Since we have not had enough interest in the Laying Up Cruise / Trafalgar Night event this event has now been cancelled.
The committee is currently working to develop next years Sailing Programme which we hope to publish before our next event the BTOSC Xmas Jolly. This year we will be returning to Lymington and having our pre-Christmas meal at the Ship. If you have not yet booked, please do so now so that we can finalise the yacht charters and berth allocation.
Just a quick note to encourage you all to book now for the Trafalgar weekend / Laying up Cruise and also the Xmas Jolly.
If you are interested in taking part in the Trafalgar Event can you initially let me know as soon as possible at email@example.com. If we have enough crew to fill a boat then I will ask for payments and make a booking. The berth cost will be £190.
The Laying Up Cruise is a good chance to do some sailing before the winter sets in. This event is timed to coincide with Trafalgar Day [21st October] so if there is interest amongst the crew then a Trafalgar theme and possibly dinner can be incorporated into the weekend !
Trafalgar Day is the celebration of Nelson’s Royal Navy victory over the combined French and Spanish fleets at the Battle of Trafalgar on 21 October 1805.
This year’s Christmas Jolly takes place on 1 – 3rd December – Watch this space for more details. If you are interested please contact the Event Manager Mick Curran firstname.lastname@example.org and copy the crew mailbox email@example.com.
The West Country Cruise is going ahead in early September. Anyone interested in being on the reserve list should make their interest known via the crew mailbox firstname.lastname@example.org just in case a berth were to come available.
Two yachts have been booked for the BBQ weekend. Those who have paid will hear shortly about berth allocations.
Currently little interest in the Trafalgar weekend. Members should make their interest known ASAP or else this event will be canceled.
The Xmas Jolly is now on the horizon although we have not yet chosen a destination for the meal. The first yacht reserved for this event is Sea Essay. Members interested in this event should start maying deposits to guarantee a berth.
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
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.
The arrangements for the 2017 BTOSC Spring Rally and AGM are now being finalised. We have decided to go to Yarmouth again this year. One yacht has been chartered from the Thursday evening and this yacht is now fully subscribed. So to secure your berth on other yachts, please make your intentions known now by emailing the event organiser (cc email@example.com).
If you have not yet booked and are interested in this event, there are still berths available. The main point of contact for this event is the Event Manager Nigel Wiltshire.
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.
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.
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.
It is time to book your berths for next year’s Round the Island Race which is to be held on 1 July 2017. We are planning to charter a 37 ft yacht from for this famous race. The big question is: Can we improve on this year’s performance?
This event is going ahead. The dates are Friday 22nd July to Fri 29th Jul (7 nights). The departure point is Plymouth and the likely cost is around £375 – £400 (with 5 paying crew). On board expenses will be extra. The yachts will sleep 6 in 3 double cabins.
The arrangements for the Spring Rally and AGM are now being finalised. Our destination this year is Yarmouth. It looks like we may get five boats on the water: three chartered yachts and two yachts owned by members. The details have now been circulated to those attending.
If you have not yet booked and are interested in a sail, there is currently at least one berth available due to a cancellation. There may also be other berths available depending on experience. The main point of contact for this event is the Event Manager Nigel Wiltshire.