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    • 5 May 2018
    • 6 May 2018
    • Yarmouth
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    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 Iain. He is an experienced sailor carrying a wealth of knowledge, He has kindly made plans for overnight marina berthing, sourced out an Isle Of Wight eatery named ‘La Cucina’, and has used his expertise, to plan an optional excursion by foot for the Sunday morning. This will take in the stunning nearby countryside, heading for the historic Cliff End Battery with views across Hurst Point and The Needles. It will be a 4mile trip with an 08:30 departure, returning to Yarmouth marina by 10:45.

    Due to all Chichester locations being full, we have been forced to seek an alternative location. This year's early May Bank Holiday rally will now be held at Yarmouth.

    This event is over the bank holiday Saturday through to the Sunday only, allowing members to spend the remainder of the holiday as they please. Please note, you will be required to depart Yarmouth marina by 12:00 on the Sunday.

    WHAT DO I NEED TO DO?
    Please register online for this event, so Iain is able to book the relevant number of Marina berths and Restaurant Places. Iain will later make contact with you asking you to pre select your evening meal choices. Crew seeking berths are advised to visit the club Facebook ‘Crew Match’ page. Alternatively contact Iain direct.

    NOTE
    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.

    • 8 May 2018
    • 20:00 - 22:00
    • The Hope, 15 Tottenham Street, London W1T 2AJ
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    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.

    • 19 May 2018
    • 20 May 2018
    • Southampton
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    This is a demo rally for website testing.

    Come along to our rally at Ocean Village, Southampton.  We will have fun and games on the pontoon before dining at Royal Southampton Yacht Club.

    Meal Choices:

    Starter - soup, pate, prawns

    Main - steak, chicken, nut wellington

    Dessert - sticky toffee pudding, lemon torte, cheese & biscuits

    Please select your meal choices at registration

    The cost is £0 because this is a demo rally!


    • 26 May 2018
    • 27 May 2018
    • Hamble Yacht Services, River Hamble
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    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. As always, Marky style entertainment will be on offer, which will involve GRAVY, a PADDLE and AUNTY MARGARET.

    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.

    WHAT DO I NEED TO DO?
    Whether you are a Skipper, a Crew member or you are simply arriving by land, it is essential you register onto the event. Joint members, please remember to both register.
    I already have 2 Skippers looking for crew for this event. So If you are crew seeking a berth, or even you are new to sailing and want to grab this opportunity, please contact myself. 

    Alternatively, Skippers and Crew are always encouraged to visit the ‘Crew match’ Facebook page for further crew matching. If you are unsuccessful and require assistance, then again, you are welcome to contact myself at southcoast@gaysailing.org.uk

    TO NOTE
    Your host will be Marky Davis.

    It is essential you register to this event as I have been allocated a limited number of berths.

    Registration closes 16th May 2018

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

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

    WHAT DO I NEED TO BRING?
    Your BBQ & Utensils / Your food / Your drink / A sense of humour

    • 26 May 2018
    • 27 May 2018
    • Orwell and Walton Backwaters
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    This year, the East Coast May Bank Holiday will be cruising the Orwell and Walton Backwaters.


    The itinerary:

    Sat  26th May - A good long day cruise up the east coast to the River Orwell making the most of the day long ebbing tide (low water at Walton on the Naze is 1629) then up the Orwell to moor at the Woolverstone Marina.

    An evening gathering with BBQ meal either at the Marina or at the adjacent Royal Harwich Sailing Club (Bar available at both locations).

    Sun 27th May - Wake up early to the call of curlews and the picturesque Orwell valley. After an earlyish breakfast, head off for a leisurely sail down the Orwell and out the mouth as the tide rises to enter the Walton Backwaters just before high water at 1112. Sail up the Twizzle past the islands made famous in Arthur Ransome's Swallows and Amazons, with the occasional sighting of seals basking on the marshes to our overnight mooring at Titchmarsh Marina.

