News 2017

Christmas Dinner at the Crabshell - Wednesday 13th December

Seventy members gathered at the Crabshell last Wednesday evening for the annual KEBC Christmas dinner.

This year we all able to fit into the newly refurbished upstairs resturant and it was a very enjoyable evening with good food and good company.

A big thank you to Linda and Penny for organising the festivities and all the Crabshell staff for working so hard to making it a successful evening.

The raffle held during the evening raised a massive £175 which we are going to donate to the Devon Air Ambulance, the chosen charity for the 4 Kingsbridge ladies who are going to row the Talisker Atlantic Challenge from the Canary Islands to Antigua in 2018.

The committee would like to thank all who supported the event and would like to wish all a Happy Christmas and great boating new year.

Well, winter seems to be upon us with a vengeance this year. Every time the thought of a quick sail has come up lately, the weather has blown up into a gale, poured down or frozen our toes off.

So if you are spending a little more time indoors at the moment and dreaming about the great summer just gone, why not do a little article for the members page on the website. We want to hear about your boat or your favourite voyage or place to explore. Don't forget to include a photo or two.

Also, if you venture in to your garage and rediscover that dinghy or equipment you meant to put up for sale last year, why not send in an advert to Norman for the website. The for-sale page has been very successful this year so why not give it a try.

While you are thinking about your boat, have you checked it lately, pumped it out or just refitted that baggy cover, Remember a boat is for life not just the summer.

Finally the committee would like to wish all members a happy Christmas and a great boating year to come.

KEBC Donate to the National Coastwatch Institution (NCI)

On the evening of Tuesday 14th November, Piers Rogers and Norman Dilley attended the National Coastwatch Instution's AGM.

Just prior to the start of their meeting Piers was invited to address the officers. Piers said that there were two reasons for gate crashing their meeting and thanked the NCI on behalf of the club for all the voluntary work they do saying. 'We are grateful to know that someone is looking out for us when we are at sea'. Piers announced the second reason for attending was that KEBC was pleased to be in a position to present a cheque for £250 from the charity account as a way of supporting their hard work.

Station Manager Andy Thomson thanked the club and said we were most welcome to visit the lookout
Photo by Norman Dilley, Andy Thomson on right.

Report on Rupert Kirkwood - Club Night Wednesday 15th November 2017

The audience of 60 club members were enthralled by our speaker Rupert Kirkwood,.This guy has paddled his Kayak around every nook and cranny of the south west coast over the last 40 years and even out to the Scilly Ilses and Eddystone Light House.

He brought along a selection of his photographs taken with an ordinary point and shoot camera. To say that they were breath taking is an understatement. Whales, Dolphins sharks, seals, you name it.
Rupert obviously has a knack for being in the right place at the right time to capture wild life at its best.

Rupert told us he was on a quest to photograph a blue fin Tuna, which he thought he saw, and are not usual visitors to the South coast.  So I am thrilled to see from his Blog that he has captured a mighty impressive photo of one leaping out of the water (shown here in the picture).

The many compliments from Club members showed how much all had enjoyed this highly entertaining the evening. Many thanks to Rupert. The proceeds of the raffle were donated to his favourite charity. John Kinch had the winning ticket and claimed the bottle of Scotch, first prize, congratulations to John.

Go to Rupert's Blog, to see just some of the brilliant wild life pictures taken by him.

KEBC Donate to Hope Cove Lifeboat(HCLB)

Kingsbridge Estuary Boat Club have been donating to various charitable local organisations for several years and last Friday 3rd November it was the turn of Hope Cove Lifeboat(HCLB).
Several members of the KEBC committee joined the HCLB team at the Hope and Anchor for one of their 50/50 Club monthly draw events.

Acting Chairman Piers Rogers presented a cheque for £250 to Graham Phillips, Chairman of HCLB. Piers congratulated HCLB on the valuable rescue work that that this independent organisation has carried out over the last few years which is of course very close to the hearts of KEBC members.
In reply Graham said " Once again we are humbled and flattered by the depth of local support. Without the help of so many, but in particular this kind gift from Kingsbridge Estuary Boat Club, we would not be able to operate, but you can be assured that with friends and supporters such as you, the longevity of The Life Boat is guaranteed".

Photo : Piers Rogers (left) presenting Cheque to Graham Phillips

This years Christmas Meal will be held at The Crabshell on Wednesday 13th December starting about 7.00pm for sit down at 7.30pm.

The Club is taking over the newly revamped first floor restaurant so numbers will be limited to about 65, or just over, so tickets will be on a first come first serve basis and for members only.

