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END OF SEPTEMBER 2016

Posted 28th September 2016

September Solent Dinner Meet

18 sailors belonging to 8 ISC boats enjoyed a blast to windward to make it to Yarmouth on Saturday the 17th September. Brilliantly organised by Diana and Kees van der Klugt, we all made our own plans, some stopping off in the Beaulieu River on Friday night, and others making dash for it on the tide Saturday morning. We were booked to arrive after 15:00, but many enjoyed blustery conditions and spring tides for a record breaking trip from Itchenor. On Maurie we had time for our mandatory walk along the beautiful coastline, before a quick change for a pre dinner get together hosted by Diana and Kees.

It was then over to the George, a new venue for many of us, for an excellent and very convivial meal.

Sunday couldn't have been more different. The wind had died and we enjoyed a very peaceful sail or motor back, again with the tide under us, until some wind filled in near the Forts at Portsmouth and we were able to experiment with some of the larger sails. We entered a sunny and beautiful Chichester Harbour to witness the splendid turn-out for Bart's Bash with racing taking place in at least half a dozen areas. What a great way to close out our regular season events! Thank you Diana and Kees for making it both possible and so pleasurable.

Pilsey Island Rally

Alastair and Susanna Shaw have once again offered to organise the famous after Christmas in-harbour rally, open to all ISC cruisers and motor launches.

Cruiser AGM 20th November 12:30

Traditionally, our AGM is a rather informal affair, taking place in the Bar! The purpose is to get together to review the year, and agree the broad plan for events in 2017, both those organised through the Club and perhaps to agree to cruise in company with fellow Members. Our Club events tend to be in the Solent or at least accessible to a range of craft based in Itchenor. Where do we want to go next year? Ideas welcome please both on and prior to the day. Our regular and most successful events are the May Shakedown Rally, and September Dinner meet, both based in the Solent and accessible for a weekend, or part of a longer cruise. This year's 10 day June cruise was to the Seine Bay. Is the Channel Islands too far? Is it back to the West Country, or do we dare go East? Do we also want to try an event in the harbour for RIBS, or smaller family sailboats? How can we encourage our motor cruisers to join in? Quite a few of our keelboat sailors have cruising boats as well. Is there an opportunity for some synergy between out-of-harbour racing and cruising events, for example Cowes Classic Week?

The meeting will be followed at about 1:15 by an informal Sunday Roast Lunch. Please contact Nick at the Club so he has an idea of numbers for lunch and feel free to copy me in.

This year it is the turn of the Cruisers to grace the cover of the 2017 ISC Handbook. Bottle of champagne for the best (printable) picture emailed to me prior to the AGM on the 20th!

Enjoy the rest of the Autumn. Some of our best cruises have been mid-week jaunts during quiet November days.

New Members

Welcome to new ISC members John Burrows and Johnny and Hilary Johnston. We hope that they will be able to join as at the AGM and on future events...maybe even the post-Christmas Pilsey Island Rally!

Chris Colbourne
RC Cruising
chris.colbourne @ yahoo.com


1st of September 2016

Special Overseas Edition

No sooner had the August newsletter reached the inbox than news came from afar about our overseas members!  While the Pattison family are home wandering the Street, Barry Sampson on Solitaire is cruising in Croatia on this way to Venice.  Patrick Green and family have just returned from Corfu.  The Midnight Lady syndicate is headed off southwards from Corfu to Lefkas, Kefalonia and Ithaca, where they hand the baton to veteran cruiser, Ant Fawcett, for a further three weeks cruising before the season closes in. 

I guess Barry will be headed back to the Caribbean for the winter, and I hear a rumour that he will be in Bermuda next June for the America's Cup.  Bas Taylor and the Vice Commodore are also headed there, but based on dry land.  Are any other ISC Members planning on attending either the trials of the Cup itself?  Perhaps we can arrange a local rendezvous.

Caribbean Charter

Are any Members planning Caribbean charters this winter?  Would there be any interest in a Grenadines charter in mid March?  Let me know and I'll try and pull the interested parties together.  Setting out from Grenada makes the whole process quite relaxing and a pleasant change from the increasingly regulated BVI's.

20th November AGM and Sunday Lunch

At great risk I've done a unilateral!  The AGM was scheduled according the 2016 Handbook on the 30th October.  For all sorts of reasons, one of which quite selfishly being that I can't make that date, I sought to move it a little later in the year, close enough to the time when Members are thinking about their plans for next year, but when there is still time to coordinate Cruising dates with other events in the ISC Calendar, bearing in mind that cruisers are quite often racers, and vice versa.  The new date is Sunday  20th November at ISC. 

The AGM will, as usual, be informal  We meet in the Bar at about 12:00, have a brief discussion to solicit ideas and formulate the 2017 programme, and then retire at about 1:00pm for a simple Sunday roast lunch in the Buttery.  If you think you can make it, for the AGM or Lunch or both, please let me and Nick know, so that we have an idea of numbers to expect.

The Green Form

Some members have been emailing me or the Office with information about changes to their boating arrangements.  While we hope to get this onto a more organised and pro-active basis with a change to the 'Green Form' later this year, please keep the email's coming through.  If you could review the Cruiser Register in the 2016 Handbook and let me know of corrections or additions, that will help us all keep in touch with each other and respond to changing interests. 

Rumours

There is a rumour that the RC Cruising has sold his current boat.  It may happen, but as anybody who has ever tried to sell a boat knows, there  is a long way between an interested party and a completed sale!  In the meantime, please be assured that the RCC's interest in the water has not dried up quite yet, with various possibilities for staying afloat being reviewed, but not very seriously until there is a real need to do so.  Early days.  

Chris Colbourne
Rear Commodore Cruising (and family sailing)
chris.colbourne@yahoo.com

P S Remember the Solent Dinner Meet on the 17th and Bart's Bash on the 18th.  Maybe the cruisers can join the Bash and race back to Itchenor.


END OF NOVEMBER 2015

Posted 24th November 2015

Dear All,

Cruiser Christmas Dinner Saturday 5th December 2015



Pictures of the New York Yacht Club Invitational Regatta at Newport Rhode Island

Our annual not to be missed Cruiser Christmas Dinner is coming up on Saturday 5th December. It provides a welcome opportunity for the Cruiser members of the Club to get together after the season and start off the Christmas season. Barry Sampson had kindly agreed to give the after dinner speech. He will talk about the Itchenor SC team that he entered in the NYYC Invitational Cup in September sailing in his Swan 42 Long Echo. The Invitational Cup was sailed in NYYC Swan 42s. The Swan 42 had been especially commissioned by the NYYC and built by Swan Nautor. Barry’s team was almost entirely made up of ISC members including, Robert Bailey, Nick Blevins, Ed Fitzgerald, Andy Pinkham, Oliver Sloper and Will Smyth with Tim Saxton as Tactician.

Anne-Marie has proposed the following delicious looking menu:

Beef carpaccio
With wild rocket salad and parmesan crisp

Gressingham Duck breast
With orange spiced parsnip mash, seasonal vegetables and quince veal jus

Caramelised Apple Tart Tatin
With vanilla ice cream and burnt orange syrup

Coffee and mints

Price £29 per person

Can you please book through the office on 01243 512400. Dress code refer jackets and ties. Look forward to seeing you there!

Skuttlebutt


Douglas at the start of the ARC 2015

Douglas Pattison and Graham Colbourne set out on Sunday on the 2015 ARC from Las Palmas to St Lucia in Douglas and Hermione’s Sigma 362 Arion. They covered 170 miles in the first 23 hours, which sounds like pretty good going. Weatheronline shows the wind south-west Las Palmas to be about 20-25 knots. You can follow their progress on their blog at http://blog.mailasail/arion. Let’s wish them bon voyage!

Fair winds,

Ant Fawcett
pp. Chris Colbourne RCC, ISC


MID NOVEMBER 2015

Posted 19th November 2015

A Ship's Pilot on Southampton Water - 28th November

This will be a fascinating and slightly scary talk! Well worth attending. Mark Bray will give us some insights into the life of a Pilot on Southampton Water. He is involved in movements of the new super large containerships that seem to span between the shores as they navigate the tight turn at the Bramble Bank, mostly with remarkable success. Apparently, he is also qualified to pilot a nuclear submarine! An excellent opportunity to get together with friends at the Club and enjoy a warm fire, some liquid refreshment and a great dinner. Talk at 7pm, £17.50 to include supper. Call 01243 512400 to book or email office@itchenorsailingclub.co.uk

The 2015-16 Programme
The Flag Officers have been encouraged to the 2016 Programme as early as possible so that Members can plan their year. The Cruiser Programme is attached to the right. Apart from the always popular Solent meets in the spring and autumn, we are planning two summer events: a mid June Seine Bay cruise, organised by Bas Taylor and a later summer cruise to London, organised by Chris Colbourne. .

Working Parties
Chris Creak is organizing a second working party for the weekend of the 21 and 22 November. Please contact the club if you can help. Cruisers have always been great supporters of the working parties.

Cruiser Club Annual Dinner 5th December -1930 for 2000 hrs
This is typically a most enjoyable and convivial evening. We are looking forward to hearing of Barry Sampson and his crews exploits at Newport, Rhode Island sailing one the New York Yacht Club Farr 40 one designs, followed by an enjoyable dinner. Please contact the Club to reserve your places, and copy Ant Fawcett who will be hosting the evening.

Pilsey Island Rally 27th December First Anchor 11:00
Once again, Alastair Shaw is organizing the post-Christmas in-harbour sail followed by a raft-up for drinks, canapés and conversation. We aim to meet at Pilsey Island, weather permitting. But don’t be put off. Alastair always seems to find a sheltered spot for us. Contact Alastair Shaw if you a thinking of coming along. Last year we had eight boats, about 35 people and a great time was had by all, including the Commodore.

Chris Colbourne
Rear Commodore Cruising


MID OCTOBER 2015

Posted 19th October 2015

Cruiser AGM Sunday 1st November 2015 at 1200hrs (not 1100hrs as in the handbook) at ISC

I thought that I could escape this one but now that the Autumn General Meeting has been postponed until the afternoon of 1st  November, I am still on seat as RCC. Chris Colbourne and I have agreed that we will run the AGM as a double header in anticipation of his election as Rear Commodore Cruising at the Autumn General Meeting. As usual the meeting will be an informal affair, which we will either be in the Members’ Room or the Committee Room, as I don’t think it would be fair to other Club Members to hold it, as we usually do, in the Bar. I have booked the Jubilee Room for lunch afterwards. I have attached a copy of the agenda, a preliminary cruiser programme and a draft of the 2016 Cruiser Register. Could you please have a look at your entry and let me know if it needs altering also if you spot any other howlers! The Cruiser Programme for the summer is very much in draft. The AGM will give us all an opportunity to shape the programme.

Harbour Boys Saturday 7th November 2015 at 1900hrs at ISC


The Harbour Buoys

Members of the Itchenor SC “Jug Band”
 
By popular acclaim the Harbour Buoys, our very own Chichester Harbour Shanty band, is returning to the Club. The name of the game is audience participation! Last time we were all given instruments such as earthenware jugs, washboards and teapots to form a “Jug Band”. Dinner will be at about 2000hrs and will be followed another set after dinner. It promises to be a great evening.
 
Please can you book in with the Club Office on 01243 512400. Price £17.50.

Ian Walker Saturday 14th November 2015 1900hrs ISC

Ian Walker after winning the 2014/15 Volvo Ocean Race

Ian is a member of the Club and one of England’s most acclaimed sailors, winning the silver medal in the 470’s at the 1996 Olympics and the bronze medal in the Europeans in the same year. He won the silver medal in the Star in the 2000 Olympics. He recently skippered the winning yacht in the 2014/15 Volvo Ocean Race round the world in Abu Dhabi Ocean racing. He will be talking to us about his experiences of campaigning as skipper in three Volvo Ocean Races. When he is not performing these feats, he is helping his children rig their boat for Junior Fortnight.

Skuttlebutt

Storms have been hitting the Ionian in the last few weeks. Mike Robinson in Sabbattical of Strangford had to up anchor one night and spend the night at sea as his anchorage had become untenable. I gather a number of charter yachts came to grief. Douglas Pattison’s Arion is now in Lisbon en route for the start of the ARC in Las Palmas on Sunday 22nd November. Wotan came out of the water last week at Northney and is sitting in the car park!
 
I look forward to seeing you at the Cruiser AGM on Sunday 1st November.

Fair winds

Ant Fawcett
Rear Commodore Cruising


LATE SEPTEMBER 2015

Posted 27th September 2015

Solent Dinner Meet


Bas, Colin, Chris, Alistair, Sybil, Tony, Susan and John Maurie in full cry Tiger C under full sail

Camelot, Cosantes, Dev, Galatea, Maurie, Tiger C and Wotan attended the Solent Dinner Meet, which was held at the Royal London Yacht Club in Cowes. The sail to Cowes on Saturday was like the curate’s egg, good in parts. In Wotan we set sail at West Pole and headed for Cherbourg until the wind finally died after an hour or so. We could then decently start motoring for Cowes. The Cowes Yacht Haven accommodated us on adjacent pontoons, which made for a very happy gathering. Maurie provided the perfect location for our pre-dinner drinks. This has become something of a habit! We were joined by Peter and Anne Taylor. Peter, as I am sure you will know, is the Commodore of the Royal London. He had very kindly moved the club’s AGM so that we could have dinner at the RLYC on a day when the tides were convenient for the sail from Chichester to Cowes. We also were joined by Jim and Graine Hartley and Susan Taylor who had come over by ferry. Peter and Kim Henshaw, Camelot and John and Sybil McCann, Cosantes had wisely come over to Cowes on Friday so had a rather better sail. The Royal London entertained us very well in their delightful clubhouse. The Contessa 32 fleet was also dining at the London, so John was not quite to which party he should go! We had 23 people for dinner, which was a very good turnout. The evening finished late with singing on Maurie until the wee small hours.

St Wilfrid’s Hospice Coastal Yacht Challenge Saturday 26th September 2015

Ptarmigan rounding the Nab Tower in 2013 The Fleet approaching the Nab Tower, before its make-over, in 2012


It is not too late to enter the St Wilfrid’s Challenge. The Notice of Race can be found by clicking here. It is a tremendously good cause, so if you can take part and raise some money for the hospice that would be greatly appreciated. Sadly Wotan will not be able to participate this year because of family commitments. Let’s hope that there is more wind than there was last year.

Cruiser AGM Sunday 1st November 2015

We have our informal Cruiser AGM in the bar at the Club at 1200hrs followed by lunch at 1300hrs. This is a slight change from previous years, when we have held the AGM in the evening. I felt that this timing might be more convenient than an evening meeting for those who live further away. The Club Handbook gives the time of the AGM as 1100hrs, but this was an error on my part. The AGM provides an opportunity to consider the next season’s programme and to reminisce about the season which we have just had. There is the Firecracker Series taking place on Sunday morning, but I expect that our business will have been concluded by the time the dinghy sailors return.

This will also be an opportunity for you to welcome Chris Colbourne as our new Rear Commodore Cruising. I fully expect that he will be voted in as RCC at the Autumn General Meeting, which will take place on Saturday 31st October. The Autumn General Meeting is being brought forward to 1430hrs, so that it will not clash with the finals of the Rugby World Cup.

Fair winds,

Ant Fawcett
Rear Commodore Cruising


SEPTEMBER 2015

Posted 13th July 2015

Binnehaven in Hoorn, Netherlands

I am sorry that I have been such a hopeless correspondent this summer, but I have just returned from 7 weeks sailing from Gdansk back to Itchenor, via the Polish, German, Dutch, Belgian and French coasts. I went into the Isselmeer with a view to taking the Mast Up Route from Amsterdam through Holland, but the route had been blocked by two capsized cranes that had been trying to install a foot bridge on the Queen Juliana Bridge in Alphern an der Rijn. We had to go outside via Scheveningen and then back into the Delta Scheme, south of Rotterdam. I don’t think that I have ever done so much motoring or being holed in harbour up by bad weather for so long!

2015 Round the Island Race

Congratulations must go to Chris Colbourne, who in Maurie came first in the Multihull – Bridgedeck class by over an hour on corrected time and to Michael Shaw, who in Flying Boat came 3rd in IRC Division 3D and11th Overall.

Solent Dinner Meet Saturday 19th September 2015
 

 
                                                  The Royal London Yacht Club, Cowes
 
Thanks to the good offices of Peter Taylor, who is Commodore of the RLYC, we are holding the Solent Dinner Meet this year in the Royal London YC at Cowes. So far Dev, Lavrock, Maurie , Tiger C and Wotan have signed up for the Meet. For those of you who would like to come it is not too late to sign up. Please let me know if you would like to attend, either by email to ant.fawcett@virgin.net or by telephone on 01243 512549. Can you let me know how many people will be attending?
 
Fair winds,
 
Ant Fawcett
Rear Commodore Cruising


MID JULY 2015

Posted 13th July 2015

Dear All,


Ian Walker receiving the Volvo Ocean Race Trophy on behalf of Team Abu Dhabi

Congratulations to Ian Walker for winning the 2014/15 Volvo Ocean Race in the Team Abu Dhabi yacht Azzam. He won the Alicante to Cape Town leg and the Auckland to Itajai, Brazil leg, which took him round Cape Horn. He came second in the Abu Dhabi to Sanya, China leg, the Sanya to Auckland leg and the Itajai to Newport, RI leg. An incredibly impressive performance. His next racing venue is Itchenor Junior Fortnight. It is good to see that he has got his priorities right!



2015 Round the Island Race approaching the Needles

Michael Shaw in Flying Boat was third in his class IRC Div 3D and 11th overall in an elapsed time of 8hr 15mins in the 2015 Round the Island Race. Chris Colbourne in Maurie was first in his class Multihull – Bridgedeck in an elapsed time of 7hr 58mins, beating his nearest rival by over an hour on corrected time. Two very impressive results down to ISC members, well done. If I have failed to spot any other results please let me know.

Summer Cruise



Our Summer Cruise has been rather truncated because Chris Colbourne, who is kindly organising the cruise, has for family reasons to remain in the UK. A number of participants had in any event had to drop out. So Baz Taylor in New Dawn and Chris Colbourne in Maurie are meeting up in Poole for some cruising in company.

Saturday 8th August 2015 Used and Useful sale Itchenor Village Hall

There will be a sale at the Itchenor Village Hall on 8th August. If you have any boat jumble that you would like to sell please contact Susie Green on 07718 902768 or by email on susiedgreen@gmail.com. If you are on the lookout for some boaty bits and pieces do come along to see what there is. Since the Boat Jumble in Donnington has been overtaken by the developers, we hope that this event will over time come to take its place.

Saturday September 19th 2015 Solent Dinner Meet

Royal London YC, Cowes

Our next event is the Solent Dinner Meet, which will be held at the Royal London YC, courtesy of our Peter Taylor, who is Commodore of the RLYC. This is always a popular event. Can you please let me know if you would like to attend so that I can book places at Cowes Yacht Haven, by email at anton.fawcett@virgin.net. I was looking at the RLYC web site for some suitable photos and I happened upon a photo of Graham and Anne enjoying dinner at the Club. What better recommendation can there be for you to attend?!

Skuttlebutt


Wotan at anchor in Stor-Langoren in the outer Stockholm Archipelago

I commissioned Wotan in the Åland Islands, before circumnavigating the islands then sailing her down to Stockholm, with, amongst others Dr Tom Trevelyan and Baz Taylor. Wotan caught the fuel bug, which involved cleaning out the fuel tank and subsequently replacing the fuel pump. We had some great sailing and quite a bit of motoring! I met Lionel Hoare, who gave us an excellent talk earlier this year about sailing Alcyone to Tromsö and back to Itchenor. He was helping a friend, Dr Tim Fooks, sail a brand new Nauticat from Turku, in Finland down to Sweden. The picture of Wotan was taken by Tim. It was gone 11pm when the photo was taken. Wotan is now in Gdansk. I will be sailing her back to Itchenor arriving in early September. I may have to inflict you with a an illustrated talk!

Patrick Green and Tom Trevelyan have moved Astea from Bodrun in Turkey to Corfu, a brave move given the political and economic situation! Perhaps it was a far sighted move anticipating Grexit and the reintroduction of the Drachmae! Tom is in Corfu, as I write, carrying a trunk full of Euros. Patrick and Susie Green kindly took a party of us sailing on Swan Galiana down to the Hut Restaurant just west of Yarmouth. The weather was truly Mediterranean! Patrick has been taking part in the RORC St Malo Race this last weekend.

I met Ras Turner last week, who was back from South Brittany where he now keeps Gazelle. He had had some great sailing and was due to head back there soon.

We have been enjoying some wonderful weather so I hope that you have been enjoying some good sailing.

Fair winds,


Ant Fawcett
Rear Commodore Cruising


END OF MAY 2015

Posted 26th May 2015

Solent Shakedown Rally Thursday 14th to Sunday 17th May 

 
Graham, Kim, Chris, Sybil, Ant, Peter, Alastair, John on Maurie                                               
New Dawn, Maurie and Camelot on the Folly Inn pontoon                                           
Maurie’s new asymmetric spinnaker drawing beautifully
 
Peter and Kim Henshaw very kindly organised the Solent Shakedown Rally, which is our customary opening event of the sailing season. The weather on Thursday was vile so Peter very wisely cancelled Thursday’s visit to the Hamble and we went straight to the Folly Inn at Cowes on the Friday. Fortunately the weather was not so bad that we had to cancel the whole event as we did one year when instead we had a Car Rally to Cowes! The rally was attended by Camelot, Peter and Kim Henshaw, Maurie, Chris Colbourne, Cosantes, John and Sybil McCann and New Dawn, Baz Taylor. Come Friday the weather had improved significantly though there was not much wind. I have to own the New Dawn motored the whole way, though we did anchor for lunch and a zizz in Osborne Bay! Chris Colbourne arrived first and promptly took his crew on a walk to up the Medina to Newport, where he visited the Quay Arts Centre in a converted 19th Century brewery and its associated Anthony Minghella Theatre, named for the island born Oscar winning film director. Chris sees it as his mission to improve the cultural education of his poor benighted crew! I have benefited from his artistic zeal in both Tallinn and Helsinki.
 
Peter and Kim very generously laid on a pre-dinner drinks party on Maurie. Kir Royale and conversation flowed freely, which provided a delightful prelude to dinner. We then moved on to the Folly for dinner. I had not been to the Folly since the 1970s. The place had been improved immeasurably and was popping. It was out of season so there were few yachties and probably few tourists, so the management seem to have found the right formula. I subjected the crew of Maurie and New Dawn to a sing-song accompanied by my squeeze box. That is one thing about being Rear Commodore Cruising, it makes it difficult for members to run away when summoned to sing!
 
Next morning John and Sybil in Cosantes headed back to Itchenor early in the morning to catch what tide they could. Baz and I in New Dawn left rather later and had a brief stopover at the Royal Clarence marina in Gosport. I had not visited this marina before. It has been constructed out of the Naval victualling dock and lies behind the fuelling dock. It has a rather beautiful 19th Century Naval Warehouse overlooking the marina. Meanwhile Camelot and Maurie headed down to Yarmouth. Chris had his crew out walking again, this time across the island to Freshwater. He pointed out to me that the IoW has some wonderful footpaths and that the Council has spent a significant amount of money on them to encourage the tourist trade. Everyone repaired to a restaurant called On the Rocks where you grill your own steak, seafood or whatever on slabs black volcanic rock.
 
Chris had invested in a new main and a new asymmetric spinnaker. So for him it was a real shakedown cruise as he was able to test out all the new sails.
 
Thursday 9th – Sunday 19th July Summer Cruise
 

Chris Colbourne has once again kindly offered to organise our Summer Cruise, leading us in his well known catamaran Maurie. This time he has chosen, with our input, to take us to visit the Channel Islands, Normandy and Brittany. The cruise is designed to allow people to travel at their own speed and to explore on their own, but with selected harbours where we can meet up. The outline of the plan is to leave Itchenor on, or around Thursday 9th July and to meet up in St Peter Port on Monday 13th July. This is Maurie’s intended itinerary:
 

 
 
This outline plan will allow people to make their way to St Peter Port visiting Cherbourg, Alderney or Dielette, for example, depending upon the weather, their speed or their personal preferences. It is then planned to meet up in St Malo on Thursday 16th July for a party in St Malo, thus allowing you to visit places and harbours such as Sark, St Helier, Granville, the Îles de Chaussey and Granville on the way. There is a lot to see in Guernsey, Jersey and particularly in St Malo. The idea is that the plan should be as flexible as possible to allow for crews’ preferences for harbours and to take account of yachts’ varying speeds and indeed to allow for the weather. After St Malo, Maurie plans to visit Paimpol, which may be rather a long day’s sail for some. Paimpol is an historic harbour from which fishing boats used to sail to the Grand Banks. The Summer Cruise provides a great start to an extended cruise of North Brittany, which is so beloved of British yachtsmen, ever since Blondie Hasler published his Harbours and Anchorages of the North Brittany Coast back in the 1950s.
 
Patrick Green is racing to St Malo. He is likely to be on his way back when we are in St. Peter Port, so we are hoping to meet up with him there.  Bas is looking for crew, particularly onwards from St. Peter Port.  Some of you are planning longer cruises, of which the ISC Summer Cruise may form just a part of your itinerary.  In short, everybody has their own plans.
 
If the prospect of a sail through the waters of the Channel Islands, Normandy and North Brittany appeals to you, could you please contact Chris Colbourne on 01243 511426 or by email at ccolbourne@masterworksdev.com . He already has had half a dozen boats expressing an interest in the cruise.
 
Scuttlebutt and welcome
 

            Swan 43 Trouper
 
As I was leaving Birdham Poole to head out to Cowes with Baz on New Dawn last weekend I spotted Trouper a very beautiful Swan 43 with Itchenor Sailing Club proudly emblazoned on its stern. This was not a yacht that I knew about. Since it was a Swan like Wotan, I was particularly intrigued. After a bit of sleuthing I discovered from the previous owner that Trouper was now owned by Tom Henderson and Kathryn Lewis. I would like to welcome Tom and Kathryn to the Itchenor Cruisers.
 
Mike Robinson tells me that he delivered his Halberg Rassy to Corfu from Palma, Majorca. The weather for the first 48 hours was horrid. While the delivery crew were down below being sick, he and a fellow retired naval officer sailed the boat for 48 hours. Whoever said that the only thing more useless on a yacht than a wheel-barrow and an umbrella was a naval officer!?
 
I was out on a RIB today chasing the XODs around an out of the harbour course, which took them as far west as Dean Elbow. I chanced upon Hugh and Miranda Kemlo in Galatea of Gillan heading as it appeared for France. I asked them where they we off to? The replay came back “undecided as yet”. It is a thoroughly seamanlike approach to go where the wind, tide and spirit take you!
 
On Wednesday week, I am off to Finland to sail Wotan back to Itchenor. I am planning to visit the Polish and German coasts and to go through the Dutch canals before taking in the Belgian and French coasts.
 
Fair winds
 
 
Ant Fawcett
Rear Commodore Cruising

 


END OF MARCH 2015

Posted 26th March 2015

On Saturday Tom Salt told us the incredible story of rowing the Atlantic with Mike Burton to win the 2013 Talisker Atlantic Rowing Challenge. The story began on the 2009/10 Clipper Round the World Race when Tom and Mike were watch leaders on Hull & Humber. As Tom said I slept while he slept and vice versa. Nevertheless they got to know each other very well and formed a strong bond through having survived some pretty hairy moments including their skipper breaking his leg, a compound fracture in mid-ocean. They had to sail to windward for three days to rendez-vous with a Japanese coastguard vessel, which took the skipper off and then headed home until such time as they were in helicopter range and he could be helicoptered off to hospital. Sometime after the Clipper Challenge Tom received a text from Mike suggesting that they should do the Atlantic Challenge together. After some consideration, Tom decided to take up the suggestion.


 
They set about finding a boat and came across a boat which had been designed by a man who had  rowed across the Atlantic singlehanded several times. The boat was revolutionary with a wide beam and low wetted surface area, which made it fast but quite skittish. Both Tom and Mike took their training very seriously and could be seen rowing around the Isle of Wight and in Chichester Harbour. Tom had a rowing machine in his flat in London, with a TV on the wall at one end to keep him amused. It then came to preparation for this 3000 Nm race which the organisers warned could last anything between 40 and 90 days. The boat was 21’ long so you can imagine provisioning with food, water, navigation and communication equipment as well as all the safety gear required was a challenge in itself. I discovered from Tom today that Locura means madness in Spanish, which is what they thought about the prospect of 40-90 days at sea! They identified an orphanage in Romania for which they would raise funds. They decided that they should raise money for a cause for which however much money they raised would make a real difference. Tom told me that he had heard that the new orphanage in southern Romania, which their efforts had funded had just opened.
 
