OC_PendantLogo5 October 2017
Reading Offshore

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Newsletter October 2017
Commodores Corner
Well, what happened to summer then? ....Apart from a promising start and a bit of a flaming June, the rest of it was pretty uninspiring as summers go. I'm particularly miffed because I just had to cancel the Newtown Creek rally due to strong winds forecast for the very time we would have been heading up the Solent. As it turned out it all quietened down the next day. Well anyway, I'm just going to put it behind me and start dreaming about next year. 

My  fellow committee members and I are just putting the finishing touches to the programme of events for next year. We have some excellent talks lined up for you and we are thinking of two rallies early in the season and two rallies late in the season. I have been in contact with the HOG committee and hope to agree a date and venue for a joint rally with them.

Over the last couple of years we have drawn closer with several clubs and I am hoping that friendly cooperation continues on into the future. May I please finish with my usual reminder - the club is run for everyone's enjoyment yet only a relatively small number of people contribute to organising events and finding speakers. We desperately need more people to volunteer their help in organising the socials and we need everyone's effort in making contacts with people who might know someone who can deliver an interesting talk. Most of all, we need a few new committee members as some of us are finding it hard to generate new ideas - more hands make light work!

Ian Farquhar
Forthcoming events
7.30 FOR 8 P.M.
John has been sailing since a young lad, firstly in the Solent on anything that floated. He has cruised extensively with his father as far as south west France in the days before marinas and when anchorages were virtually empty. A long-standing member of RSYC, John is going to talk about his Southerly 135 swing-keeler, Istana, which he has owned for about 15 years and sailed extensively from the Frisian Islands all the way round to Arcachon. He will speak about the advantages and disadvantages of sailing with a swing-keel and will perhaps mention some of the extensive modifications which he has made to Istana with the help of his son Cyrus. Hopefully, John will be able to give us a glimpse of the possibilities for stopovers in remote rocky locations where his boat is able to creep into 1 metre of water and sit flat on the bottom when the tide recedes.
John is a master of the anecdote and this should be an informative and entertaining talk.
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!
7/8 October 2017
We have been asked to arrange the rally to Hythe Marina on the above dates, and hope to welcome as many of you as possible either by boat or road.
If you are coming by boat please call the Marina on channel 80 when you reach Hythe pier and the lock keeper will give you instructions for entry, and berthing information when you are in the lock.
A meal has been arranged at the Boathouse in the Marina for 7.00pm, which is a fixed price menu £20.00 for two courses and £25.00 for three. 

We will need to know your choices a week before the event

The menu is detailed below.
Pre dinner drinks will be with us in the Marina at 6.00pm.  Our mobile telephone number is 07770 484297 for your information.
We are looking forward to seeing you all for this last rally of the season.
Best wishes
Ken & Cherry Turner
Soup of the Day, crusty baguette V GF
Homemade Chicken Liver Pate, Onion Chutney, Salad garnish & Toasted Ciabatta.
Crispy Whitebait,salad, Bread & Butter & Homemake Tartare Sauce
Pan Fried Chicken Supreme, Creamy Stilton sauce GF
Chargrilled Pork Steak, Green Peppercorn sauce GF
Oven Roasted Salmon, Lemon Beurre Blanc sauce GF
Pumpkin Tortellini, White Wine & Tarragon sauce & Garlic Bread V
Croissant & Pain au Chocolate pudding
Lemon Tart
Chocolate & Hazelnut Cheesecake
Selection of New Forest Ice Cream & Sorbets GF

