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Reading Offshore

Sailing Club

Newsletter September 2017
 From the Commodore
Dear members and friends,
I hope that you have enjoyed a summer somewhere in the world and, if not, let's hope for a better end to August over here. Well, whatever you have been doing - STOP NOW and take note of the following important information

We kick off the Autumn programme on Monday September 4th at UTMYC with a talk by Linda Crocker about her 2015/16 Clipper race experiences

If you are thinking of visiting the boat show this September then you might wish to know about ticket offers. Remember that RYA members can apply for free tickets from the RYA website
If not an individual member of the RYA then, as a member of ROSC you can obtain tickets BUY ONE GET ONE FREE courtesy of John Goode (via Geoff Eteson) by following the instructions below
                               Ian Farquhar

Sailing on Balaton: the largest lake in Central Europe

By Bill Quinton
Having completed my Day Skipper, together with fellow ROSC members, John P and Csilla, with the theory done under the brilliant and expert tuition of Phil Missen, I decided to use my newly gained qualification by chartering a bareboat. As Mrs Q (Jo) and my two daughters, Katya, 13, and Alexia, 11, are not as avid sailors as I am, we decided to go somewhere tame and calm. A lake. What could be easier? Or so we thought!

We arranged a charter with a small agency on Lake Balaton, Hungary. We arrived on a hot Saturday in late July. Eventually the boat was ready and we boarded it, a Beneteau Oceanis 331, and soon found it had no working depth gauge or speedometer.

Although Balaton is the largest lake in Central Europe, it is shallow, with an average depth of just 3 m; so no depth gauge was surely going to hamper our navigation. I was also expecting charts, but the best we got was an almanac … in Hungarian..........
...... We set off from home port, Alsóörs, on the north east shore, in very calm winds. There is a regulation for the lake prohibiting the use of engines except when leaving or entering one of the thirty or so marinas. So being a law-abiding Englishman, it took several hours to go the 6 NM to Siófok. We moored in a very comfortable marina, and good thing too, because it was at Siófok we would discover that Hungarians agree if you can sail on Lake Balaton, you can sail anywhere in the world; and this is largely because of the sudden and ferocious storms that frequently appear out of nowhere.

The lake is served by a series of warning lights, with at least two being visible at any position on the lake. The lights flash 45 to the minute (“elephant, elephant, elephant …” [in Hungarian, but it works equally well in English] is what the locals use to gauge the timing of the flashes) in the event that force 4 winds are imminent, and 90 /min (“horse, horse, horse …”) for force 5 or above. During that first night in Siófok, the lights began flashing crazily (“horse, horse, horse …”) and we experienced 90 km/hr winds, driving rain, thunder and lightning. The boat’s genoa unfurled itself in the ferociousness of the storm: it taught me that the Balaton weather was not to be taken lightly.

Then ensued 2 days and 3 nights of 90 flashes/min warning lights, keeping us marooned in the harbour. We played cards, read our books, ate lots of fish and lángos (the most heavenly of Hungarian snack foods), and drank plenty of Soproni (the most popular Hungarian beer).  
Once we were able to get under way again, we discovered the other reason that Balaton is challenging: the depth – or rather lack of it. The problem was of course exacerbated by our lack of a depth gauge. In the time we were marooned in Siófok, we had gone to a chandlery and bought a line and a weight for a plumb line, and Katya had put a single knot at one metre, two knots at two metres, and so on. Thus, we were prepared; however, it simply isn’t practical to have one of the children standing on the bow continuously plumbing the depths, especially when underway. Needless to say, we ran aground. At this point, I didn’t care about the regulations and started the engine, running it full astern to free ourselves. (Luckily the bed is of sand across the entire lake, so no damage was done). However, it’s a slightly helpless situation to be without charts or a depth meter in an area of shallows in the middle of the lake, and before long, we ran aground a second time. Luckily, we then spotted a marked channel in the area by looking in the almanac, so managed from then onwards to remain in deep enough waters.

