The following formalises & collects together various rulings that have been made over a number of years.

These rules were endorsed by the committee meeting on 31st August 2010 & revised May 2012, April 2014 & February 2015(RED)

A copy will be sent to each mooring holder as part of the renewal form on which he will be required to sign for having read & agreed to abide by them. 



BAC lays & maintains its own moorings in accordance with the recommendations of the Cowes Harbour Commissioners.

This is done by the elected Moorings Officer and his assistants.


Yachts are not permitted on club moorings

In line with a rule amendment that was passed at the 2009 AGM, moorings are allocated to members by the Moorings Officer in accordance with a set of guidelines that are applied at the discretion of the Moorings Officer. These are as follows but are not in any order of precedence. A) Suitability of boat (eg boat is not too long for the space available). B) Years of continuous membership, C) Years of continuous holding of a mooring, D) Contribution/Participation in club affairs.

Members not currently having a club mooring but wishing to avail themselves of one should first consult the Moorings Officer regarding availability before they obtain a boat for which they have no alternative mooring. Similarly, members having a current mooring should first consult the Moorings Officer if they intend to obtain a larger boat in order to ascertain that it can be accommodated. There is no guarantee that a mooring holder can be accommodated if he obtains a significantly larger boat.

Moorings are not allocated to non members so anyone who is not a member but would like a club mooring must first become a member of BAC.

In the event of demand for a new mooring exceeding the current availability of moorings, a waiting list will be drawn up. Members must reconfirm their desire to be on the waiting list annually. If not re-confirmed after a season, that person's name will be removed from the waiting list. When a spare mooring becomes available, it will be offered to that person on the waiting list who the Moorings Officer considers best meets the eligibility criteria set out above. Length of time on the waiting list may be used as an additional criteria should more than one person appear to have equal standing for eligibility. Moorings initially allocated will normally be less desirable ones & the holder will have to take his turn for any improvement.

When a desirable mooring becomes available for any reason, it will be offered in turn to other existing mooring holders in the order in which the Moorings Officer considers they best meet the eligibility criteria above, until one accepts the move to the improved mooring.  This may have a knock on effect with the resulting vacated mooring then needing to be allocated etc etc.

It may become necessary, from time to time, to move boats to different moorings where it is found that, for instance, the draft of the boat is different to that of surrounding boats and they lift off the mud at significantly different stages of the tide with the potential to collide & cause damage. This is entirely at the discretion of the Moorings Officer.

The concept of having a particular mooring for an extended period of years should not be taken for granted.

Moorings maintenance/safety checks.

The Moorings Officer & his assistants will endeavour to check the integrity of each mooring on a regular basis. That said, each mooring holder is required to perform his own checks on a regular basis (not more than 1 month apart but BAC strongly recommends not more than 2 weeks apart) & report immediately any suspicion of impending failure of any part of the mooring equipment. Previous experience has shown that particular attention should be paid to shackle pins plus any wear in chain links that has significantly reduced the diameter of the metal. A form can be found in the club house for reporting problems with mooring hardware. There were two instances in early 2014 where failure to regularly check resulted in failure of hardware fitted to the boat not being identified in a timely manner with the result that it caused a failure of the mooring rope and the boat came adrift. See Disclaimer below.

Mooring equipment is not to be altered in any way unless with the express prior approval of the Moorings Officer.

Mooring holders must ensure that their boat is equipped with hardware (cleats, Sampson posts etc) of suitable design & strength to accept the provided mooring hardware. Boats must be securely attached to the provided mooring hardware (the Moorings Officer will happily provide advice if requested).

Use of moorings

Sub-letting of moorings is strictly forbidden.

Temporary borrowing/loaning of moorings to fellow mooring holders may only be done with the express prior approval of the Moorings Officer and then only for boats currently on a paid for club mooring.


Any complaint regarding moorings should, in the first instance, be taken up directly with the Moorings Officer. If a satisfactory outcome cannot be reached, then the complaint should be made in writing to the committee who will consider the matter at the next available committee meeting.


Mooring fees are payable annually from the 1st of November each year and a deadline for payment will be notified within an invitation to renew that is sent to the last known address that the skipper has notified to the club.

The Treasurer has indicated that he is happy to accept substantial advance payments but full payment must be completed by the stated date. Post dated cheques that go beyond the stated date are not acceptable. Any cheque that fails to be cleared due to lack of funds will be treated as non-payment. Payment must be accompanied by the completed renewal invitation form plus a copy of the current insurance certificate for the boat.



Any mooring holder not wishing to retain his mooring for the following season (Nov 1st onwards) shall notify the moorings officer accordingly and shall remove his boat from the club mooring no later than the end of the first weekend after Nov 1st.

