Club Newsletters

Next Wednesday, March 16th., 7pm for 7.30, members of Kingsbridge Estuary Boat Club will be addresed by Katie McCabe, the youngest person to sail single-handed around Britain at the Regal Club, Kingsbridge.  Last summer, at age 14, she left her home port, Topsham, and sailed anti-clockwise around the country in her 26 foot wooden yacht Falanda..  On Wednesday she will tell us, with the help of slides, about the lead up to the voyage, the voyage itself and her future plans. Please let us know, via if you will be with us if you can, it helps us to have an idea of numbers.   Don’t worry if you make a last minute decision to come, there will be plenty of room. 

On April  27th. Ali Jones will attend the Club evening at the Regal to address members.  She will first talk about seals, dolphins and whales in our seas, followed by a discussion on first aid on boats, including the use of radio, and ending with lifejackets and flares; bring your own for inspection. 

We are planning another talk on May 18th before organising a trip on the Lady Mary and a lunchtime barbecue in June and July.

WE NEED A GARDENER.There is a KEBC dinghy on the promenade which is filled with plants that is looking a bit tired.  Is there a club member that would like to take charge of this?  You would need to liaise with Kingsbridge in Bloom to tie the design in with the overall Kingsbridge scheme as I understand that the town has been entered in the regional and finals of the national competition..

At a committee meeting yesterday evening members also discussed the use of the excess income of £590 generated from the Tide Tables, this will be transferred to our charities account.  We have for many years supported the Chernobyl Children charity which this year really demands our attention.  It is planned to donate £250 to this cause.  We will also be helping, with money and labour, the Kids Afloat scheme which takes primary school children afloat in canoes during the summer to introduce them to boating. 

The Boatwatch schedules for this summer are in production and, from amongst the new club members, several extra volunteers have joined the scheme.  The replacement of notices around the estuary stating that Boatwatch is operating is to be carried out.  There will be a team leaders’ meeting, probably at the Regal, before the season starts.

Other topics discussed were club publicity and participation at shows such as Kingsbridge Show in September.  We are updating the information boards and producing posters.  Membership is 172 families at present, so we are healthy but want to keep it that way.  

I hope to see lots of you next Wednesday evening.

Tony Watson.

Firstly, we still have some members who have not paid their £15 subscriptions for 2022. Payment must be made by January 31st. or membership will lapse.  Please let us know if you do not intend renewing.  I also need to regretfully inform you that Andy Thompson, our training officer, has been hospitalised.  Consequently all training events in January will be subject to re-scheduling.  Andy will be in touch.

Secondly the following from Linda.  looks like another great evening coming up


The Regal Club, Church Street, Kingsbridge  7.00 for 7.30pm
Barrell & Still will present 4 wines for us to try!
Cost £10 per person which will also include small nibbles to accompany the wines.
Book your ticket ASAP by emailing
Your ticket will be emailed to you.
Bookings to be made before 1700 on January 17th.
Please send cash or cheque to Linda Lee, The Barn, Coronet Place, Fore Street,  Kingsbridge, TQ7 1PT
In extremis we will accept payment on the day.
Numbers will be limited so book early
We request that you do a lateral flow test on the day and to follow Government guidelines.
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Finally, the Club AGM will be held at the Regal on February 16th.  The official notice will reach you at least three weeks prior to the event but this is a chance to put the occasion on your calendar.

Christmas and New Year festivities are behind us and, hopefully we are embarking on an improving future.  I trust all our members achieved their aims and ambitions over the holidays, catching up with families and friends and enjoying themselves. 

The KEBC Christmas Dinner at The Cottage was attended by 30 members and was  generally acknowledged to have been a success.  Many thanks to Linda for her organisational skills and the Cottage Hotel team for good food, wine and service.  14 members stayed overnight and were similarly full of praise for the hotel.

At present we are welcoming the return of members.  If you haven’t yet paid your £15 membership subscription for 2022, please do so before January 31st.  If you pay by standing order please check that you have changed the sum to £15.  If you are unsure, contact   We will assume that members that haven’t renewed by the end of this month have resigned and their details will be deleted.  The Club’s sort code is 30-94-72; Acc. No. 01223778. 

There has been little interest shown in training courses to date, details are on the kebc web site under Training and Safety.  Andy has to arrange bookings at Stokenham and will have to make decisions in the near future.  Thus members interested need to contact Andy before next Monday, January 10th. 

