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Laying Up Cruise / Trafalgar Night Cancelled

Wednesday, 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

Monday, 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

Wednesday, 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

Wednesday, 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

 

BTOSC 2017 Sailing Programme

Thursday, January 19th, 2017

The latest version of the BTOSC 2017 Sailing Programme was emailed out to members tonight as part of a newsletter.

A PDF version may be downloaded from BTOSC Programme V1 Jan 2017.

Book your berth now for the RTI in 2017

Wednesday, 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

Friday, 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

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

Friday, 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

Monday, 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,

James

Trafalgar Weekend Cruise

Monday, 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 btosccrew@gmail.com

 

Round the Island Race 2015 – This Weekend

Thursday, 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

Wednesday, 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.

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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)

Thursday, 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

Tuesday, 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.

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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 (more…)

Nigel and Mike Sail the Atlantic

Thursday, 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

http://www.worldcruising.com/arc/eventfleetviewer.aspx

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:

 http://www.justgiving.com/Nigel-Watsham

Trust you are all keeping well and hoping to see you in the New Year!

Regards,

Mike Griffiths