The third reason for the challenging sailing is the ferry traffic in a certain part of the lake. The narrowest crossing is served by three or four boats continuously ferrying passengers and cars between the north and the south shores. But this is also where boats with any significant draught need to stick to a narrow channel. When we passed through the channel from east to west, the wind was against us, so we tacked furiously, not only to remain within the channel, but also to avoid other boats and ferries in this congested and constrained part of the lake. We did this well, and only once did we again need to break the no-engine-regulation in order to narrowly avoid a ferry.

We spent 8 days in total on Balaton and visited five different ports. In this time, we didn’t manage to see the entire lake, although that was partly due to being marooned in port due to the weather. The sailing conditions were mostly interesting, although the wind died almost entirely on our final day. Due to the shallowness of the water, you can put down anchor almost anywhere, and the swimming conditions are fabulous. The marinas are comfortable and well looked after. The food and drink are excellent and well-priced.

If other members are interested in sailing somewhere that’s not the Med, then I thoroughly recommend Hungary’s Lake Balaton. Feel free to speak to me (or Csilla, whose father keeps a boat on the lake) if you want to find out more. Szia!
Forthcoming events



7.30 FOR 8 p.m.



Linda has been motor boating all her life and 10 years ago moved from the 'darker side’ into sailing! Her parents had a series of ever growing boats on the Thames, initially at Harleyford and then moored in Henley. The cruising was mainly inland but once a year they would venture into tidal waters visiting Holland, Belgium and France for longer holidays. About 10 years ago she and her husband decided to try sailing as both of their children were enjoying Dinghy Sailing with school. The trial weekend soon developed into flotilla holidays and RYA courses which have resulted in her achieving Yachtmaster Sail and Power.

In August 2013 Linda was in St. Katherine’s dock when the Clipper yachts entered to start the 2013/14 race. Having never heard of Clipper Round the World she met with staff and decided this was an adventure she could not miss. She signed up for the 2015/16 race to do 2 legs: leg 2 Rio to Cape Town and leg 5 Airlie Beach in Australia to Da Nang Vietnam and onto China. Linda's 18 year old daughter has also taken part in the 2015/16 race completing legs 1, 2 ,3, 5, 7 & 8. Linda will be sharing with us the story of her adventure from the training through to the race.

For more information on the race visit http://www.clipperroundtheworld.com

Bookings Taken Now!

SATURDAY 18 NOVEMBER 2017   7.00 for 7.30 PM
We now have details of the Laying Up Supper, our major social gathering of the autumn and we invite you to order your tickets.
The Laying up Supper is an opportunity for both current and past members of the Club and their friends to come together to enjoy an evening of good food, entertainment, dancing, games and raffle and most importantly good company and the opportunity to look back on the highlights of the sailing season.
This year we are holding the Laying Up Supper at Upper Thames Motor Yacht Club on Saturday 21 November.  Tickets 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!
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
It would also be helpful if you could e-mail Margaret Haines to let her know that you are ordering tickets, so click here:  margarethaines21@gmail.com
We hope that as many members of the club as possible will come along, so don’t delay; order your tickets now!
Hythe Marina Rally 7/8 October 2017 

Bookings are being taken now.......         Organised by Ken & Cherry Turner
7 Oct High Water Southampton 12.10. Low Water  18.15
8 Oct High Water                            12.50 Low Water  18.55
7 Oct High Water Portsmouth     12.55 Low Water  18.30
8 Oct High Water                            13.35 Low Water  19.10 
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 please.  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
Email kwtstarblazer@btinternet.com

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

Ian Farquhar asks the question....

Any thoughts anyone on
Newtown Creek for Thursday and Friday 14 and 15th September?
'Shore Lark' plans to be there and would be glad of some company - probably eat at the New Inn if tide allows.

The Dutch Blog                                            A series  from John & Margaret
Jachthaven “de Werf”
In the south of the Netherlands a large lock leads off the Westerschelde into a canal cul de sac that ends at the attractive little town of Goes - pronounced Hoose, with the “h” like the “ch” in loch, the town offers a choice of places to moor overnight.
One is the town harbour right at the end of the canal after passing through lift bridges opened by the harbourmaster who cycles between the the two. The town harbour is itself a very attractive spot right in the centre of the action. The other choice is “de Werf”, home to the local “watersport vereniging” (water sport club).
De Werf is quite unique, even among the hundreds of small yacht havens in the Netherlands. Accessed immediately after the first lift bridge on the edge of the town and via a narrow entrance dominated by a lighthouse it is revealed as horseless shaped basin surrounded by trees and lawns dotted with picnic tables and benches fashioned from old piles a things like locks gates. At one end is a clubhouse with an “honesty bar” with basic but perfectly adequate amenities.  All around the grounds are witty nautical inscriptions. Security is taken care of with a couple of prominent cannon.
 All in all a place that devotees return to year after year, including Nancy Blackett (see previous Newsletter)
Photos above by John Haines on their travels around Holland 
Other News