We have dates for your diaries.  Club evenings are on January 19th, March 16th and April 10th with the AGM on February 16th.  All 1900 for 1930.  We are organising a wine tasting evening in the Regal Club for January 19th, full details will follow.  At present one committee member will be standing down at the AGM and we will need a replacement.  Any members, old or new, that think they would like to join a friendly bunch of people that meet roughly every other month should contact

Members’ adverts on our web site,  are attracting items for sale and wanted.  If you have extra gear you no longer use, or require more gadgets, visit the adverts page and add your items.

Please don’t forget that Covid has not yet left us.  If you attend club meetings indoors, masks should be worn while moving around and it would be best to take a lateral flow test before attending.  Government rules and guidelines must be followed at all times.  On the water Salcombe Harbour Authority will publish its requirements on their web site.

Hope to see many of you soon,

Tony Watson

Kingsbridge Estuary Boat Club

Your committee met on November 8th, the main topics of interest follow: 

Boatwatch Steve Arblaster has volunteered to become Boatwatch coordinator and was welcomed on to the committee.  He will be meeting team leaders in the New Year.  Any member who wants to become a Boatwatch volunteer, but hasn’t yet done so, should contact Steve via

Kingsbridge berth charges.  Subsequent to the October members’ evening and the October newsletter, no comments were received from members about the Salcombe Harbour Authority increase in charges for a mooring on the Kingsbridge pontoons.  Consequently we will not be making any representations to SHA.

Membership.  Your membership secretary, Penny would like to remind you of the time of year.

Membership Renewal For 2022

To renew your membership please pay your fee of £15 by 31st December.

The preferred method of payment is by BACS or Standing Order with your membership number and surname as reference.
As the membership has gone up we will be giving every renewing member a KEBC boat sticker as well as a tide table together with their membership card. These will be sent out in January.

Bank details sort code 30- 94-72 Account No. O1223778

If you have a standing order already set up , please change the amount and date .If any of your details have changed please let us know by emailing
Don’t delay renew today.

Social events.  

Our events coordinator Linda Lee has written the following about upcoming events



The Regal Club, Kingsbridge at 7.00 for 7.30pmIllustrated talk by Rupert Kirkwood ‘The Lone Kayaker”ALL AT SEA ……. WATCHING WILDLIFE FROM A KAYAK’
His talk is about the amazing marine creatures that he has observed whilst clocking up over 27,000 miles of paddling around the coast of S W England.If you are planning to attend what should be a fascinating evening, please email Linda Lee just to give us a guide as to how many members to expect on the night.


4 Course Christmas Dinner £29 a head.
The Cottage Hotel, 7.00 for 7.30pm

Stay Overnight – Book direct with hotel £40 per person.

Coach Transport from Kingsbridge if enough support.

If you would like to make up a table of up to 12 persons please book on one form. Booking form/cheques/SAE to Linda Lee, The Barn, Coronet Place,
Fore Street,Kingsbridge, TQ7 1PT – as soon as possible please


Bring Forms and Cheques to the next Meeting and Linda will have Tickets on Sale.


Menu and booking form can be found in the October newsletter.

Disposal of out of date flares. 

The Government web site is very strong on what a boat owner must not do with out of date flares but is very weak on how to dispose of them legally.  In our area Salcombe Boat Store will take time expired flares with a charge of £2 per flare.  Force 4 might take them if it can be shown that they were purchased from them. I have been informed that, if you buy new flares from Darthaven Marina, they will accept your time expired ones. There do not appear to be any alternatives to these three locally.  One committee member has offered to take the matter up with our MP. 

Looking forward to seeing many of you again soon,

Tony Watson

Kingsbridge Estuary Boat Club

I am pleased to be able to report that the first KEBC meeting since Covid changed our lives was a success in spite of torrential rain and flooding in Kingsbridge.  Thirtytwo of us enjoyed the presentation from Dave Halsall, with a drink and nibbles from the club.  All those present were happy to endorse the use of the Regal Club for future events.
The proposed increase in mooring charges for berths on the Kingsbridge pontoons was discussed briefly.  The subject will be examined at the next committee meeting on November 8th and members with comments to make are requested to email them to  It is important to remember that the Kingbridge charges are being brought into line with those for the pontoons in Batson Creek and at Victoria Quay.  None of these pontoons has water or power laid on, the Kingsbridge pontoon mooring arrangements are superior to those in Salcombe and while Kingsbridge berths are available for 12 months each year, the Salcombe berths are seasonal.Your events organiser, Linda Lee, has confirmed the club activities for November and her report follows:-
The Regal Club, Kingsbridge at 7.00 for 7.30pm
Illustrated talk by Rupert Kirkwood ‘The Lone Kayaker’