Further details are all on the booking form but please note that a stamped addressed envelope is required together with payment so that tickets will be sent out to bring along to the event.

Raffle tickets will be on sale on the night, so any donations would be gratefully received by Linda Lee or any Committee member.

Download the Booking Form in PDF format or Word Format below


Master of Ceremonies, Paul Rossiter Retires from the Regatta

We are sure that many of you will have attended the annual KEBC regattas held at the Crabshell for the past few years and will have heard the dulcet tones of master of ceremonies, Paul Rossiter. What you may not realise is that it was Paul who originally came up with the idea of putting on a fun Regatta event 6 years ago and he has headed up the organising committee ever since.

Behind the scenes he has put in many, many hours devising and perfecting the details to ensure that a slick, professional show was put on for the enjoyment of many people and, of course, it was Paul who first had the thought and then brought to fruition, the Backwards Rowing World Championship.

Under Paul's leadership the Regatta has grown and grown and over the years since the first one and as a result we have been able to double the monies raised for our chosen charities. This year we raised £1300 which is a great achievement.

However, after so many years of sterling effort, we are very sad to have to tell you all that Paul has decided to hang up his microphone. The committee are sure you would like to join them in thanking Paul for all the hard work he has put in, his tireless enthusiasm and of course his always humourus commentaries which made all the fun races come to life.

So we need a new leader for the regatta team for 2018 and it will be a hard act to follow but will be an opportunity to take this annual event forward into a new era.

If you are up for the challenge please contact one of the committee for more details.

We welcome Rupert to our club night at the Crabshell to give us, what is promised to be a fascinating insight into his adventures in his kayak.

He is probably without doubt the only person to have paddled every inch of the SW coast from poole to Minehead going up every creek...... all 1157 miles of it.

His encounters included peregrines, puffins, porpoises, whales , dolphins, sharks, turtles, otters, sunfish and a swimming badger to name but a few.

See you at the Crabshell at 7:30pm

Salcombe RNLI and Maritime Museum visit 19th October 2017

KEBC organised an exclusive visit to both the RNLI museum and the Salcombe Maritime Museum personally guided by Roger Barrett. Many of you will know Roger from his many talks to the club and he is the historical expert for both museums. We assembled at the RNLI shop first and Roger gave a brief history of the station describing the background to some of the main exhibits. Operations Manager Simon Evans also gave a brief talk on today's Salcombe RNLI - the set-up and some of the behind the scenes work that they have been involved with to improve safety at sea in the local area.

Acting KEBC Chairman Peter Rendell then presented Simon with a cheque for £250 from KEBC to help support this, our local station.

The behind the scenes work of the RNLI mentioned by Simon earlier will be of great interest to members.

Firstly they have been instrumental in the plan to increase the height of the East Prawle VHF mast, by carrying out this improvement the signal strength and coverage will be greatly improved both in the estuary and out to sea.

Secondly, they have been working nationally with the Coast Guard and a communications company who, as part of their contract, will provide Mobile 4G coverage up to twelve miles off shore.

It is believed that both advances will be in operation by summer 2018 and will be a great step forward in safety and communications.

We then moved across to the Maritime museum where Roger really got into his stride relating the history of ship building in our estuary, the destinations and trade that these ships covered. He then moved through the centuries to cover the world wars and their effects on Salcombe. Roger has a encyclopaedic memory and shares his knowledge in a very entertaining way. If you have never visited these two gems in our midst we recommend that you take the time and go soon. Both are bursting to the seams with artifacts, photos and equipment bringing to life the sea rescue and maritime history of our area going back literally thousands of years.

In addition to the entrance fee, KEBC presented Roger with a cheque to top up the amount to £100 as a donation.

We would like to thank Roger for a giving his time to provide us with a very entertaining and informative evening.

On a final note Roger Barratt highlighted the difficulties in recruiting volunteer stewards to man the Maritime Museum and said that without more support the future of this great resource could be in doubt, so if any members are interested in volunteering (a shift is only two hours), please contact the museum on

Report on the First Club Indoor Meeting

Our first indoor meeting of the 2017/18 season saw us return to the fully refurbished upstairs room at the Crabshell.

The twenty five or so members who braved the weather were treated to a very entertaining talk by club member Tony Watson on his very varied life at sea on oil and gas tankers from the sixties through to the eighties. It was a very candid look at how life really was on board these great and sometimes not so great ships before, as Tony lamented, the ' elf and safety' and bean counter brigades took hold.

Acting Chairman Linda Lee began the evening by outlining the progress of the committee in the last few weeks and introduced the members who very kindly came forward and agreed to be co-opted on to the committee to help keep things running smoothly until (and hopefully beyond) the February AGM.

