Welcome to Harbour Services. The Harbour Services Committee is chaired by a Rear Commodore who is a Club Officer elected at the AGM each year. He is supported by the Bosun, the Harbour Services Secretary and the Beachmaster. A number of other Club members volunteer invaluable knowledge, skill and hard work, particularly over the winter months, to maintain the facilities that we all enjoy. The team is based in Fred's Shed adjacent to the main slipway.
The Harbour Services team is responsible for:
- The basin, its banking, fence and slipway, maintenance dredging and harbour surveys.
- Liaison with local Government and various Government departments to obtain permissions to carry out harbour management operations.
- Maintenance of moorings, pontoons, plant & Club harbour boats.
- Maintenance of the beach next to the clubhouse for the launch and retrieval of sailing dinghies.
The Bosun is responsible for:
- Supervision of boat parking in the yard, operation of the boat hoist and other yard operations involving boats.
The Harbour Secretary is responsible for:
- Allocation of moorings and administration of winter storage of craft.
The Beachmaster is responsible for:
- General maintenance/repairs to the Clubhouse & facilities, the decking area and other Club buildings, and security (CCTV, Clubhouse access).
Current Harbour Services Team:
Rear Commodore Harbour Services – Mike Bartlett
Bosun – Pete Poulson (assisted by Adam Poulson)
Beachmaster – Nigel White
Harbour Secretary – Ted Needham
Axmouth Harbour Management Company reps - Tony Hinton/Steve Biddle
South West Ports Association rep. for Axmouth Harbour - John Robinson
Over the years we have made significant improvements to the Harbour by removing the old trot moorings and replacing them with pontoons, which were piled in 2013. An indication of our success is the way the waiting list for berths has risen from zero to up to 5 years. As well as maintaining the pontoons and walkways, we dredge the Harbour from December through to March using our own equipment. In April most of our time is spent helping members that have berths on the pontoons to launch their boats, and in October the process is reversed as boats are lifted out for the Winter.
The team are pleased to offer help and advice but please remember that, other than the contract for Bosun services, members provide their help and support entirely voluntarily. The Club does not employ the Rear Commodore, Beachmaster, Harbour Secretary and other team members - they are all Club members who have volunteered their time & expertise. Over the years this self-help ethos has significantly reduced the cost of projects and maintenance. This has enabled the Club to keep the cost of being a member of AYC low compared with other harbours. Without the Fred's shed team, AYC simply would not function!
If you have skills that you could offer the team and have time on your hands, why not come and join us in Fred's Shed – we are always looking for more volunteers. The team can be seen out in all weathers with the occasional respite in Fred's Shed for a cup of tea and some leg pulling.