If you want to write a blog about the 2016 joint Channel Islands Cruise, sign up now.

The details are in the On The Water page.

If you are wondering why we are recruiting so early, it is because this rally is bigger and longer than most. There are more boats, more people, more parties, more Fast Cruises, more fun, more organized visits and dinners.

We are a team of 6 and we are already busy so that our guests from our sister Club, the American Corinthians, can arrange their holiday flights in good time. Twenty of them have already signed and more are planning to.

If you want to join in, do so now.

Details are at the bottom of the rally page in On the Water.

Deborah Wheeler, 18.09.2015 | More from Deborah Wheeler’s blog

Information from HPO ROY FACEY, ADEN

Following information received from Roy: Many thanks for the message, and my apologies for the lack of contact recently.  I do indeed receive the Journal, thank you, and various messages from the Club by email.  I may be able to get to the 2016 HPO dinner, as I've had to apologize for the past few years due to not being in the UK at the right time. I left Aden in 2011 because of the situation there, but have been closely involved in getting a Nicholson 48 there ready to leave Aden for the Mediterranean as soon as the situation allows.  We hope to get her to Port Sudan or Suakin, where I would join for the voyage to a marina in Spain.There are no yachts passing Aden at present due to the situation in the region and the security advice to keep well away from that area.  I have just checked again with the Deputy Chairman of the port.  Yachtowners have to either sail around Africa or ship bo
Anne Le Verrier..., 24.08.2015 | More from Anne Le Verrier-Bizzey’s blog

Belgium & Netherlands Cruise - Day 6

Goes Yacht Club

Thursday 20th August 2015 - Goes

The day was spend with visits to museums, a steam train ride through pear orchards and the Goes Yacht Club. Beer at the club was served from the cellar by lifting the hatch in the floor then putting money into the honesty box. It was a perfect evening to sit in the cockpit with a selection of fish dishes followed by Fish and Chips ending with Strawberry Pie and ice cream purchased from a quayside shop.. 

Jonathan Hague, 24.08.2015 | More from Jonathan Hague’s blog

Belgium & Netherlands Cruise - Day 5

Avventura & Blustery Day in Goes

19th August 2015 Antwerp to Goes

Leaving Antwerp from the Willemdok we all agreed that a re-visit to this wonderful city was a must. We joined the parade of yachts motoring in an orderly BRITISH fashion into the Lock ready for our passage to Goes.

Motor sailing towards Goes was very pleasant and we entered the Kanaal door Zuid Beverland at about low water. Having passed along the canal and through two lifing bridges with little waiting we entered the Oosterschelde briefly before locking into the Goes canal. At last we saw the beautiful open countryside dotted with traditional Dutch buildings, green fields and people cycling along the canal.

Jonathan Hague, 24.08.2015 | More from Jonathan Hague’s blog

Belgium & Netherlands Cruise - Day 4

The Kulminator 40th Anniversary

Tuesday 18th August 2015 - Antwerp, the City of Art

History, Architecture, Diamonds, Design, Art and Fashion. From the Willemdok to the city centre was about a five minute walk. The MAS Museum is one of Antwerp’s new buildings which overlooks the Willemdok marina and provided panoramic views over the city and the extensive docks. 

A free day in Antwerp enabled some crew to visit a number of the museums, galleries, historic churches and the Cathedral. Others spent the day exploring the numerous bars selling the finest Belgian beers. We had dinner at KathedraalCafe, otherwise  known as The Eleventh Commandment  There were more than 400 religious statues in the restaurant, more than in most churches! and almost as many the number of Belgian beers available. 

Jonathan Hague, 24.08.2015 | More from Jonathan Hague’s blog

Belgium & Netherlands Cruise - Day 3

Keeping Watch on the Schelde

Monday 17th August 2015 - Breskens to Antwerp

Leaving Breskens to catch the tide we  had bacon butties en route. The river Schelde was very busy. Huge container ships, and barges along with a number of yachts gathered in close proximity to take the flood tide to Antwerp. In these sort of conditions it is important to make sure that a good lookout is maintained at all times. Arriving at Antwerp we were lucky to find the lock gate open and the bridge over the Kattendijksluis was opened for us as we approached. Once inside we went into the Willemdok where we were to spend two nights. For the first time since leaving Ramsgate it rained. Always something to spoil a beautiful day.

Jonathan Hague, 24.08.2015 | More from Jonathan Hague’s blog

Belgium & Netherlands Cruise - Day 2

Breskens Yacht Club

Sunday 16th August 2015 - Ostend to Breskens

After breakfast and a walk around Ostend in the morning we left at 12:20 for Breskens. With the wind now in the north east we motor sailed until past Zebrugge and then had a fine beat all the way to Breskens. 

Breskens is situated at the entrance of the River Schelde and is ideally placed fot an overnight stop before catching the morning flood tide to Antwerp. The marina has over a thousand berths and a good yacht club.

Jonathan Hague, 24.08.2015 | More from Jonathan Hague’s blog

Belgium & Netherlands Cruise - Day 1

Avventura & Blustery Day in Ostend

Saturday 15th August 2015 - Ramsgate to Ostend.

Early morning start 05:30. Flat sea and light winds Avventura and Blustery Day set sail towards Ostend. Rain was forecast. There were some black clouds hovering around but it did not rain. We motored up to Goodwin Knoll when the breeze filled in. Sails were hoisted and off we sailed across the North Sea, crossing the shipping lanes and dodging the ships. Good progress was made with a steady wind 8-15 knots. Arrived in Ostend at 16:30 for a well-earned Belgian Beer at the Royal North Sea Yacht club. Later that evening we visited Cafe Botteltje for dinner accompanied by a few of the many hundreds of beers that were available. 

Jonathan Hague, 24.08.2015 | More from Jonathan Hague’s blog

Running Down the Bosphorus

We turned into the Bosphorus from the north around noon, a half built bridge towering above us. As we approached from the east, monitoring channel 16 and channel 11 (which controls the north sector)we had heard requests from commercial shipping for “permission to commence drifting”. So we knew there were ships waiting to enter the straits. However, as we passed the two small fishing villages on either side and slipped between the steep cliffs covered in green vegetation, there was no sign.

Deborah Wheeler, 23.08.2015 | More from Deborah Wheeler’s blog