St Helier Boat Owners Association Photo credit Jason Masterman - Elizabeth Marina D pontoon.
  St Helier Boat Owners Association                                                Photo credit Jason Masterman - Elizabeth Marina D pontoon. 


New Association Hon. Treasurer


As the Chairman recently announced in his newsletter, Mark Peters has retired from the post of Treasurer/Membership Secretary, after 3 years of sterling work managing the process of moving the membership to the new subscription rates.


David Wood has taken on these roles and his details are now available on the 'Your Committee' page and on the Application form etc. on the 'Downloads' page.


PDD 7/1/21

Draft AGM 2021 Minutes
AGM 2021 Draft Minutes.pdf
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AGM Notice 2021
Dear Members,

Thursday 25th November at 7pm in the clubroom at St Helier Yacht Club.

Please find attached the official Notice for the convening of the Annual General Meeting of the St Helier Boat Owners Association, to be held on Thursday 25th November at 7pm in the clubroom at St Helier Yacht Club. Please put the date in your diaries.

This will be the first AGM since 2019, as we were obliged by Covid regulations to cancel our plans for the 2020 AGM. We are planning to offer refreshments after the meeting.
AGM 2021 Notice .pdf
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Draft November 2021 Committee Minutes
November 2021 Mins.pdf
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Draft October 2021 Committee Minutes
Oct 2021 Mins.pdf
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Draft July 2021 Committee Minutes
July 2021 Mins.pdf
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Draft April 2021 Committee Minutes
April 2021 Mins.pdf
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Draft March 2021 Committee Minutes
March 2021 Mins.pdf
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Draft January Committee Minutes
210114 Minutes Draft.pdf
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Draft November Committee Minutes
201112 Minutes.pdf
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Notice of the Annual General Meeting
The AGM will be held at St Helier Yacht Club on Tuesday 24th November at 17.30 with restricted numbers by prior booking. Click on the Notice for full details.
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Draft October Committee Minutes
201001 Minutes Draft-1.pdf
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August Draft Committee Minutes
Peter Donne Davis retires from the position of Hon Secretary & Christine Gill re-joins the committee to take on the role.
Arrangements for the AGM discussed.
Draft Minutes Committee meeting 20 Aug 2[...]
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Covid-19, France moved from Green to Amber


With effect from 9th August anyone arriving in the Island from France must be tested on arrival & again on day 5 and remain in self isolation until a second negative test result.


January 2020 Draft Committee Minutes
Minutes Committee meeting 160120.pdf
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Draft November Committee Minutes
Minutes Committee meeting 261119.pdf
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September Committee Draft Minutes
Minutes Committee meeting 260919.pdf
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Spotted any problems or improvements needed around the St Helier harbours or marinas during the season?

Your Committee will be meeting next Thursday 26th, after the summer break, so do let us know of any matters that need our attention. Call any committee member or email me via the 'Contact Us' page of the website.


PDD 17/9/19

May Committee Draft Minutes
Q&A session with Mike Tait's successor, Simon Porritt.
Minutes Committee meeting 230519.pdf
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Draft April Committee Minutes
Minutes Committee meeting 250419.pdf
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Draft March Committee Minutes
Minutes Committee meeting 280319.pdf
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Cartaret Entrance Warning


A large sandbar has been reported running north/south at the estuary mouth. Details & a photo are available on Digimap here. Cartaret marina staff are aware and plan to arrange dredging before the main season commences.


Seawolf's Latest Cruise


The first of a 6 part series of articles by past Chairman of the Association, Peter Pitcher, is published in the March edition of the free on-line magazine 'Motorboat Owner'. It covers the first leg of his cruise last summer from his winter berth in Holland to Norway in his & Gill's excellent (I would say that, wouldn't I, PDD!) Broom 425, Seawolf.

If you haven't already done so, you can sign up to receive the Motorboat Owner magazine by email at this address:



Draft February Minutes
Minutes Committee meeting 210219.pdf
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Draft January Committee Meeting Minutes
Minutes Committee meeting 240119.pdf
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Draft November Committee Meeting Minutes
Minutes Committee meeting 151118.pdf
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Draft Minutes of the October Committee Meeting
George Gaudin joins the committee, bringing a useful sailor's perspective.
Minutes Committee meeting 251018.pdf
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Draft Minutes of September Committee Meeting
Including the Chairman's report on the recent Marine Development Group meeting, with an update on seaplanes.
Minutes Committee meeting 270918.pdf
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New Trailer Boat Storage Facility


Rose Dawson has advised us that the new boat park at L'abri Farm is now open under the name of Gorey Boat Storage Ltd. For further information go to their website:


