News 2016


  Kingsbridge Estuary Boat Club has, for the last few years, run winter season training courses in partnership with Andy Thomson of the Devon School of Navigation.  

Whether you are new to the Club, new to boating or just need a refresher we want to understand what you require so that we can concentrate our efforts on organising those courses.  For 2017, we anticipate running Navigation and VHF courses, which have been highly successful in the past and new for 2017 we intend to offer a First Aid Course run by the British Red Cross.

Only the first aid course will be subject to minimum number of delegates, for the rest we are able to cater for much smaller groups (the minimum charge will be for just two attendees) than previous years.  Please take a few minutes to read through the summary of training topics shown below and, if you are interested in any of the courses, please let me know by email to: Please state your preference for a daytime or evening course or if you could do either.

Once we have your feedback, we will put together a package of full details, course dates and booking form.


We would like to ask that everyone who is using Kingsbridge Pontoon over the winter months makes sure that they check on their boats regularly. We have noticed that a lot of boats have been very full of water. We have bailed a great number of them out but it is the owners responsibilty to do this regularly.


At short notice our very own Sir Jonathan Tod will be thrilling us with more tales of driving an aircraft carrier.   As many of you know Sir Jonathan was in charge of HMS Illustrious. This is a new talk with slides and promises to be very entertaining.

Make sure you are there.


The Centenary Memorial of the 13 members of the RNLI that died this day 100 years ago, whilst returning to Salcombe. The owner of Bolt House opened their garden to the public to allow us all to witness the ceremony of the laying of a wreath at the bar where they died. Marines from the Royal Britannia fired a 13 gun salute.


It was standing room only as 70 plus members attended our first indoor club meeting last Wednesday for a superb presentation from Roger Barrett on the Salcombe Lifeboat Disaster, 100 years ago this week.

The evening gave the Club and its members an opportunity to pay tribute to the gallantry of the men who lost their lives in this terrible tragedy, and to give thanks for the continuing service of those who work in the RNLI. A donation from the Club was made to the latter.

We were also able to support the St Edmunds 'Flag it up' initiative on the night raising funds through the 'flags', which together with a Club donation will help this local community charity.

There is a celebration planned for Friday 28th October at St. Edmund's Church, Fore Street (next door to the cinema) from 6pm until 7pm. All are invited to come and celebrate this community coming together in the sharing of messages. The team will be providing drinks and nibbles to enjoy also. If people are unable to make that date, the bunting will be out on display at the church during November for all to come and read at their own convenience.


This promises to be a special evening even by normal Club standards!

We will have the company of Roger Barrett who will be giving an illustrated talk on The Salcombe Lifeboat disaster which is being commemorated this month on its 100th anniversary. The tragic loss of life on October 27, 1916, was one of the worst disasters in the history of the RNLI and had a devastating impact on the town. Roger as you may know has published a book on the disaster and is a well known excellent local speaker on this topic.

In addition, on the evening we will be giving an opportunity for club members to support the St Edmund's "Flag-it-Up" initiative which has been well publicised in the Gazette. This unique event is raising funds for three charities by selling a bunting triangle for a £1. The idea is that everyone who would like to take part writes a message on one of the bunting triangles. This message can be from a poem, verse from a song, a famous quote or words of encouragement, congratulations, comfort……it is entirely up to the person and it can be anonymous. So if you would like to participate, please come prepared!

We look forward to seeing you on Oct 19 at 7.30pm for what promises to be an excellent evening.

A unique meeting was held for the last summer outdoor Club event on Sep 21 in the grounds of the Cookworthy Museum.

Thirty one members and guests were treated to an excellent barbeque in the garden followed by the opportunity to look around the contents of our local museum (something that many of us had not yet done). A donation of £100 was made to the Museum in recognition of their support for the Club. Special thanks to Theresa for her excellent salads which were appreciated by all.

Buckets on Outboards a Message from the Harbour Master

The rule directing boat owners to put buckets on their prop while moored at Kingsbridge Pontoon was relaxed last year because of the potential risk that a person might fall overboard while putting the bucket in place or taking it off.

While there are no moves to reinstate the rule, boat owners are nevertheless strongly encouraged to continue with the practice of putting a bucket over their prop if it is safe to do so and does not put the individual at risk of falling overboard.