The race started from La Gomera in the Canaries. They were up against the toughest of the tough, commandos, paras and national level oarsmen to name but a few. The weather for the start was nice and calm but within 48 hours they found themselves in a gale which lasted six days. During much of this time they could not row and had to lie to a sea anchor. During this gale a number of contestants retired. Towards the end of this gale they noticed that their rudder was not responding properly and identified that the quadrant on the stock had begun to work loose. While they were working to strengthen the weakened stock the rudder decided to slip over the side. For four hours they alternately rowed and heaved out two sea anchors to try to haul themselves back to where they thought the rudder was floating. In the wind they were making much more leeway than the rudder which was almost stationary in the water. By dint of extremely hard work and a good slice of luck they found the rudder and put it back in place. That was a great moment because without a rudder the game would have been over. As you can imagine morale onboard Locura went up like a rocket!
 
Their next piece of excitement was a shark swimming dangerously close to the boat. There was a distinct bump from what both Tom and Mike thought was shark attack. The boat did not seem to be sinking and the shark had gone away so they set to rowing again. Next day Locura had taken on a slight list, which made rowing noticeably more difficult. As it was calm, Tom went over the side to clean the bottom of the boat and have a look at the hull, while Mike kept a sharp look  out for sharks. Tom noticed a hole in the bottom of the boat. On closer examination they found that one of the lockers that they used for storage had been holed and was full of water. Having taken out the contents of the locker they found a marlin’s spike lodged in the locker! With some waterproof epoxy they were able to repair the hull and make it watertight. That is what I call preparation, having waterproof epoxy on board!
 
For the more technical of you, Locura used solar panels to charge up her batteries. This enabled them to run electronics such as GPS, VHF, an Iridium satellite phone and an iPad, which they used to send and receive emails. They could also download Grib files which gave them weather maps. None of the other competitors had the capability to download Grib files, which gave Tom and Mike an advantage. More importantly, their batteries powered an electric watermaker which they ran for 2-3 hours a day and which produced 30 litres of fresh water a day. Since they were living off dried food this was essential. They had a hand driven watermaker as a back-up, but that would have been almost as hard work as rowing! They were eating 7000 calories a day each but the both lost 2 stones during the 41 day voyage. It was clear that Tom and Mike’s experience of ocean sailing made them very powerful competitors indeed.
 
They arrived in Antigua to be met by a fleet of well wishers including Penny, Tom’s mother. After a scrutineering check to ensure that they had not jettisoned vital equipment or lobbed plastic bags into the sea, they were declared the winners of the Open Class. The next boat to come in was a week behind.
 
Tom played us a 3 minute video as part of his presentation, which can be accessed by clicking on this link https://www.dropbox.com/s/zitj8vcxfx4h81c/LACORA%20FINISH%20PACKAGE%20v7%20%282%29.mov?dl=0 . You will see Tom and Mike eating hamburgers which they had been dreaming about all the way across!
 
I should just add that Tom completed a marathon on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, as well as giving his talk!
 
The Members Room was packed out, the best turnout for a talk this winter. Annmarie laid on a delicious supper for us all.
 
Some dates and events for your diary.
 
Thursday May 14th to Sunday May 17th Solent Shakedown Rally
 
Peter and Kim Henshaw have very kindly offered to organise and lead the Solent Shakedown Rally this year in Camelot. We have brought the date of the Rally forward to avoid clashing with the Bank Holiday. The Rally will take us via the Hamble and The Folly Inn on the Medina River down to Yarmouth, before hopefully a screaming broad reach back to Itchenor. The proposed itinerary is as follows:
 
Thursday May 14th  (HW 0845,  LW 1422).    Meet at Port Hamble marina at around 1800, with Supper will be either in The Bugle.
 
Friday May 15th  (HW 0939,  LW 1515).   Berths have been booked on the Folly Inn walk-ashore pontoon, with dinner at the Folly Inn at 1930. 
 
Saturday May 16th  (HW1028,  LW 1604).   Berths booked in Yarmouth harbour. Drinks aboard Camelot at 1830 followed by dinner at the On the Rocks restaurant.
 
Sunday May 17th  (LW 0430 and 1650.  HW 1116 and 2343).  Return to Itchenor.
 
Would those members interested in attending this ever popular rally please contact Peter Henshaw on 01243 512207 or by email at peterhenshaw@btinternet.com . It will be a great help to him if you could express your interest to him as it will enable him better to gauge numbers and arrange the necessary berths.
 
Thursday 9th – Sunday 19th July Summer Cruise
 

Chris Colbourne has once again kindly offered to organise our Summer Cruise, leading us in his well known catamaran Maurie. This time he has chosen, with our input, to take us to visit the Channel Islands, Normandy and Brittany. The cruise is designed to allow people to travel at their own speed and to explore on their own, but with selected harbours where we can meet up. The outline of the plan is to leave Itchenor on, or around Thursday 9th July and to meet up in St Peter Port on Sunday 12th July. This will allow people to make their way to St Peter Port visiting Cherbourg, Alderney or Dielette, for example, depending upon the weather, their speed or their personal preferences. The next rendez-vous is planned for Tuesday 14th July in St Helier, this will allow yachts to visit to Sark or Carteret à choix. It is then planned to meet up in St Malo on Thursday 16th July for a party in St Malo allowing you to visit the Iles de Chaussey and Granville on the way. There is lots to see in Guernsey, Jersey and particularly in St Malo. After St Malo, Maurie plans to visit Paimpol, which may be rather a long day’s sail for some. Paimpol is an historic harbour from which fishing boats used to sail to the Grand Banks. The Summer Cruise provides a great start to an extended cruise of North Brittany, which is so beloved of British yachtsmen, ever since Blondie Hasler published his Harbours and Anchorages of the North Brittany Coast back in the 1950s.
 
If the prospect of a sail through the waters of the Channel Islands, Normandy and North Brittany appeals to you, could you please contact Chris Colbourne on 01243 511426 or by email at ccolbourne@masterworksdev.com . He already had half a dozen boats planning to join the cruise.
 
It is good to see the weather improving as we set about preparing our boats for the season. Sadly the clouds did not lift in time for the total eclipse of the Sun last Friday. The sky darkend but my attempts to take a photo of the darkness with my iPad failed dismally!
 
Good sailing,
 
 
Ant Fawcett
Rear Commodore Cruising


MARCH 2015

Posted 2nd March 2015

Dear All,
 
I have been working with Chris Blevins RCS and George Rice SM on reviewing our Health and Safety Risk Assessments. I discovered that in the Outboard Store there is a porter’s trolley on which the name Astrolabe has been painted with a 5 litre fuel can chained to it. By law we are not allowed to store any fuel in cans in the Outboard Store. If you own, or know who owns Astrolabe, the trolley or the can, can you please either remove the can or let me know whom you believe may own it?
 
There is also a 4HP 4 Stroke outboard motor sitting in the Outboard Store on which Outboard Store charges have not been paid for some time. The outboard has been locked up by George. If you would like to reclaim the outboard, which appears to be in good condition, would you please contact George. He will return it to you on payment of the outstanding Outboard Store charges and evidence of ownership. If it is not removed, then reluctantly we may have to put it up for sale. Likewise if the fuel can is not removed soon, we will have to remove the can by cutting the chain and disposing of the can and its contents.
 
Can I remind you of two forthcoming events, which were covered in my Cruiser News of 22nd February.
 
Saturday 7th March 2015 Supper and illustrated talk by Rear Admiral John Lippiett Chief Executive Mary Rose Trust

Mary Rose
 
Admiral Lippiett retired early from the Navy to become Chief Executive of the Mary Rose Trust. He will give us a talk on her discovery, her raising, her massive ongoing preservation programme and the creation of her new home, the Mary Rose Museum. John Lippiett is vastly experienced and a wonderful speaker. He has been responsible for reenergising the Trust and for the development of the museum. This promises to be a really interesting talk.
 
Illustrated talk 1900 hrs, supper at 2000 hrs
 
Supper £17.50. Can you please book in with the office by calling 01243 512400 or emailing office@itchenorsailingclub.co.uk .
 
Saturday 21st March 2015 Cruiser supper and illustrated talk by Tom Salt


 

    Tom Salt and Mike Burton arrive in Antigua
 
Tom will be talking about how he and Mike Burton won the 2013 Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge by a cool 7 days! He will running two or three marathons over the weekend of 21st /22nd March, just to keep in shape for his talk! You should not miss this talk.
 
ISC, illustrated talk 1900 hrs, supper at 2000 hrs.
 
Supper £17.50. Can you please book in with the office by calling 01243 512400 or emailing office@itchenorsailingclub.co.uk .
 
I keep thinking that the weather has at last begun to warm up and improve, so that I should service and launch my RIB, but then it begins to rain again!
 
Good sailing,
 
 
Ant Fawcett
Rear Commodore Cruisin


END OF JANUARY 2015

Posted 31st January 2015


Dear All,


Anita at the British Kiel Yacht Club Wotan framed in the Christiansø – Frederiksø bridge Bimbi freezing cold north of Kalmar One of Bimbi’s Swedish lighthouses Midsommer’s Feast

On Saturday, together with my trusty crew including my wife Bimbi, Colin Maclean, Chris Colbourne and Bill Barnes, all of ISC, I gave a talk about Wotan’s Baltic Cruise last summer. Each of the crew members had their individual take on the cruise, which made for an interesting and enjoyable evening. Having transited the Kiel Kanal with Baz Taylor ISC in the crew, we entered the Baltic and spent the night at the British Kiel YC where gin was €1 a tot! As you can imagine we enjoyed several G&Ts! Onwards to Copenhagen were I was joined by Bimbi to sail up to Stockholm. After a quick tour of Stockholm we set off the 370 miles to Stockholm. Bimbi told of our visit to Christiansø and our disastrous time in Utklippan, where we grounded twice and got stuck across the entrance. Don’t go there! The weather was so cold that she passed her time on watch sending selfies to her friends to show them how tough she was! For some reason, she was rather taken by the innumerable Swedish lighthouses, which she photographed repeatedly. We were kindly invited by some friends to their Midsommer’s Eve celebrations, which was the greatest fun.


Sunset at Stor Långören in the Outer Skärgard The pop up contractors barge leaves Långholmen 1.9 billion year old rock Finlandia Hall, Helsinki designed by Alvar Aalto

I returned to Stockholm to join the Royal Cruising Club Baltic Meet from Mariehamn to Helsinki. We took five days to sail gently to Mariehamn up through the outer Stockholm Skärgard, anchoring both for lunch and overnight. We had a leisurely sail stopping off in many of the harbours owned by the NJK a Helsinki based yacht club. In one of them, Långholmen, we had a buffet supper which arrived on a contractors barge! In Helsinki I was joined by Adam Hogg and Colin Maclean both of ISC for a cruise to Hanko, where Adam left us and we were joined by Chris Colbourne. Colin is geologist so he was able to tell us about the origins of the rock formations in the Finnish Archipelago. 1.9 billion years ago the peaceful land that is now Finland was a seething cauldron of volcanoes and magma at the junction of two tectonic plates. Some 50,000 ago the rock was covered by ice during the Ice Age years and then some 20,000 years ago sandpapered by the retreating ice into the smooth rocks that you see now. Chris then took us on a fascinating architectural tour of Tallinn in Estonia and Helsinki. Finally, Bill Barnes took us back to Helsinki, where Wotan was laid up for the winter. He explained how the channels were marked with huge leading line boards and helpfully dotted with lettered sign boards and cairns so you could find position on the chart if you were lost. Getting lost in the rocks was very easy to do!

Annmarie gave us a delicious themed smorgasbord dinner, which, if you weren’t there, you would have been sorry to have missed!

Saturday 21st February 2015 Cruiser supper and illustrated talk by Lionel Hoare ISC


A puffin on Fair Isle, Approaching the Lofoten islands, Alcyone at midnight, The last of the midnight sun

Lionel will take us from Oban up way north of the Arctic circle to Tromsø and the land of the midnight sun. He then sailed all the way down the Norwegian coast to Hanko at the south-eastern corner of the Oslo fjord. The talk will be illustrated with some stunning photographs of the Norwegian islands and fjords. I am not aware of any Itchenor members who have braved the Arctic, so this will be something of a first for us to hear about. Lionel went on to sail down the west coast of Sweden, before returning home through the Danish islands, the north coast of Germany and finally back to Gosport all in one season. His talk will be mainly about his experiences in Norway.

ISC, illustrated talk 1900 hrs, supper at 2000 hrs. Can you please book in with the office by calling 01243 512400.

Saturday 21st March 2015 Cruiser supper and illustrated talk by Tom Salt



Photo credit Ben Duffy LtoR Tom Salt and Mike Burton WEB
Tom Salt and Mike Burton arrive

Tom will be talking about how he and Mike Burton won the 2013 Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge.

ISC, illustrated talk 1900 hrs, supper at 2000 hrs.

Thursday 9th – Sunday 19th July Summer Cruise




1. Castle Cornet, St Peter Port Grande Île, Chaussey Granville Place Chateaubriand, St Malo Paimpol

Chris Colbourne has once again kindly offered to organise our Summer Cruise, leading us in his well known catamaran Maurie. This time he has chosen, with our input, to take us to visit the Channel Islands, Normandy and Brittany. The cruise is designed to allow people to travel at their own speed and to explore on their own, but with selected harbours where we can meet up. The outline of the plan is to leave Itchenor on, or around Thursday 9th July and to meet up in St Peter Port on Sunday 12th July. This will allow people to make their way to St Peter Port visiting Cherbourg, Alderney or Dielette, for example, depending upon the weather, their speed or their personal preferences. The next rendez-vous is planned for Tuesday 14th July in St Helier, this will allow yachts to visit to Sark or Carteret à choix. It is then planned to meet up in St Malo on Thursday 16th July for a party in St Malo allowing you to visit the Iles de Chaussey and Granville on the way. There is lots to see in Guernsey, Jersey and particularly in St Malo. After St Malo, Maurie plans to visit Paimpol, which may be rather a long day’s sail for some. Paimpol is an historic harbour from which fishing boats used to sail to the Grand Banks. The Summer Cruise provides a great start to an extended cruise of North Brittany, which is so beloved of British yachtsmen, ever since Blondie Hasler published his Harbours and Anchorages of the North Brittany Coast back in the 1950s.

If the prospect of a sail through the waters of the Channel Islands, Normandy and North Brittany appeals to you, could you please contact Chris Colbourne on 01243 511426 or by email at ccolbourne@masterworksdev.com . He will be holding a meeting at the Club on Saturday 21st September at 1800hrs before the Illustrated Talk, at which he will provide more details about his plans. I suggest that you all meet in the bar!

Sunday 1st November Cruiser Annual General Meeting

In the past we have held the Cruiser AGM on a Sunday evening at 1800hrs in the bar followed by supper. I propose this year to have the meeting at 1200hrs, probably not in the bar but in the Committee Room followed by taking a table in the Jubilee Room where we can have a convivial Sunday lunch. This has the advantage of not keeping the Buttery staff late on a Sunday evening just for us. If you have any thoughts on this could you please let me know.

Skuttlebutt

Tom Trevelyan, our esteemed Vice Commodore and Anita and Adam Hogg, our no less esteemed Rear Commodore Administration, flew off earlier this week for a fortnight’s sailing on a catamaran in the BVIs. I am very jealous of them as the BVIs make a wonderful cruising ground. I look forward to hearing of their tales of the Soggy Dollar Bar on Jost van Dyke and the Loose Mongoose in Trellis Bay, which doubles as the airport lounge!

Yours aye,

Ant Fawcett
Rear Commodore Cruising



PILSEY RALLY- December 27th 2014

Posted 29th December 2014


DECEMBER 2014

Posted 14th December 2014

Hi All,
 
 

 
Last Saturday we had a delightful Cruiser Christmas Dinner at the Club. Annmarie did us proud, the food was delicious. Martin Thomas, the Past Commodore of the Ocean Cruising Club gave us a delightful and amusing after dinner speech, starting with his first sail from Itchenor SC as a child. He bought Charm of Rhu some years ago and restored her beautifully. He told us about sailing her across the Atlantic, with little of the usual technical kit, such as sat phones, chartplotters, deep freezes and washing machines! None of this would have helped much as, in mid-Atlantic, in the middle of the night he found smoke coming from the chart table seat, before he could grab the fire extinguisher the cushion then burst into flames! While he was searching for the fire extinguisher in the smoke, the crew on watch shouted down that not to worry but the rudder has fallen off! He was able to reply that he was currently a bit busy putting out a fire, but he would be up as soon as possible to sort out the problem! It turned out that the stainless steel tiller, he had made especially for the voyage, had fractured. So he was able to find the old wooden one, which lasted all the way across. The electrical fire was caused by the batteries shorting. By the time he had put out the fire, the batteries had melted and all the electronics on board had died! Unphased by this, he said that he still had a compass, sextant, watch, log and charts, so what was the problem! He found a handheld GPS with which to establish Charm of Rhu’s noon position, which saved him pulling out his sight reduction tables. Without having time to sort out all these little local difficulties, he entered Charm into a series of races in Antigua. Much to his surprise he won the first race and did pretty well in the rest of the series!
 
Saturday 27th December Pilsey Island Rally
 
                   
 
The Pilsey Island Rally will take place on Saturday 27th December. The Alastair and Suzanna Shaw in Masquerade are kindly organising the rally. This rally is not for the faint of heart, but it is a good way of blowing away your Christmas cobwebs! Please let Alastair know if you would like to come either with your own boat or if you are looking for a boat to sail on. With Wotan laid up in Finland I will be going with Baz Taylor in his Moody New Dawn. I can promise a very good day out on the water!
 
Saturday 17th January 2015 Cruiser supper and illustrated talk
 

    David Cunningham and Baz Taylor entering the Kiel Canal                      Alexander von Humboldt II sailing off her anchor                   Colin Maclean and Ant in Barosund                    Wotan in a harbour in the Finnish Archipelago
 
With the help of my crew, I will be giving a talk about sailing Wotan to the Baltic. The cruise covers a number of different styles of cruising including a North Sea crossing followed by some Riddle of the Sands type sailing in the Waddenzee, before transiting the Kiel Canal into the Baltic. We then sailed through the Danish Islands to Copenhagen before heading up the East coast of Sweden to the Stockholm archipelago and finally sailing through the Finnish archipelago to Helsinki and Tallinn. During this cruise I was joined by a number of ISC members including my long suffering wife Bimbi, who froze in the almost Arctic temperatures of Midsommer, Baz Taylor, Colin Maclean, Adam Hogg, Chris Colbourne and Bill Barnes.
 
Skuttlebutt
 
A big thank you to all those who helped Chris Creak on the working parties last weekend and those who joined the select “by invitation only” working party which finished off the staging around the Bandstand on Thursday. The work on the staging is now complete. We were able to re-rig the Bandstand mast in time for the F11 gusts at Chimet on Thursday night.
 
Can I wish you all a very happy Christmas and I look forward to seeing you at the Pilsea Island Rally.
 
 
Ant Fawcett
Rear Commodore Cruising


NOVEMBER 24th 2014

Posted 24th November 2014

Saturday 15th November 2014 Cruiser supper and talk



Col Mike Brooke gave a delightful and humorous talk about taking his tiny 19’ Cape Cutter Theo’s Future around Britain in aid of Fight for Sight. The talk was preceded by young Ben Morton playing some sea shanties on his violin. The voyage was blessed by The Very Reverend Nicholas Frayling, Dean of Chichester. So successful was he in conjuring up wind that Mike had to ride out a gale in Sparkes Marina for two days! Things weren’t much better when he sailed through the Needles Channel in a F7 and into Poole Harbour. With a mere 17’ 8’’ on the waterline, Theo’s Future’s speed was likely to be no more than 4.4 knots. Undeterred, Mike took advantage of this and the yacht’s drop keel to visit as many harbours as possible to raise money. His fundraising generally took place appropriately in the local pub. He found people amazingly generous and helpful. A boat builder came on board one evening, redesigned and sorted out a leaking anchor locker for him, refusing any payment. This leak had been making life down below a misery. In order to avoid head winds in the St George’s Channel he hopped over to Northern Ireland on the advice of the Isle of Man Lifeboat skipper, before heading up Loch Linnhe and entering the Caledonian Canal. He visited Lindisfarne and Hartlepool, where the Mayor kindly donated the month’s takings of the Hartlepool Monkey to Mike’s campaign. For those, like me, who had not heard of the Hartlepool Monkey Hanging story, you can read about it at http://www.thisishartlepool.co.uk/history/thehartlepoolmonkey.asp . Mike was very impressed by the Captain Cook Museum in Whitby, which had his nautical instruments on display amongst many other artefacts dating back to that time. Thence back into the English Channel and home to Bosham.

During the course of the voyage Mike raised £45,000 for Fight for Sight, an amazing achievement.

Events for your diary

Working Party Saturday/Sunday 28th/29th November



Chris Creak and his team achieved a great deal over last weekend. They realigned the small slipway with the new decking and leveled off the area at the top of the slipway. There is another working party on 29th/30th November, the next neap tide. While the piles and the bearers are all in place, there remains some decking to be completed where the old small slipway ran. The next job is to replace the decking around the bandstand where the staging is a bit bouncy. Your help is urgently requested for this working party. Please let the Office know that you will be attending. You get a free beer and free lunch as part of the deal!

Saturday 6th December Cruisers’ Christmas Dinner



The Cruisers’ Christmas Dinner is our big social function of the year. Martin Thomas, past Commodore of the Ocean Cruising Club, has kindly agreed to be our after dinner speaker. He will be telling us about the highlights of his remarkable 2008 Atlantic crossing in Charm of Rhu, an 8 metre built at the Fairlie Yard on the Clyde in 1963.

Annmarie has dreampt up this delicious menu for us.

Winter Truffle Risotto
With basil and red pepper oil, mizuna leaves and
parmesan crisp

Lime, Mustard and Caper Line Caught Salmon
On crayfish brandade, wilted spinach and sauce vierge

Warm Chocolate Pudding
With vanilla panacotta and brandy steeped black cherries
(Itchenor’s twist on a Black Forest Gateau)

Coffee & Mints
£30 per person


Saturday 27th December Pilsey Island Rally



The Pilsey Island Rally will take place on Saturday 27th December. The Alastair and Suzanna Shaw in Masquerade are kindly organising the rally. This rally is not for the faint of heart, but it is a good way of blowing away your Christmas cobwebs!

Members’ Survey

You should all have received a Quick News on 17th November that includes a letter from the Commodore explaining why he would like you to complete the Members’ Survey. The letter provides you with a link to the survey, which should only take you a few minutes to complete. I would urge you please to complete the survey so that the Flag Officers, the General Committee and the General Manager can better understand the views of members.

I hope to see you all at the Cruiser Christmas Dinner.

Fair winds,


Ant Fawcett
Rear Commodore Cruising


NOVEMBER 7th 2014

Dear All,
 
Cruiser Annual General Meeting
 
Fifteen members braved the filthy weather on Sunday evening to attend the Cruiser AGM. A similar number of members sent their apologies. Chris Colbourne was in Chianti and Jonathan Callow was in New England. We reviewed the Rallies which took place during the year. It was agreed that they had all been a success and should be repeated in 2015. Chris Colbourne who organised the excellent Summer Cruise this year has kindly agreed to organise the Summer Cruise in 2015. The view of the meeting was that a cruise starting in St Peterport and heading along the North Brittany Coast would be popular. There was a strong feeling that the Summer Cruise should be scheduled so as not to clash with Cowes Classic Week which runs from 20th – 24th July and if possible should coincide with neap tides which would make the anchorages in Brittany that much more accessible. Chris and I will give this some thought and come back to you in due course.
 
Working parties 15th/16th and 29th/30th November
 
Chris Creak  is running working parties on the weekends of 15th/16th November and 29th/30th November. The purpose of the working parties is to increase the gradient of the upper end of the small slipway and to level the area between the two slipways to increase the space available on the staging and also to replace the staging around the Bandstand. This will complete last year’s magnum opus.
 
I know that Chris would really appreciate your help. Could you please call the Office on 01243 512400 to let them know which dates you will be able to join a working party?
 
Calling all potential Betivuka drivers
 
Desmond Bell has for a number of years driven Betivuka for the Club. Sadly he is no longer able to do so. We are therefore looking for members who would be willing to drive Betivuka, not on an every weekend basis like Desmond, but periodically. Cruiser skippers are used to handling boats the size of Betivuka under power, anchoring, berthing and mooring them so would be ideal for this role. Could you please let the George, our Sailing Manager, know if you would be willing to drive Betivuka? If you have not already handed in your Green Form, you will find that there is a space to volunteer as a Betivuka driver on the form. You will be given training on how to handle her.
 
Forthcoming Events for your diary
 
Saturday 15th November 2014 Cruiser supper and talk
 
Col Mike Brooke will be talking about taking his tiny 19’ Cape Cutter around Britain.
 

                     Theo’s Future in the Isle of Man                                                            Watching the sunset at Lindisfarne
 
Mike’s career started in the Marines, but because of a rare eye disease, caught in the far East that left him with impaired vision in his left eye, he had to leave the Marines. Fortunately, he was able to join the Royal Engineers and continue his career in the military that spanned 36 years. He has always been a mad keen sailor, winning a European Gold Medal, sailing with Rodney Pattison in the Flying Dutchman in 1975, and European Silver and Bronze Medals sailing with Stuart and Adrian Jardine in J24s. In 1981, he sailed back to England from Cyprus, where he was stationed, with his wife and two young sons in a Virtue 35. He completed an Atlantic Circuit in a Sweden 41 aptly named Never Look Back in 2005/6.
 
His voyage around Britain, which took place in 2008, in his 19’ Cape Cutter Theo’s Future was in aid of UCL Institute of Opthamology and Moorfields Eye Hospital as his godson, Theo, was born with a rare genetic condition of the retina called Leber's Congenital Amaurosis (LCA).
 
Note. This event is not in the Handbook.
 
ISC, illustrated talk 1900 hrs, supper at 2000 hrs. Can you please book in with the office by calling 01243 512400.
 
Saturday 6th December Cruisers’ Christmas Dinner
 

            2012 Mike Shaw tells us about his epic voyage                                 2014 Dinner in the Jubilee Room
 
The Cruisers’ Christmas Dinner is our big social function of the year. Martin Thomas, past Commodore of the Ocean Cruising Club, has kindly agreed to be our after dinner speaker. He will be telling us about the highlights of his remarkable 2008 Atlantic crossing in Charm of Rhu, an 8 metre built at the Fairlie Yard on the Clyde in 1963.
 
Annmarie has thought up this delicious menu for us.
 
Winter Truffle Risotto
With basil and red pepper oil, mizuna leaves and 
parmesan crisp
Lime, Mustard and Caper Line Caught Salmon
On crayfish brandade, wilted spinach  and sauce vierge
Warm Chocolate Pudding
With vanilla panacotta and  brandy steeped  black cherries
(Itchenor’s twist on a Black Forest Gateau)
Coffee & Mints
£30 per person
 
Saturday 27th December Pilsey Island Rally
 

                        Masquerade under way                                 Kees van der Klugt and Baz Taylor on Wotan                              Mike Wigmore and Charles Hyatt
 
The Pilsey Island Rally will take place on Saturday 27th December. The Alastair and Suzanna Shaw in Masquerade are kindly organising the rally. This rally is not for the faint of heart, but it is a good way of blowing away your Christmas cobwebs!
 
Skuttlebutt
 
This not really the time for sailing, though Bim and I have just got back from sailing in Turkey with Tom and Anita Trevelyan on Astrea. We had to take shelter in Yalikavak, where they keep Astrea because strong winds were forecast. Three super yachts were also taking shelter at anchor in the bay. One of them was so big that it had space for a 50’ sailing yacht and a 50’ motor yacht on the stern. Another one had a helicopter perched behind the bridge! I bet you that the two yachts on the stern are barely used!
 
Fair winds,
 

Ant Fawcett
Rear Commodore Sailing
 


END OF OCTOBER 2014

Posted 29th October 2014

Dear All,

Welcome to our New Commodore

Charles Hyatt was elected our new Commodore at the Autumn General Meeting. He has nobly taken on the demanding role of Commodore, following Andrew Dunlop’s successful five year term of office. Charles has been a member of the Club for 30 years and has sailed variously, International 14s, Swallows, K6s and RS200s. So it is hard to imagine anyone better qualified to be our Commodore. On the offshore sailing front, he took part in the 2009/10 Clipper Round the World Yacht Race and was watch leader for the second half of the race. On top of all this he is an Ocean Yachtmaster. Armed with this experience and qualifications, I feel sure that he will be able to navigate the Club expertly through whatever waters lie ahead.

Sunday 2nd November Cruiser AGM 1800hrs

We will be holding our informal Cruiser AGM as usual in the bar, starting at 1800 and moving onto supper at 1900. The purpose of the meeting is to plan next season’s activities and in particular the Summer Cruise. I would very much welcome your thoughts on where we might cruise to in 2015. The last two Summer Cruises have been very successful, so I am very keen that the Summer Cruise in 2015 should build on these past successes. I will also be able to tell you more about the Cruiser Winter programme.

It is also an opportunity to meet up after the season and compare notes. I will be approaching some of you to ask if you could tell us briefly about your summer cruise.

I have attached a revised version of the 2015 Cruiser Register incorporating the changes which you have kindly brought to my attention (click here to download). Hard copies of the Register will be available at the AGM. Can you please have a look at it, check your own entry and let me know if it needs to be amended? Please let me know if you spot any other howlers that I may have made!

