News 2015

Message from Sue Wyeth  representing the Chernobyl Children Lifetime
KEBC are proud to support this amazing charity and we would like you to read and respond to this plea for help.

"We need to recruit some more host families for next year. We need hosts to have 2 children for 2 weeks either Monday July 11th until Saturday July 23rd or Saturday July 23rd until Sunday August 7th.The children will be about 9 years old. We have a full programme of activities and a bilingual leader and support for hosts is available 24/7.

Giving 2 weeks of our lives to these children is multiplied many times over in the benefit to them. It is a boost to their immune system,it clears caesium 137 from their bodies,it gets rid of infection from rotten teeth which would go unchecked,it improves their education if they need glasses which are not available at home,it helps their families,it strengthens the children,fun and relaxation are good therapy,it tells families they are not forgotten. You don't just give them the holiday of a lifetime you do so much more.

We are happy to visit anyone who would like more information.

We also have a market stall selling Belarusian craft and will be opposite Barclays Bank this Saturday for Kingsbridge celebrates Christmas.

We will be at the KEBC dinner and would be happy to meet anyone who would like to know more.

Thank you for reading about the Chernobyl Children Lifetime.
Please look at our website (opens a new window)
My contact details are: - Sue Wyeth 01548 561783
or through the contact link on our website.


December 16th   Please be remember that we are now taking bookings for the Club Christmas dinner to be held on Wednesday 16th December at the Crabshell.  It is open to members only on a first come first served basis so please download your booking form and get it to Vice Chair, Penny Masters soon as possible - the address is on the form. 

You can Download this PDF File XMAS DINNER MENU 2015


Club Night 18th Novenber Approximately 40 Members enjoyed an excellent evening of stories from our guest speaker Mr Gordon Partridge, one of the last Lighthouse Keepers to work the offshore lighthouses around Britain. He gave us a fascinating insight into that lonely life and told many humorous anecdotes, such as when he approached the Bishop Rock Lighthouse off the Isles of Scilly by boat to be winched aboard for his two month tour of duty, only to see a sign by the door saying "Cleaner Wanted apply within!". Many thanks to Gordon for an enthralling evening.


Gordon Partridge knows lighthouses. He spent 22 years working the lights and seen duty at 22 different stations, including some favourites: he worked both at the Needles and at the Isles of Scilly.

He was the last lighthouse keeper at the Casquets, the last to leave up the ladder into the helicopter.   The talk will start at the usual time of 7.30pm.

Gordon and his paperback book is featured in this picture


The December KEBC meeting on Wednesday 16th will be the Christmas meal at the Crabshell. The meal is for members only and reservations only accepted with payment on a strictly first come first served basis.


You can Download this PDF File XMAS DINNER MENU 2015


Stand Up Paddle Board Race – 24 October 2015


The stand- up paddle board races last Saturday were a great success. Various Club members volunteered to support the event by helping with registration, parking and course marker buoy deployment. We also manned our boats out on the estuary to help guide the competitors on their way around the course. We became quite busy later in the day as some racers became too tired and cold in the windy condition to continue. As you can see in the picture, one of our boats had five ‘rescuees’ on board all trying to find room in the warm cabin with the skipper!!

KEBC Meeting at the Crabshell on Wednesday 21st October


For our first indoor meeting of the autumn / winter season we have asked back Nigel Mortimer from South Devon AONB. He is going to talk about the rich wildlife in our beautiful estuary and how it is being conserved. He will then facilitate a discussion to see how we, the club, can work towards improving the Estuary environment and water quality in the coming years.  This should be a very interesting event and an opportunity for members to contribute.  Please note that the Meeting starts at 7.30pm prompt.

National Stand Up Paddle Board race 24th October 2015


Waterborn at the Crabshell are staging a prestigious National Stand Up Paddle Board race on Saturday 24th October.
KEBC are very keen to provide help and support on the day and so we are asking for volunteers to help with registration, parking, and generally guiding the competitors to be at the right place at the right time. The event will start with a volunteers briefing at 12 noon with competitors registering from 1pm and the race starting at 3pm.

