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At Hamble the Club owns 115 metres of pontoon , held under licence from the Crown Estates and supervised by Hamble Harbour Master. These moorings and 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 Honorary Moorings Officer (Peter Tracey, Synergy) - 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 moorings and 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, pay the fees on time, you keep your berth for as long as you want it. If you change your yacht, 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.
The Club's moorings and berths are all in the southern, Warsash, reaches of the River Hamble, between Warsash and Hamble Point.
We have five 30-footer fore-and-aft moorings (HB20A -E on the chartlet) situated on the Warsash side, south of Warsash SC jetty.
The pontoon run is between piles B11 and B16 on the Hamble Point side of the main fairway, upstream of the long run of 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, at the northern end the berths of most of the local fishing boats. In addition the Club holds four berths at the North end of the HM's visitors pontoons, between piled B9 and B10.
Mooring holders also have free use of the club's private parking and dinghy storing facility at Warsash.
How do I obtain a Club mooring or berth?
Contact Peter Tracey and, if no berth or mooring is immediately available, go on the waiting list.
Towards the end of October, every existing berth holder will be contacted to ask if a the berth will be required the following year.
Application forms will then be sent out which should be received back in the Club by the end of November, accompanied by a deposit of around 10% of the annual berthing.
If no application is received by the end of December, the Club assumes the berth will not be required, and contacts the next member on the waiting list looking for a berth of that length. If no member on the waiting list requires the berth, the berth will be more widely advertised within the Club, on the Notice Boards and on the web site.
The reason the booking process begins so early is 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.
By the end of January, the berth application process should be complete and it will be possible to finalise the charge for the coming year. Berth allocation follows, and a letter will be sent confirming charges for the following year together with the Mooring or Berthing Agreement and an invoice for the outstanding balance of the annual charge.
The agreement must be returned, along with the balance of the fee within 28 days, otherwise the Club will assume the berth is no longer required and efforts will be made to let it elsewhere.
If a berth or mooring holder changes to a different size of yachts, every effort is made to accommodate the new yacht - but it is not guaranteed..
The charge for a Club pontoon berth on the Hamble in 2013 is £199.50 per metre on the more exposed fairway side and £213.10 on the inside; Conditions under which the berths are held.
The rules covering occupation of the Club's mooring and berths are contained in the Yachting Byelaws, in particular Byelaw Y15.
Y15.1The Club has available for letting to members a number of moorings on the River Hamble at Warsash and at Cowes. There are both buoyed and pontoon moorings for yachts of varying dimensions and displacements. Whilst the Club shall make every endeavour to keep its moorings in a serviceable condition, it cannot accept responsibility for damage caused to, or by yachts breaking adrift from Club moorings through any cause whatsoever. Members should consequently satisfy themselves that their allocated moorings are adequate for their requirement, and that they have adequate insurance cover.
Y15.2 Applications for a mooring, giving details of the member's yacht, should be made to the Sailing Administrator.
Y15.3 All applications for moorings will be dealt with in strict rotation, but will be dependent on availability consistent with the size of the yacht in question. A list of mooring holders and a waiting list will be maintained by the Sailing Administrator.
Y15.4 The operation and maintenance of the moorings shall be the responsibility of the Sailing Committee, which shall nominate a Moorings Sub-Committee to which it may delegate some of these duties. The Moorings Sub-Committee shall be appointed by the Committee and shall consist on no fewer than six full members two of whom shall be moorings holders and one of whom, other than the Chairman, shall be an appointed member of the Sailing Committee. The Honorary Moorings Officer and the Chief Sailing Officer shall be ex-officio members of the Moorings Sub-Committee. Four members shall constitute a quorum. Ex-officio members shall not vote nor count towards determining a quorum. The Chairman of the Moorings Sub-Committee shall be appointed by the Flag Officer and shall normally be the Rear Commodore (Finance) or the Rear Commodore (Sailing).
Y15.5 The annual fee for the Club moorings shall be set by the Sailing Committee upon recommendation by the Moorings Sub-Committee, and shall normally be determined before March 1st. Mooring fees shall be paid annually, in advance. The annual mooring fee shall cover the period from April 1st until the following March 31st.
Y15.6 Moorings shall be deemed to be vacant and available for re-allocation if the mooring fee remains unpaid 28 days after the date of invoice.
Y15.7 The conditions under which moorings are allocated to members are:
(a) The owner or in the case of joint ownership all owners must be Full Members of the Club. Where joint owners are husband and wife, one may be a Lady Member or an Associate Member but the other must be a Full Member.
(b) The mooring must be the member's prime mooring.
(c) The mooring must not be rented out, and may be loaned only after notification to the Sailing Secretary, and then only to a member of the Club.
(d) A member will be entitled to keep their mooring so long as they comply with the Mooring Bye-Laws and continue to be a yacht owner. One year's grace shall be allowed for a change of yacht.
(e) In order to maximise the use of the Club moorings a member purchasing a new yacht may be allocated another mooring.
(f) If a member plans to vacate their mooring for more than two months they must notify the Harbour Master and the Sailing Administrator, who may offer the vacant mooring to another member on the waiting list. A member vacating a mooring for more than three months without informing the Sailing Administrator will be deemed to have vacated the mooring permanently, and the mooring may be re-allocated to another member.
(g) Members allocated a Club mooring must arrange to have the name of their yacht painted on to their mooring buoy. Members allocated a pontoon berth must arrange through the Honorary Moorings Officer for a white board with the name of the yacht in black capital letters thereon to be fixed to the pontoon decking in approximately the centre of the berth.
(h) A yacht occupying a Club mooring, whether temporarily or permanently, must display the Club initials on the transom in such a manner that they can be seen both from the pontoon and from the seaward side
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