The Agenda for the AGM and the Preliminary 2014/5 Cruiser programme are attached. Copies will be available at the AGM. (click here to download)

Can you please book in with the Office on 01243 512400 so that Nick has an idea of the numbers attending? Two course dinner £16.

Saturday 15th November 2014 Cruiser supper and talk

There has been a slight change of plan, instead of Rupert Emmerson talking about taking Kippa around Britain we have Col Mike Brooke talking about taking his 19’ Cape Cutter around Britain.

Theo’s Future in the Isle of Man Watching the sunset at Lindisfarne

Mike’s career started in the Marines, but because of a rare eye disease, caught in the far East that left him with impaired vision in his left eye, he had to leave the Marines. Fortunately, he was able to join the Royal Engineers and continue his career in the military that spanned 36 years. He has always been a mad keen sailor, winning a European Gold Medal, sailing with Rodney Pattison in the Flying Dutchman in 1975, and European Silver and Bronze Medals sailing with Stuart and Adrian Jardine in J24s. In 1981, he sailed back to England from Cyprus, where he was stationed, with his wife and two young sons in a Virtue 35. He completed an Atlantic Circuit in a Sweden 41 aptly named Never Look Back in 2005/6.

His voyage around Britain, which took place in 2008, in his 19’ Cape Cutter Theo’s Future was in aid of UCL Institute of Opthamology and Moorfields Eye Hospital as his godson, Theo, was born with a rare genetic condition of the retina called Leber's Congenital Amaurosis (LCA).

Note. This event is not in the Handbook.

ISC, illustrated talk 1900 hrs, supper at 2000 hrs. Can you please book in with the office by calling 01243 512400.

Saturday 6th December Cruisers’ Christmas Dinner

Martin Thomas, recently Commodore of the Ocean Cruising Club, has kindly agreed to be our after dinner speaker. He will be telling us about the highlights of his remarkable 2008 Atlantic crossing in Charm of Rhu, an 8 metre built at the Fairlie Yard on the Clyde in 1963.

Annmarie will no doubt cook us up something very special. More details of the menu will follow in the next Cruiser News.

Skuttlebutt

Mike Robinson has been sailing in the Ionian in his yacht Sabbatical of Strangford. He very bravely, in my view, visited Albania. He is probably the first member of the Club to have visited Albania in a private yacht. It took him two hours to clear in. He has to tie up to a commercial dock, which, with its rusty iron girders, threatened to put a hole in the side of his boat. He was eventually able to move off to a decent marina nearby. He reported that there were a lot of very smart right hand drive cars around!

Fair winds,

Ant Fawcett
Rear Commodore Cruising



END OF SEPTEMBER 2014

Posted 22nd September 2014

Dear All,

I have waited to prepare this Cruiser News so that I could include a report on the St Wilfrid’s Coastal Challenge along with the Solent Dinner Meet at the Royal Southampton YC’s clubhouse at Gin’s Farm on the Beaulieu River.

Solent Dinner Meet Saturday 13th September



ISC Yachts moored at Gin’s Farm on the Beaulieu River

David Sparrow, who was a guest of Chris Colbourne on Maurie, kindly sent me this panoramic photo of the Club yachts moored at Gin’s Farm. Many thanks. The wind was light on the way down to Beaulieu so Baz Taylor and I in New Dawn had a bad time trying to get our spinnaker to fly. John and Sybil McCann in Cosantes, on the other hand, had no such trouble and flew their spinnaker all the way to the Beaulieu River. Alistair and Suzanna Shaw arrived in Masquerade and Peter and Kim Henshaw came in their newly acquired Moody Camelot. Kees and Diana in Tiger C, quite apart from kindly organising the meet, very generously threw a splendid drinks party for the participants on the pontoon at which the fizz flowed freely. After drinks, we repaired to the Gins’ Farm clubhouse, which I am told has had something of a makeover since various members were last there a few years ago. The facilities were excellent as was the dinner. Diana had devised an ingenious system to record our orders for dinner, S for Soup and L for Lamb etc! It worked faultlessly! After dinner we watched the Last Night of the Proms screened on an enormous plasma screen which covered the whole of one wall of the club house. This was not something that we had planned but which Kees only discovered when he booked the venue.



Marilyn, Alistair, Diana, Chris and Sybil about to sing Land of Hope and Glory! Kim, John and Kees the morning after

After dinner and a few more bottles of wine we all joined in the singing using song sheets and waiving Union Jacks thoughtfully provided by the staff at Gin’s Farm. It was poignant moment as it was possibly the last time that we would be waiving Union Jacks at Last Night of the Proms.

On Sunday morning the wind piped up, giving us a solid beat back to the Bar Beacon with 20 knots across the deck. I saw Cosantes being sailed under full main and No.1 genoa going pointing high and sailing fast.

Kees and Diana, thank you so much for organising such a good rally and for entertaining us so royally before dinner.

St Wilfrid’s Coastal Challenge Saturday 20th September



St Wilfrid’s Challenge a drifting start
A drifting match aboard Tris Simmond’s First 40.7 Albion of Cowes
Towing Darter home

The organisers had had to postpone the St Wilfrid’s Challenge from the 6th September because of a lack of wind, in fact no wind at all. Sadly, the postponed race was marred by lack of wind as well. I felt very sorry for the Inn Shore Cruising Club who were organising the fundraising race. I sailed once again in New Dawn with Baz Taylor and his son Graham. There was practically no wind. The photograph above shows the class which started 5 minutes ahead of us only 50 metres over the line as we crossed it! Things improved somewhat on the way down to the Nab. Our personal best in New Dawn was 1.8 knots over the water! Eventually after drifting with no wind for half an hour 1.8 Nm off the Nab, we gave up the unequal struggle and headed home, picking up Tony Glover in Darter on the way back. I am afraid that many other boats followed our example only to find the wind picking up half an hour later as we neared the Bar Beacon.

I would like to welcome to Tristram Simmonds, who was recently elected a member, to our Cruiser Fleet. He has a First 40.7 Albion of Cowes, which he keeps at Itchenor. He kindly provided me with some photos of the race for Cruiser News.

Dates for your diary

Sunday 2nd November Cruiser AGM

We will be holding our informal Cruiser AGM as usual in the bar, starting at 1800 and moving onto supper at 1900. The purpose of the meeting is to plan next season’s activities and in particular the Summer Cruise. I would very much welcome your thoughts on where we might cruise to in 2015. The last two Summer Cruises have been very successful, so I am very keen that the Summer Cruise in 2015 should build on these past successes. I will also be able to tell your more about the Cruiser Winter Talk programme.

Saturday 15th November 2014 Cruiser supper and talk



Kippa in Clovelly Harbour

Rupert Emmerson will be giving an illustrated talk about sailing his Hunter 23 Kippa around Britain. It was his first voyage of any length and was a great achievement. He took a large number of photos of the coat of Britain which he will be sharing with us.

Note. This event is not in the Handbook.

ISC, illustrated talk 1900 hrs, supper at 2000 hrs. Can you please book in with the office by calling 01243 512400.

Saturday 6th December Cruisers’ Christmas Dinner

As usual Annmarie will cook us up something delicious.

Skuttlebutt



Wotan tucked up for the winter in Mariehamn

Lionel Hoare’s Alcyone of Apuldram is now in Cuxhaven on the Elbe. He sailed her, in perfect weather for a change from Copenhagen down to the Kiel Kanal. Ras Turner is still sailing out in Brittany in his Gazelle of Itchenor. He will be laying her up this week and returning home at the weekend. Wotan was hauled last week and is now sitting propped up in a small yard just north of Mariehamn. I hope that will be able get her out again because the water around the dock is quite shallow. I will be hoping for low pressure in May, so she will not be atmospherically neaped!

For those of you who are erstwhile dinghy sailors, Bart’s Bash on Sunday was a big success with some 80 boats sailing including Mirrors, Toppers, 420s, RS200s, Int 14s, Swallows, Xs and Sunbeams sailing in glorious weather.

Amendments to the Cruiser Register

Can you please let me have any amendments to the 2014 Cruiser Register so that I can prepare a draft 2015 Cruiser Register for comment at the Cruiser AGM. You Rear Commodore’s much beloved yacht Wotan was omitted from the printed version of the 2014 Handbook!

Fair winds,


Ant Fawcett
Rear Commodore Cruising, ISC


END OF AUGUST 2014

Posted 30th August 2014

Dear All,

I have only just returned from the Baltic after taking Wotan to lay up in Mariehamn, so I must apologise that I have not sent out a Cruiser News for the best part of a month. There are a number of Cruiser events coming up to which I would like to draw your attention.

St Wilfrid’s Coastal Challenge, Saturday 6th September 2014

S68 Ptarmigan heading home from the Nab Tower, 2013

The St Wilfrid’s Challenge is taking place a bit earlier this year on 6th September. I would encourage you to enter this very worthwhile event raising money for our much loved local hospice. The Notice of Race and Entry Forms can be found on the St Wilfrid’s Hospice and Inn Shore Cruising Club web site at http://www.swhcyc.wordpress.com/nor and http://www.innshorecruisingclub.co.uk/web_forms_13/entry_form_14.pdf ,respectively. As you will all know St Wilfrid’s is our local hospice, which has cared for many of our friends over the years. It is a very good cause. In 2012 Itchenor SC won the Tempus Fugit Trophy for the Club which raises the most amount of money. We did not win last year because I failed to put my bid in at the time I entered, so the money which I raised did not count towards Itchenor’s total! Don’t make that mistake. The races start at 1245, or later depending upon your class. HW Chichester Harbour Entrance 0940 4.4m; LW 1510 1.2m. It is a great cause.

If anyone is participating in the event could they please let me know. Sadly, Wotan will not be able to participate this year as she has over the last two years.

Solent Dinner Meet at Royal Southampton YC, Gins Farm, Beaulieu River, 13th/14th September

View from Gins Farm, Beaulieu

Kees van der Klugt is kindly organising the Solent Dinner Meet at Gins Farm. Seven yachts including Camelot, Cosantes, Flying Boat, Masquerade, Maurie, New Dawn and Tiger C have confirmed that they will be attending. Wotan is in the Baltic, but I have been kindly invited by Baz Taylor to fly my flag on New Dawn. The berthing master has said that he will put as many of us as possible on the pontoon. Apparently the Last Night of the Proms will beamed onto the far wall of the Clubhouse from our table so we should be able to enjoy the spectacle without being over-powered by it. The menu for a very reasonable £21.95 per head will be:

Forest Mushroom Soup or Goats Cheese herb globe with pineapple salsa
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Braised lamb shank with crushed root vegetables, roasted new potatoes and minted gravy or Butternut squash risotto with dressed rocket
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Mango cheesecake with chilli syrup

If anyone else would like to join the party either by land or sea, please contact Kees by email at keesvanderklugt@btinternet.com or by phone on 01798 875663.

ISC Cruiser AGM Sunday 2nd November

We will be holding our informal Cruiser AGM as usual in the bar, starting at 1800 and moving onto supper at 1900. The purpose of the meeting is to plan next season’s activities and in particular the Summer Cruise. I would very much welcome your thoughts on where we might cruise to in 2015. The last two Summer Cruises have been very successful, so I am very keen that the Summer Cruise in 2015 should build on these past successes. I will also be able to tell your more about the Cruiser Winter Talk programme. I have arranged for four talks for 2014/5.

Skuttlebutt

Baz Taylor tells me that the wind and weather prevented him from going over to St Vaast. Where have I heard that before! However he had a good sail down to Poole and pigged out in The Haven restaurant in Lymington on a mouth watering chocolate bomb dessert!

Lionel Hoare has sailed Alcyone down from Tromsö to Gothenburg. He is planning to sail to the Kiel Kanal in September and back from Kiel in October, which could be rather cold and windy. However such a prospect is unlikely to daunt a man who went swimming in Tromsö!

Colin and Adam contemplating dinner Mike and Bill on Wotan

I enjoyed a fortnight’s cruise out of Helsinki with Colin Maclean, Adam Hogg and Chris Colbourne. We went from Helsinki to Tallinn and Hanko, returning the same way and taking in a large number of harbours and anchorages. The weather was sublime. We were told that such weather occurs only once in a generation. We were very lucky. Bill Barnes sailed with me back to Mariehamn. We were joined by Mike Derry, who lives in Helsinki with whom Bill won the Hornet World Championships in Hayling Island in a boat they built themselves back in the 60’s. Sadly, by the time we set off the tail end of Hurricane Bertha had arrived in Europe and the weather had broken.

Fair winds,

Ant Fawcett

Rear Commodore Cruising, ISC


END OF JULY 2014

Posted 31st July 2014

Dear All,

Chris Colbourne organised a very successful West Country Rally, for which many, many thanks. I have included in this Cruiser News his report on the Rally. I am only sorry that I missed the rally.

West Country Rally
Itchenor Sailing Club 2014

For most of us, the ISC Rally formed part of a more extensive cruise. The participants in the rally made their own way to our starting point, Dartmouth, and towards the end of the week boats and their crew departed as appropriate, some returning to base and others going further afield. On Maurie, we had always intended to get to the Isles of Scilly…and we did.


It was, I think, an excellent week. We had a core of four boats, Cosantes, Dev, Galatea and Maurie, joined for a while by another Contessa 32 and in Helford by Alistair and Susanna Shaw in Masquerade. It was a good size group - small enough so we could all chat with one another.

On Maurie we left Sunday midday on the 6th July from Itchenor, perhaps a little the worse for wear following a magnificent summer party. We were concerned we might be late to our rendezvous, so we sailed out of the harbour into a stiff south westerly, taking advantage of some strong currents, but staying outside the Isle of Wight and heading overnight straight to Dartmouth.

We arrived Monday mid afternoon, having checked in with some of our colleagues, who were in Weymouth. With no responsibilities until Tuesday, the official start of the Rally, we headed up to Dittisham (pronounced 'Dit'sham) and picked up a mooring near the village pub, the excellent Ferryboat Inn. Tuesday was warm and sunny and we took advantage of a rising tide and Maurie's 1.1m draft for a gentle motor up river to Totnes, before returning to Darthaven Marina, our planned first night's mooring for the Rally.

We arrived to find that Dev, with Robin Payne and Dudley Howard were safely moored, and we were soon to be followed by John and Sybella McCann with Colin Harvey on Cosantes and Hugh and Miranda Kemlo on Galatea of Gillan.

The Rally commencement dinner was at the Royal Dart. The Club seemed to have organised a race just for us to watch with our pre-dinner cocktails, and then even though it was a 'quiet' Monday, they put on a great meal just for us.

Tuesday and the task was to sail against the prevailing south-westerlies, around Start Point to Salcombe. We rafted up nearby one another on the visitor pontoon, care of the helpful harbourmaster, having negotiated a fleet of 130 Merlin Rockets coming down the narrow mooring field under spinnaker and a gusty northwest wind. Backing Maurie into a three-boat deep slot about one half metre longer than us, with the wind blowing off the pontoon and the tide driving up channel was an interesting challenge, accomplished in a manner which did justice to the ISC pennant and provided good theatre for the on-looking crews!

Our plan, generally, was to go to interesting places, have enough time to walk around the area, and enjoy some convivial evenings. In Salcombe, the intention was to have a barbecue for all the Rally participants on Maurie, which, being an Australian boat, had the mandatory 'barbie' fitted aft on the stern rail. Judging by the departure time and number of bottles of wine consumed, most seem to have enjoyed a pretty good evening! We even managed to offer Itchenor hospitality to the McCann's new friends, Richard and Gemma, on the sister Contessa 32, 'Red Jacket'. We also learned how many people can be accommodated in the Saloon of Maurie when the wind gets a little crisp and it is time to close the companionway doors. Hopefully we didn't disturb our neighbours to much.

Thursday was supposed to be a free day, and it was, except that independently we all decided we wanted to explore the River Yealm, Newton Ferrers and Noss Mayo. Some of us had visited years ago, and there were a few cautionary tales about the less than direct entrance, but we all made it in without incident and were able to pick up a shared visitor mooring and pontoon berths. John McCann thoughtfully booked us all into the Ship Inn for dinner. As we sat down, we noticed a couple of empty seats and soon after received a landline call via the publican...apparently John and Sybella took a slight left turn in their dinghy and ended up on the other side of the river at the Dolphin Inn where they were enjoying a delightful, but slightly more intimate dinner for two! I should point out that Newton Creek, which separates the two pubs, dries completely and the tide
was running out fast, so the task of commuting by dinghy was thought to be too muddy for evening dress.

On Maurie, we had 'walkers', 'shoppers' and ‘boat minders’. Alastair Spencer led the walkers and the shoppers were led, I think, by Anne Colbourne, a true professional! Graham preferred the peace of boat minding. Colin Harvey, on Cosantes, probably set the distance record. On Maurie, Alistair and I felt that if we walked hard we might be able to burn enough calories to justify dinner. We set out from the landing slip for Yealm Head and then circled back along the south Devon Coast Path and then over fields and lanes to Newton Creek.

Our next scheduled port was Fowey. We left early and motored across a flat calm bay, watching the British Navy on manoeuvres, until the wind set in and allowed us some close hauled sailing over to Cannis Rock and then into Fowey. We all took turns trying to get the right trade off between speed and heading. The Harbourmaster had kindly put us altogether on the floating pontoons opposite the historic 'prime cellars'. Once secured, we split up into 'shoppers', 'boat minders' and 'walkers'. Alastair Spencer and I headed into Fowey, took the ferry to Polruan, headed out to the headlands, along to Lantic Bay, then over the fields and lanes to the head of Pont Pill and finally back via the Hall Walk to the Bodminick ferry and Fowey, where Graham kindly picked us up in the dinghy from Albert Quay.

Friday night was the last night where we had a full complement of rallyists, for Duncan and Fleur O'Kelly and Dudley Howard all needed to catch the train back East the following morning. We put on our finest and headed to the Royal Fowey Yacht Club, where we were treated to a view of some excellent racing from the terrace and then a splendid meal, thanks to an excellent catering staff.

Saturday was a scheduled free day. It was also time for Dev to start their return trip. On Maurie we decided to head for Falmouth. We wanted to be sure we had appropriate supplies before setting out for the Scillies and we had promised ourselves a visit to Rick Stein's Seafood Bar, which, as it turns out, is no longer open, but we did enjoy excellent fish and chips downstairs in the restaurant. We also stopped in at the Maritime museum.

By now, everybody was making their own plans, but Galatea, Cosantes and Maurie all planned to meet up in the Helford River for supper at the Ferryboat Inn on Sunday. We got there late morning, and enjoyed a pint and brunch accompanied by great trad-jazz at the refurbished and excellently managed Shipwright Arms, on the south side of the river. Half the crew then did a circular walk via the Kestle Barton rural arts centre and Frenchman's Creek, made famous by Daphne du Maurier, while the other half walked eastwards along the River. We also stopped in at the newly extended and impressive Helford River Sailing Club.

Could the meals get any better? Certainly the Ferryboat Inn competed well for the honours. We had a great meal and convivial evening, chatting and then watching the World Cup final between Argentina and Germany on the big screen. On Maurie we said a quick goodbye to Ann Colbourne and Alastair Spencer, both of whom had to head back to base. That left us with our usual core team, me and my brother Graham. One hull each!

Our intention had been to set sail for the Scillies on Monday, but we made a hasty getaway on Sunday night after dinner, leaving the Helford River at about 22:30, having noticed we had light winds and great tides. We were in St Mary's by 8:00 the following morning, cooked ourselves a big breakfast and set out for a long walk of the Island. By 15:30 we were sailing across the flats to Tresco on a low but rising tide, trying to beat the monohulls to a good mooring, which we did. We then walked Bryher Island. We saved Tresco for Tuesday.

Tresco was brilliant! The weather was perfect and we walked the whole island, including the gardens, the Valhalla museum, the old forts and prehistoric cairns on the rugged north. We had a great al- fresco lunch at the Ruin Beach cafe.

Having circled the island on foot we made a quick trip back across the New Grimsby channel by dinghy to Bryher for a souvenir hat and wildly coloured fishing smock (woops!). Then, with the boat stowed, we headed out onto a peaceful sea around the north of the Scillies and back towards the mainland, with the screacher up, the wind and setting sun behind us. The forecast was for fairly gentle south westerlies, backing to not-so-gentle easterlies and then two evenings of quite wild

thunderstorms, with gales in the West. Our plan was to get back and beat the weather, which we did, sailing straight home nonstop, departing New Grimsby Sound and sailing around the north of the Scillies.

It was, in fact, a very calm and beautiful trip. The high points were being surrounded by about 30 dolphins for almost a hour off Portland Bill and then approaching the Needles at dawn in eerily calm water as the currents in the main channel raced at over four knots and we searched out the eddies taking advantage of our shoal draft.

We got back to the ISC pontoon at 12:30 having enjoyed a terrific ten days and logging about 700 nm. Our main thoughts?...where will we go next year that could be this good?

Chris Colbourne

21st July 2014

St Wilfrid’s Coastal Challenge Saturday 6th September 2014

The St Wilfrid’s Challenge is taking place a bit earlier this year on 6th September. I would encourage you to enter this very worthwhile event raising money for our much loved local hospice. The Notice of Race and entry forms can be found on the Inn Shore Cruising Club web site at http://www.innshorecruisingclub.co.uk/web_forms_13/entry_form_14.pdf .

Skuttlebutt

Lionel Hoare wrote to me from Tromsö, where he is with Alcyone of Appledram. Despite the 3⁰C temperature he swam around the boat to celebrate Misommer’s. He will be heading south to cruise the West coast of Sweden.

Mike Wigmore and Charles Hyatt sailed Orion a Firebird catamaran from Ocean Village, Southampton, leaving at 0310, hoisting a spinnaker at Calshott an hour later. They flew it almost all the way to the Helford where they arrived at 2020. They sailed all the way up to Gweek where the Firebirds were built in the 80s and early 90s. They averaged 14 knots! Mike has bought a Firebird in Turku in Finland not far from where I am writing the Cruiser News.

Wotan is currently in Tallinn. I joined the Royal Cruising Club Baltic Meet from Mariehamn in the Åland Islands to Helsinki where we arrived on Sunday. We had perfect weather with barely a cloud in the sky all the way from Stockholm to Helsinki. I have just been joined by Adam Hogg and Colin Maclean and Chris Colbourne is due to join me next week.

Fair winds,


Anthony Fawcett
Rear Commodore Cruising


END OF JUNE 2014

Posted 30th June 2014

It has been sometime since I sent out a Cruiser News, but as you will see I have been away sailing Wotan to Stockholm.

West Country Rally Tuesday 8th July to Monday 14th July

Chris Colbourne has arranged a splendid programme for the West Country Rally.





Dartmouth Salcombe Fowey Helford River The Chain Locker, Falmouth


Tuesday 8th July Gather in Dartmouth for an opening dinner at the Royal Dart YC
Wednesday 9th July Sail round to Salcombe for a barbecue on Maurie
Thursday 10th July Free sailing
Friday 11th July Meet in Fowey for dinner at the Royal Fowey YC
Saturday 12th July Optional visit to the Eden Project from Fowey, or free sailing
Sunday 13th July Helford River for dinner at the Ferry Boat Inn
Monday 14th July Falmouth for a visit to the National Maritime Museum in the afternoon and a closing dinner

Chris is planning to sail on to the Scilly Isles from Falmouth, but while anyone is welcome to join him this does not form part of the ISC Rally. If the weather is fair this is a delightful extension to the cruise.



Wotan at anchor in New Grimsby Sound View from Cromwell’s Castle, Tresco

Five yachts including Maurie (Chris Colbourne), Bella (Josh Leon), Cosantes (John McCann), Dev (Robin Payne) and Galatea of Gillan (Hugh Kemlo) have indicated that they will be going on the rally. It is not too late to join the rally!

Scuttlebutt

Mike Robinson, who has been keeping his boat Sabbatical of Strangford in Corfu, bravely visited Albania. He went into a smart new marina where he found a restaurant. On asking for a menu he was told there was no menu. On further enquiring if there was any meat he was told there was no meat, but they did happen to have some fish! The restaurant was deserted apart from him and his crew, but the fish was very acceptable! I don’t think the restaurateur would go very far in Turkey or Greece. Montenegro on the other hand was beautiful with good harbours and restaurants. An ex military harbour had been transformed into a marina, in fact into three marinas. One was for yachts, the next for super yachts and the third for super-super yachts for the likes of Abramovitch!

Baz Taylor, in New Dawn, is currently in Salcombe having sailed down via Weymouth and Brixham. He expects to be back in Itchenor on Thursday this week.



David and Baz in front of Helsingør Castle Bim very wet and cold in Kalmar Sund A peaceful anchorage in Ut-Lango

Wotan is now in Saltsjöbaden, just south of Stockholm. I sailed with Baz and David Cunningham to Copenhagen via the Kiel Canal. We cruised the Danish Islands before visiting Helsingør and Copenhagen. There is a most impressive new National Maritime Museum built in a disused dry-dock just outside the castle at Helsingør. Bim then sailed with me up to Saltsjöbaden. We had some very cold northerly winds while you were all basking in the sun here in England.

Sad news

I am sure that you will all be very sad to hear of the death of Sally Montyn after a short illness. Sally and Pieter were great supporters of the Itchenor SC Cruisers. They attended many of our rallies and were regulars at the Cruiser talks and suppers. Sally will be sadly missed. Our thoughts go out to Pieter and his family.

Can I wish you all good sailing and fair winds.

Ant Fawcett
Rear Commodore Cruising


MID MAY 2014

Posted 20th May 2014

Dear All,

Solent Shakedown Rally



Tony Anstee in Ste Anne d’Auray kindly organised the Shakedown Rally, which started in Bembridge on Wednesday, moved to Cowes on Thursday and ended in Yarmouth on Friday. The participants included Cosantes (John McCann), Dev (Robin Payne), New Dawn (Basil Taylor), Super Gite (Richard Saker) and Lavrock (Jim Hartley). Tony had timed the tide beautifully so that even those yachts with the deepest draft had no problem getting into Bembridge. An enjoyable dinner was had at the Pilot Boat Inn. In the morning the fleet proceeded to Cowes Yacht Haven. Tony had arranged a visit to the Classic boat museum at East Cowes. There were two exhibits of particular interest, the first Sopranino a tiny 19’ 8” LOA offshore cruiser. She was designed by Laurent Giles in 1950 for Patrick Ellam, a member of Itchenor SC, who, since the war, had been sailing around the Channel in his racing canoe Theta. He wanted to prove that a small light displacement yacht could be a seaworthy craft in which to race offshore and cross oceans. He founded the Junior Offshore Group, which is flourishing to this day, to encourage racing and passage making in small boats. The RORC was somewhat sniffy about Sopranino and would not let her race in their races. Patrick Ellan used to set off in Sopranino at the same time as the RORC racers and finish up in, say, Santander not long after the last Class III boat! In 1951, with Colin Mudie he sailed Sopranino across the Atlantic. Patrick Ellam then took her up the Intra-coastal waterway to New York, where she languished in Newport RI until the JOG clubbed together to have Sopranino restored some 50 years later. The other yacht of interest was X1 Mistletoe, the very first X, which was owned by Robin Payne’s mother and raced at Itchenor for many years. She is now over 100 years old! Richard Saker kindly entertained us all to drinks in Cowes Yacht Haven on Super Gite, before we all toddled off to the Island for dinner. It was a beautiful evening to sit in the cockpit of a yacht and to stand on the balcony of the Island SC looking out over the water. On Friday the fleet made its way to Yarmouth for dinner at On the Rocks. Saturday saw the fleet returning to Itchenor, most of whom had to motor as there was little or no wind, which rather characterised the rally.

Tuesday 8th – Monday 14th July 2014 West Country Summer Cruise

Our next event is the West Country Summer Cruise, which Chris Colbourne, Maurie, has very kindly agreed to organise, has been well publicised in Cruiser News. The cruise has been arranged so that participants, who may be planning to cruise either to Brittany or further west to the Scillies or Ireland, can position their yachts in the West Country prior to a cruise later in the season.

The itinerary is as follows:

Tuesday 8th July Gather in Dartmouth for an opening dinner at the Royal Dart YC
Wednesday 9th July Sail round to Salcombe for a barbecue dinner on Maurie
Thursday 10th July Free sailing, you may wish to visit Newton Ferrers on the Yealm, or push on past Plymouth and up the Tamar
Friday 11th July Meet in Fowey
Saturday 12th July Visit the Eden Project from Fowey or free sailing
Sunday 13th July Helford River, informal dinner ashore
Monday 14th July Falmouth for a visit to the National Maritime Museum in the afternoon and a closing dinner at the Royal Cornwall YC

Chris already has some 8 yachts signed up or interested in going on the Summer Cruise. If you would like to join the cruise or would like more information about it, Chris can be contacted by telephone on 01243 511426, or by email at: CColbourne@masterworksdev.com .

Skuttlebutt



Ras in the Ras de Sein

On the Tuesday after Easter I sailed with Ras Turner in his Rustler 36 Gazelle of Itchenor to the Villaine River. We sailed direct to L’Aberwrac’h arriving there quite late on Wednesday evening. Next morning we cheated the tide by taking the rock dodgy Chenal Meridional de Portsall, which brought us out just to the east of the Four Light. We were able to carry the tide down the Chenal de Four and through the Ras de Sein arriving the next morning at La Trinité. We were stuck there for three days as a gale blew through. I can think of many worse places to be holed up!

