Now that the 2017 season is over, we can look back on the cruising, racing and other activities in 2017.

The year started with a presentation at Shustoke on 13th January by Captain Jo Cox of the Antarctic Survey fleet.  Jo described her role as Master of the survey and supply vessel operating in the Southern Ocean.  The hardships and navigational hazards in this extreme environment cannot be underestimated.  The presentation enthralled all those who came along.

We attended the London Boat Show in January 2017.  If you are looking for wet weather gear, equipment, publications, etc., there’s plenty to choose from with so many suppliers under the same roof.

The May Sail Weekend was organised by Tony Campion, Les Collier, David Gilchrist and Neil Johnston who each skippered a charter yacht from Fairview Sailing.

With 26 of us in all, we left from the River Hamble, and each Skipper made a sailing plan for the weekend in the Solent including a great Pub Meal for all in Lymington.  The weather was ideal and the Solent rarely fails to provide interesting sailing experiences.

Next event was the Island Sailing Club’s ‘Round the Island Race’ starting from Cowes. Isle of Wight on 1st July.

An incredible event, with over 1300 yachts taking part in this 50 nautical miles race around the island.  Les Collier skippered our Fairview Beneteau 37 entry with Tony Campion, Damian Harries, Ethan Harries and Neil Johnston crewing.  If you are interested in racing, this one’s for you.

A cross-Channel cruise took place at the end of September.

We sailed ‘Bon Accord’, a Beneteau Oceanis 411 from Falmouth to Salcombe and then across to Guernsey.  An extra rest day gave us a chance to explore Guernsey by hire car and enjoy hilltop and harbour walks.  From Guernsey we moved on to Sark and Alderney before crossing the Channel once again to Poole.  An amazing week and important mileage builder for the log books!

Our finale was the Curry Night at The Masala Club in Balsall Common.  The evening was well supported by our offshore sailors – regulars and newcomers alike.  The combination of good food, tales of the unexpected and plans for 2018 provided for a very enjoyable evening.

Our ‘in-house’ expertise

Tom and Les Collier run RYA theory classes during the winter evenings typically alternating each year between Day Skipper and Yachtmaster.  They can also offer VHF Radio and Sea Survival courses.  Contact Les for more details: lescolliershustoke@virginmedia.com