We are very sad to report that we have been ‘broken into’ at El Portet, and our outboard motor has been stolen. In addition the aft locker on the new “Flying Fish” dinghy has had its lid torn off, and our life jackets which were stowed in there have also been taken! They also stole the Flying Fish trailer wheels, and its mainsheet. We are obviously being targeted because they have now also stolen our old rubber dinghy safety boat, as well as the rubber dinghy and cover which was chained up close to our storage box!

The CBYA dinghies have now been sailing from El Portet for 2.5 years, and this is the first time that we have had a problem of this nature. It was impossible to insure the CBYA dinghy equipment left in our big locked wooden storage box at El Portet, so none of our losses are covered.

The dinghies have grown in popularity, and many of our members have had great sailing and enjoyable days out on the water with them. We therefore do not intend to give up as a result of this set back, but will instead replace the outboard, make the necessary repairs, and carry on for the benefit of our sailing members.

We are now reviewing ways to introduce better security arrangement for the future. One suggestion is to make an arrangement with the one of the hostelries at the beach to securely store the outboard for us.

We need to raise €600 to replace the stolen equipment and repair the damage. So we are setting up a special ‘disaster fund’ and are asking our members to make a donation to allow us to keep the CBYA dinghy group going. We have already received several pledges of support!

If you would like to help, you can make a donation by making a payment to the CBYA Account, marking the reference “Dinghy Disaster Fund”.

Bank details:


Bank: SABADELL , Av. Madrid, 8, 03724 Moraira, Alicante, Spain

Account No. 0081 0674 65 0002126222

IBAN : ES02 0081 0674 6500 0212 6222


We hope that you are willing to help – any donation would be appreciated, however small!!

In addition, if anyone has a suitable outboard (4 HP Yamaha, or similar) that they are willing to donate or sell, please let me know.

Please note that the Dinghy Day planned for Wednesday 6 December will go ahead has planned. Hopefully with a borrowed outboard motor!

Bob Gordon


December 2017