Having signed up for Grahams St Vaast Rally this BH weekend I had done more than I normally do for a cross channel trip, even putting in a course on my iPad. The only issues in the week leading up to the rally were my large 28 year old 145% Genoa was not back from the Sailmaker having suffered in the winter fast cruises and I could not shake off a severe earache.
Whilst the yacht was in Gosport Andy Chatterton went up the mast fo rme to recover the Ticktack wireless masthead sender unit. Raymarine knew all about the Ticktack flat battery problem and had got a replacment unit out almost as soon as I had got through the door. Apparently the design has been changed so you can now replace just the masthead battery only every 8 years or so, but the old design units (mine) have to be changed completely fo rthe new (at a cost of over £300!!!) Friday evening Andy again went up the mast with your scribe winching and reported it was dam cold 21metres up. I am truely grateful for his efforts which meant Ronhida had working wind instruments again for the first time since October '14
Due to personal reasons, David and Alice moved away from Rhode Island, and David has now asked to step down from being HPO for that region.
David has been our HPO for over 15 years and many of you will know him personally, sailing with the Corthinians and over here with the LSC Cruises. It is a sad loss but I am sure we will still be seeing him sailing here or in the States over the coming years.
Wary of the weekend weather forecast all the crew ( bar one confined to bed with manflu) joined Ronhilda on the Friday afternoon. We then made a short trip to Gosport Marina in the late afternoon sun. I must have found the gravel hump on Chichester Bar as we only had 0.7m depth under the lowered keel on the shallowest part even at half tide. Breaking waves were noted on the sand banks either side of the harbour entrance, and the East Winner shallows off Langstone entrance had a good display of white water. As the wind was turning Westerly and backing the geny at this point we furled sail to avoid getting anywhere near these breakers and motored the rest of the way. Distance sailed was 11miles with max speed 8kts.
We had an excellent value Fish and Chips meal at Gosport followed by a pint in the Castle and retired to our berths to listen to the wind increasing overnight.
Stuart Aikman, HPO Fetiyhe, Turkey, will be visiting the Club on Tuesday 24 February and if there is any member who wishes to ask about sailing facilities in that area or the legal aspects of buying/selling property in Turkey, please make yourself know to him...
The forecast in the week for the Jan FC was uncertain, but seemed to be settling down to a brisk N/NW on the day with a bit of a lull on the Saturday morning. So with it being Neaps I was looking forward to an easy passage out from Chichester followed by a crisp hard sail and Charles's course for the day looked very good for all FCers coming from North, East and West.
Friday saw an unexpected lull which made me a little nervous things were moving through quicker, but the forecast was still for NW/N F5/6 when we needed to be punching our westwards so I was still confidant of a good day. Foolish skipper that I am, 5am in Chichester Marina saw snow falling which froze on the pontoon woods and a steadily building W wind. We noted the dredger which is digging out Birdham approach had shut up shop for the weekend in view of the forecast F8s.
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The annual Honorary Port Officers Dinner is fast approaching and will be held on TUESDAY 13 JANUARY 2015 starting at 7pm for dinner at 7.30pm.
As this evening is extremely popular, please remember to book early so that you will not be disappointed.
Sir Robin will be talking about his adventures on the high seas in the Route du Rhum race, which he successfully completed coming 3rd in his class - makes me feel a little old!!
Look forward to seeing you all on the evening.
Saint Graham had kindly advised the start was to be in the wild west of the Solent this month, so that would have meant trying to leaving our home Gulag of Chichesterstan at LW springs. Apart from not being able to get out of the maina this is not a good idea if any kind of winds are blowing so the crew voted to part join in Chichester, and move Ronhilda to Gosport for others to join on Friday night. This also meant we could avoid the 3/4 hour potential beat against the flood tide on the Saturday up to the start. So we bounced over the bar 2 hours before LW on Friday afternoon with the SE F4 kicking up the ebb tide nicely over the bar.
I was asked to write a blog of my recent trip with the Corinthians in the US. Unfortunately several marine mishaps made it impossible for me to do that, so this is more of an overview – an over view and then some:I have been sailing with Corinthians for nearly 20 years and it has been enormous fun. I have been involved from the start. I remember when Clint Springer turned up at Bell Wharf Lane and suggested that our two clubs sailed together. Our Commodore at the time, John Stonham hesitated. Some people in the club were reluctant. Who are these people, they asked? Did they know how to sail? Perhaps we could teach them a thing or two?I suspect similar conversations took place amongst the Corinthians. Anyway those of us who were enthusiastic carried the day and, in 1995, I was one of 10 LSC members who joined their cruise in the Chesapeake, when Fred Wilson was Master.