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Harbour Groups, Clubs
and Committees

Harbour Users Advisory Committee

This committee consists of the representatives of the harbour users groups to advise the Commissioners and keep each other informed.

The committee meets twice annually (usually in November and April) to report on their group's activities in the harbour and plans for the future. The chairman and Harbour Master brief the committee on news relating to the harbour, and any problems are fully discussed.

This forum provides a very useful link between all the harbour users and enables the Commissioners to hear the views of all harbour users and to react to their requests and ideas.

If you have any queries or matters you would like addressed, please feel free to contact the appropriate representative who will raise the matter at the next committee meeting.

Following the April committee meeting, the Commissioners hold their annual public harbour meeting, when all harbour users are invited to hear reports from the Harbour Master and Commissioners about news and plans for the harbour. This provides an opportunity for harbour users to ask questions and publicly discuss any ideas.

Committee Members

Chairman Joan Price
Harbour Master Robert Smith MBE
Coastwatch Di Brown
Commerical wind farm vessels Russ Hill
Commerical angling vessels Ben Riches
Cruising Association Paul Pettit
Fishermen Nicky King
H M Coastguard Tony Garbutt
Natural England Thomas Bolderstone
North Norfolk District Council Vincent Fitzpatrick
Pinewoods Partnership TBA
RNLI Allen Frary
Ski club Beverley Gibson
Small boat users Alan Walker
Wells Day Boat Association Peter Rainsford
Wells Sailing Club Chris Hardy
Wells Town Council Allen Frary
Wildfowlers Kevin Thatcher
Windsurfers Ray Page, Neil Greentree
RNLI Lifeguards Vince Pank

NCI Coastwatch Wells

Lookout (01328) 710587

The Wells station, one of fifty NCI lookout stations strategically positioned around the coast between Rossall Point in the north-west and Sunderland in the north-east, is an integral part of the Coastal and Maritime Search and Rescue system. As such it acts in support of and reports directly to Humber Coastguard which in turn activates and controls the front line agencies including the RNLI, coastguard, air-sea rescue, police, ambulance, Customs and Excise and immigration and animal welfare organisations as necessary.

Although the coastguard at Humber MRCC has the capability to monitor events at sea using its state of the art technical equipment, it is unable to observe activities on the beach and foreshore at Wells. The local coastguard mobile patrol has only a couple of vehicles to cover a vast area between Brancaster and Morston and therefore appreciates the support and co-operation of the local NCI watchkeepers.

The Lookout is manned by volunteer watchkeepers from 9am to 6pm during the summer (8pm during summer holidays) and from 9am to 4pm over the winter months.

The general public is invited to visit the Lookout at any time during opening hours either for advice on local matters or to provide information on potential incidents. The watchkeeper's day is split into three shifts of either two or three hours duration, training is on the job and in two afternoon seminar-type sessions per annum. The only qualifications needed to become a watchkeeper are a high level of common sense, a reliable attitude and the time to spend three hours a week on duty, although in the latter case a certain amount of flexibility is built into the system to meet personal conditions.

There are always vacancies for new members from any walk in life; there are even husband and wife teams that function effectively! Anyone interested in learning something new whilst performing a valuable public service should call the lookout on 01328 710587 or pay a visit to see what it's all about. You'll always be welcome!

Wells Sailing Club

Commodore - Chris Hardy

The clubhouse is situated at the East End of the town on the waterfront. Members are pleased to welcome crews of visiting yachts to use the showers and facilities at the clubhouse when open. New members are always welcome... if you'd like to join, please contact the secretary John Gibbs on (01603) 419272.

Wells and District Ski Club

Commodore - Karen Gilfedder
Club Secretary - Beverley Gibson 0844 8709598
Safety Officer - Martyn Gibson

Organises regular water ski-ing and watersports activities off Wells beach.

Windsurfing at Wells

There is presently no windsurfing club at Wells but there is close communication with the beach manager and ski club to ensure mutual and safe co-operation. Ray Page, (01362) 687267, represents windsurfers on the Harbour's Leisure Users Advisory Committee.

Windsurfing permits can be purchased at the Harbour Office... see the tariff page.