They are: Tony Watson, John Elliot, Judy Hales, Norman Hore and Norman Dilley.

Norman Dilley, who you will know as our website manager, decided that to be on the committee would be beneficial to the club to ensure that he can get more up to date information and develop the web further for everyone's benefit.

Norman Hore is keen to be involved in co-ordinating of speakers for our indoor events and ensuring that the sound and visual support systems work to the best advantage.

Both Norman's and the other new committee members all have a wealth of experience to offer and will be helping with up and coming events and activities as we go forward.

We would like to welcome these five members to the committee.

Many thanks to Tony Watson and of course to the Crabshell for their hospitality.

Finally, a date to note in your diaries.
The Christmas Dinner will be held on Wednesday 13th December 2017 at the Crabshell. More details to follow.

Indoor Meeting October 18th Special Visit

The next indoor club meeting is on October 18th and we have arranged a special event to visit the Salcombe Maritime Museum and RNLI Centre for a conducted tour and talk with Roger Barrett.

This is a fantastic opportunity to get to look around the RNLI Centre and to learn about the valuable voluntary work that they do. As a boat club this also gives us the opportunity to actively support the RNLI with a donation from KEBC. The Maritime Museum is a treasure trove of models, paintings, photographs and artefacts which tell the story of Salcombe’s links with ships and the sea from ancient times to the Second World War.

Places are limited for this trip due to venue size and we have been restricted to 30 places. If you want to come to this meeting you will need to reserve your place by contacting Peter Rendell via email to

We also have the option of visiting the Victoria Inn afterwards (approximately 20.30).

So on Wednesday 18th October, meet at the RNLI Centre at 19.00.
The entrance cost £2.00 to be paid on the night.


The Winter Meetings start this coming Wednesday 20th at 7.30pm in the Crabshell.
This meeting will revert to the upstairs room now that the alterations have been completed.
The speaker will be Tony Watson who will be continuing his talk on ‘Life at Sea’.

Report on the Rivermaid Trip 23rd August

Rivermaid Cruise Wednesday 23rd August saw the resumption of our annual evening Rivermaid estuary cruise after a year's enforced break.

It's great to have the Rivermaid back in action. As is usual with this event we easily filled the boat to capacity and all were treated to a display of skilful boat handling by skipper Peter Moule as he took maximum advantage of the very high spring tide and navigated down Frogmore, South Pool and even Good Shelter creeks virtually to their head.
We were nearly at the steppng stones in South Pool !! Everyone enjoyed the fine weather, tasty pasties and the odd glass of wine.

Our thanks go to Linda, Penny and Mike for organising a great event and of course to Peter Moule and the trusty Rivermaid.

Report on the Crabshell Regatta Sunday 6th August

Kingsbridge has a new World Champion

World Championship Backward Rowing came to Kingsbridge on Sunday afternoon. Sponsored by Salcombe Gin, four finalists emerged from preliminary heats and in a thrilling final Stuart Grant won by a length. Last year, the trophy went to a New Zealander but now Stuart has brought it back to the UK.

Kingsbridge now has its very own World Champion Backward Rower. Stuart was presented with a bottle of Salcombe Gin by Angus Lugsdin (Co-founder and Director Salcombe Distilling Company) and a trophy and medal by Admiral Sir Jonathan Tod. An exuberant Stuart said that it had been worth all the months of training and that he was looking forward to opening fetes and signing autographs.

Photos: left the finalists Wendy Williams (2nd), Brian Stephens (3rd) and Tony Watson (4th) - Middle The trophy presentation by Sir Jonathan Tod - Right Angus Lugsdin presents a bottle of Salcombe Gin to Stuart Grant

The other finalists who provided such strong competition were Wendy Williams (2nd), Brian Stephens (3rd) and Tony Watson (4th). There aren’t too many people who can lay claim to be finalists in a world championship event but veteran Brian Stephens still has his eyes set on the top accolade. Magnaminous in defeat he said, “There’s always next year”.

