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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.

15 November 2018General

RNSA Autumn Newsletter


Please find attached a round up of the season news. Of note is the change of date for the AGM which will now be held on Saturday 23 March 2019 at HMS Nelson tying in with the Holt ..

06 November 2018Meetings

AGM Calling notice


The AGM to be held at WPNSA on Friday 30 November

06 November 2018Meetings

October Meeting Minutes


Minutes of the October committee meeting including vacancies, proposed work on moorings and next year's proposed sailing programme

18 October 2018Offshore

RNSA(P) Wednesday Autumn Series race 9


The final race of the Series and the season as far as Wednesday evenings go contained all the anticipated drama as the series podium went down to the wire. In the very light airs the ..

15 October 2018Meetings


East Coast

The East Coast AGM on 13 October was a delightful occasion at the West Mersea Yacht Club (WMYC) Accompanied by a truly excellent WMYC Dinner, East Coasters enjoyed a review of the ..

12 October 2018General

Golden Opportunity to sail Jolly Jack Tar


The RNSA J109 Jolly Jack Tar has entered the Hamble Winter series and looking to widen the net from purely serving personnel for crew as this is a non-service event. If you would ..

11 October 2018Offshore

RNSA(P) Wednesday Autumn Series race 8


The penultimate race of the RNSA(P) Autumn Series and indeed of the 2018 season produced some great sailing conditions. Unseasonal warmth and an easterly wind of around 18 knots easing ..

05 October 2018General

RNSA(P) Wednesday Autumn Series races 6 and 7 Results


On my return from hols I have now managed to get the results onto the server. Many thanks to Kit and Heather for their efforts in keeping competitors up to date during my absence. ..

04 October 2018Offshore

RNSA(P) Wednesday Autumn Series race 6


A short course in light airs. COURSE: DARLING (P), BROWNDOWN (S), STOKES BAY WEST (S), DARLING (S), FINISH Heather Tarr reporting in Ric's absence Race results courtesy of Kit Buck Another ..

27 September 2018Dinghies

RNSA Win Inter Service Asymmetric Dinghy Racing Championships

RC (Dinghies)

Over the weekend of 22-23 Sep the ASA hosted the Gold Cup and Inter Services Asymmetrics Champs at Thorney. Over the two days 6 races were completed resulting in an Army helm (with ..

27 September 2018Offshore

RNSA(P) Wednesday Autumn Series race 5


Light airs and full springs; a busy Solent full of obstacles COURSE: DARLING (P), STOKES BAY CENTRAL (P), KEMPS (P), DARLING (S), FINISH Heather Tarr reporting in Ric's absence Race ..

24 September 2018Dinghies

Fleet Commander's Cup Report Wed 12 Sep 18


Last ever RNSA Bosun fleet race In Portsmouth Twenty eight RNSA(P) sailors took to the water recently to compete for the Fleet Commander’s Cup. This was the last ever Bosun dinghy ..

21 September 2018Cruising

Bradwell - where North meets South in the East.

East Coast

The RNVR YC and RNSA second rendez-vous of the year took place at Bradwell 15-16 September What is it about a tiny village perched next to a defunct nuclear power station with a two ..

19 September 2018General



Valid from 1st week in October 2018- 1st week in March 2019 The RNSA deal this year is £795.00 including VAT for boats 12m or less. For boats over 12m the offer is 10% discount ..

19 September 2018General



Valid from 1st October 2018- 30th April 2019 Service Sailing Association Members (RNSA, ASA, RAFSA, CSSA) Yachts <12m under 10T £70/metre Yachts <12m under 14T £75/metre Yachts >12m ..

19 September 2018General

RNSA(P) Moorings Winter Arrangements


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

13 September 2018Offshore

RNSA(P) Wednesday Autumn Series race 4


Wow! The light and shifty northerlies may not have been exactly what the Autumn Series fleet wanted to sail in but the wonderful sunset presented on the inbound leg showed that natural ..

