ 

 CAYF Officers representing your interests in 2017                                                                                                                                          Ken Wickham Chairman, 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 Treasurer representing the River Roach Clubs and associations Email:  Clem.freeman@btinternet.com  

 

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GDPR Implementation in practice  by   Tim Wood WMYC

Colleagues,

I am sure that all your Clubs and organisations are well on their way with this now, but having spent a fair bit of time preparing the necessary documentation for my  Club, I thought that it might be interesting for you, and hopefully for your Club Secretaries, if I forwarded you all a copy of my Data Privacy Policy Statement that I have prepared for the Club, in order that you might be able to see how my own approach compares to yours. Needless to say, I'd be interested to have any comments. Tim Wood WMYC.

 My own draft Statement is based on the RYA specimen, adapted as  necessary for our own purposes. I attach a specimen here:-

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********************* CLUB DATA PRIVACY POLICY

1 . About this Policy:-

1.1 This policy explains when and why we collect personal information, how we use it and how we keep it secure, and your rights in relation to it.

1.2 We may collect, use and store your personal data, as described in this Data Processing Policy and as described when we collect data from you.

1.3 We reserve the right to amend this Data Processing Policy from time to time without prior notice.

You are advised to check our website **********or our Club noticeboard regularly for any amendments (but amendments will not be made retrospectively).

1.4 We will always comply with the General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) when dealing with your personal data. Further details on the GDPR can be found at the website for the Information Commissioner (www.ico.gov.uk ). For the purposes of the GDPR, we will be the "controller" of all personal data we hold about you.

2. Who are we?

2.1 We are ******** Club. We can be contacted at ***************

 

3. What information we collect and why:-

 

Type of information

Purposes

Legal basis of processing

Member's name, address, telephone numbers, e-mail address(es).

Managing the Member's membership of the Club. .

Performing the Club's contract with the Member. For the purposes of our legitimate interests in operating the Club.

Emergency contact details

Contacting next of kin in the event of emergency

Protecting the Member's vital interests and those of their dependants.

Date of birth / age related information

Managing membership categories which are age related

Performing the Club's contract with the Member.

Gender

Provision of adequate facilities for members and visitors

For the purposes of our legitimate interests in making sure that we can provide sufficient and suitable facilities (including changing rooms and toilets) for each gender.

Type of information

Purposes

Legal basis of processing

Members' age and gender.

Reporting information to the RYA.

For the purposes of the legitimate interests of the RYA to maintain diversity data required by Sports Councils.

Visitors' names, addresses and home clubs.

Managing visitors to the Club.

For the purposes of our legitimate interest in ensuring the Club rules on the number of times a visitor uses the Club are not breached.

Members, Competitors and Visitors names, boat names and sail numbers.

Managing race and event entries and race results.

For the purposes of our legitimate interests in holding races and other events for the benefit of members of the Club.

Members' and Visitors' names, boat names and sail numbers.

Sharing race results with other clubs, organisations, and the RYA, and providing race results to local and national media.

For the purposes of our legitimate interests in operating and promoting the Club.

Members' and Visitors' names, boat names and sail numbers.

Allocating moorings and compound spaces.

For the purposes of our legitimate interests in operating the Club.

Members' contact and boat details.

Publication of annual 'Members and Boats List'.

Consent. We will seek the member's consent for inclusion in the Members and Boats List.  Members can withdraw their consent at any time by contacting us by email or letter. Note that if consent is withdrawn it will only become effective from the next re-printing of the List.

Photos and videos of members and their boats.

Putting on the Club's website and social media pages and using in press releases.

Member's consent, either specific or on their membership application form. Members may withdraw their consent at any time by contacting us by e-mail or letter.

 

Type of information

Purposes

Legal basis of processing

Radio call signs and mobile phone numbers.

Collected for events and shared between those organising and participating in events.

For the purposes of our legitimate interests in ensuring that boats in events can maintain contact with each other.

Bank account details of the member or other
person making payment to the Club.

Managing the Member's and their dependants' membership of the Club, the provision of services and events.

Performing the Club's contract with the Member.

