Hamble Moorings

The Hamble moorings are located near the entrance to the River Hamble and provide economical and private permanent berths for members. They are administered by the Honorary  Mooring Officer Peter Tracey (email: peter@2traceys.co.uk or tel: 01264 738285). Members interested in obtaining moorings should contact either  the  Moorings officer or the  Sailing Office at the Club (email: rosa@royalthames.com) .
 
The Club owns 116 metres of pontoon, held under licence from the Crown Estates and supervised by the Hamble Harbour Master. The berths are leased to members on an annual basis as permanent berths for their yachts. The Club has no casual or visitor moorings on the Hamble, although one or more of the permanently-held berths may be temporarily free if the member is away for any length of time. It is a condition of holding a Club Hamble mooring or berth that the Moorings Officer be informed of an absence of more than 14 days, expressly to permit the temporary use of the berth by other members.
 
Unlike other Clubs on the Hamble, the RTYC berths are not allocated by annual ballot, with the risk of a successful member being bounced from his berth after just one year. Rather, a berth once allocated is held on an annually renewable agreement that will be renewed automatically provided the original conditions of allocation remain unaltered. In other words, provided you remain a member and pay the fees on time, you keep your berth for as long as you want it. If you change your yacht for a larger or smaller one, we will do our best to accommodate you but cannot guarantee it. The letting year runs from April 1st to March 31st the following year.
 
Location
The Club's berths are all in the southern, reaches of the River Hamble, between Warsash and Hamble Point.
 
The pontoon run is between piles B11 and B16 on the Hamble Point side of the main fairway, upstream of the long run of the Visitors' pontoon. The RTYC section of this pontoon run is the southern end; in the middle of the run are the berths of the Household Division YC and at the northern end are the berths of most of the local fishing boats. In addition the Club holds 28 metres of berths on both sides of the North end of the HM's visitors pontoons.
 
The moorings do not have water or electricity or walk on shore access. There is an efficient water taxi operating from Warsash. Mooring holders have free use of the Club's private parking and dinghy storing facility at Warsash.
 
Towards the end of the year, existing berth holders are contacted to ask if their berth will be required the following year. If there are going to be spaces available, members who are already on the waiting list will be contacted and berths will be more widely advertised within the Club, on the Notice Boards and on the website.
 
The booking process begins early because most commercial marinas require berth holders to make bookings in January. Members hoping to get a Club mooring therefore need to know by January whether or not they have been successful.
 
During January, members will be sent a contract for the year which should be signed and returned to the Sailing Administrator at the Club. Members will then be invoiced for the year.

If a berth or mooring holder changes to a different size of yacht, every effort is made to accommodate the new yacht - but it is not guaranteed..
 
Please see here current Mooring rates.

 
The rules covering occupation of the Club's mooring and berths are contained in the Yachting Byelaws, in particular Byelaw Y15, which are obtainable from the Club.

Cowes Pontoon

The Club's Cowes moorings are located upstream of the chain ferry and the refuelling barge, on the western (starboard hand going upstream) side of the river opposite the GBR compound. We have a 45 metre continuous pontoon run between three piles within a longer pontoon run adjacent to the main fairway. The northern (downstream) end of the full run comprises private and Harbour Master-operated visitor berthing, then comes the run of RYS pontoons, then RTYC, then the Royal London pontoons. Our own section of pontoons is clearly marked, both with signs on the piles themselves and with signs on the pontoons.
 
The rules regarding the use of the Cowes pontoon are straightforward and contained in the Yachting Byelaws. In summary:
 
The pontoons are strictly private and for the use of Royal Thames Member's yachts only; the pontoons are not available to members of other clubs, including reciprocal clubs.
 
Any member's yacht may secure to and remain on the pontoon for up to 14 days in any period of 30 days without charge. As the pontoons are not supervised on a daily basis, there is no booking system - it's first-come, first-served. Yachts may raft two deep on the inside of the pontoon (rafting more blocks the channel) and three deep on the main fairway side.
 
RIBs on the pontoon.
To assist arriving yachts get alongside the pontoon, RIBs may be left unattended only on the inside of the pontoon, not on the outboard, fairway side of the pontoon.
 