While we want to take all reasonable steps to prevent damage to property, personal safety remains paramount.

Many thanks indeed!
Regards, Adam Parnell
Salcombe Harbour Master

Forthcoming BBQ at Cookworthy Museum 21st September

Please make a note in your dairies for our end of season celebration BBQ on Wednesday 21st September at the Cookworthy museum Garden in Kingsbridge from 5.30pm. The museum will also be open for a visit.

Cost will be £8 person which will include a donation to the Museum trust. We'll provide the food and you bring your drinks. The numbers are limited so booking early is advised.

Email membership Secretary, Piers Rogers at: to reserve tickets, however please note that payment will be required in advance to: Piers Rogers at: 6 Higher Warren Road TQ7 1LG.

KEBC Bowcombe Pic-nic

A select band of about a dozen turned out for the picnic on the quay at Bowcombe on Wednesday evening. Admittedly it was a little misty but the wind dropped and the temperature held up. So,all enjoyed a good natter over a glass of wine and a sandwich.

Additional entertainment was provided by the divers and swimmers on the quay, but also by the Dartmouth bus meeting a fully loaded camper van with camping trailer in the middle of the bridge. The hilarious attempts to reverse the van combo off the bridge were met with a great cheer from our crowd when even the lady bus driver had to help to finally push the now detached trailer off the bridge.

Many thanks to all who attended.

KEBC members cleaned up at the Kingsbridge in Bloom

KEBC members cleaned up at the Kingsbridge in Bloom Local Garden Competition awards evening which was held at the Cookworthy Museum garden on 6 August. Penny Masters and Margaret Ralph won the best newcomer award for the KEBC boat display. Aileen and Dave Dain won the award for best containers.
Jan and Frank Senft were awarded highly commended Large Garden and best single plant (Rose).
Theresa Lidstone awarded best display (containers) at Belinda David, hair dressers Suzanne Akam–Smith, Inaugural Golden Trowel Award for services to weeding.
Lis Smith won the award for best large garden AND won the cup for overall winner.

Well done to you all.

Just goes to show that KEBC members work well both on and off the water!! Our next 'water' club event is a day out 'on the beach ' Sunday August 21 - details to follow on the Club website.

KEBC Regatta 2016

Kingsbridge Estuary Boat Club enjoyed a fantastic afternoon at the 2016 Regatta on Sunday, July 31 at Crabshell Quay.  All monies raised are to be donated to the Triangle Centre, Kingsbridge’s very own cancer support centre. The regatta is run by the club, in collaboration with the Crabshell Inn and the Waterborn Stand Up Paddleboard centre.

A massive thanks to all the members from the Club who organised and ran the event, even arranging for fantastic weather! Thanks also to Simon and team at The Crabshell and Martin at Wills Marine Kingsbridge for courtesy estuary boat trips.

We are delighted to announce that £1000 was raised from the Regatta and a cheque has been presented to The Triangle Centre in Kingsbridge. Our thanks to all those who made generous donations and supported the fund raising activities on the day.'

Here is a page devoted to the  -  KEBC 2016 Regatta
(note this is still under construction and being added to daily)

Chernobyl Children's Lifeline

We were delighted to continue its support to the Chernobyl Children's Lifeline (Totnes and South Hams Link) by arranging an ice cream cruise from The Crabshell Inn to Salcombe on Friday July 29 for eight children and hosts.

The charity aims to improve the lives and health of children affected by radiation following the explosion at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Station in 1986. The children come from Belarus which is landlocked, so the children as part of their four week stay in the South Hams, had the opportunity to see the estuary and sea at first hand, as well as steer the boats, with the kind permission of the boat club owners.

On arrival at the Normandy Pontoon, the children spent some time in Salcombe and enjoyed an ice cream generously donated by Salcombe Diary Ice cream. With the sun shining, the small flotilla cruised the estuary on its return to The Crabshell Inn at Kingsbridge. Here the children enjoyed pizza and drinks - thanks to Simon Harrow and Jane at The Crabshell for their hospitality which was much appreciated by the children.

