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Training Weekend 1 Feb '10

Training Weekend (many thanks to Mike Sefton for the images.)

Blinding weekend!
2 boats, 9 people who really clicked so there was a great après ski
Fri eve. Dinner in the Spinnaker. Venison shank. Yum

BS & Fizzgig used as ice breakers as chi marina frozen
Lovely day (all be it cold) with sunshine. Enough wind and tide to practise sailing onto and off the pontoon @ Ichenor. Also lots of 3 point turns in confined spaces.
Sat Eve. Dinner in the Spinnaker. Braised oxtail. Double yum!
Sun. Completed skippers navigational challenge to buy me a Bosham. Followed by towing practice and more sailing manoeuvres.

Sunshine Cruise 17-18th Dec '10

Sunshine Cruise

The Sunshine cruise lived up to its name with a beautiful bright Sunday. The crews of Fizzgig and Sea Holly met up at Hornet SC for a first class meal and a chance for a chat before heading out into the Solent on the Sunday.

Icicle Cruise 5-6th Dec '09

Icicle Cruise

A fantastic weekend for all. 5 boats were treated to a terrific beat on flattish water up to Sheppards Wharf, there was a memorable (for all the right reasons) cruise dinner at Island Sailing Club and a downwind sail back with plenty of Breeze on the Sunday.


RTI Cruise 2-4th Oct '09

RTIC - Restless Too
RTIC - Sea Holly

Well, the weather put everyone off going S of the Island on Saturday and the 3am start put everyone off going S of the Island Sunday.

Did that spoil things? Not at all!

Sea Holly went west Friday night arriving at Lymington at 3:45am Saturday morning after a beautiful beat through the Solent with the full moon. Then we had a bit of a sail round on Saturday while the other boats made their way west. Sunday we set off at 8am and stopped for a pint at RVYC at Wooton Creek.

Fizzgig had a fresh water leak leaving Chi and turned back but made it out Sunday for a trip round Nab tower.

Restless Too battled up the Solent and stayed at Cowes Saturday night, meeting up with the Blue Scherzos for lunch Sunday.

Without doubt the heroes of the weekend were the Blue Scherzos who not only made it all the way to Lymington into winds gusting gale force, but actually took time out for lunch while the tide was still going west! A terrific effort. They got in after dark but in time to make it to LTSC. A mention in dispatches for all five!

Video: Video

No Crumpet Cruise 19-20 Sept '09

No Crumpet Cruise Cruise

Fabulous weather for September saw five male interlopers on the Crumpet Cruise take BS down to Yarmouth, on to the Needles. As the light began to fade they dropped the kite and motored back to Yarmouth for a splendid curry out in the cockpit followed by a local hostelry. Sunday they took advantage of the 5M tide to get a rare visit to Ryde for a cheeky one at lunchtime, arriving just as the Sun returned.

Not the Bramble Bank Cruise 25-26 July '09

Not the Bramble Bank Cruise

Ok, we'd didn't achieve our primary objective - it was a bit lumpy round Bramble Bank for rubber dinghies or comfortable anchoring. There are rumours of a second attempt later in the year so watch this space.

What we did get was a lot of boats and crew out, and the lack of decent weather for getting to Bramble Bank simply meant perfect sailing conditions.

As always I'd welcome any images of this event for the web page!

Littlehampton. June 27-28 '09

Saw a seal off Birdham Pool; anchored at East Head for brekkie which resulted in a bit of fun and adventure; terrific meal at Arun Yacht Club; foggy start back and brekkie in Bracklesham Bay. A stonking Cruise on and off the water.

Littlehampton Cruise

West Country Cruise May/June '09

The club's flagship event, in every sense of the word. 11 boats and 40 crew make their way westwards.

Lymington, Totland Bay, Portland Nbr, Worborrow Bay, Lulworth Cove, Exmouth, Weymouth, Brixham, Dartmouth, Salcombe, Stoke Gabriel, Plymouth, Dandy Hole, Fowey, Sutton Harbour, Plymouth Gin distillery, Yealm, Polperro, Dittisham, Royal Dorset YC, Chapman's Pool, Newtown Creek. Get the picture?

Best of all the cruise wasted no time visiting Teignmouth.

(I'm on the hunt for more images - please pass any you are prepared to share my way - MLH.)

