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Report on a passage to Southsea Marina (12 September 2019)

The BBQ Weekend is one of the highlights of the BTOSC Sailing Programme. This year, for the first time, we chartered Sea Essay and Freyja from Channel Sailing Division and East Coast Division of the CSSA as well Viola from Hamble Point Yacht Charters.

Freyja was chartered for 3 days from 1200 Thursday 13 Sep until 1800 on the Sunday. We took her over at Hornet Services Sailing Club. The outline itinerary for the event was:

Thurs PM: Hornet to Southsea Marina (Langstone Harbour)

Fri: Passage to Newtown River, Cowes or Beaulieu

Sat: Passage to Lymington for Annual BTOSC BBQ

Sun: Return passage to Hornet

This report covers Thurs 12 Sep – our passage to Southsea Marina.

Before embarking on the 8NM passage to Southsea Marina in Langstone Harbour we took the opportunity to do some boat handling practice north of Burrow Island in Portsmouth Harbour itself.

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Report on BTOSC Spring Rally & AGM Weekend

We had three yachts out for our Spring Rally weekend (3rd Event of the year). Once again one yacht (Freyja) was pre-booked for an extended weekend based out of Hornet SSC. The other two, Apaloosa and Viola, were chartered from Hamble Point Yacht Charters. Several members also joined the AGM and meal on foot.

All yachts converged on the central Solent on Saturday evening for our AGM, prize giving and an excellent rally supper at Hornet.

We had some rain on the Friday and Sunday but otherwise the weather was mainly mild and warm with light winds.

Moorings at Itchenor

For the record, Frejya”s 3.5 day itinerary was as follows:

  • Thurs PM: Portshouth Harbour (Hornet SSC) to Itchenor (Chichester Hbr). Excellent meal at the Ship
  • Fri: Itchenor to Hornet then to The Folly Inn (Cowes)
  • Sat: Cowes to Bembridge. 3 hrs ashore then to Hornet
  • Sun: Hornet to Langstone Harbour then back to Hornet
  • Overall Mileage 75 nm
  • Wind Max 21 kts  


Report on Skippers Refresher 22-24 Mar 2019

Six club skippers, MG, NW, JS, CJ, ID & RD, descended on Hamble on 22 Mar for the Annual BTOSC Skipper”s Refresher.

Friday: An 18.30 briefing followed by a night passage from Hamble to East Cowes with each skipper taking turns different sections of the passage provided good material for later discussion and feedback. Discussions on a variety of skippering topics followed. Sharing of lessons learned and generally putting the world to rights. Pasta bolognaise, garlic bread and the obligatory cheese board.

Saturday: Boat handling on Medina River in tidal conditions in and around East Cowes and at the Training pontoon near the Folly. Lunch – Beaulieu. Lymington Yacht Haven. Re-aquaintance with the Ship.

This bookable BBQ Area found in Lymington Yacht Haven could prove useful

Sunday: Lymington BBQ Area Reconnaissance. Man-over-board techniques off Beaulieu. Lunch anchored off Calshot.


Lunch anchored in 3 m with Luttrells Tower in line with Fawley Chimney.

This tower which sleeps 4 and can be booked is owned by the Landmark trust. For further into see:
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Report on 2018 Xmas Jolly

I am sure that just thinking about the Christmas Jolly makes some people shudder. However, once again we were not disappointed either by the weather or the level of enthusiasm and support from members.

We had three yachts on the water. Appaloosa was booked for the weekend. Sea Essay for the Fri, Sat and Sun and Viola for Sat, Sun and Monday. Our pre-booked meal was on the Sat night in Hythe.

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Report on Spring Rally / AGM Weekend – May 2018

The BTOSC Spring Rally is an annual event during which we also hold our AGM. Last year we offered members a three-day charter on one of the yachts.  Following on from the success of that, this year the plan was for at least 2 yachts to be chartered for 3 days.   In a change from arrangements in previous years we chose Hornet Services Sailing Club as a venue for the AGM meeting and dinner. Continue reading Report on Spring Rally / AGM Weekend – May 2018

Event Report – Skippers’ Refresher 2018

The original plan to hold the Skippers’  Refesher in March had to be cancelled due to forecast gales and blizzard conditions.