If a skipper leaves his boat on a club mooring beyond the first weekend after Nov 1st that shall constitute an obligation on the skipper to pay such fees as are provided for under these rules.

Failure to communicate with the club, once requested to do so by the club, will be interpreted as an indication that the mooring is no longer required & it will be allocated to another skipper.

If a skipper fails to pay but leaves his boat on a club mooring, the club reserves the right to levy such penalty fees as it sees fit and/or remove the boat from its current mooring. The club further reserves the right to impound the boat pending recovery of outstanding fees or to place it elsewhere in the harbour such as on a beach or on one of the harbour companies pontoons (where it would accrue charges payable to them) entirely at the owners risk & expense.

No mooring holder may participate in boat lifts where any part of the mooring fee remains unpaid, except by the express consent of the committee.

If a mooring holder transfers ownership of his boat to another person, the skipper shall immediately notify the moorings officer. The boat shall be removed from that mooring by the end of the weekend following the transfer. All outstanding mooring fees for that mooring shall remain the responsibility of the original mooring holder & will apply for the entire period up to the point that the boat is actually removed. The new owner shall not be entitled to take over the existing mooring but, if the new owner is a club member wishing to have a club mooring, he/she must apply to be allocated a mooring under the normal application process.


Mooring holders are reminded that it is a condition of holding the mooring that a valid insurance must exist at all times for the boat and must cover any alternative/additional skipper.


Mooring holders use club moorings entirely at their own risk. The club recently introduced a rule whereby mooring holders shall make no claim for compensation against BAC in relation to any mooring related occurrence what so ever. It is the mooring holder's responsibility to immediately notify any concerns regarding the integrity of his mooring and, if necessary, immediately vacate it to a safe mooring whilst remedial action is taken. Whilst BAC will assist, where it is able, with making arrangements to recover any club boat that has come adrift from its mooring, the cost associated with such recovery and, if necessary, temporary location elsewhere, is solely the responsibility of the boat owner.

General Conduct

Skippers are reminded that they must abide by the rules laid down by the Harbour Company with particular reference to navigation within the set speed limit & not causing distress to others by way of excessive wash, noise etc. Repeated complaints regarding any individual club skipper will be referred to the committee for possible sanctions which may include withdrawal of the use of a club mooring.

 Mooring holders must obey all reasonable instructions given to them directly by the moorings officer.

No other officer of the club is authorised to vary any such instruction or to issue new ones.

Emergency contact numbers for moored boats.

The harbour company has been obliged to implement a health & safety plan due to a condition of their insurance.

Part of this plan requires them to have emergency contact phone numbers for the owners of all boats moored in the harbour, irrespective of who administers the mooring.

All holders of BAC moorings shall, therefore, provide the club with at least one valid emergency contact phone number and, effective from 1st Nov 2012 for all mooring holders, shall permit their name, boat name and this emergency number to be forwarded to the harbour company by BAC without the need for any further explicit permission to be gained from the mooring holder.

NB See the Harbour Dues section for additional information that will be supplied to the Harbour company.

We have assurances from the harbour company that these phone numbers will not be disclosed to third parties and will only be used in case of emergencies relating to individual boats.

A list of these emergency contact numbers will be made available in the club office only to senior committee members, especially the moorings officer, but will not be on general display.


Harbour Dues.

BAC is aware that the legality of these charges has been verified.

BAC is committed to supporting the harbour company’s collection of harbour dues.

BAC has agreed to act as forwarding agents for the distribution of the harbour company’s requests for payment of individual harbour dues. The harbour company may, however, elect to send demands direct to mooring holders.

These dues are payable directly to the harbour company and are additional to, and nothing to do with, mooring charges levied by Bembridge Angling Club.

Harbour dues are not included in the fees for any BAC mooring.

Mooring holders are required to comply with harbour dues demands forwarded by BAC or the harbour company.

Addresses of mooring holders are required to be included in the harbour dues form.

Effective from 1st November 2012, BAC will provide mooring holders addresses to the harbour company on request without seeking explicit permission from the mooring holder.

BAC has agreed to assist the harbour company in its pursuit of payment from any verified defaulter.

The club will be very displeased if anyone fails to pay as this would have a detrimental impact on the relations between BAC and the harbour company.

Names of verified defaulters, if any, will be made known to the membership.

The verification process will include an invitation to any alleged defaulter to submit a written response to the committee.

There would be a negative impact on the future allocation of a mooring to any verified defaulter who does not pay in a reasonable time after receiving a further request to do so from BAC.


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