November 2016
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Reading Offshore
        Sailing Club
Newsletter November 2016
Welcome to the new style newsletter from
Reading Offshore Sailing Club

This is the first edition of the of the club's newsletter in this form.
We will be produce this on a regular basis reporting on club news, what you have missed and of forthcoming events.
You have received it either as a member or having shown interest.
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This would be a good time to remind you that we are very interested in anything you have done or places you have been as news has not be very forthcoming in the past year hence lack of paper editions. This change to a more regular but shorter newsletter style is adopting a modern method bringing Reading Offshore Newsletters to you. A link at the end will take you to the website for further updates.
We were saddened when the club was notified of the recent passing of Peter Pochon, a long standing Reading Offshore member for over 35 years.
Latest Reports

Hamble Rally 15 October 2016                                                      by Margaret Haines
There was a reasonable turnout for the last rally of the season with 12 ROSC members - and two parrots - taking part.
Only one boat made it to Bursledon, but there was some good sailing to be had on
Skippers’ Rhapsody with light winds in pleasant autumn sunshine en route from Gosport to Bursledon – and livelier conditions for the return passage on Sunday with winds of force 6-7, gusting near gale force.  However flattish seas and a beam reach made for an exhilarating but pleasant passage home.
We berthed at the Elephant Boatyard – quirky and slightly ramshackle, but full of character and boasting some lovely classic yachts on view in adjacent moorings.  And very handy for the pub!
More members joined us by car for a slightly damp afternoon walk to the upper reaches of the Hamble followed by drinks and nibbles on
Skippers’ Rhapsody where the antics of the two talking parrots, Kevin and Peter, kept us all amused.  Supper at ‘The Jolly Sailor’ was convivial, suitably nautical and we were well looked after there.

Forthcoming events
November 19th
Laying up supper. Our one and only smart event so dress up and join us at the Upper Thames with music, dancing and great three course meal. If you are not coming, you should be !

Monday 12th December  -   SKITTLES EVENING 
7.30 p.m. at the Frog and Wicket pub in Eversley Cross. post code RG27 0NS
A welcome return of this event so come and enjoy our pre-Christmas gathering with a small meal included. This is a great fun evening so come and try your hand at being on the winning team this year! Drinks available from the pub.
Payment of £14 per head by BACS or by cheque by Monday 14th November please.
More details and meal choices to follow by email.

Wednesday December 28th  -   THE POST-CHRISTMAS WALK 

 Meeting at the Cunning Man, Burghfield Bridge, post code RG30 3RB.

Walk starts at 10.30 a.m. and it will follow the Kennet and Avon canal and the Holy Brook river, taking in the Southcote and Burghfield locks as well as Calcot Mill. There will be a choice of route lengths to suite all. Pub lunch will be booked for 12.45 p.m. Come for just the walk, just for lunch or do both. A deposit of £5 per head is needed for people coming for lunch.

More details and menu to follow by email. Please make up your mind by the last week of November if you want to secure a place for lunch.Friends and relatives and 4-legged creatures are welcome as well.

Other news

Work has just begun on compiling the 2017 ROSC Yearbook, which we hope to send out to members early in February ’17.
We are particularly looking for photographs to use in the Yearbook – photographs of ROSC events on the water or on land – and also photos of members’ sailing/water based activities. All contributions gratefully received!
Please send photographs - ideally digital - to:
Please phone if you have any queries or problems in sending the photographs. Tel 07881 620420

The Reading Offshore Sailing Club is very well aware that not all members who enjoy
sailing may have a boat at present.

In addition to providing a social programme that includes some interesting and informal
presentations on a whole range of topics, we also endeavour to provide opportunities for non-boat owners to get some sailing experience. To this end we have introduced the concept of a non-boat owners’ co-ordinator. The purpose of this being to enable those without a boat to liaise with other members who have boats but are shortof crew to facilitate the opportunity for non-boat owners getting together and chartering boats (at competitive prices) through discounting arrangements we have arranged with two chartering companies in the UK and another who charters in Greece and Croatia.

Please go to the web site for further contact information 

We meet the first Monday of the month at the Upper Thames Motor & Yacht Club in Sonning. If you would like more information on membership head to our website or if you would like to discuss any aspects with a committee member about our sailing club or visiting us on a Monday to say hello, 
please click here to email Linda, our publicity officer, who will be happy to answer any questions.

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