 

Not wishing to be beaten we re-convened a month or so later on a Atlas a Halberg Rassy 34 chartered out of Haslar.

 

As usual, the objectives were to dust off the cobwebs after the winter; practice essential skippering skills such as mooring, boat handling and MOB.  Here we are successfully lassoing a buoy in the confines of Portsmouth Harbour before sailing to Chichester Harbour and Northney Marina where the last leg requires a precision approach to avoid shallows either side of the narrow approach channel.

 

Next morning we explored the area around the  marina and discovered a BBQ area that could be useful in future years.  We then practiced boat handling skills and tested out a number of short-handed berthing techniques that did not lend themselves to photographs before exploring other areas of the harbour.

First stop was a visit to the Emsworth Visitors pontoon which was quickly followed by an opportunity to calibrate our very erratic depth gauge over a gentle but unplanned lunch stop while we waited for the flood tide to work its magic.  We then took the opportunity to familiarise ourselves with visitor moorings at Itchenor before heading back to Portsmouth.

Over the weekend we were also able to share a number of experiences and ideas and to familiarize each other with a number of less frequently visited moorings, anchorages and marinas.

 

 

 

 

 

We were also able to get the lie of the land at Hornet Services Sailing Club where we would be berthed during the AGM Spring Rally.

 

Many thanks to all the skippers who could make this rescheduled event.  It was a most worthwhile weekend.

James Savage

Chairman BTOSC

Report on Round the Island Race 2017

The annual Round the Island Race took place over the weekend. The BTOSC entry was Fleur de lis chartered from Fairview Sailing.

The event was skippered by Les Nicholls. The crew comprised James, Andrew, John, Mike Steve, Kevin M and Kevin S.
The weather forecast was NW3/4 and we had an early start.

It was a very different race to last year although  no-less exhausting for some reason.

We finished with an Elapsed Time of 09:34:22 and a Corrected Time of 09:23:27.

We did very well in comparison to the other yachts in Fairview’s matched fleet coming 3rd out of 16 that were entered.  C’EST SI BON was the fastest Fairview yacht finishing only 5 minutes before us.

Within our Class 6B we were 8th out of 29; within ISC Group 6 we were 38th out of 101 and out of all ISC rated yachts we were 309 out of 611 finishers, +38 RTD etc = 649 all told.

 

John Kelly (tactician) has now analyzed our performance.  He reports that:

  • We made a good start, along with the other leading 6B boats.
  • Start to Needles was a reach. We all took similar tracks keeping midstream in the west flowing tide, so I guess the 4 min advantage that C’EST SI BON had on us at the Needles was down to boat speed. We had a similar advantage on MINTAKA. It’s not worth trying to compare with different boats types on a single point of sailing.
  • Needles to St Cats was a broad reach/run – cruising chute deployed by all. Some like us kept in for the decreased tide, and some went straight and deep. I can’t see a clear advantage either way looking at the tracks. But what worked well for C’EST SI BON, 15 mins faster than us on the leg, was a hybrid, going wide initially (to get clear wind?), and in close after Atheridge Ledge to get the back eddy in the tide. (I’d love to know if they managed to get their cruising chute flying when going downwind, and, if so, how).
  • St Cats to Bembridge Ledge cardinal was a fine reach (genoa, not chute). We all took similar tracks, and there were just small differences in leg time.
  • Bembridge to finish was a beat into the tide. We did well, making up a lot of the 20 min advantage that C’EST SI BON had at the cardinal mark. We stayed in close to shallow water around Ryde and onward, but not aggressively so, preferring to minimise tacks.
  • C’EST SI BON, along with HADAWAY, went across the channel to cheat the tide on the mainland side. 4th place HADAWAY was nearly up with 2nd place DODGER at Bembridge, but lost about 10 mins on the beat. So this didn’t work for either of them

 

Report on AGM Weekend

For the AGM weekend the weather and tides were favourable and we all enjoyed some good sailing and some healthy competition.