Buy between 1 and 5 tickets at £12.00 each – and get a FREE ticket with each purchased ticket

WEBSITE BOOKING: http://www.southamptonboatshow.com


  • Click on BUY TICKETS at top/right of homepage.
  • Click on BUY NOW in the boxed-out section..... ‘Entry Tickets Only / Any Day flexible tickets’.   
  • Enter and submit Promotional Code JG1. This will bring up the ticket ordering sequence which is straightforward to follow.
  • You may be asked to select the day you expect to visit. This is merely to help the organiser predict visitor numbers for logistical purposes. The tickets you receive will be valid for ANY single day including Preview Day.


An interesting race coming in 2018... this is worth a read.....

Sir Robin Knox Johnson emphasizing hands-on, low-tech sailing.
The Golden Globe takes circumnavigation back in time.

"competitors will sail without the aid of computers, GPS systems or satellite phones."
Putting the Spice Back into Sailing
As a tribute to Knox-Johnston, whose teak yacht Suhaili lacked the high-tech gadgetry of today’s advanced monohull vessels, GGR (Golden Globe Race) 2018 competitors will sail without the aid of computers, GPS systems or satellite phones. They will use sextants and paper charts, make log entries manually and determine the weather by eye and experience.

“Only a handful of GGR 2018 sailors knew about celestial navigation when they entered the race, so many have had to learn or relearn the technique,” says race founder and organizer Don McIntyre, who sailed solo around the world in the 1990 BOC Challenge Race. “These same sailors will also be licking their fingers and sticking them into the wind.”
They will use sextants and paper charts, determine the weather by eye and experience.
It is now possible to circumnavigate in under 80 days. But participants in the GGR 2018, which is more about human against nature than human against human, will spend over nine months at sea in their simpler, less-equipped boats. Knox-Johnston’s feat took 312 days.
“For those used to sailing with iPods and iPhones, it will certainly be a paradigm shift,” says McIntyre. “I call it putting the spice back into sailing. In this race, there are no cutting-edge materials making yachts go fast, no sophisticated electric autopilots steering straight courses, no satellite navigation and weather forecasts telling competitors where they are and where to go

Nearly five decades have passed since Sir Robin Knox Johnson won the original Sunday Times Golden Globe Race, becoming the first man to sail solo and nonstop around the planet.
Next year will see a flotilla of wind-powered craft follow in the British yachtsman’s wake, as 30 sailors compete in the 2018 edition, a nautical marathon celebrating the fiftieth anniversary of Knox-Johnston’s amazing 1968 voyage.
Starting from Plymouth on June 30, 2018, competitors will sail a course covering about 30,000 miles (48,000 kilometers). They will pass through four rendez-vous “gates” and round the Cape of Good Hope, Australia’s Cape Leeuwin and Cape Horn, before returning to the British departure port.
Round the Island Race record beaten by one minute
Several yachts pulled out and someone was taken off one boat by the RNLI due to a "possible ruptured appendix", the coastguard said it had also been called to "a number of injuries on board vessels", while some boats had run aground.
A new record has been set in one of the world's largest yacht races, taking place around the Isle of Wight.
Organisers of the 81st Round the Island Race said "favourable winds" had enabled MOD70 Concise 10 to beat last year's record by one minute.
Skipper Ned Collier-Wakefield and his team finished the 50-nautical mile race in two hours, 22 minutes and 23 seconds.
In 2013, Olympic champion Sir Ben Ainslie completed the course in two hours and 52 minutes.
The winning boat

Riding the waves for this boat in Round The Island
Dont forget to take any photos during the Summer season that are of interest to yourself or the club as there will be a show board to display them at the AGM in November..  .
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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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