06 September 2018Offshore

RNSA(P) Wednesday Autumn Series Race 3


A race with a little bit of everything just to show there can be added excitement in even a mundane RNSA(P) evening race series! The fleet missing only Sunshine away on holiday gathered ..

01 September 2018General

Plymouth to Salcombe and return race results


Plymouth to Salcombe and return race results

30 August 2018Offshore

RNSA(P) Wednesday Autumn Series race 2


As the crews prepared their boats for the second race of the Autumn Series there were already ominous signs. The steady north westerly which had been blowing at 12 - 14 knots all afternoon ..

29 August 2018Cruising

In the Trade - a glimpse into the Backwaters and Backstreets of Woodbridge

East Coast

Woodbridge and the Deben brought out five East Coast boats, and they didn't let a Force 7 stand in the way of a Royal Yacht supper afloat. Well, the East Coast Branch crammed a beauty ..

26 August 2018General

NL75. 75th Anniversary of Normandy Landings 6th June 1944

RC (Cruising)

Every five years the annual commemorations step up a level. 2019 is expected to be no different. Preliminary planning is underway with assitance from Mike Morgan, RNVR YC and Gale ..

24 August 2018General

Clyde Branch 2018 season closing lunch. Date: 30th September


RNSA Clyde Branch - 2018 season closing lunch Cecchini's Italian Bar Bistro RNSA Clyde Branch - 2018 season closing lunch. Date: 30th September Time: 12 till 4 pm At ..

24 August 2018General

Clyde Branch Final Muster to Portavadie Date 15th September


Rendezvous and Cruise to Portavadie. Rally point 1 nautical mile south of Toward Point Lighthouse. Time: starts at 10 am sharp The RNSA Clyde Branch Closing muster. Cruise ..

23 August 2018Cruising

Honorary Port Officers

RC (Cruising)

Exercise to update, verify and increase the number of Honorary Port Officers has started. Members help to verify entries is requested and volunteers to increase the number of ports ..

23 August 2018Offshore

RNSA(P) Wednesday Autumn Series race 1


Part cloud, part sun and a nice south westerly breeze that had a few light patches in it to keep competitors on their toes. Perfect conditions to open the Autumn series. Tinker T ..

10 August 2018Social

Is your mooring safe?


A talk by EYE Marine about moorings

08 August 2018Cruising

Fox's Two Rivers foxes the URNU

East Coast

Each Year Fox's Marina Yacht Club arranges a fun race around six pubs on the banks of the Orwell and Stour Every Year the wily folk at the Fox's Marina Yacht Club (FMYC) organise their ..

02 August 2018Cruising

West Mersea BBQ, Saturday, 28 July - Murmurings from the North Sea!

East Coast

Vivien Ryser, our longtime Treasurer invites the East Coasters each year to a swimming Barbeque at her home, Alfa House in West Mersea. After almost four months of benign, indeed ..

30 July 2018General



Excellent navigation practice, enough wind to sail, warm and clear skies, varied port stops, and enough brown sauce to replace water. Boat checks and food shopping done, we set ..

26 July 2018Offshore

RNSA(P) Wednesday Summer Series race 9


Ideal conditions for the final race of the Summer Series except perhaps for the honking tide greeted the small fleet to contest the final podium places. Sunshine set the course of ..

24 July 2018General

Commodore Philip Warwick chosen as RNSA Chief Executive


Members who read my editorial in the recent Journal will have noted that I announced to the Committee my intention to step down as your General Secretary after a wonderful decade in ..

23 July 2018Dinghies

RNSA(P) Thursday Dinghy Series Final


Fifth and final evening of racing for Portsmouth Dinghy Sailors in the series Thursday night saw 7 boats out for the final races of the series. Lee Bichard of the RN Watersports Centre ..

19 July 2018Offshore

RNSA(P) Wednesday Summer Series race 8


With boats away competing in Cork Week and others on holiday the penultimate race of the Summer Series was poorly supported, however unsurprisingly all the boats in contention for ..