Draft Minutes of the June Committee Meeting
Minutes Committee meeting 210618.pdf
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Draft Minutes of May Committee Meeting
Minutes Committee meeting 170518.pdf
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Draft April Committee Minutes
Minutes Committee meeting 190418.pdf
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Seaplane Marine Risk Meeting
This is Chairman Will Simpson's report on the meeting held by Marico to consider marine risks to leisure craft owners on 25th April 2018.
Seaplane Marine Risk Meeting Report.pdf
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Concerns About Plan for Seaplanes Landing in the Small Roads
For those who may not have received it, here is the Chairman's email about this issue, sent to members on 8th April.
Below is a plan of the Traffic Scheme for Victoria Canada, where seaplanes operate, together with their Regulations.
Seaplane email to members.pdf
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Victoria Traffic Scheme.pdf
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St Helier Marina Electricity Bills Problem
Some recent invoices have overcharged for electricity, click to read more.
Electricity Bills.pdf
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March Committee Minutes
Minutes Committee meeting 220318.pdf
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Draft Minutes of February Committee Meeting
Including reports from the first meetings on St Helier Marina reconfiguration project.
Minutes Committee meeting 150218.pdf
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Draft minutes of the first Committee meeting of 2018
Including news from Mike Tait that there will be no increase in fees for the second year running!
Minutes Committee meeting 180118.pdf
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November Draft Committee Minutes - don't forget the AGM & buffet next Tuesday.
Minutes Committee meeting 091117.pdf
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October draft committee meeting minutes
AGM date confirmed as Tuesday 21st November, 7.30 at St Helier Yacht Club.
Minutes Committee meeting 121017.pdf
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Draft September Committee Minutes
Mark Peters is welcomed to the committee as candidate to succeed Christine Gill as Treasurer/Membership Secretary at the AGM in November.
Minutes Committee meeting 070917.doc
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Port of Jersey Services Review


We have received an email from 4insight who have been commissioned by CICRA, Jersey's regulatory body, which invites the Association and/or its members to comment upon the services provided by Ports of Jersey. See below for further information.


If you would like to take advantage this invitation, please either:-


  1. Advise us St Helier Boat Owners Association of your observations so that we can share them with CICRA


  1. Contact 4insight/CICRA directly yourself.


We look forward hearing from you.



CICRA Recruitment Poster V3.pdf
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2017 Boat Owners Survey Results


Ports of Jersey notified a wider range of users about this year's survey & as a result received double the number of responses. Click here to see the detailed analysis of the results.



South Pier Crane Works


Work to update the crane is expected to start tomorrow (17th June) & will continue till the middle of next week. Thereafter only those who have taken the training course will be permitted to use the crane.


St Helier Yacht Club are arranging courses with 4Training - contact Chris Parlett at the Club for further information.




May Committee Meeting Draft Minutes
Our last meeting until September, but your committee members remain alert to any problems. Happy boating!
Minutes Committee meeting 250517.pdf
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Draft April Committee Minutes
Minutes Committee meeting 200417.pdf
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South Pier Crane Refurbishment


The crane will be refurbished in May & thereafter can only be operated by those with appropriate training & insurance cover. Ports of Jersey's Robin Fitzgerald has provided the following information:


"Please be advised that there are planned works programed in to refurbish the lifting facility, on the end of South Pier. The work is due to commence either on the 22nd  or the 25th May and is scheduled to take up to 3 days. During this period the facility, unfortunately, will not be operational.

The area immediately around and leading up to the crane will need to be kept clear during these dates.

Once the works are complete access to the crane will be restricted to those who hold the appropriate insurance, for using a lifting facility and

the Slinger Signal/Banksman certification. Proof of this will be required.

Those interested in continuing to use the lifting facility will need to contact the Ports of Jersey on tel 447779, where a mutually convenient time will be arranged to collect the new access card."



Draft Minutes of the March Committee Meeting
Including Will Simpson's report on the Marine Development Group Meeting held on 3rd March.
Minutes Committee meeting 230317.pdf
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Draft February Committee Minutes
Minutes Committee meeting 230217.pdf
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This is an artist impression of the Dept of Infrastructure's revised proposal for extending the cycle track past the French Harbour. They will be holding a drop in session to discuss the idea, at the La Folie end on Wednesday 1st March from 1600-1800.

Your Committee is keen to hear members' views - do phone a committee member, or send a message via the 'Contact Us' page.

Further information is available here:-

Proposed Boardwalk.pdf
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Draft Minutes January 2017 Committee Meeting
The first meeting under new Chairman, Will Simpson.
Minutes Committee meeting 190117.pdf
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New Trailer Boat Park Application


Rose Dawson of L'abri Farm St Martin has submitted another planning application for trailer boat parking on part of field 585. The Association supported the previous attempt last year, which was turned down. The current application has distanced the boundary of the area from neighbouring properties to alleviate any concerns of the residents.


The current plans & supporting documents are available on the States Planning Register here.


The Association's comments in support should appear on the Planning website shortly and we encourage interested members to submit their individual comments via the 'Comment on application' tab. 



