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1st March 2013

Thank you all for the great feedback that we had from our first newsletter. It is now possible to sign up for the newsletter using the box in the top right hand corner of the home page of the website, so please spread the word. Don't forget that you can also forward this newsletter to anyone that you think may be interested.

Hans Styrell created the first BCC website when the web was invented and has been updating it with news and photos of the club and its members ever since. He has now decided it's time to hand it over to somebody else, so I would like to take this opportunity to thank him for his sterling work over the past few years.  


Best wishes


Andrew Kirkwood



Coming Up...
Spring Launch party
The 9th March sees the Spring Launch Party. This year we will be meeting at the Swan Inn, Swan Street, Isleworth from 7pm then heading across the road to Mann's Beijing Restaurant to eat at about 8pm. The cost on the night will be around 20 per head plus drinks. We will be enjoying a set menu to keep the ordering nice and simple, so please also let Steve know if you are planning to come along and if  you have vegetarian or other dietary requirements.

Medway trip
George Rowell and Harvey Bell are planning a Medway Cruise in June. Any boats interested in joining them please contact George or Harvey.

And Just Been...

PLA Public Meeting 
Jan and Leslie Ferber represented the club at the PLA public meeting on 26th February.  Sewage matters came up several times ! There is to be a new by-law from January 2015, making it an offence to discharge any sewage into the river (not clear whether this will cover all waste water discharges, or only toilet waste).  



There were complaints to PLA about the extended periods of draw-down in the Richmond area in recent years - they do not envisage these being longer than 4 weeks per year in the foreseeable future.  


Adverse reactions were given to Richmond Council's proposed by-law preventing any boats stopping in a wide local area - this is apparently intended to discourage 'water gypsies', boats squatting on odd bits of riverbank -  but it could lead to problems for boats in trouble needing to moor in emergencies etc. The PLA spokesmen seemed to think that this by-law will turn out to be largely unenforceable, particularly as the Council do not own large segments of the land involved 


Any boat skippers getting into trouble on the tideway were urged to report their situation to London VTS, in the interests of safety. The PLA people emphasised several times that one of their prime concerns/objectives is the safety of navigation on the Thames.  

A Curry Social 

Members headed to the Cinnamon Lounge in Isleworth for a curry on 27th February. Great company and a good curry and fortunately nobody was in a hurry!



Marina News 

Brentford Marina has been busy gearing up for the summer. To ensure that there is always somebody to man the lock, even when Steve and Andy are away, two relief lock keepers are joining the team. We are pleased to welcome back Derek Jones, who looked after the marina for a number of years before retiring in 2011 and Ian Proberts who will also be helping out.   


Ian Proberts
Ian Proberts will be manning the locks when Steve and Andy are away


Jan and Charles have been hard at work turning the beer cellar below the former Residents Bar into a clubroom for berth holders. With a dividing wall now demolished and a large picture window created, the room is taking shape nicely. It still needs a coat or two of paint, but will be be a fantastic addition to the marina when complete. 


  Clubroom 1Clubroom 2










Meanwhile, Steve has just ordered a huge skip so that he and Andy can start to clear the warehouse to create usable storage space for dingys, trailers etc, which will be available to rent from Brentford Dock. Please contact the lock keepers for further details.  


The outside pontoon has been taken away to MSO Marine for repairs this week. All being well it should be back in place in a couple of weeks.   


If you want to avoid the sailing club regatta's when you take to the water this summer, they are listed on the PLA's Annual Sailing Event Calender published on Notice to Mariners M3 of 2013
Have you renewed your membership yet?
Subs for 2013 should be paid by 31
st March so if you haven't already done so, there is still time to renew your membership... fantastic value at only 15. Please pay by cheque made out to Brentford Cruising Club, and sent to John Yates, Treasurer, 20, Leo Court, Brentford Dock, TW8 8QX


For those of you who would prefer to pay via the internet and direct transfer, we bank with Barclays ( Richmond branch ) , sort code 20 72 17 , account number 50198811 . The account name is Brentford Cruising Club .

Please use your name as a reference so that we can credit you as paid .

Not a BCC member yet?
Don't worry! Just go to the website and pick up a membership form. Its 15.00 a year and Clive Evans will be happy to help you. Visit our Website

Quick Links
PLA Tide Tables 
River Conditions
Side Heading
March 2013
9th - Saturday - Spring Launch Party.  Mann's Beijing Restaurant
13th - Wednesday - Talk at Twickenham Yacht Club by Darren Knight from the PLA
- Good Friday- Lunch time Cruise to The Olde Swan Thames Ditton. The Olde Swan
31st - Easter Sunday- Boat Race Walk
April 2013
6th - Saturday - Weekend Trip to Greenwich Yacht Club. GYC
27th - Saturday - Evening Cruise to Hampton Court 
28th - Sunday- Beaulieu Boat Jumble Beaulieu Boat Jumble
May 2013
17th  - Friday - River Wey weekend The River Wey
June 2013
1st - Saturday- Pontoon Party & RNLI Barbeque at Brentford Dock
16th - Sunday - Open Day
22nd - Saturday - Afternoon Treasure Hunt 
28th -31st Friday - Monday. Windsor/Wraysbury Weekend with horse racing.
July 2013
13th - Saturday - Twickenham Yacht Club Regatta
27th - Saturday - White Swan raft race - or an excuse for a beer.The White Swan
August 2013
10th - Sunbury Fireworks and Regatta Sunbury Fireworks
24th - Saturday - ATYC Regatta West India Dock
September 2013
7th - Saturday- Great  River race and riverside picnic at Brentford Dock
14 - 16th - Saturday - Monday. London Ring.
21 - Saturday - Evening cruise and Fish and Chip Supper at the London Apprentice
23rd - 24th  Monday/Tuesday. Night cruise to Lime House.
October 2013
5th - Saturday - Afternoon cruise to the Anglers in Teddington. 
18th - Friday - Cruiser end of season party at Twickenham Yacht Club
November 2013
27th - Wednesday - AGM
8pm at the Residents Club
December 2013
7th - Saturday - BCC Christmas Party

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