Wotan was relaunched on Friday. I plan to leave for the Baltic on Sunday, so I am pretty busy getting Wotan ready. Baz Taylor is joining me on the first leg to Copenhagen. I saw James Pickford in Kalabash, moored near Wotan on the pontoon. He is also off to the Baltic, but he is leaving a few weeks later than me.

Good sailing,

Ant Fawcett
Rear Commodore Cruising

LATE APRIL 2014

Posted 21st April 2014

WEDNESDAY 14th to Saturday 17th MAY Solent Shakedown Cruise

Tony Anstee in Ste Anne d’Auray has kindly agreed to organise this year’s Solent Shakedown Cruise. This is always a popular rally and, as its name implies, gives you the opportunity to make sure that everything works. The plan for the rally is as follows:

Wednesday 14th May

Sail to Bembridge berthing has been booked in the Duver Marina. The harbour master has confirmed that yachts with a 2 metre draft will have more than enough water for entering Bembridge Harbour 2 hours either side of high water which is at 1252 BST. Arrangements for an evening meal either ashore or on board will be made once numbers are known.

Thursday 15th May

With a favourable tide in the morning, sail to Cowes and berth in Cowes Yacht Haven during the morning. (HW Bembridge 1336, HW Portsmouth 1233) In the afternoon a visit to the East Cowes Classic Boat Museum has been arranged. This is where Sopranino is exhibited. Sopranino is the 19’ 6” yacht in which Patrick Ellam, ISC and Colin Mudie sailed across the Atlantic in 1951, for which they were awarded the Mends Cup in 1952. Patrick Ellam was instrumental in the founding of the Junior Offshore Group. Dinner has been booked at the Island Sailing Club.

Friday 16th May

Sail to Yarmouth with perhaps a stop off in the Newton river. Berths have been reserved at Harold Hayles yard on their walk ashore pontoon. Dinner at On the Rocks. (HW Portsmouth 1314)

Saturday 17th May

Sail back to Itchenor (HW 1415_

If you are interested in joining this cruise could you please contact Tony Anstee on 01243 512244 or at riverside@itchenor.net . I hope that I will be able to join the rally in Wotan.

Saturday 26th April Tracy Edwards MBE, talk and dinner



After being the first woman to take part in the Whitbread Round the World race in 1985, Tracy Edwards went on to skipper Maiden in the 1989-90 Whitbread with the first all female crew. Maiden won two legs and came second overall. For this achievement she was awarded Yachtsman of the Year by the Yachting Journalists Association. With sponsorship from Royal & Sun Alliance in a specially designed 92’ multihull she broke seven world records. During her attempt on the Jules Verne Trophy, the circumnavigation record, her multihull was dismasted in the Southern Ocean, but she managed to sail the boat under jury rig safely to Chile. She is now a much sought after motivational speaker.

Come and share Tracy Edwards life and adventures. This will be a special evening with a delicious two course dinner and coffee.

Talk and dinner at 1930. £25 per head, please book in with the office as this is likely to be a sell out.

Skuttlebutt

Ras Turner is sailing Gazelle of Itchenor down to the Villaine river after Easter. He has invited me to sail with him. I hope that the weather pattern improves or we may be beating all the way! I hope to see many of you at today’s Spring General Meeting at 1730.

Good sailing,

Ant Fawcett
Rear Commodore Cruising


EARLY APRIL 2014

Posted 6th April 2014

Disposal of out of date flares

If you are like me you always have some flares you are trying to dispose of, here are three ways in which you can dispose of flares.

The RYA has recently announced a Flare Amnesty to dispose of out of date flares, which has been agreed with the Hampshire Constabulary and provided by Remora Ltd. Details can be found at by clicking here.. In summary you may take not more than 10 out of date flares for disposal on the following dates:

Saturday 26th April Northney Marina
Saturday 10th May Hamble Point Marina
Saturday 17th May Cowes Yacht Haven
Sunday 10th August Lymington Yacht Haven

If you need to dispose of more than 10 flares you will need to contact the marina concerned to arrange disposal.

Another alternative is Viking Life-saving Equipment Ltd at Hamble Court, Hamble Lane, Hamble SO31 4QL, Tel: 02380 454184, who will take out of date flares for £1.65 + VAT each. Stephen took 20 or so of the Club’s over there a couple of weeks ago. I do, however, suggest that you call them first.

HM Coastguard at 44A Marine Parade West, Lee-on-Solent PO13 9NR, Tel 02392 552100, will take up to 12 flares. They require you to call to book an appointment so that an officer can be on hand to accept the flares. They will be at Lee-on-Solent until the end of August before moving to Southampton, after which time these arrangements will be reviewed.

Survey of Chichester Bar

I would like to draw your attention to Chichester Harbour Conservancy Local Notice to Mariners No.7 2014, which can be viewed in its entirety at http://www.conservancy.co.uk/notices/view/113 . It relates to a bathymetric survey carried out of Chichester Bar and Approach Channel undertaken on 12th March 2014 which shows a least depth of 1.0m below Chart Datum. There is a link to a detailed chart of the survey included in the Local Notice. In order to read the depths on the chart you will need to zoom in. The last depth is to the This notice supersedes the survey undertaken on 8th October 2013 which showed a least depth of 0.7m below Chart Datum and reported in LNTM No.16 2013. Since the sand bar shifts after gales care should always be taken when crossing the bar.

If you keep your boat in Chichester Harbour, I suggest that you subscribe to the Local Notices to Mariners. This can be done quite simply on the Users screen of their web site at http://www.conservancy.co.uk/page/harbour-users/454/ .

Skuttlebutt

I slipped Wotan at Northney Marina on Tuesday with the help of Basil Taylor. We set off in poor visibility from my mooring on the pontoon only to find that at the entrance to the Bosham Channel the visibility had deteriorated markedly. We made a swift about turn to return to the mooring only to find when we got there that the fog had all but lifted and we could see the trees behind Cobnor Point quite clearly. The fog cleared away completely as we headed towards East Head. After lunch in Emsworth we returned at 8 knots to the Club in my RIB Gonzo.

Good sailing,

Ant Fawcett
Rear Commodore Cruising


LATE MARCH 2014

Posted 24th March 2014

Last night Archie and Jo Massey gave us a wonderful illustrated talk about their trans-Pacific voyage, or as they called it the “Coconut Milk Run” to a packed audience in the Members’ Room. In 2012 they were living in Sydney and needed to get back to England. So to simplify the process they bought Mystic a Beneteau 423, sight unseen, in Panama, which they planned to sail back to Sydney before finally returning to England by air! The boat had been sitting in a marina for 4 years. It had simply been left by its previous owner. They spent a month or so sorting out the boat and preparing for the voyage. They set off with Jo’s father and a friend of theirs as crew. Jo had barely sailed at all let alone cross an ocean. Archie had sailed across the Atlantic with Jim Hartley on Susquehanna. They transited the Panama canal during the night as is now mandatory for yachts to do so.

Their passage to the Galapagos, which is through the Doldrums, was very slow. The 1000 mile passage took them 10 days, with quite a lot of motoring. They made their landfall in San Cristobel, which is a surprisingly large town. They explored the islands meeting tortoises, iguanas, sea turtles, blue footed Boobies and sea lions, which seem to have taken over the place. They can be found lounging on park benches or flopping into your dinghy and even taking over your bathing platform! I gather that they are not easy to move. From the Galapagos the real cruise began. They were blessed with good winds for the 3000 mile leg to the Marquesas. The Marquesas are French so they were able to enjoy camembert, baguettes and French wine. The inhabitants of the Marquesas apparently each receive about €7,000 pa, which keeps them very content. After chopping down a breadfruit and a mango or two, the day’s work is done, so the rest of the day is theirs! That does not sound a bad way of life!



Mystic off the Oa Pou spires, which are the remains of a volcano Mystic anchored off a deserted atoll in the Tuomotus

The next island group on the Coconut Milk Run is the Tuomotus, or the dangerous archipelago because the atolls are so low you do not see them until it is too late. Life is rather easier with GPS. Archie’s main navigation tool was his iPad. Mystic carried charts but, in his insouciant way, Archie never troubled the pencil sharpener! Entering these atolls is a fairly hairy business. Even with a draft of a mere 1.8m Mystic had a number of brushes with the bottom. The key to survival when approaching a reef or atoll is to have the sun high up and behind you and a very sharp lookout for bommies or coral heads which abound in the atolls. Jo said that they were quite well charted using satellite technology, which is reassuring. There is a strong tidal stream at the entrance to these atolls so you need to estimate the time of high water and time your approach so you are not stemming a 4-5 knot tide in the entrance.



Archie kite surfing in an atoll Swimming with reef sharks A marlin caught off Fakarava in the Tuamotuan Archipelago

Both Archie and Jo were qualified scuba divers. This clearly added to their enjoyment of the cruise. I have to say that I would not be keen on diving around these reef sharks, but they assured us, Archie and Jo that is not the sharks, that they did not eat humans. The reefs surrounding the atolls drop off very suddenly from only a few metres to several hundred metres. When the tide is ebbing out of the atoll, there is a strong current which pulls you down the slope into the abyss. It all sounds rather frightening to me. From the Tuamotus they sailed on to the Society Islands where they visited Tahiti and Bora Bora. Tahiti was rather a shock to the system with heavy traffic and metalled roads.



Mystic moored in Tahiti, civilisation again Rainbow over Morea Jo points to Bora Bora in the distance

In Tahiti they were joined by Harry, Archie’s brother and the trans-Pacific crew flew home, but not before they had caught a marlin leaving the Tuamotus. They visited Morea and Bora Bora. Their next stop after the Society Islands was the Palmerston Atoll, which lies between Bora Bora and Tonga. Palmerston Atoll was inhabited in 1863 by William Marsters, a carpenter and barrel maker, and his two Polynesian wives. He added a third wife and sired 23 children from whom the current inhabitants of the Palmerston Atoll are descended.



Main Street, Palmerston village Approaching Savu Savu on Vanua Levu, Fiji

From Palmerston they sailed on to Niue, which has no atoll, but you simply anchor off and dinghy in. It is made of limestone so there are lots of caves and waterfalls. Then on to Tonga where they indulged in a Tongan feast, which is the current Tongan toursim offering. From Tonga they sailed to Fiji, arriving at Savu Savu a dusty town where you could buy almost anything you wanted in the Indian owned shops. Their last stop before Australia was Vanuatu. They anchored off Tanna where Mount Yasur, a volcano, was in the process of erupting. Not satisfied with viewing it from afar they walked up to the rim and peered in. They also visited Mount Marum, another active volcano on the island of Ambrym. For a bit of light relief they sailed up to Espirito Santo Island where in the beautiful Matevulu Blue Hole, Archie proposed to Jo. The rest as they say is history!

From Vanuatu they sailed across tha Coral Sea to Bundaberg, 9,500 miles and 249 days out of Panama. After the usual termite inspection and handing over large amounts of money to the Australiuan Customs, they had a final 700 mile sail down to Sydney. For the first time the weather was unkind to them with Southerly Busters coming up repeatedly, forcing them to duck into Yamba and Port Stephens, before they finally reached Sydney.



Celebrations at CYCA in Rushcutters Bay

They were met by friends in their yacht at the Heads and berthed at the Crusing Yacht Club of Australia marina for a joint arrival and engagement party. Archie and Jo made it all sound so effortless but I am sure that a great deal of planning had gone into the voyage. You can read more about it on their blog at http://blog.mailasail.com/mystic/2 .

Archie and Jo thank you for a simply splendid presentation.

Saturday 26th April Tracy Edwards MBE, talk and dinner

After being the first woman to take part in the Whitbread Round the World race in 1985, Tracy Edwards went on to skipper Maiden in the 1989-90 Whitbread with the first all female crew. Maiden won two legs and came second overall. For this achievement she was awarded Yachtsman of the Year by the Yachting Journalists Association. With sponsorship from Royal & Sun Alliance in a specially designed 92’ multihull she broke seven world records. During her attempt on the Jules Verne Trophy, the circumnavigation record, her multihull was dismasted in the Southern Ocean, but she managed to sail the boat under jury rig safely to Chile. She is now a much sought after motivational speaker.

Come and share Tracy Edwards life and adventures. This will be a special evening with a delicious two course dinner and coffee.

Talk and dinner at 1930. £25 per head, please book in with the office as this is likely to be a sell out.

Wednesday 14th – Saturday 17th May Solent Shakedown Cruise

Tony Anstee in Ste Anne d’Auray has kindly agreed to organise this year’s Solent Shakedown Cruise. The outline plan for the rally is as follows:

Wednesday 14th May Sail to Bembridge berthing over night in the Duver Marina, with a barbecue under cover in their marquee
Thursday 15th May Sail to Cowes and berth in Cowes Yacht Haven during the morning. In the afternoon a visit to the East Cowes Classic Boat Museum where Sopranino is exhibited. Sopranino is the 19’ 6” yacht in which Patrick Ellam, ISC and Colin Mudie sailed across the Atlantic in 1951, for which they were awarded the Mends Cup in 1952. Patrick Ellam was instrumental in the founding of the Junior Offshore Group. Dinner at the Island Sailing Club.
Friday 16th May Sail to Yarmouth. A walk to the Red Lion in Freshwater is planned for those of a stronger constitution. Dinner at On the Rocks.
Saturday 17th May Sail back to Itchenor HW 1415

If you are interested in joining this cruise could you please contact Tony Anstee on 01243 512244 or at riverside@itchenor.net .

Tuesday 8th – Monday 14th July 2014 West Country Summer Cruise

The West Country Summer Cruise, which Chris Colbourne, Maurie, has very kindly agreed to organise, has been well publicised in Cruiser News. the cruise. The cruise has been arranged so that participants, who may be planning to cruise either to Brittany or further west to the Scillies or Ireland, can position their yachts in the West Country prior to a cruise later in the season.

The itinerary is as follows:

Tuesday 8th July Gather in Dartmouth for an opening dinner at the Royal Dart YC
Wednesday 9th July Sail round to Salcombe for a barbecue dinner on Maurie
Thursday 10th July Free sailing, you may wish to visit Newton Ferrers on the Yealm, or push on past Plymouth and up the Tamar
Friday 11th July Meet in Fowey
Saturday 12th July Visit the Eden Project from Fowey or free sailing
Sunday 13th July Helford River, informal dinner ashore
Monday 14th July Falmouth for a visit to the National Maritime Museum in the afternoon and a closing dinner at the Royal Cornwall YC

Chris already has some 8 yachts signed up or interested in going on the Summer Cruise. If you would like to join the cruise or would like more information about it, Chris can be contacted by telephone on 01243 511426, or by email at: CColbourne@masterworksdev.com .

Skuttlebutt

Chris and Graham Colbourne went out in Maurie last week only to find themselves in thick fog as they were heading out to the Bar Beacon. The viz had not been great as they sailed down the harbour, but it suddenly came in thick. They made a smart about turn and came back in on radar and GPS. The first mark they saw was Sandhead. They had a very enjoyable run out to the Nab Tower later in the week, this time in good visibility.

I chickened out of trying to blag my way into the Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron last week as I was warned by their web site that tailored shirts and reefer jackets were expected mid-week. However, I went into the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia in Rushcutters’ Bay, where they were very welcoming and let me in with nary at question asked! I had a very nice drink on their decking overlooking their marina. I can’t think of a better spot to end a cruise across the Pacific.

Good sailing and may the winds be warmer,



Ant Fawcett
Rear Commodore Cruising


MARCH 2014

Posted 12th March 2014

Just a reminder not to forget to book for Archie and Jo’s talk as I suspect it will be something of a pack out.

Saturday 22nd March 2014 Cruiser supper and talk


Mystic approaching Hiva Oa in the Marquesas Mystic anchored off Raroia in the Tuamotas

Archie and Jo Massey will be giving us an illustrated talk about sailing Mystic their Beneteau 423 from Panama to Sydney. This is the first time we have had members talking to us about sailing the famous Coconut Route through Polynesia and down to Australia. It is a wonderful story about buying a boat in Panama and sailing it all the way across the Pacific to Sydney, through some of the most wonderful cruising grounds imaginable. I am very much looking forward to this talk.

ISC, illustrated talk at 1900 hrs, dinner at 2000 hrs

There will be a two course supper for £16 a head. Could you please book in with the Office.

Skuttlebutt



International 18’ Skiff Channel 7 streaking into the lead View of Sydney Opera House an Bridge from Bradley’s Head

I am in Sydney visiting my brother. Last weekend was the Sydney Harbour Regatta, which included the finals of the International 18’ Skiffs championship. There about 35 skiffs competing. I was able to watch the racing from the vantage point of Bradley’s Head on the north shore. The Channel 7 skiff is the only professional crew, but true to form it had comfortably won the championship before the last race.

While in Sydney I met Patrick and Susie Green. Patrick tells me that some people who missed his talk would like a private viewing. If anyone who missed his talk and would like to hear it please let me know.

Good sailing,


Ant


FEBRUARY 2014 update

On Saturday evening Patrick Green gave us a fascinating talk about sailing Astrea in the Med over a period of nigh on 20 years. He was ably abetted by Susie who kept him up to the mark! Under Patrick’s leadership, Astrea has ranged from Trieste in the north to Kekova, in Turkey in the south. They started off based in Athens at the Kea marina where incidentally Astrea was guarded by Niarkos’ security team all armed with AK-47s! From here they explored the Aegean, visiting islands such as Paros, Mykonos and Hydra and the Peloponnesian harbour of Epidaurus with its magnificent amphitheatre. After several years based in Athens they transited the Corinth Canal passing Messalongnion in the Gulf of Corinth, where Byron is buried, and into the Ionian, where they were based variously in Levkas and Corfu.




From the Ionian, Astrea moved north to the Dalmatian coast arriving soon after the civil war in the former Republic of Yugoslavia ended. The place was all but deserted so the Croatians were very pleased to see Astrea and to be returning to a more normal life after 5 years of war. Things I am told are rather more expensive now! The Dalmatian coast from Dubrovnik up to Trieste is full of beautiful islands, countless anchorages and fascinating history. The Emperor Diacletian retired to what is now Split, Marco Polo was born in Korcula and the Brits holed up in Vis during WWII, to name but a few examples. Patrick and Susie visited St Mary’s monastery on Miljet, from where you can swim back to your anchorage propelled by the current! There is a Blue Grotto on Lostovo, which if you are very brave, like Patrick, you can dive out of via the hole in the cave wall back into the open sea. Patrick took Astrea Venice and moored in the marina at San Georgio Maggiore opposite St Mark’s square. What a magical place to moor. I have always wanted to moor there!


From the Adriatic, Patrick and Susie retraced their tracks through the Corinth Canal and on to Turkey, where they based their yacht in Yalikavak, which is north of Bodrum, or Halicarnassus for those of you who are Latin scholars. This provided easy access to the islands of the Dodecanese such as Santorini, with its immense caldera, Samos, Kalymnos and Kos. On the Turkish coast they were able to visit Ephesus, which is not far from Kusadasi, Knidos the ancient Greek coastal city with two amphitheatres and Kekova with its castle and Lycian tombs that are now almost under water. The great thing about sailing in the Eastern Med is that you are rarely out of sight of land and never out of reach of an anchorage, beach restaurant or harbour. It is an ideal place for family cruising. From a navigational point of view, there are no tides and little current, though you do need to be beware of the Meltemi or its local equivalent. There is good weather forecasting available on the internet so you should, if you are careful, have plenty of warning of strong winds so that you can tuck yourself up in a secure harbour of anchorage.

Patrick has said that he would be only too happy to answer any questions any member may have about sailing in the Eastern Med or provide the benefit of his experience.

It so happens that there is a share in Astrea available. If you are interested in exploring the magical Eastern Med and enjoying the places that Patrick has described with such enthusiasm, can I suggest that you might contact Tom Trevelyan, who also has a share in Astrea by email at tomtrevelyan@outlook.com , as Patrick will be away for a few weeks.

Saturday 22nd March 2014 Cruiser supper and talk

Archie and Jo Massey will be giving us an illustrated talk about sailing Mystic their Beneteau 423 from Panama to Sydney. This is the first time we have had members talking to us about sailing the famous Coconut Route through Polynesia and down to Australia. It is a wonderful story about buying a boat in Panama and sailing it all the way across the Pacific to Sydney, through some of the most wonderful cruising grounds imaginable. I am very much looking forward to this talk.

ISC, illustrated talk at 1900 hrs, dinner at 2000 hrs


There will be a two course supper for £16 a head. Could you please book in with the Office.


Working party Saturday 8th and Sunday 9th March

Just a further plug for volunteers for the working party in early March. Roll up, roll up!! Chris Creak and his team of helpers have done a brilliant job planking up the new slipway. This working party will be finishing off this work and conforming parts of the decking with the new deck level. Please come and help Chris!

Could you please book in with the Office.

Scuttlebutt

What appalling weather we have been having. A gust of 70 knots was recorded at the Bar on Chimet on Friday night. I have been out looking at the boats on the moorings earlier this week. As far as I can see none have come to any harm. I am off to Oz for a couple of weeks in March, but I will be back in time for Archie and Jo’s talk on 22nd March. I hope that I may be able to snag a day’s sailing on Sydney Harbour!

I hope that the weather improves so that we can all get to work on our boats before the season is too far gone!


Ant Fawcett
Rear Commodore Cruising

 


JANUARY 2014 Update

James and Bill gave us a splendid talk about their cruise to the Azores and back. They made their first landfall at Lampaul on Ushant. They showed us a photo of the gantries that the French lighthouse authority had rigged up to enable their lighthouse keepers to wind themselves out to Lampaul light. I don’t think I would have dared to use it in anything above a dead calm. Apparently it was operated in much stronger winds. I always thought that the Bretons were slightly mad! The voyage started very auspiciously with a screaming sail across the Bay of Biscay to La Coruña. Here James returned home to attend his son’s wedding leaving Bill with a list of 40 odd repairs that needed doing! While in La Coruña, Bill bumped into an Irish singlehanded sailor who had set off from Ireland bound for Padstow. He had fallen asleep and woken up to find himself some 100 miles west of the Scillies. He decided that it was not worth going back to Padstow, so he would sail instead downwind to La Coruña! He asked Bill where he was heading next. Bill said that Kalabash was off to the Azores. That seems a good place to go replied the single hander! Surprise, surprise Bill met him again in the Azores!

After about ten days in harbour sorting out the repairs on his own, Bill set off with another crew to Bayonna. He had an enjoyable cruise down through the rias, which James had visited the year before on the Royal Cruising Club Galicia Meet. There he handed over to James, who with yet another crew set off for the Azores, where he made his landfall at Ponta Delgada on Sao Miguel. He was joined in Sao Miguel by Sarah with whom he cruised the Azores, visiting all the islands in the central and eastern groups. They hiked over Sao Jorge and visited the caldera on Graciosa, where they found the now famous Dell Quay Dory in the lake at the bottom of the cave! They also went down the lava tubes on Terceira and wandered the streets of Angra de Heroísmo a UNESCO World Heritage site. With the light winds, which are typical of the Azores in the summer James’ new cruising shute came into its own!

Kalabash’s autopilot had been playing up throughout the voyage to the Azores. James had replaced all the plastic cogs with pukka bronze ones, but still the autopilot kept on wandering off course. Bill, who sailed back from the Azores with James, was instructed to bring out a new controller for the Raymarine autopilot. This was fitted in a matter of minutes, after which they had no further problems. James had been lent a Sat phone by a friend for the voyage. He used this to call Sarah at home, who relayed to him the weather forecasts from the Meteo France web site. This worked very well. James and Bill headed north from Flores until they picked up the westerlies, employing the classic tactics for sailing from the Azores to the English Channel. They had gale force winds for 48 hours so they set the autopilot and went down below to rest! They sailed straight up the Channel to Yarmouth were they picked up a buoy to await the tide, before heading back to Itchenor where a reception committee awaited them!

Once again Annmarie served us up a delicious dinner.


Saturday 15th February 2014 Cruiser supper and talk

Patrick and Susie Green will be giving us an illustrated talk about cruising in the Eastern Mediterranean in Astrea their Dynamique 50. They have been cruising in Croatia, Greece and Turkey with their young family for many years and they know the area very well. This talk is a must for those who are thinking of sailing in the Med, either in their own boat or chartering, with or without young families. I am sure Patrick’s talk will be most informative. For those of you who already know the area it will whet your appetites for exploring away from the well trodden routes.

ISC, illustrated talk 1900 hrs, supper at 2000 hrs. Can you please book in with the office 01243 512400, two course dinner £16.

Saturday 22nd March 2014 Cruiser supper and talk

Archie and Jo Massey will give us an illustrated talk about sailing Mystic their Beneteau 423 from Panama to Sydney. This is the first time we have had members talking to us about sailing the famous Coconut Route through Polynesia and down to Australia. I am very much looking forward to this talk.

ISC, illustrated talk 1900 hrs, dinner at 2000 hrs

Working party 8th/9th March

Just a further plug for volunteers for the working party in early March. Roll up, roll up!!

Fair winds,

Ant Fawcett
Rear Commodore Cruising


NEW YEAR 2014

A happy New Year to one and all!

Alastair Shaw organised a very successful Pilsey Island Rally in none too clement weather. We had rain squalls and 40+ knots across the deck. Alastair has kindly written up the rally, so I can do no better than include his report of the rally.

Pilsey Island Rally 2013

The Christmas Weather has been variable and sometimes exciting, as several deep depressions (928) rolled in from the Atlantic fuelled and driven on by an enthusiastic jet stream! The Pilsey Rally went ahead on the trailing edge of a passing front, and credit to the forecasters, as their prediction was spot on! The rain stopped as the day dawned, fairly windy, 20-30kts, but very mild. The odd rain squall that came through during the day were perhaps a little unkind, but by the latter part of the day, sailing was just about perfect.. . . but it was getting a bit dark!

Various calls and e-mails were received early in the morning, as the sensible ones decided that a warm dry house was the better option! The gathering at the Club seemed to be enthusiastic to brave the main channel and seek the shelter on the moorings under the lee of Thorny Island Sailing Club (rather than the easy options in the lee of Longmore Point or under Cobnor).

Mike Wigmore and his crew on Oskar set the bar high, arriving off the Club with a well reefed main and small jib. They sailed down harbour looking comfortable, while Wotan proceed past the club with intent under engine. Little Sea Jay buffed her way down harbour, almost disappearing as a squall came though as she rounded the Camber Beacon on her way up the Thorny Channel. Maurie did not seem to be ruffled by the conditions, proceeding off under engine and unfurling a jib as the wind allowed. Masquerade, not to be put to shame by Oskar, bent on her No 3 headsail and with double reefed main, had an enjoyable sail to and from the Party. Our smallest party boat Blue Eagle departed Itchenor with determination, but in a rain squall with 40 kts of wind made them see sense! They returned to Itchenor and settled for party of ‘one boat’ alongside the pontoon!

For many years this event has been very fortunate with some very tranquil and fine weather and attendance has been good. 2013 was looking to a record year for the Pilsey Island Rally, with 12 Boats confirmed and one or two maybe’s signed up well in advance. The weather took its toll, with only half the fleet setting out, and only 5 making it to our rather windy anchorage up the Thorny Channel! Wotan and Maurie arrived first and provided two good anchors that allowed for a good secure party where much ‘Glintwein’ flowed and plenty of nibbles. This was followed by a good lunch below decks, where the wind and weather seem to rather disappear!

Attendees: 6 boats
Wotan: Ant, Kess & Diana, Basil & Susan
Masquerade: Alastair & Michael, Mimie, Elizabeth, George & Marina, Mike & Annie
Sea Jay: Barry, Andrew and Rachael.
Oscar: Mike, Charles, and Sally
Maurie: Chris & Graham, Alastair, Jeremy and Colin
Blue Eagle: Sandy & Michael (The other party!)

Alastair Shaw

Saturday 18th January 2014 Cruiser talk and supper

As a wonderful sunny change from the awful weather we are currently experiencing, James and Sara Pickford ably assisted by Bill Barnes will take us with them on their voyage out to the Azores, their cruising around the Azores and their speedy shorthanded return passage in Kalabash, James’ Rival 38. Bill cruised the Spanish Rias on the way out. They also visited many of the Azorean Islands getting as far west as Flores, an island that I have always wanted to visit. James tells me that he has loads of photos and that his main challenge is to winnow them down to a manageable number. The Azores are a favourite cruising ground of mine, so I am looking forward to their illustrated talk. I am sure that it will be a very interesting and amusing talk, especially if Bill has anything to do with it!

ISC, illustrated talk 1900 hrs, supper at 2000 hrs


Saturday 15th February 2014 Cruiser supper and talk

Patrick Greene will be giving us an illustrated talk about cruising in the Eastern Mediterranean in Astrea his Dynamique 50. He has been cruising in Greece and Turkey with Susie and his young family for many years and knows the area very well. This talk is a must for those who are thinking of sailing in the Med, either in their own boat or chartering I am sure Patrick’s talk will be most informative. For those of you who know the area it will whet your appetites for exploring away from the well trodden routes.

