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News and Announcements

You can find all the latest news and announcements from the River Yealm Harbour Authority below.

Covid 19 (Coronavirus)

1st April 2020

Dear Harbour User,

The Harbour and Office will be running a reduced winter service whilst the Government restrictions on movement are in place. Harbour Staff will be contactable by phone or e-mail most weekday mornings between 0900 and 1200. Personal callers will not be received.

Answer phone messages can be left, and they will be dealt with when staff time is available. In case of emergency please dial 999 and ask for the Coastguard. For information on how to contact Harbour Staff out of hours please listen to the message on the Harbour Office phone.

Harbour safety patrols will be carried out regularly.

Information will also be posted on our web site.

The showers and public toilet will remain closed until further notice.

We would like to remind mooring holders that annual mooring fees and boat licences can be paid for using a bank transfer.

For the time being the pontoon remains open, but the current Government movement restrictions and principles apply to boats as well. Mooring holders and residents should adhere to these restrictions and take a reasonable and sensible approach. When the Government restrictions change the RYHA will review the situation.

The lift in at Bridgend has been postponed indefinitely.

During these unprecedented times please act responsibly and help control the spread of the virus, keep the pressure on our hospitals down and NHS staff safe.

Kind Regards

M Beighton

Harbour Master

Local Notice to Mariners 02-20

During the Covid 19 outbreak the following measures are in place to help protect Harbour Staff and visiting boat owners

The Harbour Office will remain contactable so long as there are staff available to do so. During the time of the outbreak the outer office door will remain locked. If mooring holders or visitors wish to speak to Harbour Staff, they can do so by phone. If they need to pick something up from the office, such as electricity cards, arrangements will be made for the items to be left outside the office in the porch area along with a receptacle for any money required. Exact payment should be requested. Handling of money should be whilst wearing gloves.

The following guidance will help protect staff on the water when doing the rounds.

  • Keep verbal contact to a minimum
  • Keep physical contact to a minimum
  • Approach yachts from up wind
  • No rafting on the pontoon, but double mooring on the visitors buoys is acceptable
  • Foreign flagged boats should be on an individual mooring
  • Foreign flagged boats must fill in a health declaration
  • Wear gloves when handling money
  • Use contactless payment wherever possible – we now have facility to send payment request to visitors phone or e-mail
  • Thoroughly wash hands after every round
  • Showers will remain closed until further notice

Many thanks,

Mark Beighton
Harbour Master

Covid 19 (Coronavirus)

Government restrictions ask the public to stay at home and only to go out for necessary journeys, to work, exercise or shop for food. These restrictions are now being enforced by the Police and apply also to waterborne activity:

Only one person should be in one craft unless from the same family/residence. 

No more than two people from one family/residence should be in one craft.

People and boats should remain at least two metres apart at all times.

There should be no group activity. 

Please help to control the spread of Coronavirus by behaving responsibly and thereby keeping hospital admissions to a minimum to protect our NHS and staff.

Thank you very much.

David Southwood

Chairman RYHA

Bridgend lift in – 2020

This year the lift in on the 6th April has been postponed indefinitely. Boat owners will be contacted when a new date has been confirmed.

Many thanks,

Mark Beighton
Harbour Master