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Dateline: 12-02-2015

From Phil Onslow:

Dear All

Believe it or not, spring is just around the corner I hope it is anyway as its been very cold for me after spending some time in the tropics. (Please hold the tears back.)

Weve lots of great cruising this year and theres lots of work in place to keep the yachts in tip top condition. Sadly we were not successful in our bid to the MPAA to fund a new yacht so were into seriously refurbishing what weve got. It helps us so much if you can book your places early as we can match supply to demand so please help us in this respect if you can.

Please have a look at the undermentioned topics especially the ones on working parties, Facebook and Twitter.

All courses, cruises and charter bookings can now be confirmed online from our internet site and payment by internet banking or through our secure server by credit or debit card so what could be easier..

Practical Courses
Weve space on our practical courses for the following dates:-

12th to 17th April

26th April to 1st May

17th to 22nd May

The Competent Crew course is suitable for those who have little or no sailing experience and is a great opportunity to learn sailing first hand by doing it under the watchful eye of a qualified instructor.

The Day Skipper is suitable for those with some sailing experience who have either completed the shorebased course or have equivalent knowledge and skills learned through sailing.

The courses run from 5pm on the Sunday evening till 4pm on the Friday afternoon and accommodation is on the yacht. If you have any queries about which course is right for you, give us a ring and well talk it through with you in more detail. Whichever you choose, Im sure youll have a great time on the water and come back more knowledgeable than you went.

Day Skipper Shorebased
We are running the last of the close season shorebased Day Skipper courses from 18th to 22nd April with a days free sailing on 23rd which is optional. The course is based at our Hamble classroom and the course fee of 295 includes the RYA pack, software plotter and accommodation during the course.

Diesel Engine
We seem to rely so much on our engine nowadays and sometimes a small fault can cause us undue problems and stress. The RYA diesel engine course gives you a hands on look at some of the common faults which can occur and most importantly how to diagnose and rectify them. You dont need any specific pre course knowledge and you wont be an all singing all dancing mechanic at the end, but you will have more confidence and ability to tackle those minor faults that can otherwise spoil your sailing enjoyment. Date 12th April. Cost 65

RYA Online Courses
We can run the following courses online:-

SRC Radio

Essential Navigation

PPR (Professional Practice and Responsibilities)


We have an active cruising programme this year with a mixture of long and short cruises and an opportunity to sail away from the Solent. Chartering yachts is only available to qualified members and you can only so so many training courses, but the cruises are open to everyone and should be our cornerstone activity to enjoy sailing. There are spaces on the following cruises:-

Early Bird This is a 2 day weekend cruise within the Solent and is an ideal way to start the season. All three yachts are set aside for the cruise but there is one place left. The cruise runs from 5pm on Friday 27th March till 4pm on Sunday 29th March and the cost is just 99

Vice Commodores Rally - This is a once a year opportunity for members and boat owners to get together. We have three club yachts and members are able to come along with their yachts and we cruise in company around the Solent. In the past this has been held over the early May bank holiday but weve moved it to the weekend after now so it will run from 5pm on Friday 8th May till Sunday 10th May. The cost for those wanting a berth on a club yacht will be 110. In the past this has been a really enjoyable weekend and Im sure it will once again this year. I could publish photos from previous years but Im afraid theyd never get through the censors.

Hamble to Plymouth An excellent opportunity to cruise outside the Solent and do a bit of mile building as well. There are some lovely and enchanting harbours on the Dorset and Devon coast and this strikes a balance between passage making but still having the time to visit and enjoy some lovely places on the way. Dates 15th to 22nd May. Cost 365

Plymouth to Dartmouth This is just a short hop along the coast but above all it offers time in the West Country to explore some of the delightful Devon and Cornish towns and harbours. Its a delightful place to sail in fact Im spending a week there myself. Dates 31st May to 7th June. Cost 356

Dartmouth to Hamble Another chance for some mile building and a crossing of Lyme Bay. The final leg of the West Country Cruises returns to Hamble. Dates are 7th to 12th June although there is scope to extend this slightly if it suits the skipper and crew. Cost 260

Round the Island Race This is one of the highlights of the sailing calendar and attracts interest from international sailors and part time cruisers alike. It is one of the biggest races in the world although for many, the racing is less serious and whilst some experience is desirable, it is suitable for all levels and skills. If we can get all three yachts filled, there is the added incentive of the Commodores Cup which is awarded to the first MPSC yacht. The race is on Saturday 27th June but crews need to be there from 5pm on the Friday. There is usually a barbeque on the Saturday evening and a fun time is had by all. Cost 150

Twitter and Facebook
Were trying to embrace modern technology and keep members better informed. To that end we have Facebook and Twitter accounts which we hope to make fuller use of from now on. To get the best out of them, we need you to like the Facebook and receive the Twitter feeds. You can do both by going to our internet site and clicking on the respective links. Read below for further details of how this could be to your advantage.

Charter Deals
Its such a shame when the boats are at their mooring so were looking to entice you out on the water a little more. Whether we should have to is up for debate but the deal is this. From time to time, we will publish dates which will be short notice charters but we will discount them by 20%. They will be put on the web site but also fed to you through Twitter and Facebook (see above). Keep your ears, eyes and monitor alert for further details but most of all, monitor our Facebook and Twitter.

Working Parties
We had a great working party last Sunday but we are now approaching a key time in the maintenance programme when we need to complete the work and get the kit back on the boats. No special skills are required so please help is you can. Despite it being a working party, we usually have a fun time. Dates we need volunteers are :-

21st February
28th February
7th March
14th March

Please help if you can. Email us or phone the clubline so that we know youre coming or you may not get anything to eat or drink.

