Online bookings – a plea

I recently had reason to request tickets for a forthcoming social event in the club and, as encouraged, went on-line to enter my request for tickets.

Having navigated through the system - quite a feat for me - I then attempted to print-off the two tickets asked for. At this stage, the printout became 'gobbledy gook' and of no use. Imagine my suprise and, to say the least, dismay, when I then discovered that there was a charge made if I requested that the ticket print be carried out by the club office and the charge donated to the RNLI.

Richard Keen, 14.06.2011 | More from Richard Keen’s blog

Crew shakedown and 6X weight loss plan

The Navigator (Chris) stepped on board 6X after the dinghy ride over to the mooring and cast a racing sailor's eye over the boat and her contents. "You won't need an inflatable dinghy on board when you're surrounded by 200 other boats to pull you out of the water", was his first comment

Rachel Hedley, 06.06.2011 | More from Rachel Hedley’s blog

Back of the Wight...or not!

Our plan to sail south of the Isle of Wight from Portsmouth to Yarmouth over the late May bank holiday was frustrated again by weather- as have most of the LSC's late May events over the last five years. But this time the weather was really awful. I left my berth on the Beaulieu River at noon on Saturday on Silver Tide with Richard Taylor and Patrick MacCulloch as crew. We enjoyed a fast albeit blustery sail with a SW force 6 on the quarter and covered the 12 miles to Portsmouth in under two hours.

Keith Irons, 04.06.2011 | More from Keith Irons’s blog

RTIR for a first timer

6X in East Cowes

Well, not quite the first time round the island. But despite being introduced to the race as first mate for the LSC Rude Girls crew and repeating the experience the following year, entering a Trapper 300 (just 21 foot waterline length, 26 foot overall) and as skipper, is a slightly different game altogether.

Rachel Hedley, 31.05.2011 | More from Rachel Hedley’s blog

JOG Race to Deauville

Over the late May bank holiday weekend Juno took part in the JOG offshore race to Deauville. We normally sail with a crew of seven but this weekend we were down to six crew. Then one crew member found that the traffic at Hindhead on the Friday before bank holiday was so heavy that he would not be able to reach Hamble in time for the start!

Graham Broadway, 30.05.2011 | More from Graham Broadway’s blog

Week One, Amber Sea

First week over, I am staying in a motel in Boothbay Harbour, Maine, as I can't stay on Amber Sea (Moody 38 CC) until she is launched.
Checked and serviced all the seacocks, cleaned out the engine heat exchanger which was full of rubber bits from the two impellers that melted and broke up when the pump went and the engine overheated. The new AIS is fitted under the spray hood, another safety feature for dodging big ships!
Paying craftsmen to do these bits while I pass tools, get in the way, and learn.
Next week I will rub down the ant-fouling patches from the repairs in Tortola and re-patch with coppercoat, which should arrive on Monday. Then she can be launched and the mast and sails put back on. May well be close to ready by the end of next week.

Malcolm Lewis-Jones, 04.05.2011 | More from Malcolm Lewis-Jones’s blog

A month in America

To those of you who wondered where we’d got to, the answer is Knapp’s Narrows, on the Eastern Shore of the Chesapeake Bay. We’ve travelled all of 50 yards from where Tomia has spent the winter. The past month has sped by, on all sorts of boaty doings, improvements, repairs; we have now been in the water for four days, and may well get sailing again any day now...

Celia Mason, 04.05.2011 | More from Celia Mason’s blog

RORC Cervantes Race from Juno

Juno under spinnaker

Juno took part in the RORC Cervantes Challenge held over the early May bank holiday weekend. I am usually on board Juno on the Friday afternoon but this Friday was my wife's birthday and so I drove down after an evening meal in a local resturant which meant I arrived in Hamble at 2300 and was assigned the blow-up mattress on the cabin sole, all the berths being occupied by snoring crew.

Graham Broadway, 03.05.2011 | More from Graham Broadway’s blog

RORC Easter Challenge

RORC Fleet approaching leeward gate

After several weekends of practice sails Easter was the start of Juno's competitive season. Instead of the usual Easter cross channel race with JOG to Cherbourg we opted for some "round the cans" racing in the Solent. This is in preparation of the Fastnet race later this year.

Graham Broadway, 27.04.2011 | More from Graham Broadway’s blog