13 July 2018General

Commodore's Invitational Regatta

RC (Dinghies)

On Thursday and Friday an RNSA team competed at the inaugural Commodore’s Invitational Regatta at the Royal Yacht Squadron racing against other notable yacht and sailing clubs from ..

12 July 2018Offshore

RNSA(P) Wednesday Summer Series race 7


6 yachts turned out for a light airs race. JJT was away to compete in the Beaufort Cup in Cork and a few others were on holiday or wanted to watch a strange contest where 22 men kick ..

11 July 2018General

RYS Cdre Invitation Cup


Elite RNSA Team at RYS Cdre Invitation Cup

05 July 2018Offshore

RNSA(P) Wednesday Summer Series race 6


A warm sunny light airs race where the tide made all the difference Heather Tarr reporting as Ric is on holiday. Kit Buck has very kindly run the results for us and these are below: Pos ..

04 July 2018Dinghies

RNSA(P) Baring Cup Report


Dinghy handicap race around Portsmouth harbour Ten boats entered today’s Baring Cup race around Portsmouth harbour. A mixed fleet of Bosuns, Picos, Fusions and Lasers competed in the ..

04 July 2018General

NAVYFit Festival HMS Drake


RNSA stand ready for the Western NAVYFit today at 1300

30 June 2018Dinghies

RNSA(P) Dinghy Handicap Series Evening 3


Thursday evenings - any dinghy handicap racing Seven boats took to the water on Thursday for the 3rd of 5 racing evenings. Two short windward/leeward races were run from a start/finish ..

29 June 2018General

DIN released for Exercise Caribbean Express 2018-19


2018DIN07-076 (attached) JSASTC will provide a range of challenging offshore sailing experiences within exercise CARIBBEAN EXPRESS (ex CE). This exercise is a demanding expeditionary ..

28 June 2018Offshore

RNSA(P) Wednesday Summer Series race 5


A delightful evening for a sail. Warm sunshine and a gentle 10 knots of south easterly breeze. Tinker T took over SOOD duties in the absence of Kurketrekker and set a course of a run ..

21 June 2018Offshore

RNSA(P) Wednesday Summer Series race 4


An eight boat turnout with a bit of breeze for a change, but the fleet was missing the J109's battling for Service honours down in Plymouth. Sunshine, the SOOD set a course of a beat ..

19 June 2018Offshore

2018 Services Offshore Regatta - live now


Follow the teams on yellow tracker (see the link below) as they race to Plymouth. This will also be live for the return leg on Friday. The SOR started yesterday with a race from the ..

15 June 2018General

RNSA is seeking applications for the fulltime post as Chief Executive


The Association is looking for an experienced individual to take RNSA forward as a leading Royal Navy sports body, delivering high quality watersports activity to serving and former-serving ..

15 June 2018Dinghies

RNSA(P) Dinghy Handicap Series Evening 2


Any boat handicap racing in Portsmouth Harbour Ideal conditions for the two races this evening with Force 3-4 Westerly breeze and glorious sunshine. Six boats on the water for two ..

14 June 2018Offshore

RNSA(P) Wednesday Summer Series race 3


Tinker T struggling to escape the clutches of the sticky mud in her berth in Dolphin Pool half an hour before low water feared they might not be the only victims of low tide, and thus ..

11 June 2018Dinghies

RNSA(P) Dinghy Handicap Series Evening 1


Thursday evenings - any dinghy handicap racing Five intrepid RNSA sailors set out on Thursday in the first of five RNSA(P) Dinghy Handicap race evenings. In a light SSE breeze ..

10 June 2018General

Jolly Jack Tar Portsmouth Champion

RC (Offshore)

Jolly Jack Tar(JJT) this weekend has become the Portsmouth regatta J109 Champion. With a mixed Royal Navy crew, skippered by CPO Joe Henry, JJT competed in a field of 9 J109's in ..