Members name and e-mail address.

Keeping members informed as to Club activities and events.

For the purposes of our legitimate interests in operating the Club and for the proper performance of the Club's contract with the member.

Members' contact and boat details.

Passing on contact information for the owners of a found or abandoned boat showing 'WMYC' Club initials, if requested by the Coastguard.

For the performance of a task carried out in the public interest. For our legitimate interests in assisting our members. For the protection of the vital interests of our members and their crews.

Employee details as required for their employment with the Club.

Proper employment of staff by the Club.

For our legitimate interests in employing appropriate staff to provide the necessary service to our members and visitors.

Contractors' details in respect of contractors who have been or may be contracted to provide services to the Club.

Engagement of such contractors as may be required to maintain and enhance the facilities and services provided by the Club.

For our legitimate interests in maintaining and enhancing the facilities and services provided by the Club.

For the proper performance of the contract with our Members.

 

 

Type of information

Purposes

Legal basis of processing

Instructor's name, address, email addresses, phone numbers and relevant qualifications and/or experience.

Managing instruction at the Club.

For the purposes of our legitimate interests in ensuring that we can contact those offering RYA and other instruction and training courses and provide details of instructors to members.

Names, addresses, email addresses and telephone numbers of training course students and prospective students.

Managing instruction at the Club.

For the purposes of our legitimate interests in ensuring that we can contact those desiring RYA and other instruction and training courses and provide details of courses to members and others.

 

4. How we protect your personal data

4.1 We will not transfer your personal data outside the EEA without your consent.

4.2 We have implemented generally accepted standards of technology and operational security in order to protect personal data from loss, misuse, or unauthorised alteration or destruction. We will notify you promptly in the event of any breach of your personal data which might expose you to serious risk.

4.3 Please note however that where you are transmitting information to us over the internet this can never be guaranteed to be 100% secure.

4.4 For any payments which we take from you online we will use a recognised online secure payment system.

4.5 We will notify you promptly in the event of any breach of your personal data which might expose you to serious risk.

5. Who else has access to the information you provide us?

5.1 We will never sell your personal data. We will not share your personal data with any third parties without your prior consent (which you are free to withhold) except where required to do so by law or as set out in the table above or paragraph 5.2 below.

5.2 We may pass your personal data to third parties who are service providers, agents and subcontractors to us for the purposes of completing tasks and providing services to you on our behalf (e.g. to print newsletters and send you mailings). However, we disclose only the personal data that is necessary for the third party to deliver the service and we have a contract in place that requires them to keep your information secure and not to use it for their own purposes.

 

 

6. How long do we keep your information?

6.1 We will hold your personal data on our systems for as long as you are a member of the Club and for as long afterwards as is necessary to comply with our legal obligations, and for our legitimate interests in managing the Club (for example, rejoining members are not normally charged a new entry fee and thus it is necessary to ascertain whether someone applying for membership has been a member in the past). We will review your personal data every year to establish whether we are still entitled to process it. If we decide that we are not entitled to do so, we will stop processing your personal data except that we will retain your personal data in an archived form in order to be able to comply with future legal obligations e.g. compliance with tax requirements and exemptions, and the establishment, exercise or defence of legal claims.

6.2 We securely destroy all financial information once we have used it and no longer need it.

 

7. Your rights

7.1 You have rights under the GDPR:

(a) to access your personal data

(b) to be provided with information about how your personal data is processed

(c) to have your personal data corrected

(d) to have your personal data erased in certain circumstances

(e) to object to or restrict how your personal data is processed

(f) to have your personal data transferred to yourself or to another business in certain circumstances.

7.2 You have the right to take any complaints about how we process your personal data to the Information Commissioner:

Information Commissioner's Office,
Wycliffe House, Water lane, Wilmslow,

Cheshire SK9 SAF

 https://ico.org.uk/concerns/ 

 Helpline 0303 123 1113. 

For more details, please address any questions, comments and requests regarding our data processing
practices to our Data Controller, who is the ************** of the Club- contact details are...........

