News 2018

Astro to Atlantic - The Kingsbridge ladies are on their way
and a Video of them leaving La Gomera

Today is the day (12/12/2018)!!
After nearly 2 years of preparation we are now finally at race day, we are so excited to get going!

We have loved our time in La Gomera & this whole journey is already an experience we’ll never forget.

We cannot thank everyone enough who has supported us to help us take on this challenge, our sponsors, friends, families & support crew - we are giving the biggest thank you hugs to you all right now - you have made 4 Devon girls very happy & we hope we can make you proud!

We are now signing out off radar for a while & passing our social media to Helen’s lovely sister Laura Laura Symons - we will try & keep her updated as much as we can!

Race started at 10.30am & Huntress was the 6th boat out at 10.55 on 12/12/2018

We have attempted to link a page to the tracker CLICK here - KEBC YBTRACKER page
(if it doesn't work properly go to the links below)

Ttune in live with Atlantic Campaigns & then you can follow the turquoise dot on the YB Races app.


Also if you have facebook -

If you would like to donate to our chosen charity Devon Air Ambulance Trust the link is

Thank you once again for everyone’s kind messages , we wish you all a Happy Christmas!
We’re off to row an ocean!!

KEBC Boatwatch Teams to the Rescue

These recent wild and windy nights have played havoc with some of our moorings and boats (why does it always happen at night !).

However club members, including some of the Boatwatch team were luckily on hand to save the day and secure boats that had made a bid for freedom, breaking free from their moorings. Conditions on both nights were atrocious (at Newbridge and Kingsbridge pontoon) and so we must thank them for their efforts. The club also had a personal thank you note from the Harbour Master. Nice to know that we are appreciated. It is also a timely reminder to check all your mooring lines and fenders and even add an extra one for safety.

Turning to Club business, members should have now received the new online membership renewal request and as we hope you will remember we have brought forward the renewal date to January 1st 2019. The process couldn't be easier just four clicks and its complete! So please don't delay, get it done today.

It just remains to wish all members a Happy Christmas and a great boating 2019.

Richard Smith - Bosun

We recently sent out a mailshot to all members about the KEBC members Christmas dinner for this year. However it seems that not many of you have opened the email so we are posting the information here for you to see in case you have missed the email.

Our KEBC Club Members Christmas Dinner is at The Cottage Hotel, Hope Cove on Wednesday 12 December at 7.00 for 7.30
(7.45pm sitting down).

It is planned to lay on a Coach from the Quay leaving at 6.45pm at a cost of £5.50 per person return.

The Cottage Hotel have offered Bed and Breakfast Accommodation at £37.00 per person.

The Menu is for Three Courses including Coffee/Tea

Three courses  -  Starter, -  Main & Dessert      £24.00 per person 
(The cost includes a small tip for service.)

Wine can be ordered on the night.                   
House Red, White or Rose      £17.90 per bottle.   

If you wish to make up a party with other members it would be helpful if you would use  ONE booking form with your meal choices and send in your monies together.(12 maximum)
A table plan will be available on arrival.
You can DOWNLOAD the booking form from this email, which you must -
RETURN WITH YOUR PAYMENT AND A STAMPED ADDRESSED ENVELOPE to the address on the booking form.    Tickets will be sent back to you by post.

Downloads here

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

A report from Nick Hanbury member No 108

The editor of Small Boats Monthly (an offshoot of WoodenBoat magazine) contacted me last winter and requested a profile article about Andrew Wolstenholme's Swallow design.

I built the prototype clinker ply Swallow in 2003 after callaborating with Andrew on a new dayboat for estuary use in South Devon. This traditional looking design is essentially a bigger version 14.5 foot of his successful Coot and Mallard dinghies - bigger enough to leave on an open mooring throughout the season.   

This is my 14th year sailing from Bowcombe Bridge on surely - one of the best stretches of water in Britain!

Members may be interested to read the Small Boats Monthly article and see some lovely photos of the estuary around Bowcombe Bridge.

The photos were taken by Mike Wynn-Powell of the Kingsbridge & District Camera Club. Mike is a specialist in photographing boats and his work is seen every year at the Dartmouth Regatta.

