OC_PendantLogo5 December 2017
Reading Offshore

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Newsletter December 2017
Commorores Corner

They say that memory gets worse as you get older. It must be true - because I’m sure I said ‘never again’ a few years ago. So how do I find myself as recycled Commodore? Never mind: I now look forward to grappling with the challenge of steering the club through the uncertain waters of the coming year. I am delighted to welcome a brand-new Honorary Secretary to the committee in the shape of Steve Giggs. Steve introduces himself elsewhere in this newsletter: He only joined us in February of this year and despite his trepidation, is already bringing refreshing new thinking into the committee’s deliberations.

The new committee is already getting its teeth into planning events, both on land and water, for the coming years. One of the major challenges we face is that of offering on-the-water experience to members who do not have access to their own boats. The pattern of boat ownership amongst members of the club has been changing for the past few years, with boats scattered widely in different parts of the world. This makes it difficult to organise our traditional rallies. If you were present at the recent AGM you will have heard two members describing their recent sailing activity. Their presentations have opened our eyes to alternative ways of encouraging people on to the water. I would very much like to hear from some of our other more recent members what we might do to reshape our Summer activities afloat.

It is my great pleasure to welcome three new members this month:
Monica Beer,  David Brook  and  Phil Usher.

As we now approach the festive season may I take this opportunity to remind you of our forthcoming events, notably the Skittles evening and the post-Christmas walk (when the boats built at the Laying-up Supper will be sail tested). I look forward to meeting as many of you as possible at those events

I wish you all a very Happy Christmas and New Year. May the weather gods be kind and the Met Office get it right.

John       Commodore (recycled)

Membership renewal invitations were e-mailed a couple of weeks ago, so if you haven’t received yours please check your spam folders.  Many thanks to the impressive number who have already renewed early – please keep them coming: it does help with the administration.
Linda Scottorn, Membership Secretary

Some words from    Steve Giggs   our new Honorary Secretary  

As a relatively new member just elected to the Committee as Honorary Secretary we thought it might be useful to hear a little about Steve’s sailing background........

“Although I crewed racing dinghies as a youngster with my father I am a relative newcomer to yachting having first sailed with a friend on a Sailing Holidays flotilla around seven years ago which I followed up with a Day Skipper course. This coincided with me taking early retirement which gave me time to sail but limited finances to sail with!
I was quite successful in finding cheap ways to sail starting with a delivery to Finland just a couple of weeks after getting my Day Skipper followed by more leisurely cruises found thorough Crewseekers to Gibraltar, Norway and others along with annual trips to Greece for more flotillas. I had a short period of full time employment which funded a few more training courses but I quickly discovered crewing experience alone isn’t enough to make you a Yachtmaster so needed to find other ways of getting skippering experience.
I had a membership with Flexisail for a while which was great but I needed a more cost effective way of sailing in the longer term so after some searching found and bought a fifth share in Pentangle II a 2001 40’ Bavaria based in Shamrock Quay.  Pentangle has good accommodation for several crew and I’m always happy to sail with new people so if anyone is interested in joining me sailing let me know!”.........  Steve G. (picture below)
Event Reports
Lay up supper

With the room decorated, food cooked by our own in house team, a game thought up by Dave, we dressed up and enjoyed the evening. A selection of pictures below.

Forthcoming events

2018 Programme


We are still finalizing some speaker arrangements for next year but we kick off on

Monday 8th January  
with our first talk:


Going Dutch – more than cheese and clogs                   
by Margaret and John Haines


In the following months we have talks on


·       An Atlantic Circuit                                                                Nick Mines

·       Sailing in Maine, USA                                 Damian and Joyce Greene

·       The Peloponnese Peninsula                         Trevor and Lesley Morey


More details and more events to follow in coming Newsletters.

The Dutch Blog                                            A series  from John & Margaret
With its ancient buildings, cobbled streets and winding waterways, the medieval city of Haarlem is one of the nicest places to visit in the Netherlands. We sailed into the city from the south along the River Spaane and having passed through some spectacular mediaeval bridges, John spotted the perfect mooring  - the best in town!
We did wander about this interesting city – but most of our pleasure there was derived from sitting in the cockpit, enjoying Haarlem life come to us.
We chatted to our Australian neighbours who keep their narrow boat in the Netherlands and wander around the Dutch inland waterways for a couple of months each summer  – a good way to while away the Antipodean winter. . We watched all manner of craft and people  - working boats, rubbish barges, river cruising craft, rowing boats and tiny boats which could slip under the lowest of bridges.  The long summer evenings became ever jollier as people brought their picnics onto the footpath between us and the small bridge leading into a canal – while on the river, tripper boats were replaced by party ‘’rafts’ – Versadock sections topped with sofas, loudspeakers and bar!  Some friends from Tollesbury arrived alongside us and a couple of merry evenings were spent together while we soaked up the magnificent view of sunset over the Gravestenenbrug with the spires of the city in the background.
By day we went native and cycled off to the shops to restock provisions.  We discovered a flower barge only a few steps from ‘Osprey’.  Our neighbours on land were a charming elderly couple who spent much of their day talking to all the passers by as they gardened – what a splendid retirement home.
We will return to see the wonderful museums, churches and squares – but there is a lot to be said for soaking up the atmosphere on the waterfront!
Party boats come in all shapes and sizes. Sofas, loudspeakers and bar not optional !
Miscellaneous things

Radical New Single-Hulled, Foiling America’s Cup
Concept Boat Unveiled

The 36th America’s Cup class AC75 boat concept. The final America’s Cup AC75 class rule is expected to be published by March 31st 2018
Nov 20 (Reuters) – The boats teams will race at the 2021 America’s Cup in New Zealand will feature monohulls, a departure from the catamarans used during this year’s competition in Bermuda, the designers said on Monday.
Like the catamarans raced at the America’s Cup in June, the futuristic-looking, 75-foot long boats have wing-like foils attached to the hull that will lift them out of the water when they accelerate to reduce drag and increase speed.
“When sailing at speed it will get up on the foils so the hull is completely out of the water, just like how the AC50 catamarans were,” Team New Zealand design coordinator Dan Bernasconi said, referring to the boats raced in Bermuda, during a radio interview on Monday.
“That allows for much higher speeds than a conventional monohull,” he said.
“It’s early days but we think that when the boats are up and foiling it’s got the potential to be even quicker than the AC50 cats were.
In an effort to make the boats safer, the Emirates Team New Zealand and Luna Rossa design teams said the boats would be able to right themselves in the event of a capsize.
The design teams are also looking at a number of potential innovations for the AC75’s rig and will release details on that before March 31 next year.
“We’re really excited about the concept and can’t wait to see it on the water,” Bernasconi said.
New Zealand crushed the U.S. at the America’s Cup in June with a stunning 7-1 victory in Bermuda’s Great Sound to capture international sport’s oldest trophy.
Did you know...

Musto has been sold to Helly Hanson

Golden Globe... Robin Knox Johnson’s non stop round the world Golden Globe will now start from Les Sables d’olonne due to lack of sponsorship in the UK. It was hoped the original round the world trip would mimic Robin Knox Johnson’s departure from Plymouth.

Cowes Plan
The planning application for a major redevelopment of cowes waterfront has been submitted to the Isle of Wight Council, the application is for mixed-use redevelopment should provide up to 535 residential units and up to 1860 m² of non-residential floor space and associated new public realm works, landscaping and reconstruction of the Seawall and new public slipway and also seeks planning permission for the demolition of existing buildings and partial demolition of the Samuel White building followed by the construction of nine buildings at the northern end of the proposed site
Some Strange boats
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