Cherry Turner

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.
The agenda will be sent out after 8th October.
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
A Watery Wedding
Water is an intrinsic part of life in the Netherlands.  We were reminded of this in the summer as we glimpsed a delightful gathering – and the start of a couple’s new life together on the waters of the Haringvliet.
We were moored in the delightful historic town of Hellevoetsluis on the banks of   the Haringvliet, formerly a great estuary and now - cut off from the sea by a dam – an enormous freshwater lake.  Hellevoetsluis was originally a naval port and fortress; it is now a commuter town south of Rotterdam and a great sailing base – one of the largest water sports centres in the country.  (In 1688 William of Orange departed from this Dutch port for England, landing at Brixham. He deposed James II and William and Mary became joint sovereigns in his place. The Glorious Revolution!)
We were walking by the canal when we spotted a bridegroom waiting in a classic car – better early than late for a wedding!  A few moments later we heard applause along the canal banks and turned to see the bride arriving by speedboat.  Bride and groom arrived on the quay and boarded a large Dutch sailing barge, the ‘Oostvogel’, to be joined by registrar, guests, flowers, cake and all the trappings for a wedding at sea.  A very pleasant half hour was spent watching everyone on the barge gear up for the festivities. Finally the ‘Oostvogel’ cast off her lines, glided through the bridge and sailed off down the canal, to the resounding cheers of the whole town lining the canal banks. She sailed out onto the Haringvliet for the ceremony and celebrations to take place on the water. What a memorable day it must have been for them all.
The sailing barge arrived back in port the following morning – minus the wedding party – and with a very tired crew!
Margaret and John Haines
Pic 1 - The bride arrives
Pic 2- The cake arrives
Pic 3 -The wedding party gathers
Pic 4- Then Oostvogel departs
Miscellaneous things
Hampshire, Portsmouth Harbour with HMS Duke of Wellington and HMS Victory Circa 1890's

Floating Bridge - Cowes Chain Ferry - news update

The Isle of Wight Council in consultation with their marine engineering consultants have carried out further surveys and adjustments to the Floating Bridge ebb tide check chains over a 3-day period of the current large spring tides. These works and surveys were carried out in consultation and with the assistance of Cowes Harbour Commission (CHC). Regrettably, the surveys have confirmed that there is still a significant reduction in navigable depth over the chains in the centre of the river on the mid ebb situation when the Floating Bridge is being set to the north. 

The IWC have confirmed today, Friday 25th August, that they will be suspending the operation of the Floating Bridge during the ebb tide periods over the Bank Holiday weekend and will be reviewing the issues and ongoing situation with their marine engineering consultants, and the builders of the Floating Bridge, Mainstay Marine, to determine the way forward. 

CHC has responsibility for maintaining navigational safety and an open port and therefore has already lodged a formal protest to the Isle of Wight Council in regard to the reduction in navigable depth and restriction of access to the Medina River caused by the new Floating Bridge. This protest was followed up today with a letter from CHC to the Chief Executive and Leader of the Council requesting confirmation on the IWC’s proposals and timescales for restoration of the navigable depths over the chains that restrict access for commercial ships and leisure craft. CHC has asked for a formal response, so that it can be considered by the Commissioners and used to inform harbour users and provide our stakeholders with an update at their Cowes Harbour Advisory Committee meeting.

UPDATE     31 August 2017

The Leader of the Isle of Wight Council has today (Thursday, 31 August) announced that as of Monday (4 September) the Floating Bridge will be removed from service until such time as it can be demonstrated that the bridge, and the service it provides, can operate properly in accordance with the council’s specified requirements.

Raising awareness on dangers of CO

23 August 2017
At approximately 1200 (UTC) on 12th November 2016, the owner of the 7.75m motor cruiser Vasquez fell unconscious after being overcome by carbon monoxide (CO) that had been emitted from failed rubber bellows forming part of the inboard engine’s wet-exhaust system. Although rescuers came to the man’s aid, it was not possible to save his life.

This tragic accident has highlighted that there still remains a significant task to raise leisure boat owners’ awareness about the dangers of carbon monoxide. Due to the odourless nature of carbon monoxide, the fitting of a detector/alarm remains the only effective warning that the poisonous gas may be present.

BAE Systems to build new digital shipyard in Adelaide, Australia

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