OC_PendantLogo5 November 2017
Reading Offshore

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Newsletter November2017
Rally Reports
The Hythe Rally

The Hythe rally was organise once again by Ken and Cherry and held at The Boathouse in Hythe Marina where the staff were very friendly and attentive and the two or three three course meal was excellent. It was the last rally of the season it was a great event. We were entertained and had pre-drinks and a great selection of nibbles at Ken & Cherry’s house prior to the meal, so thank you both for your hospitality..
Eighteen of us turned up, nearly all by car as no one was excited about a F6 from the west but we did have 4 intrepid sailors that chartered a Hans 35 from The Hamble and although suffering slight delay getting into the marina while the tide rose, still made it in time, so well done to Bill Quintin, John Pengelly, Andrew Steele and Csilla Chila... 
We came by car......                                                                     but we came by boat !
View of Lymington quay the next morning
Forthcoming events

Skittles Evening  on 04 December 2017
We have recently become aware that the skittle alley at the Jack o’Newbury in Binfield is available again after a period of closure. 
The skittle alley has been booked for a Club evening on Monday 04 December.
The pub is under new management since we used it last and the menu looks to be an improvement on what some may remember from a few years ago. More details with menu and prices will be e-mailed shortly.
SATURDAY 18 NOVEMBER 2017   7.00 for 7.30 PM
A reminder that tickets for the Laying Up Supper are now on sale for the astonishingly reasonable price of £30 a head for a three-course meal and coffee.  Catering by a renowned ROSC in-house team.
This is an opportunity for everyone to come together to enjoy an evening of good food, musical entertainment, dancing, games and raffle and most importantly good company and the opportunity to look back on the highlights of the sailing season.
For those of you who have already indicated that you are coming along, now is the time to pay!
Please purchase your tickets by using our BACS system, details as follows:
Bank:                                                                                        HSBC
Bank Sort Code:                                                                         40-47-39
Account Name:                                                                          Reading Offshore Club
Account number:                                                                        31562053
Include your reference in the following suggested format:                Surname LUS17
For those who have not yet booked, it would also be helpful if you could e-mail Margaret Haines to let her know that you are ordering tickets:  

margarethaines21@gmail.com        and pay at the same time, ideally by BACS.
We hope that as many members of the club as possible will come along, so don’t delay; order your tickets now!
This is to advise or remind you that the AGM will be held at 8pm, 6th November 2017 at Upper Thames Motor Yacht Club and that if you have any items you wish to have included on the agenda you should send them to me by 8 October.

 As usual, RNLI Christmas cards and goodies will be on sale 

Please note that both the current Commodore and Hon Secretary will be standing down at the AGM and so if anyone would care to take on either of these prestigious but not too onerous roles or wishes to find out more about it please let Ian Farquhar (Commodore) or myself (Hon Sec) know.
Phil Missen   Hon Sec
The Dutch Blog                                            A series  from John & Margaret
 Photo of the harbour at Middelburg
by          John and Margaret

We are accustomed to the plethora of chandleries catering for all our boating needs in the UK and particularly along that popular part of the South Coast, but what about such services when we are in the more civilized parts of Europe?
John had been aware for sometime that the mixer valve on the transom shower of Osprey (is there no limit to the sybaritic delights of Scandinavian boats?) was looking a little sad and had been searching chandlers and the web for a suitable replacement, but to no avail.  All that could be found was an on-line manual for an obsolete fitting.
On the first evening of our arrival in the Netherlands in June we found ourselves in the delightful town of Middelburg. Overnight sleep was disturbed by the intermittent buzz of our water pump. This prompted an early morning search for a leak; quickly traced to the suspect shower valve. The hose connections were soon disconnected and plugged and the hunt was on for something more permanent. As luck would have it Jos Boone’s excellent chandlery barge was only a couple of hundred metres away and a rummage through the shelves yielded an exact match for the leaking valve albeit in a different housing.  Exchange of a few euros was quickly followed by fitting the guts of the new device and it was goodbye leak – well until the next one appeared the following evening.  That turned out to be a cracked hot water hose: quickly replaced with a length of spare found in the depths of the cockpit locker. Oh, and Jos Boone also provided replacements for blown instrument light bulbs that had been an inconvenience during the overnight crossing of the North sea.
Chandlery visits became essential parts of the itinerary at Willemstad (picturesque and charming – the town’s not bad either), Bruinisse, Dordrecht, Sint Annaland  and Hellevoetsluis (most helpful and with a great ice cream parlour a couple of doors away). Each of these was well stocked and had exceedingly helpful staff with English to put most of us to shame. They yielded items of chandlery never seen at home, such as covers for the shower fittings and new valves for several of our deflating fenders.  John had made several attempts to re-inflate fenders with no success and we were resigned to replacing them until it was discovered that they were Dutch made and replacement valves were available with the requisite adaptor for use with a bicycle pump (well it was Holland). Rather cheaper than a set of new fenders.
‘Really must pay more attention to preventative maintenance this winter.'
Sometimes it can pay to go Dutch.

Miscellaneous news
First 3D-Printed Marine Propeller
RAMLAB, the port of Rotterdam’s manufacturing lab, is developing the first ship propeller manufactured using 3D-Printing technology. The joint effort includes partners Damen Shipyards, Promarin, Autodesk and Bureau Veritas.
The propeller is based on a model found on a Damen tug. It measures 1,300 mm across and weighs about 160 kg. The lab will use wire arc additive manufacturing and Autodesk software to produce the piece
Construction of World’s Largest Cargo Sailing Ship Moves Step Closer to Reality
The Quadriga sailing cargo ship will be equipped with four masts, and will be capable of transporting up to 2,000 vehicles. Image: Lloyd’s Register/Quadriga
A German-led initiative to build the world’s largest sailing cargo ship has moved one step closer to realization with Lloyd’s Register signing on to ensure compliance of the project.
Lloyd’s Register announced Monday it has joined the Quadriga sustainable shipping project, an initiative from Hamburg-based Sailing Cargo aiming to build the world’s largest sail-powered cargo ship.
The project outlines a plan to build a 170-meter car carrier, capable of carrying between 1,700 and 2,000 cars, which will be equipped with four masts and will operate on hybrid propulsion with sails and diesel-electric engines, and an optional battery system for peak loads.

2017-Built Containership Headed for Scrap After Grounding

The 2017-built container ship Kea Trader will have to be scrapped after running aground off New Caledonia just a few months into service. 
The ship’s owner said Friday that inspections of the ship have revealed extensive damages that are beyond repair. 
“Most double bottom tanks have been affected. There is water ingress in all five cargo holds, which is being controlled by portable pumps where possible to protect cargo. The company said damage to the vessel extends to the hull, rudder and propeller. 
“Given the nature of the damage already known, that expected in currently inaccessible areas, and as a result of the vessel’s continuing deterioration, the company has regrettably had to agree with its H&M insurer that the vessel cannot be repaired and will need to be recycled”
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