West Mersea Rally, 29 April – 1 May 2017

Organisers: John Davison, HPO, and Jonathan Hague, Rear Commodore Sail & Power

By Jill Moffatt and Kate Newman

The early May Bank Holiday weekend saw the annual LSC pilgrimage to West Mersea. This is the traditional opener of the East Coast rally season and in our opinion is one of the highlights of the Club’s sailing calendar, particularly for foodies and lovers of fresh seafood. The rally is promoted as offering fine dining, great company and a seafood & bubbles Sunday breakfast – plus the best sunset in Britain. It certainly lived up to this impressive billing!

The Passage

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Autumn in Sydney

Dear Little Ship Club friends,

I have been rereading the last two LSC magazines and getting great pleasure in all the descriptions of rallies and members trips.It was nice to see and read about  old friends again even though I am half a world away.

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Training Dinner

It was great to have such a well-attended and convivial end to the term's training. The Training Dinner saw friends and families of the successful students receive their certificates and prizes from Richard Falk of the RYA.

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 Jonathn Le Feuvre has become our newest HPO for Lake Geneva, he is a member of the oldest sailing club in Switzerland -Societe Nautique Rollaise  (1880).  The club races every Wednesday during summer and should anyone be  holidaying in Switzerland and passing Lake Geneva, please make contact and share a glass of their local wines.

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I have today appointed two new HPOs:

SINGAPORE & S.E. REGION   -  Daniel Whittington, LSC member

Daniel has had 7 years of refitting one yacht and is about to embark on another.  He can provide loads of advice on berthing in the region and achorages around the Riau Archipelagho and Tioman group.

So if you are visiting or holidaying in Singapore, do get in touch.

CALEDONIAN CANAL   -  Michael Salters, LSC member

Michael has a swinging mooring on the Caledonian Canal at the south end of Loch Ness near Fort Augustus - please remember to make advance contact. 

He also has another mooring on the canal which is not really 'tansferable' but should it be vacant it can be used for a 'transit stop'.  Again advance contact is necessary.

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Advice regarding RIVER DEBEN, SUFFOLK

PLEASE NOTE -  Entrance to RIVER DEBEN, SUFFOLK changing - Jan 2017

Pick up OFFING BUOY and then BAR BUOY (shingle banks are often on the move).  There has been a fairly dramatic move of the N. shoal which has moved towards the Felixstowe shore. Channel takes craft fairly close up towards steep-to shore line which needs careful pilotage coming   IN/OUT   but with good depth.  Can alter with frequent storms.

Once passed this narrow section local  buoyage is little changed.   Bear in mind tides run fairly fast (wind over tide) not normally a wise time to experiment.

Foot passenger ferry runs daily twixt Bawdsey Quay and Quay by Felixstowe  Ferry Boatyard.

Sent by Tony Ratcliffe OBE, HPO River Deben

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This year  ALL information regarding the Honorary Port Officers -  Journal page, in-house database and mailing list, online interactive map and the maps up in the Club house -  everything is up to date.for Club members online.

With Judy's magnificent assistance we have finally managed to complete all relevant information and start this year with a clean slate, until I hear from someone.

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Stuart Aikman, our HPO Fethiye, Turkey will be opening his own hotel in the coming year - 2017.

Any LSC members wishing to visit Fethiye for a holiday or passing through to see all the wonderful sights nearby, please contact him on

www.cennetlifeotel.com   or via his mobile No: +90 535 599 8538 mentioning that you are Little Ship Club members.

Flying into Dalaman,  Fethiye bay has wonderful sailing and pretty little bays,  a good starting place to go east to Kekova and Finike or west to Marmaris and Dacca Peninusal.  There is a wonderful fish market and restaurants, covered  markets and is the main Gulet base.  Thoroughly recommended for a holiday.

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