ISC, illustrated talk 1900 hrs, supper at 2000 hrs


Saturday 22nd March 2014 Cruiser supper and talk

Archie and Jo Massey will give us an illustrated talk about sailing Mystic their Beneteau 423 from Panama to Sydney. This is the first time we have had members talking to us about sailing the famous Coconut Route through Polynesia and down to Australia. I am very much looking forward to this talk.

ISC, illustrated talk 1900 hrs, dinner at 2000 hrs


2014 ISC West Country Summer Cruise 8th – 14th July

As you may be aware, the Cruising Section of the Club is planning a Summer Cruise down to the West Country, with the opportunity to extend the cruise to the Scilly Isles for those with time and of an adventurous spirit! The Itchenor Sailing Club West Country cruise starts in Dartmouth on Tuesday 8th July. Chris Colbourne, Maurie, has very kindly agreed to organise the cruise. The cruise is planned so that participants, who may be planning to cruise either to Brittany or further west to the Scillies or Ireland, can position their yachts in the West Country prior to a cruise later in the season. Falmouth provides an ideal spot, with good communications and a marina in the middle of town, to leave a boat for a week or two before returning to continue a cruise. Now is the time to be thinking about including the West Country Summer Cruise in your cruising plans for the coming season.

The itinerary is planned to be:

Tuesday 8th July Gather in Dartmouth for an opening dinner at the Royal Dart YC
Wednesday 9th July Sail round to Salcombe for a barbecue dinner on Maurie
Thursday 10th July Free sailing, you may wish to visit Newton Ferrers on the Yealm, or push on past Plymouth and up the Tamar
Friday 11th July Meet in Fowey
Saturday 12th July Visit the Eden Project from Fowey or free sailing
Sunday 13th July Helford River, informal dinner ashore
Monday 14th July Falmouth for a visit to the National Maritime Museum in the afternoon and a closing dinner at the Royal Cornwall YC


I made my first night landfall in Dartmouth back in 1973. I was met by the time honoured cry from the Coastguard watchman of “From whence are ye come and where are ye bound?”. So I have a very soft spot for Dartmouth. I visited it last year with a pair of retired naval Officers for whom it was a trip down memory lane! I capsized my Firefly in the Salcombe estuary countless times! I have been into Salcombe in every boat that I have owned, often dicing with the Salcombe Yawl racing fleet. The Ferryboat Inn has been a favourite watering hole of mine for many a long year! Salcombe is a place not to be missed, it never fails to enchant. Chris Colbourne has kindly offered to host a barbecue on Maurie while we are in Salcombe. There is a very efficient water taxi service for those who would like to visit the Ferryboat Inn.

Fowey, which is guarded by Gribbin Head to the south west with its conspicuous day-mark, lies in a beautiful estuary with the village of Polruan across the estuary. There are visitors moorings a-plenty on the eastern shore and a good water taxi service. The famous Eden Project is only 6 miles away, which we plan to visit. The Helford River is a true gem of the West Country. We spent several summer holidays in Durgan overlooking the Helford. I even sailed my Trident 24’ down there on one occasion to accompany the holiday! After the Helford we will move on to Falmouth which is one of the finest all weather natural harbours in the UK, with a long history of seafaring. It is also the home of the National Maritime Museum, which is well worth a visit. The Falmouth Visitors Yacht Haven is conveniently placed in the centre of town and hard by the famous Chain Locker pub. We are planning to have a closing dinner at the Royal Cornwall YC overlooking the Penryn River and the Fal estuary. This will mark the end of the Itchenor SC Summer Cruise.

Chris will be continuing on to the Scillies in Maurie. He would be delighted if any participants would like to continue their cruise with him to the Scillies. You will probably wish to firm up you plans with Chris in Falmouth when you will have a better idea of the weather outlook. Newlyn, where the harbour has been dredged to provide 2m of water at chart datum, could provide a stopping off point on the way to the Scillies, thus breaking the 60 mile trip from Falmouth to St Mary’s approximately into half. I have visited the Scillies twice, both times from the west. Alastair Shaw visited the Scillies this summer sailing from Falmouth. I am sure that he would be happy to give you the benefit of his experience. The Scillies offer a number of anchorages as well as moorings off St Mary’s. For a yacht with a modest draft the Scillies offer a delightful cruising ground.

Could you please let Chris Colbourne know if you are interested in joining the ISC Summer Cruise? He can be contacted by telephone on 01243 511426, or by email at: CColbourne@masterworksdev.com .

I am sure that the ISC Summer Cruise will be a great success. The 2013 Seine Bay cruise was blessed with almost perfect weather and was great fun. We were able to take in the Quatorze juillet in Honfleur and to visit both the Mulberry Harbour (Port Winston) and the Bayeux tapestry. The 2014 Summer Cruise to the West Country offers a similar mixture of both adventure and culture!

Skuttlebutt

The Christmas New Year break has provided several opportunities to enjoy so delightful sailing. I have seen Alalstair’s Masquerade, Chris’ Maurie and Graham’s Arion out sailing. Tony’s Ste Anne d’Auray was slipped just before Christmas and is now laid up in Chichester Marina. Wotan, with the kind assistance of Graham, was lifted spayed off and re-launched at the marina. With the growth removed she is going much faster, just in time for the Pilsey Island Rally!

Can I wish you all good sailing and fair winds in 2014,


Ant Fawcett
Rear Commodore Cruising

EARLY DECEMBER 2013

Posted 9th December 2013

Dear All,

The Cruiser Christmas Dinner took place last night with a very select band of 14 members. Annmarie did us proud with a four course menu which was quite remarkably good. A member said to me after that they had been at a Michelin Starred restaurant recently and the Cruiser Dinner was up to the same standard. Annmarie thank you again! The evening was rounded off by a nautical quiz. The team of Bimbi Fawcett, Chris Creak, sra Pickford,

Peter Henshaw, Annie Colbourne Basil Taylor and Diana van der Klugt won!
Here are a few sample questions, answers to me on the back of a postcard:

1. Who was the commander of the first English ship to circumnavigate the globe? For an extra mark, what was the name of his ship?
2. If a gale warning for a sea area is described as “soon”, when would expect it to arrive in that sea area?
3. If you had an EPIRB on your boat, what would you use it for? For an extra mark, what does EPIRB stand for?
4. What does the topmark of an Easterly Cardinal Mark look like?
5. In the 1948 Olympics, at which Stuart Morris and David Bond won Gold Medals in the Swallow Class, where were the sailing events held?

The Club was hosting a Junior 420 Squad training weekend so the place was full of young enjoying themselves as well us oldies!

Friday 27th December 2013 Pilsey Island Rally

The Pilsey Island Rally will take place on Friday 27th December. The turnout promises to be at record levels. Alastair and Suzanna Shaw are kindly organising the rally. I have attached a copy of Alastair’s poster for the rally for more infdormation. The first anchor is at 1100 hrs with low water at 1147 hrs. Could you please let Alastair know if you are planning to attend the rally, if you have not already done so, either by phone on 01243 575039 or by email to Alastair@shaw.cc ? In case we have to move to an anchorage other than the Thorney Channel, I suggest that you listen out on Ch 72 for instructions or call Alastair in Masquerade.

Saturday 18th January 2014 Cruiser talk and supper

James and Sara Pickford ably assisted by Bill Barnes will take us with them on their voyage out to the Azores, their cruising around the Azores and their speedy shorthanded return passage in Kalabash, James’ Rival 38. They visited the Spanish Rias on the way out. They also visited many of the Azorean Islands getting as far west as Flores, an island that I have always wanted to visit. James tells me that he has loads of photos and that his main challenge is to winnow them down to a manageable number. I am sure that it will be a very interesting and amusing talk, especially if Bill has anything to do with it!

ISC, illustrated talk 1900 hrs, supper at 2000 hrs

Training

It has been suggested to me that we should consider arranging training courses for cruising members and their wives/partners, such as the RYA Yachtmaster/Coastal Skipper theory, VHF DSC Short Range Certificate or the RYA First Aid Course. If anybody is interested could they please let me know so that I can gauge the level of interest that there is in such courses? We ran an RYA Yachtmaster/Coastal Skipper Course about 7-8 years ago. A number of wives attended the course and found it very valuable.

Skuttlebutt

I was working on Wotan last weekend when Graham Colbourne appeared and took Arion off for a sail. The weather was perfect for a sail with a gentle breeze. I was rather jealous as I had to put Wotan’s heads back in, rather than go sailing. He said that he had a wonderful sail, going almost out to the Forts, with the crew taking it in terms to disappear down below to warm up! I had decided that Wotan needed a new steering wheel cover as the old one was looking pretty tatty. I found one on the net for a very modest price, a fraction of what Swan Nautor wanted for an elk hide number. I spend a happy afternoon on Saturday, before the Christmas Dinner, sewing it on. It was quite therapeutic and the result very satisfying. All I need to do now is to put it back on without dropping it over the side!

Can I wish you all a very happy Christmas.


Ant Fawcett
Rear Commodore Cruising



END OF NOVEMBER NEWS

Posted 26th November 2013

On Saturday night the Harbour Buoys came and played for us. They played two sets, the first in the Members Room and the second in the dining room. They played to a full Members Room. The members themselves came up trumps singing their hearts out to such standards as Sailing, Wild Rover and Shenandoah. This was rounded off by two numbers accompanied by the Jug Band. For the Jug Band, Gary and the buoys handed out kazoos, maracas, dustbin lids, box basses, drums, cymbals, jugs and coconuts to name but a few of the instruments they had devised for us, to the audience. This resulted in a lot of fairly rhythmic noise and a great deal of lusty singing! After dinner we were treated to a further round of sea shanties including Fire Down Below, Blow the Man Down and the Drunken Sailor, which was encored. The Sunbeams produced their own song, with lyrics by Alan Stannah, gently ribbing the sailing abilities of the other keel boat classes. The band kindly allowed me to bring out my “Squeezy” and join in with them for several numbers! It was a tremendous evening and a big thank you to Gary and the Harbour Buoys for giving us such an enjoyable and memorable evening. Thank you too to Annmarie for serving us such a delicious dinner.

I would like to thank those who took photographs for me and in particular Brian Ayton, who took a series of photos, which I plan to have put up on the Club website.



Saturday 7th December The Cruisers’ Christmas Dinner

The Cruisers’ Christmas Dinner is on Saturday week at the Club starting at 1930 for 2000hrs. Rather than a guest speaker, or more properly a guest speaker that I have, in the words of Ras Turner “Stitched up like a kipper!”, we have some after dinner diversions which I feel sure will keep you amused!

Annmarie and Nick have proposed this excellent menu for the evening:

Loch Fyne Salmon Rillette
With caviar, spring onion and cherry vine tomato salad, horseradish crème fraiche and rye bread

Seared Black Mountain Beef
With bernaise sauce, pea puree and pot neuf potatoes

Warm Chocolate Pudding
With vanilla panacotta and brandy steeped black cherries
(Itchenor’s twist on a Black Forest Gateau)

Coffee & Mints

£28.00 per person


Friday 27th December Pilsey Island Rally

Our Annual Pilsey Island Rally will take place on Friday 27th December, with first anchors at around 1100hrs (LW 1147). Alastair and Susanna Shaw have kindly agreed to organise the rally again. It is something of a family affair. Alastair will be sending out more information about the rally in due course. If you are thinking of going on the Rally could you please let him know either by phone on 01243 575039 or by email to Alastair@shaw.cc ?

Thank you for your work on the slipway and staging last weekend. We achieved a great deal during the weekend, completing the planking of the slipway and almost completing the re-piling and planking of the staging area immediately above the new slipway. Chris Creak has asked a few of us to come and finish off the job tomorrow Wednesday at 1000hrs. If you happen to be free I am sure that he would welcome some more help.

Skuttlebutt

I helped Ras Turner take his Rustler 38 Gazelle of Itchenor round to Southsea Marina at the entrance to Langstone Harbour. The marina is in exactly the same place as Sparkes Marina, tucked in behind the spit on the western shore, but in the next harbour. Southsea Marina has a snakey, but well marked leading channel and a very narrow entrance with a lifting sill. There is an electronic readout to help you if you are in any doubt about the level of the tide. We were towing my RIB Gonzo so, with the wind in the north east, the entrance was nothing if not tricky. However we made it thanks to Ras’ skill. The marina is owned by Premier and, from the little I saw, was well appointed and friendly. Ras is having his boat Coppercoated in the yard there, where there is a large shed in which she will be put. Our return journey was cold and very quick! Gonzo’s engine had a good clean out having spent the summer pootling around the harbour at no more than 8 knots.

I look forward to seeing you at the Christmas Dinner.

Good sailing,

Ant Fawcett
Rear Commodore Cruising


MID NOVEMBER 2013 NEWS

Posted 18th November 2013

Dear All,

On Saturday to packed Members’ Room, Ras Turner gave us a most enjoyable and amusing account of skippering Ariel in the first Clipper Round the World Challenge. Ras had just retired from the Navy as an Engineer Captain in 1996 when he was asked by Robin Knox-Johnston if he would like to skipper one of the yachts on the Clipper Challenge. At this point none of the boats had been built and there were some doubts as to whether there was the money to build the yachts. Fortunately a business man called William Ward took a share in the business and financed the yachts. Anyhow the yachts were built. Ras and his fellow skippers were given an electric drill each and a box of fittings and told to fit out the yachts! The race started on time from Plymouth. Ras’ crew were paying for the trip, with 7 doing the whole race and others making up the crew of 13 odd coming and going at various stop over points. They had planned a stopover in Havana until the US authorities made it plain that if they stopped off in Havana they would not be allowed into Hawaii, which was a key crew changeover point. RK-J decided to give Havana miss. Graham Greene and Ernest Hemmingway eat your hearts out! They transited the Panama Canal, picking up their pilots in Colon, an aptly named place! The pilots decided half way across Gatun Lake that they wanted to go home for the night, so Ras and his crew had to anchor for the night and await the pilots’ return the next morning, which to be fair they duly did. Their next stop was the Galapagos Islands where they made landfall at Academy Bay. Ras went ashore for several days with all the crews’ passports and ships documents to be told they were not in order. Eventually Ras rumbled that since they had announced to the authorities that were leaving on the day after Boxing Day, they could not clear in until Christmas Eve as you were only allowed to land for three days. On Christmas Eve the passports and documents were suddenly deemed acceptable and honour was satisfied. After an extended fly-by of the western corner of the archipelago, they set off on their longest leg to Hawaii. This took them 23 days. The next stop was Yokohama, followed by Shanghai. There is a strong north-going current running up Japan so Ras had to sail very close inshore to avoid it. It was rather like sailing an XOD against the tide in the Harbour, but for several hundred miles! The trip down to Hongkong from Shanghai was made very difficult by teeming hoardes of fishing boats. The concept of sailing offshore in yachts was unheard of in China.

RK-J decided that because of the piracy risk it would be sensible for the fleet to head down to Hongkong in convoy. This was where Ras bought himself a video camera, hence all his photos were taken on the way home! where The fleet berthed the Raffles marina in Singapore was about as plush a marina as will find anywhere. When Ras was asked to fill in as skipper on a subsequent Clipper Challenge leg from Hongkong to Singapore, he insisted on being put up in the Raffles Hotel! From Singapore they had a cracking sail across to the Seychelles, before rounding the north of Madagascar and down to Durban and Cape Town. The coast between Durban and Cape Town is notorious for horrendous seas, but Ras and his crew survived. From Cape Town they crossed over to Salvador in Brazil and then up to Horta in the Azores, where Ras had built up an unassailable lead. This was fortunate as Ariel was knocked down in the Western Approaches and broke its forestay. RK-J told Ras by radio that under no circumstances was he to come back to Plymouth with a broken mast. So Ras retired and motor sailed gently home. He still won the Clipper Round the World Challenge by 23 points. Ras pinned up charts showing his track around the world and had his log books on display. Ras wrote a daily note in the log, which was essentially a record of courses, wind speeds, positions etc. describing his thoughts about the day’s events. This was available for the crew to read. On one occasion he had lost his rag with the crew after they had shredded a spinnaker. He wrote “I am sorry that I lost my rag, but vandalism is still vandalism!” Ras tells me that he is still in contact and meets up periodically with all the 7 round the world crew. So they must have forgiven him!

Ras thank you very much for a very fine talk and congratulations rather belatedly on a very fine sail. A thank you also to Annmarie who provided a wonderful supper, yet again.

Saturday 23rd November 2013 The Harbour Buoys Shanty Band


The Harbour Buoys

We are very lucky to have Chichester Harbour’s very own Harbour Buoys to come and play for us on Saturday evening. The band was formed by John, who was the Education Officer at the CHC Education Centre in Dell Quay. John is on the right with the parrot! His successor Gary is also a key member of the band. I went to their gig at Dell Quay 10 days ago and it was excellent. The idea is that there should be plenty of audience participation. You will even have the chance to play an instrument in the Jug Band yourself, if that is your bag! The singing will start at 1900hrs and will be followed by Supper at about 2000hrs. Do come down to the Club at say 6.30pm to warm up your voices with a drink or two at the bar! Could you please book in with the Office, (01243 512400 or office@itchenorsc.co.uk ) so that Nick can have some notice of how many people will be attending.

Saturday 23rd/Sunday 24th November 2013 Club Working Party

Now that the concrete structure of the new slipway is so far advanced, the time has come to start putting the planking on the top of the structure. Chris Creak is organising a working party over next weekend as the tide serves. I know that he would welcome your assistance as there is a lot of work to do. As people who maintain cruisers, we can turn our hand to mending and building most things, so I hope to see you there. Could you please let the Office know that you will be helping on the working party.

Saturday 7th December 2013 Cruisers’ Christmas Dinner

Annmarie will be cooking us Christmas dinner, 1930hrs for 2000hrs. More details to come.

Good singing!

Ant Fawcett
Rear Commodore Cruising


Itchenor Cruisers’ Annual General Meeting 3rd November 2013

Posted 5th November 2013

The Cruiser AGM took place last night in the bar. It was a relaxed and congenial affair, but nevertheless some important decisions were taken. The first and perhaps the most important decision was that for our Summer Cruise we will head off to the West Country. Tony Anstee has kindly agreed to organise the cruise. It was felt that it would make a good stepping off cruise for those who might want to cruise further afield. The cruise, which will last a week, will be in July, but the exact timing of the cruise has yet to be decided. It was felt that as the Seine Bay cruise has been a great success, albeit with only three yachts, we should repeat the format. Several other yachts had planned to come but they sadly had to pull out at the last moment.

The second decision was that for our September Solent Dinner Meet we should go to the Royal Southampton YC clubhouse at Gins Farm up the Beaulieu River. I have provisionally booked dinner for Saturday 27th September, with Saturday 13th September as reserve. These two dates are ones on which the tides, being Spring tides, serve best. Gins Farm have a landing stage which should be able to accommodate us all. Gins is a less formal setting than either the Squadron or the Royal London. The Beaulieu River is always an attractive destination at any time of year.

We plan to run the Solent Shakedown Rally in 2014 from Thursday 15th to Sunday 18th May. Peter and Kim Henshaw have organised this rally superbly for ten years, so a big thank you is due to them both. This year’s rally was a masterpiece in improvisation as the Rally proper had to be called off because of the gales that were forecast and indeed materialised. At the drop of a hat, they kindly invited all the participants to dinner at their house and then organised a “motor rally” to Southampton so that we could visit s/y Britannia in East Cowes. Chris Colbourne has kindly offered to organise the Solent Shakedown Rally next year.

Scuttlebutt

After the formal part of the AGM was over, there was an opportunity for members to describe the cruises that they had made during the season. Jonathan Callow started us off. He has spent most of the summer cruising in Long Island Sound and joining in the New York Yacht Club summer cruise. He keeps his boat just south of Boston and has the use of a mooring near Nantucket. He spent the summer sailing in Long Island Sound, which he describes as boing laike to Solent in the 1970s. He sailed down the East River, swept down by the tide from Hell’s Gate to be met by the loudest crack of thunder he had ever heard echoing around the Manhattan skyscrapers, which gave him an awful fright. He told us about a dock where you can anchor on the West Side of Manhattan Island for free. Not a bad way to visit the Big Apple, if you happen to have brought your boat with you! Mike Wigmore told us about his cruise from the West Coast of Scotland back down to Itchenor and how on the way he managed to lift a few cups sailing a chartered catamaran in Falmouth Week. After circumnavigating Skye with his daughter over a four day period, he was joined by Debbie with whom he sailed down to the Scillies. From the moment they rounded the Mull of Kintyre the wind was against them all the way to the Scillies. They dropped into a number of ports down the Irish coast and fell in love with Royal St George’s YC in Dun Laoghaire. They were able to tarry a few days in the Scillies before making for Falmouth. After his racing exploits, Mike singlehanded Oskar back to Itchenor. Alastair Shaw told us about his trip to the Scillies in Masquerade in a flat calm, but in beautiful weather. He made up for this with a fast spinnaker run to the Channel Islands later in the season, only to have to beat all the way back. Basil Taylor, a new member, told me that he had spent two glorious weeks in early August sailing his Moody 35 New Dawn westward via Hamble, Lymington and Poole to Weymouth, where he spent a week making the odd sortie to Lulworth Cove. He has recently retired so he is hoping to do a lot more cruising next season. Kees van der Klugt in Tiger C made it to St Vaast, but sadly long after the Seine Bay cruise! He had been trying to make St Vaast for many a long year and now he has finally made it. With time short, he was only able to visit Alderney before coming back to Itchenor. James Pickford sent his apologies, so we were not able to hear about his voyage to the Azores. However, he and Bill Barnes will be giving us an illustrated talk about their voyage in January.

Slipway and staging working party 23rd/24th November

Chris Creak, who has taken over from Jim Jerwood as Club Boatswain, is organising a working party on Saturday 23rd November and Sunday 24th November to put wooden planking on the new slipway. The working parties start at 0900. He is looking for 20 people make up the working party on each day. The Cruisers have always been keen working party members. I know that Chris would be very grateful indeed if you could turn out to help him. Could you please contact Sue in the office to confirm that you will be attending the working party either by phone on 01243 512400, or by email office@itchenorsc.co.uk .

Future events for your diary

Saturday 16th November 2013

Cruiser dinner and talk by Ras Turner, ISC Member
Ras will be talking about skippering the winning yacht Ariel on the first Clipper Challenge Round the World Race in 1996. Ras has regaled us in the past about sailing in the first Whitbread Round the World Race on the Sydney to Rio leg. This talk promised to be fascination and hopefully rather warmer!
ISC, Illustrated talk 1900hrs, dinner 2000hrs

Saturday 23rd November 2013
Sea Shanties and dinner
The Harbour Buoys, a shanty band formed by the Chichester Harbour Conservancy Education Officer, will be singing sea shanties with lots of audience participation. I went to hear and sing along with the Harbour Buoys in the CHC Education Centre at Dell Quay last week. They were in very good and amusing voice, so I think that we will have a most enjoyable evening, singing sea shanties accompanied by a load of pirates!
ISC, Sing-a-long 1900hrs, dinner 2000hrs

Saturday 7th December 2013
Cruisers’ Christmas Dinner
ISC, 1930 hrs for 2000 hrs

Friday 27th December 2013
Pilsey Rally – First anchor 1100 hrs
Organiser: Alastair and Susanna Shaw– Masquerade

Saturday 18th January 2014
Cruiser dinner and talk by James Pickford and Bill Barnes, ISC Members
James and Bill will be talking about their adventurous trip sailing Kalabash, James’ Rival 38, to the Azores and back
ISC, illustrated talk 1900 hrs, dinner at 2000 hrs

I have spent a happy time replacing the brakes shoes on both the wheels of my RIB trailer. One of the brake shoes, on each of the wheels, had taken upon itself to weld itself to the brake drum! Even with a hub extractor it took me an hour to remove each of the drake drums. The air, I have to own, was fairly blue! Fortunately it was not one of the days when the ladies of Itchenor play tennis on the court at the Old Rectory!

Happy Bonfire Night,

Ant Fawcett
Rear Commodore Cruising


CRUISER NEWS MID OCTOBER 2013

Posted 23rd October 2013

Cruiser AGM and Supper Sunday 3rd November

The year moves around so swiftly. It seems that it was only last month that we had the 2012 Cruiser AGM and Supper. The Cruiser AGM is a delightfully informal affair and takes place appropriately in the Club Bar. It gives us a chance to review the past year’s programme and to consider what we might like to do in 2014. I would really welcome your suggestions and thoughts on how we could enhance our next year’s programme.

Could you please take a moment to have a look at the draft Cruiser Register to see if your entry is correct? I apologise for the pagination, I could not find a grandchild to sort it out for me!

AGM at 1800 hrs and Supper at 1900 hrs.

Nick is offering us a delicious menu of:
Main
Chicken Breast filled with wild mushroom and topped with aromatic herb crust served with a maple jus.
Served with seasonal vegetables.
Dessert
Blackberry and Apple Crumble
Served with Custard and Ice cream or both

The full menu is priced at £14.50 or £10 for the main course only. I don’t think I am going to be able to resist the pud! Can you please book in with the office so that Nick has an idea of numbers?

Here are some dates of future events for your diary.

Saturday 16th November 2013 Cruiser talk and dinner

Ras Turner has kindly agreed to give us a talk about skippering the winning the yacht Ariel in the first Clipper Challenge Round the World Race in 1996. The talk is slightly out of the usual sequence as Ras heads off to the Alps for the winter. It promises to be a fascinating talk and one you should not miss.

ISC, Illustrated talk 1900hrs, dinner 2000hrs

Saturday 23rd November 2013 Sea Shanties and dinner

The Harbour Buoys are a Shanty Band formed by the ex-Education Officer at the Chichester Harbour Conservancy Dell Quay Education Centre. They encourage you to sing-along with them through their extensive repertoire of sea shanties. I have heard them play on several occasions and I have enjoyed their gigs enormously. If you enjoy singing or simply like to be entertained, this is the evening for you! You will even get the chance to play in the Jug Band!

ISC, Sing-a-long 1900hrs, dinner 2000hrs

Saturday 7th December 2013 Cruisers’ Christmas Dinner

Annmarie will be laying on a delicious Christmas Dinner for us all. I know that you will not be disappointed. More details will follow in the next Cruiser News.

ISC, 1930 hrs for 2000 hrs

Cruising Scuttlebutt

Roger Morris kindly emailed me to tell me about Anna Louise VI’s cruising this season. In early September Roger and the Admiral picked up Anna Louise up in Malta, where she, Anna Louise not the Admiral, had spent the high summer out of the water. Earlier in the season they had sailed from Sicily to Malta They then sailed her from Sicily via the foot of Italy to Corfu. It was off southern Sicily that Anna Louise achieved a record speed of 14.9 knots under a heavily reefed main only, with the Admiral on the wheel and Roger biting his nails down below! Oracle eat your heart out! They enjoyed a couple of weeks cruising around the northern Ionian taking in Paxos, Levkas and Ithaca amongst other islands. In Levkas they bumped into two ex-Commodores of the Chichester Cruiser Racing Club. They laid Anna Louise up in Gouvia on Corfu. Quite by chance, they met up with Michael Robinson who keeps his yacht Sabbatical there. Together with their earlier sailing from northern Sicily to Malta, they notched up a cool 1000 miles or so.

In Gozo, they picked up a yacht hitchhiker and took him to the heel of Italy,Santa Maria di Leuca. He was a 42 year old ex USAF pilot who was trying to sail around the world hitching lifts on sailing boats. Anna Louise was his twelfth boat since leaving the USA. I remember sailing into Santa Maria di Leuca many years ago with Simon Olszowski in his Barracuda of Braye. Before WWII Mussolini had built a flight of white ceremonial steps so that he could board a ship to take him to his African Empire. Fortunately his empire did not last too long.

Wotan has had some of her teak deck replaced as a couple of lengths of teak had begun to lift. I found to my concern when I went up the mast about a month ago that a strand of the backstay had corroded and unwound. So that meant the backstay needed to be replaced as well. There you go the fun of boat ownership!

I planning to see Tom Hanks in Captain Phillips the thriller about a piracy incident off Somalia. It has had rave reviews so I hope it is worth the trip into Chichester! The good news is that there are very few pirates off St Catherine’s Point! That may not be true of the Hamble, where most of the pirates operate ashore!

Good sailing,


Ant Fawcett
Rear Commodore Cruising


CRUISER NEWS SEPTEMBER 2013

Posted 28th September 2013

Dear All,

St Wilfrid’s Coastal Challenge

I attended the prize giving for the St Wilfrid’s Coastal Challenge last weekend. I discovered that I had failed to notify the Inn Shore Cruising Club of my pledge, so Wotan’s first in class on corrected time which gained her 10 points was multiplied by a big fat £0! So it was a case of nul points overall! Had my pledge been transmitted to the ISCC, I have a feeling that Wotan might have won the overall prize and Itchenor SC might also have won the Tempus Fugit prize as we did last year! Anyhow I attach the final overall results. The overall prize was won by Maresta owned and sailed by Paul Taylor of ISCC. The Sunbeams as usual had a very good turnout with 9 boats racing. Patrick Doyle of the ISCC tells me that they have raise well over £12,000 for the Hospice this year.

The Royal Yacht Squadron Dinner Meet did, I am sorry to say, not take place as there were insufficient participants to make it worthwhile. A thank you however to Pieter Montyn for making all the arrangements and for trying valiantly to whip in more boats. Thank you too to Anthony Lunch, who was acting as our host. I fear that there were too many competing events that night. I have to own that I had a three line whip to attend another party, which was attended by a number of stalwart cruiser members as well.

