Book now for events this autumn

January 16th, 2013

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.

Berth availability as of 4 July:

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Register your interest – Round the Island Race 2015

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 btosccrew@gmail.com as soon as possible with “RTI 2015″ in the Subject line.  As soon as we know pricing, we will be asking for deposits.

 

‘Poo Sticks’ – A report on the Round the Island Race 2014

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.

James

 

 

 

Report on the 2014 BTOSC Spring Rally and AGM Weekend

June 11th, 2014

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.

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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.

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The Commodore’s Cup

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Roy Cullers receiving the Commodore’s Cup

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Our Chairrman receiving the Colin Foggatt Memorial Trophy

 

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.

Thanks all for a good weekend. Roll on the RTI.

James Savage

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

February 27th, 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

January 29th, 2014

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

January 23rd, 2014

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

Video from Tallships Challenger Event 13-16 June 2013

June 19th, 2013

Thanks to Mike Evans and Roy Demery we have a video compilation from last weeks Tallships Challenger Event.

Hazards from Portable Generators

May 24th, 2013

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

Cold Shock and First Aid Certificates

April 8th, 2013

1. Every sailor needs to know about Cold Shock. 

2. All skippers also need to know which First Aid Certificates meet the requirements for Commercial Endorsement.

The latest issue of the RYA Wavelength Magazine has articles on these two subjects and more besides.

See page 8 for Cold Shock and the article on Page 12 to read about which First Aid Certificates are currently deemed acceptable.

BTOSC Related Videos

March 24th, 2013

Thanks to Mike Evans we have a video compilation from the 2012 Round the Island Race.

For the time being this is password protected. Please ask me for the password.

In the meantime, here are some other BTOSC related videos

James

RYA Marine Radio Short-Range Certificate (VHF)

February 11th, 2013

This one day course is being offerred to BTOSC members by Porchester Sailing Club
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Sat 23 March or Sun 24 Mar 2013

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Club Regalia

February 6th, 2013

Regalia-front and back example

Thanks to some sterling work by John Wells we now arrangements in place for members to purchase items of clothing with the club logo. The above is just one example – more designs can be seen at www.oceanworld.co.uk/btosc.  Please download and read  ClubRegalia2013 for further details and in particular some special arrangements for caps.

Sailing Programme for 2013

December 10th, 2012

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

October 19th, 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