Nick is offering his Moulds for sale in Members ads

November edition of the magazine link here:

The Estuary gets a Seal of Approval

Richard Smith, our bosun, managed to capture a lovely photo of a seal resting aboard a floating landing stage in Salcombe harbour a couple of weeks ago.

Thanks for the Photo Richard, maybe there are more interesting phostos from club members if so please send them to

Club Night 17th October 2018

There was not a spare seat in the house when nearly 50 members attended the Seven Stars for a very interesting talk by Salcombe RNLI Station Manager Mark Dowie.

He told of the behind the scenes workings of the station with many fascinating facts and figures with the odd amusing anecdote thrown in. He also talked about next years 150th Anniversary of the founding of the Salcombe Life Boat service and some of the plans to celebrate the event, which will include a 'yellow wellie' ball on the beach.

Sam Viles, permanent crew member and mechanic also spoke life on board during a shout and some of the more technical aspects of the boats.

A lively question and answer session followed and then the raffle which raised £70 and was immediately presented to Mark to boost station funds.

A visit from the RNLI is always a popular event and we thank Mark and Sam for a great evening.

Club members reach for the dizzy heights

Club members Susanne and Steve Akam - Smith have just set out on the trip of a life time.
They have just flown out to Kathmandu and from there will be walking the 200Km up to Everest Base Camp (and back). Not only is that a huge distance but the trail also climbs to an altitude of 5544metres. Susanne said "we must be ever so slightly mad!!"

Although this is a personal trip they thought that they would try to raise some money for a charity very close to their hearts. Cruse Bereavement Care.

Steve has been a councillor for the Torbay based charity for 8 years and is passionate about the work they do and the task of keeping it running. The challenge is great, not only combatting the rough terrain but also the thinning atmosphere as they climb ever higher. We wish them good luck and success in their challenge.

You can read their story here -

INDOOR CLUB NIGHT 19th September 2018

For our first indoor event of the Autumn we were treated to a excellent talk by Joe Farrow from the National Marine Aquarium, Plymouth.

Having graduated with a first class degree in Ocean Sciences only the day before, this was his first engagement.

His subject was the Kingsbridge Estuary and its underwater wild life which he has studied in detail and with great passion.

We learned about the many issues which affect the area including the importance of the eel /sea grass beds to the estuary eco system and also how we as a boat club can help to preserve and protect it, by not only being careful when operating our boats and where we anchor but also by passing on the word to other boat users we may meet.

We will be putting more information on the website very soon.

Joe proved to be an entertaining and enthusiastic speaker and all enjoyed the evening greatly.

Our thanks to Joe and also to the Community College for providing the venue at such short notice.

CLUB NIGHT 14th August 2018

Our River Maid cruise held on the 14th August was once more a great success.

Eighty plus members came aboard to enjoy the skills of Skipper Peter Moule in creeping up Frogmore and South Pool creeks as far as the tide would allow and then out towards the Bar. A lot of wild life was on show including a huge flock of Oyster Catchers resting on an old pontoon, their orange beaks providing a feast of colour and a wonderful sight when they took off in unison.

Our thanks must go to Michael Astill and Friary Bakery for providing the delicious Pasties, Linda for providing the refreshments and running the bar and lastly to Penny, Piers and Peter who kept things running so smoothly.

CLUB NIGHT Wednesday 18th July - Report

On Wednesday 18th July we held our BBQ at the Cookworthy Museum Garden.
About 35 members turned out on what was a perfect summer evening.

Members Alan, Theresa, Piers, Penny and Judy created some excellent food with Linda in charge of the refreshments

.A good time was had by all and our thanks go to the team for all their hard work in organising the event and also to Holly and the Cookworthy Museum team. 

Bowcombe Gathering  28th June 2018

A perfect summers evening greeted the 25 or so members who came along to the informal gathering on the quay at Bowcombe.

Some came by boat, some by canoe and even by paddle board! All enjoyed a great time with plenty of burnt sausages and refreshments of all kinds.

