Reading Offshore

Sailing Club

February  2020

For all boating enthusiasts

Commodore's Corner
Dear Members,

We are still working on finalising the program for this year but there are things which we are trying to arrange in the next three months that we need to know who would like to attend. As there is limited space on one of the events it would be much appreciated if you can give your requirements ASAP.
Firstly, we have our meeting with Howard Nightingale on 3rd February in the club house. You should have received all the details on this.
Secondly, on the 2nd March we have a presentation on sailing in the Bahamas by Ian Simpson
I would like to make sure as many of you attend that are able as it can be embarrassing for the club if there are just a few of us there, particularly as I know that the committee have been trying to arrange some of these speakers for over a year.
For the first time for several years we have decided to have a Fitting Out Supper. This will be held in the Catherine Wheel Hotel, function room in Henley-on-Thames.  The idea is to have a social evening with a game similar to the BBC show “Would I Lie to You?” but with a Nautical theme. We have got the room until 10pm and providing we have a meal this will be free of charge. I am hoping that we will get about thirty of us.

I know you all want to get out on the water but some of the boats may not be ready so we have arranged for a day trip on the 18th of April to HM Coastguard Helicopter base at Lee-on Solent. The plan is to arrange a Minibus to leave Woodley at 8 45am.  If you would like to come along we have been offered a chance to tour round the Helicopter headquarters and see the operation room and the Helicopters in an hour visit. THIS IS NOT NORMAL OPEN TO THE PUBLIC SO IS RATHER SPECIAL.  After this we intend to go to the only Hovercraft Museum in the World which is just round the corner on the sea front where we can ride in a working Hovercraft. We have been told it demonstrates how it can perform. Depending on numbers for this trip I think the bus will cost £10 each, the entrance to the Museum was £6 each last year and £20 to ride in the Hovercraft. We should have time to stop for a break and refreshments before we get to each venue.
Please can you let me know a.s.a.p. so we can book a minibus if needed and the museum.
Email me on this link:
Forthcoming Events

Saturday 21 March

The Catherine Wheel

7–15 Hart Street
We holding our first Fitting out supper for several years this will be in The Catherine Wheel Hotel in Henley, we will meet in the private function room from 7pm until 10pm, this will be a social evening with a nautical theme with a game similar to (Would I lie to you) as on the BBC . Members and guests will be most welcome                      
We have attached a menu for the meal but it is not essential to order before arriving but it will allow us to all eat together if you can attend please could you let me know your requirements, the food and drink are good  value for money .They only have a disabled car park but you can park in the public car park which is about 10 minutes away .
Please can you contact David on 07836 770983 or email

16th – 17th May

It's not too early to book...
Ed and Bernie are organising the ROSC Yarmouth Rally on 16th and 17th May.  This Rally is particularly suitable for both boat owners and non-boat owners, the last ferry leaving Yarmouth on Saturday at 21.50.
For those interested in a longer sail on the Saturday (and willing to make an early start!), it should be possible to sail from Portsmouth “Round the Island” to Yarmouth.
Ed and Bernie will be hosting drinks aboard Skippers’ Rhapsody late Saturday afternoon, followed by Dinner at The Royal Solent Yacht Club, Yarmouth.
We have reserved berths on Harold Hayles’ pontoon.  Each boat will be responsible for paying its own berthing charge to Harold Hayles.
If you are planning to attend, we should be grateful if you would let Bernie know by the link:

We will e-mail all attendees menu choices etc. nearer the time.
 Looking forward to seeing as many of you as possible

4 Big Smiles .......from Phil

Four big smiles from 4 students who have passed the Day Skipper shorebased
course and who are proudly showing their certificates and wearing their
"Skipper" sailing caps.
Left to right:  Richard, Tracy, Elle and James.

Explore the south coast with Sunsail

More than 45 years after launching its first flotilla holiday, Sunsail is introducing them in the UK.

Based at Port Solent the new flotilla charters are suited to both first time sailors and experienced skippers and include the newest member of Sunsail’s fleet, the Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 41.0 yacht, which is launching in March 2020. For those who want to try sailing for the first time, there is an option of hiring a Sunsail skipper.

Kate Staniforth, Sunsail’s senior UK marketing manager said the company was delighted to launch the first ever UK flotilla routes. “These mini cruises are ideal for those looking to get a true taste of flotillas closer to home, whilst sampling our new fleet,” she said.

Tickets go on sale Febuary 1st for the UK's most exciting sailing event this summer, the Emirates America's Cup World Series Portsmouth, taking place across 4-7th June.

To celebrate the America's Cup racing returning to British waters, event organisers are offering a 15% early bird discount for one month across all ticket options which can be purchased online via Ticketmaster.

Portsmouth is hosting the second event on the America's Cup World Series (ACWS) 2020 circuit and it will be the third time the city has hosted the racing. 2020 is set to be another exciting, entertainment-packed weekend, enjoyed by everyone. Teams will come together from across the globe; New Zealand, America and Italy to join the local home team, INEOS TEAM UK - led on the water by five time Olympic medallist, Sir Ben Ainslie - for the fastest sailing show on the Solent.

Fnd out more on the ticket and event packages at


  • Festival style race village, with large viewing screens throughout
  • Live main stage talks with America's Cup sailors, past & present
  • Daily 'dock out' shows and post racing analysis with sailors
  • Expert race commentary
  • Interactive team tents and America's Cup exhibits
  • Global street food experiences
  • Premium food and drink bars

Trouble to come on the seas

By Richard Lough BOULOGNE-SUR-MER, France, Jan 30 – For the British government, a successful Brexit means re-asserting economic sovereignty and landing a trade deal with Europe. Trawler captain Stephane Fait and his fellow French fisherman could sink that plan.

Based in Boulogne-sur-Mer, France’s busiest fishing port and a major European processing centre, Fait and his crew earn the bulk of their income from fish caught in British waters.

In negotiations on a post-Brexit trade deal that get underway after Britain’s Jan. 31 exit from the European Union, Britain will say EU vessels like Fait’s Notre Dame de Boulogne trawler no longer have automatic access to British waters.But French fishermen won’t accept that and they have leverage: pressuring Brussels via French President Emmanuel Macron to withhold the trade deal unless Britain lets EU trawlers fish its waters.

“Macron mustn’t give an inch to Britain,” the captain said as his crew unloaded 2 tonnes of squid, red mullet and whiting this week.Fait, 50, said his livelihood was at risk and wants Macron to retaliate against any restrictions imposed by London with a ban on British-caught fish entering the EU.The fishing row shows how just one small industry – which plays a tiny economic role but has outsize political influence – can undo Britain’s ambitions of landing a wider deal that preserves its access to European markets.British fishing grounds are among the richest in the North East Atlantic zone where most of the EU catch is hauled in. Current rules allow EU boats to fish as close as six nautical miles to Britain’s coast, but once it leaves the bloc its exclusive economic zone will reach as far as 200 miles offshore.If no new accord is reached, Fait will not be allowed to fish beyond a line down the middle of the English Channel separating French and British territorial waters.It would be “very, very grave” if French boats were banned from British waters, French Farm Minister Didier Guillaume told Reuters. “There could be reprisal measures.”

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