April Heads Up
- Written by Robert Middleton Robert Middleton
- Published: 01 April 2021 01 April 2021
- Created: 01 April 2021 01 April 2021
- Last Updated: 19 April 2021 19 April 2021
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By the time you read this, we shall be within a few days of a further relaxation of the Covid restrictions. From 12 April 2021, day sailing will be permitted by six individuals or two households – while a single household will be permitted to stay on board overnight.
Some five weeks later, on 17 May, six individuals or two households will be able to stay overnight on one boat. So we are hopeful that we will have something of a sailing/boating season this year.
Visiting overseas, however, still remains fraught. The situation regarding visiting continental Europe is fluid and the danger is that of a change in the regulations relating to re-entry to the United Kingdom with the ever present possibility of a re-imposition of quarantine while members are still away in Europe on holiday.
Carlton Rail Swing Bridge.
This is the bridge juxtaposed Mutford Lock. This bridge has severe ongoing issues which apparently require a long-term solution. It is currently precluded from swinging due to a lack of an operable motor as well as other safety issues. It is anticipated that throughout the whole of the 2021 season there will be no ability for this bridge to swing. The safety concerns are such that there are also delays to the trains which are restricted to under 5 mph when crossing the bridge!
Haven Road Bridge.
This is also subject to severe restriction at the moment and in practical terms will not be able to lift for the foreseeable future. For boats that can reduce their air draft to below say 12 feet, there is considerable scope for passage at low water other than at low water neaps.
Be careful though, because if the tide is running strongly, there is a considerable eddy on the approach to the bridge piers and it can sometimes be quite difficult to align your boat and maintain a course-line to the centre part (greatest air draft) of the arch.
DAVID ROGERS AWARDED CHAIRMAN’S COMMENDATION
- Written by David Haugh David Haugh
- Published: 19 March 2021 19 March 2021
- Created: 19 March 2021 19 March 2021
- Last Updated: 19 March 2021 19 March 2021
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Eastern Region member David Rogers (Broom 1070 ‘Eastern Dawn’) has been awarded a Chairman’s Letter of Commendation.
David was put forward for the award by members Linda Varney and Keith Rowe, as a mark of appreciation for his contributions to the Forum. One of the major resources of the BOC is the technical expertise members share with each other and over the years, in fact since joining the Club in 2004, David has been a consistent contributor. With his wide knowledge of mechanical and electrical applications he has been able to offer advice and solutions to a range of problems posed by members, and his willingness to contribute on a consistent basis has been of great help to many and it demonstrates, and contributes to, the value that belonging to the Club provides. A letter of commendation, confirming the award, has been sent to David by Chairman Peter Bentley.