2010 Xmas Jolly details

December 2010

  • Xmas Jolly – Dinner at the Folly in Cowes.
    • £140 for a Berth (Includes dinner but not wine or your share of moorings and fuel)
    • Menu Choices

      Seasonal soup of the day (v)
      Chicken liver, Madeira & oven-roasted mushroom pâté

      Stilton, mushroom & walnut filo parcels (v)

      King prawn cocktail (†)


      Hand-carved British free-range roast turkey breast
      Scottish salmon tail fillet (†)

      Braised beef (‡)

      Roasted red pepper & red onion tart (v)

      Pan-seared Barbary duck breast


      Christmas pudding (‡)

      Bitter chocolate tart

      Mascarpone & Madagascan vanilla cheesecake

      Cream profiteroles

      Coffee & Truffles (State if required)


1. All of the above events will be run out of the Hamble near Southampton.

2. For the full list of planned events please see the 2010 Sailing Programme.

3. For further information on the Xmas Jolly Please contact Sue Tolson

For further information on any events in the Sailing Programme please contact our Cruising Secretary

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

Report on Introduction to Sailing Weekend (Fri. 28th. – Sun. 30th. May)

Kieran Madigan reports on a rather wet and windy introduction to sailing:

Why did we do it ?  Because we could!

For some years now we have, as a family, wanted to give sailing a bash. Having previously only encountered life on the waves on a Cross Channel Ferry it was a desire to see what made people want to get out and onto the water. Would we be bitten by the bug and become sailors? The BTOSC Introduction to Sailing weekend was the perfect opportunity to find out. Continue reading Report on Introduction to Sailing Weekend (Fri. 28th. – Sun. 30th. May)

Report on S.W. Coast & Scilly Isles Cruise (2nd. – 9th. July 2010)

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The 2010 cruise to the Scilly Isle was a 7 day event (Friday to Friday), on “Ventis Secundis”, a 40ft Delphia hired from Trisail of Falmouth. (http://www.trysail.net/ventis-secundis). With skipper Chris Price, and crew of 6 – Roy Cullers, Richard and Trudi Kidd, Chris Webber, Jonathan Peters, and myself, John Kelly. For most of us, the main attraction was the allure of the Scilly Isle, so we were pleased to spend most of the week there, with several very pleasant afternoons ashore. For Chris the main objective was to handle the very tricky pilotage around the Scillies without adding to the huge numbers of wrecks in the area – an objective he met in full, giving us all a lesson in charts, transits and pilotage. And lessons on navigation apps on Chris’s iPhone, but that’s another story.

Overall we had a most enjoyable week; perhaps not as much sailing as we would have liked (due to winds), but it was a great way to see the Scilly Isle. If we could be guaranteed quiet weather, then there are many islands and coves yet unvisited that would justify a second visit. But if the weather is unsettled, then be warned that the mooring options are limited.

Continue reading Report on S.W. Coast & Scilly Isles Cruise (2nd. – 9th. July 2010)

Cross Channel Cruise 1-4th July 2010

The event was organised by James Savage to with the aim of completing a cross channel voyage from Hamble Point to St Vaast and complete two YachtMaster qualifying passages. We arrived after 1700 on Thursday to be greeted by James and Mike who were checking the inventory before taking over the boat, a Halsberg Rassey 36 “Aeolus”.

Casting off at 1900 the plan was to exit the Solent at the eastern end, round Bembridge and then head south for St Vaast,  Continue reading Cross Channel Cruise 1-4th July 2010

BTOSC Mates’ Programme

Over the years a number of BTOSC Club Skippers have gained a good deal of their skills and experience within the Club. They have benefited from the experience and coaching of other Club Skippers, gained Coastal Skipper qualifications and ultimately gone on to qualify as Offshore Yachtmasters and gain Commercial Endorsements to enable them to become Club Skippers.

The “Mates Programme” is intended for Club members who have achieved a good level of sailing competence and experience and who wish to progress to Offshore Yachtmaster and ultimately to become Club Skippers. Continue reading BTOSC Mates’ Programme

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Forthcoming Events and Bookings Status

Channel Isles (poss. incl. St. Malo) (30 May – 6 June) – £265.–

What better place to visit than the Channel Islands, one of the many attractions being the Duty Free possibilities, but what about the scenery and the challenging tidal conditions?

Sadly it has not been possible to fill sufficient berths to make this event viable.  If anyone is interested in pursuing something similar before the end of the summer please let the committee know.

Long W/E Poole/W’mouth. (8th. July) – £213.–

The date for this event has now been fixed as above, and with six berths confirmed the event is now full.

This is a change from the confines of the Solent and offers different scenery and some open water passages coupled with the challenge of navigating in less familiar waters and “Races” to be circumnavigated!

Last year’s event was very much enjoyed! Bookings as usual via ‘yours truly’

Meanwhile with best regards.


BTOSC Cruising Secretary

Don’t forget the Anchor!

We passed close the Bramble post and the colour of the water changed,

BramblePost someone joked that the Bramble Bank was not on the list of unusual anchorages that our chairman had given each of the skippers the evening before.

There are occasions when we may need to drop the anchor in a hurry.  Everyone should know how to do this.  Do you ?

BTOSC Sailing Events – Status as of 14 May 2010



  • Spring Rally Weekend Cruise to Lymington & AGM (14-16 May) – Dinner on Saturday Night will be at the Mayflower Hotel in Lymington
  • Comp. Crew & Day Skipper Course (17-21 May)  – Fully Booked
  • Intro. To Sailing (28-31 May) – One boat Fully Booked – 3 Berths available on a second boat
  • Channel Isles (poss. incl. St. Malo (30 May – 6 June)  – 3 Berths available


  • Round the Island “Race” (18-20 June) – Berths available – contact Hazel Bagnall ( hazel.bagnall@bt.com)



  • Long Weekend Cruise to Poole / Weymouth (1-4 July or 8-11 July – you choose!)  3 Berths available
  • S/ West Coast/Scilly Isles (3-10 July)  – Fully Booked with reserve


  • Channel Crossing Cherbourg  – Long Weekend Cruise(27-30 August)  – Berths available – Book Now!


  • Late Summer Sail and BBQ (Yarmouth) (17-19 Sep)-  Berths available Book now!


  • Boat Handling (1-3 Oct)  – 3 Berths available Book now!
  • Comp. Crew & Day Skipper Course (4-8 Oct) – 3 Berths available Book now!

TBD – You decide !

  • Felixtowe to Ramsgate (Thames Estuary Crossing) – Berths available Book now!

Note:1. For the full list of planned events please see the 2010 Sailing Programme on our external website www.btosc.co.uk2. Allocation of berths is on a first come, first served basis and will be secured on receipt of payment!3. To express interest in any of the above berths please contact our Cruising Secretary. 

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