    There will be time to relax in the afternoon followed by an evening meal together at the Titchmarsh Marina restaurant.

    Mon 28th May - head home with an early start around 0700 once the water over the marina sill (1.3m at Spring low tides) is sufficient, then riding the rising tide down the coast (low tide Walton on the Naze is 0546).

    Whether you are a skipper, crew or joining by land, please register your interest, so we know how many people to expect and can keep you up to date with details.

    If you are crew seeking a berth, Please let us know by visiting the ‘Crew Match’ Facebook group.


    • 1 Jun 2018
    • 11 Jun 2018
    • Worcester & the West Midlands
    • 2
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    After the pioneer S&CA Canal Charters, which took place in 2015 and 2016, it’s time for another one.

    Berths are available on a narrowboat booked from Viking Afloat’s base at Worcester and this year we’re going to do the “Stourport Ring", which is an energetic 7 day trip but we’re stretching it out to 10 days to allow for sightseeing on route. Starting on Friday 1 June, we complete the circle on Monday 11 June.

    Other boats are welcome to join us; though sticking closely together and cruising in company isn’t very practical on canals but it’s often possible to meet up at pre-planned overnight stops, which can be good fun. Anyone not wishing to do a full 10 day trip could consider hiring for just a week but it could mean a different start date / route.

    Please contact RC Charters with a copy to canals@gaysailing.org.uk as soon as possible if you’re interested in joining. You may also register your interest here on this page but because of the limited spaces it's better to email canals@ etc. Cost (with 5 on board) is estimated at £500 per person for the 10 days, plus food kitty.


    • 12 Jun 2018
    • 20:00 - 22:00
    • The Hope, 15 Tottenham Street, London W1T 2AJ
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    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 Jun 2018
    • 19:30
    • 17 Jun 2018
    • 18:00
    • MysteriousCity

    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 be Yacht Rona. They will very soon be releasing details, part of which will include  how to register your interest. Any questions regarding Treasure Hunt, please email hunt@gaysailing.org.uk

    • 7 Jul 2018
    • 8 Jul 2018
    • London

    A fabulous opportunity to march as a group through the streets of London representing the S&CA.

    A day packed full of fun and party atmosphere.

    • 10 Jul 2018
    • 19:00 - 22:00
    • The Dickens Inn Marble Quay St Katharine's Way London, E1W 1UH
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    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
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    S&CA Bastille Day Rally to St Vaast 13-16 July 2018.
    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.facebook.com/HotelDeFranceRestaurantLesFuchsias/   

    http://www.ledebarcadere.com/?lang=en

    http://www.labisquine-saintvaast.com/en/menus/
    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.

    I’ll do more on this with long and lats later for those interested.

     

    • 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

    WHAT DO I NEED TO DO?
    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.   
    Crew seeking a berth are to 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.

    TO NOTE
    Your host will be Marky Davis.  Some mad Marky style entertainment will be on the cards as usual. Any questions, please email southcoast@gaysailing.org.uk   

    WHAT DO I NEED TO BRING?
    Your own BBQ & Utensils, Your food, Your drink, Your blankets and chairs

     

    • 21 Jul 2018
    • 22 Jul 2018
    • Ryde, Isle of Wight

    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

    Itinerary 
    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. 

    TO NOTE
    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)

    WHAT DO I NEED TO DO?
    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. 

    WHAT DO I NEED TO DO?
    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.


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

    NOTE
    Any questions, contact southcoast@gaysailing.org.uk

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

     WHAT DO I HAVE TO DO?   

    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.

    WHAT DO I HAVE TO DO?   

    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
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    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.

    ITINERARY

    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.

    SKIPPERS

    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
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    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.

    WHAT DO I NEED TO DO?
    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’

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

    TO BRING
    £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.

     NOTE   

    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
    Register

    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.

