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Sailing Programme for 2013

Members that attended the Christmas Jolly will have seen the draft Sailing Programme for 2013 and have started planning in detail for some of these events.

  • The Forthcoming Events page on the right hand side of this website only lists events where the dates are confirmed.
  • If you can’t see an event to suit you, then let the committee know.   The committee will do its best to help you find a crew and skipper but you may need to co-ordinate the event yourself.

Book now for Christmas Jolly Weekend Fri 30 Nov – 2 Dec 2012

Christmas is coming so it’s time to book your places for the BTOSC Christmas Jolly which is to be held this year at a new venue – The Master Builder at Bucklers Hard. The price per berth is £135 which includes your berth, a 3 course dinner and hopfully some sailing too.

Xmas Jolly Menu 2012

Event Payment Instructions

 If you would like to take part please:

1. Let me know on this email address  btosccrew@gmail.com

2. Make your payment of the full amount to roy.cullers@btinternet.com as per the attached instructions. Please also let Roy & me know when you have done so.

3. Contact Sue Tolson on sue.tolson@bt.com with your menu choices.

There is an option for you and/or family members to attend the meal only without the sailing weekend. If you would like to do this then please let us know.

Many Thanks

Hazel Bagnall, BTOSC Cruising Secretary 07710 070624

Steve Webber reports on a Cruise to the Scilly Isles: 3-10th August, 2012

Lunch-time on a sunny Friday seemed like a good omen when four of us – skipper Nigel Watsham, Mike Griffiths, Roy Cullers and myself Steve Webber – assembled at Queen Anne’s Battery in Plymouth. A leisurely lunch in the bar while waiting for the boat, Ocean Whisper – a Sunfast 37 – to be prepared was marred only by a torrential downpour. But by hand-over, the sun was out again.

Then it was off in a SWly F4 for a quick familiarisation sail to Newton Ferrers. Interesting approach using two sets of leading marks to negotiate the dog-leg. Tied up on a pontoon for the night, electing to eat on board rather than get the dinghy out.

Next morning, with the continuing SWly, we sailed out to the Eddystone lighthouse, then turned to head towards Falmouth. Sailing close-hauled on the port tack gave us the heading we needed, and we were able to settle back and relax for the next 30nm, watching the downpours happening all around us but never on us. Engine on and sails down as we headed up to Mylor, only for the engine alarm to go off as we were within sight of the yacht haven. An anxious half-hour sailing around on the jenny while we failed to find out why there was no cooling water coming through. Having decided that now it had cooled we could run it for long enough to get into the marina, it promptly decided to work normally.

A day of mixed sailing and motor-sailing with distant views of St. Michael’s Mount as we crossed Mounts Bay brought us to Penzance dock. Rafted up next to a much larger yacht which turned out to be operated single-handed by a 76 year-old. Just time to shin up the quay ladder, dash to the shops and replenish the beer supplies.

The forecast was for continuing S-SWly F4-5, so the decision was made to go for it. Out to Wolf Rock, then another long port tack, pausing only to put the 1st reef in, brought us in sight of the Scilly Isles. Wisely, the skipper decided to put the engine on early – no water again. An hour spent dismantling the inlet filter and impeller to no avail, then at the third time of asking it worked. Into Hugh Town harbour and pick up a mooring buoy, inflate the dinghy, and into town. Managed to find a restaurant with a free table before the deadline of 9pm, and enjoyed a welcome steak to celebrate our arrival.

A dodgy engine and manual anchor was agreed to make the option of exploring more of the islands unwise, so next day we headed back. While piloting the channel to clear the islands, we passed a tall ship on its way in – made us grateful that our rigging wasn’t quite so high. On a broad reach with a following moderate sea and occasional F6, we made good progress – the prize for speed going to the skipper who briefly achieved 9.94 knots with the 1st reef in. Into Falmouth and raft up for the night.

Off to Fowey on a calm sea with no wind in time for a cream tea and a glass or two of wine, then dine on board. Next day back to Plymouth, again mirror sea, no wind and sunny. A prize was offered for the first person to spot a yacht motor-sailing with a cone up, but of the many we passed, not one (including ourselves!) were conscientious enough to comply. We obviously passed the quick inspection by a naval patrol vessel as they didn’t board us, so back into QAB and relax.

An interesting week: several brief sightings of fins – possibly porpoises, enough light-houses to lose count, some drama and even some good sailing. But don’t assume that because an engine looks brand new and has just been serviced that it’s going to work!

All in all, very pleased to have made it to the Scilly Isles.

Quotes of the week:

Nigel – boats are better when you’re sat on a patio with a glass of wine.

Roy – you always do what the skipper says.

Round The Island Race – 29th June – 1 July

All berths have been allocated for the 2012 race. This remains a big event on the Solent sailing calendar and last year there were nearly 2,000 entries. It is a fantastic experience sailing alongside over 1500 other boats round the Isle of Wight.

If you are interested in participating in next years’ race , please get in touch. Don’t worry if you don’t have much racing experience – we will try and spread the experience across the boats.

More information can be found here:

http://www.roundtheisland.org.uk

Cost: £340 per berth [this event is a little more expensive to cover race entry/insurance]

If you would like to take part in this or any other events on the programme, please let Hazell know at btosccrew@gmail.com

RYA Competent Crew & Day Skipper Course (Sun. 9th. – Fri. 14th. October.)

2 or maybe 3 Berths still to fill – £260 for 5 Days Training incl RYA Certificate Fee.

