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Reading Offshore

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Newsletter August  2017
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Forthcoming events

 It would be extremely helpful if you could express your interest in either of the two August events to your commodore in the next week or two please. This is so that he can get a rough idea of numbers for booking and costing.

Monday 7th August: Curry Night and Short Walk.

The proposal is to meet in Caversham for a circular walk around Reading's waterways, the Thames and the Kennet, passing a few locks and historical/industrial sites along the way. The walk is likely to take about 90 minutes so an early start of 6.30 p.m. would be required. After the walk we could eat either in the River Spice restaurant (Indian) or across the road in the Moderation (Thai) at 8 p.m. The cost of the meal would depend on numbers but not likely to be expensive in any case (probably no more than about £15). Members could bring friends and turn up for just the walk or just the meal or both (just like Christmas all over again!).


Saturday 22nd August: Rally to Lymington.
There being no official organiser for this event Ian will agree to do so informally depending on availability of boats. If boats are available and willing to find a berth themselves then we could organise a meal ashore in town, depending on numbers, and find suitable entertainment for the day/days.

Please contact Ian the organiser at

Ian  farquhar_ian@hotmail.com



Upper Thames Motor Yacht Club Sonning

An opportunity for both current and past members of the Club to come together and enjoy an evening of good food, entertainment, dancing, games and raffle and most importantly good company and the opportunity to look back on the highlights of the sailing season. 
Full details of the event and how to order tickets in the September issue of the newsletter.  But in the meantime – save the date!
Ticket price:      £30 per person
The Dutch Blog                                            A new series  from John & Margaret

John and Margaret Haines spent a month in June/July cruising in the Netherlands in the great river deltas of Zeeland and South Holland.   This is the first of a series of ‘blogs’ about some of their experiences during that cruise.
Nancy Blackett moors in Goes
We were spending a quiet afternoon in the green and secluded harbour at Goes when the skipper of an adjacent yacht mentioned that that they were waiting for Nancy Blackett to come up the canal, through the bridge and moor alongside.  Great excitement!  We had glimpsed Nancy Blackett at a distance (both Osprey and Nancy Blackett live on that river) but had not seen her at close quarters.
One of Arthur Ransome’s famous children’s book, ‘We Didn’t Mean to Go to Sea’ is set on board Goblin on which the children of the story accidentally sail to Holland.  Ransome based Goblin on his own boat, Nancy Blackett, a red-sailed 28 ft. seven ton cutter named after his most famous character.
The Goes bridge opened on the hour and within minutes we watched Nancy Blackett expertly helmed into position by her skipper Sue accompanied by three crew, all members of the Nancy Blackett Trust which rescued the cutter and have now owned the boat for twenty years.  They sail in the spirit of the 30s and crew member John was sailing in a grey formal suit  - the nearest he could find to the grey flannel suit that Arthur Ransome espoused as ideal sailing gear!
We got chatting – as all sailors do – and next morning they invited us aboard – what bliss!  Expertly and sympathetically restored, she is instantly recognisable from the book:
“They looked down into the cabin of the little ship, at blue
mattresses on bunks on either side…and the little white sink
opposite the tiny galley with its little cooking stove”

1930s yachts of this size do not provide much space on board and we can’t imagine how the current crews manage to cook, live and sleep – certainly no privacy.  But they were having a wonderful time.
 A couple of days later we met up with Nancy Blackett again in Sint Annaland and this time the crew joined us for drinks on Osprey – and were very pleased to have some room to relax and sprawl for an hour or two. Needless to say they have recruited two new members of the Nancy Blackett Trust!
Nancy Blackett approaching Sint Annaland
Nancy Blackett has spent six weeks or so in the Netherlands after replicating the passage in the book from Harwich to Vlissingen.   Crews of four changed weekly at Middelburg.  She has been much admired in the Zeeland waters that she has been cruising and received a cannon gun salute as she left Veere for the last time!
PS Nancy Blackett returned from the Netherlands at the end of July.  Unfortunately, as she closed the English coast “the engine kept stopping and then stayed stopped!” and she was towed into Lowestoft by lifeboat.  A fuel feed problem.  All crew safe and the boat undamaged!
Nancy Blackett is towed into Lowestoft by RNLI 28 July2017
Other News from the boating world
CLIPPER Round the world                            Race Village - Liverpool

14 Aug 2017 - 20 Aug 2017
12 Teams
Over 700 Crew
40,000 Nautical Miles

On Monday 14 August the historic Liverpool marina will be taken over by the Clipper 2017-18 Race with daily live entertainment and free open boat tours.
In addition Clipper Race crew, their supporters and the general public are welcome to attend daily information talks and Q&A sessions with fellow crew.

