Yachts in Harbour at Haslar marina

We all enjoy a social gathering at the S&CA, so the ‘Yachts in Harbour’ event gives you the flexibility to do as you wish during the daytime, and then get together for drinks, dinner and catching up with friends during the evening at ‘The Lightship’.

On the Sunday, you may wish to grab a bargain at the infamous Beaulieu Boat Jumble!


Yarmouth Two Boots Sail

This rally has been titled ‘Two Boots’, as not only will attendees be required to wear their sailing boots, but their walking boots too.

Your host for this event will be an experienced sailor carrying a wealth of knowledge, He has kindly made plans for overnight marina berthing, sourced out an Isle Of Wight eatery and has used his expertise to plan a mild walk for the Sunday morning. This will take in the stunning nearby countryside, with the aim of burning off the calories from the night before.

Due to Chichester marina being full and nearby marinas unable to confirm safe entry, we have been forced to seek out an alternative location. This year’s early May Bank Holiday rally will be held at Yarmouth.

This event is over a bank holiday, and allows members to depart the rally as they wish on the Sunday, and spend the remainder of the holiday as they please.

Please register online for this event, so we can book the relevant number of Marina and Restaurant Places. Crew seeking berths are advised to visit the club Facebook ‘Crew Match’ page.

When entering Yarmouth marina, you will be met by one of the berthing masters, who will guide you to your berth. You are to state you are part of the S&CA/Sailing&Cruising Association Rally.

All S&CA vessels will be rafted, with walk ashore access, power and shower facilities.


Bank Holiday River Hamble Sail & Stroll

Following on from the huge success of last year’s Bank Holiday, the Club has arranged to revisit this newly found location. This marina boasts a superb rally area where all vessels can raft and create fun.

The location is Hamble Yacht Services Marina. Water, power and shower facilities are available.

This year, we have been fortunate enough to secure their wonderful relaxed bbq tent, where members can cook their own food and eat on luxury outdoor sofas, whilst taking in the evening view of the river that this well kept area overlooks.

This bank holiday event gives the flexibility to spend the latter part of the Sunday through to the Monday at your own leisure.

Skippers need to register their vessel to enable us to book marina spaces.
any members attending by Land or as Crew  on someone else’s boat, please let us know you are coming along. This is so we know how many people to expect.
If you are crew seeking a berth, Please visit the ‘Crew match’ Facebook page.

Your host will be RC South Coast
Any questions, please email

Upon arrival, you will be required to contact the berthing master via vhf 80 to receive specific instructions.

Your BBQ & Utensils / Your food / Your drink



Treasure Hunt 2018

Treasure Hunt is a “must do” diary entry and has been for several years. It is the most talked about and most attended event in our Calendar. In fact, this adventure of foolery usually books up fast, so if you are keen to attend it is recommended you keep an eye out for the signing up details.

This event usually commences on the Friday evening and continues through to the Sunday afternoon.

It is a themed, mystery weekend and is designed by a different skipper each year, only they are aware of the locations we will explore, and the activities (on and off the water) you will be participating in. This information becomes apparent only on the day.

The event closes with an evening supper with all attendees in optional fancy dress, celebrating the day of fun the host has laid on for you. Awards are presented for various amusing moments that have occurred throughout the day.

Be prepared if this is an event for you; some years have seen an early request for meal choices and payment in full prior to the weekend.

This year’s organiser and host will very soon be releasing details, part of which will include  how to register your interest. Any questions regarding Treasure Hunt, please email



Bastille Day Weekend (Cruise to France)

Photograph by Benh Lieu Song

What is planned, hopefully for most, is a 48 hour + stay in St Vaast with the highlight being Saturday 14th which is Bastille Day. This is France’s biggest, most celebrated, day of the year and the atmosphere in St Vaast is superb, as my crew and I discovered last year for the first time.

Galaxy of Down is on holiday in France the 8 days 6th – 15th July. We’ll be doing a few places but expect to arrive in St Vaast on the 12th, ahead of what I hope will be a nice gathering of club boats. If you fancy the whole week in company you know how to get hold of me.