Onboard Food, Diesel any Mooring fees will be additional, i.e. shared by the crew.

So you have been on the water a few times and seen how everybody else seems to know what to do. You have now decided you like the sport, but would also like to be able to participate more and contribute to the running of the boat; that’s what a “Competent Crew” member does and after the course you will have confidence and be able to participate fully in most of the activities of running the boat!

For full details of the course content go the RYA web-site < www.rya.org.uk > and click on the following in turn:- Courses and Training     (Across the top)

Sail Cruising                   (Left Hand Drop Down)

See “Competent Crew”  (On same Drop Down)

The RYA Day Skipper Practical Course runs concurrently with the above; candidates will have attended and passed the RYA Day Skipper Shorebased Theory course and on successful completion of this practical course will be competent to skipper a small yacht in familiar waters by day!

Closing date for bookings must be by c.o.p. Friday 23rd. September!

This RYA course will be taught by Chris Price (BTOSC Chairman, Yachtmaster Ocean and Club Instructor) under arrangements made with with the Hamble School of Yachting based on the River Hamble near Southampton.

To book a berth on this course or for further details please call or email the Cruising Secretary.

Coastguard exercise with BTOSC

On Sunday 6 Mar 2011 the BTOSC took part in an hi-line exercise with Solent Coastguard.  This was one of a number of activities planned for this year’s Skippers’ Refresher weekend.

Andy Shrimpton reported as follows:

“Once initial contact had been made and they asked us to tack out for more sea room.  They came back after about ten minutes and we confirmed that we were ready.  Not being complete novices at this routine we had already removed the dan-bouy from the port quarter and brought a bucket on deck for the hi-line.”

The briefing received over VHF was as follows:

  • Hold a steady course
  • Sail hard on the wind on port tack
  • Take the line on-board but don’t attach it to the boat
  • Take-in all slack
  • When the man on the wire is ready he will indicate to haul him in – it may take more than one person.  Once on-board he will direct the rest of the operation.

The exercise then commenced and went exactly as briefed.

First the hi-line was lowered into the water to be taken on board Bagadeus.

Then a crewman was lowered from the helicopter…

for transferred to the yacht.

After a few minutes onboard, the crewman was then safely recovered back to the helicopter as captured in the following video.  To view this you will need to enter the word ‘skipper‘.

On completion CG Helo 104 called Bagadeus on Channel 67 to confirm completion of the exercise, to thank us for our participation, and to kindly say that we had done well.

Andy commented:  “It was a good experience (especially when you don’t need rescuing) and everyone learned something from it – not least how noisy it is underneath a helicopter!”

Other activities during the weekend included ‘pontoon bashing’, setting up a tow and a variety of man-overboard techniques.

BTOSC Event Listings *New*

This year each Cruising, Racing or Training event will have its own page on the website.

The events within each of these categories will be listed and accessible from lists in the Right Hand Column but the content can be included in article or posts on the website too.

There is also a new page containing an Events Calendar where you can browse by month and a page listing all forthcoming Events List.

The next Cruising event is:

  • 15 Sep 2021 - 13:00 - BBQ WE B (wed or thurs start) (2021)
    (Hamble Point Marina) add to Google Calendar
  • Here is an ical link for all events: ICAL You can use this to see all the events in the BTOSC Programme within other calendar programmes. For those who use Google Calendar, here is a link to a page that explains how to configure Google Calendar to display the BTOSC Events. Any changes to the events as iisted here should then be reflected in your own calendar after a few hours. If you find this feature useful, please let us know.

    Alternatively, if you don't have here Google Calendar yet, here is a HTML version of this calendar

    The next Racing event is:

    No events

    The next Training event is:

    • 7 Jun 2021 - 00:00 - BTOSC Skippers' Refresher (2021)
      (Hamble Point Marina) add to Google Calendar
    • Here is an ical link for all events: ICAL You can use this to see all the events in the BTOSC Programme within other calendar programmes. For those who use Google Calendar, here is a link to a page that explains how to configure Google Calendar to display the BTOSC Events. Any changes to the events as iisted here should then be reflected in your own calendar after a few hours. If you find this feature useful, please let us know.

      Alternatively, if you don't have here Google Calendar yet, here is a HTML version of this calendar

      The Events Calendar

      If you think this is an improvement or have any other comments please comment here.

      Continue reading BTOSC Event Listings *New*

Report on the Thames Crossing Weekend: Friday 20th -Sunday 22nd August 2010

[topcollage images=2 start_with=1]This event came perilously close to being cancelled due to an insufficient number of people expressing interest. To make it viable the cross channel trip to Cherbourg, also in doubt because of too few people, was cancelled. Having originally booked a place on the Cherbourg weekend, I was a little disappointed not to be going there but the challenge and excitement of the journey rather than the destination is what it’s all about, isnt’t it? Continue reading Report on the Thames Crossing Weekend: Friday 20th -Sunday 22nd August 2010

Report on the Long weekend Cruise to Poole / Weymouth 8-11 July 2010

Roy Demery and Mike Bourne report on their cruise to Poole and Weymouth:On the Thursday evening Skipper Andy Shrimpton, Steve Davies, Adele Wisbey, Roy Demery, Wally Mathews, Mike and Lewis Bourne assembled on board Ca’Canny a 40 ft Najad at Hamble Point Marina. This was Mike and Lewis”s first cruise with the BTOSC and Mike”s first experience of sailing. Continue reading Report on the Long weekend Cruise to Poole / Weymouth 8-11 July 2010