Mike Stevens Retires


Mike Stevens, a founder member of the Association in 1990, announced his retirement at the recent Association Annual General Meeting. Mike was honorary Treasurer for 14 years before taking over as Chairman for a further 12 years.

In proposing Will Simpson to succeed him he said “I am pleased with what the association has achieved over the years. Most noticeable was our stand against the ill thought out idea of flooding the old harbour to turn it into a marina, and voicing objection to luxury flats on the Port Galots site. Both of which were dropped after public objection.”

In a message giving his apologies for absence, incoming Chairman, Will Simpson said “I know that I will not be alone in wanting to publicly thank Mike Stevens for the excellent job that he has done for so many years as Chairman of this association. No one should underestimate the degree of commitment and sheer hard work that he has put into the role, but he has always used his sense of humour to bring a little levity into the often quite serious & difficult issues that he and the association have had to confront on behalf of you, the boat owners in St Helier Harbour. We all owe him a debt.”

Vice Chairman Nick Wood commended Mike for his sterling efforts, commitment & hard work behind the scenes, including working on the Marine Development Group. On behalf of the committee & members he then presented him with a tankard & an Association pennant & wished him a happy retirement, to resounding applause from the some 75 members present.


Draft Minutes of November Committee Meeting
Including discussion on the South Pier recycling facility & Committee recomendation to the AGM for an increase in subscriptions.
Minutes Committee meeting 031116.pdf
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Les Minquiers: A Natural History
This new book by Paul Chambers, Francis Binney & Gareth Jeffreys is now on sale at the Societe Jerriase & Amazon. The 540 pages include over 620 photographs, maps & diagrams. Click the PDF for more information.
Les Minquiers.pdf
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September Draft Minutes
Minutes Committee meeting 290916.pdf
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Cranes Survey Results


Ports of jersey have published the survey results on their website. To read the Executive Summary click here & the full analysis is here.


New Website Completed

The broken links have been fixed, so everything should now be in order.

We hope you like the refreshed design & in particular the inproved appearance on smartphones.


Portbail 'Tour de France' Rally, 1st - 3rd July.
St Helier Yacht Club are inviting our members to join in a rally for sail & motor boats that can take the ground. Click to see the flyer, but hurry if you are interested - entries must be in by Monday 27th June.
Portbail rally July 2016.docx
Microsoft Word document [5.3 MB]

New Website in Progress

As the provider of our website has introduced a new management program, the site has had to be re-created. Unfortunately this involved the site being offline for 24 hours until this afternoon & currently the links to Association documents are broken. Hopefully they will be re-established within the next couple of days.

Apologies for any inconvenience this work has caused.


New Traffic Lights at Elizabeth Marina

The new pierhead repeater lights when leaving Elizabeth marina are now operational. The official advice given when these were planned was that boats leaving the marina, when faced with a red light may proceed with caution on the starboard side of the Small Roads. If proceeding to La Collette or the harbour they should wait for the light to go green.

We can expect a revised General Direction 7 to be issued shortly, providing full details.


May Draft Minutes
Unless urgent matters arise, the committee will be taking a break until September to do some actual boating.
We wish all members a happy & safe season.
Minutes Committee meeting 190516.pdf
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April Draft Minutes
Minutes Committee meeting 210416.pdf
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Harbour Cranes Survey

To help Ports of Jersey to plan future maintenance/replacement of the cranes around the Istand's harbours they are conducting a usage survey. If you use the crane on South Pier (or any of the outlying harbours) please take a few minutes to complete the survey  before the closing date, 27th May.


Boat Park Fees

As reported in the April minutes, the sharp increase in fees after the 3rd month was raised at a recent meeting of the Marine Development Group. This increase was introduced some years ago for a very good reason - to encourage owners using the facility during the winter to complete their work & clear space in timer for the busy period of pre-season lift outs.

However sometimes apparently simple work can uncover other issues & difficulty in sourcing spares can cause unforseen delays, resulting in even the most diligent owners running up the penalty charges.

In such circumstances Myra Shacklady has advised that some flexibility can be negotiated. Don't expect any sympathy if you have left your work until the last minute, but it could be worthwhile contacting Mike Tait or Myra at an early stage, if you encounter unexpected problems beyond your control.



Demi des Pas & Gorey Pier Lights

These lights need replacement & Ports of Jersey are considering installing LED's which will have a shorter range, but higher intensity. Ports have opened a consultation about the change, to which the Association committee has responded that it has no objection. Individual members may make their own submissions should they wish, before the closing date of 15th April.


March Draft Minutes
Minutes Committee meeting 170316.pdf
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February Draft Minutes
Including Mike Tait's reponses to matters raised at the AGM & the January committee meeting.
Minutes Committee meeting 180216.pdf
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January Draft Minutes
Minutes Committee meeting 210116.pdf
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