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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

14 December 2017Meetings

AGM 2017 Minutes

Portland

Minutes of the 2017 AGM held on 30 November Including an update on charitable status and possible separation of assets into a trust, as well as election of officers and annual awards. The .....

23 October 2017Meetings

October meeting minutes

Portland

Covering a new website, the new Branch RIB for moorings maintenance, a branch insurance quote received, steady growth in membership, the proposed appointment of a new Social Secretary .....

19 October 2017Meetings

September meeting minutes

Portland

Covering forthcoming committee changes, website review, the purchase of a moorings workboat and an update of RNSA change of status....

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 .....

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 .....

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 .....

15 February 2017Meetings

February Meeting Minutes

Portland

Covering membership renewal, moorings and the Portland Oystermen Several Order...

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 .....

30 November 2016Cruising

Portland Trophy winner

Portland

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06 November 2016Meetings

October meeting minutes

Portland

Principally covering AGM related matters...

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 .....

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
Membership Secretary Peter Eaglestone 01308 482725 07768 927916 eagle.1@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
HLO Richard Stevens 01935 420495 07718384591 rich.stevens48@tiscali.co.uk
Social Secretary Vacant

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 made up of RNSA members and associates, 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 provision of two slips to give “all-weather” launching capability, together with the relocation of the RNSA moorings which now comprise solely a new 51 capacity trot system lying about 300 m 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 can 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 two moorings are permanently allocated for them, which can accommodate boats up to 14m long. A Visitor’s mooring is usually available. Advance booking with the Branch Mooring Officer is desirable. The charge made for the mooring is £10 per day or part thereof, cheques to be made payable to RNSA Portland Branch and sent to our treasurer, Alan Clifton, 4, Aldondale Gardens, Yeovil, Somerset, BA20 1QU.

Visitors can land at WPNSA, and use their facilities, 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.

There are 2 visitors’ moorings as shown on the RNSA website: RNSA Visitor Moorings in Portland Harbour. Advance booking with the Branch Mooring Officer is recommended to avoid disappointment. Both are fitted with chain strops and pickup buoys that need to be attached to the boat for insurance. 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, particularly 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 Yacht Club, and results from this can be seen on their website. This is informal racing, with socialising in the club house 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. Members, however, cruise both far and wide, and with the Channel Islands and North Brittany normally a reach there and back, many include at least one visit per season.

Moorings

The 51 moorings comprise three size ranges based on boat length, ranging from 8 – 14m. There are currently vacancies in all sizes. They are available for use in the summer season only, from 1 April to 31 October. For details contact John Hasker, 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 also involve local sailing clubs.

Branch Membership

The Branch welcomes all RNSA members as well as associates. A Branch/Social charge is made and involvement in activities and committee work is encouraged.