Speeding Jet Skis at Weir Quay


Following our Commodore’s message of the 6th June there have been further developments with the issue of speeding craft on our stretch of the River Tamar and indeed throughout Plymouth Sound.

Many of you will have seen press and TV articles recently reporting anti-social and illegal behaviour of jet skiers throughout the South West.

Following representations through the appropriate channels, Plymouth QHM acknowledge that the issue has been getting out of hand and have resolved to take immediate action. As a result on several occasions recently the MOD Police ribs have been tasked to incidents involving speeding jet skis – including two incidents that took place yesterday at Weir Quay.

In order to speed up the MOD Police response we have been asked to report all incidents directly to them on 01752 553384. Please consider storing this number on your mobile phone to help speed up the process.

In addition, photos and videos should be sent to Loiuse Trickey at louise.trickey@mod.gov.uk

Please only film and report if it is safe to do so and always avoid any confrontation with the crews.

Port Control can also be called when afloat on VHF Channel 14 using either of the call-signs “Longroom” or “Flag”.

There is a report form on the QHM Plymouth web site which is particularly useful for incidents involving Personal Watercraft (jet skis): https://www.royalnavy.mod.uk/qhm/plymouth/report-an-incident

Your submission is automatically included in the day’s activity log and subsequently reviewed by QHM senior officers.

It would also be helpful to copy your complaints to our local councillors, Steve Hipsey (steve.gzad.hipsey@gmail.com) or Robin Musgrave (robmus@btinternet.com)

Previous Club Bulletins Republished!

In the absence of any opportunity to go sailing so far this year, and for many not even the opportunity to carry on with the pre-season fettling of their boats, we will be publishing an archive of previous years’ club bulletins.

They provide a small opportunity to relive some of the exploits andfrustrations of club members past and present at a time when we could all do with a little light relief.

We start off with the Autumn Bulletin from 2002 and the Spring and Autumn Bulletins form 2006.

They can be found in the Members’ Pages of the website which is protected with the new season’s password which can be found in your membership confirmation email from MemberMojo.

Our thanks to Granville Starkie for making these bulletin files available for us.

Cadet’s Winter Talk Postponed

It is with somewhat of a heavy heart that we have taken the decision to postpone next Monday’s scheduled Winter Talk by the club’s Cadets.

The current situation regarding the Covid 19 Corona virus has persuaded us to err on the side of caution and delay what was set to be an enthralling talk by some of the younger members of our club.

With some of our club members already having taken the decision to isolate themselves and some others expressing concern at attending a public meeting, we felt that it would be better for everyone if we could reschedule the talk to a later date.

The cadets have put a lot of work into their presentation and it is only fair that we try and provide the best possible audience for them.

The silver lining behind this small cloud is that when the talk does finally take place, the Cadets will not only be able to regail us with their adventures on Leader in 2019, we will also get to hear about their exploits on Johanna Lucretia next month.

We are sorry to disappoint everyone that was looking forward to the talk, but we are sure that on balance you will agree that it is the sensible thing to do.

With our best wishes

Weir Quay Sailing Club

Our Annual Events Programme is Now Online

We have just published our events programme for the sailing season ahead. 

You can download your copy of the programme from our website at;  https://wqsc.org/events/  where you will also find a link to a Google Calendar that carries details of each event.

Here is a small selection of some upcoming events and some of the highlights of the annual programme;

  • Dinghy sailors registration and re-rig  Sunday 15th March
  • Winter Talk  Monday 16th March
  • Spring Working Party Sat 21st March (or fall-back date of 28th if poor weather)
  • First dinghy evening sail Friday 3rd March
  • Steve Hipsey’s Mega Quiz Monday 6th April
  • Tamar Bridge Race Sunday 3rd May
  • Get Afloat Day (in partnership with TTGC) Sunday 17th May
  • Midsummer BBQ, Cellar Bay, River Yealm 20th & 21st June
  • Bere Ferrers Watersports Saturday 4th July
  • WQSC Regatta Saturday 18th & Sunday 19th July
  • End of Season Cruise to the River Yealm Sat 26th & Sunday 27th September
  • WQSC AGM Monday 9th November
  • Annual Dinner & Prize Giving Sat 21st November

Don’t forget, this is only a selection of the events we have scheduled this year. The Events page of our website has the full programme.

Whilst you are visiting our website, why not join the growing list of subscribers to our website and be the first to be notified of new posts on the site? A simple subscription box can be found on the right hand side of the events page, or the foot of every other website page.

Other Website Updates

We have also added some important documents to the Member’s Page . These are;

  • Boat Shed Entry Procedure
  • Boat Park Code of Conduct
  • WQSC Safeguarding & Welfare Policy (draft policy awaiting committee approval)

The New Sailing Season Is Almost Here And It’s Time to Renew Your Membership!