We chartered three yachts this year.  Rudeknot2, Empowered and Sea Essay.  Sea Essay was chartered for three days 11-14 May whilst the other two yachts were chartered for two.  On Sea Essay we had a brief passage to Cowes for the Thursday evening. On the Friday we had a passage to  explore Bembridge and Chichester before returning to Cowes.  On Saturday we  visited New Town Creek en-route to Yarmouth.  On the Sunday we returned to Hamble via Lymington and Bucklers Hard.  Our GPS track is shown below.

Just a quick reminder that our next event is the Round the Island Race.  The details for BTOSC crew are here.

Also for those who haven’t booked ahead, please make sure you have the BBQ weekend and Christmas Jolly in your diary and pay your deposits now.

Kind regards,

James Savage (Chairman)

 

Report on Xmas Jolly – Two Yachts to the Ship

The 2016 Christmas Jolly took place on the weekend of the 3rd/ 4th December, with Mike, Roy, Hazel, Chris and Roger onboard Appaloosa and James, Mick, Andy, Steve, Adele and Ed on Sea Essay heading to the Ship Inn in Lymington..

On the Friday afternoon most of the crew of Appaloosa met up at Hamble Point Marina and enjoyed a social evening in the Ketch Rigger joined briefly by Mick, the event manager, delivering a mainly cheese based quiz.

Saturday morning started cold and bright with a 15-20 knot easterly, Hazel arrived just in time to do the breakfast washing up, and fully crewed Appaloosa slipped from the marina and under full sail headed west for Lymington.

Sea Essay had spent the night in Mercury Yacht Harbour and inexplicably headed east along the Solent. Were they headed for Littlehampton, or was it a case of civil service chart failure? When pressed, a desire to make most use of the tide and visiting Osborne Bay were reasons offered.

On Appaloosa sailing downwind towards Lymington posed and answered a number of questions: main and jib faster than jib only- barely, goose winging faster than jib only-definitely, but much harder to helm.Ed20161203_145047

Picking up a buoy outside Yarmouth for lunch was abandoned due to the 30 knot wind and resultant swell, but a quick reef and a short battle with the tide bought us into Berthon Marina in Lymington. And as the sun set, we were joined by Sea Essay in an adjacent berth.

Mulled wine, cheese related questions and showers occupied the crews before we headed to the Ship for dinner.  A number of non-sailors, joined us for the festivities and having wined and dined well the evening finished with a port or two and a vast selection of cheeses on board Sea Essay.

After some early morning pontoon bashing courtesy of the frost and with all trousers located, we followed the IOW ferry back into the Solent. 35 knots of wind necessitated 3 reefs but with tidal assistance we tacked back to Hamble in a reasonable time.  Sea Essay saw a bit less wind for some reason but was back in Souhampton Water by 13.30 and dropped anchor for a leisurely lunch on deck in the sunshine near Netley before heading back to Mercury Marina.

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A leisurely lunch in sunshine on Sea Essay

With great sailing, good food and company, it was, all in all a very enjoyable weekend. Thanks to Mike and James for skippering and Mick for the organization.

Roy D

Book ASAP for berths in Round the Island Race

The 2016 JP Morgan Round the Island Race is to be held on 2 July 2016.  We are planning to charter two 37 ft yachts for this famous race. One Yacht is fully subscribed and at the time of writing there are a few berths remaining on the second yacht. Both yachts will be skippered by experienced RYA Yachtmaster Offshore qualified members.

The deposit at this stage is £150 per person against a full cost for the berth of £430.  This pricing excludes food and drink but includes an estimate for race entry and moorings.

To allow for some practice time before the race on the Saturday and a relaxing sail in the Solent the day after, we plan to assemble in the Hamble on the afternoon of Thurs 30 June.  The event will end by about 4-5PM on Sunday 3 July.