I’d hope most vessels will set off overnight 12/13th to arrive during the morning lock opening on the 12th .. 07.34 – 13.00 local .. ( 06.34 – 12.00 BST ). The lock reopens 19.52 local, 18.52 BST. I’ve done Haslar to St Vaast, pontoon to pontoon in under 12 hours a couple of time.

Friday I’d suggest is a relaxed day, with maybe a little pontoon party in the evening for those boats that have arrived with the morning opening, with a free choice of the many restaurants that are close to the port.

Le Debarcadere ( known as the Deborcherie on Galaxy) is a cheap and cheerful place to go and eat. I know it’s a crime to say so in France, but their Pizzas are just amazing.

La Marina, which is on the side of the marina down by G / H pontoons is very pleasant, with views across the bay from the rear of the restaurant.

La Bisquine is a fairly nice place to eat with views across the port.

Le Chasse Marée is possibly the best food in town .. but at eye watering prices and the chap who runs it isn’t terribly friendly .. I went once about 20 years ago .. never again !!

Saturday is normally market day in St Vaast, and to be honest I’m not sure how that will be affected by Bastille Day. Last year, with Bastille day being a Friday, most businesses seemed to be “business as usual”. The market is great for restocking those cheese boxes and getting fresh produce at knock down prices for the coming lunches.

A trip out to Tatihou island is possible if people want to explore pre / post lunch.

An early, say 16.00 – 17.30 , hopefully not to boozy pontoon party will I hope be followed by a boozy special thing I’m going to try and arrange. I’ve done it before for a party of 17 we took to St Vaast in a fleet of cars, so I’m sure I can persuade that person to do it again for us, I suspect we’ll need 45 – 60 minutes for that. It’ll be free ( was last time ) but I expect a few will be following up to buy Sunday morning .

19.30 local on Saturday night will be the formal dinner in Les Fuchsias. Now the Fuchsias is not a budget place to eat really. Last years meal for my crew, 4 courses with many extras thrown in, with wine was about 55€ per head, but there are cheaper menu options and one might get away with 40€.

Post dinner, we need to take in the atmosphere of the massive street party that happens, with live performances from bands and dancers in the little “square”, then make sure we are back at the top of the pontoons to our boats by 22.30 for the firework display that happens from the spur behind the lock and Capitanerie .. then it’s back to a pontoon or group party on our boats. As the lock will reopen at 21.31 we may have to walk the long way round ( 10-15 minutes ) to get back to the visitors pontoons.

Sunday folk are free to nurse hangovers and do as they wish. I plan to leave about 13.00 – 13.30 following an early lunch to get the tide offshore to throw us out into the channel, hoping to be in Gosport by 2am Monday to siesta and brunch at our leisure.

I’m sure many of the club have ventured across to St Vaast La Hougue. I consider St Vaast to be my home away from home and have visited the place so many times, that by car we’ve stayed in the Hotel de France et Restaurant Les Fuchsias enough to know ¾ of the rooms. So I’m known in many places in St Vaast and get instant recognition with a knowing smile in a lot of places.

S&CA Bastille Day Rallye to St Vaast 13-16 July 2018 – Skippers notes.
Crossing times to St Vaast from my experience on Galaxy and another Corsair is anything from 11hrs in Northerly F5 to 15 hours sailing and motor sailing against a Southerly F5 pontoon to pontoon. If I were leaving Gosport Thursday night I’d try and be away from the mooring by 21.00, hoping to be at St Vaast for the local high water.

Through a 3rd party app, it’s now possible to advance book berths in St Vaast, fully refundable up to 24 hours before arrival. Last year we were paying about 40€ a night and the showers are now free.

As this is Bastille day weekend it’s bound to be busy so an early decision and booking is imperative. The staff in the Capitanerie know me now and I’d organise a reserved block on either B or C pontoons so we can all be together. B pontoon is a long longitudinal pontoon where they raft up to 4 deep either side. C pontoon is individual fingers, replaced a few years ago so they are more stable.