The final act of the afternoon was the presentation from the Kingsbridge Estuary Boat Club chairman of a cheque for a £250 donation from the club to Sue Wyeth, the chair of the charity. Richard Smith, the Chairman said ' Our club feels privileged to support this amazing local charity by enabling the children from Chernobyl to enjoy the estuary and just have some fun on the water'. In response Sue, expressed her thanks for the continuing support of the club both with the donation and the practical help from those who helped with the cruise. At the end of the day, eight overseas children had a unique experience - thanks to all those who contributed to a very worthwhile Friday afternoon.

Pizza Evening Southpool
On Wednesday July 20th about 60 club members visited the gardens of Glebe Farm in Southpool, where we feasted on pizzas beautifully cooked by Hattie of the South Devon Pizza Company and tasty desserts made personally by our master baker Mike Astill.

It was a great evening blessed with near perfect weather which set off this classic cottage garden perfectly.The excellent attendance was very pleasing and all seemed to enjoy the good company well into the evening.

Our thanks go to club member Mike Hirst for inviting us to his beautiful home.

KINGSBRIDGE Estuary Boat Club is hoping for a big turnout for the KEBC Regatta 2016 at the Crabshell Quay on Sunday, July 31.

All monies raised will be donated to the Triangle Centre, Kingsbridge’s very own cancer support centre. The regatta is run by the club, in collaboration with the Crabshell Inn and the Waterborn Stand Up Paddleboard centre.

This year the Backward Rowing is a World Championship event .. several members are competing and it’ll be worth just turning up to see this! If you have family or friends that would like to compete in this (or any other of the events) please get them to apply as soon as possible. Full details of how to apply and full details of the regatta can be found on the dedicated event website

Notice to Mariners Regarding Salcombe Regatta

Salcombe Harbour have issued some important information for all mariners during Salcombe Regatta Week 30th July - 06th August. If you are planniong to use the estuary and Salcombe harbour you should be aware of the cautionary notes.

Link here for the notice in PDF format    -     Notice to Mariners No10 of 2016

Salcombe Harbour Authority have announced a marine Flare amnesty.

Do you have out of date marine flares you want to dispose of for free? Mariners know that marine flares should be part of their boat’s safety kit, and while these can be bought from a number of stockists, disposal of out of date flares (known as Time Expired Pyrotechnics, or TEPs) can prove more problematic.

The regulations have become more stringent and make it an offence to dump TEPs at sea or to fire them as fireworks, and placing them in the general rubbish puts the waste collectors or even the ‘bin lorry’ in danger if they explode or catch alight.

Go to Register here:-

Pizza Evening July 20th

After the wash out of our Summer BBQ, we are pleased to announce a less dependent weather activity on July 20, 1800pm at South Pool.

This will be a pizza evening at the South Devon Pizza Company, Glebe Farm, South Pool, TQ7 2RP, in their garden overlooking the stepping stones over the stream, with cover available in case of rain.

The cost is £10 per head, (in advance not later than 15th), 'pic & mix' pizza buffet including dessert, hand made by Mike Astill. Bring your own refreshments.(Vegetarian options).

For those who had paid for the cancelled May Barbeque and not had a refund, can transfer the £10 per head to this event as the club still holds the cheques and cash that was paid in. Please let Mike Astill know if you want to transfer this amount when booking.

Having an early start should give plenty of time to come by water (HW 1930 hours 5.2m), mooring at the pontoon and taking the short walk to the village centre.

Or come by car, parking on the road.

Please contact Michael Astill if you wish to come so that we can inform venue of numbers.              Email            Tel: 07825178012

Summer Barbeque - June 15th

Calling all members to support our Summer BBQ on June 15th from 1800 hours in the garden at Selworthy House (Vets), Warren Road, from where we can enjoy wonderful views of the Estuary - thanks to our hosts.

The cost is £10 per head including a charitable donation and must be pre-booked.

Members only, can pay by cheque/cash £10 per person to 24 Linhey Close TQ7 1LL. Please write your name(s) on the envelope, and any dietary requirements.

Closing date Friday 10th June.


If you are interested in being part of an informal group to enjoy occasional canoeing trips around the estuary in company, please come along to the Crabshell Inn to meet Vice Chairman Peter Ralph and other like-minded club members with a view to getting a group together for this Summer.   