To book your place please transfer your deposit ASAP to the Club Account in the usual manner.

For further information about this event please call or email the event organiser James Savage ASAP.

BTOSC Sailors bring home Silver from Blue Cup

Congratulations to the BTOSC team (Skipper Mark Gaastra; Crew David Pettengale; Roy Cullers; Peter Kinsella; John Kelly) who returned from an enjoyable week (25 Oct – 2 Nov 2014) in Greece, well pleased with their racing results – overall 3rd in class, and a cup to prove it.

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The Blue Cup is organised by Vernicos Yachts, now a member of Dream Yacht Charters. The event involves some 50 boats racing from town to town down the Saronic, with meals and partying organised for us on 3 nights. A feature of the event is the large number of Norwegians who come annually, and take both the partying and the racing seriously (well, some take the racing seriously, some really appear to be there just for the partying).

The weather was not altogether kind – cool and grey quite a bit of the time (and in sharp contrast to the UK, which enjoyed record breaking high temperatures for the period). But in compensation, there were reasonable winds much of the time, with racing every day.

We were in a 40ft Beneteau Oceanis, racing in Class A Continue reading BTOSC Sailors bring home Silver from Blue Cup

‘Poo Sticks’ – A report on the Round the Island Race 2014

Here are some photos from the Round the Island Race on 21 June 2014.  When you click on one of these you should enter a carousel viewer.

How to register your interest in taking part in the RTI in 2015

Whilst there was ample sunshine and merriment one key ingredient was missing from the RTI this year – the wind. The BTOSC crew in Laita, retired shortly after Bembridge when it became clear that it would not be possible to finish within the time-limit. However, on the plus side we had a good opportunity to fly the Cruising Chute whilst drifting with the tide. It was rather like a game of Poo Sticks most of the time. Many thanks for all the good wishes we received prior to the event and special thanks to our Commodore Andy Shrimpton for coming down to support us.

James

 

 

 

Report on the 2014 BTOSC Spring Rally and AGM Weekend

This weekend could so easily have been a washout. Everyone had expected it to be windy having seen the forecasts earlier in the week.  Our objectives were not ambitious.  The club had chartered 3 yachts for the weekend. One these yachts was the yacht we have chartered for the forthcoming RTI- that crew were hoping for some practice in preparation for the big race.

The passage to Cowes was uneventful. We were encouraged -no instructed, by our charter company to motor across given the expected conditions; however, as a precaution, we elected to rig the Storm sail so that it was ready for use if we had needed it.  All 3 yachts had a safe and uneventful passage with the only real challenge being to get along side in about 25kts of wind. Suffice to say, this provided good learning opportunities for all with no harm done.  The following photo was taken a little later when the wind had eased somewhat.

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The AGM was held in the the Classic Boat Museum in East Cowes. This provided an opportunity to inspect the Chain Ferry close at hand.  The museum is located in the old sea plane hanger that you cannot fail to see when looking across the river from West Cowes.  The museum had some interesting displays and looked like it deserves a return visit one day.

At the AGM the Chairman welcomed our new Commodore and expressed thanks to John Wells for his support to the club during his tenure.  The Chairrman then presented a review of the club’s activities, the Treasurer presented the club accounts and a number of cups were awarded.  See minutes for details.

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The Commodore’s Cup

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Roy Cullers receiving the Commodore’s Cup

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Our Chairrman receiving the Colin Foggatt Memorial Trophy

 

Following the awards ceremony we all adjourned to the top floor of the Red Duster for an excellent meal, some rather good Merlot if memory serves, in fine company.

After a leisurely start, the return passage saw the three yachts go their separate ways.  We had a brief diversion to Osborne Bay and took the opportunity to sail with the Storm Sail.

All in all, although we didn’t do as much sailing as we all would have liked. However the company and some choice victuals made up for this and I certainly feel that we made the most of it.

Thanks all for a good weekend. Roll on the RTI.

James Savage

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