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Our News and Notices

With over 5,000 members and more than 200 events in our annual event calendar, there is always something happening somewhere in the RNSA. You can also receive news and event updates by subscribing to our Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and RSS feeds. The links are at the bottom of this page.

24 May 2017Offshore

RNSA/CCSC Friday evening racing results


A summary of this season's Friday evening series The first race was cancelled due to very windy weather. The second race saw two boats, Cornish Lady and Karma, turn out on for a ..

22 May 2017General



Mervyn Wheatley has entered Tamarind for OSTAR 17 which starts from Plymouth on Monday 29 May. In 1956 Blondie Hasler became interested in the challenges of offshore singlehanded sailing ..

20 May 2017General

Plymouth to St Peter Port - Late May Bank Holiday weekend


Race or cruise to St Peter Port for the Bank Holiday weekend, see events for full details RNSA (Plymouth) will again this year be running the ever popular Plymouth to St Peter Port ..

11 May 2017General

RNSA Windsurfing Festival to be held 10-11 Jun 17

RC (Windsurfing)

The RNSA Windsurfers will be holding the annual RNSA Windsurfing Festival at Calshot Activities Centre 10-11 Jun 17. The event provides instruction and fun windsurfing and Stand Up ..

11 May 2017Offshore

RNSA(P) Wednesday Spring Series Race 7


Wow! Yet another ideal sailing evening with a south easterly of 8-14 knots, cool but with sunshine, what's not to like. With a no-show from Thunderflash the scheduled SOOD (I just ..

09 May 2017General

Yacht VOLUNTEER: First 40.7


PORTSMOUTH Following her late withdrawal from the Fastnet Campaign 'VOLUNTEER' is available now for additional charters (particularly in May and June). For the latest availability ..

09 May 2017General

Nick Fletcher - old hand; new challenge


As many of you will know, Richard Farrington has led work to prepare RNSA for a possible, subject to members’ views, transition to a Charitable Incorporated Organisation (CIO). Richard ..

09 May 2017Cruising

Battle of Medway

RC (Cruising)

The Dutch are planning a second invasion to mark the Battle of Medway 350 years ago when they swept up the Medway and walked off with half the fleet. Great potential as a spectical. ..

04 May 2017Dinghies

The SB20 Competes Again!

RC (Dinghies)

An update from the SB20 Manager, Lizzie Farrington, on progress so far this season and what lies ahead for the growing team. After a couple of years of the SB20 not being used to its ..

04 May 2017General

RNSA(P) Wednesday Spring Series Race 6


Another own goal for the Met office amateurs who last week promised warmth and sunshine from Wednesday onwards. The only sunshine the Gilkicker fleet got was being sailed by Malcolm ..

02 May 2017Cruising

Tollesbury - bump in over the marsh!

East Coast

The May Bank Holiday saw a rare visit to Tollesbury by the East Coast Branch. As a green submarine lieutenant faced with de-generating generators I managed to persuade my team and ..

27 April 2017General

RNSA(P) Wednesday Spring Series Race 5


Spring is sprung, the grass is ris, you wonder where the warm wind is.....cos last night it was freezing! Nevertheless it did not deter the enthusiastic Wednesday evening racers as ..

26 April 2017Meetings

April Meeting Minutes


Covering charity and possible affiliate status, the Portland Oystermen Several Order, moorings and the forthcoming cocktail party

21 April 2017Offshore

Friday Evening Racing - RNSA/CCSC


Dates, sailing instructions and other information. For 2017 Castle Cove Sailing Club has again teamed up with RNSA Portland to host informal racing on a Friday evening in Portland ..

20 April 2017Offshore

RNSA(P) Wednesday Spring Series Race 4


Another glorious evening for some on the water time. The weather gods are currently smiling on sailors! It was the turn of Option to run proceedings and with the tide honking to the ..

18 April 2017General

Plymouth Branch Early Season events and update


Plymouth Branch activities kick off for the season with the annual dinner on 5 May. Other up and coming events are also detailed With the 2017 season now getting underway I would like ..

17 April 2017Cruising

Easter Weekend on the East Coast - a couple of favourite haunts!

East Coast

RNSA East Coast team checked out a couple of their favorite haunts, Harwich and Burnham-on Crouch. Well, the 'planners' picked very civilized tide times and the weather forecasts improved ..

