May 24th, 2016
The next BTOSC event is on 10-12 June which is not far away. This is another cruise on the Solent except this time we have a bit more flexibility about where we will be going.
This is a great opportunity for any budding Day Skippers to practice their pilotage and it is equally suitable for new members to experience a weekend sailing with the club. Read the rest of this entry »
May 24th, 2016
The proposed dates have changed..
We are now looking at 2 dates either Friday 22nd July or Friday 12th August, both for 7 nights. The most likely 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.
If you are interested please let the Event Manager Mike Griffiths know by email ( firstname.lastname@example.org ) ASAP. Please also copy in the crew mailbox – email@example.com.
May 6th, 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.
March 7th, 2016
Spring is now upon us. The Boat Handling weekend was a success and the Spring Rally and AGM weekend is fast approaching.
Please check out the details and pay your berth fees if you are interested.
The next event after that will be the Solent Cruise on the 10-12 June.
January 7th, 2016
The 2016 JP Morgan Round the Island Race is to be held on 2 July 2016. We are planning to charter two 37 ft yachts for this famous race. One Yacht is fully subscribed and at the time of writing there are a few berths remaining on the second yacht. Both yachts will be skippered by experienced RYA Yachtmaster Offshore qualified members.
The deposit at this stage is £150 per person against a full cost for the berth of £430. This pricing excludes food and drink but includes an estimate for race entry and moorings.
To allow for some practice time before the race on the Saturday and a relaxing sail in the Solent the day after, we plan to assemble in the Hamble on the afternoon of Thurs 30 June. The event will end by about 4-5PM on Sunday 3 July.
To book your place please transfer your deposit ASAP to the Club Account in the usual manner.
For further information about this event please call or email the event organiser James Savage ASAP on 07918 886638.
November 12th, 2015
Please book now (ASAP) for the Christmas Jolly. This year we are having dinner at Folly in Cowes (Event Details).
For further information please contact the Event Manager: Mick Curran.
September 21st, 2015
Ok folks, the next event is the Trafalgar Weekend Cruise otherwise known as the laying up cruise. Please sign up now for this now by contacting the Event Manager at firstname.lastname@example.org
June 25th, 2015
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.
March 25th, 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.
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.
March 5th, 2015
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.
BTOSC Programme 2015 V1.1 28JAN15-js (No longer the latest version)
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.
February 3rd, 2015
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.
We were in a 40ft Beneteau Oceanis, racing in Class A Read the rest of this entry »
December 11th, 2014
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:
Trust you are all keeping well and hoping to see you in the New Year!
November 19th, 2014
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.
If you have not visited the BTOSC website site before please refer to the contents list on the right of this page starting with About the BTOSC. You can also register for our mailing list.
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 Read the rest of this entry »
July 5th, 2014
We already have about a dozen names down for RTI 2015 and we are tentatively planning to charter 2 boats. We are also looking for a skipper the second boat.
To register your interest, please put your Name and Contact details in an email and send to email@example.com as soon as possible with “RTI 2015″ in the Subject line. As soon as we know pricing, we will be asking for deposits.
July 5th, 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.