Results of the main races

Description   WINNER(S)
Dinghy Paddle race   Wendy Williams & Katie Turner
Waterborn Tandem Paddleboard race   Steve & Ben Pye
South Hams Brewery Paddleboard Joust HEAT 1 Paul Simmons
South Hams Brewery Paddleboard Joust HEAT 2 Crispin Jones
South Hams Brewery Paddleboard Joust FINAL Crispin Jones
Salcombe Gin Championship Backward Rowing Heat 1 Stuart Grant
Salcombe Gin Championship Backward Rowing Heat 2 Brian Stephens
Salcombe Gin Championship Backward Rowing Heat 3 Wendy Williams
Triocean Surf Dinghy blindfold rowing race   Tony Watson & Isobel Winzer
South west Foreign Exchange Giant Paddleboard   Triocean Surf
Salcombe Gin Championship Backward Rowing Final Stuart Grant

Photos:Blindfold: Tony Watson and Isobel Winzer receive their medals for winning the blindfold rowing race
Crispin: Crispin Jones beat fierce competition in the pirate paddleboard jousting and was presented with his medal by Sir Jonathan
SWFC: Tim Sheehan (centre) sponsored the Giant Paddleboard race. Triumphant Triocean Surf beat the Waterborn select six and receive prizes and medals.

As well as events on the water, the Estuary Boat Club ran several stalls and a “Kid’s Corner” with pop up beach was a real hit. Several businesses and organisations, as well as individual boat club members donated prizes for the raffle and tombola. All monies raised, including sponsors’ donations  will go to this year’s chosen charities St Lukes Hospice and The Little Princess Trust. The day finished with a display by Dartmouth Radio Sailing Club.

The regatta organisers are grateful to Martin Wills of Wills Marine for giving so many people free estuary boat trips in a brand new, top of the range RIB and to all the other sponsors and helpers.

Contributed by Paul Rossiter

Report on the Pizza Evening 12 July

'Perfect weather, pizzas, puds, wine, venue, company - altogether a pretty perfect KEBC evening enjoyed by all who attended by boat or by car.'

Sunday 6th August Crabshell Quay Regatta Racing events start at 3pm. Competitors registration from 2.30pm.

Sunday 12th August Day on the Beach, Fisherman's Cove (the beach with W.C. access), East Portlemouth. Look out for the club flag. Bring a picnic. HW 0945 - 2152hrs

Wednesday 23rd August River Maid Cruise 6 - 9.30pm. Tickets £12 each. Warm Pasty and first Glass of wine included. Limited numbers. Book early with Secretary Penny Masters. (I will be sad to miss this - Web Editor)

South Pool Pizza Evening - Wednesday 12th July.

Our next Club Meeting is the Pizza Evening at The South Devon Pizza Company in South Pool on Wednesday 12th July from 1800hrs.       HW 20:58 BST 4.9m, Sunset 21:26

Last year was a great event and was extremely well attended so do not delay in booking your ticket as numbers are limited.

The Picnic Garden at Glebe Farm, South Pool can be reached by car or boat, and last year we even had 3 kayaks make the trip from Kingsbridge. This year High water is at 20:58 BST - 4.9m and Sunset is 21:26.

A selection of pizzas will be presented, together with a salad of rocket leaves, parmesan shavings and a balsamic drizzle and also their "famous garlic pizza breads".
We will provide a desert and a glass of wine in the ticket price of just £12. Don't forget to bring your own drink and also a chair!

To secure your place please send/deliver your cash or cheque (payable to "K.E.B.C.") c/o Penny Masters, 13 Hillside Drive, Kingsbridge TQ7 1JT as soon as possible. CLOSING DATE JULY 5th

A public meeting on the new Quayside regeneration plans will be held at St Edmunds church at 7.00pm Monday 3rd July. Come along and have your say.

You can visit the website to view the plans and comment at

Water supply on Kingsbridge Slipway is now on again.

This is now a gravity fed system only to fill buckets as hose pipes are not allowed anymore.
This is the best that SHDC can provide under the current regulations but hopefully members will find this useful.

Estuary Trip to Salcombe, Wednesday 14th June. (Own boat or car)

Our second event this season is an evening trip down the estuary in our own boats. We will be calling in at Normandy pontoon for an informal get-together.

We plan is to meet there by 20:00hrs, so if you want to come and join us by car for a natter, you will be very welcome.
Please all bring your own refreshments and maybe some nibbles to share.

Please let the chairman know if you are intending to come and if you might have a spare seat on your boat /car. Conversely, if anyone would like a lift also please contact the Chairman and he will try to co-ordinate the two.

NEW! Live June 1st 2017 Prawle point NCI - THINK 'VHF 65'

Your attention is drawn to the NEW Contafct information for the Prawle Point NCI

  • VHF Radio - Ch65
  • Weather reports at 09:45, 11:45, 13:45, 15:45 and 17:45 in the summer
  • Radio and AIS checks Call 'Prawle Point NCI' Ch 65 during operating hours (09:00 to the earlier of sunset or 17:00 during the winter or 20:00 during the summer.
  • You can also phone the lookout on 01548 511259
  • Visit their website
    where you can see our weather station and webcams.
  • VHF channel 65 is used by all National Coastwatch Institution stations.

