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The Club has adopted an Environmental Policy and published the Club Environmental Action Plan Issue 1 see Downloads below.

The Club Sustainability Team, formed in 2022 under the leadership of the newly appointed role of Rear Commodore Sustainability has been discussing a wide range of actions that could be taken by the Club to raise awareness and to ensure that sustainability issues are taken into account in future plans. The proposed actions are included in the Club Environmental Action Plan Issue 1 published on the Club website on 7 November 2022 which will form the basis of consultation with members.

An initial survey was carried out in early 2023 to discover member's priorities the results can be found in the downloads below.

The Green Blue Boating Pledge
Members are encouraged to join the Sustainable Boating Community and sign up to the "The Green Blue Boating Pledge". See

Sustainability News....

The Survey:

Thank you to everyone who filled in our survey which was conducted in early 2023. This stage of the exercise is now closed. A summary of the results can be found in the Downloads section at the bottom of this page together with a Note Emissions Awareness which includes an analysis of motors and estimates of fuel used in the boats of members who completed the survey.


The sailing season is approaching fast and anti-fouling time is here. One thing to consider is whether you need to do a full antifoul every year. Several members have told me that they only antifoul the top 30cm or so around the waterline, and find this to be sufficient due to the low levels of fouling on their river moorings. Not only does this reduce the amount of nasty biocides getting into the river, it is also cheaper and much less effort. Worth thinking about; I think I'll try it myself this year and see how I get on.

Boat Maintenance Waste:

The club provides skips for general waste and for recycling. However, this does NOT include paint tins, brushes, thinners, oil, oily rags, etc. These are considered Hazardous Waste. It is the users responsibility to remove these from site themselves and dispose of them responsibly at a suitable facility. Unfortunately, there have been some instances of members ignoring the clear signs to this effect, and using the club waste skips. For everyone's benefit, please keep to these simple rules. Thank you for your co-operation.

HaveYour Say

You may have seen the Environmental Action Plan which has now been published on the club website. You may agree with it, you may disagree, you may think we've left out important things, Let us know.

Three ways of doing this..

Complete a survey. Thank you to those who completed the initial survey which is now closed! Further surveys may be announced in due course.

Attend a 'Sustainability Interactive Workshop' The first workshop was held on 4 February 2023, more may be arranged in due course.

Add your thoughts to the Sustainability discussion forum, under the Environmental Action Plan discussion. All inputs are welcome, and specifically if there is a topic you are especially interested in having addressed at the interactive workshop, this is a good place to put it forward.

Coastal Flooding Strategy

The BCP/Environmental Agency has now completed the current phase of its review of flooding risk in the local area,( Christchurch Bay & Harbour Strategy ) and has produced a 'short list' of potential actions, on which it is inviting further comment. Have your Say on-line survey

They are also holding drop in sessions:

  • Monday 5 December 2022 : Milford on Sea Village Community Centre from 10am - 5.45pm
  • Monday 12 December 2022 : Christchurch Library from 10am - 5.45pm

And a public online event

  • Tuesday 13 December 2022, 7pm 8.15pm public on-line event (hosted by Dorset Coast Forum).
  • Book free tickets here

Ted Sansom (Rear Commodore Sustainability).

Are you replacing any rope this winter?
English Braids have introduced a new range of sustainable rope manufactured (in the UK) entirely from recycled plastic bottles. They say that typically seven waste drink bottles make each metre of new rope.

Don't forget to recycle your old worn out rope through the club recycling point located under the flat.


Last updated 06:55 on 29 November 2023

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