Would you like to go sailing?

Have you ever thought you’d like to try offshore sailing but don’t know where to start? You’re in the right place!

To give you a real, hands-on feel of what sailing is all about – and maybe set you off on a whole new adventure – Oxted Offshore Sailing Club will be hosting a small number of Sailing Experience Days in the Solent during the autumn of this year and Spring 2018.

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Badly marked lobster pots and fishing gear

A campaign to improve the visibility of fishing gear at sea is appealing to sailors to report all cases of entanglement. The RYA said a lack of data could jeopardise attempts to get gear properly marked.

The appeal comes after the Cruising Association (CA) launched a petition urging the Government to take action to make lobster pots safer for small vessels. The petition needed 10,000 signatures in order for the Government to respond, which is achieved earlier this year.

Member Mike Price – who’s boat Moody Blue has recently been badly damaged by a whelk net – signed the petition and has now received a response from the Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.

The Government takes safety at sea seriously. The UK has regulations in place regarding the marking of fishing gear. We are looking at areas in which the enforcement of regulations can be enhanced.

The UK has clear rules in place regarding the marking of all fishing gear. Council Regulation (European Commission) No. 1224/2009 outlines the rules applicable to all fishing vessels using passive (static) gear to mark fishing gear so that it is clearly identifiable. Further to this, the detailed rules for implementing this regulation outline the requirements for marker buoys to ensure visibility.

The Marine Management Organisation (MMO) undertake the enforcement of this regulation within England’s Exclusive Economic Zone (0-200 nautical miles) and have the power to investigate and take action. The Inshore Fisheries and Conservation Authorities (IFCAs) have regional responsibilities within inshore waters (6 nautical miles). In instances where non-compliance is found, the master, owner or charterer of a fishing vessel may be fined or prosecuted for unmarked or poorly marked gear.

The government is looking at areas in which the enforcement of regulations can be enhanced. We have met with the Royal Yachting Association who have developed an online reporting form to allow fishers and boaters to identify any incident involving fishing gear. The collection of data from this process may help identify any potential solutions.

The RYA’s comprehensive, online Fishing Gear Incident Reporting Form can be used to report observations of poorly marked gear as well as entanglement incidents involving fishing gear.

Further information on the marking of gear can be found at: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/marking-of-fishing-gear-retrieval-and-notification-of-lost-gear

Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs


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.   

Grenadines Courtesy of Google Earth

Grenadines Courtesy of Google Earth

17 members of Oxted Offshore spread across four Yachts are currently signed up to the adventure with space for more should other members be interested; after all the Grenadines and the Tobago Cays are one of the most beautiful sailing area’s in the Caribbean and so will certainly be worth experiencing. Take a look at the following video to get a taste of what it has to offer.

For more information about Yacht Charters in Grenada please visit the following page by Nautilus Yachting who are organising the charter: https://www.nautilusyachting.com/grenadines-yacht-charter.html

2018 Spring Rally to Poole

First out the blocks for this season’s sailing calendar is the traditional Spring Rally and Rose Bowl Challenge which I’m proposing should be to Poole again. This gives a decent passage for the race on Saturday and plenty of options for a good night out in Poole.

Having trawled through the Tidal Atlas, it seems the optimum dates to get us through the pinch point at Hurst Narrows is the weekend of SATURDAY 12 and SUNDAY 13 MAY. We will have tide with us heading west on Saturday, and Sunday will be a leisurely departure from Poole with time for some fun and games in Christchurch Bay before tides are favourable to take us back up Hurst Narrows from about 1530.

We will charter at least one boat from Hamble Point and Jasper has already mentioned another yacht that he will enter.

And a new twist to the event is incorporating power boats in parallel with sailing! Impossible to handicap for obvious reasons, so powerboat entrants won’t qualify for the trophy, but as we have members with various sized “steamers” it seems like a fun idea to assemble at the start gate for a combined effort and giggle at the difference in elapsed time!  I can think of at least three candidates in this category..! Would also make a hell of a party for dinner on Saturday evening!

If you would like to take part please let me know so that we can start looking at charters and crew allocations.




From gale force gusts to becalmed – a typical autumn rally!

We only mustered enough interest in the autumn rally weekend to charter one boat, so the planned ‘Points Makes Prizes’ challenge was postposed until next year. But the nine on board were up for a last sail of the season and we met up at Hamble Point marina on the evening of Friday 6 October and boarded Reunion, a very spacious 46ft Bavaria cruiser. Our crew comprised Jeremy and Catherine, Stuart and Mags, Richard Aust, Kevin Ludbrook, Jeanne Frazer plus Fran and myself.

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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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Turkish Oxted Expedition Sept 2017

Here in lies the story of the intrepid adventures of Oxted Offshore in Turkey September 2017.

Arrived in Gocek, Thursday 14th September 2017 to be informed that our Yacht will not be delivered to Gocek due to some problem, however the charter company has offered to send a minibus to pick us up on Saturday and take us to Bodrum, a trip that takes 3 hours.  This upsets our plans somewhat as we were due to meet up with two other OXO yachts; on the upside our new passage plan sailing from Bodrum back to Gocek will be very interesting.

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Visit to Dover Coastguard – a great insight to rescue services

On Friday 18 August 15 members of Oxted Offshore Sailing Club visited the Dover Coastguard Operations Centre. We were given an incredibly interesting insight to the work undertaken at Dover, not just in co-ordinating search and rescue services for vessels in trouble but also in monitoring our coastline and some 170 commercial vessels that enter or pass through in one of the busiest shipping lanes in the world every day.

An Aerial View of Dover Coastguard, built on the site of Langdon Battery at the top of the White Cliffs

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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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