Flower Display Boat
Flower Display Boat For the last few years Mary Rossiter has done a magnificent job of looking after the KEBC display boat on the embankment in Kingsbridge , earlier this year she decided to hang up her trowel and we thank Mary for all her hard work in keeping it to the very high standard needed for it to be part of Kingsbridge in Bloom.

Alan Lidstone presented her with a beautiful hanging basket display for her garden as a thank you. Penny Masters and Margaret Ralph have kindly volunteered to take over the job and have spent the last few weeks creating a new look for 2016, with new planting and a beach theme funded by the club. We hope that this will once more contribute to success in the Britian in Bloom competition.

Indoor Meetings 2016 ends
The club has now come to the end of the indoor meetings with a very interesting and thought provoking talk by Sue Wyeth about the Chernobyl nuclear disaster and the work of the Chernobyl Children’s Life Line charity which is co-ordinated locally by Sue. We will be taking this years’ visiting group of children for another Ice Cream Cruise on Friday 29th July, if you would like to volunteer to take some of the kids on your boat please let the chairman know.

First Summer 2016 event - Picnic at New Bridge Wednesday 18th May 2016.
We now look forward to our first summer event of the year. We hope members will join us in gathering for a picnic on the quay at New Bridge (Bowcombe) on Wednesday 18th May, starting at 1730 hrs. (High Water 1655hrs). Please let Peter Ralph know on if you intend to come. (Bring your own food and refreshment). If the weather is inclement he will post a news flash on the KEBC website the day before.

Club Night 20th April 2016 - Chernobyl Chidlren's Life Line

We are pleased to welcome club member and speaker for the evening Sue Wyeth. Sue is local co-ordinator for the Charity 'Chernobyl Chidlren's Life Line'.

Sue will be talking about the work the charity does with the children of Belarus and the mammoth task in bringing the children to Kingsbridge on their summer visits.

As you will know the club supports the Chernobyl Children's Life Line by organising the Ice cream cruise around the estuary in July, so please come along and show your support.

Check the website

Start time 7.30 prompt, at the Crabshell Inn.

Wills Boat Show
A big thank you to all who turned out to help with the setting up and running of the club stand at Wills boat show on the town square on Saturday. It is always a fun event to do with plenty of interesting people to chat to. The early morning rain did not bode well but the sun did shine eventually and encouraged a good number of visitors to our stand during the day. We were able to sign up six new members, which I think is a record for one day.
It is always a fun event to do with plenty of interesting people to chat to.

Committee Changes
At the first committee meeting since the AGM, the new committee decided to re-organise and define some of the roles and responsibilities.
So we have made the following changes, all other roles remaining unchanged
Peter Ralph - Vice Chairman and Safety
Penny Masters - Charity Liaison
Barbara Arnold - Speaker Co-ordinator
Mike Astill - Advertising and Catering
Ken Dilley - Publicity.

Many thanks to Penny for her support during her tenure as Vice Chair.

Sale of Boating and other assorted items
On Saturday 16 April, between 10am and 2pm, there will be the opportunity to grab a bargain at a sale of boating and household equipment.
It is being run by member Sue Kershaw and will be held on farm land on the road between Malborough and Salcombe (A381). The field gate can be found on the left hand side in the layby which is approximately 300metres past the (left) turn sign posted Horsecombe and Lincombe. There is plenty of parking space in the field.

Club night Wednesday 16th March.

We are pleased to announce that we have invited Andy Bristow, a retired Army Brigadier to talk to us about his epic sailing adventures in northern climes.

After leaving the Services in early 2013, he spent 3 months sailing his steel 50' classic sloop 'Atlantis' double handed from Plymouth to Svalbard and back.

He is no stranger to high latitude sailing. In a previous guise he led the British Army Antarctic Expedition 2001-2 and, some time before that, circumnavigated the globe as a crew member in the Whitbread Round the World Race 89/90. He currently works as the MD of Cornwall based Seatricity Ltd with plans to harvest wave energy as a carbon free and almost unlimited energy supply.

We are sure this will be a very interesting and entertaining talk, meeting starts at 7.30pm prompt.

Kingsbridge Estuary Boat Club held its 10th Annual General Meeting on Thursday 18th February.
It was a well-attended evening with over 50 club members braving the elements to come along to the Crabshell Inn.

