Sailing west coast, Turkey

For those members sailing west coast of Turkey, Chris Haire, HPO Izmir has passed on the following information:

There is continued talk about a new marina in Karsiyaka but that's as far as it  goes. On the southern side of the bay at the western border of the city  there is a boutique marina - formerly  known as Levent marina  - but this does not cater for visiting yachts - especially as only Turkish  spoken by  the staff!     All of which  tends to  isolate the city from yacht traffic.  Nearer the mouth of the bay, there are places on the Karaburun peninsular and at Foca on the other side (always crowded).   There are also anchorages in the south western part of the bay but military areas are to  be avoided. 

Anne Le Verrier..., 28.11.2013 | More from Anne Le Verrier-Bizzey’s blog



Just for info  -  LSC Members might be interested in visiting the Istanbul Boat Show as it has become a major event  in February, about five times as big as Excel and a great place to buy boat bits or just browse, it has a great buzz to it!  Easyjet flights and others cheap from London with good reasonably priced hotels. The exhibition halls are next to the international airport and getting around is easy with brand new metro system. Great shopping too and would make a nice break in the winter months.

If anyone is interested please contact HPO Stuart Aikman (Fetiyhe) who can be of help with advice on bookings etc.

Anne Le Verrier..., 18.11.2013 | More from Anne Le Verrier-Bizzey’s blog



Chris has sent the following reminder to LSC MEMBERS and hopes to see more boats in the coming year:-

Sorry for the delay in completing the HPO questionnaire but we have been very busy moving Menorca to a more convenient position so that members can find it and that it is not too far for them to cruise !!

Seriously, we had one visitor last year who was n with me continually before his arrival, only to arrive the week that I had to go back to UK!  Anyway, life is great on our little island and I just wish more people would come and see why we have spent 20 years of our lives here. Please ask anyone who requires more information about our cruising area to contact me and I will be only too pleased to encourage them to visit us.

Anne Le Verrier..., 16.11.2013 | More from Anne Le Verrier-Bizzey’s blog

Ronhilda's FC in Variable Winds - A weekend for the Weather Buffs

Ronhilda was rerigged for the third time in my ownership (time flies by ever faster) in the week before the FC and as always it takes far more time to reset things up than it did to take the mast out.  So it was not until Friday afternoon we were ready to bend on the mainsail and do a test hoist.  Unfortunately the sunshine of the morning had disappeared and the sail was put on in torrents of rain.  We then had 30/40 knots in Chichester Marina for 20mins which was an omen for the following day. All systems passed the static tests apart from having no main VHF arial and the backstay tensioner was found unserviceable.

Brian Humber, 14.11.2013 | More from Brian Humber’s blog



As January 2014 is fast approaching, we have a favourite Club event taking place during the Boat Show and as many people journey to London during this time, the annual Honorary Port Officer’s Dinner is to be held on Tuesday 7 JANUARY 2014 and it is hoped that many HPOs will be able to attend that evening.  Please remember this is a very popular evening so put the date in your diary.

Please note the following  couple of amendments to HPO DETAILS:

Jorn Ovesen,   East Coast of North Jutland,  is approaching 81 and wishes to resign his post.   He was appointed as HPO in 2008 and if there are any members who are  known to him personally, do get in touch.

Anne Le Verrier..., 28.10.2013 | More from Anne Le Verrier-Bizzey’s blog

Ronhilda's new Patron Saint and FC's 1 and 2

Most FCs this winter are more Neaps than Springs and this made a huge difference last Saturday.  Coming from one of the Gulags in Chichester Habour, a neap FC weekend means no creeping over the bar at 6am at LW with little water under the keel to then fight a spring flood all the way, normally beating in a SW wind to foreign waters far way in the west.  This weekend saw us up at 6am so an hours lie in compared with last year and the sail to the start was far easier and less tiring and stressful. So thanks to Graham for this and he has been made the Patron Saint of Ronhilda as a reward??

Brian Humber, 18.10.2013 | More from Brian Humber’s blog

October's Fast Cruise

A great day of sailing.

Once again, the "Frostbite" cruise was anything but.  Friday might have been wet and windy but Saturday was close to perfect. Winds between F2 and F4 from directions gradually working their way around from east to north-west; enough sunshine to break out the emergency supplies of sunblock and some great "fast cruising" (this is similar to racing, but with much less shouting and no protest committee). 

Thanks to the indefatigable Graham Broadway and everyone else who made it all possible.

Dinner at the RSrnYC was good, though there were a distressing number of people wearing ties. 

Sunday dawned grey and miserable and the rain started in earnest early in the afternoon, fortunately after Shearwater was safely tied up back home in Gosport. 

Andy Ormsby, 17.10.2013 | More from Andy Ormsby’s blog

Little Ship Club member on an Olympic journey - Part 1.

In September 2012 I took the big step of becoming a full time sailor which coincided with becoming a member of the British Sailing Team. This means lots of sailing, fitness training in the gym and on the road bike and attending training camps with the rest of the team. During the racing season I spend lots of time travelling to international events - and subsequently eating many airport breakfasts! Sailing the Finn is very physically demanding so a typical non-sailing training day involves time on the bike for cardiovascular training and a weights session in the gym. I also strictly control my diet which is a very important factor to ensure I have enough energy to train!
The 2013 season has been my busiest year of racing yet. I started off with two very sunny ISAF World Cup events in Palma, Spain and Hyeres, France with solid results.
Charli Hadden, 07.10.2013 | More from Charli Hadden’s blog

Baltic Summer

Catherine's impressions.

The Baltic is the Mediterranean! A huge bowl of the bluest of cloudless bright blue skies sharply etched with vivid green trees and pretty houses washed white, pale yellow, red and ochre, each topped with a neat red-tiled roof, clustering around ports in the small towns and villages of Danish South Zealand.

Roger Graham, 23.09.2013 | More from Roger Graham’s blog