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  • 17 Jun 2019 17:26 | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    22-23 June 2019

    The World Cruising Club are hosting a free bluewater cruising weekend at Berthon Marina in Lymington to discuss all aspects of 'living the dream'.   A wide range of offshore cruising boats will be available together with experts in re-fits, sails, communications & boat equipment.

    There will be a parallel series of seminar presentations including preparations for the ARC 2019 or beyond and an opportunity to chat with experienced offshore skippers.   Ocean Safety will highlight key considerations such as liferafts, lifejackets, EPIRBs and other items needed for crossing the oceans.

    An optional Sailing Supper at LTSC, just a short walk away, is available on the Saturday evening.

    Pre-registration is strongly encouraged as capacity is limited.

  • 14 Jun 2019 08:37 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The cruise berthed in the excellent Mayflower Marina on Wednesday 12th June. 

    Quickstep kindly hosted everyone for tea and cake on the warmest afternoon so far. 

    The marina manager was so impressed he took some pictures from the office and in return the staff enjoyed some cake with us.

  • 10 Jun 2019 13:38 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Charity Event

    This charity fund-raising pursuit (NOT a race) takes place on Saturday 15th June 2019 and is open to all sailing yachts.

    A memorable day out, the course runs from Portsmouth to the Nab Tower and finishes near Gilkicker Point with prize-giving and BBQ celebrations at Hornet Joint Services Sailing Club, Haslar Creek, Gosport.

    The charity supports 10 young people from Gosport each year for sail training on the 60’ SY ‘Discovery’.   Full details & conditions of entry at

  • 06 Jun 2019 09:30 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Eastern Channel

    The newly dredged Eastern Channel outside Cowes connects with the main Inner Fairway and replaces the previous ‘Small Craft Channel’.

    Depth throughout the channel is now 2.25m below chart datum giving a minimum depth of water at all times of height of tide + 2.25m.

    Real time height of tide, calculated from tables or read off a chartplotter, is also available from the tidal gauge on PHM beacons at each end of the channel.

  • 31 May 2019 09:51 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Research data

    Argo is an international underwater research program to monitor the oceans’ temperature, salinity, currents and bio-optical properties.

    Operating since the early 2000s as a collaborative partnership of more than 30 countries from all continents, almost 4000 drifting ‘Argofloats’ have now been deployed worldwide and colour-coded by the country owning the float:-

    Drifting at a 'parking depth’ of 1000 metres, the velocity of currents is calculated from the distance and direction a float drifts. Programmed to change buoyancy every 10 days, the floats dive to a depth of 2000 metres and then move up to the surface whilst measuring conductivity, temperature and pressure to calculate the oceans’ salinity and density.

    Data, on surfacing, is then transmitted ashore via satellite and is freely available to everyone without restriction.

    Best not bump into one!

  • 30 May 2019 19:44 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Club members can enjoy a 20% discount on berthing fees at Cherbourg's Chantereyne Marina by showing their membership card at the marina office.

    Membership cards are obtained from the Club website by opening your Profile to either:-

    download an image of the card to your smartphone, or:-

    download a PDF document from which the card can be printed and then cut out.

    While you are at it, update all your Profile information, if necessary, by clicking on the 'Edit profile' button.

  • 24 May 2019 09:37 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Unexploded Ordnance (UXO) disposal works are taking place in the eastern Solent from 18 May – 14 June 2019.   Vessels are requested to keep a distance of at least 500 metre from the supply vessel ‘GEOSUND’.

    Two support RIBs are acting as marshals for each disposal operation.   Warning calls will be made on VHF Channels 16, 11 & 12, at six & two hours ahead of detonation and then 30 mins, 15 mins, 10 mins and finally 10 seconds immediately prior to detonation.  

    A chart is shown with a red line indicating the route along which a cable is due to be installed, and yellow dots marking the current position of each UXO.

  • 14 May 2019 12:54 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    A brand-new boat show event is due to be held between 17-19 May at Ocean Village Marina, Southampton “to facilitate serious boat buyers who want to experience a high-quality range of product”.

  • 06 May 2019 16:41 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Contact the airline ahead of your flight to obtain clearance and ensure your cabin luggage gas-inflated lifejacket passes through security without difficulty:- 

    Passengers may carry certain articles... not classified as dangerous.”

  • 29 Apr 2019 09:47 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    RYA SafeTrx 

    'RYA SafeTrx' is a free mobile app that now supersedes the 'CG66' voluntary safety identification scheme.   The app can be downloaded from the App Store onto your mobile device and your boat registered if you wish to take part.

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