We shared the Quay Side with a group of local youngsters who were also having a great time in and out of the water and it was great to see that they had a thorough tidy up session before they left, well done to them.

CLUB NIGHT Wednesday 20th June - Report

Our first outdoor evening event of 2018 took place in Kingsbridge Recreation Ground on Wednesday 20th June.

For the first time we invited members to come together for a Picnic followed by a game of Boules. Sixteen members braved the near perfect conditions and many enjoyed a few games, sustained by plenty of food and refreshment.

A great evening was had by all and one which we are sure to repeat in the future. The Club would like to thank Marika at Café Decks for her support. 

CLUB NIGHT Wednesday 20th June at The Decks Cafe in the Park 18:00 - 21:00

We have arranged a fresh idea for club night on Wednesday 20th June, which is easily accessible for everyone and families are especially welcome for some fun and entertainment.

This is an informal get together, which will start at 18:00 and finish when the cafe closes at 21:00 and you will be able to try your hand at Boules.

You have a choice for refreshments, which includes a:-

  • Bring your own picnic,
  • Pre-order a meal from the Park Cafe for £10.00.

(For those interested in the pre ordered meal please contact Peter by email for further details and the proposed menu.

(If you want to bring your own alcohol please could you do so discreetly please!)

CLUB NIGHT Wednesday 16th May at Seven Stars 19:30.

KEBC welcomes Dr Richard Porter the Curator of the College's Museum to talk to us about the 'History of Britannia Royal Naval College' told through the stories of the many craft which supported the naval training through the ages.

This talk is an ideal introduction to the temporary exhibition currently being staged at the Cookworthy Museum.

In 2005 Britannia Royal Naval College celebrated 100 years of officer training and education at the shore-based establishment in Dartmouth and so this talk offers truly remarkable insight into our Navy.

Please note, the change in venue, we will be meeting at the Seven Stars in Kingsbridge as the rugby club is unavailable.

Photograph: -Norman Dilley © 2018

New RNLI Salcombe Lifeboat comes to Kingsbridge - May 1st

The new Atlantic 85 lifeboat at RNLI Salcombe was officially named today as the Hilda Gladys Mustoe, she replaces the Atlantic 75, Joan Bate, which has been on station in Salcombe since 2003.

The new lifeboat has several advantages over its predecessor with room for up to four crew members and considerably more rescue equipment than the Atlantic 75. The Atlantic 85 is powered by two 115hp engines, has a stronger hull and an increased top speed of 35 knots. Radar allows the crew to operate more effectively in poor visibility, she has VHF direction-finding equipment to assist in locating casualty vessels, and there is a much improved and upgraded suite of communication and electronic navigation aids, as well as a searchlight, night-vision equipment and flares for night-time operations.

She arrived at 6pm prompt at the Crabshell in Kingsbridge to a public event where we were officailly introduced to the 4 volunteer crew and the new boat, by the new Mayor of Kingsbridge. The weather was kind enough to allow us to enjoy the evening.

Photograph: -Norman Dilley © 2018


We are sending ALL members an email TODAY 27/04/2018. This requires URGENT ATTENTION from all members, so that we can stay in contact with you. PLEASE DON'T IGNORE THIS.

Club Night 18th April 2018

Club members turned out in record numbers to hear a lively and fascinating talk by the Astro to Atlantic Women's Rowing Team, who are preparing to take on the Talisker Whiskey Atlantic Challenge. The 3000 mile event, from the Canaries to Antigua, begins in December 2018 so the girls are working flat out to be ready for the start.

They have now taken delivery of their boat so training has begun in earnest. They freely admitted that they have little previous experience in this type of event to fall back on and so the learning curve in terms of navigation, boat systems, seamanship and survival techniques will be very steep indeed.

The conditions they will face will be extreme at times and so their mental toughness will be just as important as physical fitness.

The team are all local and play in the Kingsbridge and Salcombe Cougars Hockey Team as well as competing in many fitness and endurance based events.

Team trainer Alison Jones from Sea'N'Shore also came along and gave the audience a timely reminder on the safe use and operation of the different types of life jacket available and the importance of regular safety checks.