17 April 2017General

Rame Head NCI facility


Rame Head NCI - support service for sailors on VHF Ch 65

13 April 2017Offshore

RNSA(P) Wednesday Spring Series Race 3


Fifteen yachts gathered at Gilkicker for the third race of the series. Despite starting at dead low water on a spring tide it seemed only Kurketrekker was stuck in the mud of the marina ..

06 April 2017Offshore



A healthy turnout of 13 yachts gathered in the sunshine and a cool northerly breeze to contest the second race of the Spring Series. Sunshine the SOOD wary of the probability of the ..

05 April 2017Dinghies

Message from the Vice Commodore


Thanks, a plea, and a ststement of intent. Dear members, As Richard Farrington moves on to new and exciting challenges, many of you have already offered your thanks and good wishes. ..

04 April 2017General

Mooring News


Visitor mooring, current facilities and a summary of maintenance over the winter All the moorings are now ready for use. For visitors, our W1 visitors buoy is not available this ..

31 March 2017Offshore

RNSA(P) Wednesday Spring Series Race 1


Nine boats turned out for the first race of the season in what was forecast to be a steady breeze from the South West - a fine start to the season. The series organiser still away ..

27 March 2017Cruising

East Coast launches Season

East Coast

Jacqui-B and Sucessor met up at Harwich to welcome the Branch to the new season The East Coast started the Season in company with members of the CURNU. Two cadets sailed Successor ..

21 March 2017Cruising

Portsmouth Cruising Group


March 2017 Newsletter

20 March 2017General

New letter from the Commodore


The attached letter is an update on the 'Case for Change' post a very recent Central and Flag Officers' meeting specific to this initiative. All members are strongly recommended to ..

01 March 2017General

West Highland Week. 28th July -4th August 2017


RNSA members This is a great opportunity to join in a great event and show your Blue Ensigns off RNSA Clyde are entering a team in this years 70th Anniversary year event, We are ..

01 March 2017General

Clyde cruising members BBQ , Social. Following day enjoy a group sail.


Clyde Cruising. BBQ ,Social and Sail around the Kyles of Bute. Clyde Branch Cruising Program for 2017 Season. Clyde cruising members BBQ , Social. Following day enjoy a group ..

22 February 2017Social

RNVRYC/RNSA Dinner 18 March 2017 Artists Club Eberle Street

NW and IoM

This is the annual dinner of the branch. It is joint with RNVRYC who are leading this year. Time 1900 for 1930 This will be an eppicurian delight with Rack of lamb featuring for the ..

19 February 2017Dinghies

Holt Cup 2017 - Wonderful Racing

RC (Dinghies)

A most enjoyable weekend of sailing offering two days of tight team racing punctuated by an informative AGM and lively dinner. This year's Holt Cup was held in Portsmouth for the first ..

15 February 2017Meetings

Portsmouth Branch AGM minutes


Please find the minutes at the below link

15 February 2017Meetings

February Meeting Minutes


Covering membership renewal, moorings and the Portland Oystermen Several Order

14 February 2017General

Plymouth Branch Programme


All sailing and social activities for the Plymouth Branch in one place! The Programme for the year is also in the attachment if you wish to download. Plymouth Branch Programme 2017 Offshore 27 ..

12 February 2017General

Plymouth to St Peter Port Race - 27 May 17


Plymouth to St Peter Port Race (27 May 17) SI's and entry form. RNSA (Plymouth) will again this year be running the ever popular Plymouth to St Peter Port race over late may bank holiday. Carrying ..

09 February 2017Cruising

Operation Sea Spray 2

East Coast

East Coast ventures out to sea on a cold wet grey day before the Options for Change briefing A Winter Weekend with East Coast Branch Successor (John Cooney) embarked five Cambridge ..

07 February 2017General

Commodore's letter attached on the way ahead for our Association.


At Hornet, the Commodore chaired a very important and open debate at a meeting of the Central Committee. In addition to the Flag Officers and Branch Captains’ many of our life Flag ..

16 January 2017General

Case for Change Seminars - the story so far


We have now held the first three Seminars on the Case for Change work to date and the way forward in Portsmouth and Henley-on-Thames. They have been well attended and attracted some ..