This notice is also on the Information section of this website under Coastguard

South Pool Pizza Evening - 7th June from 1800hrs - Cancelled and will now take place - Wednesday 12th July, in place of the picnic at Frogmore.

Our next Club Meeting is the Pizza Evening at The South Devon Pizza Company in South Pool on Wednesday 7th June from 1800hrs

Last year was a great event and was extremely well attended so do not delay in booking your ticket as numbers are limited.

The Picnic Garden at Glebe Farm, South Pool can be reached by car or boat, and last year we even had 3 kayaks make the trip from Kingsbridge. This year High water is at 1747hrs BST 4.8m.

A selection of pizzas will be presented, together with a salad of rocket leaves, parmesan shavings and a balsamic drizzle and also their "famous garlic pizza breads".
We will provide a desert and a glass of wine in the ticket price of just £12. Don't forget to bring your own drink and also a chair!

To secure your place please send/deliver your cash or cheque (payable to "K.E.B.C.") c/o Penny Masters, 13 Hillside Drive, Kingsbridge TQ7 1JT as soon as possible.

Pic-Nic at Bowcombe Wednesday 17th May 2017- is CANCELLED

I hope we are all looking forward to our first summer event of this year and the weather is going to be fantastic.

Please come along and join us in on the quay at New Bridge (Bowcombe) on Wednesday 17th May, starting at 18:00 hrs. (High Water 22:33hrs).

Please bring your own food and refreshment.

If the weather is inclement we will post a news flash on the Special Announcements area on the home page and also on Facebook.

Graham Oke one of our first members of KEBC has passed away - 04/05/2017

We are saddened to report that Graham Oke, one of the first members of KEBC has passed away.

Graham was always the first to come forward to help in whatever way he could, being a very experienced sailor with his Southerly Yacht. He experienced a fall some years ago which resulted in an ongoing disability.

His funeral will be at Dodbrook Church and details can be found in the local paper. Ian Drinkwater has sent in this picture from 2007, which shows his first public interaction with the club at a Boatwatch marking session.

Pic left to right Graham Oke, Ian Gibson, Paul Chesworth, Ian Drinkwater, and Graham Price.

Last Wednesday saw the Club in a temporary home at
Kingsbridge Rugby club.

About 50 members enjoyed a very entertaining and informative talk by Exmouth based sailor Karen Millar.

In 2014 she undertook the trip of a life time sailing the North West Passage, northern Alaska through to Greenland. A 'summer' voyage of 56 days covering over 3000miles inside the Arctic Circle. Challenged by zero and sub zero temperatures, 5 up in a 35ft Westerly Discus yacht, it was character building to say the least.

Most scary moment ? Sailing through slush ice, realising that if the temperature dropped even a tiny amount they would become stuck fast in ice, miles from safety.

Many thanks to Karen and also to Kingsbridge Rugby Club for their hospitality.

Different Venue for the Next Club Meeting -
Kingsbridge Rugby Club Wed 19/04/2017

Due to ongoing alterations at the Crabshell, our next club meeting on the 19th April and will be held at Kingsbridge Rugby Club, High House Lane, Kingsbridge TQ7 1JL. Speaker, Arctic Sailor, Karen Millar.

MIKE JAYES spots dolphins at Whiting Banks 16/03/2017

Mike Jayes, the club's expert on fishing, has just sent in a report that he was accompanied by a pod of fifteen dolphins that came to play around the boat as he was fishing.

This occured on Wednesday 15th March and sadly reported it did nothing to improve the fishing.

Thanks Mike for the photo and report:- Web Admin

A Talk by Tony Watson - A life on the Water

Tony will be talking about his life at sea on Ocean Going Tankers


The 10th Annual General Meeting of the 
Kingsbridge Estuary Boat Club will take place

at 7:30pm on

Wednesday 15th February 2017

at the Crabshell, Kingsbridge.

New Website for 2017

I have re-designed the website to give a more modern and streamlined effect. I hope you all like it.
The menu that appeared on the right is now all contained within the 'Information' link page and is all still available to view. Web Editor Norman



Allen Chubb, who is a member of the Jubilee Sailing Trust will be talking about the Tall Ships of the Jubilee Sailing Trust.

Allen has sailed with the JST 16 times, on both their ships, starting in 2000, having previously sailed from Salcombe on Hoshi. Has also sailed on voyage on Lord Nelson, in the Canaries.

You can find further information about the JST on their website -

Please Note the 2016 news has been archived and is available from the side panel