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Last Minute RTIR or Scottish Cruise?

It’s turning out to be a good sailing season — albeit a little wet at times! I hope you’ve managed to get out on the water already, or at least have a trip coming up soon. We have some last-minute offers available in the next few days and weeks — see below — so now is the time to get something booked if you’ve not already!

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I’ve had a few sailing–based adventures in the last few weeks, including a couple of RORC races across the Channel (*), a cruise around the Swedish islands north of Gothenburg and a yacht delivery in Med that ended up as a salvage operation on a 53’ Beneteau we found drifting in the Ionian sea! If you look closely in the picture, you can see the towing line we had to use; all good fun!

Please take a look at the events below. One is definitely running this weekend and another just needs a qualified skipper to enable it to go ahead. Please help out there if you can.

(*) Well, only partially across the Channel for one of the races as the wind was terrible, almost non-existent, so we decided to retire and return for a night in Osborne Bay instead! We managed to enjoy some French cheese and wine… just purchased from Southampton instead of Dieppe!

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These events are great opportunities to get some quality time on the water, be it crusing or racing (or both!) that takes your fancy. Let me know asap if you’re interested, as time is of the essence on these:

Round the Island Race, 28-30 June — THIS WEEKEND!

The Round the Island Race is arguably one of the world’s most popular coastal races. Everyone from seasoned professionals, to regular race teams, to enthusiastic amateurs take part, with around 1,500 entries. That many yachts on the water is an impressive sight!

We have a boat chartered for the race — Miss Reality (Jeanneau 40.3) from Lymington Yacht Charters — with five crew booked on and three berths still available. Even better, we’ve managed to secure a space in the Cowes Yacht Haven, so you’ll be right in amongst the shore–side entertainment on both the Friday and Saturday evenings.

The cost is £360 per person (including the Friday and Saturday nights’ marina fees), and as usual money will be given back for the crew’s kitty if the 7th and 8th berths are booked. The boat is available from 9am on Friday, with skipper joining early afternoon.

As the event is this weekend, you must contact me NOW if you want to book a place.

Scottish Bank Holiday Cruise, 2-5 August

I’m really keen on promoting sailing in Scotland as we have numerous members who live in Scotland (or close to it) for whom sailing on the south coast of England isn’t so practical. It’s also spectacular sailing, so worth the effort to get there even if you live further south!

We already have five people booked on for this weekend but are sadly missing a willing skipper and so can’t yet confirm the event. If you are qualified and would like to have three day’s sailing in Scotland then I’m sure you’ll have an eternally grateful crew! You’re also free to select the sailing area, yacht availability depending.

Again, please let me know asap if you’re interested so we can get a boat chartered.

City Sailing Series / Portcullis Regatta, 19-21 July

Committee member René Chinnery is entering his yacht Temptation into this regatta, and is keen to find some interested crew, with racing experience, to join him.

There will be two races, one on Saturday and one on Sunday, with a pontoon party after Saturday’s racing at the Cowes Yacht Haven before going to the Island Sailing Club for a prizegiving BBQ.

Please contact me if you would like to book a place.

…and plenty more events on the website!

I’m particularly keen on getting bookings for the above events, but there are plenty of others listed on the website. At the end of this month, I’ll be cleaning up the programme, removing all events that don’t have any bookings yet and as such are very unlikely to go ahead… so please book now for all events you’re interested in if you’ve not done so already!

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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.

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

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