Poole Harbour Watch

Tue 10 May

Dear Members

Poole Harbour Watch

We all have a shared interest in the security of our property and the safe, responsible use of our waters.

Now the season is underway I thought it would be timely to update you on Poole Harbour Watch (PHW) and to ask you to be vigilant in reporting any incidents you may observe when out on the water.

PHW is a community organisation run by volunteers with the close co-operation of enforcement agencies including Dorset Marine Police, Poole Harbour Commissioners, UK Border Force and the Association of Inshore Fisheries and Conservation Authorities.

As well as initiating regular liaison between these agencies on behalf of all harbour users, PHW also undertakes regular patrols of the harbour. These patrols are organised on a reciprocal basis by all sailing clubs in the harbour and our Michael Jones on night.watch@pooleyc.co.uk is our representative, coordinating patrols for us here at Poole YC. Michael would be pleased to hear from you if you are interested in knowing more and / or volunteering to do a patrol duty.

We are constantly reminded by Dorset Police and Poole Harbour Commissioners that the regular reporting of incidents not only helps to prevent crime and irresponsible behaviour, it can also impact on the resources which are deployed by the enforcement agencies controlling the harbour. Accordingly, please see the attached circular including the most effective ways to report an incident.

Thank you to all the members that undertake Harbour Watch duties, and to Michael for the time he spends in coordinating the rosters, and to our Jim Macgregor in his role as Chair of Poole Harbour Watch Committee.

Kind regards


Poole Yacht Club Commodore John Yonwin
John Yonwin

Soundings 2022

Fri 22 Apr

The Club's annual magazine Soundings is now available for 2022

Read Soundings 2022

Studland Bay Voluntary No Anchor Zone

Thu 31 Mar

The Marine Management Organisation will be holding an open meeting at PARKSTONE YACHT CLUB on Wednesday 13th April at 19:00 hrs at which we, and other clubs, are invited to attend

You will be briefed at the meeting on latest progress. You will be able to ask any questions you may have about the conservation work and restrictions on anchoring that will shortly be imposed.

The meeting will last approximately one and a half hours.

In addition to the meeting at Parkstone Yacht Club the MMO are offering to hold a series of Drop In Meetings at clubs where members will be invited to come and ask questions. We will be inviting the MMO to host such a meeting at our club. This will probably be a daytime session. Further details of this will be announced.

Poole Yacht Club Brian
Brian Snelgrove
Poole Yacht Club Howard Davidson
Howard Davidson
Poole Yacht Club Ian Hull
Ian Hull

Commodore’s Newsletter

Wed 16 Mar

Dear members

Just to update us all on:

Ukraine appeal and our Club Auction Saturday 9th April 2022

After some consultations, we feel it would be appropriate to donate the commissions received as a result of the Club Auction, to the Ukraine Appeal. There will also be an opportunity to give cash donations that afternoon.

Our Annual General Meeting 7 pm Saturday 26th March 2022

Thank you to the many members that have responded to my request to give an indication of whether, or not, you would be agreeable to attending the AGM in person. The response is over whelming support to our holding the AGM at the Club. That is what we will do.

We ask that you take a lateral flow test just prior to setting off for the AGM and that the result is negative. Please do not come to the AGM if you are feeling unwell. We will space the seating to give as much room as possible between those of us attending.

Your comments are most welcome

Always happy to receive your comments and suggestions, and a thank you to the members that meet up with me for a coffee and to talk over Club matters.

My very best wishes


Poole Yacht Club Commodore John Yonwin
John Yonwin

Night Watch

Mon 31 Jan

The Club Committee consider the Night Watch Volunteers Rota an important element of the clubs security and would encourage every member to support this great initiative.

The Local marine police consider that volunteer watches are the best way to protect the valuable assets that are kept both within the club and throughout the harbour.

Night Watch Volunteers have access to the Haven office as their base for the evening. The watch is normally two Volunteers to patrol the Yacht Club grounds utilizing torches and high visibility jackets supplied. The watches operate across the hours of darkness, varying from a couple of hours to a full evening but the hours completed are at the volunteer’s discretion.

The object of the Night Watch is to act as a visible deterrent and so it is all about being seen patrolling the grounds of the club.

As well as the obvious security aspect, Night Watch Volunteering provides an added opportunity to meet other members of the club, plus witnessing the beauty of the harbour in a different light. After the appropriate training, members can also patrol the harbour in the Club launch as part of the Poole Harbour Watch Scheme, which includes patrolling all of the harbour Clubs .

If members were to undertake one watch a year we could cover most evenings throughout the year, please therefore contact Mike Jones and show your support for this great initiative.