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.
by Fran Taylor on Spirit
Four yachts and 17 club members joined the Oxted Offshore Spring Rally to Poole over the weekend of Saturday 22 and Sunday 23 April. The weather was kind with plenty of sunshine and no rain, but fickle winds of just F2 or F3 set the scene for an interesting Rose Bowl Challenge!
2017 Annual Dinner speaker – Graham Smith
Graham Smith was introduced to Oxted Offshore as an accomplished author and stepfather to the Commodore’s wife, Sharon.
After serving in the RAF in the 1950s Graham embarked on a long and varied career in Customs and Excise, beginning in South Wales where he was born. His job took him all over the country to distilleries, breweries and ports, and eventually to Essex where he now lives.
This years Annual Dinner took place at Tandridge Golf Club (with grateful thanks to Bob Perry) on Saturday 1 April and was attended by 40 members and guests. A great time was had by all and many thanks go to Richard and Sharon for all their hard work in putting the evening together.
Twenty one members of Oxted Offshore set off from Trogir on Saturday 3rd of September 2016 on five sailing vessels Fado, Pepito, Julie, Ivolga and a large catamaran Chardonnay. Many of the group had been in Croatia a few days earlier so they could spend time exploring the historic sights of Split and Trogir and become acclimatised to the 31 degrees.
11 members of Oxted Offshore and 4 boats cast off for Bembridge on the Isle of White during the last weekend in July for the Oxted Offshore Summer Rally. With low water occurring late morning on Saturday it was a little challenging getting over the bar at Bembridge but it was worth it to discover such a lovely little harbour. The marina staff and facilities were good and we managed to get all boats moored for around 18:00 in time for Commodores Cocktails on Degree of Latitude.
After a pleasant evening unwinding in Hamble we knew that Saturday was going to need an early start because on Degree of Latitude we had no sails. Given that we were supposed to be racing the next day that was a bit of a challenge.
This years Annual Dinner took place at Tandridge Golf club and was attended by 40 members. This glittering occasion gives Oxted Offshore members the opportunity to wear something other than shorts and deck shoes, to warmly welcome new members, and to deal with the ‘formalities’.
We managed a fleet of five yachts for the rally to Poole, the weather was variable and we had a storming sail from Cowes down to Poole on Saturday. So it was congratulations to JT and the crew of eVent who managed the trip in 2 hours 55 minutes and won the the race that even Lawrence and Jasper were unable to prevent with creative handicapping.