Dates for your diary

Sunday 3rd November Cruiser AGM 1800 at ISC
Saturday 16th November 1830 for 1900 at ISC Cruiser Talk and Supper Ras Turner will talk about skippering the winning yacht in the 1996 Clipper Challenge
Saturday 23rd November 1830 for 1900 at ISC The Harbour Buoys Shanty Band will lead us in singing sea shanties followed by supper.
Saturday 7th December 1930 for 2000 at ISC Cruiser Christmas Dinner

Cruising Scuttlebutt


Tom raising his ISC burgee and Synchronised swimming Turkish style

Tom Trevelyan has been cruising in Astrea, which he shares with Patrick Green and Adam Hogg, in Turkey. Tom and Anita kindly invited Bim and I to join them for a wonderful fortnight’s sailing from Bodrun to Gocek. Steve and Sarah Hammett were also sailing with us. The weather was perfect. We took in a different restaurant every night! We met up with the McDanells and the Ouindjians sailing in Ziani for several evenings. Phillip had a wonderful piece of kit called a dongle, which allowed him to access the internet and stream wi-fi around his boat. He bought a local 3G SIM card for not a lot. This is a really useful piece of kit if you are sailing abroad for any length of time and want to access the internet. We now all take it for granted that you can access the internet to get the latest weather forecasts. If you are anything like me you access several websites and choose the most favourable forecast to tell the crew about!

I can’t let this Cruiser News pass without mention of the America’s Cup. I had rather lost interest in the America’s Cup after the last whitewash of Alenghi by Oracle. The current format proved to be a real winner, 40 minute races close inshore for so the spectators could watch it all. Not only was the spectacle of the AC70’s foiling up wind incredibly exciting, but the closeness of the racing, once Oracle had got its act together, was riveting. I could not make up my mind which team to support, the Kiwis because they are part of the Commonwealth or Oracle because of Sir Ben Ainslie!

I must congratulate Archie Massey on winning the International 14 Worlds at the Royal Canadian Yacht Club in Toronto. He also won it in 2008. What a brilliant achievement! What you may not know is that Archie and his wife Joanna sailed across the Pacific from Panama to Australia in 2012. So you can combine cruising with racing after all!

I am looking forward to seeing as many of you as possible at the Cruiser AGM on Sunday 3rd November at 1800 in the Club bar followed by supper at 1900. This is a very informal AGM as its location might imply. The purpose of the meeting is to wrap up the season and to decide upon the events for next season. I would particularly welcome your thoughts on next season’s summer cruise. The Seine Bay cruise was a great success this summer, though in the end only three boats were able to make it. Is there any particular area in which members would like to meet for a summer cruise next year? How about the Channel Islands or the West Country?

Good sailing,



Ant Fawcett
Rear Commodore Cruising


CRUISER NEWS JULY 2013

Posted 27th July 2013

Dear All,

It is over a month since I sent out the last Cruiser News. Quite a lot has been going on since then, including the Itchenor Sailing Club Inaugural Seine Bay Cruise. Three boats, a very select band you will appreciate, took part in the cruise Galatea of Gillan, Hugh Kemlo, Gazelle of Itchenor, Ras Turner and Wotan, Ant Fawcett. Ste Anne d’Auray, Tony Anstee and Maurie, Chris Colbourne were planning to come on the cruise, but for unforeseen and totally unavoidable reasons had to drop out late on.


Dinner at Société des Regattes, Le Havre 14 juillet fireworks, Honfleur La Lieutenance, Honfleur Galatea in Port Deauville

We all had a rather motor assisted sail over to Le Havre. Wotan arrived on the Friday with Chris Creak and Digger Harris as crew, Gazelle arrived the next morning crewed by Vicky de Candole and Galatea soon after crewed by Miranda, Gabriel and Fergus Kemlo. The Saturday arrivals had almost no wind so they had to motor, Wotan had wind but its skipper was too lazy to tack all the way to Le Havre! We had a very jolly dinner in the Société des Regattes to celebrate our arrival. On Sunday we headed over to Honfleur in very light winds, which were feature of the cruise, to enjoy the Quatorze juillet celebrations. The place was popping and the evening was rounded off by a splendid fireworks display. We then headed off to Deauville where we moored in Port Deauville. We strolled down Les Planches and some of us visited the casino in Trouville, not to be recommended as it is a bit down market! On Tuesday we moored in the marina up the Caen canal at Ouistreham. While the Kemlos headed off to visit the Bayeux Tapestry, Gazelle and Wotan headed east to Port Winston at Arromanches, where we anchored and visited the impressive museum that overlooks the remains of the Mulberry harbour. The eastern entrance is well buoyed, but the western entrance is not. You have to work your way out on the chartplotter trying to avoid the ubiquitous épaves. I was quite pleased to leave without hearing an ominous clunk!


Gazelle and Wotan anchored in Port Winston, Arromanches Detail from the Bayeux Tapestry Gazelle off St Vaast

Gazelle and Wotan spent Wednesday night in Grandcamp-Maisy from where the crew of Gazelle and Wotan, not to be outdone, went by bus to visit the Bayeux tapestry. We then had a most enjoyable close fetch up to St Vaast taking photos of each other all the while. We were joined by Galatea, which had sailed up from Ouistreham. We rounded off the cruise with dinner in the marina restaurant, by which time the Kemlo’s daughter Jane and their granddaughter Clemmie, aged 7, joined us. She demolished an enormous plate of moules and then asked if she could taste one of my oysters! Clearly and adventurous soul. Gazelle left St Vaast on Friday and made landfall in Yarmouth, Wotan left on Saturday and had a wet sail back to Itchenor arriving in time for the Itchenor Summer Party. Galatea left a day later.

This is the first time that the Itchenor Cruisers have done an extended cruise along the French coast. It was a great success, helped not a little by the weather. I think it would be a good idea to consider another such cruise for 2014. Any suggestions as to an area for an extended cruise in 2014 would be very welcome?

Kalabash’s cruise to the Azores


Tricia, Patrick and James in Bayonna Azorean CQR

Bill Barnes, who had sailed the boat down from La Coruña had completed some 50 maintenance jobs during the cruise before handing over to James Pickford. As you can imagine James was delighted. He has promised to buy Bill a beer next time he sees him! James left Bayonna with patrick and Tricia on 29th June and arrived in Ponta Delgada, Sao Miguel on 5th July after what he described as a cracking sail. There had been a certain amount of autopilot trouble on the way out to La Coruña. It needed to be dismantled and new parts procured, but in the end it behaved almost impeccably on the voyage out to the Azores. James is due to head back home in early August when no doubt I will be able to pass on more news of his adventures.

Masquerade in the West Country



Sunset in the Scillies Wotan’s namesake Future Rear Commodore Cruising The cockpit awning coming into its own

Alastair and Suzanna Shaw sailed Masquerade all the way to the Scillies where they spent a delightful few days. The wind was generally light so the iron tops’ll came into its own as did the cockpit awning. In Fowey they met Wotan’s namesake! I don’t think I will be putting in a bid! On the way home, they picked up Sara and their grandson Joshua in Lymington.

I enquired of Roger Morris how Anna Louise’s cruising in the Med was going, only to be told that she was out of the water in Malta and he was out on Oz watching the Lions’ Tour. Someone has got their priorities right! I received an email from Lionel Hoare in Alcyone of Apuldram saying that he was in Rathlin Island en route for the Hebrides. I expect that he has had some wonderful weather. He is thinking of perhaps sailing to Norway next season.

I would love to hear from you about your cruising exploits so that I can keep other members abreast of the sort of things that we get up to in our cruisers.

If you know of any ISC members who have cruisers but who are not included in the Cruiser Register or in the circulation of Cruiser news please let me know as I would like to include as many cruising members in our events and newsletters.

Good sailing and fair winds,



Ant Fawcett
Rear Commodore Cruising


CRUISER NEWS MID JUNE 2013

Posted 22nd June 2013

Louise Jackson’s departure

Many of you will know that Louise, who has been our Sailing Manager for four years, is leaving us at the end this week to take up the post of General Manager at the Cardiff Bay Yacht Club. This is a promotion for her and I am very pleased for her. Nevertheless I will be very sad to see her go as she has been a tower of strength and has been instrumental in improving the sailing which we as a Club are able to offer. Quite how we managed without her I do not know! A leaving fund has been started at the Club. To contribute you can either call the Office and make a payment with your bank card or simply send a cheque to the Secretary. We obviously will not be able to make a presentation to Louise before she leaves, but if you could make your donation as soon as possible, it would be appreciated.

Round the Island Race

Following my appeal in the last Cruiser News, Nigel Boutwood very kindly sent me details of his participation in the Round the island Race in his Sun Odyssey 31 Cadenza. He took part in the race to raise money for a charity that he has formed called Charlie’s Challenge (No: 1047876) that supports brain tumour research. His son Charlie was diagnosed with a brain tumour when he was very small, but thankfully almost twenty years on he is well and was able to take part in the race with his father. There is an interview with Charlie on Meridian News, which can be seen at https://vimeo.com/67464403 .

The plans for the Seine Bay Cruise are proceeding apace. Could I ask those who have signed up already to complete their Details of Rally Participants and their Yachts and send them to Tony Anstee at riverside@itchenor.net , if they have not already done so. Just to remind you the planned itinerary is:

Saturday 13th July Le Havre for evening drinks on the pontoon with dinner at Société des Regates
Sunday 14th July Honfleur
Monday 15th July Deauville with barbecue chez Ron Huggins in Touques
Tuesday 16th July Individual cruising
Wednesday 17th July Individual cruising
Thursday 18th July Individual cruising
Friday 19th July St Vaast for evening drinks on the pontoon with dinner to round off the cruise

Itchenor Summer Party Saturday 20th July

Don’t forget the Itchenor Summer Party on Saturday 20th July. I reckon that if you leave St Vaast early on Saturday morning when the lock opens at 0604 French time, you should make it back in time for the party! HW Chichester is 2213 BST. See you there! There will be supper, a live band and dancing all for £30 a head. If you are on the Seine Bay Cruise you may be a bit late for dinner!

St Wilfrid’s Coastal Challenge 31st August

The St Wilfrid’s Coastal Challenge is being held on Saturday 31st August. Start times will be from 1245. HW Chichester Harbour Entrance is at 0813 and LW at 1410, which sadly is not very convenient. You will probably need to get over the bar a bit before the race. I must remind you that Itchenor SC are the current holders of the Tempus Fugit Trophy, which is given to the Club which earns the most points being a combination of finishing position on handicap and the amount raised for St Wilfrid’s. The Sunbeams were the main contributors last year so it would be nice to give them a run for their money for this very worthy cause. I cannot praise the wonderful service which St Wilfrid’s provides to the community enough.

RYS Dinner Meet 21st/22nd September

We are repeating our successful RYS Dinner Meet this year by popular acclamation. Pieter Montyn has kindly agreed to organise the meet and he has arrangements well in hand. I think he is a great deal more efficient than I was last year! If you would like to attend the meet please contact Pieter by email at pieter.montyn@btinternet.com or by telephone on 01243 513088. I sure he would be glad to hear from you. It would be change from aggrieved constituents complaining about something!

As I had hoped, the crew of Kalabash did repair to the balcony bar of the RCNC in La Coruña. Bill Barnes took this picture of them in Kalabash’s cabin after their return. I think that they are looking suitably relaxed!

On a more serious note, a member of James’ crew has had to drop out of the return leg from Ponta Delgada, Sao Miguel to Itchenor. If anyone would like to join James or if you know of anyone who might be interested in joining James for the cruise back to Itchenor could they please let him know either by email: jamespickford@btinternet.com or by phone: 07776 187918, as I know he would like to hear from you. The distance is about 1500 miles so you would definitely qualify for the Ocean Cruising Club. The crew will gather in Ponta Delgada on Saturday 3rd August. There is a direct flight from Gatwick that day. James plans to cruise the Azores before heading back home with a view to arriving in Itchenor about three weeks later. I have done the voyage back from the Azores a couple of times and I can certainly recommend it. Kalabash is very well found and the other crew member is Bill Barnes, who is a very experienced sailor.

I am looking out of my Bat Cave window, which in the words of an estate agent has harbour glimpses, as I write. The sky is blue and there is almost no wind. I should have taken the opportunity to bend on Wotan’s sails, but more pressing matters intervened!

Fair winds,


Ant Fawcett
Rear Commodore Cruising



CRUISER NEWS JUNE 2013

Posted 8th June 2013

Round the Island Race 1st June 2013



Congratulations to Mike Shaw for coming first in Class IRC Div 3D and 9th Overall in his famous Flying Boat. This was a splendid effort. It seems that Flying Boat lives for the Round the Island Race! I picked up two other Itchenor boats in the Round the Island Race; X35 Jazz 2 owned and skippered by Ian Smyth, which came 16th out of 39 in IRC Div 1C and Swan 55 Swan Galiana owned and skippered by Patrick Green, which came 16th out of 40 in IRC Div 1B. Both very creditable results and far, far better than I could ever achieve. If there were any other Itchenor boats in the Round the Island Race could the owners please be so kind as to let me know and I will include them in the next Cruiser News. From what I have heard it was something of a blast with only a short beat up the NE shore of the Island, otherwise it was straight line sailing. Mike Slade’s CAP Leopard beat his own monohull record set in 2008 by almost 10 minutes and Sir Ben Ainslie in JPM BAR smashed the multihull record by a massive 16 minutes. Why do boats have such odd names?

Seine Bay Cruise Saturday 13th to Friday 19th July

I make no apologies for simply repeating the information on the Seine Bay Cruise yet again. It promises to be a splendid cruise. I urge any of you who may be thinking about going on the cruise to contact either Tony Anstee (01243 512244, the number in the 2013 Handbook is incorrect, or riverside@itchenor.net) or me. Ste Anne d’Auray, Wotan, Lavrock, Maurie and Ardee have confirmed that they will be coming on the cruise.

The cruise will get off to a good start with dinner at the Société des Regates in Le Havre on Saturday 13th July. On Sunday, Tony proposes a gentle afternoon potter over to the delightful Honfleur to enjoy the quatorze juillet celebrations, no doubt with fireworks and much merriment. He has snagged several private pontoon berths in the Vieux Port after a fortuitous encounter with the Commodore of the Circle Nautique d’Honfleur. Ron Huggins has very kindly offered to host a barbecue for us at his house in Touques about 3 miles inland from Deauville on the Monday. You can moor in Deauville either in the new, or relatively new Port Deauville or head into the Bassin Morny to moor opposite the Deauville YC.

After Deauville, participants will make their own way to St Vaast where we will meet for dinner on Friday night either at the Hotel de France et Fuscias or the Chasse Marée. This gives everyone the opportunity to explore harbours which they may not have visited before, or to return to those that they would like to revisit. With Ouistreham, Courseulles, Port Winston at Arromanches, Port-en-Bessin, Carentan and not forgetting les Îles St Marcouf there are plenty of options. For those of a historic mind you can anchor in Port Winston at Arromanches and visit the excellent museum there. This flexible arrangement allows both for bad weather or simply a wish to tarry longer in a particularly attractive spot.

In summary the programme would be as follows:

Saturday 13th July Le Havre for evening drinks on the pontoon with dinner at Société des Regates
Sunday 14th July Honfleur
Monday 15th July Deauville with barbecue chez Ron Huggins in Touques
Tuesday 16th July Individual cruising
Wednesday 17th July Individual cruising
Thursday 18th July Individual cruising
Friday 19th July St Vaast for evening drinks on the pontoon with dinner to round off the cruise

The tides are generally favourable for the planned cruise allowing boats to enter and leave the many drying harbours at convenient times. The distances between ports in very modest and easily achievable in a day’s sailing..

Itchenor Summer Party Saturday 20th July

Don’t forget the Itchenor Summer Party on Saturday 20th July. I reckon that if you leave St Vaast early on Saturday morning when the lock opens at 0604 French time, you should make it back in time for the party! HW Chichester is 2213 BST. See you there!


St Wilfrid’s Coastal Challenge 31st August

The St Wilfrid’s Coastal Challenge is being held on Saturday 31st August. Start times will be from 1245. HW Chichester Harbour Entrance is at 0813 and LW at 1410, which sadly is not very convenient. You will probably need to get over the bar a bit before the race. I must remind you that Itchenor SC are the current holders of the Tempus Fugit Trophy, which is given to the Club which earns the most points being a combination of finishing position on handicap and the amount raised for St Wilfrid’s. The Sunbeams were the main contributors last year so it would be nice to give them a run for their money for this very worthy cause. I cannot praise the wonderful service which St Wilfrid’s provides to the community enough.

Notice of race

Entry form

Kalabash arrives in La Coruña

James Pickford, Jim Hartley and Bill Barnes, set off from Itchenor on Wednesday 29th May for La Coruña, see pictures above. They made their landfall in L’Aberwrac’h on the Friday and then sailed over to Ushant. They had a very quick 56 hour crossing of the Bay of Biscay, with fair winds all the way, arriving in Cedeira, one of the northern Rias, on Monday 3rd June. I expect they are now sipping g&ts served by the redoubtable Manuel on the balcony at the Real Club Nautico de La Coruña, overlooking the harbour. They deserve it!

Wotan went back in the water about 10 days ago. I had foolishly allowed a reefing line to slip through its sheave into the boom. This meant that the end of the boom had to be removed and a messenger line rove. I found that the tang holding the kicker had fractured so I took the opportunity to have that re welded at the same time. Ras, thank you for your help in taking off the boom last weekend. Maybe I can now start bending on the sails again. I took advantage of the wonderful weather to take my RIB Gonzo for a tootle around the harbour ending up at the restaurant at Sparke’s Marina, which is now masquerading under the name Piranha RIB!

Fair winds and cloudless skies,


Ant Fawcett
Rear Commodore Cruising

 


CRUISER NEWS MID MAY 2013

Posted 16th May 2013

Solent Shakedown Motor Rally



Dinner at the Henshaw’s on Thursday Red Funnel hydrofoil Peter Henshaw views Britannia’s keel Britannia below decks Team photo


As you will all remember the weather late last week and over the weekend was perfectly dreadful. Peter Henshaw had planned for the Solent Shakedown Rally to start of with dinner in Bembridge on the Thursday night, but he wisely decided that the weather was too bad to meet up in Bembridge. Instead he and Kim very kindly asked us all to come over for dinner with them. This was a very jolly affair and big thanks to Kim and Peter. Over dinner Peter, with the agreement of all the other participants, decided that the forecast was so dire for the next three days that he really should call off the rally. This was a wise decision and one that no one regretted. Peter had cunningly arranged for us to visit the replica of Britannia, which was being restored in East Cowes. A large group of us, including some stragglers like me who could not attend the rally, met in Southampton to take the Red Funnel hydrofoil over to Cowes. We were met by a water taxi which took us over to Venture Quay, which is on the site of what I remember as the British Hovercraft Corporation factory and now occupied by the Artemis Sailing Academy.


The sweep of Britannia’s hull

Britannia had been towed over from her mooring in Son, Norway to Cowes to be restored in early 2012. The owner is an American who has clearly made some money and is now, in the time honoured American way, doing good works. The restoration is being project managed by Giuseppe Longo, who had been in charge of the restoration of Lulworth from what can only be described as a wreck. By comparison Britannia is in much better condition. To my eye the restoration seemed to be a herculean task. Giuseppe, on the other hand, was completely unfazed by the prospect! As you can see Britannia was up on the hard standing of the yard. Lifting her ashore was no mean feat. They used a floating crane on the limits of its lifting capability. For the relaunch, a caterpillar crane and floating pontoons will have to be used instead. As I mentioned in a previous Cruiser News the Norwegian owner had been in dispute with the Russian yard where the replica had been build. The Russian yard had for example run out of lead, or perhaps decided that it did not want to buy any more lead for the keel. As a result the starbord side of the keel had been filled with lead while the port side had been filled with a mixture of lead and concrete! They were in the process of drilling out the concrete and melting the lead. Below decks, as you can see, there was nothing other than the ribs and the hull. Studio Faggione has been commissioned to provide the architectural designs for the interior with the aim of replicating the original design. Studio Faggione worked with Giuseppe on Lulworth. We were given copies of the video of the restoration of Lulworth, which I have to say was pretty impressive. If you would like to borrow a copy of this video, please ask either Peter Henshaw or me. I think it is probably only a question of money as the designers and craftsmen are available to complete the restoration.

Peter, thank you so much for organising the visit.

Seine Bay Cruise Saturday 13th to Friday 19th July




Musée de Vieux Havre Honfleur Inner Harbour Casino, Deauville Lunch in Ouistreham Marina Fishing boats in
St Vaast Harbour

I make no apologies for simply repeating the information on the Seine Bay Cruise yet again. It promises to be a splendid cruise. I urge any of you who may be thinking about going on the cruise to contact either Tony Anstee (01243 512244, the number in the 2013 Handbook is incorrect, or riverside@itchenor.net) or me. Ste Anne d’Auray, Wotan, Lavrock, Maurie and Ardee have confirmed that they will be coming on the cruise.

The cruise will get off to a good start with dinner at the Société des Regates in Le Havre on Saturday 13th July. On Sunday, Tony proposes a gentle afternoon potter over to the delightful Honfleur to enjoy the quatorze juillet celebrations, no doubt with fireworks and much merriment. He has snagged several private pontoon berths in the Vieux Port after a fortuitous encounter with the Commodore of the Circle Nautique d’Honfleur. Ron Huggins has very kindly offered to host a barbecue for us at his house in Touques about 3 miles inland from Deauville on the Monday. You can moor in Deauville either in the new, or relatively new Port Deauville or head into the Bassin Morny to moor opposite the Deauville YC.

After Deauville, participants will make their own way to St Vaast where we will meet for dinner on Friday night either at the Hotel de France et Fuscias or the Chasse Marée. This gives everyone the opportunity to explore harbours which they may not have visited before, or to return to those that they would like to revisit. With Ouistreham, Courseulles, Port Winston at Arromanches, Port-en-Bessin, Carentan and not forgetting les Îles St Marcouf there are plenty of options. For those of a historic mind you can anchor in Port Winston at Arromanches and visit the excellent museum there. This flexible arrangement allows both for bad weather or simply a wish to tarry longer in a particularly attractive spot.

In summary the programme would be as follows:

Saturday 13th July Le Havre for evening drinks on the pontoon with dinner at Société des Regates
Sunday 14th July Honfleur
Monday 15th July Deauville with barbecue chez Ron Huggins in Touques
Tuesday 16th July Individual cruising
Wednesday 17th July Individual cruising
Thursday 18th July Individual cruising
Friday 19th July St Vaast for evening drinks on the pontoon with dinner to round off the cruise

The tides are generally favourable for the planned cruise allowing boats to enter and leave the many drying harbours at convenient times. The distances between ports in very modest and easily achievable in a day’s sailing..

Itchenor Summer Party Saturday 20th July

Don’t forget the Itchenor Summer Party on Saturday 20th July. I reckon that if you leave St Vaast early on Saturday morning when the lock opens at 0604 French time, you should make it back in time for the party! HW Chichester is 2213 BST. See you there!

As I write, James Pickford is readying Kalabash for a cruise to the Azores. He is setting off with Jim Hartley and Bill Barnes to La Coruña in about 10 days time. We wish them all fair winds and a good voyage. Please let me know of your cruising plans so that I can pass on news of your progress in the august organ that is Cruiser News. Let us hope that the summer is rather more clement than last summer’s offering!

Uniform whiskey,


Ant Fawcett
Rear Commodore Cruising


CRUISER NEWS MAY 2013

Posted 9th May 2013

Dear All,

It is wonderful to see the weather improving at last after a diabolical winter. Wotan is out of the water in Northney Marina repairing the damage to the Coppercoat on her keel when I dragged her through the mud one evening in a vain attempt to get up to Bucklers Hard. I have to say that despite its brush with the mud, the Coppercoat has worked very well indeed. I have even been moved to replace the portlights in the main cabin, which had become very badly crazed. Something I have been putting off for years!

Solent Shakedown Rally Thursday 9th to Sunday 12th May

Peter and Kim Henshaw in Gentle Jane have kindly agreed once a again to organise their very popular Shakedown Cruise around the Solent. There are a number of boats going including Ste Anne d’Auray, Lavrock, Cosantess, Tiger C, Kalabash and of course Gentle Jane.

The itinerary is:

Thursday May 9th: Bembridge, supper at Baywatch. HW 1147. This may be called off because the current forecast for Thursday is horrid. As we all know forecasts can change. Peter will keep you appraised of any change in plan.

Friday May 10th: Cowes, supper at the Folly In where berths have been reserved. HW 1230.

Saturday May 11th: Move to Cowes Yacht Haven by 0900 for a water taxi at 1000 to take the party to Venture Quay for a private visit to Britannia. Sail to Yarmouth during the afternoon where berths have been reserved at Hayles. Drinks on Gentle Jane and, supper at On The Rocks. HW 1313.

Sunday May 12th: Return to Itchenor HW 1354 If conditions are favourable the cruise could be extended to Poole for those who would like to go on there, making their own berthing arrangements.

If you would like to attend the private visit to Britannia or are thinking that you might like to join the Solent Shakedown Rally, please contact Peter Henshaw by phone on 01243 512207 or by email at peterhenshaw@btinternet.com . A number of people are going over to Cowes by ferry on Saturday to join the visit to Britannia, so you will not be alone!

Seine Bay Cruise Saturday 13th to Friday 19th July

Our St Vaast Rally has been the Itchenor Cruisers’ main cross Channel event for many years. Lately the weather has meant that few, if any, yachts have reached St Vaast over the last 4-5 years. The Seine Bay Cruise was mooted at the Cruiser AGM in November 2012, following Tony Anstee’s suggestion that we should perhaps go to Le Havre instead and then work our way around the Seine Bay to St Vaast. It attracted a good deal of interest. Tony and Anette Anstee in St Anne d’Auray are organising the cruise. Le Havre has the great advantage of being an all weather and all tide port with a well sheltered marina and, for a change, perhaps not dead to windward! It is planned that we should set the cruise off to a good start with dinner at the Société des Regates on Saturday 13th July. On Sunday Tony proposes a gentle afternoon potter over to the delightful Honfleur to enjoy the 14 juillet celebrations, no doubt with fireworks and much merriment. He has snagged several private pontoon berths in the Vieux Port after a fortuitous encounter with the Commodore of the Circle Nautique d’Honfleur. Ron Huggins has very kindly offered to host a barbecue for us at his house in Touques about 3 miles inland from Deauville on the Monday. You can moor in Deauville either in the new, or relatively new Port Deauville or head into the Bassin Morny to moor opposite the Deauville YC.

After Deauville, participants will make their own way to St Vaast where we will meet for dinner on Friday night either at the Hotel de France et Fuscias or the Chasse Marée. This gives everyone the opportunity to explore harbours which they may not have visited before, or to return to those that they would like to revisit. With Ouistreham, Courseulles, Port Winston at Arromanches, Port-en-Bessin, Carentan and not forgetting les Îles St Marcouf there are plenty of options. This would also allow for bad weather or simply a wish to tarry longer in a particularly attractive spot.

In summary the programme would be as follows:

Saturday 13th July Le Havre for evening drinks on the pontoon with dinner at Société des Regates
Sunday 14th July Honfleur
Monday 15th July Deauville with barbecue chez Ron Huggins in Touques
Tuesday 16th July Individual cruising
Wednesday 17th July Individual cruising
Thursday 18th July Individual cruising
Friday 19th July St Vaast for evening drinks on the pontoon with dinner to round off the cruise

The tides are generally favourable for the planned cruise allowing boats to enter and leave the many drying harbours at convenient times. The distances between ports in very modest and easily achievable in a day’s sailing..

Ste Anne d’Auray, Wotan, Lavrock and Maurie have already confirmed that they will be coming on the cruise. I have spoken to a number of other Cruiser members who have expressed strong interest, so it promises to be well subscribed cruise. Could you please contact Tony Anstee either by phone 01243 512244 or by email at riverside@itchenor.net for more information about the cruise or if you would like to join the cruise.

Don’t forget the Itchenor Summer Party on Saturday 20th July. I reckon that if you leave St Vaast early on Saturday morning when the lock opens at 0604 French time, you should make it back in time for the party! HW Chichester is 2213 BST. See you there!

I hope that your fitting out is going well and that if you are not already back on the water you soon will be.

