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Dateline: 22-01-2015

From Phil Onslow:

Dear All

Well Iím back from my Atlantic travels and have to say that after nearly 3 months in the tropics, winter isnít 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. Iíve 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 weíre working to a tight schedule so please make every effort to assist. Itís 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. Weíve 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, weíll struggle all season so please help. We need people for this Saturday if youíre 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 dayís 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
Weíve 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. Itís 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, weíve organised a number of sailing legs in the West Country. The start and finish dates and places are set and itís 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 Ė 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 Ė 31st May to 7th June
This isnít far and itís 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. Iíve 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, itís 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 itís there if anyone wants it over Easter it is available to you.

Good Sailing



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