Covid-19 (Updated 30 July 2020)

July 30th, 2020

The BTOSC Committee met on 30 July to review the current situation. Government restrictions and guidance from the RYA now supports day sailing with 1m+ social distancing and overnight stays on boats but only for up to two households.

Having reviewed the guidance from the RYA the committee has decided that whilst this may allow some members (Eg. couples) to make private arrangements to sail together, the 2020 BTOSC Sailing Programme should remain suspended.

The programme will resume when government restrictions and social distancing guidelines allow. At this stage it does not seem likely that this will happen in August or September.

Covid-19 – Letter to members

May 15th, 2020

As you can imagine the events of the last few weeks have already led
to cancellation of sailing events around the country.  We had planned
our annual Skippers Refresher event for last weekend and several
members were looking forward to a Boat Handling Weekend in a few days
time.  Both events were originally fully subscribed but as I am sure
you can understand they have had to be cancelled already.  Refunds
have been made available to all members who have paid deposits.

The BTOSC committee met on 1st April to consider how the club should
respond to the Corona virus and current advice and guidance from

Since the duration of this crisis is so uncertain we have decided that :

* Social distancing guidelines are incompatible with the type of
events that we run.
* We must cancel all sailing events at least until Government
restrictions allow.
* Once the situation improves, we will endeavor to restart the
programme and will also consider adding additional events.
* We will attempt to run the Annual General Meeting as an on-line
event starting at 11 AM on Sat 16 May.

As in previous years, I would very much like to encourage members to
volunteer to serve on the committee.  To express interest in joining
the committee in any capacity, please indicate this when replying to
this email.

Further details of the online AGM will be emailed to all members
nearer the time.

Wishing you all the best in these extraordinary times.

BTOSC Sailing Programme for 2020

February 1st, 2020

Our first events of the year will be:

Please book early for the above.

Next up after that is the Solent Cruise in June. Details to follow.

Report on a passage to Southsea Marina (12 September 2019)

October 5th, 2019

The BBQ Weekend is one of the highlights of the BTOSC Sailing Programme. This year, for the first time, we chartered Sea Essay and Freyja from Channel Sailing Division and East Coast Division of the CSSA as well Viola from Hamble Point Yacht Charters.

Freyja was chartered for 3 days from 1200 Thursday 13 Sep until 1800 on the Sunday. We took her over at Hornet Services Sailing Club. The outline itinerary for the event was:

Thurs PM: Hornet to Southsea Marina (Langstone Harbour)

Fri: Passage to Newtown River, Cowes or Beaulieu

Sat: Passage to Lymington for Annual BTOSC BBQ

Sun: Return passage to Hornet

This report covers Thurs 12 Sep – our passage to Southsea Marina.

Before embarking on the 8NM passage to Southsea Marina in Langstone Harbour we took the opportunity to do some boat handling practice north of Burrow Island in Portsmouth Harbour itself.

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Report on West Country Cruise (2019)

October 5th, 2019

The following report is from Ian Davis – entitled “Round the world to Dartmouth” :

The July West Country Cruise proved popular this year with eleven club members setting sail from Queen Anne’s Battery, Plymouth in two vessels chartered from Liberty Yachts. Many thanks to Hazel for the organisation.

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Membership benefits

June 27th, 2019

The benefits of BTOSC membership are:-

  • A varied programme of events every year
  • Cruising, racing and training events at a sensible price
  • A non-profit organization with low overheads
  • The club underwrites the security deposit for charters for club events
  • Opportunities for aspiring skippers to become Club Skippers 
  • Members may also be able to benefit from discounts provided by charter companies we deal with 
  • We have a website available to all and occasional newsletters to members
  • We offer the members the opportunity to organise club events
  • Increase the network of other sailors they have access to

Report on BTOSC Spring Rally & AGM Weekend

May 30th, 2019

We had three yachts out for our Spring Rally weekend (3rd Event of the year). Once again one yacht (Freyja) was pre-booked for an extended weekend based out of Hornet SSC. The other two, Apaloosa and Viola, were chartered from Hamble Point Yacht Charters. Several members also joined the AGM and meal on foot.

All yachts converged on the central Solent on Saturday evening for our AGM, prize giving and an excellent rally supper at Hornet.

We had some rain on the Friday and Sunday but otherwise the weather was mainly mild and warm with light winds.

