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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.


28 July 2017Dinghies

Lake Como Update 2

Central

Hamish and Emma leading the RS200 Fleet On the second day of sailing the wind was still fickle across the lake for all the fleets. After 2 hours chasing the Committee Boat the boats ..

27 July 2017Offshore

RNSA(P) Wednesday Summer Series Race 9

Portsmouth

A fitting end to a hard fought Summer Series, plenty of breeze and a fine turnout. Electron V the SOOD set a true beat to Motherbank, a kite reach to Kemps Quay, a gybe and a broader ..

26 July 2017Dinghies

RN Dinghy Team Lake Como

Central

The RN Dinghy Team are competing in the RS Eurocup at Lake Como, Italy Having safely arrived at Lake Como for the 2017 RS Eurocup, the small contingent of 3 RNSA RS200 are ready to ..

24 July 2017General

Single night berthing for Cowes Week and RNSA Cocktail Party Monday 31 July

Central

Cowes Harbour Commission are now taking bookings for single night stays over Cowes Week. Come and join us for the RNSA Cocktail party Monday 31 July from 19:00 to 20:30 at the SIr ..

20 July 2017Offshore

RNSA(P) Wednesday Summer Series Race 8

Portsmouth

The 20 knots plus of south westerly wind off Gilkicker point that greeted the fleet for the penultimate race of the Summer Series was in total contrast to the light airs of the previous ..

18 July 2017Offshore

RNSA(P) Wednesday Summer Series Race 6

Portsmouth

Amended results Race 6: http://www.halsraceresults.com/crs/crs.aspx?DSKey=1405

12 July 2017General

Services Offshore Regatta (SOR) 2017

Central

Monday the 19th June, 115 Serving personnel of the 3 services, supplemented by 3 IRC crews mustered in Hornet. With 9 Victoria 34’s, 3 J109’s & 3 IRC entrants( Ilex of Upnor, Ginger ..

06 July 2017Offshore

RNSA(P) Wednesday Summer Series - RACE 6

Portsmouth

The SOOD Option set a good course for the light E to SE winds which most of the fleet completed in around an hour. Alas the organiser couldn't fit his laptop with the results software ..

29 June 2017General

ROOSTER Sailing - New Contact Details

Central

Amendment to contact details in 2016/17 Journal Rooster company address and contact details are now: Rooster Sailing F2-F3 Fort Wallington Industrial Estate, Military Road, Fareham, ..

29 June 2017Offshore

RNSA(P) Wednesday Summer Series Race 5

Portsmouth

Not very summery! Rain all day and no wind. However today the Met office forecasters actually earned their pay today. They prophesied that by 1830 the flat calm will have morphed into ..

25 June 2017General

VIDEO IN HD OF 2017 SOR.

RC (Offshore)

We were lucky this year to employ the services of CATTISTOCK to start, and professional drone pilots to record our exploits off Brighton. Please click on the link.

22 June 2017Offshore

RNSA(P) Wednesday Summer Series Race 4

Portsmouth

A long race to complement the longest day, alas the wind died but not the tide. Race abandoned in favour of a cold beer and a curry!

21 June 2017General

Winter Lay up facility

Plymouth

The 2017/2018 Handbook for the Winter Lay-up facility in Bull Point is now available - see attachment to this Item. Members wishing to apply for a place should do so asap and no later ..

16 June 2017General

Captain Chris Wells on the QM2 - RNSA member rescues Member Mervyn Wheatley

NW and IoM

Captain Chris rescued Mervyn who was racing in mid Atlantic. How fortunate to be rescued by another member. Chris was List 1 RNR and well known around the decks of HMS Fearless ..

15 June 2017Offshore

RNSA(P) Wednesday Summer Series Race 3

Portsmouth

A delightful Summers evening sail but a tricky tidal situation to test the tacticians. With the tide turning to the east on the mainland shore but still going to the west on the Island ..

09 June 2017General

POSTPONEMENT OF WINDSURFING FESTIVAL

Central

Weather forces postponement Unfortunately the strong winds forecast for the 10-11 Jun have forced the organisors to delay the event until later in the year with September being favorite. ..