    • 13 Oct 2018
    • 14 Oct 2018
    • Yarmouth

    The S&CA traditionally celebrates the fun, frolics and the mishaps, that have occurred over the spring/summer months, by meeting at a yacht club where members can share, laugh and in some cases, sympathise with the situations other members have found themselves in.

    This year, we plan to introduce a jovial awards ceremony.

    Again, this is a popular event, so booking yourself on early is highly advised. The majority of people attend by sea, but again, those wanting to arrive by land to join this blast of joy are encouraged.

    Th
    ose attending will be requested to select and pay for their evening meal choices in advance. The cost of the meal is estimated at £30 for 3 courses.

    Arrangements have been made for all vessels to be rafted within Yarmouth Marina.

    WHAT DO I NEED TO DO?
       
    Registration details are to follow nearer the time....

    **All attendees need to register to choose and pay for their meal choices**

    Skippers: register your boat to reserve a berth - Upon arrival, you will be met by one of the berthing Masters, you must state you are part of the S&CA/Sailing&Cruising Association rally, they will then guide you to your berth. 

    So skippers, if this appeals to you, get your name registered soon. 
    Crew seeking berths are advised to visit the club Facebook ‘Crew Match’ page.

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

    • 20 Oct 2018
    • Medway Yacht Club

    Come and join us for an evening of two celebrations, marking the End Of Season and Trafalgar Day.  All club members are warmly invited to attend this East Coast social event. Medway Yacht Club is only 40 minutes drive from London and there are regular fast trains departing from St Pancras International, Victoria, Charing Cross or London Bridge.
    We look forward to welcoming you to the East Coast for our celebration dinner.

    Berthing / Accommodation:  There are free moorings and limited accommodation may be available on local boats.

    WHAT DO I NEED TO DO?   
    Registration details are to follow nearer the time....

    **All attendees need to register in advance to choose and pay for their meal choices**


    • 8 Nov 2018
    • 18:00 - 22:00
    • Portsmouth

    The annual fireworks display held at Gunwharf Quays  in Portsmouth sees thousands of people gather to admire the cold November skies come alive with colour. This display can be observed from miles away, so this year we have arranged a gathering for any members who wish to meet up, wrap up, join in with the ‘gasps’, followed by a local eatery. 

     NOTE
    Further details will be released closer to the date on when and where to meet. It gets very busy in the Gunwharf area over this time.
    Any questions, please email southcoast@gaysailing.org.uk

    • 10 Nov 2018
    • 11 Nov 2018
    • West Cowes

    It is not often that we set a weekend aside for a Winter Rally but after listening to members' feedback, it was apparent many of you would be keen to observe a chilly adventurous get together, during the month where temperatures really are starting to dip.

    Lee Price has very kindly offered to host this November event. Lee is an experienced skipper and will undoubtedly put this ‘Frosty Bite’ event on the S&CA calendar for many years to come.

     Arrangements have been made for low price berthing at one of the much loved West Cowes marinas, so attendees are close to town shops, bars and cafes. 

     The dining element of the weekend will be at the very popular ‘Cowes Corinthian yacht club’.

    WHAT DO I NEED TO DO?
    Registering information will be posted near the time .

     Upon arrival, you will be required to contact the relevant berthing master for specific instructions. You must state you are part of the S&CA/Sailing&Cruising Association Rally.

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

    • 13 Nov 2018
    • 20:00 - 22:00
    • The Hope, 15 Tottenham Street, London W1T 2AJ
    Register

    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.

    • 1 Dec 2018
    • Royal Naval & Royal Albert Yacht Club, Old Portsmouth
    Save The Date!

    This year the Laying Up Supper will be held in the prestigious Royal Naval and Royal Albert Yacht Club, located in Old Portsmouth.

    This is also the weekend of the Victorian Festival of Christmas at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard, so why not make a weekend of it?

    More details will follow so “Save the Date” for what promises to be a fabulous evening!
    • 11 Dec 2018
    • 20:00 - 22:00
    • The Hope, 15 Tottenham Street, London W1T 2AJ
    Register

    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.

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