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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.

21 February 2018Dinghies

Holt Cup 2018 Report


RN Inter Region Team Racing Championship 2018 This weekend saw 28 sailors from across the country compete for the title of RN Inter Region Dinghy Team Racing Champions. Regional squads ..

17 February 2018General

Holt Cup


Holt Cup 2018 off to a great start in light winds with 7 teams.

16 February 2018General

Radio 4, Long Wave Shipping Forecast 19 May 2018

RC (Cruising)

For one day only the mid day forcast is going to be delayed until 1257 BST. The MCA have accepted notification from BBC R4 tha,t on Saturday 19th May the 1201 Long Wave Shipping Forecast ..

09 February 2018Dinghies

Holt Cup 17-18 Feb 18 Sailing Instructions


Sailing Instructions for Holt Cup 2018

29 January 2018General



In my last update, at the end of October, I anticipated that a few tweaks to the exiting application for Registered Charity status would gain approval by the Charity Commission. Unfortunately, ..

29 January 2018Social

Reminder for The 2018 Annual Dinner at Hornet Services Sailing Club (HSSC)


The 2018 Annual Dinner is at Hornet Services Sailing Club (HSSC), Gosport - 1930 for 2000, following the AGM and Prize Giving The Annual Dinner, BRNC in 2015, Hornet in 2016 and HMS ..

29 January 2018General

Ocean Safety Open Day


Ocean Safety are inviting yacht owners to familiarise themselves with their essential onboard safety equipment when the company opens its doors to customers at its Southampton depot ..

19 January 2018Dinghies

Holt Cup (RN Inter Region Team Racing) 17-18 Feb 18 Notice of Race & Entry Form

RC (Dinghies)

Get your entries in now for Holt Cup 2018! Deadline for entries is Wed 7 Feb 18. Dear RNSA Dinghy Sailors, Entries are now open for the Holt Cup 17-18 Feb 18 - see the attachments ..

15 January 2018Dinghies

Holt Cup 16-18 Feb 18


Holt Cup - Royal Navy Inter Region Team Racing Championships 2018 16-18 Feb 2018 – Royal Navy Sailing Centre, HMS Excellent Dear RN Dinghy Sailors, The Holt Cup is fast approaching ..

15 January 2018General




15 January 2018General

Electronic Navigation Conference 18th April 2018.

RC (Cruising)

For those not heading to Zeebrugge for the Zeebrugge Raid Commemorations on 20/23 April the Royal Institute of Navigation would welcome attendees at the Electronic Navigation Conference ..

13 January 2018Social

Dorset Wrecks


A fun evening with a drink or two and good old singalong, by kind invitation of Castle Cove SC

07 January 2018Social

Quiz Night in aid of Action for Children


At The Boat that Rocks, Portland Marina, 7.30pm on 2 February 2018 Hosted by Tikka's Travels' Steve Pointon, entry is £5/head. Teams of three to six people recommended, make up ..

05 January 2018General



RNSA Hamble River Pile Mooring available for the 2018 season. Due to a change of plans a RNSA Hamble River Pile Mooring has just become available for 2018 onward for a vessel up to ..

03 January 2018Offshore

Offshore 2018 Programme

RC (Offshore)

Rear Commodore Offshore has published the provisional programme for the 2018 racing season After a rather frustrating 2017 season plans are in place to campaign Jolly Jack Tar for ..

03 January 2018Offshore

Jolly Jack Tar - Feb 18 Maintenance Weekends

RC (Offshore)

Jolly Jack Tar will be fettled back into racing trim during 2 weekends in Feb. The Offshore Squad will come together for 2 weekends of maintenance in February to get Jolly Jack Tar ..

21 December 2017General

Portsmouth AGM minutes and prize giving list


RNSA Portsmouth Branch - AGM minutes and prize giving list attached Please find attached the draft minutes for the AGM held at Hornet Sailing Club on 29 Nov 17. Included is the branch ..

18 December 2017General



Charter SCORCHER V in 2018 Charter Bookings are now being taken for SCORCHER V in the 2018 season. Don’t miss out on the great sailing opportunities Scotland has to offer. Please ..

14 December 2017Meetings

AGM 2017 Minutes


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 ..