10 January 2017General



2017 Single-Handed Races (and Roscoff Challenge) Dates 13 May 0930 Salcombe 1 3 June 0930 St Mawes 24 June Roscoff Challenge (0600 - 1800 start, cruise sailed ..

03 January 2017Cruising

RNSA FALMOUTH Cruisng Programe 2017


Here is the programme for the Falmouth Cruising Group which as usual is a joint programme with the Royal Cornwall Yacht Club. All visiting RNSA members are invited to join in and ..

21 December 2016General

The Case for Change - Update 7


The last article in the current series looks at the way ahead from here over the next three months. So what is the way forward? What are the options that are being considered? We ..

16 December 2016General

The Case for Change - Update 6


This article looks at two alternative legal frameworks for a future RNSA - a Company Limited by Guarantee and a Community Interest Company I hope I have made the case that the status ..

14 December 2016General

The Case for Change - Update 5


This article is the first of two looking at the alternative options on the future status of RNSA. We've been running pretty well for 80 years, so surely we are fine as we are as an ..

10 December 2016Meetings

AGM minutes 2016


Minutes of the recent AGM This was held as usual at WPNSA, but as well as the usual topics being discussed - which included loss of moorings as a result of that part of the harbour ..

09 December 2016General

The Case for Change - Update 4


This article looks at whether our membership affects our ability to adopt charitable status. Can we be a Service charity when we have so many Veterans? Unequivocally, the answer ..

09 December 2016General

RNSA Christmas Newsletter


Please find attached a ten page Newsletter.

07 December 2016General

The Case for Change - Update 3


This article examines some of the effects of becoming a fully fledged charity. Not unreasonably, some Members are concerned about the impact that charitable status might have on our ..

02 December 2016General

The Case for Change - Update 2


This article discusses the question 'Why go down the charitable route at all?' There are several good reasons for doing so, most of them financial: • There are a number of tax advantages ..

01 December 2016General



IDEAS FOR THE 2017 SEASON RNSA THAMES VALLEY BRANCH – 2017 PROGRAMME IDEAS We stress that these are just ideas and that contributions from everyone else are more than welcome - ..

01 December 2016General



Update on TVB events during 2016 RNSA THAMES VALLEY BRANCH - WINTER UPDATE 2016 After the early season lunch at the Angel on the Bridge in Henley the next opportunity for the Branch ..

30 November 2016Cruising

Portland Trophy winner



30 November 2016General

The Case for Change - Update 1


At a recent Central Committee Meeting we agreed that we needed to expose the issues and the ongoing work to Members in a more digestible fashion. We plan a series of short articles ..

30 November 2016Cruising

Annual Rifles Lunch

East Coast

Not the Rifles. Standards temporarily the Mess but Plan B does occasionally come into play. Not the Riles! 24 members gathered on Friday 25th November. The venue had ..

29 November 2016Dinghies

RNSC 2017 Sailing Programme


Programme attached

25 November 2016General

Site in Abeyance


Site in Abeyance

06 November 2016Meetings

October meeting minutes


Principally covering AGM related matters

01 November 2016Cruising

Operation Sea Spray 1

East Coast

Practical sea expereince for CURNU students Operation Sea Spray 1 Successor and Jacqui-B were enlisted by the Cambridge University Royal Navy Unit (CURNU) over the weekend of ..

21 October 2016General

The Case for Change - ongoing work


Please have a look at the Members Forum, where you will find a number of new posts and documents under the Project Adventure and Future Vision area which you may find useful. Since ..

16 October 2016General

2016 Prize Giving


Plymouth Branch Prize giving for 2016 will take place at the RWYC on Thursday 10 November 2016, 1830 for 1900. All welcome. Plymouth Branch will host the annual prize giving for Dinghies, ..

13 October 2016Offshore

RNSA(P) Wednesday Autumn Series Race 8


The penultimate race of the RNSA(P) Wednesday series set the competition up nicely for the final and deciding race next week. Sitting in a balmy 11 Kts in the marina had lulled yachts ..

09 October 2016Cruising

Branch AGM

East Coast

With the Branch Financial Year over time to make the annual reports and feed back to the membership. Year end 30 September. Accounts reconciled, reports written and a programme drawn ..

