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AlienFTM
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Number of posts : 28
Age : 64
Localisation : Hampshire
Cap Badge : 15th/19th The King's Royal Hussars
Places Served : NI, Tidworth, UNFICYP, BAOR, Worthy Down
Registration date : 2007-12-07

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PostSubject: British Kiel Yacht Club   British Kiel Yacht Club Icon_minitime7/12/2007, 17:02

This is (was?) contained in a secluded corner of a Marinefliegerhorst - which I would translate as a Naval Air Station on the northern outskirts of Kiel.

Working from a memory that far predates the luxury of web searches, I have loaded an internet map of Kiel (http://maps.live.com) which strongly suggests to me that the Fliegermarinehorst was at the east end of Flughafen Kiel-Holtenau, entrance off K5 Boelckestrasse.

Having entered the Marinefliegerhorst (and waved our MOD Form 90 at the German conscript on the gate), we must have followed the perimeter road along the northern edge of the base parallel to Schusterkrug and Prieser Strand.

The yacht club clubhouse backed onto Prieser Strand in a quiet inlet between the Marinefliegerhorst and the Stickenhornmole. Live Search suggests that the club is still there (not having been there for 22 years I cannot say if it remains British) and the yachts are clearly visible tied up to dolphins either side of the jetty. Looking at an aerial photo suggests that the guard post is no longer there so I would guess the whole place has been demilitarised.

Approaching from seaward, the Stickenhorn light on the end of the mole was our navigation point.

Between the entrance from Shusterkrug and the clubhouse is a wooded area. My memory suggests that the NAAFi was airfield side of the woods, nearer the gate than the clubhouse. And thinking about it all these years later, I am now surprised to remember fairly clearly that it WAS a NAAFI and not some German equivalent, being on a German base.

Looking again at the map, this time in bird's eye view, the detail is outstanding. As I type, the picture of the helipad south-east of the clubhouse clearly shows two helicopters (one largely inside a hangar) which look remarkably like Search and Rescue helicopters, but the two boats tied up to the jetty between the helicopter pad and the yacht club look decidedly civilian, possibly ferries across the Kieler Bucht (Kiel Bay), whereas between 1978 and 1985, these jetties were packed with decidely military Landing Ships.

I have fond memories of racing off Kiel.

Edited once for typo.
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Number of posts : 28
Age : 64
Localisation : Hampshire
Cap Badge : 15th/19th The King's Royal Hussars
Places Served : NI, Tidworth, UNFICYP, BAOR, Worthy Down
Registration date : 2007-12-07

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PostSubject: Re: British Kiel Yacht Club   British Kiel Yacht Club Icon_minitime7/12/2007, 17:22

Fascinated by this bird's eye view picture I have been back and had another look.

In this view you CAN see a barrier across the road, but it has been moved south a few meters, beyond the access road to the BKYC. This suggests to me that the BKYC has been demilitarised, but the airfield has not, which makes sense to me.

Just south west of the road block is a square marked out with parking spaces, surrounded by typically German garrison blocks. My memory strongly suggests that the NAAFI was in the block on the west side of the car park, furthest from the BKYC. But I could be wrong ...

Eeh it's like looking back into history this.

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Number of posts : 28
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Cap Badge : 15th/19th The King's Royal Hussars
Places Served : NI, Tidworth, UNFICYP, BAOR, Worthy Down
Registration date : 2007-12-07

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PostSubject: Re: British Kiel Yacht Club   British Kiel Yacht Club Icon_minitime8/12/2007, 20:03

Well don't I feel stupid? I come to look at this website again and find there is a link the BKYC website elsewhere on this site.
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PostSubject: BKYC   British Kiel Yacht Club Icon_minitime16/4/2008, 08:18

sunny Though not a sapper!i was stationed here mid 70`s what memories great fun Wink morning runs around the base,watching the german recruits learning to march!the naafi what a joke that place was.Who remembers Uwe the civvy fitter who had a passion for beetles,we sprayed his green and black during a PRI inspection! Twisted Evil The civvy female clerk can`t think of her name but she was hot Very Happy Naafi breaks in the Kantina!Going round to SHAPE to pick up messages,the bloody escort estate "staff car" Rolling Eyes
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Number of posts : 9
Age : 98
Localisation : Brisbane Australia
Cap Badge : Grenadier Guards
Places Served : France, Iceland, Germany
Registration date : 2008-09-02

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PostSubject: Re: British Kiel Yacht Club   British Kiel Yacht Club Icon_minitime2/9/2008, 01:29

The 1st Batallion Grenadier Guards were in Kiel Haltenau barracks in late Feb. 1946 taking over very filthy premises left by Russian troops.
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Localisation : Limavady, N.I.
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Places Served : Arborfield (Basic training), S.E.M.E. Bordon (Trade training), Barnard Castle, Hemer, Belfast (Emergency Tour), Londonderry, Munster, Brunei, Hong Kong
Registration date : 2008-04-06

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PostSubject: Re: British Kiel Yacht Club   British Kiel Yacht Club Icon_minitime4/11/2009, 16:56

There is a website dedicated to the Kiel Yacht Club and it is listed on the page for the Club on the main site.

Here it is again for anyone interested.

http://www.bkyc.de/html/bkyc_1945_-_1992.html

Paul.
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