For all boating enthusiasts
Newsletter January 2018
Welcome to a new year and a new programme of events for the Club.
We start off on 08 January with our first Club Night at Sonning. Details of forthcoming talks are now on our website and more will follow shortly. In March, our coastal events kick off with a visit to the new Coastguard operations centre at Fareham. Further details of this appear later in this Newsletter and also on the website.
As we enter into the new year we face new challenges and responsibilities in the shape of new legislation concerning data privacy. In May a new General Data Protection Regulation will replace the existing provisions of the Data Protection Act 1988. In order to comply with the new regulation the Committee is reviewing how the Club handles your personal details. You will be aware that our membership application and renewal forms ask your permission to collect and list some of your details in the yearbook. Under the new regulations we will need to formalize this procedure in more detail, so we are compiling a statement of the Club’s policy and procedures on data privacy. This will describe how we collect and use your personal data and your rights to control how they are handled. Unfortunately, this also means that we shall probably have to send you an additional form on which we ask you to confirm or otherwise your consent to the use of your membership data. In future years this will be incorporated in to the membership renewal form. I hope you will bear with us in this exercise to ensure that we can comply with the new law that, for a change in the current climate, has absolutely nothing to do with Brexit.
Forth coming events
Coming up THIS MONDAY Jan 8th
Coming up February 5th
An Atlantic Circuit Preparation and experiences by Nick Mines
Nick Mines started his engineering and prototyping company 35 years ago and has used commercial experience and resources in the preparation of “Hejira”, a Southerly 135, for extended cruising in his retirement. He successfully completed a ‘hugely enjoyable’ Atlantic circuit in 2015/16 and his yacht blogs proved to be a popular and bonding process for the crew, winning two awards from World Cruising.
Of the innovations – what worked, what didn’t, what was useful and what was a white elephant?
Nick will cover how the yacht was prepared and touch on the highlights and incidents during the adventure.
1930 for 2000 hrs Monday 05 February 2018
Coming up March 24th
Rally – 24th March 2018
Our first rally of 2018will be to Haslar Marina, Gosport and will include an afternoon visit to the new National Maritime Operations Centre at Fareham.
Several members may recall the very interesting and informative visit to Solent Coastguard some years ago. The Lee-on-the-Solent base, like so many others, has been closed and replaced by the new NMOC at Fareham.
This Rally should suit all members as it can be attended by those arriving by boat or by car. Those coming by car and wishing to stay overnight may find a berth available on yachts whose members are based at Haslar or Gosport marina. Alternatively there are a number of nearby hotels.
We have been very fortunate to reserve a date for a visit to the new centre. Numbers are however limited so if you are interested please add your name to the list (it will be first come, first served).
The Centre has a very high level of security and the Names of all attending will need to be submitted together with vehicle registration numbers at least 14 days before the visit. All attendees will also need to bring photographic ID with them to get through Security on arrival.
The provisional timetable for the Saturday 24th is as follows:
12:00 Meet at Haslar Marina (or 13:45 at the NMOC).
14:00 Visit to the National Maritime Operations Centre at Fareham.
17:00 Afternoon tea and snacks aboard Skippers’ Rhapsody in Haslar Marina.
18:30 Dinner at a local restaurant to Haslar Marina.
More details will be on the website and sent to those who wish to attend. As the number of visitors to the Centre is restricted, to avoid disappointment, would you please send your name/s and e-mail address as soon as possible to: firstname.lastname@example.org I looking forward to seeing many members at this first event of 2018 Ed Davies
Coming up April 9th
Sailing the Peloponnese Peninsula
From the Gulf of Evvia to Corfu by Trevor Morey
Trevor did National Service in the Royal Navy, but thought little more of sailing until near retirement. He and his wife, Lesley, started sailing on holiday flotillas then bought a share in a Mediterranean based boat, before buying their own. They bought their Jeanneau 37.1, Hippocampus, in Greece and sailed the Aegean for 9 years, visiting over 60 Greek islands and the Turkish coast.
Trevor will give an account of their 2015 trip from Khalkoutsie in the Evvian channel, around the Pelponnisos and north through the Ionian Sea to Corfu. During the trip they were delayed in Kalamata whilst the mast was lowered for a new roller-reefing bearing and new standing rigging. Eventually they made their way to Corfu – the final cruise for Hippocampus.
1930 for 2000hrs Monday 09 April 2018
Another Yachtmaster for the Club
Congratulations to Jackie Bignell who recently passed her RYA Yachtmaster Coastal practical examination and is now the proud possessor of the pictured Certificate of Competence (date of birth redacted to spare her blushes).
Jackie also celebrated her birthday recently and can share some useful advice on sailing attire she received in the form of a birthday card.
Membership renewal invitations were e-mailed a couple of weeks ago, so if you haven’t received yours please check your spam folders. Payment is now overdue
Linda Scottorn, Membership Secretary
YEARBOOK 2018 – PHOTOS PLEASE!