The £70 proceeds of the evening raffle were donated in the name of the late John Gobbett to the team's chosen charity, Devon Air Ambulance.

Many thanks to the Astro to Atlantic Team for providing a very entertaining evening and KEBC wishes them every success in the challenges ahead.
Have A look at their website at

Article by Richard Smith

New Atlantic 85 Lifeboat - Gladys Hilda Mustoe

On Tuesday 1st May there will be a naming ceremony for the new Salcombe Lifeboat, 'Gladys Hilda Mustoe'.    

The first part will take place in Salcombe at 10:30 where she will be officially launched and the champagne bottle smashed.

Later, at 18:00hrs the lifeboat will arrive at the Crabshell Inn Kingsbridge, where a second more informal ceremony will take place, to celebrate the historical connection with Kingsbridge when the boat would have been brought in by horse and cart and then launched off the Quay.
All are welcome to celebrate this event.

KEBC donate to Kingsbridge in Bloom

Kingsbridge Estuary boat Club take great pleasure in handing a cheque for £250 to Kingsbridge in Bloom as a donation towards the tools, provision and upkeep of all the flower beds and hanging baskets around the town and especially lining the estuary and embankment.

The organisation is always looking for volunteers, to help keep our town looking so wonderful during the Summer and in particular assistance with watering is always needed.

Could you, or someone you know, spend an hour or two a week walking round parts of town, using our electrically driven bowsers, watering some of our many displays? We provide full training and a hi-vis jacket and if you are around during our weekly working parties on Wednesdays, coffee and cake are usually on offer as well! Tempted?

Peter Rendell and Piers Rogers are already ‘Waterers’ and would be happy to provide information and reassure people just how much fun it can be!      
Just dash off an email to and offer to help now or visit the their website here

The Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge is a race like no other. It is an endurance race across one of the world's most dangerous oceans; The Atlantic.

The race features 3000 miles from San Sebastian, Canary Islands to Nelson’s Dockyard English Harbour, Antigua .

Come and meet The Girls on April 18th at the Rugby Club.
The raffle money will be collected for their chosen charity, the Devon Air Ambulance.


Salcombe Harbour Authority have issued this notice to all users of the Newbridge Boat Park

We would like to ask all dinghy rack/parking space holders at Newbridge to ensure that the access gate is kept locked at all times. After you have used the gate please make sure that you ‘scramble’ the code on the lock. This is not always being done and has resulted in unauthorised people/vehicles using the area. There is NO permitted parking for vehicles in this area.

If you have any queries, please contact this office at or by phone on 01548 843791.

Thank you for your kind attention.

Salcombe Harbour Office
01548 843791

Sad Farewell to John Gobbett

We are saddened to report the death of long time member John Gobbett. John was a stalwart of the club. He had a permanent section in Members Adverts offering assistance with any mechanical problems and he and his wife Margaret rarely missed a club evening. He presented several club night tutorials on engines and maintenance even including working models; he was a mine of practical engineering know-how.

He was particularly proud of his many years service as an engineer in the Royal Navy and shared numerous fascinating stories of that time. He was always a larger than life character and could be relied upon to offer an amusing anecdote or insight. He will be sadly missed and the Club extends its condolences to Margaret and family at this sad time.


Notice of Special General Meeting
and AGM (rescheduled)

We have now rescheduled the meetings which had to be abandoned at short notice, due to the snow blizzard which swept into Kingsbridge on Feb 28th 2018.

Both meetings, (The Special Meeting and the AGM), will now take place on
MARCH 21st commencing at 7:30pm
The AGM will follow the Special Meeting.
Please note these meetings are to be held at
as the Crabshell is unavailable

Your attendance would be much appreciated by the membership and the committee

Note: The details and wording of the Special Meeting was sent out to you all in NEWSLETTER 56 on Feb 05 2018 and can be found here below. Posted 03/03/2018

[The Club]

Notice of Special General Meeting

Notice of Special General Meeting

Notice is hereby given that a Special General Meeting of the Club will be held at the Crabshell Inn, Kingsbridge, on February 28th 2018 at 19.30 for the purposes of transacting the following business.

