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BILLETS UPDATE
October 2018

There are still a number of boats in the dinghy park that don’t appear to have had much use so far this season. With just one month of the sailing season left there is still plenty of time for members to complete the eight outings required to ensure they will be offered a Billet again for next year.

One piece of good news is that with the help of the Harbour Conservancy we managed to track down the owner of the blue and white double kayak that appeared to have been abandoned in the dinghy park. Because the kayak had not been marked with any owner details and having mentioned this in previous newsletters, we were just about to remove it to the local tip.  If you currently have a kayak or windsurfer in the dinghy park or wish to keep one on top of your boat in the future, please could you mark it clearly with your name or membership number so that we can identify it.

During the summer we also carried out a check of the outboard store and found two outboard motors that appear not to be registered with the club. If you have placed an outboard motor in the store this summer but have not informed us, please could you do so as soon as possible. We have attached labels to the two outboards in question.

Neil & Cath Mant
Billets Officers
 
September 2018

The weather this summer has been amazing so hopefully many of you have enjoyed some good sailing.

The Sign Out Book needs to have eight outings recorded in it if you want to be sure of retaining your billet for next year. A number of boats are not displaying the current 2018 Conservancy stickers and many canoes, windsurfers, paddle boards and small craft still appear to be being used without payment of harbour dues.

We still have another couple of months of the sailing season left so if the above applies to you, please can you ensure that your billet and conservancy stickers are attached to your boat, that the sign-out book is up to date, and the vegetation under your boat is clipped back. All boats will be inspected again in September prior to any billet allocation for 2019.

If you have any specific requirement for billets next year, please let us know and we will try to accommodate you.

The abandoned double canoe reported in the last newsletter has still not been claimed or removed from the park so will be disposed of in the next few days.

Finally, we have been advised by a member with a billet in the outboard store that his outboard motor appears to have been borrowed without his consent and has been damaged. Please could all members who access the outboard store ensure that they only use Club-owned equipment or equipment belonging to themselves.

Neil & Cath Mant
Billets Officers
 
August 2018

During the dinghy park audit notified last month, we found that 96 boats had had no recorded use so far this season. Just a reminder that all boats need to have 8 outings recorded in the Billets Log to ensure that members are offered a billet again next year. The Billets Log is located in a blue folder in the wet bar in case you haven’t found it yet.

A very old blue and white fibreglass double kayak has appeared recently in the dinghy park with no means of identifying who the owner might be (see photograph). Please would the owner make themselves known to the Billets Officers, otherwise it will be removed and will be disposed of by the end of August.

Neil & Cath Mant
Billets Officers
 
 
25 June 2018

Over the past few days we have carried out an audit of the majority of boats in the dinghy park. A total of 396 billet spaces were audited. The results of the audit are being published to enable members to take corrective action as necessary.

Just a reminder that it is a requirement of the 2018 dinghy park licence that all boats have a current billet sticker and a harbour dues plaque attached and that members cut back the vegetation in their billet and keep it tidy. It is also a Club byelaw that the launching trolley of every dinghy or tender parked at or brought to the Club has a label tied to it showing the craft’s class, sail number and/or name.

Dinghy Park Audit June 2018

Some of the issues we found are:

  • Despite several reminders, 130 payment stickers remained in the Outer Office. We have now tried to attach these to boats where possible but we recommend that members check that we have attached them to the correct boat. Please try to attach them yourselves next year.
  • A total of 122 boats were not displaying a current 2018 Conservancy Harbour Dues Plaque. We will be emailing members separately about this. Many canoes, windsurfers, paddleboards and small craft also appear to be being used without payment of harbour dues. Please note that "harbour dues are payable on all vessels using the harbour or waters adjacent to the harbour from which a vessel can be navigated into".
  • Some members are still not cutting back the grass under/around their boats. 159 billet spaces were found to have long grass and weeds growing. Repeat offenders may not be offered a billet again next year.
  • 170 boats were found to either have no trolley label attached or that the label was unreadable. If this applies to you, please obtain a new label from the Club office.
  • 96 boats have yet to be used this season. The sign out book needs to have eight outings recorded if you want to be sure of retaining your billet next year.
  • Finally there are two outboard motors in the outboard store that appear to have been abandoned (Billets OB17 and OB44). If not claimed, these will be disposed of by the end of July. Also a reminder that no fuel cans are allowed to be stored in the outboard store.
Neil & Cath Mant
Billets Officers
 
30 May 2018

During June we will be carrying out an audit of all boats in the dinghy park.

The items we will be checking are as follows:

  • There are a large number of Billet stickers remaining in the outer office. Any boat found without a 2018 billets paid sticker attached may not be offered a billet again next year.
  • We will be checking that all boats, kayaks, windsurfers etc. are displaying a current harbour dues plaque.
  • We will also be checking that boats are in the correct space and that weeds and grass have been trimmed.

Please therefore check now that your boat is in its allocated Billet, your 2018 Billet sticker is attached, that you have paid for your harbour dues and your billet is tidy.

The results of the audit will be published in next month's newsletter.

