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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.

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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

 

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

Thursday, 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

Wednesday, 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

Thursday, 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

Hazards from Portable Generators

Friday, 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

BTOSC Related Videos

Sunday, 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

Sailing Programme for 2013

Monday, 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

Friday, 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.

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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

Steve Webber reports on a Cruise to the Scilly Isles: 3-10th August, 2012

Friday, October 19th, 2012

Lunch-time on a sunny Friday seemed like a good omen when four of us – skipper Nigel Watsham, Mike Griffiths, Roy Cullers and myself Steve Webber – assembled at Queen Anne’s Battery in Plymouth. A leisurely lunch in the bar while waiting for the boat, Ocean Whisper – a Sunfast 37 – to be prepared was marred only by a torrential downpour. But by hand-over, the sun was out again.

Then it was off in a SWly F4 for a quick familiarisation sail to Newton Ferrers. Interesting approach using two sets of leading marks to negotiate the dog-leg. Tied up on a pontoon for the night, electing to eat on board rather than get the dinghy out.

Next morning, with the continuing SWly, we sailed out to the Eddystone lighthouse, then turned to head towards Falmouth. Sailing close-hauled on the port tack gave us the heading we needed, and we were able to settle back and relax for the next 30nm, watching the downpours happening all around us but never on us. Engine on and sails down as we headed up to Mylor, only for the engine alarm to go off as we were within sight of the yacht haven. An anxious half-hour sailing around on the jenny while we failed to find out why there was no cooling water coming through. Having decided that now it had cooled we could run it for long enough to get into the marina, it promptly decided to work normally.

A day of mixed sailing and motor-sailing with distant views of St. Michael’s Mount as we crossed Mounts Bay brought us to Penzance dock. Rafted up next to a much larger yacht which turned out to be operated single-handed by a 76 year-old. Just time to shin up the quay ladder, dash to the shops and replenish the beer supplies.

The forecast was for continuing S-SWly F4-5, so the decision was made to go for it. Out to Wolf Rock, then another long port tack, pausing only to put the 1st reef in, brought us in sight of the Scilly Isles. Wisely, the skipper decided to put the engine on early – no water again. An hour spent dismantling the inlet filter and impeller to no avail, then at the third time of asking it worked. Into Hugh Town harbour and pick up a mooring buoy, inflate the dinghy, and into town. Managed to find a restaurant with a free table before the deadline of 9pm, and enjoyed a welcome steak to celebrate our arrival.

A dodgy engine and manual anchor was agreed to make the option of exploring more of the islands unwise, so next day we headed back. While piloting the channel to clear the islands, we passed a tall ship on its way in – made us grateful that our rigging wasn’t quite so high. On a broad reach with a following moderate sea and occasional F6, we made good progress – the prize for speed going to the skipper who briefly achieved 9.94 knots with the 1st reef in. Into Falmouth and raft up for the night.

Off to Fowey on a calm sea with no wind in time for a cream tea and a glass or two of wine, then dine on board. Next day back to Plymouth, again mirror sea, no wind and sunny. A prize was offered for the first person to spot a yacht motor-sailing with a cone up, but of the many we passed, not one (including ourselves!) were conscientious enough to comply. We obviously passed the quick inspection by a naval patrol vessel as they didn’t board us, so back into QAB and relax.

An interesting week: several brief sightings of fins – possibly porpoises, enough light-houses to lose count, some drama and even some good sailing. But don’t assume that because an engine looks brand new and has just been serviced that it’s going to work!

All in all, very pleased to have made it to the Scilly Isles.

Quotes of the week:

Nigel – boats are better when you’re sat on a patio with a glass of wine.

Roy – you always do what the skipper says.

Report on Mid-summer BBQ Weekend: 15-17 June 2012

Monday, May 21st, 2012

By the sounds of it this weekend was a windy affair (F9-11) so I imagine the BBQ was held on-board.

Perhaps someone from one of the crew involved could elaborate?

For those who missed it there is another opportunity for a BBQ later in the year. Now would be a great time to book.