 

 You will see that I am relying on 'Consent' only where we absolutely have no alternative. This is because, as you will all realise, in the form in which it is required, 'Consent' is so hard to obtain. The ICO Guidance itself says:-

"You need consent when no other lawful basis applies. For example, this may be the case if you want to use or share someone’s data in a particularly unexpected or potentially intrusive way, or in a way that is incompatible with your original purpose. "

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 Issue:  January   2018

CAYF AGM The CAYF AGM is to be held on Sunday 18 February at South Woodham Ferrers Yacht Club CM3 5WP starting at 14:30.

RYA Eastern Region Havengore Bridge update                                                                                                                Recently there has been a flurry of comments about the performance of the Havengore Bridge. Several bodies including CAYF, RSA, RYAE and local fishing interests have all been campaigning for better management of the Havengore Bridge to allow freer access into and out of Havengore Creek. 2017 was without doubt one of the worst on record for the bridge being out of commission. There is a growing feeling that MoD and its agent QinetiQ would really like to permanently close the bridge and passage through it.

Discussions with the company have so far proved fruitless. Approaches for help from the RYA Legal Department have produced a rambling reply that centres on byelaws and regulations without addressing the actual problem of the bridge being opened to allow fishing boats and yachts through; especially at weekends when the ranges are not being used.

It is probably worth noting here that the use of the East Swin Channel running alongside the Maplin Sands is now a no-go area for yachts as the range’s seaward boundary has been pushed out into the Black Deep on the instructions of QinetiQ! The buoyage was moved across into the Black Deep so there are no channel markings in the ESC.

There is no wish among sailors and fishermen to break the byelaws, just a fair operation of the bridge. East Coast Pilot (www.eastcoastpilot.com) sums up the situation as, “Concerns have been growing about the long-term future of the Havengore route, the bridge having been out of action for long periods recently. The Roach SA together with the CAYF, MSBA and other bodies are seeking support from the RYA and the CA to gain assurances from the MoD and their contractors that the bridge will remain in operation, and that the route is not heading for permanent closure. We at ECP whole-heartedly support these efforts.” The increasing number of bodies, which includes RYA East, joining forces to solve this problem must be a wake-up call to those in authority.

 

Fambridge Ferry Crossing                                                                                                                                                          There is a 560-year history of a foot (and even a horse) ferry regularly running between the picturesque villages of North & South Fambridge, across the River Crouch in Essex.  With the continual improvement of local footpaths, cycle routes and the England Coast Path there is a project by Fambridge Yacht Havens with support of the Crouch Coastal Community Team is to re-instate this once vital ferry crossing.by installing a convenient all tide pontoon and small car and cycle park at South Fambridge. 

The proposal is to operate a regular service using a purpose built, all weather ferry capable of carrying 12 persons and bicycles between a newly installed pontoon at South Fambridge and the existing pontoon at North Fambridge.   The ferry will provide a 10-minute crossing time between the two districts of Maldon and Rochford which will save a 40 minute drive between the same points.  As well as a huge time saving, other advantages include easy access to many miles of footpaths and cycle routes, the North Fambridge Railway station, the 500-year old Ferry Boat Inn, Fambridge Yacht Haven, Canewdon, Ashingdon and many more local villages.  A recent social media survey of 15 surrounding villages provided 245 responses with 85% in favour; 81% stated that they would use the ferry; 61% thought it reinforced the use of public and rail transport.  

It is hoped that the ferry will be operational in the early summer of 2018

 

General Data Protection Regulation Update from the RYA                                                           The GDPR comes into force on 25th May 2018 replacing the current Data Protection Act 1998 (DPA). The GDPR applies to all organisations that process data, regardless of size or legal status (e.g. incorporated or unincorporated) or tax status (e.g. charity or CASC). Most, if not all, the information you request on your membership application forms, event entry forms and information you collect from visitors, suppliers, staff and volunteers will be personal data. There are no exemptions and clubs should note the fines for getting it wrong could be huge.