29 September 2016Offshore

RNSA(P) Wednesday Autumn Series Race 6


The eight yachts that turned up for race 6 of the Autumn Series had a fine sail despite the slightly blustery conditions and a raging east going tide. Moby Jay, the SOOD set a beat ..

27 September 2016Meetings

September meeting minutes


A round-up of the activities during the summer. Activities include cruising and racing, as well as the appointment of a new diving company for the moorings, a review of branch member ..

23 September 2016Windsurfing

Tom Eskdale Retains his Crown as RN Windurfing Champion

RC (Windsurfing)

Royal Navy Windsurfer AB ET(ME) Tom Eskdale HMS SULTAN, was crowned Royal Navy Champion at the Inter-Services Team and Individual Championships on Friday 9 September 2016 The RN Championship ..

23 September 2016Offshore

RNSA(P) Wednesday Autumn Series Race 5


The results for Race 5 NHC and IRC are at the link below. Results: Competitors please note that the start next week is at ..

23 September 2016Windsurfing

Royal Navy Windsurfer breaks 40 Knot Barrier

RC (Windsurfing)

RNSA windsurfer Paul Morris headed to Le Franqui in the South of France in search of speed in an attempt to break the elusive 40kt barrier Le Franqui is about 10km further West than ..

23 September 2016Windsurfing

RNSA Windsurfing Team Win Inter-Service Championships!

RC (Windsurfing)

The Inter-Service WIndsurfing Championships were held at the Weymouth and Portland Sailing Academy on 8-9 September, with the RN Windurfers looking to retain their 2015 Inter-Services ..

21 September 2016Cruising

Gibraltar to the Canaries - a trip with 3 RNSA Portland members


Peter Stone's daily diary (with pictures) of a trip with Bob Myers and Bob Tuckwood from the Branch on a Swan 44 as they venture into the Atlantic. This trip was made in October and ..

19 September 2016Cruising

ECB joint meeting with RNVR YC

East Coast

Our annual get together hosted by the RNVR YC in Bradwell Marina 'Port Flair'. After a record September heat wave only days before the North Sea gave a little reminder to the Annual ..

18 September 2016General

Portsmouth Regatta and Saturday Parhelion Series

RC (Offshore)

Jolly Jack Tar still has places available to race in the Portsmouth Regatta and the Parhelion Series. The Portsmouth Regatta is on the 24th September with two races planned racing ..

14 September 2016Offshore

RNSA(P) Wednesday Autumn Series Race 4


Alas the combination of a dying breeze and hoofing east going tide saw the fleet cutting their losses and motoring back to a great pie and curry at HSSC. Results thus far: Regular ..

08 September 2016General

Cruising member BBQ and Maxi-yacht Drum experience 17th September 2016


An event designed to involve any RNSA cruising members in the area. Meet at James Watt Dock Marina, The Sugar Warehouse, E Hamilton St, Greenock PA15 2UT , which is accessible by train ..

08 September 2016Offshore

RNSA(P) Wednesday Autumn Series Race 3


A perfect evening for a sail and the last race before the starts get earlier as the nights draw in. With no appearance from the SOOD, Kurketrekker, Tinker T once again took on the ..

07 September 2016General



Two winter lift out offers for RNSA members - one from Port Solent and one from HSSC Offers are as follows; Hornet Services Sailing Club - Offer valid from 1 Oct 2016 - 31 Mar 2017 ..

07 September 2016General



SEALIFT (Gosport) are offering RNSA members up to a 40% discount on current prices including a new superstructure cut and polish service. If you are planning to leave your boat in ..

06 September 2016Offshore

Weymouth Regatta 2016 with RNSA Portland participation


Weymouth hosts Spinlock IRC Small Boat Championship at this year’s Regatta This year’s regatta on the weekend of 3rd/4th September included the Spinlock IRC Small Boat Championships ..

04 September 2016Offshore

Plymouth to Salcombe Results


The RNSA Plymouth to Salcombe race as part of the Ullman series. The PDF attached has the results for RNSA Plymouth to Salcombe race as part of the Ullman series, well done to all ..

02 September 2016Cruising

ECB Foreign Cruise

East Coast

Clutching their visa, inoculations up to date the Branch ventures south to the Thames and Medway Jacqui-B (Gale Bryan) sailed early via Queenborough and St Katharine’s Dock. Regrettably ..