There are no real issues with the approach to St Vaast from the north other than it is worth staying at least 2Nm off Barfluer, especially if you’ve got a strong wind against tide. Once abeam Barfluer you can set course for the two small cardinals that mark the channel from the bay round behind Tatihou island. You must go past the island, do not try and cut the corner if late for lock.

Arriving in the dark there are leading lights from the bay into the area behind Tatihou, then a sectored light on the end of the long south sea wall.

The St Vaast website has good information, as does Reeds.

There are quite a few fishing boats that operate in the bay between Barfleur and St Vaast. At night they often work in pairs with a net between them, and they change course often, so a good look out is wise and give them a very wide berth.

If you are late for the lock the anchorage behind the long sea wall offers good holding. We sat out a 5 hour wait on holiday last year in a SE 5 and didn’t budge on Galaxy’s CQR hook.

It is a high spring weekend as per the information in the other document.

The French do require skippers to have recognised certification, and vessels must have necessary safety gear for crew, including a life raft. Having said that, only once in 30 years of sea crossings have we had a visitation from the Gendarmes in St Vaast to inspect papers and passports, and that was 25 years ago or so.


Don’t forget your passports! Ed.




2018 Season Kick Off

The S&CA ‘Start Of Season’ event will be hosted by RC South Coast in Cowes IOW.

A group reservation has been made for berthing at the Yacht Haven Marina. Arrangements have been confirmed for the Club to celebrate at the ‘Island Sailing Club’, using their conservatory overlooking the river.

Further details will be published in late February.

Host: RC South Coast


London Social

Our Monthly London Social is on every second Tuesday from 20:00

Monthly Venue is now the Retro Bar, 2 George Court, London WC2N 6HH

….except the one in July, which is at the Dickens Inn.

Non-members welcome


Winter Walk – Hampshire

10.30 Sunday 7th January

It is now that chilly time, when the majority of vessels are out of the water being prepared for the season ahead. The period where activities within the club go quiet, and opportunities to catch up amongst us all are slim.

So why not be part of the ‘The Winter Warmer Walk’?

The WWW will have you all following a mild, 5mile relaxing stroll through fields and woodland, on and off footpaths, as well as taking on regular sightings of the River Hamble, but you will be viewing this delightful river from an North Easterly direction instead of the usual Southerly.

The WWW will start from Bursledon railway station (SO31 8AA), Southampton, Hampshire around 10:30hrs. Due to engineering works that weekend, A rail replacement bus service will be in operation. These buses arrive from either direction about 15minutes past each hour, alternatively there is free parking for those choosing to drive. You will all meet in the station car park.

The RNLI LGBT members have also been invited to join us, giving us all greater opportunities both to learn and form new friendships.

You will be guided for approximately 2hours. This walk will entail crossing bridges, climbing sty’s and tackling steps. Be aware, some parts of the walk will be muddy, wet and slippery due to weather conditions at the time.

Arrangements have been made to finish up at a locally owned hidden gem, for some lunchtime refuelling. The lovely owners have promised freshly baked cakes, and all meals/light snacks will be prepared and cooked to order. If you feel you will have earned more than a hot beverage, then a range of alcoholic options will be available too.

It is expected that the event will end around 14:30 hrs

Appropriate footwear
Warm clothing
A bottle of water

Your host for this event will be:
Jonathan Loynes

To register your interest, please email your name and telephone number to


RNLI Tour & Stay

A first ever – a full weekend excursion to visit the RNLI headquarters in Poole.

Arrangements have been made for 45 of us to tour their college and factory. The evening will be shared with RNLI LGBT.

Sorry – but this event has now completely SOLD OUT.

Host: Marky Davis


London Boat Show meet

Any members attending the London Boat Show on Saturday 13 January are welcome to an informal social gathering in the “Yachtsman’s Bar”  at 13:00

The London Boat Show runs from 10 to 14 January 2018