If you would like to volunteer or would like more information please contact Richard Smith on 01548 854300 or email It is a chance to show our appreciation of all the support KEBC get from the Crabshell.

You can Download this PDF File SUP Event Schedule 2015


Rowing the Atlantic


We are delighted to announce that we have a special indoor meeting on Wednesday 16th September at the Crabshell, starting at 7.30pm prompt. 

As I am sure you will know, Tom Rainey and Lawrence Walters have just completed their record breaking 93 day row across the Atlantic, finishing in Salcombe a couple of weeks ago. Tom, who lives here, has agreed to come and give an illustrated talk on their epic challenge. This is probably the last opportunity to hear about the challenge first hand as Tom will be going back to his day job very shortly.

KEBC is delighted to be able to support Tom’s cause, The Brain Tumour Charity, so don’t forget to buy a raffle ticket on the night. Please put the date in your diary as we hope to see as many of you there as possible.

This event replaces the advertised bird watching by boat.


Mariners are being warned to navigate with care in the Ditch End area of the Harbour. An old pipe has been exposed due to erosion of sand. The pipe has been marked with a red dan buoy marked ‘Isolated Danger’.
A further Notice to Mariners will be issued when the matter has been resolved.

Vanessa Tabb
Assistant Harbour Master

Dolphin in the Bag 2nd September 2015
Ken Dilley has been out and about on his boat this morning with his son Alex, and has reported a sighting of a dolphin swimmimg alongside in the Bag.

This surely is proof of why we should stick to the speed limits in the estuary.

Awesome photograph Alex

Photo by Alex Dilley


River Maid Cruise 19th August 2015 "Over 75 members braved the weather to join the annual Estuary Cruise last Wednesday evening. The rain did lift for most of the time, so sitting outside on the deck seating was an option taken by many. We cruised Southpool and Batson creeks and down towards the Bar, turning when the swell increased. The pasties were excellent and Patrick did a great job entertaining on guitar and vocals. A good old sociable event on the water which I think was enjoyed by all on board. Many thanks must go to Linda who organised the bar, Michael for the pasties, Penny, Theresa, Suzanne, Peter and Alan for their help with all the other jobs and last but not least Skipper Peter Moule for a smooth and safe trip. Lets hope for better weather next time."


The Fastnet Yacht race will start on Sun 23rd around 12:00 from Cowes in the Solent and for those of you want to plot the race as it happens you can go to the following link.:-

My work colleague, Tom at KCC is one of the crew members aboard Ju Kyu (GBR 9948T), pictured here, who regularly crews on the boat from Plymouth. Give the boat a cheer as you watch the race unfold, starting from 12:00hrs on Sunday. The race finishes in Plymouth and the first boats home are expected to be the multi hulls around Tuesday evening.

Photo Credits to Kevin Greenwood

Day on the Beach 2nd August 2015 Thank you to the twenty members who braved the terrible weather conditions to spend the day in Fishermans cove, East Portlemouth. Some came by boat, some by car, and some walked to enjoy the wall to wall sunshine good company and good food. As you can see from the photos it was a perfect day and some who should probably know better managed some Dam building in the traditional way.



RECORD BREAKING NORTH ATLANTIC ROW: Tom Rainey (from Salcombe) and Lawrence Walters set off from New York on 3 May 2015 in "Yves" in an attempt to break the records for youngest pair to complete the crossing. They are hoping to raise £250,000 for The Brain Tumour Charity and there are opportunities to donate on the website (HEREshould you so wish. Congratulations to them for completing the crossing and arriving in Salcombe on Tuesday 4 August 2015.


Michael Astill Skipper of ‘PREMIER CRU’ last Tuesday 04/08/2015 about 17.00 hours, on our return from going out to Meet The Two Rowers in very heavy seas , Salcombe Lifeboat on our Starboard , Norman Kershaw on Board.