Uniform Whiskey,

Ant Fawcett
Rear Commodore Cruising


CRUISER NEWS MARCH 2013 (2)

Posted 23rd March 2013

Last Saturday Alice Darling gave us an amazing talk about her Atlantic Circuit with her mother Trycha and her sister Jilli in Triple D, a Southerly 42 built here in Itchenor at Northshore. They had had very little offshore sailing experience before setting out. Their first night at sea was on the way down to the West Country the summer before they set off. They sailed around Brittany before heading across the Bay of Biscay to north west Spain and on down to Lisbon, from where they set off to Madiera and on to the Las Palmas for the start of the ARC. The wind on the 2011 ARC was very light as the trade winds had not developed as expected. Triple D had to motor a lot. Six days out of Las Palmas, grey smoke began to pour from the engine compartment. They cleared the debris from around the engine but while they could restart the engine, the generator would not work. They put into Mindelo in the Cape Verdes, where the redoubtable Kai Brossman tried but could not repair the generator. (I know, from personal experience, that getting spares in the Cape Verdes is all but impossible!) So they had to set out across the Atlantic unable to charge their batteries properly. This meant no watermaker, no showers and certainly no washing machine, disaster! They arrived safely in St Lucia as dawn broke. With the generator repaired, they cruised the Caribbean islands, even managing to enter the US Virgin Islands without the proper non-immigrant visas, which in the days of Homeland Security was quite an achievement! They then moved off the beaten track to the Dominican Republic and up to the Turks and Caicos Islands, where Triple D’s lifting keel came into its own. They spent some time exploring the Turks and Caicos, while waiting for fair winds to take them up to Bermuda. In the event they had a vile trip up to Bermuda with 20 – 30 knot head winds most of the time, arriving at the narrow reef strewn entrance to St Georges in the middle of the night. Triple D was slipped at the Admiralty Dockyard Marina, which is also where the cruise liners dock. They were able to find secluded beaches that had not been invaded by the passengers! They returned to St George’s, which Alice described as the Cowes of Bermuda, before setting sail for the Azores. The passage to the Azores was almost windless, so they had to motor much of the way. It is fortunate that modern yachts have such large fuel tanks! Jilli decided that she had had enough of seasickness so she flew home from Horta. Trycha and Alice recruited James, her boy friend, and her cousin Andy for the trip home, probably under false pretences! After a few days’ headwinds they reached the Westerlies and flew home with strong winds up their tail, arriving in Yarmouth just in time for last orders! What a voyage!

Alice is now training to be a solicitor with Clifford Chance.

Solent Shakedown Rally Thursday 9th to Sunday 12th May

Peter and Kim Henshaw in Gentle Jane have kindly agreed once a again to organise their very popular Shakedown Cruise around the Solent. The itinerary that Peter has planned is:

Thursday May 9th: Bembridge, supper at Baywatch. HW 1147.
Friday May 10th: Cowes, Tour of the replica of Britannia, which is being restored in the Venture Yard, East Cowes, followed by dinner at the Folly Inn. HW 1230.
Saturday May 11th: Yarmouth, supper at On The Rocks. HW 1313.
Sunday May 12th: Return to Itchenor HW 1354 If conditions are favourable the cruise could be extended to Poole for those who would like to go on there, making their own berthing arrangements.

If you would like more information, please contact Peter Henshaw by phone on 01243 512207 or by email at peterhenshaw@btinternet.com .

Following completion of the rebuild, it is proposed that Britannia should be used as a flag ship for a charity devoted to retired war veterans, emergency services personnel, challenged youth and maritime education.

Seine Bay Cruise Saturday 13th to Friday 19th July


Musée de Vieux Havre Honfleur Inner Harbour Casino, Deauville Lunch in Ouistreham Marina Fishing boats in
St Vaast Harbour

Our St Vaast Rally has been the Itchenor Cruisers’ main cross Channel event for many years. Lately the weather has meant that few if any yachts have reached St Vaast over the last 4-5 years. This cruise was mooted at the Cruiser AGM in November 2012, following Tony Anstee’s suggestion that we should perhaps go to Le Havre instead and then work our way around the Seine Bay to St Vast. It attracted a good deal of interest. Tony and Anette Anstee in St Anne d’Auray have very kindly agreed to organise the cruise. Le Havre has the great advantage of being an all weather and all tide port with a well sheltered marina and for a change perhaps not dead to windward! It is planned that we should set the cruise off to a good start with dinner at the Société des Regates on Saturday 13th July. I went there several years ago and their restaurant was excellent! On Sunday we propose a gentle afternoon potter over to the delightful Honfleur to enjoy the 14 juillet celebrations, no doubt with fireworks and much merriment. Ron Huggins has very kindly offered to host a barbecue for us at his house in Touques about 3 miles inland from Deauville on the Monday. You can moor in Deauville either in the new, or relatively new Port Deauville or head into the Bassin Morny to moor opposite the Deauville YC.

After Deauville we propose that participants should make their own way to St Vaast where we would meet for dinner on Friday night either at the Hotel de France et Fuscias or the Chasse Marée. This gives everyone the opportunity to explore harbours which they may not have visited before, or to return to those that they would like to revisit. With Ouistreham, Courseulles, Port Winston at Arromanches, Port-en-Bessin, Carentan and not forgetting les Îles St Marcouf there are plenty of options. This would also allow for bad weather or simply a wish to tarry longer in a particularly attractive spot.

In summary the programme would be as follows:

Saturday 13th July Le Havre for evening drinks on the pontoon with dinner at Société des Regates
Sunday 14th July Honfleur
Monday 15th July Deauville with barbecue chez Ron Huggins in Touques
Tuesday 16th July Individual cruising
Wednesday 17th July Individual cruising
Thursday 18th July Individual cruising
Friday 19th July St Vaast for evening drinks on the pontoon with dinner to round off the cruise

The tides are generally favourable for the planned cruise allowing boats to enter and leave the many drying harbours at convenient times. The distances between ports in very modest and easily achievable in a day’s sailing..

Could you please contact Tony Anstee either by phone 01243 512244 or by email at riverside@itchenor.net for more information about the cruise.

I am sorry that they weather has been so dreadful. It is not the weather in which most of us would wish to be wielding paintbrushes! Let’s hope it improves before too long.

With best wishes,


Ant Fawcett
Rear Commodore Cruising


 

CRUISER NEWS MARCH 2013

Posted 6th March

Cruiser talk and dinner Saturday 16th March

Just a reminder that Alice Darling will be giving an illustrated talk about the Atlantic Circuit which she completed with her mother, Trycha, and sister, Jilli, in Triple D. They set off in July 2010 and joined the ARC in the Canaries, reaching the Caribbean in December that year. They cruised the Caribbean and returned via Bermuda and the Azores. What a wonderful adventure! I am looking forward to hearing about it.

Annmarie will be preparing us a Caribbean menu of Jerk Chicken with black eyed bean rice and a Cajun tomato salsa with pineapple and Malibu parfait with coconut ice cream, which sounds delicious!

ISC, illustrated talk starts at 1900 hrs in the members’ Room followed by supper at 2000 hrs.

Please book in with the Club on the website or by calling 01243 512400. A vegetarian option will be available.

Ocean Youth Trust South

Re-launch of John Lang 4th March at Hamble

You may recall that Mark Todd the CEO of OYTS gave a talk at the Club about the work of the OYTS. After the dinner a number of members asked if they could make a donation to the OYTS. Mark has sent me a letter, which is attached, thanking us for the money raised. He explains, in the letter, that it has allowed OYTS to reconnect with West Sussex CC and that the funds donated will be used to provide two Bursaries to two disadvantaged and vulnerable young people from the county.

Quite by chance, I was present at the re-launch of John Laing at Port Hamble Marina this afternoon. Mark is on the left. I just happen to be in the photo alongside the refit team, who have done a wonderful job. I merely painted a couple of floor boards! The photo was taken by Chris Lane, who runs the Sussex Support Group for the OYTS and lives in Birdham. There are some places left for voyages on the John Laing this season, if anybody, yes young or old, is interested. They are taking part in the Tall Ships Race to Helsinki, where I plan to meet up with them. For more information or details of voyages go to their web site at http://www.oytsouth.org .

I am delighted that the weather is warming up a bit. Let’s hope it stays that way as working on boats in a freezing north-easterly wind is not much fun!

Aye,


Ant Fawcett
Rear Commodore Cruising

 


 

CRUISER NEWS - February 2013

Posted 22nd February 2013

Last Saturday Roger regaled with the story of his cruise out to and around the Mediterranean Sea with Jackie in their X-442 Anna Louise VI. The talk was beautifully illustrated with Jackie’s photos, which she insisted that she had taken using a little pocket camera. I wish that I could do half as well. The talk covered nine seasons’ cruising both down the coast of France, Spain and Portugal and the Western Mediterranean. To cover nine years’ sailing in 50 minutes was going some. I really felt as if I was on board Anna Louise VI as they negotiated the hazards of high tension cables and ropes around the propeller as well as enjoying Mustapha’s guided tour of Tangiers and breathtaking anchorages in the Minorcan calas to mention but a few highlights. A number of Itchenor members have sailed with Roger and Jackie over the years, some on several occasions. James and Sarah Pickford have the unenviable reputation of always arriving as either the engine had broken down, or the weather had closed in for the duration! Steve Hammett and the Trevelyans were invited on Anna Louise VI to help win Roger and Jackie the X Yacht racing series in Scarlino on the coast of Tuscany. Roger and Jackie have developed the technique of simply cruising around from May until the end of October, wisely omitting July and August as being too hot and too expensive, then simply wintering the boat wherever they end up. I think that I should take a leaf out of their book as my cruises tend to be far too planned and goal focused!

Cruiser talk and dinner Saturday 16th March


Alice Darling will be talking about the Atlantic Circuit which she completed with her mother, Trycha and sister, Jilli in Triple D. They set off in July 2010 and joined the ARC in the Canaries, reaching the Caribbean in December that year. They cruised the Caribbean and returned via Bermuda and the Azores. What a wonderful adventure! I am looking forward to hearing about it.

Annmarie will be preparing a Caribbean themed menu. Please book in with the Club on the website, or by calling 01243 512400. A vegetarian option will be available.


Seine Bay Cruise Saturday 13th to Friday 19th July

Our St Vaast Rally has been the Itchenor Cruisers’ main cross Channel event for many years. Lately the weather has meant that few if any yachts have reached St Vaast over the last 4-5 years. This cruise was mooted at the Cruiser AGM in November 2012, following Tony Anstee’s suggestion that we should perhaps go to Le Havre instead and then work our way around the Seine Bay to St Vast. It attracted a good deal of interest. Tony and Anette Anstee in St Anne d’Auray have very kindly agreed to organise the cruise. Le Havre has the great advantage of being an all weather and all tide port with a well sheltered marina and for a change perhaps not dead to windward! It is planned that we should set the cruise off to a good start with dinner at the Société des Regates on Saturday 13th July. I went there several years ago and their restaurant was excellent! On Sunday we propose a gentle afternoon potter over to the delightful Honfleur to enjoy the 14 juillet celebrations, no doubt with fireworks and much merriment. Ron Huggins has very kindly offered to host a barbecue for us at his house in Touques about 3 miles inland from Deauville on the Monday. You can moor in Deauville either in the new, or relatively new Port Deauville or head into the Bassin Morny to moor opposite the Deauville YC. I remember on one Deauville Race an inebriated Brit pulled down the tricolour on the YC mast. Ted Heath, who had raced over in Morning Cloud, had to work quite hard to diffuse the situation!

After Deauville we propose that participants should make their own way to St Vaast where we would meet for dinner on Friday night either at the Hotel de France et Fuscias or the Chasse Marée. This gives everyone the opportunity to explore harbours which they may not have visited before, or to return to those that they would like to revisit. With Ouistreham, Courseulles, Port Winston at Arromanches, Port-en-Bessin, Carentan and not forgetting les Îles St Marcouf there are plenty of options. This would also allow for bad weather or simply a wish to tarry longer in a particularly attractive spot.


In summary the programme would be as follows:

Saturday 13th July Le Havre for evening drinks on the pontoon with dinner at Société des Regates
Sunday 14th July Honfleur
Monday 15th July Deauville with barbecue chez Ron Huggins in Touques
Tuesday 16th July Individual cruising
Wednesday 17th July Individual cruising
Thursday 18th July Individual cruising
Friday 19th July St Vaast for evening drinks on the pontoon with dinner to round off the cruise

The tides are generally favourable for the planned cruise allowing boats to enter and leave the many drying harbours at convenient times. The distances between ports in very modest and easily achievable in a day’s sailing..

Could you please contact Tony Anstee either by phone 01243 512244 or by email at riverside@itchenor.net for more information about the cruise.

Solent Shakedown Rally Thursday 9th to Sunday 12th May

Peter and Kim Henshaw in Gentle Jane have kindly agreed once a again to organise their very popular cruise around the Solent. More details will be given in the next Cruiser News, but if you would like more information, please contact Peter Henshaw by phone on 01243 512207 or by email at peterhenshaw@btinternet.com .

Proposed Navitus Bay Offshore Wind Farm

I attended the presentation on the Proposed Navitus bay Offshore Wind Farm given by Gus Lewis and Stuart Carruthers, RYA Head of Legal and Government Affairs and Cruising Manager respectively, at Chichester YC on 14th February. They explained the history of the Navitus Bay Wind Farm and how it fitted into the bigger picture of offshore wind farms around the UK coasts. The proposed Navitus Bay Offshore Wind Farm covers and area to the south east of St Alban’s Head and is on the route usually taken by yachts sailing from the Needles and Poole Harbour to Cherbourg and the Channel Islands. The consultation regarding the Navitus Bay proposal is now open, details of where to make your comments can be found on the RYA website at http://www.rya.org.uk/newsevents/news/Pages/WestWightWindFarm-NavitusBayupdate.aspx , which gives you a link to the Navitus Bay website. Details of the planning process and its progress can be found on the Planning Inspectorate website at http://www.rya.org.uk/newsevents/news/Pages/WestWightWindFarm-NavitusBayupdate.aspx . A group called Challenge Navitus is trying to galvanise local opposition to the proposal. Their website is http://www.challengenavitus.org.uk/ . Environmental interest groups such as the RSPB are monitoring the development carefully. The RYA are monitoring the proposals from a recreational boating perspective and Trinity House and the MCA from a commercial shipping perspective. The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) have produced the “Methodology for Assessing the Marine Navigational Safety Risks of Offshore Wind Farms” document, in association with the Department for Transport (DFT), the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) and BMT Renewables Limited. This 160 page document can be found at http://webarchive.nationalarchives.gov.uk/+/http://www.berr.gov.uk/files/file22888.pdf . All companies applying for permission from the Planning Inspectorate have to answer the questions posed in this document.

If you are interested, I suggest that you research the proposal and the objections that the various parties have to it. While the development is rated at 1.1GW, its expected output over a year is likely to be only about 330MW.


On a lighter note, I thought that earlier this week the weather had turned, so I went out to Wotan to do some work in the Spring sunshine. Sadly, it all seems to have gone now and the temperature has fallen like a stone.

Good boat preparation.

Ant Fawcett
Rear Commodore Cruising

 

 

CRUISER NEWS - JANUARY 2013

Posted 18th January 2013

On Saturday evening Mark Todd, CEO of the Ocean Youth Trust South gave us a truly inspirational talk about the work of the OYTS in taking disadvantaged and vulnerable young people sailing. OYTS work very closely with schools and the social work network in the South of England. One of the voyages he skippered was for a group of girls from Chichester High School, who because of their behaviour had been excluded from school. He cited an example of a girl who at the age of 13 was drinking heavily and only attending school spasmodically as she tended not to get up until mid afternoon. She went on an OYTS voyage. On her return she went straight into school and announced to her teacher that she had had a wonderful time sailing and that she was going to attend school now. This girl is now grown up and is a the Deputy Head of PE in a large comprehensive and organising a national scheme to encourage girls at school to play hockey. There is a life after St Trinians! The OYTS also run voyages for children whose siblings are terminally ill. You can imagine the trauma that these children are going through often with very little emotional help other than from their parents, who themselves are traumatised. The OYTS voyage enables them to meet other children in the same position and to share their feelings. The OYTS owns the John Laing a 75’ steel ketch. Along with the community work which it does the OYTS also participates in the Tall Ships Races. The John Laing is participating in the Tall Ships Races the Baltic this summer. I hope to meet up with her in Helsinki as I am taking Wotan to the Baltic.

If you would are interested in supporting the OYTS in any way or simply would like to read more about their activities, can I suggest that you have a look at their web site http://www.oytsouth.org . The Annual Report which can be found under the Sponsor and Donations tab is well worth reading as it gives examples of the young people who the OYTS has helped.

We were very pleased to be joined by members of the Swallow Class who were having their AGM on Saturday and who stayed on to hear Mark’s talk.

Cruiser talk and Dinner Saturday 16th February 2013

Roger and Jackie Morris will be talking to us about their adventures on the way down to the Med and their cruising around the Med in Anna Louise VI. This summer, apart from other cruises, they circumnavigated Sicily braving Scylla and Charybdis, which, last time I went through the Straits of Messina, were still marked on the charts! Roger and Jackie are long standing members of the Club and indeed Roger was Rear Commodore Cruising in 1989. I think he must have been the youngest RCC ever! It was Roger who instituted the St Vast Rally in the Summer. Both Kees, my predecessor as RCC, and I have to own up that we never managed to reach St Vaast this year! I am very much looking forward to their talk.

ISC, illustrated talk 1900 hrs, supper at 2000 hrs

Annmarie will be preparing a Mediterranean themed menu. Please book in with the Club on the website or by calling 01243 512400. A vegetarian option will be available.

Other dates for your diary are:

Friday 1st February 2013

Michael Cook, the Bosham SC Rear Commodore Cruisers, has very kindly invited anyone from Itchenor SC to a talk by Peter Bruce, who has authored the new edition of Heavy Weather Sailing, the Adlard Coles classic which we will remember from long ago, at Bosham SC. A notice of the talk and details of how to book are given in the attached flyer.

Saturday 16th March 2013

Cruiser dinner and talk by Alice Darling, ISC Member
Alice will talk about her Atlantic Circuit in Triple D in 2010/11

ISC, illustrated talk 1900 hrs, supper at 2000 hrs

I must apologise for the time which it took to be serve your main course at the supper on Saturday night. I have discussed with Nick how the process can be speeded up as it rather spoils an evening if you cannot get served within a reasonable time. Let me know how you think it works.

I look forward to seeing you at Roger and Jackie’s talk.

Ant Fawcett
Rear Commodore Cruising


 

CRUISER NEWS 28th DECEMBER 2012

Posted 28th December 2012

Pilsey Island Rally Thursday 27th December 2012

A big thank you to Alastair Shaw for organising the Pilsey Island Rally yet again. The wind for Selsey Bill to Lyme Regis was forecast to be strong to gale force so Alastair wisely decided that we would be too exposed in the Thorney Channel off Pilsey Island. He therefore moved the Rally to the channel north of Longmore Point, opposite Birdham Pool. The rally was attended by Blue Eagle, Cherete (Michael & Sandy), Fie (John Long & Tina Scott), Lavrock (Jim Hartley), Masquerade (Alastair& Susanna Shaw), Maurie (ChrisColbourne) and Wotan (Ant Fawcett). I decided that Wotan could not simply motor down to the raft without sailing, so we motored out to Chalkdock Baecon, spray flying and sailed back to the raft! Honour was satisfied! As we approached Birdham, I saw Masquerade steaming at full chat across the shallows off Longmore Point cutting the corner to pick up a buoy. It was not long before there were a half a dozen boats rafted up, when I received a plaintive phone call from Jim to ask where we all were as he was heading bravely off towards Thorney Channel! He had come hot foot from an Itchenor Parish Council Meeting and had missed the news about the change of plan. No sooner were we moored up than the food and drink came out. Chris Colbourne’s Maurie with all her space soon became something of a gathering place, where if you did not have a drink in your hand you soon had one thrust in it!

 

Cruiser Talk and Dinner Saturday 12th January 2013

Mark Todd, who is the CEO of the Ocean Youth Trust South will be giving a talk about the work of the OYTS. Mark started life as a solicitor but decided that he should give that up to become the skipper of the OYTS yacht John Lang. The OTYS under Mark’s leadership was awarded the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service in 2011. Mark himself was awarded the Association of Sail Training Organisations the inaugural MCA Award for Command Commitment to Sail Training. The OYTS owns the John Laing a 75’ steel ketch. The OYTS takes several hundred young people sailing every year. Many of these young people are disadvantaged in one way or another. There are plans to replace John Laing, which requires considerable annual maintenance, with a modern purpose designed fibre glass yacht.

ISC, illustrated talk 1900 hrs, supper at 2000 hrs

Other dates for your diary are:

Saturday 16th February 2013

Cruiser dinner and talk by Roger Morris, ISC Member

Roger will talk about his adventures sailing Anna Louise VI out to the Mediterranean and cruising there
ISC, illustrated talk 1900 hrs, supper at 2000 hrs

Saturday 16th March 2013

Cruiser dinner and talk by Alice Darling, ISC Member

Alice will talk about her Atlantic Circuit in Triple D in 2010/11
ISC, illustrated talk 1900 hrs, supper at 2000 hrs

Can I wish you all a very happy New Year.

Ant Fawcett
Rear Commodore Cruising

 

CRUISER NEWS 12th DECEMBER 2012

Posted 12th December 2012

Cruiser Christmas Dinner

Some 30 members and guests enjoyed an excellent dinner cooked by Annmarie. After dinner Mike Shaw regaled with the story of his voyage in 1962 from Copenhagen to Itchenor in Valhalla a 16 foot gaff sloop built around 1890. She was the first recreational yacht registered in Copenhagen. When Mike bought Valhalla she was stripped out inside, so he had to build bunks and generally bring Valhalla up to a condition which would allow her to complete the voyage to Itchenor. Valhalla had no outboard motor only a pair of oars and some unreliable rowlocks. She went down wind beautifully but putting her to windward in anything over a moderate breeze required the crew to trapeze to keep the boat upright!

After a few brushes with the bottom on the way south, Valhalla was stopped by a West German border patrol just off the East German border and told to turn around. This was not what Mike had in mind as this meant that he had to go to windward into a F7 to reach the Kiel Canal! He and his crew Anthony Bradford then had to man haul Valhalla through the Kiel Canal, which is about 60km long, fighting their way past fishermen not much enamoured with yachties. Throughout the voyage to Flushing the wind was in the south west making progress very difficult. Occasionally they were able to pick up a tow from a friendly bargee. The harbour master in Amsterdam took pity on Mike and arranged for his boom, which had broken during the voyage, to be repaired for free. The Ijsselmeer was much bigger in 1962 than it is now and indeed the Rhine Delta Scheme was in process of construction. Mike was able to use the tides in the Rhine estuary to help him work his way down to Flushing. When they reached Flushing, the wind conveniently went into the north east allowing them a downwind passage across the Channel and back to Itchenor. Asked how he navigated across the Channel and down to Itchenor without the aid of GPS or SatNav, Mike replied that he simply crept down the Belgian coast, which was still littered with wrecks from WWII, until he could see Dover and then went across. Mike had devised a Dutchman’s log with a bicycle wheel as a reel. The bicycle wheel was thrown away somewhere in the Baltic as it took up too much room! To cheat the tide Mike went into Dover Harbour in at the Eastern Entrance and out at the Western Entrance, which was blocked in those days. On the way out of the Western Entrance the tide was so strong that Valhalla was turned round through 360⁰. Valhalla made good progress down Channel when the tide was west going but precious little progress when it was east going! Mike had designed a kayak type tonneau cover for the cockpit to keep out the worst of the seas. Despite this, the cabin was wet most of the time so that charts soon became in Mike’s words, sea weed!

I can only say that I take my hat off to Mike for making this epic voyage. I don’t think I would have done it aged 20 and I certainly would not do it now!

Pilsey Rally Thursday 27th December

Pilsey Rally 2011

Alastair Shaw is once again kindly organising this year’s Pilsey Rally. As usual it is on the day after Boxing Day so that you can go knurdling, or just take a family walk along to East Head on Boxing Day. The first anchor is at 1100, while HW is at 1045. We had 8 yachts attending the rally in 2011 including: Arion, Blue Eagle, Cherete, Fie, Grace, Vera Jane and Wotan. Let’s see if we can beat that this year! Can you please let Alastair know if you are planning to attend either by email : alastair@shaw.cc or phone: 01243 575039? I have attached a flyer for the Pilsey Rally. Wotan plans to attend the Rally.

Dates for your diary

Saturday 12th January 2013

Cruiser dinner and talk by Mark Todd, CEO Ocean Youth Trust South
Mark will be talking about the work of the award winning OYTS in taking young people sailing in their 75’ ketch John Laing
ISC, illustrated talk 1900 hrs, supper at 2000 hrs

Saturday 16th February 2013

Cruiser dinner and talk by Roger Morris, ISC Member
Roger will talk about his adventures sailing Anna Louise VI out to the Mediterranean and cruising there
ISC, illustrated talk 1900 hrs, supper at 2000 hrs

Saturday 16th March 2013

Cruiser dinner and talk by Alice Darling, ISC Member
Alice will talk about her Atlantic Circuit in Triple D in 2010/11
ISC, illustrated talk 1900 hrs, supper at 2000 hrs

Kids out on the Water Friday 10th May 2013

For many years the International Fellowship of Rotarians have organised a day out on the water in Chichester Harbour for disadvantaged kids. I have been approached by David Bevan-Thomas, who used to sail a Sunbeam at Itchenor SC until he took up cruising and who is organising the event, to see if any Itchenor cruising members of the Club would be willing to provide their boats. The plan would be to pick up the kids with their carers at Chichester Marina, then take them to East Head where everyone would anchor. The RNLI typically put on a display often with the assistance of a coastguard helicopter. I think that you would need to have a crew with you as you should not rely on either the kids or the carers being able to help sail the boat. Lunch will be provided for the kids and the carers. I am assured that since the kids will have their carers with them, there will be no need to boat owners to go through a Vetting and Barring process. If you might be interested in helping with this good cause please let me know. I will have more details nearer the time.

Can I wish you all a very happy Christmas.

Ant Fawcett
Rear Commodore Cruising

 

CRUISER NEWS 22nd NOVEMBER 2012

Posted 22nd November 2012

Cruiser Christmas Dinner Saturday 8th December

The Cruiser Christmas Dinner is on Saturday 8th December at 1930hrs for 2000hrs. Mike Shaw has kindly offered to give an illustrated after dinner talk about his epic voyage in Valhalla a 16’ double ender from Copenhagen to Itchenor for which he was awarded the mends Cup in 1962. He has some most amusing cartoons of the voyage, which to say the least was interesting! It is very appropriate that it is the 50th Anniversary of his voyage.

Nick and Annmarie have proposed this excellent menu for the evening:

Starters
Smoked salmon pannacotta with crisp pancetta, celeriac and cucumber remoulade & pea shoots

Main
Roasted Lamb Rump with an Ale and wholegrain mustard sauce
All served with chateaux potatoes and vegetables

Desert
Spiced Apple Tarte Tatin
Served with clotted cream

Coffee and mints

Price £27 per person.

Can you please book in advance through the office by phone on 01243 512400 or by e-mail. If you would prefer a vegetarian option, could you please let the office know when you book.

Dress code smart casual, reefer jackets and ties.

Pilsey Rally Thursday 27th December

Alastair Shaw is once again kindly organising this year’s Pilsey Rally. As usual it is on the day after Boxing Day so that you can go knurdling, or just take a family walk along to East Head on Boxing Day. The first anchor is at 1100, while HW is at 1045. We had 8 yachts attending the rally in 2011 including: Arion, Blue Eagle, Cherete, Fie, Grace, Vera Jane and Wotan. Let’s see if we can beat that this year! Can you please let Alastair know if you are planning to attend either by email : alastair@shaw.cc or phone: 01243 575039?

Photographs

If you have any photos of your cruises or of our Cruiser events I would be most grateful if you could email copies to me so that I can include them in the Cruiser News. Otherwise there is a danger that I will be merely recycling my own photos!

Dates for your diary

Saturday 12th January 2013

Cruiser dinner and talk by Mark Todd, CEO Ocean Youth Trust South
Mark will be talking about the work of the award winning OYTS in taking young people sailing in their 75’ ketch John Laing
ISC, illustrated talk 1900 hrs, dinner at 2000 hrs

Saturday 16th February 2013

Cruiser dinner and talk by Roger Morris, ISC Member
Roger will talk about his adventures sailing Anna Louise VI out to the Mediterranean and cruising there
ISC, illustrated talk 1900 hrs, dinner at 2000 hrs

Saturday 16th March 2013

Cruiser dinner and talk by Alice Darling, ISC Member
Alice will talk about her Atlantic Circuit in Triple D in 2010/11
ISC, illustrated talk 1900 hrs, dinner at 2000 hrs

I look forward to seeing you all at the Cruiser Dinner. I think that it promises to be a very good evening.

Good voyage planning,

Ant Fawcett

 

 

CRUISER NEWS 7th NOVEMBER 2012

Posted 7th November 2012

Cruiser AGM Sunday 4th November

Some 30 odd Cruiser members attended the Cruiser AGM on Sunday, held in the bar. I would like to welcome new members of the Itchenor Cruisers Richard and Nicola Thompson, who sail Ella Nore of Itchenor a Bavaria 36, Ron Huggins, who with Brain Hammond is the joint owner of Aardee a Gibsea 90 (pictured above) and Martin Oscroft-Compton, who has had extensive cruising experience and has delivered yachts all over the Med amongst other places and has recently joined the Club. It was also good to see retired cruiser members such as the Tony and Jane Weller and Peter and Jane Clementson.

