Member profile: Charles – Dinghy sailing

I have been a member at the club for six years. My 14ft Wanderer is on a fore and aft mooring for the summer months, easily accessible by foot from the clubhouse. She sits on the seabed for a few hours over low tide – helpful for maintenance jobs!

I regularly sail around the islands in the harbour, to Arne, and occasionally out in Poole Bay and Studland Bay. It’s a brilliant place to sail a dinghy. One feels secure, yet challenged at the same time, especially when the wind starts to gust over 20 knots….

Then the clubhouse, with its spectacular setting, provides a great place to sit with a cup of tea, a box of fish ‘n chips, an ice cream, or a glass of wine. There is almost always good company to share one’s time with. NHYC comprises a wonderfully sociable collection of individuals.

I enjoy being part of a club that has such a diverse membership. Meeting people from so many different walks of life, brought together by a love of the sea and boating, is a source of constant delight – and a great source of information about all things nautical!

At NHYC it’s not so much a question of being a member, but a question of how one can play one’s part. Even useless people like myself can do useful jobs, from helping with social functions, to painting the gas pipe underneath the clubhouse. (Could I be let off that now, please, Commodore?) In 2020, despite all the restrictions, I even managed to be trained up as a driver of the water taxi.

My wife Susannah and I moved to Poole permanently at the beginning of 2020. I worked for forty years in the book publishing world and am now attempting some writing of my own, when not enjoying the amazing outdoor life that this part of the country has to offer.