If you need any further guidance on any GDPR issues then please contact legal@rya.org.uk

RSPB Wallasea Island

Removal of Pontoon and associated works by RSPB on Wallasea Island, we have raised issues about the planning permission given and the unresolved issue of future flooding and lack of continued survey works on the associated river beds due to the cessation of the project. Local farmers have also raised concerns about possible flooding in the area due to not fulfilling the original aims of the project. There is an accompanying issue of the number requested and how they are granted of Planning permissions for this project. It seems that as Cross Rail was a Government back project nothing stood in its way and this project was on the back of some really odd decisions by Essex County Council.

 

Lower Crouch Crossing

Planning application to place a passenger foot ferry pontoon on the shores of the north side of RSPB site Wallasea Island - CHA works permit approval for such works in conjunction with "Lower Crouch Crossing" by Crouch Coastal Community Team to obtain funding. We had a RYA member who approached  CAYF, his local sailing club and the local mayor (Bob Calver) with a complaint. He also involved the RYA, Maldon District Council, Crouch Harbour Authority, MMO for not highlighting this enough. His complaint was as a lad he sailed close and through the area and would if this went ahead would be unable to do so. As the planning application was placed with Rochford District Council and was pointed out that he should contact them. To date I understand he has not.

A similar application is being proposed on the north side of the Crouch in the Burnham Area. Either an upgrade of the towns jetty or that of Burnham Sailing Club to take a ferry and service the needs of the handicapped.

  

The Roach Sailing Association has raised an issue with the Electrical Network

 Providers over overhead cables hanging below the required Air Swept distance of 9.9 metres in Paglesham Pool. One of their Committee members Clem Freeman has for the last 2 years been trying to get an inspection carried out. Today he was asked to help take an inspector to site by water by the CHA Harbour Master. Bob Calver seems via his position to have broken the stalemate and we await their results. Just to add the RSPB again have possibly caused the issue as the overhead power lines after the crossing were removed and the cable buried across their land at huge expense. The poles not having support of a line have fallen into the pool area?

  Keeping the RYA Regional Communicator (Holly Hancock) informed.

 Events of particular interest in the coming year which Holly would welcome information from clubs and RYA Training Centres, are:

 - What clubs and centres are going to do in 2018, particularly on any of thefollowing RYA schemes-

 • Push the Boat Out

 • Open days/try sailing days if not part of Push the Boat Out

 • Start sailing and start racing programmes

 • Start racing and go racing programmes

 • Try Sailing events

 • University sailing projects

 • Corporate sailing projects

 • New RYA training, OnBoard, Sailability centres

 • Grant successes

 • Sailability events

 • OnBoard

 • Honda Youth Rib

 • Champion Clubs

 • Volunteer Awards

 • Youth champions

 • Zone championships - regional successes

 • Club of the Year Award

 • Anything of regional interest with an RYA angle.

 If your club/Centre or a club/Centre you know of is involved in any of the above, or other events which are of regional interest, and have some RYAand she will be pleased to promote. Items only need to be brief, 2-4 paragraphs, with highlights. An item does not need to be  polished; jottings about the highlights are fine, also a quote from someone involved (which adds human interest to releases, 2-4 lines is enough), and a 1MB minimum photograph. The press won’t use lower resolution photographs.

 angle, please send some information to holly.hancock@rya.org.uk ,

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 Issue:  October  2017

 RYA Affiliated Clubs  Conference:

 This year’s conference is the 29th October at Royal Hospital School, Ipswich Suffolk. Bookings are now live, your club may send up to a maximum of 4 representatives to the conference. The event is free and consists of a strong range of workshops and national updates, and includes refreshments and lunch.  BOOK HERE : http://www.rya.org.uk/newsevents/events/Pages/affiliate-conferences.aspx .

  Instructor training day

 This is taking place at a combination of Royal Hospital School, Alton Water and Neptune Sailing on 11 March 2018. Please pass on this date to instructors and  RYA Training Centre within your club.

 

 

 Please see attached “Make the most of your regional communicator", whichtells you what Holly can (and can’t) do. Holly would encourage you to please read it (it’s only one page long), share it with your club/Centre contacts and make use of it. Holly can do pre-event publicity and post-event reports. Most of the information currently received comes from our regional RDO/SDOs and it would be good please to get more input from clubs and  RYA Training Centres and committee members. We are doing some good things in the region, so let’s promote them. 