The week of festivities culminates on Sunday 20 August with a spectacular parade of sail along the River Mersey at 1100. Then at 1230, the Clipper 2017-18 Race start gun will mark the beginning of the circumnavigation which, subject to change pending approval, will start with a short course on the River Mersey, a chance for spectators to get up and very close to the action

One to watch....   Nikki Henderson   age 23... Clipper Race’s youngest ever Skipper

At 23, Nicola 'Nikki' Henderson, from Guildford is the Clipper Race’s youngest ever Skipper, by over a year, taking on the title from Alex Thompson who proved youth was no barrier to success when he won the Clipper 1997-98 Race, aged 26.

Sailing with family and friends since the age of 13, the idea of being able to work at sea was planted after a short stint in the Sea Cadets. Nikki has since carved a successful sailing career, in both racing and instructing which would rival those twice her age.

Having sailed over 38,000nm, she has skippered three ARC races across the Atlantic (twice winning the Youngest Skipper Award), the Caribbean 600 - an inshore race circuit, two Cowes Weeks, co-skippered two Fastnet campaigns and sailed over 10,000 miles in offshore deliveries.

As an RYA instructor for over three years she has already taught over 200 students and also recently launched a Sailing and Watersports centre in Denver, Colorado.

Nikki says: "I know how fun competitive racing can be. Being part of a team that is driving for the podium is very motivating, but for me, winning is more than the podium finishes. My ambition is to keep my team safe, look after our boat, and sail with poise and style all the way around the world."

"I want to create an extraordinary life-changing experience for every member of my team, to inspire them and to show them why ocean racing is the best thing in the world."

Asked about her selection: "It feels great, I hope I can be an inspiration to other young people to go and achieve what they set out to, to push boundaries and go get what they want if they put their minds to it and work hard."

When asked which ocean she was most looking forward to crossing, "all of them," and then adds: "The Pacific will be one of the most extreme mental and physical challenge my crew and I will face, the harder we push ourselves the greater the reward. The sense of achievement at the end will be lifechanging."

Dover and Ramsgate RNLI responds to the ship collision in Dover Strait .... 
July  2017

The UK Coastguard called for the immediate launch of the Dover and Ramsgate RNLI all-weather lifeboats just after 2.15am following reports that a bulk carrier and crude oil tanker, with a total of 49 people on board the two vessels, had collided and were at a complete stop. With initial reports of damage to at least one of the ships and the location of the incident in the south-west channel of the busy main shipping lane, both RNLI vessels raced to the scene, approximately 15 miles northeast of Dover.

Meanwhile the UK Coastguard Rescue Helicopter 163 was on the scene to assess the damage to the vessels, a 48,580 ton, 183m long crude oil tanker, the
Seafrontier, registered in Hong Kong and the Huayang Endeavour, a 75,000 ton bulk carrier measuring 225m long and also registered in Hong Kong. It is understood both vessels suffered damage in the collision with the Seafrontier having a hole above the water line and damage to the superstructure.

Link to see AIS track

Damage to the Seafrontier in the Dover Straights
Royal Museums Greenwich
Franklin:     Death in the ice exhibition
Uncovering the story of Franklin's final expedition.

The Shocking Story Of Franklin’s Final Expedition explores the mysterious fate of Sir John Franklin and his crew on their final expedition – a mystery that remains unsolved today
Franklin set sail in 1845 in search of the North-West Passage. All 129 crewmen dies, but what happened.?
National Maritime Museum
14 July 2017–7 Jan 2018
Dont forget to take any photos during the Summer season that are of interest to yourself or the club as there will be a show board to display them at the AGM in November..  .
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