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Upcoming events

    • 29 Jun 2018
    • 1 Jul 2018
    • Rutland Water

    Building on the success of last year's dinghy and camping weekend, we will be returning to sail on Rutland Water https://anglianwaterparks.co.uk/rutland-water-park/watersports and camping at Wing Hall http://www.winghall.co.uk/ Friday 29th June to Sunday 1st July. 

    We will arrive at Wing Hall early Friday afternoon, set up our tents and then go for an afternoon sail at Rutland Water.  We will be placed together in the Adults Only field. You can arrive later in the day or Saturday morning if that suits you better.  

    The weekend is aimed at members who have some dinghy experience - please be aware that to hire a sailing dinghy you will need to be an experienced dinghy helm.

    If you are not an experienced dinghy sailor, please email us at dinghy@gaysailing.org.uk and let us know so we can see if we can take you out on the water as this weekend is not designed as a training weekend. There are other watersports options available which can usually be booked on the day.

    Please email dinghy@gaysailing.org.uk if you have any questions.

    Please register to confirm your attendance.

    • 7 Jul 2018
    • 8 Jul 2018
    • London
    • 22

    Building on from last year’s success it is our pleasure to invite you to the 2018 S&CA’s London Pride day.

    This is an amazing opportunity to experience the London Pride parade from the parade vantage, taking in the sights and sounds of one of London’s biggest events.

    We aim to start the day with a breakfast (and some cheeky bubbles) before mustering at the start point. Once we are underway we shall be parading down from Marylebone towards Trafalgar Square where the parade disbands. To follow tradition from last year we shall then perambulate towards the river for some celebratory drinks on one of the river boats (hopefully out in the sunshine). After that members can go watch the live performances on the main stage at Trafalgar Square, or enjoy the somewhat bacchanalian festivities of Soho (which is delightfully car free on the day). Either way there is a lot to choose from.

    This will be a wonderful opportunity to raise awareness of our club, and its LGBT heritage.

    Wristband tickets are limited so first come first served.

    The breakfast and after parade drinks are at members’ own cost. Breakfast TBC.

    • 10 Jul 2018
    • 19:00 - 22:00
    • The Dickens Inn Marble Quay St Katharine's Way London, E1W 1UH

    Founders' Drinks at the Dickens Inn

    Our annual foray to commemorate the founding of the S&CA at the Dickens Inn takes us away from our usual London Social venue and over to St Katherine's Dock.

    Not a member? Not a problem! Why not come along and see what the club has to offer. All are welcome.

    Register for this event below.

    • 13 Jul 2018
    • 16 Jul 2018
    • France

    S&CA Bastille Day Rally to St Vaast 13-16 July 2018.

    *****LAST CALL*****
    What is plannedhopefully 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.

    Im 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.



    https://www.lafourchette.com/restaurant/le-channel/61723?cc=18174-54f    http://www.chassemaree.net/

    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.

    For more details, please contact Sarah Helene on sarah.gosling@bfbs.com


    • 14 Jul 2018
    • 15 Jul 2018
    • Yarmouth

    By popular demand, this event has become a fixed occurrence within the events calendar for a number of years, it is a beach barbecue get together, where members either sail or opt for the Wightlink  ferry service to transport them to this beautiful coastal hotspot. It is consistently well attended, giving the opportunity for new and existing members to meet and have an evening of fun on the beach as the sun sets over the Solent. Last year was topped off with the braver members diving into the sea whilst the more fragile, stayed ashore and built a roaring bonfire.   

    Reservations have been made at Yarmouth Marina for S&CA vessels to arrive and tie up overnight for the Saturday 14th

    All attending need to register, so we know who to expect. As part of registration, skippers will  need  to advise us of their boat details, so we can ensure a marina berth is reserved for you.   
    Skippers seeking crew or crew seeking berths are to firstly visit the club ‘crew match’ Facebook page.

    Skippers: upon arrival, you will be greeted by the berthing Master, who will guide you to your berth. You must state you are part of the S&CA/Sailing&Cruising Association Rally.