14 December 2017Social


NW and IoM

SATURDAY 17 MARCH 2018 the 2018 Northern dinner will be held jointly with RNVRYC at the Sefton Mess, Altcar Training Camp, Hightown Liverpool on Saturday 17 March - 1900 for 1930. ..

13 December 2017Cruising

Dart Harbour Newsletter 11 December 2017

RC (Cruising)

Extract re changes to Term and Conditions for Dartmouth Moorings Harbour Charges for 2018/19 At the Annual Meeting, held on Wednesday 6th December the harbour charges for 2018/19 ..

10 December 2017General

'Rifles Lunch

East Coast

The East Coast Branch held its traditional 'Rifles' Lunch at the Victory Services Club on 24 November Norman Hummerstone MBE (99) presided over the ECB's Annual Rifles Lunch, held ..

04 December 2017Dinghies

New dinghy rep for Portsmouth Branch


As acting branch Captain, I would like to welcome Lt Matt Irwin to the committee as the new Dingy Sub-Committee lead. His contact details are on the committee page of the website

01 December 2017General

RNSC 2018 programme released and published to the events page


Please see link Attachment contains details of how RNSA members can access the RNSC

14 November 2017General

QHM Portsmouth - LNTM No 24/17


PORTSMOUTH SMALL BOAT CHANNEL UPDATE At the recent Portsmouth Dockyard Port Forum QHM staff re-briefed the importance of all harbour users and in this case particularly the small boat ..

31 October 2017General

Sealift 3 Haslar Marina Winter Special


Good discounts available so get a quote Up to 35%* Discount on Antifoul with Hull Cut & Polish services completed in November & December 2017, plus service vouchers valid ..

27 October 2017General

RNSA Autumn Newsletter 2017


Please see the attached newsletter copied in pdf format. It contains the AGM details to be held on 17 February 2018 at HSSC. As well as the articles by our Vice Commodore, Rear Commodores ..

23 October 2017General



From Nick Fletcher: Perhaps the best indicator of progress with registering a Charitable Incorporated Organisation (CIO) for RNSA is the gap between my updates. After a hello in ..

23 October 2017Meetings

October meeting minutes


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


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

19 October 2017Offshore

RNSA(P) Wednesday Autumn Series race 9


As Geoff Goodwin remarked as Wizard sped past at 2 knots - "one week it's blowing 37 the next 3, can't you have a word with someone". The conditions were a trifle unfortunate considering ..

13 October 2017Offshore

RNSA(P) Wednesday Autumn Series race 8 - Cancelled


An early decision to cancel was taken based on existing conditions at midday together with the forecast. The race organiser noted 37 knots at Stokes Bay at race start time which I ..

10 October 2017Offshore

RNSA(P) Wednesday Autumn Series races 6 and 7


Apologies for the results delay, on my return from sunny Tenerife (eventually, no thanks to Monarch) I found my PC had stopped running HAL properly. However after much angst and loads ..

05 October 2017General

Liferaft offer for RNSA Members


Ocean Safety have offered RNSA members the opportunity to purchase a liferaft at a special price. If you want one please contact the company directly on stating ..

27 September 2017Cruising


East Coast

12 Boats met up in the Orwell for the last Rally of the Season Determined to make the best of the end-of season rally and given a spring tide and benign winds 12 RNVR YC and RNSA boats ..

27 September 2017Dinghies

Inter Services Asymmetric Championships for the Gold Cup: 23-24 Sep 17

RC (Dinghies)

Tricky conditions and some well practised opposition meant the RN didn't manage to retain the mighty Gold Cup. The RN was represented by 3 boats at the Inter Services Asymmetrics Championships ..

27 September 2017Dinghies

Inter Service Keelboat Championships for the Coningham Cup: 16-17 Sep 17

RC (Dinghies)

The RN team dominated the weekend's sailing to finish 1st and 2nd to become Inter Service Keelboat Champions and winners of the Coningham Cup! Racing in Sonars from the Island Sailing ..

25 September 2017General

J70 Development Weekend


The weekend of 16-17 Sep saw the second running of a combined sailing development weekend with the Royal Yacht Squadron. Our Chairman/Vice Commodore led a 6 strong team and linked ..

24 September 2017Cruising

Berthing and Layup facilities in Scotland

RC (Cruising)

Details of RNSA Members self help scheme which might be of interest to cruising members The RNSA on the Clyde - as part of a developing facility for its members - has negotiated its ..

