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.
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 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?
Further details of this event are on the BTOSC RTI 2017 event page.
This weekend sees 2 BTOSC Crews competing in the annual Round the Island Race in two Oceanis 37’s from Fairview Sailing’s matched fleet.
If you want to come and watch there are many vantage points, both on the mainland and Isle of Wight, to watch the race progress. The first start in Cowes will be at 7.00am in 2015, and you can find more information about where the boats are at different times during the day by visiting the GPS tracking page on JP Morgan Asset Management Round the Island Race website.
The two BTOSC boats to watch for are Par Excellence and Pourquoi Pas. Our start time is 0820hrs. If you cant come and watch in person you can always keep an eye on the race’s progress on the website, via their live text commentary and a boat tracking facility. If you find yourself in Cowes, please come and say hello.
A number of members have expressed interest in a West-Country Cruise so we have added one to the programme. Please contact the Event Manager Roy Cullers for further details as soon as possible if you are interested. The latest programme can be downloaded from link at the top of the the right-hand column on the home page. You can also register for our mailing list here.
We have 2 Club skippers who are willing to take on this event. All we now need is crew.
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.
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.
Some of you already know that Nigel Watsham and myself are sailing the Atlantic from Gran Canaria to St Lucia, leaving 23rd November and getting to St Lucia mid December. This will be part of the Atlantic Rally for Cruisers (ARC) when 200+ yachts are taking part. We have a 42ft Beneteau 411 Celebration boat, with 6 people on board. We are hoping to make the crossing in 3 weeks.
If you are interested you can follow our progress using the Fleet Tracker on the World Cruising Club Web Site
When you visit the above website, choose the ARC 2014 (Gran Canaria to St Lucia) option, and then find our boat, Reservoir Dogs, Cruising Division I, from the options on the lefthand side of the screen (click the Teams tab to see).
Nigel is also raising money for the Queen Elizabeth University hospital Birmingham and the British Liver Foundation. If you would like more information and/or to make a donation, please visit his Just Giving page at:
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.
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 the Atlantic (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.
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.
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.
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.
This year our Long Weekend Cruise on a Tallships Challenger will take place on 4-7 September 2014. All members have been sent an invitation to register their interest in this. Please complete these ASAP. If you haven’t received the News Flash email about this then please let me know.
19/06/2014 Update. At least 12 members have confirmed that they are interested. I have deposits from 10 crew and have a number of people interested in the last berths. If you haven’t yet expressed interest it is not too late to do so. When all berths are taken I will operate a wait list.
James Savage (Event Manager)
Affordable sailing for beginners and experienced sailors alike