07 June 2018Cruising

St Mawes RNSA Visitors Mooring


Update on the use of the visitors mooring at St Mawes and RNSA overnight mooring concession on other St Mawes moorings RNSA Mooring St Mawes E11 The RNSA mooring in St Mawes is ..

07 June 2018Offshore

RNSA(P) Wednesday Summer Series race 2


The historical wind graph on Spitbank Fort showed how lucky the yachts competing in the RNSA(P) Summer Series race 2 were. A breeze of up to 9 knots appearing at 1830 and disappearing ..

06 June 2018General

Plymouth to Dartmouth Race - 21 July 2018


The Plymouth to Dartmouth Offshore Race takes place on 21 July and as the final race of the 4 race Ullman Offshore series. The Plymouth to Dartmouth Offshore Race takes place on 21 ..

31 May 2018Offshore

RNSA(P) Wednesday Summer Series race 1


The yachts competing in the RNSA(P) Wednesday series could be forgiven for thinking it was the start of the Autumn not the Summer Series as they made their way out of foggy Portsmouth ..

30 May 2018Cruising

The 91st Calais Rally

East Coast

The RNSA East Coast Branch have a standing invitation to the Little Ship Club Rally. The Event this year lived up to the wonderful traditions continued by the late Norman Hummerstone, ..

30 May 2018General

RN Sailors are National Champions


The Royal Navy Sailing Team are the 2018 J109 National Champions after a nail biting Regatta run by the Island Sailing Club in Cowes. The team competed in the RNSA’s 36 foot racing ..

25 May 2018General

General Data Protection Act (GDPR)


The new Data Protection Act 2018 (“DPA”) (which applies in England and Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland) and implements the GDPR comes into force today as I am sure all members ..

24 May 2018Offshore

RNSA(P) Wednesday Spring Series race 9


With the Spring Series dominated by stronger breezes the final race ended the series with a whimper rather than a bang, however the competition for podium positions was undiminished ..

23 May 2018Windsurfing

RN Windsurfers Enjoy Early Season Instruction Refresher in El Medano

RC (Windsurfing)

A group of RN Windsurfers travelled to El Medano for an early season windsurf coaching session to prepare for the seasons wave sailing, slalom, and speed events Snow chains and shovels ..

17 May 2018Offshore

RNSA(P) Wednesday Spring Series race 8


The numbers were down a little with late Spring holidays featuring but nonetheless a good evenings sail that leaves the series in both classes delicately poised. Moby Jay sailing double ..

16 May 2018General

Portsmouth Region NavyFit


Portsmouth Region NavyFit is happening today at HMS Collingwood

16 May 2018General

Portsmouth Region NavyFit


Portsmouth Region NavyFit is happening today at HMS Collingwood

14 May 2018Cruising

RNSA Falmouth Cruising Group First on Water Event


A bank holiday Monday meet in perfect weather at the Helford River Sailing Club. A great first on water meet for the far west cruising group. Helfrod River Sailing Club looked after ..

10 May 2018General



THE SOR is taking place from 18th to 24 June.

10 May 2018Offshore

RNSA(P) Wednesday Spring Series race 7


A reef and number 3 jib was the preferred option for some yachts as race 7 of the series got underway in a frisky, cool, southwesterly gusting around 22 knots. The SOOD Tinker T set ..

07 May 2018General

St Peter Port Offshore Race 25 May 2018


The NOR for the St Peter Port Race have now been published on the Events page. The St Peter Port Race starts on Friday 25 May and gives you the best possible start to the Bank holiday ..

07 May 2018Cruising

Bradwell - Gateway to the East?

East Coast

April sunshine sent the East Coasters into a flurry of activity- boats being launched, slipped and commissioned in a race to capture the sun - Bradwell was the best fit to get us ..