Cruising Instructor Course
Were always on the lookout for new instructors and are hoping to run a Cruising Instructor Course later this year. To qualify, you must hold an RYA Yachtmaster Offshore qualification which is commercially endorsed. Were looking at holding the course later in the year probably around September but dates can be set to suit provided we get sufficient students. The price has not yet been fixed but in the past it has been heavily subsidised provided those students are suitable and available to assist future club courses and cruises. If you are interested contact the clubline or email to register your interest.

Club Mooring
Due to unforeseen circumstances, we may have a berth available on our club pontoon starting 1st April. No this isnt an April fool. It would suit a yacht up to about 34ft. If you may be interested then contact John Bailey on 01590 623356.

Good Sailing and Fair Winds



Dateline: 22-01-2015

From Phil Onslow:

Dear All

Well Im back from my Atlantic travels and have to say that after nearly 3 months in the tropics, winter isnt very easy to get used to. Please hold back the tears of sympathy though.

Now is an important time for the club as we have some new directors in post after the AGM and a new programme for the year ahead which I hope you will support. Ive highlighted below some of the more timely activities but as usual see the internet site for further details or phone or email us.

Before that starts however, we have to finish our winter maintenance on the yachts. As always were working to a tight schedule so please make every effort to assist. Its a great way to get to know the boats and other club members and most who come down for the day, have a good time with fellow members.

Yacht Working Parties
As highlighted above, we do need your help on these. No special skills are required just a willingness to get stuck in. Weve a schedule of maintenance planned for the season together with some commercial deep cleans as we strive to improve the yachts both operationally and cosmetically. If we start off below where we want to be, well struggle all season so please help. We need people for this Saturday if youre available. Other dates are-:

8th February
21st February
28th February
7th March
14th March

Training Courses

RYA Diesel Engine Course - Sunday 12th April 2015 - Only 65
An essential course for sailors of all levels, our RYA Diesel Engine Course is designed to give you an insight into how your engine works and how to look troubleshoot problems.
You will work on a working marine yacht engine alongside our experience instructor.
The course is held at our Broadway Base at Mercury Marina.

RYA Day Skipper Practical Courses - From only 355
The early season RYA Day Skipper Practical courses are filling up quickly, so please book early to get your dates.
The course is a five day and night on board experience to teach pilotage, navigation, seamanship and boat handling

RYA Level 2 Powerboat Course - From only 199
We still have a few spaces left on our low season courses, which is only 199.
The dates of these courses are 13th-14th April & 25th-26th April.
This two day entry course designed for the complete beginner to power boating.

RYA Day Skipper Shorebased Intensive Course - 295
The RYA Day Skipper Course is an elementary course that covers basic seamanship, navigation and meteorology and is suitable for beginners and students with little or no experience.
The intensive course covers the Day Skipper syllabus over 5 days in the classroom and leaves the 6th for a days free sailing for those that want it. Courses are held at Hamble and the price of 295 includes accommodation.

RYA Day Skipper Theory Evening Course - Starting 22nd September - Only 240
Our evening classes start on Tuesday 22nd September 2015 at NSY.
The RYA Day Skipper Course is an elementary course that covers basic seamanship, navigation and meteorology and is suitable for beginners and students with little or no experience.
They consist of twelve Tuesday evenings, (1830-2100) and one full weekend session, ending on the 15th December.
We run one per year and there are only eight spaces, so book early to avoid disappointment.
Please check the Training Pages of the club website for more details.

Club Cruising
Weve a full programme of cruising this year including a number of legs in the West country and some cross channel passages as well as our usual programme of short, mainly weekend cruising in the Solent. Full details are on the Cruising page of our internet site but here are some of the early season ones

Early Bird Cruise
This is just a weekend in the Solent shaking out a few of those winter cobwebs and are usually very sociable with a t least 2 yachts. Suitable for beginners or those with lots of experience. All you need is a desire to have some fun and enjoy sailing. The cost is just 99 and the dates are 27th to 29th March.

Vice Commodore's Rally
This has been moved away from the early May bank holiday and shortened into two days. Its a great event with an opportunity for boat owners to come along in their boats and join the fun. We also have a number of spaces on the club yachts. The dates are now 8th to 10th May and the cost just 110. This has been an exceptional cruise in the past and I hope you can support it again this year.

West Country Cruising
Its sometimes nice to get away from the same old places so this year, weve organised a number of sailing legs in the West Country. The start and finish dates and places are set and its up to the skipper and crew to decide how much time boozing and cruising they want to do and which of the lovely places they want to go. Details are as follows-:

Hamble to Plymouth 15th to 22nd May
A good mile builder and opportunity to get out of the Solent andvisit some Dorset and Devon harbours.

Plymouth to Dartmouth 31st May to 7th June
This isnt far and its envisaged that the crew will push on to Falmouth and maybe even the Isles of Scilly, or maybe explore the many small coves and harbours of Cornwall. Either way, a delightful place to cruise.

Dartmouth to Hamble. 7th to 12th June
Another mile building opportunity with countless opportunities to stop on the way and do some real sailing outside the confines of the Solent.

Yacht Charter
Provided our winter works are completed on time, our yachts will be available for charter from 22nd March. Ive had quite a few bookings already so of you want specific dates my advice is to get in early. Details of availability are shown on the internet site.

RIB Charter
The RIB is currently hibernating under her cover with the engine winterised and covered in cling film. We believe that with such low demand in the winter, its better to preserve it this way over the colder weather and preserve it in the long term. We hope to get a maintenance party together to give her a good spring clean before she goes into service. It will be available for use after 1st April, so its there if anyone wants it over Easter it is available to you.

Good Sailing



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