1) To appoint a chairman of the meeting

2) To ascertain a quorum in accordance with rules 7 and 11 of the Club constitution

3) To consider and if thought fit to pass the following resolutions-

(a) That paragraph 2.6 of the Club constitution be and is hereby amended by the deletions and additions shown in italics-“ To work with the local community and other organisations to enhance and support the wellbeing and prosperity of the area”

(b) That paragraph 2.7 of the Club constitution be and is hereby amended by the addition of the words shown in italics-“To encourage promote and support safety on the water good seamanship and pilotage and adherence to the Harbour byelaws as defined by the Salcombe Harbour Act of 1954”

(c) That paragraph 3.4 of the Club constitution be and is hereby amended by the deletion of the word “April” and the substitution of the word “January

(d) That paragraph 6.2.1 of the Club constitution be and is hereby amended by the addition of the words in italics-“The control of the affairs of the Club on behalf of the Members and to manage the affairs of the club according to the Rules and shall cause the funds of the Club to be applied solely to the objects of the club or for such philanthropic or charitable purposes as the committee shall determine

[Explanatory notes.

(a)Under paragraph 11 of the constitution these resolutions require a two-thirds majority vote in favour of those present at the meeting and voting.

(b) Please note that family membership only confers the right to a single vote on any resolution

(c) Resolution (c ) is proposed consequent to the proposal to align the subscription year with the financial year of the Club (see website News item “Membership Renewal”)

(d) Proposals (a), (b), and (d) are put forward to clarify the ability of the Club to support, by financial donation, organisations such as the local lifeboats, and to enable the committee to apply surplus club funds generally for charitable purposes if thought fit to do so. They also widen slightly the class of organisations capable of benefiting, to include those that may operate in the educative field in boating.]

VHF Short Range Certificate Course

Andy Thomson will be teaching a VHF Short Range Certificate Course on the afternoon of Thursday March 1st starting at 14:00 and morning of Friday March 2nd starting at 09:00.

The exam will be the afternoon of March 2nd starting at 14:00.
Teaching will be at my house in Stokenham if numbers don't exceed four people.
Currently two KEBC members are booked on it so there are two vacancies.
If numbers go over four I will move the course to a village hall in the area.

The course duration and timing are designed to suit people who want a little more than the absolute minimum. It is a well proven format and particularly suits more mature students who find a single day course followed that evening by the exam to be too intensive. By splitting it attendees get two benefits.

  1. First is much more time to think about the course material and the overnight break in the teaching facilitates this.
  2. Second is a huge benefit to most people because it allows them to have much more time to practice using radios and getting to understand the correct procedures.

Cost to club members is £80 plus £10.50 for the RYA course pack and £60 payable to the RYA for the exam and issuing the certificate.

Andy Thomson
01548 581288      07710 234646

KEBC Donates to the Little Princess Trust & St Lukes Hospice

The cheque for the sum of £650 was half the total of £1300 raised at the Crabshell Quay Regatta last summer.

The other half was given to the Little Princess Trust which provides real hair wigs for little girls who have lost their hair through illness.

Club Meeting Report 17th January 2018

17th January. Club Secretary Penny Masters presented a video BBC documentary that was made whilst she was on board the Jubilee Sailing Trust tall ship, Lord Nelson for a voyage from Aberdeen to Falmouth in April 2017.

The film followed the exploits of a BBC Scotland presenter who is visually impaired and it gave us a great understanding of the issues facing people with a disability undertaking this kind of adventure.

Penny answered many questions from the floor and it was obviously to the whole audience that she had thoroughly enjoyed the experience, although she did say that given another opportunity to sail with the Trust, that she might choose a voyage in a warmer climate.

The Raffle raised £46 which Penny will present to the Jubilee Sailing Trust in due course.

KEBC donate to the Devon Air Ambulance

We are pleased to announce that the £175.00 raffle money from the Christmas Dinner, which was collected for Devon Air Ambulance, has now been handed to the 4 all lady crew of the Astro to Atlantic Challenge to add to their same chosen charity fund.

