February meeting and AGM

There will not be a zoom meeting on the 1st Monday in February, as we are both in the throes of renewals and preparing for the AGM

THE AGM WILL TAKE PLACE ON MONDAY MARCH 1ST AT 8pm.
This will be a zoom meeting and a short newsletter including the link for the zoom meeting will be sent out to all 2020 members. If you are not renewing your membership for 2021, please disregard this notice. Your name will be removed from the database by MAY 1st 2021
Many thanks for the renewals already received. Keep them coming in.
Regards
Brenda ( ACBOC Secretary)

ACBO UPDATE TIER 4

Dear ACBO Members,

Just to update you on our restrictions in TIER 4 that may affect our members. The guidelines suggest that travel for planned maintenance on your boat is NOT permitted in tier 4. 

Boating can go ahead as long as you stick to the rule of social distancing. NO overnight stays on boats that are not primary residences.

Please keep yourself updated on government guidelines as they change. 

Information is available on RYA website, Brightlingsea harbour website, and Environment Agency waterways (covid 19) update 23rd December 2020.

Regards

Brenda McKee (ACBO Secretary)

The RYA continues to urge us to be cautious and considerate.  Please think carefully about the all the risks to yourself and others including those caused by the new variant of the virus in any boating activities that you undertake

More information about all tiers can be found on this link.

Guidance on what is possible in each English tier

Christmas Message from the Chair

It is difficult to think of anything new to say about 2020 and as the year draws to a close the immediate future doesn’t seem to get any brighter. I know quite a few of you have been badly hit by the difficulties COVID 19 has caused whether that is for your own or your family’s  health and wellbeing.  However we have the promise of an effective vaccination and life gradually getting back to normal.

Quite a few members got their boats out and managed some great trips in the good weather that this summer brought – it was good to hear about those cruises in spite of feeling a tiny bit envious!  

As well as boating a huge amount of work has gone on at the sheds; amongst many, many improvements – a lot of tidying and sorting, boat and trailer moving, ground clearance and levelling and at last the crumbling roof vents removed and transparent roof panels inserted. The sheds have been transformed from when we first bought them in 2016 into light, airy, dry space for keeping boats with lots of level space outside for keeping boats. Thanks to all those who spent so many hours toiling to make the sheds better for everyone.

Committee and volunteers have also had to pay attention to boats on moorings, notably two boats found drifting having broken free from their moorings. We have drawn up a new agreement for members which we will be much stricter about to get people to stick to the letter of the law.

We continue to work with the Borough Council on the Mooring Agreement and anticipate a new agreement to be in place for the spring of 2021.

Well a massive thanks to the committee and volunteers who have done so much to keep ACBO thriving through 2020 – enjoy Christmas as much as you can and look forward to an actual boating season for 2021!!!

Keith Phillips

Chair

ACBO

Alresford 1890

Just a note to let members know that the creek will be out of action for boats at the end of January from approximately 25th, for filming purposes. The film being made is set in 1890, and modern craft are unsuitable for inclusion. Boat owners that are currently on the water are being asked to remove them temporarily. Mooring holders that do not have boats on the moorings at this time are requested to delay launch until filming is over in February.
Each boat owner has been contacted regarding this, and it is hoped to be of minimal disruption to the 2021 season, as it is before most activity takes place in the creek. Boat owners with boats on moorings have already been notified by email.
Regards
Brenda McKee ( ACBO Secretary)