Book now for the Late Summer Sail and BBQ Weekend 16-18 Sep 2016

August 10th, 2016

Well the weather has been reasonably kind for some of the summer and Mike is praying to the “rain gods” that it holds up for our annual BBQ.

We are planning a gentle sail to Yarmouth IOW and a BBQ on the beach near the Marina.  This event is suitable for beginners as well as the more experienced among you.

We are looking to put out at least a couple of boats, so come on and get some miles in your log book as the cruising season winds down.

For further details please refer to the BTOSC BBQ Event Page

Book your berth now for the RTI in 2017

August 10th, 2016

ROUNDING BEMBRIDGE-photo-by-Saba-ShaukatIt is time to book your berths for next year’s Round the Island Race which is to be held on 1 July 2017.  We are planning to charter a 37 ft yacht from for this famous race.  The big question is:  Can we improve on this year’s performance?

Further details of this event are on the BTOSC RTI 2017 event page.

Advance notice – Proposal for a cruise to the West Coast of Scotland in 2017

June 10th, 2016

Just a quick note to propose a BTOSC cruise to the West Coast of Scotland in the summer of 2017.  For details please follow the above link. Potential skippers and crew should contact me directly to express interest this event – no commitment required at this stage.

James Savage

West Country Cruise (Updated)

May 24th, 2016

This event is going ahead.  The dates are Friday 22nd July to Fri 29th Jul  (7 nights).  The 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.

All berths are now allocated.

The Event Manager is Mike Griffiths ( ).

Anyone interested in a similar events should consult the forthcoming events listed on this website or express interest via the crew mailbox –

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

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.

Final call for the Spring Rally / AGM

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.

Kind regards,


Book ASAP for berths in Round the Island Race

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.

Xmas Jolly including dinner at the Folly

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.


Trafalgar Weekend Cruise

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


Round the Island Race 2015 – This Weekend

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.

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

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.

BTOSC Sailing Programme (updated)

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.


BTOSC Sailors bring home Silver from Blue Cup

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 »

Nigel and Mike Sail the Atlantic

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!


Mike Griffiths


Sailing Ambitions

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 »