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BTOSC Spring Rally and AGM Weekend – 13-15 May 2016

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.

Round the Island Race 2015 – This Weekend

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.

Programme Update – West Country Cruise – 18-25 July 2015

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.

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Further details will be added to the West Country Cruise Event Page as and when they are decided.

Image: “Salcombe estuary from Sharpitor” by John Stumbles – Own work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 2.5 via Wikimedia Commons.

BTOSC Sailing Programme (updated)

Please see below for a link to an updated version of the  BTOSC Sailing Programme for 2015.

As always, this programme is just a starting point.  If you can’t see an event you want then please let us know. If you think you could get a BTOSC crew together for an event of your own choosing but need help organising an event then again, please ask.

Finally, please help the club to help you by booking your events or at least making your interest known as early as possible.

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The event calendar on the website will be updated in the next few days to reflect the events in the programme.  The latest version of the programme will always be available from the link at the top of the right hand column on the Home Page.

 

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

Nigel and Mike Sail the Atlantic

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

http://www.worldcruising.com/arc/eventfleetviewer.aspx

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:

 http://www.justgiving.com/Nigel-Watsham

Trust you are all keeping well and hoping to see you in the New Year!

Regards,

Mike Griffiths

 

Long weekend cruise on a Tallships Challenger 4 – 7 September 2014

 

This year our Long Weekend Cruise on a Tallships Challenger will take place on 4-7 September. 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)

 

DSC Radios and Mayday calls

An accident report recently published by the MAIB revealed that the skipper of the striken vessel had sent an incomplete Mayday message before abandoning his vessel.

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The skipper realised that the Coastguard had misheard but mistakenly beleived that the MOB Guardian system would immediately issue an alert.

Although the vessel’s DSC enabled VHF radio and the MOB Guardian system both had distress call buttons capable of immediately transmitting vessel details and position, neither was used to send out a “Mayday” call.  The “Mayday” call transmitted by the skipper over VHF channel 16 was incomplete, led to confusion and resulted in the rescue efforts being delayed by more than 45 minutes. 

The MAIB have published a safety flyer that provides a summary of what happened and the lessons that we can all learn from this accident.

Report on the Christmas ‘Jolly’ – December 2013

The Christmas ‘Jolly’ event took place in weather conditions that you would never believe possible in December—particularly given the gale condition earlier in the week.  The writer wore gloves for less than five minutes over the whole weekend!

Following a social get together in The Ketch Rigger on the Friday evening, three yachts set sail in sunshine with a good wind on Saturday. We followed a competitive course that kept us busy with lots of tacks and gybes, whilst at the same time trying to solve a 25 question quiz based on pounds, shillings and pence, together with some Cockney rhyming slang. We finished at Cowes mid-afternoon. Congratulations to Mike Griffiths, Hazall Bagnall, Roy Demery, Andrew Hemphrey, Roy Cullers, Allan Goodfellow and Chris Webber on Loxley B who crossed the finish first. We motored up the Medina and moored at The Folly Inn in time to see the sunset, finish off the quiz and meet up with Alan and Lynne Franklin who had sailed up earlier, ready to join us for the evening celebrations.

The Tenacious Buchaneers, (Brendan Hanvey, Derek Underwood, Roy Evans, Steve Hamilton and David Bartlett), didn’t get the quiz until they moored at The Folly, but their wisdom shone through and they completed it in record time.

There were twenty one of us eating the meal at The Folly in the evening. The quality and quantity of the food was excellent, as indeed was the company and it was great to meet up with so many old friends. When it got to the stage where the other tables were being used as dance floors, we made our excuses and slipped back to our yachts for a nightcap.

We woke up to another perfect day for sailing and sailed round to Osborne Bay, where we anchored for lunch before returning in stronger winds to the Hamble.

Mick C

Report on Tallships Challenger Long Weekend Cruise 13-16 June 1013

The crew assembled at Gunwharf Quays Marina at 11 AM on Thursday 13 June for an eagerly anticipated long-weekend voyage on Tallships’ Challenger 4.  After selecting a bunk, everyone was introduced to the boat.  Below deck we were introduced to the sail locker, the heads (with gimbles), the skipper and mate’s cabins, the galley, saloon, nav station and mess deck.    On deck we were introduced to a variety of colored halyards and other lines as well as the winches and the safety equipment.   After a weather brief we learnt that going Cross-channel our destination would need to be Weymouth and Poole  After lunch we retrieved the Yankee III Foresail and the staysail from the sail locker, and hanked them on ready for use before slipping our moorings and heading out into the Solent bound for Cowes which was to be our destination for the first night.

The first challenge was to get the mainsail up.  Then came the Yankee and Staysail.  We quickly discovered that everything was at least 5 times heavier than the equivalent on the size of yacht that we are used to. It was hard work but you would have enjoyed it I am sure.  We didn’t cross the channel in the end as the weather was not ideal for that but Cowes, Weymouth and Poole were a good substitute as it turned out most people just wanted the ‘big boat’ experience.  We encountered a full range of weather and used every sail except storm sail and the kites. The website has a link to a video compilation that gives a good flavour of the sailing we encountered.  We ate well too

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.

James