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Portland Branch



Based at Portland the moorings utilised by the former HMS Osprey Royal Naval base were retained. The Branch uses the Weymouth & Portland National Sailing Academy as its shore base and its Berth Holders are all members of the Academy. The Branch membership is by design 60% full RNSA members and 40% Associate, with the committee largely made up of retired naval personnel or civilians. RNSA Portland Branch is one of four sailing clubs making up the Yacht Clubs of Weymouth.

Portland Branch News & Notices

25 May 2016Offshore

RNSA/CCSC Friday Evening Results - Series 1

Portland

A summary of the Friday evening races and results Overall a series dominated by light and generally very pleasant weather - perfect for the relaxed and informal racing this event seeks .....

02 May 2016General

RNSA Portland joins in HM's 90th Birthday Celebrations at Weymouth

Portland

An event to mark Her Majesty's 90th birthday in Weymouth harbour, superbly organised by Gareth Peaston of the Royal Dorset Yacht Club. On a cold 23rd of April morning 5 boats set out .....

30 April 2016Meetings

Quarterly minutes

Portland

The sailing and social events discussed and agreed at a recent meeting are covered by individual articles elsewhere on the Portland Branch part of the website. In relation to .....

23 April 2016Cruising

RNSA Portland Cruising Programme

Portland

The events below summarise the current Branch cruising programme for 2016. 1. The 2016 cruising programme is about to commence with a parade of boats on the 23rd April to celebrate .....

04 April 2016General

John Bainbridge's funeral and wake

Portland

John sadly passed away on Wed 9th. Mar. in DC hospital His funeral is to be on Fri 8th April at 2.30pm at Weymouth Crematorium and afterwards @ CCSC for the Wake. I hope members who .....

29 February 2016Offshore

Portland Friday evening informal racing

Portland

This year RNSA Portland has again teamed up with Castle Cove Sailing Club to host informal racing on a Friday evening in Portland Harbour and, if fine, Weymouth Bay. It is aimed principally .....

16 December 2015General

An evening with Drummond Challis and a screening of his film

Portland

Drummond Challis, the Producer of the film "The Riddle of the Sands", will be attending the screening and answering questions from the audience. The story is a record of Secret Service .....

09 December 2015Meetings

AGM Minutes

Portland

The minutes of the recent meeting on 27 November are attached...

28 November 2015Cruising

Portland Trophy winners

Portland

Each year members are invited to submit a cruise log, and the best three are awarded prizes at the branch AGM. This was held on 27 November 2015. The three reports attached are very .....

01 November 2015Meetings

AGM Calling Notice

Portland

To be held at WPNSA. Bar opens 1830, buffet supper 1900, AGM commences 1930. Portland Branch Members, Your presence is kindly requested at the Branch’s Annual General Meeting, .....

14 June 2015Offshore

Friday evening - Races 3 & 4

Portland

Very pleasurable evenings all round. Being away for a few days has led to a delay in putting details up after the last race, for which I apologise. That and the most recent race results .....

02 June 2015Cruising

Help for Heroes

Portland

The Tyneham Challenge The aim of this event was to raise funds for the Help the Heroes organisation. The weather was the challenge. Simon Duff got together 10 Vets plus two serving .....

Portland Branch Events

Events

Date Event Venue Type
20 May - 16 Sep 16 Friday evening informal racing Portland Harbour and Weymouth Bay Offshore

Portland Branch Committee

Committee

Position Name Tel Mobile Email
Branch Captain Peter Goss 01305 832116 07787 152782 peter.goss.pg@gmail.com
Secretary Wayne Elkin 01308 425981 07807 712390 elkin@btinternet.com
Treasurer Alan Clifton 01935 477497 07843 313382 alanwclifton123@aol.com
Cruising Secretary Brendan Moore 01305 821574 brendan_moore@sky.com
Racing Secretary Ian Bowker 01935 817550 07749 804291 ian@bowkerlodge.co.uk 
Mooring Secretary John Hasker 01935 411515 07971 656416 Hasker.john@yahoo.com
Social Secretary Jacquie Shears 01300 341126 07543 164459 jacquieshears@gmail.com

About Portland Branch

About

Recent History

Following the withdrawal of the Royal Navy from HMS Osprey in the 1990s, the site of the former naval base was sold by the Ministry of Defence to the South West Regional Development Agency who in turn granted leases over its western part to the Weymouth & Portland National Sailing Academy (www.wpnsa.org.uk ) and the eastern part to Dean & Reddyhoff marinas (www.deanreddyhoff.co.uk).

During this time the branch continued to operate with the existing moorings which lay broadly parallel to the foreshore, and as serving naval personnel ceased working at HMS Osprey they were replaced by volunteers. The branch membership is by design made up of a minimum of 60% RNSA members and about 40% affiliates, with the committee largely made up of retired naval personnel or civilians.

With the announcement of the 2012 Olympics, extensive works were undertaken at the site which included the breaking up of the R3 hard to be replaced by two much larger slips to give “all-weather” dinghy launching capability, together with the relocation of the RNSA moorings which now comprise a new 51 capacity trot system lying about 300 yds further to the west than before.

The Branch seeks to use the WPNSA building as its shore base, and its mooring members are also members of WPNSA, but we are subject to normal commercial drivers. The Branch does not operate a launch service, but members store tenders on the WPNSA site.

RNSA Portland Branch is one of four sailing clubs making up the Yacht Clubs of Weymouth (www.ycw.org.uk )

Visiting Portland


The Branch welcomes visiting RNSA members and a mooring is permanently allocated for them, which can accommodate boats up to 14m long. Charge £10 per day or part thereof subsequently, cheques to be made payable to RNSA Portland Branch and sent to our treasurer (see committee page for details).

Visitors can land at WPNSA but are required to register and pay a fee. It can be very busy both in the harbour and onshore when large events are on, so it may be worth checking their website prior to a visit.

The visitor's mooring is W1 and is located at 50:34.614N, 2:27.357W. The buoys have a largish eye at the top, which you will need to tie up to. Please bear in mind that Portland is exposed, especially in a NE wind, so you need to be careful how you do this, particularly if you leave the boat unattended for any length of time. Permanent holders use chain, with a backup of either thick nylon rope or another chain.

Yacht Racing

The Branch is involved in running a Friday evening series during May – July with the Castle Cove Sailing Club, and results from this can be seen on our website in the Notices page. This is informal racing, with drinks at Castle Cove afterwards, and any visiting member would be welcome. Handicaps can be worked out afterwards!

Cruising

The Branch seeks to organise mainly local cruises, and joins the other clubs for longer passages.

Moorings

The 50 moorings comprise three size ranges based on boat length, ranging from 8 – 14m. There are currently vacancies in some sizes. They are available for use in the summer season only, from 1 April to 31 October. For more details contact the Mooring Secretary.

Social

The Branch seeks to undertake regular social events throughout the year, both onshore with events such as a cocktail party and on the water with a pontoon party. These may involve the other local sailing clubs also.

Branch Membership

The Branch welcomes all RNSA members as well as affiliates. A notional joining charge is made and involvement in activities and committee work is encouraged.