    If weather permits,
    entertainment maybe on the cards. Any questions, please email southcoast@gaysailing.org.uk   

    Your own BBQ & Utensils, Your food, Your drink, Your blankets, Your chairs and a big smile.


    • 21 Jul 2018
    • 22 Jul 2018
    • Ryde, Isle of Wight
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    IOW  Pride Saturday 21st July
    Britain now holds the record for having the most Pride events in Europe. The number of Pride events being planned here for 2018 is expected to reach over 120.

    The Isle of Wight won as hosts for the second ‘UK Pride’ event. The Island beat five other bids to host the festival, which celebrates the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community. The team from ‘UK Pride commented that the IOW’s bid was outstanding, showing the power of Pride and the way it can empower people and change lives.

    Amongst the unique features to secure the win, is the fact that it is the only Pride in the UK to take place on a beach! Organisers expect up to 80,000 people to attend this event. 

    This year has attracted some fabulous stage acts

    10:30hrs Members to meet at the designated S&CA meeting point
    11:00hrs - 12:00hrs The Pride Parade
    12:00hrs - 21:00hrs Pride Beach Party
    22:00hrs - 02:00hrs Pride After Party (Tickets Required)
    There will be a huge range of council approved eateries on site throughout the day
    Ryde is packed with and well known for its cafes and bars.

    Your host will be Elaine Spear. Elaine is local, and has attended Ryde Pride previously, and is therefore very knowledgeable with the area and the event’s logistics. She will meet you at the designated S&CA meeting point (at the end of Ryde pier, located to the left of Ryde bus station), to pass on any tips and information she feels you will benefit from. You will then be free to enjoy the day at your own leisure as you feel is best for you.

    It is suggested if you are a skipper sailing across, because Ryde is too shallow, you arrange your individual berthing at one of the marinas in Cowes. The preferred option is East Cowes, as it is closest to the bus stop, which would get you to Ryde. Plus if all members could start from the same point, it would prove easier and more fun would be had.

    Members could also choose to sail via ‘Wightlink catamaran’ which operates regularly between Portsmouth Harbour railway station and Ryde pier. There are several other sea routes transporting Pride lovers from the mainland across to the Isle of Wight. 

    Host - Elaine Spear
    Pride organisers website - iwpride.org
    Wightlink ferries website = www.wightlink.co.uk
    Red Funnel ferries website - www.redfunnel.co.uk
    Southern Vectis buses website - www.islandbuses.info
    Best location to view the parade - Union Street(5min Walk from Ryde bus St)

    Register with us on an individual basis, so Elaine knows who to expect at the S&CA meeting point. By registering your attendance with us, gives you the list of all who plan to attend

    Book your ‘After Pride tickets’ ( www.iwpride.org) prior to the event to avoid disappointment

    **Book your own marina berth** 

    • 6 Aug 2018
    • 9 Aug 2018
    • Le Harvre

    The Sailing and Cruising Association, the UK's dedicated sailing club for LGBT+ people and friends, will again be entering teams into the Gay Games. Paris will host this, the tenth Gay Games, and the S&CA have entered competitive but fun teams to race J80s between 6- 9 August 2018 at Le Harvre on the northern French coast.
    GG10 Sailing info here

    The club are looking for LGBT+ people and friends to join the team and to celebrate diversity in sport with competitors from around the globe. Whilst we will be looking to build on our three podium finishes over the last three games, no specific qualifications are needed except a good nature and a keenness to train and participate. You could support us as a spectator, or help out at the Games as a volunteer. We also require 'Mother Ships' to provide accommodation for the teams in Le Havre harbour.
    Get involved with us! Registration for the sailing event has opened.
    GG10 Main Site here

    • 11 Aug 2018
    • 12 Aug 2018
    • Bembridge

    This activity weekend was introduced last year and proved to be a massive success; all who attended wanted to see this repeated in the 2018 events list.
     The ‘Dash’ element is the route filled with excitement taking you from your home port across to beautiful Bembridge, IOW. The ‘Splash’ element is where all members are speedily renting out kayaks, and paddle boards from the nearby retailer, then running into the fresh seas showing off their love of competitiveness or relaxation.    