The Astro to Atlantic team, are Helen Symons, Chloe Harvey, Louise Read and Gemma Harvey, four hockey players from Kingsbridge and Salcombe Hockey Club who are set to swap their sticks for oars to take on a huge Atlantic rowing challenge - the Talisker Whiskey Atlantic Challenge in December 2018.

They will be rowing 3000 miles across the Atlantic from La Gomera to Antigua and will be attempting to break the World Record in the process and raise funds for Devon Air Ambulance. they intend to row around the clock, rowing 2 hours on, 2 hours off, facing sleep deprivation, 60 foot waves, salt sores, exhaustion and sea sickness in the hope of breaking the all female fours crew world record which currently stands at 40 days and 8 hours.

The four ladies now have to raise in excess of £100,000.00 to purchase our boat, safety equipment, kit, race entry and complete our rigorous training. They are seeking sponsorship and support from local businesses to help achieve something extraordinary and raise a lot of money for the Devon Air Ambulance Trust along the way.

We would like to say a huge thank you to Kingsbridge Estuary Boat Club for their kind donation towards our charity. Kind regards, Chloe Astro to Atlantic.

You can follow the progress of these brave ladies on Facebook (Astro to Atlantic) and on their website

KEBC Club Night 17th January 2018 at 7.30pm.

For our first club night of 2018 we welcome our very own Penny Masters who will be telling the fascinating story of her voyage on the tall ship Lord Nelson with the Jubilee Sailing Trust last summer.

Please note that the meeting will be held at Kingsbridge Rugby Club, High House Lane, TQ71JL as the Crabshell Inn is unavailable to us this month.


Kingsbridge Estuary Boat Club's financial year starts on January 1st each year while subscriptions have always been due on April 1st.  This makes finances unnecessarily complicated.

Your committee has proposed, in order to simplify matters to change the due date for subscriptions to January 1st each year, commencing on January 2019 (next year), so as to coincide with it's financial year.

KEBC have held the subscription price for the past 11 years and now, your subscription of £10 for this year will be for 9 months only to allow for the adjustment of the dates to coincide.
This will be proposed at the AGM in February 2018 for approval from the membership.

How to Renew
Your continued membership is greatly valued by the club and your early response would be much appreciated.
In order to cut out unnecessary postage costs and speed up the renewal process, the form can be downloaded from the website or at the following link at the bottom of this notice and returned via email.  Payments using this method can be easily made by BACS from the details at the bottom of the form. 
Please note: if you wish to continue to pay by cheque please post your renewal form with your payment to the membership secretary as directed on the form

Membership Cards and tide Tables
The Membership cards and the Tide tables for 2018 will be sent to you via post, when you have renewed your membership.

Your cooperation is much appreciated.

Piers Rogers
Membership Secretary

If you need any help with this please contact Norman by email at web@

NOTICE OF:- KEBC Annual General M

 This is the notice that the 12th Annual General Meeting of Kingsbridge Estuary Boat Club will take place at 7.30 p.m. on Wednesday 28th February 2018 at The Crabshell Inn, Kingsbridge.


  1. Apologies for absence
  2. Minutes of the last AGM
  3. Chairman’s Report
  4. Treasurer’s Report
  5. Acceptance of Audited accounts
  6. Disposal of charitable funds raised in 2017
  7. Appointment of Auditor for 2018
    From this point the Meeting will be chaired by Sir Jonathan Tod
  8. Nominations for 2018 Committee:
If you wish to join the committee or nominate someone, please contact Linda Lee no later than 14th February 2018.  Each nominee must be proposed and seconded by club members at the AGM. If necessary, Nominations can be taken at the AGM.

After voting is complete, the AGM will continue with the newly elected Chairman.
  • Any Other Business.               
    Issues and general points received by the Committee for discussion           
    (members should advise the Secretary, in writing, by 14th February 2018  of any business they wish to be included).

After the meeting there will be a presentation by a Harbour representative


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.

Please Note the 2017 news has been archived and is available from the side panel