I am beginning to compile the 2018 yearbook. It would be good to feature photographs of your 2018 sailing exploits, whether on ROSC rallies, elsewhere around the British coast or further afield.
So do please email me one or two of your sailing photographs at
This year taking place in Henley, arrange by Dave & Lynda Turner
About 27 of us gathered up and had a nice lunch in The Catherine Wheel, taking over the Function Room.
The boats made in the game at the Laying up Supper were tested for their sailing ability
Pictures by John
A reminder VHF channel numbers to contact UK Coastguard
changed September 2017
VHF channel numbers to contact UK Coastguard changed on 6 September 2017
The Maritime and Coastguard Agency is reminding mariners that from September 2017 there were changes to some VHF channel numbers used to contact the UK Coastguard.
The changes of the Radio Regulations mean that existing channels will no longer be used for either Maritime Safety Information (MSI) or Radio Medical Advice. Currently, VHF channels 23, 84 and 86 are used for these two services.
Those wanting maritime safety information or radio medical advice from the UK Coastguard use new VHF channel numbers and anyone who puts out to sea will have to use VHF 62, 63 and 64..
Colin Firth stars in Donald Crowhurst biopic
The Mercy, which stars Colin Firth as Donald Crowhurst will be released in February 2018.
The film retells the story of Donald Crowhurst’s ill-fated Golden Globe Race and will also star Rachel Weisz as Crowhurst’s wife, Clare. The trailer was released in November 2017 while the film will be released in February 2018 ahead of the 50th Anniversary Golden Globe Race which starts in June.
The film follows Donald Crowhurst’s disastrous attempts to win the 1968-69 race in his trimaran, Teignmouth Electron – and doesn’t take too much creative license with the story.
Crownhurst’s boat was ill-prepared for such the voyage, which claimed his life, and left his wife, Clare, a ‘sea widow” and his children fatherless.
The amateur sailor the press dubbed “the mystery man” never made it past the Southern Atlantic Ocean. Instead, he falsified his logs and reported false positions after realising that his leaking trimaran would never make it through the Southern Ocean.
Crowhurst, who sunk everything he had into the venture, including using his house and business as collateral, had serious doubts about the voyage before he even left the Devon port of Teignmouth, where much of the film is shot
Golden Globe Race 2018:
Refit is progressing well for British entrant Susie Goodall
Seldén Masts Ltd is sponsoring Golden Globe Race sailor, Susie Goodall by suppling her with a new rig for her Rustler 36, Ariadne.
At 27, Susie is the youngest competitors in the race, which starts from Plymouth on 30 June 2018.
She is also one of only two women to take part – the other is 51-year-old Brazilian Izabel Pimentel, who in 2014 became the first South American woman to complete a solo circumnavigation via the three great Capes – Good Hope, Leeuwin and Cape Horn.
Susie, who will be flying the flag for the UK along with Robin Davie, completed her 4,000 mile qualifying sail earlier this year.
All 30 race competitors must show prior ocean sailing experience of at least 8,000 miles and another 2,000 miles solo in any boat, by 30 April, 2018.
Competitors are limited to sailing production yachts sized between 32ft and 36ft overall which were designed prior to 1988.
Entrants are only allowed to use equipment that was available in the very first race – so no GPS or modern technology on board.
Team Britannia is a multi-million pound British bid led by ocean adventurer Alan Priddy to design and build the fastest and most fuel-efficient wave-slicing powerboat to circumnavigate the globe for the much coveted UIM world record, currently held by a New Zealander.
The challenge is to beat the current world-record holder New Zealander Pete Bethune’s time of 60 days 23 hours 49 minutes for the 23,000 mile voyage.
The attempt will be made in a specially designed 80ft powerboat – Excalibur - which is being built in Portsmouth, ahead of the world-record attempt in 2018 to be led by Dr Alan Priddy.
The attempt will use Hydro Diesel that is designed to work on existing diesel engines in ships, cars and other vehicles. The fuel has been developed over the last two years by Portsmouth-based company Clean Fuel and is made of a mixture of diesel, water and emulsifying agent
Navigational lights installed at Beaulieu
Navigational lights have been installed to help night sailors on the Beaulieu River as part of ongoing investment in services for mooring holders and visitors to Buckler’s Hard Yacht Harbour.
Five sets of buoys have each been fitted with flashing beacons, making it even easier for visitors to the Beaulieu River to navigate at night.
“By ensuring that vessels always keep to the main channel in the deepest, safest part of the river, the lights are helping to improve navigational safety,” said Master Wendy Stowe, Beaulieu River Harbour Master.
We have regular meetings the first Monday of the month at the Upper Thames Motor & Yacht Club (UTMYC) in Sonning. If you would like more information on any aspect head to our website or if you would like to discuss any point with a committee member about our sailing club or visiting us on a Monday to say hello, click here to email Linda, our publicity officer, who will be happy to answer any questions.
ROSC was established in 1971and continues with regular meetings. You don't have to own a boat as many rallies are available by land, meals in a local hostillery are arranged with pre-meal drinks often on one of the attending boats.
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