Death of Caribbean Yachtsman - Report HPO Trinidad

regret to inform you that Trinidadian yachtsman Harold LaBorde died on the night of 11th June in what appears to have been an accident at night on his moored yacht at the Grenada Yacht Club.

His body was recovered on 12th June. It appears that while resident alone on his yacht ‘Humming Bird III’ he slipped on a boarding plank, hit his head, and fell into the sea. I have no confirmation of these details.

Harold was to be 83 years old on 18th June. He was known internationally after circumnavigating the world twice with his family on yachts built by himself. The first circumnavigation was 1969 – 1973 in his wooden yacht Humming Bird ll, the second I984 – 1986 including rounding Cape Horn in Humming Bird lll. He also did several Atlantic crossings. He was awarded this nation’s highest award at the time – The Trinity Cross, in 1973.

Anne Le Verrier..., 22.06.2016 | More from Anne Le Verrier-Bizzey’s blog


Tracie Lanaghan, the Berthing Master at Chatham Maritime Marina, has taken over the position of Honorary Port Officer for the Club as from April 2016.   Tracie will be the first person you meet on entering the lock, so please make yourselves known.

Chatham Maritime Marina is an MDL Marina and set in the marvellous location of the Historic Dockyard where there are many events and exhibitions held during the year.  Contact the Marina:  01634 899200..

Anne Le Verrier..., 21.04.2016 | More from Anne Le Verrier-Bizzey’s blog


Sorry for my lack of response over the last few of years.  Have just recently received the Little Ships winter addition.

Have just been super busy for several months selling a business and our large yacht.  However, all done and dusted now and have a lot more time to do things for myself.

We have just been through the largest cyclone the South Pacific has ever had “Cyclone Winston” with wind speeds of over 350 km. with a lot of damage.   Savusavu Marina ( ( most of your cruising folk will know the area), a large number of yachts were damaged or swept ashore.  Most have been refloated. 

Anne Le Verrier..., 10.04.2016 | More from Anne Le Verrier-Bizzey’s blog

HPO MALTA, Arthur Podesta

Arthur Podesta had been our HPO for over 14 years and much delayed, we heard the sad news that he had died in October.  The club has sent our condolences to his family.  

Rear Commodore and long standing member of the Royal  Malta Yacht Club he was associated with the inauguration of the Rolex Middle Sea Regatta and he was the only sailor to  regularly compete in the past years.  

He had met many LSC sailors and members over the years when they arrived in Malta and will be sadly missed. 






Anne Le Verrier..., 26.02.2016 | More from Anne Le Verrier-Bizzey’s blog

News from HPO David Lakeman

Some up-to-date information from HPO David Lakeman, who has crossed the Alboran and Balearic Seas to move from Agadir to Antibes. He is no longer living in Agadir, Morocco but now lives in the south of France near Nice/ Antibes. His boat " Lady Sally Anne" is currently ashore for a winter refit in Baie des Anges Marina, close to Antibes. Any member visiting the area can contact him on any of the following numbers should they require assistance for anything.

French landline : 0033 ( 0 ) 422 161 413
French mobile : 0033 ( 0 ) 6921 8076
UK Mobile : 07528 479 770

Address :
26, Montee de la Bourgade
Haut de Cagnes
Cagnes sur Mer

Anne Le Verrier..., 13.11.2015 | More from Anne Le Verrier-Bizzey’s blog

HPOs meet members on Shannon Rally

On the recent LSC Shannon Rally in Ireland,  it was an occasion that several HPOs had the opportunity to meet together -   Larry Blount - Annapoli;  Bill Thomas - Philadelphia;  Caroline Sedgwick - Portsmouth and  Tim and Gabbie Ryan - Waterford.

After the Rally had finished, Tim and Anne visited Dun Laoghaire to meet up with HPO Ronan Beirne who had been unable to join the Rally.  They had a lovely lunch at the National Yacht Club and a tour of the Maritime Museum which houses many historical memorabilia from over the years and the very elegant Library followed by  a short tour down the coast and up to The Stones which are above Dun Laoghaire to get an overall picture of the vast Dublin Bay.

Anne Le Verrier..., 06.10.2015 | More from Anne Le Verrier-Bizzey’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


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


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