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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.

19 March 2019General



ON FRIDAY 5TH. APRIL. 1900 FOR 1930hrs. RIG SMART CASUAL Please select your choices from the menu below: STARTERS 1. Avocado & prawn cocktail 2. Bangla prawns 3. ..

18 March 2019General

Camber Sailing Center Courses 2019


Course dates not to be missed

17 March 2019General



SINGLE-HANDED RACES 2019 Fancy something different this season, then why not join in with the action packed Single handed Series SINGLE-HANDED RACES 2019 PLYMOUTH to SALCOMBE ..

17 March 2019General

Fishing gear Entanglements and how to report them.


A concern to boaters for many years and it has been on the RYA’s agenda for just as long. This is a big problem in the South West. We’ve all been there and seen a badly marked pot, ..

11 March 2019General

Dartmoor winter walk


Last winter walk before the sailing season. 24th Mar 2019 - Dartmoor - Fernworthy Reservoir - meet at the Main Car Park(one with Toilet block) 1000 packed lunch required. FREE Pint ..

07 March 2019General

Captain Sir Robin Knox-Johnston CBE, RD, RNR


As a RNSA Life Rear Commodore Sir Robin's eightieth year is being celebrated by a number of events including a series of video vignettes on utube sponsored by MSAmlin. Dee Caffari ..

04 March 2019General

Lady Mine


Yacht Lady Mine, which was illegally secured to No 1 mooring buoy on the RNSA trots nearest to the slip remains submerged. As a result the No 1 mooring buoy and two adjacent buoys ..

02 March 2019Cruising

GPS Roll Over

RC (Cruising)

Alert issued for a second GPS Roll Over due to limitations in the 10 digit binary number store. The United Kingdom Maritime Coastguard Agency (MCA) and the United States Homeland ..

01 March 2019General

RNSA Annual General Meeting


2019 Royal Naval Sailing Association ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING HMS NELSON WARDROOM TRAFALGAR ROOM Saturday 23 March 2019 at 1800 AGENDA 1. Opening remarks by the Commodore including ..

01 March 2019Cruising

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

RC (Cruising)

Confirmation required for NL75 by 30 April 2019. NORMANDY Landings NL75, DDAY75 2019 – Confirmation of Interest Expressions of interest totalled 46 boats and 117 people have been ..

20 February 2019General

Coastal Winter Walk


Winter walk II Dear all, Just a short email too remind you of the next winter walk. I’d hate for anyone to miss out! 24th Feb 2019 - Coastal walk- Meet outside the Mount Batten ..

06 February 2019Social

Winter Dinner on the East Coast

East Coast

Thoughts turned to the season ahead over mulled wine in Jacqui-B, followed by a splendid supper at the Last Anchor, Ipswich. With the light remains of snow about the East Coasters ..

05 February 2019General

Portland Harbour Master's 1st Newsletter


This is the first newsletter that the Port have produced, emanating from a suggestion at a recent meeting of yacht club Mooring Officers. Mark Rowles at Portland Port has published ..

04 February 2019Cruising

RNSA FALMOUTH Cruising Group


2019 Programme now Available Once again this year we have a combined programme RNSA and RCYC – we have many members in common and historically our most successful ventures have been ..

30 January 2019Cruising

Parachutes and planes to fill skies in D Day event

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News artical in media 19th January 2019. Commemorations of the greatest seaborne invasion in history to liberate Europe. A Second World War flight display will be staged from IWM ..

29 January 2019General

Plymouth Calendar 2019 Season


Season Calendar 2019 Dear All, Please find the Calendar for the 2019 Season, I hope to see you at some of the events organised for you, if you wish to create an event please contact ..

11 January 2019General

New RNSA Events Calendar


A new calendar facility is now available in the Members' Only area together with the ability to print, download or subscribe to as many of the different RNSA events' calendars as interest ..

08 January 2019General

Plymouth Winter Walks


Plymouth Winter Walks are back! Start walking off that Christmas food and enjoy a walk and talk with fellow sailors. Make plans and compare refits. Full details on the events page. ..

20 December 2018General

Montagu Whaler under the RNSA burgee


Led by Steve Evans a group are re building a Montagu Whaler in Bristol. They are focusing on having her ready to sail and row in the Gulf du Morbihan, Brittany this coming May. The ..

12 December 2018Cruising

Operation Tinsel - Cambridge URNU cadets get a weekend afloat

East Coast

Each year the East Coast Branch takes CURNU cadets on a weekend sail. The Michaelmas and Lent Terms are ideal because they aren't plagued by exams 7-9 December found two East Coast ..

11 December 2018General

RNSA Branded Musto BR1 Corsica Jacket


New Year deal for RNSA Members Please place orders with Gemma from 7th January 2019 by email at Prices: Collection from the RNSA office £120.00 including VAT Delivery ..

08 December 2018Meetings

AGM minutes


The AGM held at WPNSA, Portland at the end of November 2018.

03 December 2018General

Hargreaves Orders


Christmas Cut-off date

02 December 2018Cruising

Portland Trophy awards


The three prize-winning entries for the Portland Trophy, reminding us what a wonderful summer it was in the UK! The Portland Trophy and two cash prizes are awarded for entertaining ..

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 ..

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 ..

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 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 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

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 ..