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Fancy a BBQ in the Solent, <<First Name>>?

A month has gone by since the last newsletter. We had the Taittinger Regatta with the DHSC entry aboard Très Jolie as the last newsletter went out. Last weekend we had the Pembrokeshire Cruise (formerly the Menai Straits Cruise), setting sail from Neyland. Both groups had a great time, and you can see a few photos from the trips on the club’s Facebook page.

Have a read of the updates below, and let me know if you would like to book anything or have any questions.

2018 Programme: Still Events Available To Book 2018 programme

The club offers a wide and varied programme with — hopefully — events to suit all members. As always, the Programme page on the club’s website is the best place to look for the latest info, but here’s a selection of events for which we’re really keen to get a few more bookings for:

Under 30’s Sailing Weekend (Postponed)

I’m still ever-hopeful we can get this event to run. I’ve had several independent expressions of interest, including from a willing skipper. If you’re interested in the event, or know someone who might be, please get in touch with me. Some suggested dates would be helpful with planning too!

Solent BBQ (8-9 September)

The next event with lots of places available — including the need for a skipper! — is the Solent BBQ. This has been a popular event in previous years, so I’m hopeful we can still get a crew together for this year.

The great weather we’ve generally had over the summer hasn’t come to an end just yet and weekends on the Solent in September can be great fun, certainly for a BBQ! If you’d like to sign up for this event, please send me an email asap.

End of Season Rally & Dinner (new date fixed 27-28 October)

We now have two boats organised for the club’s End of Season Rally — Andy and Tina’s catamaran Fizz (Nautitech Open 40) and an Oceanis 37 from Fairview — and availability for another Oceanis 37 if needed… so the makings for a superb weekend! The date is now fixed at 27-28 October, so different from the original dates published at the start of the season.

We have also confirmed the Saturday evening dinner venue as being the Royal Lymington Yacht Club and are taking ‘dinner only’ bookings for that too. The menu has yet to be published, but from previous experience we won’t be disappointed! The dinner only cost is expected to be £30, TBC.

As before, we will be splitting the cost of any charter boat(s) between all those attending (including those on aboard Fizz), so the costs are expected to be lower than usual. If you would like to attend the EoS Rally — or just the dinner — please email me now to reserve your place.

Late Season Mediterranean Cruise

We still have a late-season Mediterranean Cruise on the programme. The current dates slightly overlap with the EoS Rally, but there’s no problem in moving the Med Cruise if there’s interest.

There are some great deals available for late-season cruises in the Med, with charter prices working out as low as £145 per person for a crew of 6 on a Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 39i from Pula, Croatia. Flights are cheap too, potentially between £50 and £100.

If you’re interested in some late season Mediterranean sailing, let me know the weeks (weekend to following weekend) in September and October you can do, and we’ll see if we can get a crew together!

Southampton Boat Show, 14-23 September

Discounted ticket offer for the Dark Horse Sailing Club: Buy between 1 and 5 tickets at £13.00 each, and get a FREE ticket with each purchased ticket!

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Booking website:

Important notes:

  • State Promotional Code JG1 when booking.
  • Tickets are Standard Entry tickets and valid for ANY one day of the show.
  • Tickets can be ordered up to 23:59 on Saturday 22nd September.
  • Youngsters 15 years or under go free (up to two per accompanying adult) provided their tickets are requested when ordering adult tickets.
  • A single transaction fee of £1.99 applies whether ordering one or more tickets.
  • Tickets are only available as ‘Print at Home’ via the Southampton Boat Show website.
  • You may be asked to select the day you expect to visit. This is merely to help the organiser predict visitor numbers.
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Membership Posters

As always, we're keen to attract new members. A great way to help with this is through advertising the club in your place of work or local sports or sailing club.

Feel free to print the posters yourself (available for download from the website), or drop me an email and I'll send some in the post.

Website and Facebook Page Updates

Lastly, a quick update on some more ‘technical’ matters.


Ensuring the club keeps up with the latest security recommendations, the website has been updated to ensure all connections are secure, encrypting data between your web browser and the server. You'll now see a padlock icon next to the website address (or URL) in your browser, indicating the secure connection is active. You don't need to do anything differently to access the site: connections are redirected to the secure site automatically.

We’ve also updated our Facebook page to have a much better address rather than an ugly, long number. Again, there’s no need to change how you access the page; using the new address will happen automatically.

That’s it for now. Please check out this year’s programme, and email me if you have any questions. As always, when booking please let me know the role you’d like on the boat: skipper, mate or crew. Don’t forget to check the latest news on the DHSC Facebook page too!

Kind regards,

Simon Jackson
Dark Horse Sailing Club
Please note: While the language used in these newsletters sometimes implies the reader is a DHSC member, its distribution is to a much wider audience. Indeed, we actively encourage all readers — club members or otherwise — to forward the newsletter to friends, family and colleagues who may be interested in sailing.

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