Neil & Cath Mant
Billets Officers

25 April 2018

All billets have now been allocated for this season. We would therefore be grateful if all billet holders would:

  • Make sure that your boat is in the correct allocated billet;
  • Label your trolley – labels can be obtained from the Office;
  • Apply a 2018 billet paid sticker (available in the outer Office);
  • Apply a Chichester Harbour Conservancy sticker;
  • Keep the grass/vegetation clear in your billet;
  • All masts should be put up to avoid causing an obstruction to other Club members;
  • Remember to sign your boat out in the billets log which is in a blue folder in the wet bar.

Thank you in anticipation of your cooperation.

Neil & Cath Mant
Billets Officers
 
13 April 2018

During the last two work parties on 24th March and 7th April approximately 8 of the old holding down wires and rusty chains in the Mountbatten Park were replaced with new galvanised chain. Many thanks to the members who volunteered and worked so hard to get the work done during both events.

Members with Billets in the Mountbatten Park may like to check that their boat has been left in the correct space and is tied down/locked as they would like it.

Also, this would be a good time to raise your mast, for those who have not already done so.

Neil & Cath Mant
Billets Officers
 
April 2018 – start of season

The Billets Log is now available in the wet bar in a blue folder. Please remember to sign out each time you use your boat and remember that it needs to be used at least eight times if you want to be sure of retaining your billet for next year.

As it is the Club’s expectation that all fit and able adult members who are active on the water do a couple of duties during the season there is a small change to the Billets Log this year. Two columns have been added for members to add the dates when their two duties have been completed. Please fill this in too so that we can see that you have completed your two duties.

The majority of Billets have now been allocated for this season. In order that we can perhaps allocate a few more for new members and those on the waiting list we would be grateful if you could:

  • Make sure that your boat is in the correct allocated billet;
  • Label your trolley – labels are obtainable from the Office;
  • Apply your 2018 billet paid sticker, available in the outer Office;
  • Apply a Chichester Harbour Conservancy sticker;
  • Keep the grass/vegetation clear in your billet.

Thank you for your cooperation.

Neil & Cath Mant
Billets Officers
 
7 March 2018
Billet stickers are now available for collection from the outer office.  Please note that stickers should be affixed to the starboard side of the hull.
 
Neil & Cath Mant
Billets Officers
 
March 2018

We have been very busy allocating billets to those on the waiting list over the last few weeks as well as re-organising a few spaces and re-numbering to suit the new SCM system. If any member requires a billet for this year and has not already applied, please do so soon by completing an application form available from the office. The dinghy park is now full for the larger boats and you will join the waiting list; however we do still have some availability for the smaller boats such Optimists and RS Teras.

To enable the dinghy park to be readied for the coming season we would be grateful if all billet holders could check and carry out the following before the end of March at the latest:

  • Make sure that your boat is in its allocated billet;
  • Ensure your trolley is labelled and the label is still legible – labels are obtainable from the Office;
  • Apply the 2018 Billet Paid sticker, when they become available;
  • Apply a current Chichester Harbour Conservancy sticker;
  • Clear the grass/vegetation in your billet and keep it clear during the year.

There are still a large number of kayaks and sailboards in the dinghy park with no identification. We will be carrying out checks at the beginning of the season and if we are unable find any identification, they will be removed to the rogue area in the north-west corner. Just a reminder that all kayaks, sailboards etc. must be stored on top of your boat and not protrude outside of your billet.

Please remember that masts may not be stepped in the dinghy park until the beginning of March.

Neil & Cath Mant
Billets Officers
 
February 2018

We are currently allocating billets to members who have requested a new billet for this year.  All members on the waiting list have now been sent an email with the offer of a billet or billets for this year. If we don’t receive a reply from you within a few days then the offer will expire and the billet will be offered to another member.

If members have any additional requests for billets for this season, please contact us as soon as possible.

Several members were notified at the end of October last year that their billets would not be renewed this year due to lack of use last season. It is apparent that a number of these boats have remained in the dinghy park over the winter. If your boat has not been allocated a billet for this year then please ensure that it is removed from the dinghy park by the end of February at the latest otherwise it will be moved to the Bath Road car park to await disposal.

Neil & Cath Mant
Billets Officers
 
January 2018

Please may we ask all members with Billets in the Mountbatten Park to renew their Club membership as soon as possible. This will enable us to commence our reorganisation of the dinghy park prior to the start of the new sailing season.

Many of you will have noticed that we have completed the first phase by re-numbering a large proportion of the billets. The next job is to physically re-paint the numbers in the park (volunteers please come forward).

Please also be aware that when you renew your billet your invoice will state a billet number, but that number could change during the reorganisation. We will let you know your new billet number prior to the start of the new season. The plan is to move many of the smaller boats down to the western end of the park where space is limited and keep the larger boats at the eastern end. Scows will be kept in the same location.

Neil & Cath Mant
Billets Officers
 
22 November 2017

There is a large waiting list for Billets for next season. If you do not require a Billet for next year it would be really helpful if you could let the Billets Officers know as soon as possible to enable us to plan for next season.

During the winter we will be making some changes in the Mountbatten Park:

Firstly, many of the Billets will be re-numbered using a simpler system. For example Billet A14/A will become A14 and A14/B will become A15 etc.

Secondly, we are aware that some members are having difficulty getting their boats in and out of their Billets due to lack of space. Boats have been damaged by some owners being less than careful. We will be re-organising the park during the winter so members may find that they will be offered a different Billet for next year.

Neil & Cath Mant
Billets Officers

 

 

 

 

 

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