05 May 2018Dinghies

Woodcock Trophy 2 May 18 Report


Breezy conditions for the first RNSA(P) dinghy race of the season Thirteen plucky RN sailors descended upon a breezy Portsmouth for the Woodcock Trophy organised by RNSA(P) Dinghy ..

03 May 2018Offshore

RNSA(P) Wednesday Spring Series race 6


The weather system that brought torrential rain and high winds throughout the day cleared the Solent as forecast to leave a fine evening for sailing albeit with a blustery WNW wind ..

02 May 2018Cruising

RNSA Falmouth Cruising Group


2018 Programme

25 April 2018Cruising

RNSA East Coast Yacht lays wreath at Zeebrugge Mole on St George's Day

East Coast

Two yachts representing the RNSA East Coast Branch attended the Commemoration of the Zeebrugge Raid 1918, laying a wreath off the Mole on St George's Day, where HMS VINDICTIVE launched ..

19 April 2018Offshore

RNSA(P) Wednesday Spring Series race 4


Warm sunshine and a solid breeze, what more can a yacht racing crew wish for? Perhaps a tad less tide. So was it nine or eight boats on the start line at Gilkicker? My mathematically ..

18 April 2018General

Visitor Notification


At the lodgers meeting today (18 April) the security officer requested that members adhere to the rules that require you to inform the guardroom of any visitors 24 hours in advance. ..

18 April 2018Dinghies

RNSA (Portsmouth) Woodcock Trophy Wed 2 May 18


Bosun fleet racing - bring a novice sailor! The Woodcock Trophy will be help on Wed 2 May 18 as a Bosun dinghy Fleet Race around the harbour. Approximate timings are below - see the ..

14 April 2018Meetings

April meeting minutes


Covering the results of the recent moorings inspection, the proposed cruising activity, the possibility of RYA Powerboat courses for future drivers of the branch RIB, planned social ..

13 April 2018Windsurfing

Nic Dodd hands over Rear Commodore Windsurfing to Trish Kohn

RC (Windsurfing)

Nic Dodd retires as Rear Commodore Windsurfing after three years in post and reflects on his time in his annual AGM report REAR COMMODORE WINDSURFING – AGM REPORT 2017 was another ..

12 April 2018Offshore

RNSA(P) Wednesday Spring Series race 3


After the high winds and rain forcing cancellation of race 2 it was a delight to have a decent breeze and a bit of sunshine to cheer the small fleet gathered at Gilkicker for race ..

05 April 2018General

Plymouth Branch Annual Dinner 28 April 2018


The Plymouth Branch Annual Dinner will be held on Saturday 28 April 2018 at the Yealm yacht club. The dinner is being held in conjunction with the first cruising meet of the season. ..

05 April 2018Cruising

East Coast 'Work up'

East Coast

Each year we cajole our boats out of refit by an 'early' work up around the Orwell Estuary...and the promise of some fun in the 'Backwaters'. Do you have the rule - "fix it in a day ..

29 March 2018Offshore

RNSA(P) Wednesday Spring Series race 1


The organiser of the RNSA(P) Wednesday evening race series heaved a big sigh of relief as the abysmal weather forecast from early in the week of strong winds and rain was replaced ..

27 March 2018General

Updated RN Sailing Centre 2018 Programme


Programme dated 12 Mar 18

28 February 2018General

RNSA Plymouth Sailing Calendar 2018


The Plymouth Branch has published its sailing calendar for the 2018 season RNSA Plymouth's annual calendar will be distributed in print form to local Service Establishments, Yacht ..

25 February 2018Meetings

February meeting minutes


Covering the appointment of a new Sailing Secretary, a mooring and launch fee update, marina discounts, date of Cocktail Party and Mupe Bay cruise.

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 ..

20 February 2018General

HOLT CUP Results


Gold Fleet was dominated by the East Team whilst in the Silver Fleet, West produced a clear run of consistent wins. The Holt Cup, was held at the Royal Navy Sailing Centre, Whale Island ..

17 February 2018General

Holt Cup


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

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 ..

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




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

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 ..