01 September 2016Offshore

RNSA(P) Wednesday Autumn Series Race 2


All eight yachts currently entered for the Autumn Series duly pitched up to duel in the South Westerly breeze, which at the start produced a few white caps on the sea off Gilkicker ..

25 August 2016Offshore

RNSA(P) Wednesday Autumn Series Race 1


Perspicacity, perseverance and patience were the attributes required for Race 1 of the RNSA(P) Autumn Series. Although the England cricket team playing their first ODI at the Ageas ..

08 August 2016Dinghies

Services Asymmetric Championships (Gold Cup): 17 - 18 Sep 16 (Update)

RC (Dinghies)

The Notice of Race and Sailing Instructions for the Services Asymmetric Championships for the Gold Cup have now been released. I have added the documents to the event information ..

08 August 2016Cruising

East Coast BBQ

East Coast

Members gather for the annual RNSA East Coast Branch BBQ. Weather nearly as hot as the BBQ grill. We all have a super day yesterday, thank you so much Vivien for getting everything ..

03 August 2016Cruising

ECB go barging

East Coast

RNSA ECB members had the chance to join a private charter of a historic Thames Barge. The cars were all parked and about 30 people were gathered at the Hythe Quay in Maldon on the ..

02 August 2016General

RNSA member raises £17,000 for charity - Welcome him back along the South Coast


Steve Pointon has nearly raised £17,000 for the Charity 'Action for Children' by sailing around the UK. Accompanied by 21 different youngsters as he went round; in his last week he ..

30 July 2016Offshore

RNSA/CCSC Friday Evening Results - Series 2


A summary of the second summer series Race 2 was sailed in a brisk Force 5 wind from the west inside the harbour, which made for a fast and tight sail crossing the harbour on a mostly ..

28 July 2016Offshore



The final race of the Summer Series was run in a cracking breeze of 14 - 16 knots albeit with a rather lumpy sea produced by wind against tide. Nine yachts pitched up to contest before ..

26 July 2016General

Travamunde Week Training Camp


Midweek Update Following an epic 7 hour que to cross from Dover to Calais 8 members of the RNSA finally reached Travemunde in Germany to take part in the RS Euro Cup. Arriving in good ..

21 July 2016Offshore



The penultimate race of the Summer Series provided significantly more breeze than was forecast so those crew members who decided Summer had arrived and that shorts and flip flops was ..

11 July 2016General

Plymouth to Roscoff Race - 30 July 2016


Everyone welcome to join in. The race is mainly in daylight; with an early start, reduced berthing and social events all included. This promises to be a great week end for all. Anyone ..

10 July 2016General

Sailors prepare for 24hrs at sea in aid of charity

RC (Dinghies)

Sailors and helpers are busy with final preparations ahead of the start of the 2016 Royal Navy Sailing Centre 24-hour Charity Sail which takes place this week. The event will see 3 ..

10 July 2016Cruising

Fox's Two Rivers Event.

East Coast

Start time determined on handicap then up to skippers to navigate around a series of way points, most of which are drinking establishments. Offered to the Branch as test of skill and ..

07 July 2016Offshore

Round the Island 2016 aboard High Hopes


Lively weather made this a memorable race, with an outcome that overcame the trauma of last year Our short practice in the Solent on the day before this year’s RTI saw us returning ..

07 July 2016Cruising

What's in a name?


Peter Stone's cruise report to Lundy and the north coast of Devon

07 July 2016General

New Branch Captain for Plymouth


Yesterday at Jupiter Point saw the transfer of the RNSA Plymouth Branch Captain burgee from Captain Rob Bellfield, Captain of RALEIGH, to Surgeon Captain Rory Rickard, Defence Professor ..

07 July 2016Offshore



A fine evening for sailing and also to say a final farewell to one of our past stalwarts. Mike Tattersall eventually ended in what he would consider a fine place, the RNSA(P) start ..

06 July 2016General

NavyFit Western Region Festival


RNSA all set and ready for customers and new members in HMS Drake. If you are in the area pop down and say hello.

05 July 2016Offshore

South West 3 Peaks Yacht Race 2016


South West 3 Peaks Yacht Race - Team " Hoofing Run Ashore" fantastic achievement

01 July 2016General



Eight Victoria 34s, one Elan 333 and three J109s closely fought an offshore racing battle to Guernsey and return with inshore racing in the little Russell. The teams from the Royal ..