If you haven’t already renewed your membership for the 2020/21 season, you will shortly be receiving an automated renewal reminder from our MemberMojo system.

This year, some upgrades to the ‘Mojo software have allowed us to integrate the payments for annual mooring charges, boat storage charges and training fees into the final online calculation of the fees due. We are currently in the process of switching our online payment option to the Stripe card payment system and this should be available online from 9th March 2020. We already have the Stripe account in place and are currently validating the payment process. Online card authorisation is our preferred method of payment as your fees will be reconciled  against your MemberMojo requests automatically, greatly reducing the considerable workload required of our Treasurer.

If you do prefer to pay by BACS or by cheque, please remember to provide a clear reference to your membership application – ideally your surname and your membership number.

You can go directly to the ‘Mojo system using this link; https://membermojo.co.uk/weirquaysailingclub – You can sign in using the password that you selected for this site, or by using the “Sign In Without Password” option which sends a link direct to your email account.

A simple overview of the membership renewal form on ‘Mojo can be found at the top of the Join us! page of the club website; https://wqsc.org/join-us/. You may find it useful to download this before starting the renewal process.

Detailed information concerning the various options within the form will display as you complete the form. If you do have any questions or comments concerning the membership form, please contact me at stuart.wqsc@gmail.com

As before most of your details will already populate the fields in the membership form, but it is always a good idea to check that we still hold the correct contact details for you and your family.

From mid-March we will send out this year’s tide tables (courtesy of Weir Quay Boatyard), dinghy and tender boatyard stickers (the 2020 sticker is illustrated above), and a printed copy of our annual events programme, as soon as we have received your renewal.

With best wishes of the sailing season ahead

Stuart McCullough
WQSC Membership and Website Officer

1st Winter Talk – The Last Journey by Dog Sledge Across Antarctica

A Talk By by John Killingbeck

Bere Alston Bowling Club – 13th January at 19:30 bar opens from 19:00

ALL WELCOME £1 payable at the door

John was the last person to drive a team of huskies in Antarctica. He worked for two and a half years as Base Leader in the South Shetlands and was invited by the British Antarctic Survey to undertake a last sledge journey on the continent as the representative of hundreds of past drivers.

This is his account of that trip!

Born in the countryside of Devonshire, England, he studied Geography in Bristol and made his M.Phil in Polar studies at the Scott Polar Research Institute at Cambridge.

In 1960, at the age of 23, he first time voyaged down to the Antarctic on the Royal Research ship, John Biscoe, to work for two and ½ years with the British Antarctic Survey. He was the base leader and magistrate of Deception Island, South Shetlands and in charge of building the historical hangar at Base B, which is now a historic monument.

In 1962 he spent a year as dog driver, supporting first survey to Adelaide Island, where he lived in a small base of six persons and 54 dogs. After his time in Antarctica he worked as a teacher for polar history and as adult University Lecturer at the University of Exeter. In 1993 he was invited back to Antarctica to sledge the last dogs on the continent. During this time he took 10 m ice core temperatures for climate studies.

New Year’s Walk Photos now available in the Events Pages

Images from the annual New Year’s Day walk are now available in the Events Pages. We are indebted to Mike Street and Doug Hinge for providing the photography!

This year’s event was kindly hosted again by Jim and Pru Barnes. The day was grey, but warm and dry with good visibility. About 30 members walked along the levee, around the river edge and then up and over the local hills.

The intrepid party returned to a delicious soup and buffet lunch at South Hooe, along with additional food donated by many of the participants. There were copious quantities of cider and tea drunk and a great time was had by all.

You can open the gallery by following this link; https://wqsc.org/new-years-day-walk-2020/

Join Us On Our Annual New Year’s Walk Around South Hooe.

Our annual New Year’s ramble around South Hooe is a great way to blow away the festive cobwebs and work off any seasonal over-indulgences!

We meet at South Hooe at 10:45 am on Wednesday 1st January for an 11:00 am start.

The plan is to walk round the beautiful South Hooe peninsular followed by a get-together at Jim and Pru’s home to share hot soup and lunch. Whether you’re a long-established club member or have recently joined, the event is a great way to get to know your fellow members as it’s an easy going route that will leave you with enough breath to keep the conversation going!

Please bring any left-over Christmas fare or something else to contribute to the lunch.

Please e-mail Jim at jimandprubarnes@gmail.com to let him know that you are coming.

We look forward to seeing you there!

With all best wishes to you and your family for the festive season.

The Commodore and Committee

Weir Quay Sailing Club

WQSC AGM 2019 – Draft Minutes

The draft minutes of this year’s AGM can now be found on the Member’s Pages of this website. This link will take you there; https://wqsc.org/members-pages/

Any amendments should be sent to the Club Secretary at the address accompanying the draft minutes.

Members who have forgotten the 2019 Member’s Pages password can find it in their membership confirmation email from MemberMojo or by requesting it by emailing info.wqsc@gmail.com.