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About us

The BTOSC is a small but long established yacht club. We have experienced RYA yachtmaster qualified club skippers and we charter the yachts we need for sailing events in the Solent and elsewhere.

Club activities are currently suspended due to government restrictions. However, we have an outline programme for 2021 and will be up and running as soon as possible.

A Return to Sailing

The BTOSC Committee met on 25 Feb to review the latest situation. As you will all know the Government has now published a roadmap of indicative (no-earlier than) dates for the lifting of restrictions and guidance is now available from the RYA for each stage.

Having reviewed the guidance from the RYA the committee has decided that the 2021 BTOSC Sailing Programme should remain suspended until 21 June. By then all restrictions should have been lifted and we hope that members will once again be keen to sail.

In the meantime, we have a virtual AGM scheduled for xx April. We will also be scheduling some refresher sessions prior to our first event. These sessions are aimed principally at BTOSC Approved Skippers.

In view of the late start to the season we are considering an extended south coast cruise in Sep leading up to a later BBQ than normal. Demand for yachts is expected to be at a premium once we restart so please sign up for events as soon as you are able to do so.

Subscribe to the BTOSC Calendar

Did you know that you can subscribe to the Calendar on this website.  The Calendar is linked to the Events database so by subscribing you will receive updates when any changes are made to forthcoming events.

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The calendar that you need to subscribe using Google Calendar or even MS Outlook is:

Sailing Ambitions

Two of our members : Nigel Watsham (our Chairman) and Mike Griffiths (our Secretary) are now sailing the Atlantic from Gran Canaria to St Lucia. this is a screenshot showing progress so far.  Their boat is the most northerly one  towards the centre of the image (outlined in white).


To find out more about their adventure, follow their progress or support their causes please see the article Nigel and Mike sail the Atlantic.  In fact it is probably a great time for us all to take stock and consider what we all want to do sailing-wise in the year ahead.

Remember that if there is something particular that you would like to do, or an event that you would like the club to do differently, then please let the committee know either in person or through the BTOSC mailbox.

If you have not visited the BTOSC website site before please refer to the contents list on the right of this page starting with About the BTOSC.  You can also register for our mailing list.

The committee is currently working on the Sailing Programme for next year. which will contain a mix of the old favourites and some new events.  As a sample of what is coming up the Continue reading Sailing Ambitions

Hazards from Portable Generators

We don’t normally encounter portable generators on BTOSC events but you sail on a boat with one you would be advised to read the MAIB’s latest Safety Bulletin issued following the carbon monoxide poisoning on board the Bayliner 285 motor cruiser Arniston in Windermere, Cumbria on 1 April 2013, resulting in two fatalities.

The same hazard would also apply in the event of damage to the exhaust for any inboard engine.


New Website

masts at sunrise

Welcome to this fresh new BTOSC website.  We hope that the new design and its collaborative features will  encourage member participation within the club.

Please help us keep the website up to date by providing feedback using the comment button which you will find at the end of most articles.