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Solo sailor Pip chooses Levington


Pip Hildesley, who is planning to take part in the OSTAR single-handed race across the Atlantic this summer in her Oyster Lightwave 39, known as The Shed, has chosen SYH as the base for her preparations.


The ocean crossing should hold no fears for former dinghy instructor Pip, who recently delivered her boat single-handed to the UK from Uruguay!


"We are delighted to be giving her assistance with her refit," said SYH managing director Jonathan Dyke. "She is looking for sponsorship!"


You can follow Pip's blog of her adventures on the Yachting World website at http://


Chandlery Revamp


New look for chandlery












The chandlery has been transformed in recent weeks, with a complete reorganisation, including the installation of a new floor. Remarkably the doors were only shut for two days - and that was only because of the fumes from the floor glue, said chandlery manager Richard Gadd.


Meanwhile thousands of shelf components were taken apart, cleaned and put back together - in a completely different layout from before.

"There was a plan, but what you started with and what you finished with are not quite the same!" said Jonathan Dyke, managing director of SYH, who described the process as "organic."


The counter has been replaced and the mini market has been relocated alongside it. The wall which before separated the mini market from the chandlery has been removed, and the effect has been to create the impression of a much larger space.














"The chandlery looks as if it is twice the size and has double the amount of stock in it. It hasn't: we have just reorganised it," said Jonathan. "Getting the mini market into that corner makes much more sense of everything. The whole thing flows better, and is more user friendly, with more usable space for yacht spares.


"Now there is an area for each operation: plumbing, electrical, paint, varnish, resins, safety equipment, charts - hopefully it will make much more sense to people.


"Clothing is also having a little revamp, with a changing room in the corner. That area will have a wooden floor in the next few weeks. It will be a bit bigger."













Jonathan added that the reorganisation of the chandlery was just the first stage of a planned redevelopment of the whole building.

"At the end of the summer we are looking to convert the ground floor offices to a more open plan arrangement with a proper reception area. And then the new stores will be next on the list!"

Recycle with SYH

SYH goes green

The waste and recycling scheme, introduced to increase the amount of waste being recycled both from vessels afloat and shore-side operations, has changed slightly.


The compounds accommodate clearly labelled bins, making it easy to divide mived recyclables (eg paper, cardboard, glass and aluminium cans) from general galley waste. There are also separate bins for glass.

  In addition, there are  locations where you can dispose of more hazardous waste such as batteries, paint tins, used oil and filters, contaminated rags etc. So please place all waste in the appropriate containers.  

Previously half a dozen red Biffa bins were used to collect the waste which all went to landfill. Due to rising costs, environmental pressure and "just wanting to do the right thing and get our house in order," the decision was made to create eight recycling and refuse disposal centres around the harbour, explained Jonathan Dyke, SYH managing director.

The compounds are conveniently sited near the top of the gangways, so that berth-holders don't have far to carry their rubbish. With concrete bases, galvanised steel posts and timber cladding, the compounds also improved the amenity compared with the previous "ugly" skips said Jonathan.

Non-recyclable material is dealt with on site, using a compactor, which is emptied every six weeks or so.This has meant a great reduction in the number of lorry movements, compared with the previous  weekly emptying of the rubbish skips. And the amount of material going to landfill has been cut down to 10 to 20 per cent of the previous volume . The rest is all  recycled.

Additionally, there are two oil disposal areas, designated areas for disposing of batteries, and areas for disposal of antifouling tins, paint, brushes, rags, rollers etc, so that they don't go into landfill.

Jonathan explained that waste disposal was the biggest single rising cost faced by the harbour. As well as improving the amenity of the harbour, and being more environmentally friendly, the new recycling system has reduce the need to pass on those rising costs in increased berthing fees, he said.

"So it is in everybody's interest to sort their rubbish and recycling!"

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January news


All-change in the chandlery

On Monday January 17 work will begin on a major reorganisation of the chandlery.

The whole area is to be refloored and then reorganised.


The mini-market is to move from the north east to the south west corner of the space, and the dividing wall will be removed, to create more space. Almost everything else will also be relocated.


Jonathan Dyke apologised in advance for the "upheaval," and appealed for berth-holders' understanding while work was in progress: the aim is to provide a much better service when the project is complete, he said.


Reading the meter

SYH is piloting a new scheme for measuring how much electricity is used by berth-holders, whether their boats are afloat or on the hard standing area.


"We are looking at future upgrades and improvements to the electrical supply system, and considering a new system on the market," explained Jonathan Dyke, managing director of SYH.


"Rather than meter signals being sent by the wire that supplies the power, they are sent by wi-fi link."


Other systems are also being tested and considered, but he is confident that once a new system is chosen and installed, the harbour will be able to provide a more efficient service to berth-holders and visitors.


Marquee offers new opportunities

A marquee has appeared alongside the Harbour Room, and is likely to remain a semi-permanent fixture for the summer, explained Jonathan Dyke, managing director of SYH.


"It was put up for a wedding reception in the Harbour Room, and will probably stay up through the summer period and will be available for various functions throughout the summer.


"It can be used for anything from beer and skittles for an Old Gaffers' event to a gala dinner."


Anybody interested in staging an event in the Harbour Room - and adjoining marquee - should contact Bob Gibbon for booking details.


Dredging under way


The annual winter dredging programme is well under way and now the crane barge has arrived at SYH for the replacement of the guide piles in the central part of the harbour (from the Lightship to the crane bay).


Many of the pontoons will not have to be moved for dredging this time, as a digger on the crane barge will be used to scoop out mud from under the pontoons - which will then be "hovered up" by the dredger.


The whole operation is due for completion by the middle of March, said Jonathan.