I was pleased to announce at the meeting that Mike Shaw has kindly agreed to give the after dinner talk at the Cruiser Dinner on Saturday 4th December about his epic voyage from Copenhagen to Itchenor in the 16' double ender Valhalla, for which exploit he and his crew Anthony Bradford were awarded the Mends Cup. I think it is fitting that on the 50th Anniversary of the voyage we should be celebrating this achievement. Mike has a number of photos, with which he will illustrate his talk, but perhaps more appropriately he has some delightful pen and ink drawings drawn by a friend to convey the spirit of the voyage.

The plan for 2013 includes three Cruiser Talks and Suppers. The first will be given by Mark Todd the CEO of the Ocean Youth Trust South about the work of the OYTS. The second will be by Roger Morris who will be taking about Anna Louise VI's voyage to and cruising around the Med. The third talk will be given by Alice Darling will be talking about her Atlantic Circuit in Triple D. These Cruiser Talks and Suppers have become something of an institution and are well attended by Cruising and Racing members alike. I am sure that you will enjoy this winter's programme.

Please click here to download the 2013 Draft Cruiser programme

I have attached an updated Preliminary Cruiser Programme for 2013. The dates of the Solent Shakedown Rally will be 9th – 12th May, as this keeps it clear of May and Whitsun Bank Holidays. The dates for the Seine Bay Cruise have yet to be finalised, but we seem to be averring towards the earlier dates 13th – 20th July. This will take in Quatorze juillet, which should be a memorable occasion! Seven yachts have expressed an interest in going on the Seine Bay Cruise including Aardee, Galatea of Gillan, Lavrock, Masquerade, Meridian, Ste Anne d'Auray and Tiger C. Ron Huggins (Aardee) has kindly agreed to hold a barbecue in his garden at his house in Touques, just outside Deauville for members on the cruise. If your interest in going on the cruise was engendered by a few pints of Seafarer's or if you are interested in going on the Seine Bay Cruise and weren't at the meeting please let me know as I would like to have as clear an idea of the extent of interest as possible? I am not asking for deposits at this stage, do not fear!! We are awaiting upon the Royal London YC to let us know if they can accommodate us on 21st September.

Cruising tales

After the formal element of the meeting was concluded members were asked to tell us all a bit about their cruises during the season. Unfortunately the acoustics in the bar are not too good. Next year I will have to organise some amplification so those at the back can hear better! James Pickford told us about his cruise of the Spanish Rias in Kalabash. He was responsible for organising the RCC Galicia Rally, but this did not seem to dent his enjoyment in any way. He appeared to have made friends with the Real Club Nautico de la Coruna, whom he persuaded, using his experience as Rear Commodore Administration, to all but give a way dinners to his flock! With Bill Barnes, he crossed the Bay of Biscay in a flat calm motoring almost all the way. Alastair Shaw told us of his sail to the Scillies in Masquerade in the only beautiful weather we had all summer. He seems to have had fair winds all the way there and back! Kees van der Klugt, who had been planning to go on the St Vaast Rally and like me failed to get there, went down to St Malo in Tiger C a bit later in the season and also caught the good weather.

Cruiser Christmas Dinner Saturday 8th December

Don't forget to put 8th December in your diaries for our Annual Cruiser Christmas Dinner. As I mentioned previously Mike Shaw has kindly agreed to give us an after dinner talk about his Mends Cup winning voyage from Copenhagen to Itchenor in Valhalla in 1962. More details about the dinner will be circulated nearer the time. It promises to be a most enjoyable and interesting evening.

Wotan was lifted last week blasted off and relaunched last week. I am pleased to say that the Coppercoat had worked very well as there was only a thin layer of slime on the hull after a summer moored in the harbour.

Good voyage planning,

Ant Fawcett

 

CRUISER NEWS - 25th October 2012

Posted 25th October 2012

St Wilfrid's Coastal Challenge 2012

This is the Inn Shore Cruising Club Tempus Fugit Trophy awarded to the club whose boats raised the most amount of money for the hospice. Itchenor won it this time by raising the best part of £8,000. Thanks to everybody who contributed to this tremendous effort and to the skippers who took their boats out on the Challenge. The trophy seems to have made it to the Club bar in time for our AGM, about which more anon. The Inn Shore Cruising Club held their prize giving at Itchenor. Graham Papworth a Trustee of St Wilfrid's explained that it cost £4.5 m a year to run the hospice or about £14,000 a day. In all the Challenge raised enough money this year to keep the hospice going for two days.

 

Cruiser AGM Sunday 4th November

The Cruiser is scheduled for Sunday 4th November at 1800hrs followed by a buffet supper. The AGM will be held in the bar, with I hope the Tempus Fugit Trophy on display! At the AGM we can discuss the 2013 programme, drafts of which will be provided at the meeting. The innovation for 2013, which we are considering, is a cruise around the Seine Bay in mid to late July, which Tony Anstee has very kindly offered to organise. It would be very useful to be able to gauge early interest in such a cruise, which will necessarily be longer in duration than ones we have held previously.

Fleet movements

Chris Colbourne tells me that the weather during the two weeks he was planning to sail up to London was so vile that he called off the project. Instead he has happily contented himself with mid week cruises in the Solent. When I called him he was just heading up the Lymington river in Maurie in glorious sunshine! Ras Turner has brought Gazelle of Itchenor back from the Villaine river in South Brittany. She is now safely tucked up in Birdham Pool. Jim Hartley has brought Lavrock back from the West Country and she likewise is safely tucked up in Birdham Pool. Roger Morris has just circumnavigated Sicily in Anna Louise VI. He assures me that he did not have to tack as he had offshore winds all the time! Mike Robinson has been sailing Sabbatical of Strangford in the Ionian. Wotan is due to be lifted and blasted off and re-launched in early November. I had her hull coated in Coppercoat so we will see how it has worked. I will keep you posted!

Please let me know where you are going or have been, so I can keep abreast of our fleet's movements.

I look forward to seeing you all at the Cruiser AGM on Sunday 4th November.

Good sailing,

Ant Fawcett,
Rear Commodore Cruising

 

CRUISER NEWS 26th SEPTEMBER 2012

Posted 26th September 2012

St Wilfrid's Coastal Challenge

Eight Itchenor SC cruisers including, Sally of Kames (Alan Stannah), Tara, Avalon, Wotan (Ant Fawcett), Aardee, Leopard of Falmouth, Spring Wind and Ronhilda took part in the race to the Nab Tower. The conditions could not have been much better, as you can see from the pictures above. Wotan took monohull line honours having started in the third flight coming second on corrected time behind two multihulls in Class C. Sally of Kames took line honours in Class A and won on Total Points, the key measure of success, being the multiple of race points and amount pledged. The Sunbeams were out in force with 9 starters. The Sunbeam race was won by Little Lady (Gayle Palmer). I think that Itchenor SC will have comfortable won the club raising the most for the hospice. A big thank you to all those who have donated so generously to St Wilfrid's Hospice.

If anyone knows the names of the owners of Tara, Avalon, Aardee, Leopard of Falmouth, Spring Wind or Ronhilda please let me know, as I feel very remiss for not recruiting them to the Cruising Section already!

Cruiser Section Annual General Meeting and Supper Sunday 4th November 1800hrs

The Cruiser AGM will be held in the bar, rather than the Members Room, by general request. At the AGM we agree the Cruiser Programme for 2013 including the rallies. It is also a chance for members to talk about their season's cruises and adventures. I am thinking that since our attempts over the last 3-4 years to reach St Vaast have been met with abject failure, that we should perhaps try something else for a change! Tony Anstee suggested that instead we might aim for Le Havre and then over a week work our way back along the Normany coast visiting Honfleur, Deauville, Ouistreham and perhaps the dreaded St Vast! This would enable us to time our entrance to these harbours all of which have locks. Please let me know your thoughts about this idea. Indeed, if anyone has ideas as to other events which we might run as a Cruiser Section, please let me know or bring them along to the AGM. All are welcome!

Fleet movements

Ras Turner is off to bring Gazelle of Itchenor back from the Villaine River, where she has been based for the last two years. Jim Hartley will be bringing Lavrock back from Falmouth where she has been for the last two seasons, having previously also been in the Villaine River.

I am afraid that the weather seems to have broken. I have one last sail to the Beaulieu River planned for this weekend.

I look forward to seeing as many of you as possible on Sunday 4th November.

Good sailing,

Ant Fawcett
Rear Commodore Cruising

 

CRUISER NEWS 17th SEPTEMBER 2012

Posted 26th September 2012

Cowes Royal Yacht Squadron Dinner Meet

Last Saturday 7 yachts Galatea of Gillan (Hugh Kemlo), Gentle Jane (Peter Henshaw), Kiano (Michael Mayer), Maurie (Chris Colbourne), Ste Anne d'Auray (Tony Anstee), Tiger C (Kees van der Klugt)and Wotan (Ant Fawcett) with 24 members sailed to Cowes where we had dinner at the Royal Yacht Squadron. Anthony Lunch, an RYS member, very kindly acted as host for us. Before dinner we had a convivial drinks party on the pontoon between Maurie and Wotan. The Squadron laid on an excellent dinner in the Pavilion for us. After dinner we dimmed the lights in the Pavilion to see the lights across on the mainland and of the ships plying the Solent. The weather was perfect so we had a beautiful view across to the mainland. Anthony kindly gave us a guided tour of the Castle. A book about the XOD fleet caught the attention of a number of members, one of whom found that her father had won Cowes week in his XOD, quite unbeknownst to her! We saw letters written by Admiral Lord Nelson and by Admiral Collingwood to each other before the Battle of Trafalgar. After dinner, a stalwart group of members came to Wotan for a nightcap and a singsong, rather badly accompanied by me on my concertina (aka Squeezy!)! To any members nearby, who could not sleep because of the noise, my apologies.

Cruise to London

Chris Colbourne is planning to cruise up to St Katherine's Dock in early October. He has specially asked that if any members would like to cruise in company with him, could they please let him know (tel: 01243 511426, mob: 07795 965191). I would have loved to have taken Wotan up the Thames, but sadly my diary is too full.

Cruiser Section Annual General Meeting and Supper Sunday 4th November 1800hrs

The Cruiser AGM will be held in the bar, rather than the Members Room, by general request. At the AGM we agree the Cruiser Programme for 2013 including the rallies. It is also a chance for members to talk about their season's cruises and adventures. I am thinking that since our attempts over the last 3-4 years to reach St Vaast have been met with abject failure, that we should perhaps try something else for a change! Tony Anstee suggested that instead we might aim for Le Havre and then over a week work our way back along the Normany coast visiting Honfleur, Deauville, Ouistreham and perhaps the dreaded St Vast! This would enable us to time our entrance to these harbours all of which have locks. Please let me know your thoughts about this idea.

St Wilfrid's Coastal Challenge

I hope as many as possible of you will be able to take part in the St Wilfrid's Coastal Challenge on Saturday 22nd September, next weekend. It is in aid of a very good cause. If you would like to make a donation you can give money via Justgiving using my page at http://www.justgiving.com/Anthony-Fawcett1.

It seems that the weather in September is being clement once again. Perhaps the seasons have simply shifted back by a month!

Fair winds,

Ant Fawcett
Rear Commodore Cruising

 

CRUISER NEWS JULY 2012

Posted 20th July 2012

St Vast Rally

For probably the fourth year in succession the St Vast Rally was something of a wash out. Neither Kees in Tiger C or I in Wotan. I have decided that Yarmouth must be the new St Vast which is where we both ended up at various times! I eventually reached Cherbourg and then cruised the Channel Islands down to Granville via the Isles of Chaussey, which had had not visited for many years. I was pleased to find them unspoilt and as attractive as ever. Because it was low tide we were not able to use the rock dodging northern entrance. Last time I went through it was with Bim and my children. In those days we did not even have Decca, but we made it to St Helier even though the fog came down! On this year's cruise we were hold up in Yarmouth and St Peterport. In Yarmouth we were able to watch the beautiful sight of Round the Island Race fleet beating down to the Needles. Eleanora, a replica 1900s gaff cutter was a splendid sight working her way down the Solent amongst the modern ocean racers with their Kevlar sails. The wind was coming straight out of St Vast at 20 knots so us oldies decided that discretion was the better part of valour. In St Peterport we encountered pouring rain, very poor visibility and the best part of a gale, so once again we stayed put and I declared a duvet day!

I thought that I needed to show that on at least one day the sun shone, so I have included a photo of La Corbière lighthouse, always one of my favourites, on the south west corner of Jersey. We had a very quiet sail though the Western Passage, where in the past I have had a very unpleasant passage.

Dinner at RYS 15th September

Our next cruiser rally is to Cowes on Saturday 15th September, where we are booked in to have dinner at the Royal Yacht Squadron. Anthony Lunch has kindly offered to be our host for the dinner. He will be sailing over to Cowes on Wotan with me. Please let me know if you would like to come as soon as possible. I will try to arrange berths for us in the RYS dock failing that I will book us into Cowes marina.

Racing achievements

A number of ISC Cruiser members have been excelling themselves on the race course. Mike Shaw in Flying Boat came 4th overall in the Round the Island Race winning the Royal London Challenge Cup and the JPMAM Salver, a remarkable achievement, while Nick and Graham Colbourne in Arion won IRC Division 3A. John Mc Cann won the Contessa 32 Class Association series over the weekend of 13th/14th May. Congratulations to one and all.

Please let me know about your cruises this summer, if we can call it that!

Good sailing and fair winds,

Ant Fawcett
Rear Commodore Cruising

 

CRUISER NEWS JUNE 2012

Posted 1st June 2012

This is a picture of the crews who attended the Shakedown Cruise in Lymington enjoying a drink on and off Ste Anne d'Auray, from left to right Ant Fawcett, Tony Anstee, Robin Payne, Harold Molyneux, Peter Henshaw, Annette Anstee, John McCann, Kim Henshaw (slightly hidden) and Sybil McCann.

2012 Shakedown Cruise

Peter Henshaw nobly agreed to organise the Shakedown Cruise and beautifully organised it was. As the weather had been decidedly wintry for the first half of May, it was no surprise that only four hardy boats decided to volunteer for this event (St Anne d'Auray, Dev, Cosantes and Gentle Jane). I had to drop out as Wotan was out of the water having its bottom epoxyed and Kees van der Klugt, also had to drop out as the appalling weather had put paid to his plans for commissioning Tiger C in time for the Shakedown Cruise. The fleet arrived at Hayles in Yarmouth on Thursday May 17th after sailing down the Solent against the usual SW 4/5. A Shakedown Cruise is meant to be just that and as in previous years it has identified things that don't quite work, such as engine alarms that go off when entering harbour and inadequate battery power resulting in cabin lights fading. Peter had planned for the fleet to spend Friday night at the lovely Goathorn Point anchorage in Poole harbour, but a crew member, who was not feeling quite as well as he might have wished, had to return to Itchenor, fortunately none the worse for wear. This meant that the fleet stayed another night in Yarmouth, which was clearly no hardship! I joined the fleet in Lymington (I am ashamed to say by car!) and after a most enjoyable supper at the RLYC we all retired to St Anne to sing sea shanties, with accompanied by a few wheezes from my squeeze box, but more importantly by some excellent malt. Singing with the Itchenor Village Voices has clearly improved the ISC Cruisers' à cappella singing! After I returned to attend the Club Open Day the fleet sailed to Beaulieu, where they went up to Buckler's Hard. They took over the Yachtsmen's Bar in the Master Builder, restarted the fire from the embers in the grate as it was so cold and settled in for a session! Ironically, when they were due to return to Itchenor on Monday, the weather improved dramatically giving everyone, and especially Peter in his new Crabber 22 Gentle Jane, a cracking sail back to Itchenor with a free wind and a favourable tide.

The Shakedown Cruise provided an interesting few days, cruising which made a good start to the cruising season, though for those boats without heating it proved to be somewhat chilly!

St Vaast Rally

The next date on the Cruiser calendar is the annual rally to St Vaast on Saturday 30th June. This is always a thoroughly enjoyable event and, subject to the weather, is usually very well attended. Tony Anstee has kindly been organising the event but a family christening has intervened and so he has handed the organisation of the cruise over to me. Wotan, Dev, Tiger C, and Galatea of Gillan have said that they will becoming on the rally. Tony had booked us into the Hotel de France et Fuschias, everybody's favourite restaurant in St Vast, for dinner. I will be leaving Itchenor early on Friday morning in order to catch the Friday evening lock opening and possibly dinner at the Chasse-Marée! I plan to use the St Vaast Rally as a stepping off point for a summer cruise, nothing too ambitious this year! If anybody else would like to attend please let me know. I will be sending out details of the cruise including details of lock opening times at St Vast nearer the time. With the help of Peter Henshaw, we have instituted a simple system whereby skippers are asked to give details of their crew and shore contacts to the cruise organiser, so that in the event of any problems the organiser will know who to contact.

Manners maketh man

I have been asked by Andrew Dunlop to circulate a letter, attached, which he would like sent to all members about behaviour on the water. There have been some incidents this season which have given rise to complaints about the behaviour of Club members. I do not believe that any of the ISC Cruisers would behave in such a way, but with a crowded harbour it is important that we all rub along together harmoniously.

Can I wish you all a good sailing season. I look forward to meeting as many of you as possible in St Vaast.

Yours,

Ant Fawcett
Rear Commodore Cruising

 

CRUISER NEWS MARCH 2012

Posted 1st March 2012

Last night my long suffering crew, in the shape of Bimbi, Robert Gayner, John Theophilus and Digger Harris, gave an illustrated talk about Wotan's cruise to the Azores and back. I took little part, other than introducing the speakers. There was a prize for counting the number of towers that could be seen on the slides for Bim's talk, which was won by Libby Castle! Anthony provided an excellent dinner with a delicious Azorean main course. This brought to an end our Winter series of talks for the Cruiser Section, so ably organised by Kees my predecessor. All I had to do was to turn up!


We now move on to the Summer programme, which for convenience I have split into cruises and races.

CRUISING PROGRAMME

Solent Shakedown Rally - Thursday 17th May to Monday 21st May

The rally will start in Yarmouth on the Thursday and will proceed to Poole Harbour before returning to Itchenor via the Solent. Peter and Kim Henshaw have kindly offered to organise the rally. Peter will be circulating more information about the rally in due course, but I am sure that he would welcome expressions of interest from members who would like to join the rally.

Summer Cruise to St Vaast - Saturday 30th June to Sunday 1st July

The rally will meet in St Vaast. The lock opening times for Saturday 30th June are 0454 and 1723 and the closing times are 1003 and 2248 French local time. Let us hope that the weather will be better than last year, when the cruise finished up in Yarmouth! Tony and Annette Anstee have kindly offered to arrange the cruise.

Royal Yacht Squadron Meet - Saturday 15th September

This is an end of season rally to Cowes with the avowed purpose of having dinner at the Squadron. Anthony Lunch has kindly agreed to act as our hosts at the Squadron. Bim and I will be organising the meet. Dress code tenue de yachting!

RACING PROGRAMME

Itchenor Casket and Winner Cup - Saturday 16th June

These races will be organised by the Chichester Cruiser Racing Club for us.

St Wilfrid's Hospice Coastal Challenge – Saturday 22nd September

This race is organised by the Inn-Shore Cruising Club (www.innshorecruisingclub.co.uk) in aid of St Wilfrid's Hospice. The race is around the Nab Tower and I would urge you to enter it for this very worthy cause. The Itchenor Sunbeams have been active participants. It would be nice to raise more money than them!

OPEN DAY Sunday 20th May

The Club is holding an Open Day on Sunday 20th May. If you know of any cruiser owners, particularly those who have a boat in the Itchenor Reach and at the southern end of the Bosham Channel, who are not members of the Club, please encourage them to come to the Open Day or to contact me. We will be putting flyers in many of the cruisers in the Itchenor and southern end of the Bosham Channel proclaiming the merits of Itchenor Sailing Club. These are the merits which I came up with. Can you suggest any more!

· Renovated and charming club house near your mooring
· Deep water jetty for your cruiser with water and 240v power
· Breakfast, lunch and supper facilities, with a cosy bar
· Hot showers and changing rooms
· Overnight accommodation for you or your guests
· Secure outboard store
· Complimentary ferry service on summer weekends
· Tender berths available on the staging and half tide tender moorings
· Tender launching possible at all states of the tide
· Convenient floating dinghy jetty
· Wi-fi in the club house
· Summer cruising programme
· Winter lectures and dinners
· No entrance fee for 2012

Young members

If you know of any young members who might be interested in cruising, please let me know as I am organising a cruise for the young, by that I mean 16 or over, in August after Junior Fortnight. I am keen that young members, who do not have access to cruising through their parents or otherwise, should have the opportunity to cruise as this can engender a lifelong enjoyment of sailing.

2013 Cruiser Winter Programme

I would be very grateful for any thoughts you may have on the 2012 Winter programme and any suggestions on the topics which you would like to be covered on the 2013 programme.

As the fitting out season is now in full swing, encouraged by the recent sunshine, can I wish you all Good Sailing!

Ant Fawcett
Rear Commodore Cruising

 

CRUISER NEWS FEBRUARY 2012

Posted 1st February 2012

NATO Anti-piracy operations in the Somalia Basin

On Saturday evening, Commander Martin Ewence gave a fascinating talk with video, slides and musical accompaniment about the NATO Anti-piracy operations in the Somalia Basin to an audience of some 80 members. It was good to see so many racing members attending. Martin had been Chief of Staff to the Commodore commanding the NATO squadron. He had a staff of 20 officers from many different countries including a Bulgarian, who declared that "Theese rules of engagement are bullsheet". Taking him at his word, the Squadron Commander decided to alter his tactics and to blockade the Somali ports from which the pirates operate. This change in tactics has had the effect of considerably reducing the number of pirate attacks. The area covered by the NATO anti-piracy operations is the size of Europe. While NATO patrols the main shipping lanes in the Gulf of Aden, the rest of the area is patrolled by about 3 warships. It is a bit like dialling 999 in Tromsø, while under attack and expecting a police car in Madrid to respond in time to prevent the attack! Martin explained some of the difficulties in bringing to justice the pirates that are captured. The UN opened a prison in Somalia near the border with Djibouti to house the convicted pirates. The only problem was that the Somali warders found the prison block so attractive that they moved in en masse to take up residence there, rendering the prison useless! Ultimately the solution has to be to incarcerate the pirates in Somalia or in a nearby country, because if a pirate is imprisoned in the UK the pirate, on release, will demand asylum. We know what happens then. For those of you who are thinking of venturing through the danger zone, I have left a copy of BMP4 Best Management practice for Protection against Somalia based Piracy in the bar!

Jubilee Sailing Trust

Alex Lochrane the Chief Executive of the Jubilee Sailing Trust, when he gave his talk about the JST, mentioned that the JST was thinking very seriously about sending one of its ships on a voyage of circumnavigation. He recently told me that the decision has been taken to send Lord Nelson on this voyage starting in October, which is very exciting. I am sure that Alex would be delighted if any members of the Club were to join the crew for one of the legs. It is planned that the Lord Nelson will participate in sail training events in Brazil, South Africa, Australia and New Zealand.

Saturday 17th March Cruiser dinner and illustrated talk on Wotan's cruise to the Azores and back in 2011 at 1900 hrs

My crew and I will talk about Wotan's cruise to the Azores in 2011 via Brittany and North West Spain. We had the opportunity to explore the Rias on the north west coast of Spain and to visit some of the islands in the Azores that I had not visited in 2007 as well as to follow the well trodden path down the south coast of Brittany to La Rochelle, visiting a number of new harbours as well as revisiting some old friends.

Dinner Menu

Molha (beef) à la mode de Pico

Italian Chocolate Cake with a Tia Maria Mascarpone

£14 per head (A vegetarian option will be available)

Could you please book in with the office on 01243 512400.

Working party Saturday 3rd March 0930 hrs

Jim Jerwood has particularly asked me if you could be so kind as to lend him a hand re-decking the dinghy slipway. The boarding has recently been found to be rotting and needs to be replaced urgently, if we are to be able to launch dinghies this season. Could you please let Louise know if you can help on this urgent working party by calling her on 01243 512400.

Cruising experience for young members

I am keen that we should give young members of the Club the opportunity to sample the delights of cruising. I will be organising a cruise after Junior Fortnight for young members, 16 or over, interested in cruising. If you know of any young members interested in going cruising, please ask them, or their parents, to contact me on 01243 512549.

I will be joining the working party on 3rd March. I look forward to see you there and at the Dinner and illustrated talk on Saturday 17th March.

Ant Fawcett
Rear Commodore Cruising

 

CRUISER NEWS JANUARY 2012

Posted 27th January

Alex Lochrane, the Chief Executive Officer of the Jubilee Sailing Trust gave us an illustrated talk about the work and the history of the JST on Saturday evening. Alex had been an officer in the Royal Navy for 25 years before swallowing the anchor. I think that I can speak for all of us who attended his talk, he was an inspirational character for whom one felt nothing was impossible. The JST is, I believe, fortunate to have such a leader. The JST takes a mix of able-bodied and disabled people of all ages cruising on their ships the Lord Nelson and Tenacious. For example, the JST is taking increasing numbers of servicemen injured in Iraq and Afghanistan on their voyages as part of their recovery process. On Friday last week, Tenacious met up in mid-Atlantic with the Row2Recovery rowing boat, crewed by 6 servicemen 4 of whom are disabled, rowing from La Gomera in the Canaries to Nelson's Dockyard in Antigua. Two of the crew of Row2Recovery had sailed with JST on Lord Nelson, so it was a very happy reunion in mid-ocean. Row2Recovery had had some serious technical problems with the loss of its watermaker, but the crew were determined to finish the course. The sea was too rough for Tenacious to launch a RIB and in any event providing assistance of any kind would have disqualified the rowing boat. Tenacious instead gave Row2Recovery a rousing Mexican wave! Alex is currently is conducting a feasibility study into taking one of the Trust's two ships on a circumnavigation. He explained that the legs of the voyages would necessarily be several weeks long, but he fully intends that both able-bodied and disabled people would crew these legs, in the usual way. This is a massive undertaking, but members of the International Sail Training Association from around the world have offered their support. Alex was planning that their ship would take part in the Brazilian, South African, Australian and New Zealand Sail Training programmes. The Omani Sail Training Association has invited the Trust to visit them as has the Indian Sail Training Association. I think that Alex might need to call upon his friends from the Royal Navy to provide an escort, before he can accept their invitations! Four knots is not a great speed at which to dodge Somali pirates! Once again Anthony laid on a splendid supper. I, for one, pigged out on the fish pie!

Lord Nelson and Tenacious

This brings us conveniently on to our next Supper and Illustrated talk on Saturday 18th February at 1900hrs by Commander Martin Ewence RN, an Itchenor Sailing Club member. Martin will be talking about his experiences with the NATO Counter-Piracy Squadron in the Somalia Basin. He has just been called to sea and is due back at the end of this month, so no doubt he will have the very latest information about the piracy situation. I have read in the Cruising Association Magazine that a group of brave or foolhardy yachtsmen are planning to sail through the area in the very near future. Rather them than me!

Menu
Indian curry with all the bits
Almond and Wild Berry Tart with a Vanilla Mascarpone

£14 per head (A vegetarian option will be available)
Please book in with the Office on 01243 512400

And finally on Saturday 17th March 2012 again at 1900hrs my crew and I will talk about Wotan's cruise to the Azores and back in 2011 via Brittany and North West Spain.

With Anthony, I will try to devise a suitably Azorean style menu for the supper! I promise you that it will not be salted cod (baccalao)!

Ant Fawcett
Rear Commodore Cruising

 

CRUISER NEWS DECEMBER 2011

Posted 14th December 2011

Last night some 30 members of the Itchenor SC Cruisers attended the Cruiser Christmas Dinner at the Club. Ras Turner gave us a splendid illustrated after dinner talk about the Whitbread 1973 Round the World Race on which he sailed as Bowman on the Royal Naval Yacht Adventure on the Sydney – Rio de Janeiro leg. We were very glad to be sitting in a warm room eating delicious food, while Ras told us about beating to windward through the furious 50s and the screaming 60s for three weeks. The oilskins and kit which they had was, by modern standards, very basic. They had three helicopter winchmen's suits, the precursors of our modern dry suits, which had to be swapped every watch. They lost their one diving mask, which they used to protect the helmsman from the freezing spray, when the helmsman got washed over the side. Fortunately he was recovered. It took them 5 hours to download and interpret the weather information, which they received over the radio in morse code! Navigation was by sextant.

Approaching Cape Horn they had not been able to fix their position for three days. They only had a position line from a single star sight to rely upon as they approached the Horn. He showed us a picture on an iceberg they encountered, which they christened Alderney because of its shape and size! Just to make matters simpler their steering wheel broke south of Cape Horn. They steered with the emergency tiller for several days until it was calm enough to strip the binnacle down and replace the broken shear pin. Since he was an engineer, the responsibility for the repair devolved on Ras! This repair took all day to complete. They were met by HMS Endurance off Cape Horn for a photo opportunity. Ras described Cape Horn as a rather watered down version of St Albans Head!

Once around the Horn and heading north the weather improved rapidly. There was a wonderful picture of Adventure sailing up the coast of Argentina under spinnaker, blooper and blue skies, with all the sails on deck to dry out, while the main was off being repaired below, and the crew looking very relaxed.

Anthony and his team laid on a truly wonderful dinner for us. Thank you!

Ant Fawcett
Rear Commodore Cruising