29 June 2016Cruising

Brightlingsea Rally

East Coast

North meets south. Armed with visa's the Orwell contingency ventured forth to the heart of Essex for the late June rally. The RNSA East Coast Branch made a render-vous at Harwich on ..

27 June 2016General

Clyde Branch 2016 so far


Current activities CLYDE BRANCH At Neptune Sailing Centre, the last 18 months have been a difficult period of rebuilding and reinvigoration, picking up the bones of what was ..

23 June 2016Offshore



Eight boats turned up with great optimism and faith as the light westerly was forecast to die. Kurketrekker was SOOD with Steve Parry fresh from his RO duties for the Royal Southern's ..

22 June 2016General

Bosun Dinghy World Record Challenge


ROYAL NAVY DINGHY SAILORS CELEBRATE EPIC VOYAGE Two intrepid Royal Navy sailors Leading Hand Phil Slade and MOD worker Mark Belamarich completed an epic three–night sail in a two-man ..

16 June 2016General

RNSA(P) Wednesday Summer Series Race 3


Not a bad turnout of 10 yachts considering that the Solent all afternoon had seen gusts of 27 knots. However the Met Office got it right for once and the reduction to a balmy 10 - ..

11 June 2016Offshore

Jolly Jack Tar are J109 National Champions

RC (Offshore)

RN Offshore Sailing Team win the 2016 J109 National Championship at the J Cup. The Royal Navy Offshore Sailing Team took part in the J Cup, incorporating the J109 National Championships, ..

09 June 2016Offshore

RNSA(P) Wednesday Summer Series Race 2


Either the total lack of wind in the Solent in late afternoon or early Summer Hols may have deterred some of the regular Wednesday competitors as only 5 boats turned up. However shortly ..

09 June 2016General

WIZARD helps to raise funds for Naval Divers by entering the RTI race


Dear Friends, Following our success in the Gosport Peninsular Charity Pursuit in WIZARD we are planning to take part in the 2016 Round the Island Race. We are seeking sponsorship ..

08 June 2016Cruising

Calais Rally 2016

East Coast

Annual foreign cruise marking the efforts of the royal Victoria Rifles, Kings Rifles and the Rifle troop in defending Calais in 1940 which allowed the evacuation of Dunkirk. This ..

07 June 2016General

‘Le Sailing Crunch’ – UK/French inter-Navy Sailing Championship


Despite floods, fuel shortages and industrial action, a determined team of 13 members of the French Navy reached Portsmouth on Friday 3 June. Keen to add to their recent victory against ..

06 June 2016General

Services Offshore Regatta 2016

RC (Offshore)

27 June / 01 July 16 @ JSASTC Calling all serving RNSA (Offshore & Dinghy). We have places remaining to compete in our Inter Service event! We have 4 boats that need crewing so please ..

06 June 2016General

Plymouth Offshore Race to St Peter Port


First race of the season gets off to a foggy start! With 16 entrants for this year’s Plymouth to St Peter Port race everything was aligned for a great Bank Holiday of cross channel ..

06 June 2016General

Bull Point Winter Lay-up 2016-2017


Applications for Winter 2016/17 Lay-up at the Bull point facility are required by 18th July 2016 Applications for the lay up of members boats at the Bull Point site are now being taken ..

06 June 2016General

RNSA FALMOUTH Roundwood Quay meet


Finally the weather seems to have changed and we had a well attended meet at this iconic venue. Our joint meet with RCYC at Roundwood Quay for a BBQ had perfect weather and perfect ..

02 June 2016Offshore

RNSA(P) Wednesday Summer Series Race 1


It was somewhat ironic that the first race of the Summer series coincided with the meteorological first day of Summer and yet the conditions were wintery. Rain and a very cool northerly ..

01 June 2016General



Gavin and Georgie Maclaren from Falmouth are currently cruising from Falmouth into the Pacific. They are now on the long leg from Hawaii to British Columbia. Here is their round ..

31 May 2016General



Richard Spalding announces a change in the recent decision about how RNSA will send out Newsletters. Following a number of requests which were discussed at the February Finance & General ..