West Country Cruise (Thanks John P.)
West Country Cruise (Thanks Ian G.)
West Country Cruise (First Weekend)

Training Weekend Jan/Feb/March '09

Some images from various Training weekends on Fizgig in Chichester Harbour.

Training Weekends.

Firework Cruise Nov '08

Too wild and Wooley to watch comfortably watch fireworks, but great for Sailing.

Firework Cruise.

October '08 Cruise

Wooton Creek & Shamrock Quay. Superb Sailing.

October Cruise

Sunday Monday Cruise Sept '08

Portsmouth, Stokes Bay, Warshash & Ryde. Great Weather, great company.

Sunday & Monday Cruise.

Remember him?

Keyhaven Cruise

Not much wind but a superb destination and a cracking weekend.


The Anchor Weekend!

Three boats - three harbours.

Not the best weekend for an anchor cruise, or any other sort of cruise, although all the crew seemed to enjoy their weekend.

Nimue left left Poole on Friday heading for the Solent, but strong easterly winds confounded her plans and she went back to Poole.

Sea Holly spent Friday evening in Portsmouth Harbour, guests of Portcheseter Sailing Club. On Saturday we watched Lively Lady return from her round the world voyage (SH was the only yacht to welcome her in), then poked our nose out for an hour or so before returning to the harbour, sailing to Fareham and then back to Hardway SC for the evening.

Fizzgig stayed in Chi harbour, motoring and sailing down to the entrance and up to Emsworth before sailing back to Chi marina for dinner on board.

Sunday was pretty horrible with strong winds and poor visibility in drizzle and heavier rain. FG stayed put her berth. SH motored the short distance from Hardway SC to her berth at Gosport. (SH's berth is just about in the centre of this picture -

Not Anchor Weekend

IOW Prom Cruise!

Loud music, raucus singing and plenty to eat and drink. Hard to imagine a better weekend.

IOW Prom Cruise!

Ashdown SC Week Cruise '08 - to France

A fantastic cruise.

6 boats, 24 crew, 5 ports visited, very good week.

BS, RM, Opalescance and Nimue crossed to Ouistreham on Sat with some good sailing en route. LJ and SH motored most of the way on Sun, arriving Mon morning in time for the Ashdown water-bus service to Caen via Pegasus Bridge (3 boats taking all crew).

Deauville and Honfleur (2 nights) followed. Opalescence, LJ and MN crossed back on friday from Honfleur, with BS, RM and SH going to Fecamp and departing Saturday.

Ashdown SC Week Cruise '08 - to France

Ashdown SC Gentle May BH Cruise '08

Yet another cracking cruise. With a strong NE breeze Fizzgig flew west to spend Friday at Gosport while Raggamuffin made a 65 mile trip from Brighton up the Itchen River. Both boats saw great downwind sailing in surprisingly warm weather and a fairly calm sea. On Saturday in sunshine and light winds Summer Song came out to play and all three boats met up at Hythe Marina. Fizzgig stopped for lunch at Owers Lake and were treated to a tanker heading into Fawley up the narrow shallow channel.
Monday morning was payback time for the fantastic blast on Saturday with heavy rain and a strongish NE breeze to battle against. Fizzgig decided to suffer the initial wind and rain and were rewarded with sunshine once out of Southampton Water while the other two boats decided to break the return trip up a bit.
A fantastic cruise. On a rainy bank holiday weekend we probably saw more sunshine than the rest of Southern England and were treated to some superb sailing!

May '08 Gentle Cruise

Cherbourg Cruise - May '08

Cracking long weekend trip to France.

Cherbourg Cruise

April Cruise '08

Another great cruise and once again the wind didn't let us down!
April Cruise

Feb Cruise '08

Some Training, a good laugh and a race.

Bit cold but very good fun.

Feb '08 Cruise

Cruise Jan '08
A fantastic weekend with plenty of breeze and a flatish Solent. BS left Port Solent Saturday and Sunday for two day sails, and even found time for a wander round Portchester Castle.
Jan '08 Cruise

Fireworks Cruise Nov '07
Eliona, Summer Song and Blue Scherzo celebrated Guy Fawkes night with a night cruise up the Solent to enjoy the Fireworks from the water.

