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  


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 btosccrew@gmail.com

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.

Read the rest of this entry »

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

Subscribe to the BTOSC Calendar

October 19th, 2017

Did you know that you can subscribe to the Calendar on this website.  The Calendar is linked to the Events database so by subscribing you will receive updates when any changes are made to forthcoming events.

If you have a Google account then:

To subscribe or receiving these emails, you will need to log in to https://www.google.com/calendar/

The calendar that you need to subscribe using Google Calendar or even MS Outlook is:

http://www.btosc.co.uk/wordpress/?eme_ical=public

Laying Up Cruise / Trafalgar Night Cancelled

October 18th, 2017

Since we have not had enough interest in the Laying Up Cruise / Trafalgar Night event this event has now been cancelled.

The committee is currently working to develop next years Sailing Programme which we hope to publish before our next event the BTOSC Xmas Jolly.   This year we will be returning to Lymington and having our pre-Christmas meal at the Ship.   If you have not yet booked, please do so now so that we can finalise the yacht charters and berth allocation.

 

 

Trafalgar Weekend and Xmas Jolly – Book Now

October 9th, 2017

Just a quick note to encourage you all  to book now for the Trafalgar weekend / Laying up Cruise and also the Xmas Jolly.

If you are interested in taking part in the Trafalgar Event can you initially let me know as soon as possible at btosccrew@gmail.com. If we have enough crew to fill a boat then I will ask for payments and make a booking. The berth cost will be £190.

The Laying Up Cruise is a good chance to do some sailing before the winter sets in. This event is timed to coincide with Trafalgar Day [21st October] so if there is interest amongst the crew then a Trafalgar theme and possibly dinner can be incorporated into the weekend !

Trafalgar Day is the celebration of Nelson’s Royal Navy victory over the combined French and Spanish fleets at the Battle of Trafalgar on 21 October 1805.

This year’s Christmas Jolly takes place on 1 – 3rd December – Watch this space for more details. If you are interested please contact the Event Manager Mick Curran mickcurran@btinternet.com and copy the crew mailbox btosccrew@gmail.com.

 

Late Summer BBQ and other news

August 30th, 2017

30 August Update:

  • The West Country Cruise is going ahead in early September.  Anyone interested in being on the reserve list should make their interest known via the crew mailbox btosccrew@gmail.com just in case a berth were to come available.
  • Two yachts have been booked for the BBQ weekend. Those who have paid will hear shortly about berth allocations.
  • Currently little interest in the Trafalgar weekend. Members should make their interest known ASAP or else this event will be canceled.
  • The Xmas Jolly is now on the horizon although we have not yet chosen a destination for the meal.  The first yacht reserved for this event is Sea Essay.  Members interested in this event should start maying deposits to guarantee a berth.

Report on Round the Island Race 2017

July 5th, 2017

The annual Round the Island Race took place over the weekend. The BTOSC entry was Fleur de lis chartered from Fairview Sailing.

The event was skippered by Les Nicholls. The crew comprised James, Andrew, John, Mike Steve, Kevin M and Kevin S.
The weather forecast was NW3/4 and we had an early start.

It was a very different race to last year although  no-less exhausting for some reason.

We finished with an Elapsed Time of 09:34:22 and a Corrected Time of 09:23:27.

We did very well in comparison to the other yachts in Fairview’s matched fleet coming 3rd out of 16 that were entered.  C’EST SI BON was the fastest Fairview yacht finishing only 5 minutes before us.

Within our Class 6B we were 8th out of 29; within ISC Group 6 we were 38th out of 101 and out of all ISC rated yachts we were 309 out of 611 finishers, +38 RTD etc = 649 all told.

 

John Kelly (tactician) has now analyzed our performance.  He reports that:

  • We made a good start, along with the other leading 6B boats.
  • Start to Needles was a reach. We all took similar tracks keeping midstream in the west flowing tide, so I guess the 4 min advantage that C’EST SI BON had on us at the Needles was down to boat speed. We had a similar advantage on MINTAKA. It’s not worth trying to compare with different boats types on a single point of sailing.
  • Needles to St Cats was a broad reach/run – cruising chute deployed by all. Some like us kept in for the decreased tide, and some went straight and deep. I can’t see a clear advantage either way looking at the tracks. But what worked well for C’EST SI BON, 15 mins faster than us on the leg, was a hybrid, going wide initially (to get clear wind?), and in close after Atheridge Ledge to get the back eddy in the tide. (I’d love to know if they managed to get their cruising chute flying when going downwind, and, if so, how).
  • St Cats to Bembridge Ledge cardinal was a fine reach (genoa, not chute). We all took similar tracks, and there were just small differences in leg time.
  • Bembridge to finish was a beat into the tide. We did well, making up a lot of the 20 min advantage that C’EST SI BON had at the cardinal mark. We stayed in close to shallow water around Ryde and onward, but not aggressively so, preferring to minimise tacks.
  • C’EST SI BON, along with HADAWAY, went across the channel to cheat the tide on the mainland side. 4th place HADAWAY was nearly up with 2nd place DODGER at Bembridge, but lost about 10 mins on the beat. So this didn’t work for either of them

 

Report on AGM Weekend

May 17th, 2017

For the AGM weekend the weather and tides were favourable and we all enjoyed some good sailing and some healthy competition.

We chartered three yachts this year.  Rudeknot2, Empowered and Sea Essay.  Sea Essay was chartered for three days 11-14 May whilst the other two yachts were chartered for two.  On Sea Essay we had a brief passage to Cowes for the Thursday evening. On the Friday we had a passage to  explore Bembridge and Chichester before returning to Cowes.  On Saturday we  visited New Town Creek en-route to Yarmouth.  On the Sunday we returned to Hamble via Lymington and Bucklers Hard.  Our GPS track is shown below.

Just a quick reminder that our next event is the Round the Island Race.  The details for BTOSC crew are here.

Also for those who haven’t booked ahead, please make sure you have the BBQ weekend and Christmas Jolly in your diary and pay your deposits now.

Kind regards,

James Savage (Chairman)

 

Book now for the 2017 BTOSC Spring Rally and AGM Weekend

February 22nd, 2017

The arrangements for the 2017 BTOSC Spring Rally and AGM are now being finalised.  We have decided to go to Yarmouth again this year.   One yacht has been chartered from the Thursday evening and this yacht is now fully subscribed. So to secure your berth on other yachts, please make your intentions known now by emailing the event organiser (cc btosccrew@btosc.co.uk).

If you have not yet booked and are interested in this event, there are still berths available.   The main point of contact for this event is the Event Manager Nigel Wiltshire.