Moorings at Itchenor

For the record, Frejya’s 3.5 day itinerary was as follows:

  • Thurs PM: Portshouth Harbour (Hornet SSC) to Itchenor (Chichester Hbr). Excellent meal at the Ship
  • Fri: Itchenor to Hornet then to The Folly Inn (Cowes)
  • Sat: Cowes to Bembridge. 3 hrs ashore then to Hornet
  • Sun: Hornet to Langstone Harbour then back to Hornet
  • Overall Mileage 75 nm
  • Wind Max 21 kts  

Report on Skippers Refresher 22-24 Mar 2019

April 2nd, 2019

Six club skippers, MG, NW, JS, CJ, ID & RD, descended on Hamble on 22 Mar for the Annual BTOSC Skipper’s Refresher.

Friday: An 18.30 briefing followed by a night passage from Hamble to East Cowes with each skipper taking turns different sections of the passage provided good material for later discussion and feedback. Discussions on a variety of skippering topics followed. Sharing of lessons learned and generally putting the world to rights. Pasta bolognaise, garlic bread and the obligatory cheese board.

Saturday: Boat handling on Medina River in tidal conditions in and around East Cowes and at the Training pontoon near the Folly. Lunch – Beaulieu. Lymington Yacht Haven. Re-aquaintance with the Ship.

This bookable BBQ Area found in Lymington Yacht Haven could prove useful

Sunday: Lymington BBQ Area Reconnaissance. Man-over-board techniques off Beaulieu. Lunch anchored off Calshot.

Lunch anchored in 3 m with Luttrells Tower in line with Fawley Chimney.

This tower which sleeps 4 and can be booked is owned by the Landmark trust. For further into see:

2019 Sailing Programme

February 2nd, 2019

Hi all, here is the programme for 2019. Hopefully there is something for everyone whether you are crew or a skipper. The MS Excel version of the programme can be downloaded below. Over the coming days, the other events will also appear under the forthcoming events menu item on the right hand side of this page.

As always, please express interest early, either directly to the appropriate Event Manager or via the crew mailbox

Suggestions for other events are always welcome. Even better, if you are happy to organise an event then please volunteer to do so.

Report on 2018 Xmas Jolly

February 2nd, 2019

I am sure that just thinking about the Christmas Jolly makes some people shudder. However, once again we were not disappointed either by the weather or the level of enthusiasm and support from members.

We had three yachts on the water. Appaloosa was booked for the weekend. Sea Essay for the Fri, Sat and Sun and Viola for Sat, Sun and Monday. Our pre-booked meal was on the Sat night in Hythe.

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Report on Channel Islands Adventure – May 2018

July 22nd, 2018

The following report on a recent Channel Island Adventure is just in…. Read the rest of this entry »

Report on Spring Rally / AGM Weekend – May 2018

June 23rd, 2018

The BTOSC Spring Rally is an annual event during which we also hold our AGM. Last year we offered members a three-day charter on one of the yachts.  Following on from the success of that, this year the plan was for at least 2 yachts to be chartered for 3 days.   In a change from arrangements in previous years we chose Hornet Services Sailing Club as a venue for the AGM meeting and dinner. Read the rest of this entry »

Event Report – Skippers’ Refresher 2018

June 22nd, 2018

The original plan to hold the Skippers’  Refesher in March had to be cancelled due to forecast gales and blizzard conditions.


Not wishing to be beaten we re-convened a month or so later on a Atlas a Halberg Rassy 34 chartered out of Haslar.


As usual, the objectives were to dust off the cobwebs after the winter; practice essential skippering skills such as mooring, boat handling and MOB.  Here we are successfully lassoing a buoy in the confines of Portsmouth Harbour before sailing to Chichester Harbour and Northney Marina where the last leg requires a precision approach to avoid shallows either side of the narrow approach channel.


Next morning we explored the area around the  marina and discovered a BBQ area that could be useful in future years.  We then practiced boat handling skills and tested out a number of short-handed berthing techniques that did not lend themselves to photographs before exploring other areas of the harbour.

First stop was a visit to the Emsworth Visitors pontoon which was quickly followed by an opportunity to calibrate our very erratic depth gauge over a gentle but unplanned lunch stop while we waited for the flood tide to work its magic.  We then took the opportunity to familiarise ourselves with visitor moorings at Itchenor before heading back to Portsmouth.

Over the weekend we were also able to share a number of experiences and ideas and to familiarize each other with a number of less frequently visited moorings, anchorages and marinas.






We were also able to get the lie of the land at Hornet Services Sailing Club where we would be berthed during the AGM Spring Rally.


Many thanks to all the skippers who could make this rescheduled event.  It was a most worthwhile weekend.

James Savage

Chairman BTOSC

2018 Sailing Programme – dated 14 Jan 2018

January 28th, 2018

Here is a link to a PDF version of the BTOSC Sailing Programme for 2018.

BTOSC 2018 Sailing Programme V1 14JAN18

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October 19th, 2017

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