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  • 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.

  • 08 Jan 2020 19:28 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Guidance for pleasure craft 

    This handy leaflet describes regulations affecting owners and users of small pleasure boats concerning:

    • voyage planning
    • radar reflectors
    • life saving signals
    • assistance to other craft
    • misuse of distress signals

    Details can be found at:-

  • 01 Jan 2020 18:35 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Greenland sharks are the longest-living vertebrates known on Earth.   One female shark has been radio-carbon dated at around 400 years old.   These sharks grow at a rate of 1cm each year to reach reproductive maturity at about age 150.   The former vertebrate record-holder was a bowhead whale estimated to be around 200 years old (but still the oldest recorded mammal).   The female shark was likely born in the 17th century.  

    More details can be found online at &

  • 21 Dec 2019 13:58 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Christmas Quiz

    A very Merry Christmas to all our members!

    Test your knowledge over the holiday period by seeking answers to the following questions:-

    Movies & Books

    • Who starred in the Christmas movie ‘Jingle All the Way’?
    • Who stole all things of Christmas from ‘the Who’s’?
    • Who starred in the movie ‘White Christmas’?
    • What was Scrooge’s first name in the novel ‘A Christmas Carol’?
    • Who wrote ‘A Christmas Carol’?
    • How many ghosts are there in ‘A Christmas Carol’?
    • Name the animated Christmas movie starring Tom Hanks.


    • What milk-based Christmas beverage comes in both alcoholic & non-alcoholic versions?
    • Stollen is the traditional fruit cake of which country?
    • What name is given to small sausages wrapped in bacon, a staple at a British Christmas dinner?
    • Father Christmas' red & white costume was allegedly introduced by which drinks manufacturer?
    • In which direction should you stir mincemeat for good luck; clockwise or anti-clockwise?
    • What would you stick into an onion, when making a traditional bread sauce?
    • A swede is a cross between which two vegetables?

    For answers, and a complete list of 121 questions, click here.

    or here to test your nautical knowledge! 
  • 14 Dec 2019 11:25 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    A Little Local History

    Tom Cunliffe, guest speaker at GCCC clubhouse in January this year, is shown around a WWII Defence Launch, based in Haslar Marina, and hears about it’s unique and remarkable history.

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