Spring 2022

With February done and daylight hours noticeably lengthening, boat fettlers are beginning to awaken from the winter lock-down.  Looking around the hardstanding, there is plenty to do.  Flat tyres, tenders straining at the seams half-full of water, wheels yet to mate with their trailers – and that is before work even starts on the boats!  At least we survived the gales!

In response to the six members who responded positively to the idea of storing  their inflatables vertically if we made such racking, we hope to have them available by mid-April.

Eighteen attended the AGM with six apologies,  the second AGM in 6 months thanks to the repercussions of you know what.  The Chairman gave an insight into the time and effort expended in dealing with the necessity of applying for a license to dredge to maintain a viable brook and harbour.  An article is published the March Lympstone Herald informing Parishioners of the Association’s contribution to the life of the Community.

An initiative – to restrict all households to a fixed maximum of boats – came from the need to provide an equitable availability of very limited resource to all parishioners.  The parish population is growing dramatically and the pressure on the limited harbour space increases every year.  We introduced this idea at the last AGM, announced it as a decision at this one and will implement it from April 2023 which gives the five householders with multiple boats a year’s grace to comply.  The maximum holding will be:

  • one sailing Dinghy berth on the dry hard,
  • one rack-stored Kayak or Canoe,
  • one Tender,
  • one vessel on a mooring.

These are absolute limits and are not transferable (ie, a member could not trade an entitlement to a mooring for a second sailing dinghy ) and the limits are not issued by right (there has to be room to accommodate an application for each facility).

The Board also announced plans to install a pontoon structure this year, to link the western end of Ted’s Folly to the adjacent Harbour wall, continuing as a pontoon extending along the inside of the western wall.   This will offer greater access to berthed vessels on that wall.

So, with 6 or so weeks to go to Harbour Opening, let’s hope for benign weather, not just for the interim, but for a fulfilling boating season.

Many thanks to the 40% of members who have already paid their invoices.


Calendar of events

15 March        All invoices to have been paid, else reinvoice at 120%

19 April          All owner-launched summer moored vessels to have vacated the hardstanding – associated tenders temporarily placed against Cliff face.

20 April        Craning from 0800   1st lift 0815

22 April       1400   Tidy site and relocate  long canoes on rack

23 April        Harbour Open to summer-licensed craft

9 October    All craft to have vacated the hard by 1930 (except tenders to vessels on moorings & winter licensed racked craft).

12 October  1400 – working party to clear the site

13 October  Craning Ashore from 0715




Ongoing Meetings & AGM

Your Harbour Board works hard behind the scenes to maintain the Association’s property as a community amenity & to maximize the valued but finite resource for its members. Board meetings are usually held on the first (sometimes second) Tuesday of the month with no meeting in December. Please send communications in time for them to be shared and considered at meetings.

The Association’s AGM,  usually held in February.   Whilst the Sailing Club cannot accommodate every member, the Board is always prepared to consider, members’ views on viable suggestions at any monthly Board meeting.

Homebased Portable Craft (HPC) - new in 2020

Whilst canoe & kayak numbers have plateaued, SUPs and similar craft licenses have more than doubled in the past year.


The Harbour Board conducted a survey of mooring buoys. Many were impossible to identify easily as numbers were obliterated by growth or were absent.  Many buoys were not brightly coloured and some were small enough to be dragged underwater during swift tidal flows. All mooring holders are requested to upgrade their moorings before the new season starts and keep them clean and identifiable throughout the year. The Harbour Board reserves the right to remove unidentifiable or inappropriate buoys.

Harbour Tidy & Mark-out before Craning Ashore

The Harbour will be closed to vehicular traffic during the activity. Empty road trailers are never allowed on the hardstanding at any time unless with written Harbour Board authority including during the tidy-up. Members with vessels craned to a trailer for winter berthing on the hardstanding may bring their trailers to the hardstanding from 1700 on the day of the tidy-up.

Craning planning – longer term

Every year we are asked for future craning dates. Whilst the Harbour Board must make the final decision near the time, that decision is based on adequate high tides in April & October. A high tide of 3.8m is considered the minimum required and we aim for 2 weekday dates in case of bad weather. If you don’t have an Almanac, we have a link on our website for predictions up to 2 years ahead which are quite good enough to give an idea of when craning will be. Don’t be put off by the delightful graphical representation, just look for the darkest blue! Many thanks to Tim Jupp.

Licence Labels

Perennial plea for Licence Labels to be applied in such a position that when berthed/racked, the label is clearly visible for direct inspection, not hidden in the cliff face or under a cover. There appears to be more canoes in the racks than now than licence shave been applied for!

Reporting of Incidents in the Estuary

Apart from serious emergencies involving life or limb in which case the emergency services should be called immediately, as landowner encompassing Lympstone moorings, the Harbour Board should always be informed of any incident as soon as possible. The Board holds contact details of owners of all licensed vessels on our property so is best placed to inform them swiftly.

Vehicular Access to the Harbour & Slipway

Lympstone Harbour is private property.  Every instance of non-members & commercial traffic using the slipway or hardstanding or a member inappropriately using the slipway as a car park sends the wrong message to others and strengthens the resolve of the Harbour Board to better protect the Association’s property.  We feel that the time is approaching when a vehicular barrier will need to be installed to obviate loss of control of our property.