Invitation to join Ulendo V’s leisurely cruise back to the UK

Chris and Bill Anstead have extended an invitation to Oxted Offshore members to join them  on Ulendo V in Greece this year, or at any time on their passage home to the UK in 2019/20.

In 2007 Chris and Bill set off from Padstow with Ulendo V and sailed directly across Biscay to North West Spain and then eastwards through the Med. They routed through the islands – Ballearics, Sardinia, Corsica and Sicily – and are currently in the Ionion Islands. Ulendo V will stay where she is for the rest of the 2018 season, re-launching in early August after new standing rigging has been fitted. 

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‘Nick Nack’ sails around Britain

Nick and Gail Leaver cast off on 11 May 2017 to sail their Dufour 325 ‘Nick Nack’ around Britain in leisurely style. They will be cruising up the east coast and then down the Caledonian Canal before meandering back to Port Solent later in the year.

Gail has been sending regular e-postcards logging their journey and their escapades on and off the water. Read on …. !

Postcard from Gail on Friday 24 August

Newlyn harbour was a good shelter from the worst of the stormy weather, rain and high winds and we ended up we staying for 4 days. The harbour wall at low water has an arrow marking cut into the stone indicating the Ordnance Survey (Newlyn Datum), used as the Zero level on all OS maps.

Newlyn Harbour

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Jan 2019 Flotilla to Grenadines and Tobago Cays

The 2015 trip to the British Virgin Islands was a great success and many of the 21 members who went on the trip have asked about visiting the Caribbean again. 

After some discussion we have now finalised a ten day flotilla to the Grenadines starting in Saint Vincent on January 12th 2019 and ending in Grenada on January 22nd.   

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Protecting our oceans – something you can do NOW!

Accept the Trash Isles as an official country and help protect our oceans

Every year eight million tonnes of plastics are being poured into our oceans. It affects over 600 different species of sealife with at least 1 million seabirds dying each year. There is now so much of it that an area the size of France has formed in the Pacific Ocean. And by 2050, there’ll be more plastic in the ocean than fish.

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‘Stiletto’ – Slow Boat to the Med

Andy Giles and Jane Paulson have embarked on their long-awaited ‘Slow Boat to the Med’ big adventure with their Bavaria 33 Cruiser ‘Stiletto’. They crossed the Channel on 15 April 2017 and their final destination is the island of Ikaria in the Eastern Aegean – Andy’s roots.

We’ll be updating this page soon. In the meantime jump to their blog for the latest news! www.sailblogs.com/member/stiletto

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Yarmouth Harbour updates for 2017

Yarmouth Harbour have established some new features for visiting yatchsmen over the winter months:

  • ‘MOOR and enjoy Yarmouth’ is an overview film about Yarmouth town to ensure visitors get the most out of their stay. Watch it here
  • FREE showers are now included in the price of the visitor mooring.
  • Cockpit Essentials is a new visitor refreshment lounge with freshly ground coffee, bags of ice, local products, 24 hour news, Wi-Fi and charging points.
  • Their new website now includes an updated ‘Yarmouth Directory’  http://www.yarmouth-harbour.co.uk 

Portsmouth Small Boat Channel Update

Queen’s Harbour Master Portsmouth have issued the following important notice about changes to the Small Boat Channel at the entrance to Portsmouth Harbour.

1. NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN by the Queen’s Harbour Master Portsmouth, that following the widening and re-orientation of the Portsmouth Approach Channel, as depicted on the newly published Admiralty Chart 2625 (2 March 2017), further adjustments have been made to the positioning of the Small Boat Channel that runs between 4 Bar Buoy (50 46.97N 001 06.48W) and Ballast Pile (50 47.62N 001 06.83W). This notice supersedes LNTM 23/17 (Small Boat Channel Re-alignment) and should be read in conjunction with the regulations contained in General Direction 7/10 (Portsmouth Harbour Entrance – Approach Channel, Small Boat Channel, Swashway and Inner Swashway).

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