Submitted by steve

In Homer's Odyssey, the hero is advised during his visit to the underworld, that to retire from the sea, he should walk inland with an oar on his shoulder until someone asked him what it was for. Another remarkable sailor, and WSC veteran, has recently done just that – Peter Rayner, long-time owner of ‘Tom Thumb’ the 22ft Pandora which used to moor near the crane.

Portland Yacht Club would like to invite your club members to their annual Christmas Carols with the Weymouth Concert Brass Band.

Maurice Wilkinson passed away last Monday.He was not a current club member but was well known among the older sailing community. His funeral will take place on Tuesday 13th November at the Weymouth Crematorium at 1430.

Submitted by kathyC

We were blessed by excellent condition, really competitive racing sailed on interesting courses. Initial feedback is that everyone enjoyed an excellent regatta, but if you have any further feedback please email the Chairman on kclaydon@gmail.com in the next week if poss before our washup meeting.

Submitted by steve

When the boat behind appears to be featuring in a sort of meteorological apocalypse, it's a good moment to drop the kite. 'On affale, en urgence!' I shouted forward to Georges, who did just that. We were approaching the buoy anyway, and the 30-knot squall hit just as we rounded...

Submitted by steve

The peace of the Channel was welcome after the pre-carnival bustle of Weymouth, even though the WSW wind was less than forecast, meaning bursts of engine mid-Channel to keep going - very necessary at springs. It was interesting to be at sea in what I call 'normal' conditions, the wind filling in from the right soon after leaving the harbour at 0530, and the visibility good under light cloud which kept the temperature down, making for a very pleasant sail down to the shipping lanes.

Submitted by steve

Another very foggy trip back to Cherbourg was worth it in order to meet up with the crew of ‘Gwaihir Venturi’, a Dufour 34, and set out for Saint-Vaast and our second Tour des Ports de la Manche together. The first evening in Saint-Vaast meant catch-ups with friends from Le Havre and Granville, and it soon felt like no time had passed since our last meeting. This time, though there was the added interest of the World Cup for the various nationalities represented on the water.

Submitted by sin269

We've been to Tore, Sweden, (65 54.1N, 22 39.1E) to take a photo of the yellow buoy that marks the northern limit of Baltic navigation and to get the certificate.
Although we're within 40 miles of the Arctic Circle it's warm, and the winds has been light and variable and we've motored quite a lot.

Submitted by MickRS200

Day skipper course on Mojo J 120

Ade - our Instructor called a briefing session several weeks before the course to identify expectations and reinforce the theory we had learned during the evening classes run by Kathy.

Submitted by sin269

We launched Ojo at Mariehamn, Aland island, on 1st June and after 2 days more of rigging, mast stepping and putting on sails she was ready to go down river to the marina. We waited there for 2 days whilst a northerly gale blew through and then had our first sail of 24NM to beautiful Karingsundet on the West of Aland near the ferry terminal of Eckero. We were initially turned away from the harbour by a group of anglers , 50-70 boats full of them, who told us there was no room. As there was no alternative harbour we persisted and rafted out alongside the harbourmaster’s launch.