08 June 2017Offshore

RNSA(P) Wednesday Summer Series Race 2

Portsmouth

With the wind gusting to 35 knots throughout the Solent at midday but several forecasts indicating it would moderate in the late afternoon it was once again a day of decision making. ..

07 June 2017General

Turn to Starboard

Portsmouth

Request for Military Sailing Charity support The Portsmouth Branch has received the attached request to show the below linked YouTube video in an effort to raise funds for this charity. ..

06 June 2017General

Womens Open Keelboat Championships

Central

3rd overall but 1st in the final race ending on a high The first day in the Solent saw blue skies and a steady westerly with 10kts across the race course. In class 2 we were rated ..

04 June 2017Cruising

RNSA East Coast Branch attend the 86th Little Ship Club Calais Rally

East Coast

The Little Ship Club Calais Rally was the usual splendid occasion overseen by Norman Hummerstone MBE (96), who has attended the Rally since 1948. Easterly winds in the North Sea ..

01 June 2017Offshore

RNSA(P) Wednesday Summer Series Race 1

Portsmouth

With the cancellation of the final 2 races of the Spring series due to low wind speeds there was some trepidation that this might reoccur for the first race of the Summer Series with ..

24 May 2017Offshore

RNSA/CCSC Friday evening racing results

Portland

A summary of this season's Friday evening series The third race was run in light wind, 5 to 8 knots, and the promised sun never materialised, but it was a pleasant evening for a trip ..

22 May 2017General

North Atlantic Won - Tamarind Lost. The OSTAR 17

Central

In the early hours of Friday 9th June, 60 knot winds and 15 metre seas were experienced by competitors, caused by a very low depression (967 mb). These extreme conditions caused damage ..

20 May 2017General

Plymouth to St Peter Port - Late May Bank Holiday weekend

Plymouth

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

Portsmouth

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

Central

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

Central

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

Portsmouth

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

Portsmouth

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

Portland

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

Portland

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

Portsmouth

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

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

Plymouth

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

13 April 2017Offshore

RNSA(P) Wednesday Spring Series Race 3

Portsmouth

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

RNSA WEDNESDAY SPRING SERIES - Race 2

Portsmouth

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 ..

04 April 2017General

Mooring News

Portland

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

Portsmouth

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

Portsmouth

March 2017 Newsletter

20 March 2017General

New letter from the Commodore

Central

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

Clyde

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

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

Portsmouth

Please find the minutes at the below link

15 February 2017Meetings

February Meeting Minutes

Portland

Covering membership renewal, moorings and the Portland Oystermen Several Order

14 February 2017General

Plymouth Branch Programme

Plymouth

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

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.

Central

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

Central

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

SINGLE-HANDED SAILING

Plymouth

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

Central

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

Central

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

Central

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

Central

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

Portland

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

Central

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

Central

Please find attached a ten page Newsletter.

07 December 2016General

The Case for Change - Update 3

Central

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

Central

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

Thames

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

REPORT ON ACTIVITIES DURING THE 2016 SEASON

Thames

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

Portland

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30 November 2016General

The Case for Change - Update 1

Central

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 slipping.in 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

Portsmouth

Programme attached

25 November 2016General

Site in Abeyance

Forth

Site in Abeyance

06 November 2016Meetings

October meeting minutes

Portland

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

Central

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

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

Portsmouth

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

Portsmouth

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

Portland

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

Portsmouth

The results for Race 5 NHC and IRC are at the link below. Results: http://www.halsraceresults.com/crs/crs.aspx?DSKey=1405 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

Portland

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

Portsmouth

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: http://www.halsraceresults.com/crs/crs.aspx?DSKey=1405 Regular ..

08 September 2016General

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

Clyde

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

Portsmouth

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

WINTER LIFTOUT OFFERS

Central

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 WINTER DEAL

Portsmouth

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

Portland

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

Plymouth

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

Portsmouth

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

Portsmouth

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

Central

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

Portland

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 ..