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

Littlehampton Rally Re-Run 15th August 2015


Saturday 15th August 2015 -  ‘Didn’t we have a lovely time the day we went to Littlehampton’

Oxygen’s crew arrived late Friday evening so after a boat cooked curry we all retired to bed.

The lines were slipped from Southampton Town Quay at 07.30 hours. We motored down Southampton Water, by the time we reached the Solent the skipper decided to hoist the spinnaker, we sailed until we neared the Looe Channel then the winds were too light to maintain a satisfactory speed to the passage plan and entrance to Littlehampton so Oxygen motored around Selsey Bill and the lobster pots. Windhover was spotted in the distance.

We soon arrived at Littlehampton and met up with the other boats, Windhover, Ronhilda, Kioni and Mary Lunn.

Chris Overall, 18.08.2015 | More from Chris Overall’s blog

Joint LSC and MLSC rally to Bradwell

In recent times it has been a real treat to get together with Maldon Little Ship Club after the separation which occurred back in the inter-war years.

The Bradwell Marina Rally was the latest in several joint events over the past four or so years and which have seen meets at Brightlingsea, and Heybridge Basin. Two LSC yachts and eight MLSC yachts and motor yachts gathered in the delightful surroundings of Bradwell on a blustery but sunny afternoon, some already based at the marina and others coming from Maldon, Heybridge, West Mersea,  Brightlingsea and Ramsholt.  A number of LSC and MLSC members also attended by road and our West Mersea HPO – John Davison with partner Sara Turnbull – tacked up in a van with built-in overnight interior! They moored in the car park for the night but failed to hoist his HPO flag……..

Charli Hadden, 25.07.2015 | More from Charli Hadden’s blog


Calling all members!

Now that the sailing season is in full swing and members are sailing off over the horizons, remember to take the LSC JOURNAL with you on your boat as it contains all the information you need to contact our HPOs in the relevant ports that you will be visiting.

Give them a call and meet up for a chat or drink and make them feel a part of our Little Ship Club fraternity.

I look forward to hearing how many contacts we get this season.

Fair weather and good sailing.

Anne Le Verrier..., 14.07.2015 | More from Anne Le Verrier-Bizzey’s blog

St Vaast, Volvo and AIS

Trips to St Vaast are usually a treat and the May Bank Holiday excursion was no exception.


We’d signed up Shearwater months ago when Graham Broadway first mentioned the possibility of a club rally but as the date grew closer, doubts about our ability to take part grew. The problem was our engine. At Easter, we discovered our trusty Volvo Diesel to be a little less trusty than usual. Lots of smoke, a lack of revs and an inability to push Shearwater convincingly against even a very slight tide meant that it really couldn’t be trusted at all. 


Andy Ormsby, 27.05.2015 | More from Andy Ormsby’s blog

Ronhilda goes to St Vaast ( or actually Portland Marina as it turned out)

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. 

Brian Humber, 26.05.2015 | More from Brian Humber’s blog

Ronhildas Final 2014/5 March Gourmet Fast Cruise

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

Brian Humber, 15.03.2015 | More from Brian Humber’s blog


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.

Anne Le Verrier..., 12.03.2015 | More from Anne Le Verrier-Bizzey’s blog

Ronhilda's Feb Fast Cruise

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.

Brian Humber, 01.03.2015 | More from Brian Humber’s blog