Display of Burgee and Club Badge.
All craft using the Cowes pontoon must fly the club burgee from the masthead if they have a mast, from the highest part of the craft if without a mast. The burgee should be on a staff, as befits the burgee of the oldest yacht club in the UK, and not left hanging like an item of laundry.
 
In addition, yachts using the Cowes pontoon must display the club badge and initials on the transom, in such a position that they may be seen both from the water and from the pontoon.

The reason for these two rules is to ensure not only that only bona fide RTYC yachts use the pontoon, but also to let other users of the pontoon and the Cowes Harbour Master see that the yacht in question has every right to be on the pontoon. These rules thus apply as equally to RIBs and smaller craft as they do to larger yachts.
 
Given that both the burgee and badge must be worn when on the pontoon, it follows that the privilege of using the Club's pontoon is not available to non-members to whom a member's yacht might have been loaned or chartered.

The Secretary of the Royal London YC now holds a small stock of RTYC burgees for those in dire need, more normally burgees, ensigns, ensign permits et al may be obtained from the Knightsbridge Secretariat. Transom graphics and transfers are obtainable through Tribune Graphics at

Tribune Graphics Ltd.
Unit 11, Phase 2
New Road Industrial Estate
Sheerness, Kent
ME12 1D

Telephone : +44 (0)1795 580457
Fax : +44 (0)1795 663318

Alternatively you may e-mail them at sales@tribunegraphics.com

This excellent company can produce for you, very quickly, a simple transom transfer as specified in the Club byelaws in any colour, size or style that you require. Transom graphics are no longer held by the Secretariat.

 
Extended stays (more than 14 days in any 30 days).
Should a member wish to leave a yacht on the Cowes pontoon for more than the permitted 14 days, this is possible provided that: the Chief Sailing Officer sailing@royalthames.com agrees, the temporary mooring fee is paid (see below), the burgee and Club initials are displayed and there is room.

CHARGES

The rules governing charges for extended use of the Cowes pontoon are set by the Sailing Committee in accordance with Byelaw Y15.9 and are as follows:
 
14 days in any period of 30 free of charge; extended berthing on inside only limited to 30 days in any period of 45 days during the months of June, July, August.

No unattended berthing during Cumberland Regatta weekend and Cowes Week.

Extended berthing rates: 1st April - 31 October £250 per 30 days, 1st November to 31st March £150, both plus VAT. Minimum charge 30 days, charge payable as soon as 14 days is exceeded.
 
SPECIAL ARRANGEMENTS FOR COWES WEEK.    

Given the pressures on berthing spaces during Cowes Week, the Cowes pontoon during this time is by common consent reserved for members doing The Week. Yachts not being used during Cowes Week are expected to move off the pontoon (even if the temporary mooring fee has been paid) during the Week to make room for members who are. Given these pressures and the fact that some yachts are lived aboard during the Week and others come and go for racing, it is particularly inconsiderate to leave yachts unattended for any period if berthed outboard of others. At the least, a mobile phone number for the key holder should be left where it may be seen and used by other members who might be inconvenienced, or for some other reason need to contact the yacht's key holder. Yachts berthed outboard of others are to be attended between 0830 and 1100 each morning, unless specific arrangements have been made with all craft inboard.
 

The full byelaw in relation to the Cowes pontoon:

Y15.8 At Cowes the Club has two adjacent pontoons located upstream of the chain ferry. A yacht using these pontoons, whether on a temporary or permanent basis, must display the Club initials on the transom in such a manner that they can be seen from both the pontoon and from the seaward side and, in addition, fly the Club Burgee.
 
Y15.9 The inshore side of these pontoons may be let out to members on a monthly basis at a rent determined from time to time by the Sailing Committee, save that for the first three days of Cowes Week the inshore side of the northern (downstream) pontoon shall be reserved for the use of Flag Officers.  Members may berth a yacht on the Cowes pontoon free of charge for up to fourteen days in any period of thirty days.  If the yacht remains on the pontoon for more than fourteen days in any period of thirty days, the monthly charge shall become due. The Cowes pontoon may not be used as a yacht's prime mooring.

Other Moorings

Turkey

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