    You will be contacted prior to the event to state the water activity item you wish to have reserved. Payment is payable upon collection.

    If weather permits, a very unskilled game of rounders will be played on the nearby field. Overall, it will generally be a day of members acting daft and having a good time.

    Come rain or shine there will be an evening bbq within in the designated tented area. 

    Skippers please sign up your boat, to reserve a marina berth.

    Want to hire a kayak or paddle board?- register so we know how many to ask for.

    Upon arrival, you are to contact the berthing Master via VHF 80, you must state you are part of the S&CA/Sailing&Cruising Association Rally.

    Large BBQs and utensils will be provided, so all you need to bring along is your food and drink

    Any questions, contact southcoast@gaysailing.org.uk

    • 14 Aug 2018
    • 20:00 - 22:00
    • The Hope, 15 Tottenham Street, London W1T 2AJ

    Our monthly London Social is a great time to catch up with old friends and meet new people.
    Not a member? Not a problem! Why not come along and see what the club has to offer. All are welcome.  Please register your interest in this event.

    • 25 Aug 2018
    • 26 Aug 2018
    • East Cowes

    Back2Skool has been introduced as a new event in the S&CA calendar this year.

    It is designed to take us all back to those early days and relive some of those famous school time games that are easily forgotten about.

    The day will commence with a relaxing lunch at anchor in the tranquil Osborne Bay, then all vessels will relocate at their own speed and style to East Cowes marina, where again arrangements have been made for berthing and exclusive use of their marina garden and marquee. The evening will be a combination of meat sizzling and simple school style competitiveness.

    The marina have confirmed they will provide large bbq’s, utensils and charcoal. 

    This is a bank holiday, members are free to depart the rally on the Sunday 26th at their convenience, leaving you to enjoy the remainder of the long weekend.


    Skippers and Crew need to register.

    Skippers are responsible for contacting the marina direct, to book themselves in for the overnight stay (Saturday 25th August), and pay in full. This needs to be actioned sooner rather than later. 01983 293983.

    Upon arrival, skippers are required to contact vhf 80 to receive specific berthing instructions 

    Any members wishing to join the fun by land, please register on an individual basis

    Crew seeking a berth are advised to visit the club Facebook crew match page.

    TO BRING Your own BBQ food and drink

    NOTE: Any questions, please email southcoast@gaysailing.org.uk

    • 25 Aug 2018
    • 26 Aug 2018
    • TBC

    Further details to follow.


    Skippers and Crew need to register.

    Any members wishing to join the fun by land, please register on an individual basis

    Crew seeking a berth are advised to visit the club Facebook crew match page.

    • 8 Sep 2018
    • 15 Sep 2018
    • Sardinia & Corsica

    Following on from the success of the last two years' charters in the Croatia, this year we are staying in the Mediterranean but head to the West and the beautiful islands of Sardinia & Corsica. Sardinia is the largest island in the Mediterranean and Sardinians consider themselves Sards first and Italian second. It is a mysterious island, an undiscovered place, that is a part of Italy yet apart from it. 

    There is still much evidence of the culture from the Nuraghese period. With many Nuraghs still standing, large truncated cones of stone built without mortar, resembling the Toreen towers of Corsica. For the yachtsman it provides a cruising ground difficult to better in the Western Mediterranean. On the north coast there are many anchorages around the coast and off-lying islands, offering good shelter. It is 112 miles from the Italian Mainland but only 7 miles separate it from Corsica.

    Corsica separated from Sardinia by the Bonifacio Straits is the smaller of the two Islands being around one third the size of Sardinia. We will be heading up to the Southern Coastline to Bonifaico. An impressive city high on the cliffs reminiscent of a set from Game of Thrones, with great views this buzzing city bursts with heritage and many bars and restaurants.


    The Charter will be setting off from Marina di Portisco (http://www.marinadiportisco.it/en) which is 25 minute taxi transfer from the airport (€10 per person ) there are shops, a supermarket and restaurants at the marina. Nearest town is Olbia, a short taxi ride away.