21 September 2017Offshore

RNSA(P) Wednesday Autumn Series Race 5


The 9 yachts that slipped out of Portsmouth harbour at low water to take the long way around to the start line at Gilkicker were rewarded by some fine Autumn sailing complete with ..

18 September 2017General

Inter Service Windsurfing Championships 2017

RC (Windsurfing)

Navy Team Triumph For the third year running the Royal Navy are the Windsurfing Inter Services Team Champions and the icing on the cake was that LET Tom Eskdale reclaimed his position ..

15 September 2017General

RNSA(P) Moorings Winter Arrangements


Berthing Arrangements-Lift Outs- Alliance Works Calling all RNSA(P) mooring holders, 1. The end of the season is fast approaching and our illustrious Bosun, John Kilian, (JK) is ..

14 September 2017General



Four months after starting work, in support to Mike and the office team, on the proposed change of RNSA to a Charitable Incorporated Organisation (CIO), I feel that it is time to let ..

14 September 2017Offshore

RNSA(P) Wednesday Autumn Series Race 4


With a Force 8 gale forecast for Solent Areas Race 4 was cancelled. Although a decrease in wind strength was evident in the central Solent at race start time, Stokes Bay was giving ..

13 September 2017General

Why go Sailing in Western Isles


5 minute drone video featuring Scorcher V sailing in the Western Isles

07 September 2017Offshore

RNSA(P) Wednesday Autumn Series Race 3


There was definitely a sniff of autumn in the air as the racing fleet meandered at low water the long way around to get to Gilkicker. This confirmed by the need for nav lights on the ..

04 September 2017General



Valid from 1 September 2017 - 30 April 2018 - RNSA members Yachts less than 12m at £68/metre and yachts over or over 10tons 12m POA. Use of Hornet Cradles/Supports £120. Service Sailing ..

04 September 2017General



Up To 11m - £799; 11-12m - £899; Over 12m phone for individual price quote. Prices include VAT RNSA Winter Boatyard Offer. Up to 11m - £799; 11-12m - £899; over 12m phone for a quote. Lift, ..

03 September 2017General

Plymouth To Salcombe


Race Results for Plymouth to Salcombe race 2 Sep 2017 The last race the Ullman series was run again by RNSA and PYC this year with the Plymouth to Salcobme race. With a mixed forecast ..

31 August 2017General



RAF Regiment exercise to commemorate their formation Ex DIAMOND ROCK. The RAF Regt are set to leave the UK in Sep 17 for a 6 Leg Atlantic crossing exercise, ending in Apr 18. The ..

31 August 2017General



High Latitude Exercise HMSTC ADVENTURE returned to Portsmouth Harbour following the very successful conclusion of exercise ARCTIC EXPRESS. This year’s high latitude exercise saw some ..

30 August 2017Offshore

RNSA(P) Wednesday Autumn Series Race 2


The forecast of light airs and rain did not bode well for the second race of the Autumn Series, however the optimists prevailed and a short but enjoyable race took place in a reasonable ..

29 August 2017Cruising

East Coast beats 'Med'!

East Coast

The Gods smiled on the RNSA East Coast Summer Ramble Not renowned for languid beaches, the North Sea weather mounted a charm offensive between 18 and 28 August. Our dutiful Extra Master ..

24 August 2017Offshore

RNSA(P) Wednesday Autumn Series Race 1


A fine evening to commence the Autumn Series with the wind for once doing what was forecast. The turnout of 9 yachts to contest the series was commendable with congratulations to Kurketrekker ..

11 August 2017General

RNSA discounted deal for winter lay up and limited pontoon berths


Our endeavour is to assist in making the cost of boat ownership as affordable to RNSA members. The RNSA on the Clyde - as part of a developing facility for its members - has negotiated ..

08 August 2017General

RNSA BBQ at West Mersea

East Coast

The traditional annual BBQ at Vivien Ryser's House in West Mersea was a great success. The RNSA Burgee is hoisted; it's Vivien’s BBQ at West Mersea - must be Mid-Summer! The ..

28 July 2017Dinghies

Lake Como Update 2


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


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


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 ..

20 July 2017Offshore

RNSA(P) Wednesday Summer Series Race 8


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


Amended results Race 6:

12 July 2017General

Services Offshore Regatta (SOR) 2017


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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



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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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 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 ..

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 ..

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 ..