 Diversity

 Alice Davies from Brightlingsea SC, a member of the RYA Eastern Regional Committee, is the recently appointed Diversity Portfolio Lead on the RYA Eastern Regional Committee. Alice’s role is to promote the benefits of diversity in clubs, such as increasing membership and participation. Alice would be pleased to deal with any questions or queries. Her contact details arebscpresident1@gmail.com; TN  01206 306768/mobile 07534388249.

 Alice is keen that all clubs acquaint themselves with the funding opportunities currently available by Sport England and Local Authorities to clubs across the Eastern Region. The latest Sport England initiative is grant funding to tackle inactivity  and the socio economic disadvantaged and the link is https://www.sportengland.org/news-and-features/news/2017/august/4/tackling-inactivity-and-economic-disadvantage/.  Local Authority funding opportunities differ by each individual authority but a good starting reference point ishttp://www.governmentfunding.org.uk/Default.aspx .    Jane Ellison, the RYA Disability Development Officer for the East Region (ddo.east@rya.org.uk), is the appropriate person   to contact about funding for the disabled.

 Disability Awareness Training

  If your clubs would be interested in booking on to some Disability Awareness Training over the winter, please  contact Jane Ellison.  Jane is currently planning to run a course in Essex and hopefully another course in Cambridgeshire/Hertfordshire.

Make the most of your Regional Communicator

What your Regional Communicator can promote Your Regional Communicator can help your club to boost your profile-WKH\¶UH LQWHUHVWHG LQ DQ\WKLQJ which is to do with participation and celebrating achievement. Your RC will be able to distribute a press release if your story is related to an RYA programme or initiative such as: x OnBoard, Volunteer of the Year Awards, Club of the Year and Push the Boat Out x Open days/taster sessions which are open to the general public x People stories-the media love human interest stories and these can inspire other people to get involved in the sport x Grants including Inspired Facilities and small grants RCs will make sure these stories sit on the RYA regional websites and are promoted through the RYA social media channels Top tip: a genuine news story is always more likely to get picked up and used by local media than simply an 'advert' for something people need to pay for so always look for a newsworthy angle. Your RC can help you to do this. :K

 

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Issue:  August 2017

Feedback from CHA Survey

Thank you to all the clubs that returned the summer Crouch Harbour Authority stakeholder satisfaction survey. The results were:-

How likely are you to use the CHA Website? Extremely likely 47%, very likely18%, moderately17% slightly25%

When dealing with the CHA are they helpful?Extremely 64%, Very 36%, Moderately ,slightly and not Nil

Do the CHA safeguard your use of the harbour? Extremely well 58%, very well 42%moderately, slightly, not Nil

Do you think the CHA provide good value? Extremely good 36%,very good 54%,modererately 10%

The conclusions are that the CHA are helpful, courteous and provide good value.

 

Richard Bessey RYA Lifetime Commitment  Award

We are delighted to be informed by the RYA Honours and Awards panel that Richard Bessey has been conferred  with  an RYA Community Award  for Lifetime Commitment. Richard has given the last 15 years to dedicating his time to helping and preserving yachting on the Rivers Crouch and Roach.  He was Hon Secretary and moorings officer of the Roach Sailing Association for 15 years; appointed  as a  member of the Crouch Harbour Authority Advisory Committee for the last 10 years; elected by Clubs as a  member of the CAYF management committee since 2008 and in 2010 took over as  Hon Secretary of CAYF until his resignation last year. We have taken the  slightly unusual step of announcing Richard Bessey’s award before the official presentation in November, because he is presently sailing around the world and will not be able to attend the presentation in person!  Richard dedicated his time to preserving our boating interests,  sat on many sub committees and working parties about the river and foreshore  and was Parish Councillor  so  this award is entirely appropriate and well deserved. Well done Richard.

