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Yachts Cannot Read Calendars!

We all tend to focus our sailing planning on the spring and then the period of the summer holidays. But recent years have shown September to have mainly enjoyable weather, and the Club like many yachtsmen in the Solent happily sail on through October.

Let’s not lose sight of the pleasure of sailing with friends just because August Bank Holiday is past! There are great sailing opportunities in the calendar. Quartette is currently entirely free for next weekend and after the 25th Anniversary Party (as I write). There are spaces on a Trimming and Spinnaker Handling course 14/15 September – it’s so satisfying fluently to set a spinnaker and see it pull! The following month has lots of scope, just when South Coast harbours are getting less busy (Yarmouth, Weymouth, are you reading this?). Call a sailing buddy and see what you want to arrange!

Don’t Miss Out!

Our 25th Anniversary Celebration Party is almost on us – the Saturday after next, 14 September. We really have something to celebrate: 25 years, two fine yachts, great company, an active and varied sailing programme, and confidence in the future.

It’ll be a great party at the Lightship, Haslar, starting at 6pm and with a buffet dinner provided at 7.30pm, a tapas-based main course. We are mounting a great display of photos and mementoes, old and new! Andy provides more info. elsewhere in the Newsletter.

Of course the attractions of the excellent Haslar Submarine Museum and HMS Warrior are easy to get to in the afternoon, to make a day of it. Staying overnight would enable you to go sailing on Quartette, or go on to the Southampton Boat Show on Sunday.

We will not be having another Anniversary get-together for another 5 years at least I suppose, so seize the moment!

Welcome Back, Quartette!

Quartette is back after another highly successful Summer Cruise. The French coast makes for great cruising.

Once again, the Club and all who took part owe great thanks to the organising team, led by Judith Hankey, who herself gave a huge amount of time. The research into places of interest, passage distances, and not least where the changeovers would make the easiest travel plans saving us all a lot of researching time. The preparation of the yacht by Judith, Ray Beadell and the wider bosunry team was thoroughly done and no doubt forestalled some hiccoughs that could have disrupted a week’s plan.

Our great thanks to Judith and all the team.

The success of the Summer Cruise illustrates how we depend on the voluntary time of members. Without a doubt many hands make the work light, and in turn that provides the best of personal satisfaction from the work.

So please think about how you might be able to assist the Club – what you think you would enjoy doing. To talk over what might be needed, drop a line to any of the Flag Officers.

Happy Sailing!

Ted Sankey, Commodore

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