Club Weekend aboard “Lutine”

Slap in the middle of a much-welcome British heat wave, eight Oxted Offshore members boarded Lloyds Yacht Club’s X55 racing yacht – Lutine – for an almost perfect weekend’s sailing on 30 June and 1 July 2018. 

Lutine is built for speed. Whilst two foot longer than her predecessor – a Swan 53 – the current Lutine is 30% lighter. How? Modern yacht designs use a sandwich construction to save weight, with solid laminate used in areas requiring extra strength. In addition the X55 has a carbon fibre rig, with a strength to weight ratio far outperforming a conventional mast. It all adds up to be a real thoroughbred.

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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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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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Spring Rally 2017 and Rose Bowl Challenge

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!
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Graham Smith

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.
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Oxted Offshore Annual Dinner – 1 April 2017

Happy diners at the Oxted Offshore Annual Dinner on Saturday 1 April at Tandridge Golf Club

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.

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Southern Ionian Islands Cruise – early July

Bob Perry is organising a cruise around the Southern Ionian Islands in Greece at the beginning of July for one week. Dates are still to be fixed, but departure date will be sometime around 3 July.

If anybody would like to join in Bob can organise a bigger yacht or a second charter, depending on numbers.

Please contact Bob directly or via the comment box below for more details and to register your interest.