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


Canal Boat Charter

We are getting a ‘pioneer’ narrowboat party together to take a boat from Viking Afloat in June 2018

Current thoughts are to start in Worcester, lock down to the River Severn, go up to Stourport and do the lower half of the Staffordshire and Worcestershire canal before turning round for home when we get to Autherley Junction.

That is a standard ‘one week trip’ but as we can take a boat for 10 days, we’d have plenty of time to explore places on route and do longer stops or even the Stourport Ring (which is another 1 week trip we could stretch out to 10 days). We are thinking of a Friday – Monday, 10 day window between the 1st of June and the 11th (Treasure Hunt is on the 15th) but the hangover from the Late May Bank Holiday might affect availability for others joining later.


Easter Bunny Charity Solent Cruise

The plan for the four-day Easter weekend is for the S&CA to progress around the Solent in a flotilla group

On Good Friday, it intended that we raft up overnight for a stay at Town Quay, Southampton with an evening ‘on-the-jetty’ American style supper.

We hope to welcome a special guest from RNLI LGBT to offer a Q+A session.

The following day, Saturday, will be a sail down Southampton Water and West Solent to be hosted by Lymington Yacht Haven marina. Participants will be encouraged to dine at their own leisure.

The third day, Easter Sunday, the boays will make their way to Bembridge, where we will be invited to visit the RNLI station. The event will be topped off with a group BBQ finale in one of the marina BBQ marquees.

Each day will bring a new ‘mini charity challenge’. The aim is to donate all money raised to the RNLI at the final Bembridge location. Boats will return to their bases on Easter Monday.

This event will be promoted in greater detail during early March.

Host: Marky Davis