Sir Jonathan Tod presided over the official business of the evening which was electing the committee for 2016-17. Richard Smith was returned to the post of Chairman and the majority of last year’s committee stood for re-election and were voted back in. Two new members were elected - Piers Rogers as Membership Secretary and Ken Dilley to cover publicity.

Sadly Lis Smith had decided to step down as Membership Secretary after 2 years in the post and the grateful thanks of the membership were recorded and she was presented with a bouquet of flowers by Michael Astill on behalf of the Club. As Chairman I would like to add my thanks for all her hard work in bringing the membership process up to such a professional standard.

For second half of the evening we were treated to an entertaining talk by Roger Jobson, Southwest Chairman of the Royal Yachting Association. He informed and reminded us of the many and varied activities that the RYA are involved in. Our thanks to Roger.

The new committee are looking forward to the better boating weather and have a full programme of events planned for the next twelve months. (see Calendar page)

Club night Talk THURSDAY 18th Feb (after the AGM, note the date change)     

We are very pleased to have a talk after the AGM from Roger Jobman about the RYA in the South West Region.

The South West region of the RYA includes Gloucestershire, Wiltshire, Bristol and Avon, Somerset, West Dorset, Devon and Cornwall.
We have around 700 miles of coastline, as well as a fantastic range of estuary, lake and river sailing opportunities – in fact, we have arguably some of the finest sailing waters in the UK!       Make sure you come along for the AGM and the talk

Club night Talk 20th January 2016     

All who attended the talk by local author, Felicity Goodall, enjoyed an inspiring and heart
warming insight into her time teaching English to the poorest children of Burma in very difficult conditions.

The raffle, held during the evening, raised £52 which the club donated to Felicity and many of the club members also made further donations - so a huge thank you to everyone. The proceeds went to: 'Friends of Felicity Burma Fund Raising Group' Felicity said afterwards "What a welcoming and friendly group you are. Please thank everyone for their generosity. Your donations amounted to over £154 which is marvellous. In practical terms that will pay for two chicken dinners for the children at Thone Htet Kyaung monastery school. If any of your members know of any other groups who would like a talk then please pass on my details. With thanks and best wishes, Felicity".

We were very pleased that the evening was such a success even though it was a non boating topic - it was good to broaden our horizons!


Our very own member of KEBC, Ken Dilley, has just qualified as a watchkeeper and has joined the Coastwatch team at the NCI Prawle Point to help with their role in maintaining a 365 day visual watch from Prawle Point out to sea and along the coastal path.

Ken reports that his training has been excellent including plotting, understanding distress, urgency and other signals, using AIS and radar and obtaining his marine radio short range certificate.

As part of his contribution to NCI, he has taken on the responsibility to lead a fund raising of £8000 to replace the radar at Prawle Point in 2017. The first key event is a dinner at The Crabshell on Thursday Jan 21st at 7.30pm.
It promises to be an excellent evening with fantastic support from Simon who has provided a menu at a cost of £24 which will include a significant donation to the radar fund. In addition, we have a guest speaker, to talk about shipwrecks!. and a prize draw with the top prize being a limited edition print donated by local island artist, Emma Carter.

In an effort to maximise the donation we need to attract in excess of 60 attendees and the support of the KEBC members would be really appreciated.

Please make your bookings direct to The Crabshell and call 01548 852 345 to reserve your table today and help Prawle Point Lookout keep watch on our Coastline

Thanks in anticipation of your help
Ken Dilley

You can Download this PDF File Crabshell Evening Dinner Menu

Happy New Year to all members and let's hope the weather gods are kind to us this coming boating season!

I'm delighted to report that The KEBC Christmas Party at the Crabshell was a great success and, once again, Jane and the Crabby team did a marvellous job providing excellent food and service for 70 members. Thank you also to Penny and Linda for all their work organising the event for us. There was a fun party atmosphere and even a little bit of dancing going on to Patricks Barton's music!

During the evening, we took the opportunity to present Paul Rossiter with a gift to mark his fine contribution to the KEBC committee over the last six years. As you can see from the photo, the gift was a framed and inscribed estuary chart so now there will be absolutely no excuses for him hitting the mud or losing his way!!

Please Note the 2015 news has been archived and is available from the side panel