Members on the bridge

Ever wondered what you look like from the bridge of a Wightlink ferry in the Solent? Some LSC members find out. Caroline Sedgwick's full report is here

First of the fast cruises

Read Marshall Bailey's report in the Rallies forum. Marshall was sailing aboard Jof Buttery's Hanse Grey Goose - pictured left. The report is here.

Ireland 2010

Hunter Peace is leading a cruise to Ireland next year. Skippers will rendezvous at the Royal Cork Yacht Club on 1 July and cruise west as far as Baltimore. Vessels are expected to return to Falmouth 10th July. This cruise is designed to extend the Scillies rally, (which David Roache is leading details above), but of course, you might charter out of Cork to join.

2010 rally to the Scilly Isles

Skippers, are you interested in sailing to the Scilly Isles in late June 2010? Crew are you interested in crewing for the rally (or perhaps you could charter)?

We aim to start in Falmouth on Saturday June 26th, 2010 with boats making their own way to Falmouth. The organiser of the Scillies cruise is David Roache. Details are in David's blog here

South Coast Open Forum

LSC skippers met on a gale swept Saturday 14th November at the Royal Southampton Yacht Club to discuss what it was that  members who sail on the south coast were looking for from our sailing  programme. Over a dozen intrepid South Coast skippers representing ports from Plymouth to Chichester braved the worst storms of the  year and the meeting was very constructive and some good suggestions  were aired and discussed.

River entrance information

River Entrance Information 

A myriad of information is available for the various East Coast rivers, however an excellent website has recently been set up giving up to date information on the entrances to our local rivers.

The site can be found at http://www.eastcoastrivers.com

East Coast Winter sailing

Members on the East Coast are going to try out some winter sailing this season. If you are interested in taking part, contact Pat Dittner

East Coast Pilot

This is a brilliant new site for East Coast sailors. On this site you will find relevant news, links, weather and tide information, and detailed updates for the current edition of the East Coast Pilot, which covers the area from Lowestoft to Ramsgate. Visit the site here

Charlotte, cancer and a Twister called Pouncer

It started with a stay in St Barts hospital London recovering from cancer. Charlotte Wilkinson was bought a copy of Yachting Monthly by a friend and started reading about long-distance cruising. "I could do that", she thought. On the back was an advert for a Twister called Wild Girl. "That's the boat for me", she thought. 

Picture of Yachtmaster Coastal Certificate of Competence

RYA coastal skipper name change from January

The RYA's Coastal Skipper Certificate of Competence will change its name to the Yachtmaster Coastal Certificate of Competence from January in a bid to remove existing confusion between the Coastal

Shadow's story closes on a high

Charles and four of his regular LSC crew (Kate Newman, Mark Blunden, Anne Blunden and Simon Hughes) attended the JOG prizegiving last Saturday where they picked up silverware for their three Class Five podium finishes, including the Theta Trophy for first place in the Cherbourg - Cowes race.

Studland Bay no anchoring zone

A voluntary no-anchor zone has been announced in a section of Studland Bay as part of a study to find out how boating affects seagrass beds which are important breeding grounds for seahorses.

Sir Robin steers boat show for Liverpool

Club president Sir Robin Knox-Johnston is heading up an advisory committee to bring a boat show to Liverpool in 2011.

Sailing

Members can look forward to our new-look sailing page in the next few weeks. In the meantime you can still explore the site using the menu on the left.

Club shows support for Welsh Guards on tour of Afghanistan

Welsh Guards InsigniaThe Little Ship Club has shown its support for serving soldiers in Afghanistan with a collection which raised more than 800 and by sending parcels to them. Lt Owen James has written to express his thanks and appreciation to the Club for our support. Read the full letter here.

New legislation could mean trouble for small boats going abroad

Mike Gill's picture of Bagheera being boarded by customs
The Government's e-Border programme, which will require all vessels going abroad to electronically log details of passage and crew in advance, has caused concerns amongst the small boat community.

Club Night 24 November: Chookapa goes to St Petersburg

Robert Fellowes explained how the LSC Skippers and Crews scheme had made sailing to Petersburg possible and fun. Read more about Robert's sailing adventures to the Saimaa Lakes of Spitzbergen in the Spring 2010 Little Ship journal.

Boat owner or potential boat owner

Own a boat? Want to own a boat?

Why should you join the Club if you already own a boat? Why might you join if you plan to buy one in a few years time? One aspect of the Club which is often overlooked is that it's a steep learning curve from 'ultra competent crew' to 'halfway competent skipper'.

One member who took the yachtmaster theory class at the Club and then participated in the September Majorca rally commented on how helpful it was to be surrounded by supportive Club mates when undertaking the challenge of skippering a charter boat for the first time.

e border letter to Yachting Monthly

The RYA believes that the Borders Agency has not understood leisure yachting and that their plans could criminalise yachtsmen. LSC member David Clements agrees but thinks he sees a chink of light.

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