His talk is about the amazing marine creatures that he has observed whilst clocking up over 27,000 miles of paddling around the S W England.
He has always had a fascination for natural history, complemented by his profession as a farm veterinary surgeon in Holsworthy, West Devon.
Following injury to his knees Rupert took early retirement and took to the water!
Showing photographs and videos of Seals, Sharks, Sunfish, Dolphins, Whales. Porpoises, Peregrines and Puffins as well as the best coastal scenery of Devon and Cornwall. 

If you are planning to attend what should be a fascinating evening, please email Linda Lee just to give us a guide as to how many members to expect on the night.
Our Christmas Dinner is at The Cottage Hotel on Wednesday 15 December at 7.00 for 7.30/7.45pm (sitting down). 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.
The Menu is for Three Courses and includes Coffee/Tea and Mint at a cost of £29 including a Tip
Wine can be ordered on the night.                    House Red, White, Rose      £21.00 per bottle.

A.  Home-Made Soup of the Day
 Crusty Bread
B. King Prawn and Clam Risotto
C. Guinea Fowl Terrine
 Spiced Apple Chutney and Sourdough Toast
D. Fricassee of Red Lentils, Butternut Squash (vg)
 Winter Vegetables and Gorgonzola
E. Poached Pear in Red Wine (vg)
Pickled Physalis, Toasted Walnuts


  1. Oven Roasted Turkey Breast, Sliced Ham
     Stuffing, Bread Sauce and Gravy
  2. Roast Leg of Lamb
     Crushed Peas, Chantenay Carrots, Red Wine Jus
  3. Pan-Fried Chicken Supreme
    Dry Pancetta, Wild Mushroom Tarragon Cream
  4. Seabass Fillet with Tiger Prawn
    Chilli and Orange Broth
  5. Vegetable and Chestnut Stew (vg)
    Sage and Crispy Kale
  6. Vegetable Pulao (vg)
    Goan Spiced Rice with lightly Curried Vegetables
    Served with a Selection of Seasonal Vegetables and Potatoes

    A Trio of Home-Made Sweets

Coffee/Tea and Mint
It is planned to lay on a Coach from the Quay leaving at 6.45pm at a cost of £10.00 per person return.
The Cottage Hotel have offered Bed & Breakfast Accommodation at £40.00 per person (Sea View)
Book DIRECT with the Hotel.

Booking form follows below, we look forward to seeing you all soon.

Kingsbridge Estuary Boat Club

Kingsbridge Estuary Boat Club
Autumn is with us and the Covid pandemic seems to be fading.  Your committee met face to face for the first time since early 2020 in a very comfortable room within the Regal complex, Ebrington Street, Kingsbridge.  They decided that future club evenings and committee meetings would be held there.  The first members’ evening will therefore be in the Regal Club on October 20th, 1900 for 1930, and you will be greeted with some tasty nibbles and a drink.  The room is big enough to give plenty of space between members, face coverings should be worn while moving around and they may be removed once seated. We have a speaker, Dave Halsall, a KEBC member, proprietor of Singing Paddles and a National Coastwatch officer.  Dave has been involved with the KEBC/South Pool Boating Club initiative to introduce primary school  children to the joys of boating. 

Enter the meeting room from under the arch, the door next to the stairs.  The bar is at the top of the stairs on the right but they will deliver to tables via an app and your smart phone. The lift opposite the entrance doors will also take you up, keep the button depressed until the lift reaches its destination.  It would help greatly if you emailed your acceptance of this invitation to

Other subjects discussed at our committee meeting included Linda Lee’s report on the school children’s introduction to boating.  KEBC contributed £400 to the costs of the scheme and over 100 primary children were taken afloat in canoes.  Linda was congratulated and thanked. 

Membership numbers continue to rise slowly with 192 family memberships at the latest count, five of them joining within the last month.

The question of whether a new Boatwatch Coordinator is needed came under review.  While the scheme is capable of running itself without intervention, we do need a central figure to liaise between the teams, Salcombe Harbour, the Police, KEBC committee and new volunteers. Consequently we repeat our plea for a volunteer with a little spare time to become our Boatwatch Coordinator, a rewarding post. 

I look forward to seeing you all in the flesh again, put October 20th in your diary. 

Tony Watson