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  • 16 Jul 2018 15:45 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    QHM NAVWARN No 32/18

    1. A Yellow Special Daymark located near the southern end of the Submerged Barrier in the eastern Solent is missing from its charted position (50 45.500N 001 04.078W). This pile, like others that run the length of the Barrier is to advise mariners of the potential danger.

    2. Vessels operating in this vicinity should be extremely vigilant.

    3. The following Portsmouth NAVWARNs remain in force: 27/18, 75/17, 33/17, 27/14, 57/12, 52/11, 40/11 & 10/04.

  • 08 Jul 2018 13:27 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Clubhouse Workshops

    @ 20:30

    Tue 24th July:  VHF-DSC radio calling

    Tue 11th September:  Single-Handed sailing

    Tue 16th October:  Marine 12v electrics

  • 06 Jul 2018 09:41 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Struggle Continues:

    As part of their continuing campaign and need for hard data, the Cruising Association and RYA are keen for small boat pleasure users to report any incidents they encounter with lobster pots.

    Please send details of any such incidents either by email to the CA office on or via the RYA reporting form at

  • 02 Jun 2018 12:29 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Starts July 1st, marking the 50th anniversary of the first single-handed sailor to complete a non-stop voyage around the world.  A prize of £5000 was additionally awarded for the fastest voyage.

    Of the original nine entrants only Robin Knox-Johnston finished, taking both prizes - the Golden Globe Trophy and the £5000!    

    Read all about it in ‘A Voyage for Madmen’ by Peter Nichols (2001),  ISBN0-06-019764-1 : Harper Collins. Best read ever about the original 1968 race.

    Follow the link for regular updates

  • 19 May 2018 13:32 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Congratulations to Harry & Meghan on their very modern wedding.   And what a fabulous day for sailing into the future!

    Order of service:-

  • 01 May 2018 20:00 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    I am very pleased to let you know that your Commodore has been awarded the CA Love Cup for last year's two-week GCCC Summer Cruise to the 'Baie de Seine'.   The Cup is awarded annually by the Cruising Association for the “best log of a journey lasting less than 30 days”.

    The Love Cup was originally presented in 1911 to the Cruising Association by Mr John Love, a founding member of the Association and it’s first President.   It is the oldest trophy to be awarded by the club.

    The John Love Cup

    I would very much like to share this award with all GCCC members and especially those who accompanied ‘Shibumi’ on the cruise - namely Jane & Martin Shott (crew) of 'Shibumi'; Gareth & Isabelle of ‘KiK’; Chris, Denise, Andrew & Margaret of ‘Cadh ‘Ruadh’; Clive, Brian & David of ‘Quickstep’ and Simon & Jorgen of ‘Lacewing’.

    I accepted the award at CA House in London on 28th March 2018, immediately following Tom Cunliffe’s Hanson Lecture on ‘Ice with Everything’ and just before sitting for the Association Dinner.

    Very many thanks to all those who contributed in their own special way to the success of last year’s cruise to Normandy's 'Baie de Seine'!

    Leon Barbour

  • 09 Apr 2018 21:56 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    At last weekend's rally we talked about the discussion forum and why so few people use it. There are only about 8 members who contribute to the discussion forum on a regular basis. Any member can view or contribute to the discussion forum by going to the members area dropdown. Everyone has knowledge that may be of value to other members so why not share. 

    The only way you will know if a new question has been asked is to sign up for email notifications from the forum, you can have immediate, daily or monthly notifcations. Why not give it a try  

  • 18 Mar 2018 11:40 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The full Summer programme of sailing events are now listed on the website under Sailing events.

  • 27 Feb 2018 09:10 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Time is running out for the Cruising Association Lobster Pot Petition, supported by the RYA.

    To sign up for this petition go to Lobster Pot Campaign (closing date 12th March 2018).

  • 17 Feb 2018 09:52 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    I guess some of us feel in the grip of a cold and damp winter, yet there is a glow in the air with Spring around the corner.   Crocuses and snowdrops are fading, daffodils are in bud and March is only a fortnight away.    We can put away our angle grinder, touch up the keel with a final coat of epoxy resin, wield our trusty paint-roller and think about casting off our very practical but rather tattered old boiler suit.     

    This annual toil of crouching beneath the hull - usually performed alone but occasionally with a little sympathetic help - is what drives us out of the house and onto the road for a romantic (or not) journey to the south coast.   Or maybe you've enough dosh to pass all this effort over to the boatyard - depending on how intimate you feel about your boat!

    But maybe there are some lingering doubts - have I booked my slot for the re-launch or am I still waiting to replace the anodes?  Have I checked the propeller or the cutlass bearing?    And what about my seacocks, gearbox oil, engine service - and general all-round polishing?    Did I clean the two-stroke outboard, flush it with fresh water and run it dry to clear the carburettor of fuel?   Have I washed the genoa sheets?   Are my sails back from being valleted?   I’m sure there was something about all this on the discussion forum!  

    But no worries, when the jobs are all done we can look forward to a new season, heralded by New Member’s Night (March 20th) when Chris will officially launch the Summer Programme.   And then two weeks later there’s the Fitting-out Supper & Quiz by which time we can feel more confident in our plans for the coming season.  I look forward to hearing all about them.   
    How time flies!

    Leon Barbour

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