Defibrillator at the Crabshell Inn, July 31st 2015 We are delighted to announce that the club has organised and contributed to the provision of a heart defibrillator machine (AED) which has been installed at the Crabshell Inn. There are now three units in Kingsbridge. Club Training Officer, Mike Arnold, has worked very hard over the last few months to find the best and most cost effective way of obtaining the right unit for our purpose. This turned out to be through the British Heart Foundation. We applied to their grant scheme known as the ‘Nation of Lifesavers Community Package’ and we were able, due to our Club status, to get the AED at a very reduced cost. We are very grateful to the BHF and of course to Landlord, Simon Harrow, for his support and assistance with providing this life saving equipment to this end of town. The AED has been installed to the foyer of the Crabshell and is accessible 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

Chernobyl Children’s Life line Estuary Cruise 2015 As I am sure you will be aware that following last year’s highly rewarding cruise of the estuary for the visiting children from Belarus, we had hoped to put on another great day out for the kids on the 13th July. Unfortunately the weather played its hand by providing high winds and rain and we had to cancel. However Lis and I were invited to join the host families and Visit Organisers at the children’s leaving party held at Morleigh village hall on July 30th. We had a lovely evening which included a heart warming show put on by the children of songs and rhymes they had learnt, especially for the night. The Club presented a cheque for £250 to Sue Wyeth, local organiser of the Chernobyl Children’s Life line Charity (and KEBC member) to help with next year’s costs of bringing the children to Kingsbridge. Hopefully we can put on a cruise in 2016 in better weather.

Crabshell Quay Regatta Saturday 13 June 2015: This was a very successful event and the Club thanks the landlord and staff of the Crabshell Inn for so generously hosting the event. Thanks too to Waterborn, (our local stand up paddle base) and other organisations who had stalls on the day. We thank all those businesses, organisations and members who provided prizes. Finally a big thank you to the organising committee, club committee and club members who spent many hours planning, setting things up and helping on the day. It looks like we shall easily exceed our target of £400 for our charity account.



During Ken & Jackie Dilley's recent eco-excursion tour to the Galapagos Islands, a sea-lion jumped into their towed tender. Authoritative action was called for so Ken whipped out his high viz boatwatch tabard (which he always carries) and told the seal-lion to push off. Suitably unimpressed it just flopped onto the starboard tube.



MEMBERSHIP RENEWALS: Subs were due by 1 April 2015. The club’s membership secretary,, Lis Smith, has been working flat out to make sure that all those members who have paid their subscriptions for 2015-16 have their membership cards by 30 April. If you haven’t renewed with your £10 family fee you are not entitled to the generous discounts that are offered by local businesses to paid up members. Neither will you receive the boat club publications. Furthermore you are not aiding the club develop its influence on the various harbour forums. In recent years the club has supported many improvements which have seen benefits for boating in the upper Estuary. If you haven’t paid your sub yet, please get it to Lis as soon as possible.

KINGSBRIDGE BOAT SHOW: The Wills Marine Boat Show on Saturday 11 April 2015 was a sunny affair and well supported by the club and members who put in generous stints in the "gazebo". Left: Membership secretary Lis Smith neglects her "signing-up-new-members duties" for a while to catch up on the latest club report in Kingsbridge Gazette with Ray and "Mac"


BOATWATCH: It is a mark of the reputation of the Club's boatwatch scheme, set up in 2006 by Ian Drinkwater and maintained by a succession of committed teams and co-ordinators, that the Devon & Cornwall Police Commissioner requested a meeting with the current co-ordinators when he visited Kingsbridge on 10 February 2015. Tony Hogg (left) is pictured with Peter Rendell and Alan Lidstone.

Members  should have received their 2015 Yearbook and set of Tide Times. We thank the envelope stuffers (right) and all those advertisers who offset the costs of printing. We also thank Circle Square for great graphics in the Yearbook. Please try and use their businesses.