Archive for September, 2011

Report on the 2011 BTOSC Cruise to Weymouth

Friday, September 23rd, 2011
Mick Curran reports on the recent long weekend cruise to Weymouth:
On the Friday fairly strong westerlys were forecast so we ate in the Ketch Rigger and then dashed off to Tesco’s for the vittles. Early the next morning we set off for a long sail to Weymouth but we were not early enough to get the most favourable tides through The Needles. With a strong wind against us and some cooling rain, the sun-block stayed in our bags. Eventually we saw Portland Head but by that time we had run out of the best weather, so we resorted to the ‘donkey’ to get us into Weymouth Bay.

The view coming into Weymouth was a glorious – the row of old coloured houses and the trip up the estuary to the marina made the long trip well worthwhile. We dined out and slept peacefully after our long journey.

The next morning the sun was trying its best to break through as we made an early start through the lifting bridge on our first let home. The first few hours was a glorious sail, but then the wind turned against us and we had to fight a 4 knot tide. Some brave helming was done but little progress was made. As the tide eased we found ourselves at The Needles, very much alone with just a handful of sails on the Solent. Unfortunately, we couldn’t find ourselves a berth and had to settle on returning all the way to Hamble. On went the ‘donkey’ again and we arrived in a dark mid-evening at Hamble.
We weren’t deterred and some very creative cooking resulted in the best meal of the weekend on board. It was probably a good thing that we had had a second long day otherwise I’m sure we would have partied into the early hours. On the Bank Holiday Monday morning, we awoke to the most ideal sailing weather you could hope for.  So we sailed out to the a crowded Solent and made the most of it and had a fantastic end to an adventurous Bank Holiday Weekend.
We got off to a fine start on the Friday expecting fairly strong Westerly’s, by staying in Southampton and eating in the Ketch Rigger before dashing off to Tesco’s for the vittles. Early the next morning we set off for a long sail to Weymouth. Not early enough though to get the most favourable tides through The Needles. With a strong wind against us and some cooling rain, the sun block stayed in our bags. Eventually we saw Portland Head but by that time we had run out of the best weather, so we turned to the dagger dagger to get us into Weymouth Bay.
The view coming into Weymouth was a glorious row of old coloured houses and the trip up the estuary to the marina made the long trip well worthwhile. We dined out and slept peacefully after our long journey.
The next morning the sun was trying its best to break through as we made an early start through the lifting bridge on our first let home. The first few hours was a glorious sail, but alas the wind seemed to turn against us along with a 4 knot tide. Some brave helming was done but little progress was made. As the tide eased we found ourselves at The Needles, very much alone with just a handful of sails on the Solent. At which point we couldn’t find ourselves a berth and had to settle on returning all the way to Hamble. On went the dagger dagger again and we arrived in a dark mid-evening at Hamble.
We weren’t deterred and some very constructive chef work resulted in the best meal of the weekend on board. It was probably a good thing that we had had a second long day otherwise I’m sure we would have partied into the early hours. Which would have been a shame because on the Bank Holiday Monday morning, we awoke to the most ideal sailing weather you could hope for. So we sailed out to the a crowded Solent and made the most of it and had a fantastic end to an adventurous Bank Holiday Weekend..  

We got off to a fine start on the Friday expecting fairly strong Westerly’s, by staying in Southampton and eating in the Ketch Rigger before dashing off to Tesco’s for the vittles. Early the next morning we set off for a long sail to Weymouth. Not early enough though to get the most favourable tides through The Needles. With a strong wind against us and some cooling rain, the sun block stayed in our bags. Eventually we saw Portland Head but by that time we had run out of the best weather, so we turned to the dagger dagger to get us into Weymouth Bay.
The view coming into Weymouth was a glorious row of old coloured houses and the trip up the estuary to the marina made the long trip well worthwhile. We dined out and slept peacefully after our long journey.
The next morning the sun was trying its best to break through as we made an early start through the lifting bridge on our first let home. The first few hours was a glorious sail, but alas the wind seemed to turn against us along with a 4 knot tide. Some brave helming was done but little progress was made. As the tide eased we found ourselves at The Needles, very much alone with just a handful of sails on the Solent. At which point we couldn’t find ourselves a berth and had to settle on returning all the way to Hamble. On went the dagger dagger again and we arrived in a dark mid-evening at Hamble.
We weren’t deterred and some very constructive chef work resulted in the best meal of the weekend on board. It was probably a good thing that we had had a second long day otherwise I’m sure we would have partied into the early hours. Which would have been a shame because on the Bank Holiday Monday morning, we awoke to the most ideal sailing weather you could hope for. So we sailed out to the a crowded Solent and made the most of it and had a fantastic end to an adventurous Bank Holiday Weekend..

RYA Competent Crew & Day Skipper Course (Sun. 9th. – Fri. 14th. October.)

Tuesday, September 13th, 2011

2 or maybe 3 Berths still to fill – £260 for 5 Days Training incl RYA Certificate Fee.

Onboard Food, Diesel any Mooring fees will be additional, i.e. shared by the crew.

So you have been on the water a few times and seen how everybody else seems to know what to do. You have now decided you like the sport, but would also like to be able to participate more and contribute to the running of the boat; that’s what a “Competent Crew” member does and after the course you will have confidence and be able to participate fully in most of the activities of running the boat!

For full details of the course content go the RYA web-site < www.rya.org.uk > and click on the following in turn:- Courses and Training     (Across the top)

Sail Cruising                   (Left Hand Drop Down)

See “Competent Crew”  (On same Drop Down)

The RYA Day Skipper Practical Course runs concurrently with the above; candidates will have attended and passed the RYA Day Skipper Shorebased Theory course and on successful completion of this practical course will be competent to skipper a small yacht in familiar waters by day!

Closing date for bookings must be by c.o.p. Friday 23rd. September!

This RYA course will be taught by Chris Price (BTOSC Chairman, Yachtmaster Ocean and Club Instructor) under arrangements made with with the Hamble School of Yachting based on the River Hamble near Southampton.

To book a berth on this course or for further details please call  John Wells (Cruising Secretary) on  01494 433 221 or email John at johnwskip@aol.com