Eliona spent Saturday lunchtime in Priory Bay while Summer Song and Blue Scherzo enjoyed the quaint charm of Gunwharfe Quay! All three boats then crossed to Hardway SC to enjoy a beer and an excellent Chinese takeaway before setting off. All the Boats stayed at west Cowes and (after a quiet beer or two in Cowes) had the luxury of sleeping late on the Sunday morning before drifting home on the tide.

Highlights? Free Donuts, Eamon 'Fenders' Furlong, Gypsy Moth, and of course, the balmy weather!

Fireworks Cruise Here.

Cowes Cruise Oct '07

Lady J, Summer Song, Transay Mhor and Blue Scherzo sailed over to Cowes Corinthian for the ASC early October Cruise. The boats enjoyed a smooth run West through the Solent and most of the boats Anchored for lunch in either Osbourne Bay or Thorness Bay. (The drunkards who shunned the hook for a run up to the Folly for a beer, know who they are!)

The evening was spent in the hospitable environment of Cowes Corinthian YC.

A great weekend's sailing in the last few days of summer.

Cowes Cruise Here.

New Destinations Cruise Sept '07

Eliona and Diamond Life joined forces to visit Marchwood Yacht Club a new destination for most of the members. The Elionas stopped on the way for a swim in the warm waters of Whitecliff Bay and detoured round the Nab Tower on the way back when there was a bit of breeze. Both boats enjoyed a great chat and a meal in MYC's excellent clubhouse.

See images from the September 'New Destinations' Cruise Here.

Ashdown SC Maintenance Weekend March '07

Agonising labour, barked knuckles and eyes stinging from anti foul. ...and that was the fun bits!

Seriously, all the members enjoyed a great weekend helping boat owners prep their boats for the new season, punctuated by one or two well earned beers at the Ship Inn, Itchenor, on the Saturday night.

March '07 Ashdown SC Maintenance Weekend

We cracked open the sun tan Lotion for the Sunshine Cruise on Jan 13th-14th '06. The plan was a sail up to Cowes to Shepards Wharf, arriving after dark. Beating against the tide in a good steady breeze allowed the boats to pack a great deal of fun into a short distance over the ground. In the evening the crews ate on the boats then adjourned to Cowes Corinthian YC for a chat and a drink. Sunday dawned bright with about 10 knots of wind from the SW to give all the boats an enjoyable, but gentle, sail back. Sorry to the crew who didn't get a sail this time, there will be more boats out for the Feb cruises so apply now! Many thanks to David for organising a terrific cruise, with the Solent at its uncluttered best!

See images from the January 'Sunshine' Cruise Here.

Ian Green has been keeping a blog of Ashdown sailing trips over the past two years. Great images - and outstanding reading.

Ian's Ashdown Blog

The forecast for the November '06 cruise was terrible. Predicted 85kt winds seemed to kill any hope of sailing, and the cruise was cancelled. However three boats thought there was a possibility of a sail, and were rewarded with mainly benign conditions. (Although a short lived 42kt squall set the crews grinning!) Blue Sherzo and Sea Holly sailed to the Folly on the Isle of Wight, while Fizgig took advantage of some superb sailing in Chichester Harbour. (Many thanks to Nigel for the cruise images.)

See images from the November '06 Cruise Here.

The club paid a second visit to France in June '06 when the destination was St Vaast for a superb cruise meal at Les Fuchsias. Two of the boats on the Cruise enjoyed an overnight stop off at Brading Haven on the way back. Although the wind let us down, the flat seas allowed at least one crew a glimpse of Dolphins and the wind gods did play ball on the final day!

See images from the June St Vaast Cruise Here.

In May '06 club members sailed to the Channel Islands and France. We enjoyed some fantastic weather, superb sailing and a lightening quick charge across the channel!

See images from the May Cruise Here.

On a rather chilly mid winter weekend at the begining of 2006 the club decided to stay in the Solent and enjoy an Amble up the Hamble to Swanwick. Chichester Marina was actually frozen and Lucrece, the first boat out (as always), literally broke the ice on her way out.

See images from the February Cruise Here.

Video of Blue Sherzo mooring at Swanwick Marina is here: BS_Swanick.avi(3.1mb)

Ashdown Members: We need your suitable cruise pictures for this page & your own pictures (or text reports) for the members' trips link. Can you help? Conversely if you want one or more full size versions of any images on the site then contact details are here.