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  • 19 Aug 2019 10:39 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Via the NW Passage

    Norbert Sedlacek is sailing an ‘Open 60’ yacht to become the first sailor ever to complete a singlehanded, nonstop circumnavigation through all five oceans including both the Arctic and the ‘Southern’ - approximately 34,000nM in around 200 days.

    His course takes him through the NW Passage from east to west, then south around Cape Horn and Antarctica in the Southern Ocean to pass Cape Horn a second time before heading north back home to Les Sables d'Olonne.

  • 05 Aug 2019 16:56 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Next Generation?

    The 36th America's Cup may be two years away but the local Kiwi industry may already be ‘winning’.   AC defender Team New Zealand sets the boat design rules and has come up with an AC75 monohull in the hope that a trickle-down effect will permeate the industry.

    “A solid fixed-wing catamaran needing 30 or 40 people to launch it every day .. isn’t practical for the average yachtsman.... We're trying to come up with a semi-soft wing .. that could eventually be seen on cruising boats.”

    Full article:

  • 26 Jul 2019 07:01 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Big One

    340 IRC entrants are setting off on 3 August for the Fastnet Challenge Cup in the world's largest offshore yacht race - including an unprecedented entry of 'non-IRC' boats, mostly from France. 

    27 IMOCA 60s and a handful of 100ft+ maxi trimaran ‘Ultimes’ (the world's largest and fastest offshore racing boats) will also be taking part in an attempt to beat the current record of 32 hrs 48 mins at an average speed of 18.5 knots, set in 2011 by Banque Populaire V.

    An unusually large number of British female skippers, including Sam Davies and Pip Hare, will be competing.

  • 12 Jul 2019 10:23 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Know your limits!

    A useful reminder from the MOD, available to see on the following website:-

  • 02 Jul 2019 13:07 | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    Alex Thomson of ‘Hugo Boss’ puts on an amazing show!

    Check it out on YouTube:-

  • 24 Jun 2019 10:15 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    A series of advanced splicing tutorials by Marlow Ropes is being released throughout the summer and begins with a demonstration of the Eye Splice (where most of the strength is provided by the core and the cover provides its protection).

    Eye Splice Tutorial

  • 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.

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