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HBSC Bulletin Issue 52

Published 11:06 on 11 May 2024

Welcome to edition 52 of the Bulletin, the regular communication keeping you informed of things happening at HBSC.

Sailing this weekend

Link to calendar is here:

The cadet contingency are off to Westbere lakes tomorrow morning for a shake down sail session to kick start their sailing season. Meanwhile, the younger ones will be at HBSC at low tide enjoying the Optibats, alongside Open Sailing. Please do pop down and say hello and come along for a sail. Sunday is 1pm start for racing.

Notice to Mariners on behalf of Southern Water

Project to install a new Outfall at Swalecliffe Wastewater Treatment Works on behalf of Southern Water.

  • On 15/5/2024 our construction vessels, including a specialist dredger the Razende Bol and her supporting tug and survey vessel is scheduled to arrive at Swalecliffe from the Netherlands to begin work excavating the trench into which the new outfall pipe will be installed, and more tugs, workboats and crane barges will arrive as the work progresses and we would expect to have up to seven vessels in the working area at the peak of our activities.
  • In addition to the vessels that will be operating inside the working area, the material that is excavated from the trench will be deposited alongside the trench, so there will be a significantly reduced depth of water in at the far end of the working area and none at all nearer inshore.
  • All of our activity will be contained in the working area, apart from when our vessels and the pipeline will be transiting to and from this area and I have attached a drawing showing the limits of the working area defined within the MMO Licence, which will be demarcated with yellow buoys. The far end of this area is approximately 1,200 metres from the sea wall
  • After its arrival, the Razende Bol and her supporting vessels will remain within this working area 24/7, with its exact location at any time dependent upon the state of the tides.
  • We expect that the excavation of the trench will take four to six weeks to complete, with backfilling taking another month once the new pipeline has been installed.
  • The new pipeline will be assembled in the London Medway Port area, just offshore from where the Kingsnorth power station used to be, so once the excavation of the trench is complete in late June/early July, the competed pipe will be towed from Kingsnorth to the site at Swalecliffe at the end of June/beginning of July. The tow will be over 1,200 m long and will have a very limited ability to manoeuvre, so we would suggest that this should be this will be the subject of a separate NOTAM and we will advise you, Peel Ports and the PLA of the precise timing of this operation nearer the time.
  • Upon installation of the pipe, a precast concrete diffuser structure and duck bill valve will also be installed at the seaward end of the pipeline, an operation that will require a significant use of divers.
Glyn Hall-Edwards
Senior Harbour Officer

Request for help with Fundraising

Can anyone help with fundraising please?

There are several areas that we need funding for such as engine replacements, window replacement, solar panels, equipment update, replacement slipway , shower update.

There is an online seminar about fund raising opportunities to support our sailing activities. There is a specialist officer in Fund Raising at the RYA - Tom Davenport.

Tom has offered to do an online presentation on Monday 20th May at 1900hrs.

If you contact me I'll ensure you receive the online sign on details. Thank you, Richard.


The ladies changing room floor has been painted. We need some volunteers to paint the skirting upstands - please contact Richard.

WhatsApp groups

There are a number of WhatsApp groups that members can join. They are not a formal means of communication but nonetheless, very useful to share interests and chit-chat.

Sailing related chat:

Female Participation: This aim of this group is for female members to mutually support each other and to encourage participation in club on the water activities and volunteering/duties. This is a very new group and we hope that the people who would like to participate will shape and evolve the group as required.

General chit-chat:


Last updated 11:06 on 11 May 2024

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