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  • 20 Mar 2020 13:46 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Are you prepared?

    Collision with a submerged object such as a container, whale or drift net can cause a rudder to fail or break off.   Professional sailor Michael Keyworth suggests that the old idea of fashioning a spinnaker pole and a table-leaf really doesn't work, nor does sail trimming alone!   He trials several jury-rigs and recommends setting up a few key elements for an effective drogue steering system.

    Read the full report here (PDF)

  • 06 Mar 2020 11:30 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Volunteers Needed 

    The America's Cup World Series (Portsmouth) event team are searching for 150 volunteers to support a range of duties.   The event runs from 4-7th June, offering four days of action packed racing for over 250,000 spectators served by more than 500 volunteers as part of an integrated ‘Wavemakers’ Programme.   

    Wavemakers are also needed as ambassadors to share their local knowledge and educate spectators on various aspects of America's Cup racing.

    As part of a full training programme further opportunities will be available within the areas of TV production, stage management, event control, media and hospitality.

    Sign up as an applicant HERE

    Tickets for the event are available HERE

  • 02 Mar 2020 10:46 | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    A somewhat dry but useful overview of electronic aids to navigation:-

  • 25 Feb 2020 12:30 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    GCCC members are invited to Papercourt's Quiz Night on Saturday 4th April.

  • 25 Feb 2020 12:00 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Latest Design?

    Lyman-Morse claim to have reached a new level in the construction of motorboat hulls. Take a look at their innovative approach to a new ‘express-cruiser’ the Hood 57:-

  • 14 Feb 2020 11:28 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Straight to the Chase

    Tom Cunliffe’s sixth edition of the Complete Day Skipper is now out in which he reflects that “When I was teaching sailing, my favourite course was Day Skipper... because it cut straight to the chase and delivered the basics of the job - .. from which students could move forward at their own pace and in their own way... ”

  • 06 Feb 2020 17:58 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Ultimate Goal?

    The 10th edition of this epic cruise started on 11th January from Rodney Bay, Saint Lucia with 33 yachts setting off on a 26,000nm worldwide circumnavigation for a 'once in a lifetime' opportunity.  

    Progress can be followed via the Fleet Tracker on the WCC website 

  • 02 Feb 2020 11:25 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    1. NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN by the Queen's Harbour Master Portsmouth that Five Navigation Lights sited on Piles in the Fareham Lake Area in the upper region of Portsmouth Harbour are to be removed. Work will commence in early February.

    2. The lights to be removed are sited on the following Piles:-

    Pile 31  – Port Hand Light
    Pile 34a - Port Hand Light 
    Pile 38  - Starboard Hand Light
    Pile 39  - Starboard Hand Light
    Pile 42  - Starboard Hand Light 

    3. Once the Navigation Lights are removed a Navigation Warning (NAVWARN) will be issued by QHM Portsmouth to inform water users of their removal and to ensure awareness. The navigation warnings remaining extant until corrective chart action has been undertaken by the UKHO.

    4. Therefore, mariners are requested to navigate with extra caution if navigating north of Bedenham Pier during the hours of darkness and reduce speed as necessary.

    5. QHM Harbour Control will be kept informed of work in progress. They can be contacted on VHF Ch 11 or by telephoning 02392 723689 for the latest information. 

  • 30 Jan 2020 11:00 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Latest Update

    The Cruising Association’s latest position is that “for VAT purposes, the relevant day moves to the end of the transition period as the UK will remain in the customs union during this time”.   

    Hence Brexit Day, for VAT purposes, now extends to the end of the period for trade negotiations which Boris promises to be completed by the end of this year.

    More details at

  • 08 Jan 2020 20:16 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Way to Go?

    The USA-based Coast Survey chartmaker, formed in 1807 to produce regular updated nautical charts, has started a 5-year process to stop paper chart production by allowing users to create their own charts from the latest NOAA ENC (Electronic Navigation Chart) data.

    Users can define the scale & size of custom nautical charts centred on any position of their choosing, then download, view & print the output.

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