 

Trawling in the Upper Crouch

At a recent Heads of the River Combined Clubs Committee, Commodores expressed concerns about the trawlers operating in the Upper Crouch damaging the riverbed whist trawling for clams. Their concerns were  from the damage to the eco systems living on the seabed by the constant trawling of the riverbed in the same place;   eroding the riverbed  levels and exposing mooring sinkers which are dragging.  The Chairman was asked to write to the Marine Management Organisation, the CHA expressing concerns and requesting action; also to request  the  Inshore Fisheries Enforcement Agency   for inspection of the trawlers concerned to be satisfied they are operating legally.

 

Riding Light displayed whilst at  anchor

The Harbour Master has recently been in receipt of correspondence from several concerned river users that some Ships (see definition below) are anchoring in the CHA District and in particular within the designated anchorage at the entrance to the river Roach without displaying the correct night and day signals (Lights & Shapes).

Accordingly, she reminds Mariners of their obligation under the International Regulations for Preventing of Collisions at Sea:

Part C Lights & Shapes

Rule 30 Anchored Vessels & Vessel Aground

(a) A vessel at anchor shall exhibit where it can best be seen:

(i) in the fore part, an all-round white light or one ball;

(ii) at or near the stern and at a lower level than the light prescribed in subparagraph (i), an all-round white light.

(b) A vessel of less than 50 metres in length may exhibit an all-round white light where it can best be seen instead of the lights prescribed in paragraph (a) of this Rule.

(c) A vessel at anchor may, and a vessel of 100 meters and more in length shall, also use the available working or equivalent lights to illuminate her decks.

(e) A vessel of less than 7 meters in length, when at anchor not in or near a narrow channel, fairway or where other vessels normally navigate, shall not be required to exhibit the shape prescribed in paragraphs (a) and (b) of this Rule.

Ship’ – Includes every description of vessel used in navigation, seaplanes on the surface of the water and hovercraft within the meaning of the Hovercraft Act 1968.

 

VHF Channel changes

l The VHF channels HM Coastguard uses to broadcast Maritime Safety Information (MSI) and conduct radio medical advice are changing.
From mid-morning on Wednesday 6 September 2017 the Coastguard will no longer broadcast on VHF 23, 84 and 86. It will instead use VHF 62, 63 and 64. The use of VHF Channel 10 for MSI and pollution control (back up) is unchanged.If youre out on the water and dont know which channel to listen to, MSI broadcasts will continue to be announced by the Coastguard on Channel 16. This announcement enables the mariner to establish which channel to monitor to receive the broadcast.

l Cruising mariners are reminded that the CHA patrol vessels monitor Channel 11 which may be useful for boats inward of the Whittaker. This includes the pilot vessel Crouch Trident when escorting commercial ships into and out of Baltic Wharf at Creeksea.

RYA Push the boat out 2018

Push the Boat out will be held during the month of May next year leaving it to Clubs to sort out their own dates to suit tides and  clashing  between neighbouring clubs

 

Affiliated Clubs Conference - Diary date

Please note that the Region’s Affiliated Clubs Conference will be on Sunday 29 October at Royal Hospital School,Holbrook. Further details of the topics and workshops will be announced in the future  I look forward to seeing you at the Conference.

 

Red Diesel                                                                                                                                                                           In response to red diesel fines that occurred in Belgium at the end of June and earlier this month, the RYA have circulated this official guidance. The Minister of Finance’s office advised that due to there being different treatment on how the use of red diesel in pleasure craft is dealt with in different EU member states, Belgian customs has suspended all controls until there has been a debate at EU level to ensure a uniform approach in all member states. This debate is expected to take place on 18 September 2017.This means that British yachts can enter Belgian ports without fear of being fined.It should however be noted that this is not a change to the Belgian legislation. It is simply a statement that the law will not be enforced in the short term.

Local Club, Hanningfield Sailability win RS Venture Class                                                                                                         More than 50 boats and 74 sailors converged at Rutland Water ton 5/6 August to compete at Britains biggest disabled sailing event, that had prizes up for grabs in seven classes. I am delighted to report that  local Hanningfield Sailors Daniel Wilson and Roy Hall winning the RS Venture Class. See http://www.rya.org.uk/go/sailability .

 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