Club news & other items of general boating interest.

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  • 09 Dec 2019 10:15 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The aircraft carrier, which arrived at Portsmouth last month, will be joined by the Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall on December 10 for a commissioning ceremony.

    The ceremony, lasting around 35 minutes, will include an inspection of the ship’s Royal Guard, a service by the Fleet Chaplain, music from the Band of the Royal Marines, cutting of the commissioning cake and a hoisting of the White Ensign to officially designate the ship as a part of the Royal Navy’s operational fleet.

  • 02 Dec 2019 12:35 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Autonomous Vessels 

    Saildrone ‘SD 1021’, the first autonomous vessel crossing the Atlantic Ocean in both directions, has completed the voyage of 3,402 nM in a record 68 days.

    These unmanned surface vessels (USVs), powered entirely by wind & solar energy, can perform in the harshest ocean conditions whilst collecting data from both above and below the sea’s surface - including air & surface temperature, wind speed & direction, wave height & period, atmospheric pressure, radiation, dissolved oxygen, salinity and acidity levels.   ‘SD 1021’ also has an Acoustic Doppler Current Profiler (ADCP) for both current strength & direction.

    PS.  With Argofloats and Saildrones as ‘Satellites of the Sea’, it’s no wonder foiling craft travelling at 40kts through the water risk catastrophic collision with ‘unknown objects’!!  (see Alex Thompson’s disaster at

  • 25 Nov 2019 12:56 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Gran Canaria 

    Over 1000 sailors in more than 200 boats from 53 nations departed yesterday (Nov 24) from Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, heading 2,700nm across the Atlantic direct to St Lucia as part of the world's largest transocean sailing rally.   Sir Chay Blyth signaled the start from a Spanish Navy boat ‘Meteor’.

  • 18 Nov 2019 11:04 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Big Squeeze

    Last month,16th October, 929 passengers held their breath as their 22m-wide Fred Olsen cruise liner became the largest boat to pass through the narrow 25m-wide Corinth Canal and claim a world record!

    Dividing Pelopónnisos from mainland Greece, the Corinth Canal has connected the Gulf of Corinth with the Saronic Gulf since 1893.  A birdseye view of the cruise transit can be found at:-

  • 11 Nov 2019 17:25 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Suspicious Behaviour

    The tragic loss of life concerning a refrigerated trailer is a timely reminder of Project Kraken about tackling maritime border crime around the UK’s mainland coastline.   Unusual or suspicious activity should be reported either online (anonymously, if preferred) or by calling the police on 101 (999 in an emergency).    

    Suspicious activity could include:-

    1. Boats arriving at unusual times or to isolated locations.
    2. People taking an interest in port security or buildings.
    3. Nervous crew who show a lack of maritime protocols.
    4. People making attempts to signal or guide boats offshore.
    5. People making a large cash payment for maritime equipment.
    6. People being somewhere they shouldn’t be.
    7. Boats showing signs of unusual modification or minor damage.

  • 04 Nov 2019 10:10 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Age of Sail

    The passing of an era for some, the price of progress for others.
    Take a romantic look at this video and wipe the tears from your eyes!

  • 21 Oct 2019 16:58 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Southampton VTS

    Notice to Mariners (No.14 of 2019) reminds skippers that:-

    a) Vessels over 220m LOA transiting between Hook Buoy and Prince Consort Buoy (known as ‘The Precautionary Area’) are entitled to a ‘clear channel’ with unimpeded passage ahead.

    b) All vessels over 150m LOA navigating within the area are entitled to a Moving Prohibited Zone (MPZ) extending 1000 metres ahead of the bow and 100 metres either side.

    c) Vessels more than 180m LOA shall not pass each other between Hook Buoy and West Bramble Buoy.

    d) To indicate the presence of an MPZ vessels over 150m LOA shall display a black cylinder by day and, by night, 3 all-round red lights in a vertical line.

    e) Whenever possible a Patrol Launch (VHF Channel 12; Call Sign ‘’SP’’), showing an all-round blue light, will precede all vessels over 150m LOA within the Precautionary Area.

    f) Absence of a patrol launch does not invalidate a vessel’s MPZ.

    More details, including the effects of flood & ebb tides, can be found at

  • 11 Oct 2019 14:22 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Following on from the club’s recent workshop on safety equipment, more information about the RYA SafeTrx system, replacing the old CG66 service, can be found in the ‘All At Sea’ article via link at page 50.

    Also on the RYA website


  • SSB

    07 Oct 2019 15:13 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Single Side Band (SSB) Radio 

    For quite some time, sailing on the ‘high seas’ meant having to use AM radio communication with a range of up to 200 miles, at least until until HAM and SSB radios became more reliable.   

    Nowadays, satellite phones are becoming more affordable and able to provide voice, text and email connection anywhere in the world.  When going a long way offshore, using a satphone, inexpensive Iridium GO and a laptop for emails may result in SSB becoming largely redundant.

    Join the debate at

  • 20 Sep 2019 08:41 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Whitbread is back! 

    The Ocean Globe Race 2023 retro-event will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the first fully-crewed Round the World Race of 1973 (sponsored by Whitbread Breweries). 

    Only production yachts designed before 1988 of LOA 47-66ft and well proven construction will be eligible.   There will be a maximum of 30 entrants and navigation will be limited to sextant paper plots with no satellite communications.

    Starting on 10th September 2023, the race creates a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for ordinary sailors to follow the classic four-leg Europe-Africa-Australasia-S America-Europe route with three 2-3 week stopovers.

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