Ronhilda's Enjoyable Day to End the 2015/6 Fast Cruises

Ronhilda enjoying a Fast Cruise

Knowing I was in Ukraine till Thursday I had left the yacht in Gosport to allow for last minute delays and not to have a too stressful Friday. Good thing I did, the Polish airline LOT was dreadful  and we did not get back to Chichester until 2am on Friday.

Anyway Friday evening saw the regular Ronhilda gang enjoy the standard evening meal of Fish and Chips,  I must confess I caught up on sleep 8pm to 8 am so missed the usual banter in the saloon after the meal.

Brian Humber, 20.03.2016 | More from Brian Humber’s blog

Ronhilda's Windy February Fast Criuse

Ronhilda Returning to Base on Sunday - a Rare Upright Moment

Saturday morning brought a forecast of F5/6 East going NW and gusts in the 30s. So we put a reef in the main and 2 in the large geny.  Not many yachts with a high handicap started this month and we chose to beat  across the Solent to Browndown letting the tide take us towards the mark with just a tack and short beat in flatter water down to the buoy.  The next two legs brought us back to the start before repeating this triangle.  In the cold of a Feb day not really inspiring, nor was the sight of the short course yachts then having easy legs straight up Southampton Water to the finish whilst we had to go right across to Cowes and then back across to Hill Head before going up the water.  

Brian Humber, 28.02.2016 | More from Brian Humber’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

Ronhilda Watches the Weather on the Januaury Fast Cruise

I had a hunch the course setter would be on the water with us this month.  As he seems to like a close start to his home waters I guessed this would be in the serpent infested waters of the far west and so it turned out to be. Not wanting to have to get up at 4am and sail for 4/5 hours before even starting a long cold fast cruise sail on the water, fortunately some of the crew helped me ferry Ronhilda this month to Gosport and so they and I set off on Friday after midday.  We knew the wind was stong but from the North West so no swell just a short wave fetch.  This was true but the wind was so strong in the gusts ( well over 30kts) the crew complained their teas etc was being blown out if the cups and replaced by water shipping over the bow and being blown straight into the cockpit.  Earl Grey tea made with cold Hayling Bay water is not good.

Brian Humber, 17.01.2016 | More from Brian Humber’s blog

Clipper RTW Race - Stopover in Sydney

The Clipper fleet were looked after well in Sydney. The stopover was hosted by the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia, a fabulous club in Rushcutter Bay, which also hosts the Rolex Sydney to Hobart race, starting on 26 December, race 5 in the Clipper RTW race schedule.

As the midpoint of the race this stopover was longer than previous stopovers because the boats were lifted for external cleaning and maintenance, as well as the usual internal deep clean and damage repairs, but this did allow for some extra time for crews to relax and recover from the race from Albany.

The Clipper winner's presentations for race 4 were hosted by the Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron, one of the LSC's reciprocal clubs. My boat, Great Britain and Northern Ireland, came in 2nd place so we have now achieved 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 5th places and in the overall standings are in 2nd place.

Sylvia Chesters, 25.12.2015 | More from Sylvia Chesters’s blog

Clipper RTW Race 4 - Albany to Sydney

The Race to Sydney

Race 4 has been described as the toughest race yet on this race. I have nothing to compare it with personally but it was certainly a tough initiation into Clipper racing.

The winds across the Great Australian Bight are expected to change from easterlies to south westerlies at the beginning of the summer season but this year they did not change as expected. As a result of this and a high pressure system, the first week of the race across the Great Australian Bight to the south of Tasmania was a constant beat into shifting winds gusting up to 50 knots at times for several days, requiring multiple sail changes and constant trimming. This added an extra 400nm or so to the route, 2100nm route.

Sylvia Chesters, 25.12.2015 | More from Sylvia Chesters’s blog

Looking for a berth in the 2016 ARC

Chris Cox, a friend and a member of the Royal Temple Yacht Club at Ramsgate is very keen to crew in the 2016 ARC. Although having registered with the ARC so far he has had little success in finding a berth. As a member of a club where many LSC members have enjoyed the convivial surroundings and a friendly welcome over very many years, I thought I would put his requirements on our website just in case anyone knew of someone, or were themselves, taking part in the forthcoming ARC and could help Chris find a berth.

If you are, or do, please let either me or Chris know. I'm know he would be more than grateful.


Richard Keen


Richard Keen, 14.12.2015 | More from Richard Keen’s blog

Clipper RtWR update 2: Start of Leg 4

Sylvia Chesters has set sail;  Leg 4 of the Clipper Round the World Race has begun! Full details of the route are available on the Clipper website here where you can follow the progress of GREAT Britain & Northern Ireland and positions of all the boats in the Race Standings.

The 2,088 nautical miles from Albany to Sydney will take the racers through some of the most inhospitable and treacherous waters on the planet:

Sylvia Chesters, 01.12.2015 | More from Sylvia Chesters’s blog