    From there we will be heading north to Corsica taking the delights of the many islands on route. Rock formation on Isola Spargi, the Pink beach on Isola Budelli, the busy town La Maddalena. Calling at Cavallo Island, Santa Manza and on to Bonifacio. Return passing Porto Vecchio, Isola Lavezzi and Isola Carreras.


    Come along with your own crew and join in the fun, sailing with other club members in this beautiful sailing area. Contact the suggested boat provider (see below) who I find offer very competitive rates for boats, or chose your own. Please drop me a line at charters@gaysailing.org.uk

    CREW looking for berths

    I may have some berths available with experienced skippers who will invite you on board to join in the amazing experience. If you have not sailed in the Mediterranean before now is your time to join in and enjoy a truly perfect sailing experience. If you attend the London Socials, you may already have made contact with some skippers who may have spaces. Otherwise please contact me at charters@gaysailing.org.ukwith brief details of your experience and any club sailing you have done. I will look at placing you in contact with a skipper to join the Charter.

    SUGGESTED BOAT PROVIDER www.latesail.com 01227 479900

    They do not offer discounts, but their website is very good and already has large discounts on most boats. Be cheeky and ask to get discounts on the extras - outboards etc.

    Happy sailing

    Chris Watts, Rear Commodore Charters

    • 11 Sep 2018
    • 20:00 - 22:00
    • The Hope, 15 Tottenham Street, London W1T 2AJ

    Our monthly London Social is a great time to catch up with old friends and meet new people.
    Not a member? Not a problem! Why not come along and see what the club has to offer. All are welcome.  Please register your interest in this event.

    • 15 Sep 2018
    • 16 Sep 2018
    • River Medina, Cowes

    An S&CA events diary would not be complete without the much loved ‘Folly Inn Rally’. This is usually held around late Summer and attracts large numbers.

    Members can take a leisurely crossing to the River Medina, arrive and unwind for the afternoon.

    Before the evening dinner,  Pre Dinner Pontoon party will take place.

    You will be rafted tightly together alongside a Non Walk Ashore Pontoon. A ferry service will operate to take members to and from land for as little as £3 return per person. 

    Shower facilities are available for just £1.

    The one local pub have already been made aware they are to expect a large number of happy sailors looking to have their bellies filled. This eatery will be serving breakfasts too for those who want it.

    Live music will be provided by the venue, giving the wilder members of our group the chance to traditionally mount the tables and dance the night away.

    We need to book berths for boats attending and book Restaurant numbers. Therefore everyone attending MUST book.

    Upon arrival, the harbour master has asked for skippers to call vhf ch72 for specific berthing instructions. You must state you are part of the S&CA/Sailing&Cruising Association Rally.

    Crew seeking berths are advised to visit the club Facebook ‘Crew Match page’

    Your host for this event will be Marky Davis
    Any questions, please email southcoast@gaysailing.org.uk

    £3 cash for the ferry service / £1 cash for the shower facilities

    • 22 Sep 2018
    • 13:00
    • 23 Sep 2018
    • 15:00
    • Southampton

    Southampton Boat Show is a huge annual event for southern UK, and is celebrating 50 years this year. It attracts enthusiasts and people merely seeking a good day out, from all over the world. We are aware a large number of our members visit the show over its 2 week existence. 

    So again, we have made a weekend date available for S&CA members to enjoy the event but with other club folk too. We primarily arrange a meeting point for around 2 hours mid way through the day within one of the on-site bars; this gives everyone the opportunity to take some time out from deliberating over those new boat purchases, chill and discuss their findings over a glass of wine.

    For skippers and crew, this could be an ideal opportunity to arrive in style, by sailing from home ports, and berthing in one of the very welcoming marinas at Southampton.


    This is an informal event,  but register if you are coming along so we, and other members know who to keep an eye out for.


    • 9 Oct 2018
    • 20:00 - 22:00
    • The Hope, 15 Tottenham Street, London W1T 2AJ