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 on: 06 May 2019, 10:41 
Started by ritchis - Last post by ritchis
Interesting YM article on prop drag.

 on: 05 Dec 2018, 21:00 
Started by Admin (Ian S) - Last post by Admin (Ian S)
We are please to be able to offer Reeds Almanacs at 35% discount off retail prices.

Details are in the attachment but if you have any questions, please post them here.

Available to all Ashdown SC members only.


 on: 18 Nov 2018, 10:35 
Started by Admin (Ian S) - Last post by Admin (Ian S)
Here is a guide explaining how Ashdown SC Cruises work. It is aimed at members who have not sail before, or not with Ashdown SC, and hopefully answers any queries you may have.

This is revised Version 1d dated 18 Novemeber 2018

If you have any comments, please contact Ian Sandell, , 01372 725944, 07979 530413

 on: 05 Jul 2018, 11:58 
Started by Admin (Ian S) - Last post by Admin (Ian S)
Just a few minor changes.


 on: 20 Mar 2018, 16:28 
Started by Admin (Ian S) - Last post by Admin (Ian S)
With a week to go, we had 2 boats, Fizzgig Sea and  Holly, both fully crewed and everything looked good. Forecast looked bit iffy but plenty of time for that to change. But it did not.

Pete, skipper of FG, rang round his crew on Thu and all agreed to scratch. Ian did the same on Fri morning and Sea Holly's crew decided the same.

Ian and Jean were committed to go Sea Holly to meet a contractor on Sat morning. We went down on Friday afternoon, did a few jobs followed by enjoyable evening meal in Arty's, next door to POG in Gosport. We were later awoken in the small hours of Sat by lashing rain. Sat morning was horrible and even walking around the boat was a challenge. The contractor shyed off and we went home early afternoon. No small boats were moving in the harbour - and I dont blame them.

Fizzgig and crew were able to rearrange the cruise for this coming weekend. The forecast looks much better.


 on: 19 Mar 2018, 14:52 
Started by Admin (Ian S) - Last post by Admin (Ian S)
Here is the Ashdown Sailing Club Data Privacy Policy.


 on: 11 Feb 2018, 22:58 
Started by Admin (Ian S) - Last post by Admin (Ian S)
Hi all,

Following some suggestions from Ashdown SC, we have made a couple of relatively minor changes to the Skippers' Aide Memoire. Attached is Version 1h.

As always, any comments or suggestions are welcome.

Ian Sandell - Vice Commodore, Ashdown Sailing Club

 on: 05 Feb 2018, 11:16 
Started by Admin (Ian S) - Last post by Admin (Ian S)
Thanks Paul,

Interesting report. I like reading mini-reports for cruises that I don't managed to do. Glad to hear that the sun did appear.

Did anyone get a pic of Two of Diamonds underway? I would like to replace the one on the website



 on: 05 Feb 2018, 10:41 
Started by Admin (Ian S) - Last post by Admin (Ian S)
In the end, 15 hardy souls except soft Phil Browne attended the sunshine cruise as planned. All 3 boats set off Saturday morning in light winds. As we passed Cowes we came across Two of Diamonds which is a club boat but which was not on the cruise. We had a close-quarters chat with them as they crossed our path on their way into Cowes. Not much wind, but some of us did manage a sail or motor sail for some of the way to Yarmouth.

All 3 boats arrived Yarmouth Saturday pm, mooring together on the walk-ashore finger pontoons. We went to the Royal Solent YC, where they provided us with a table and served what was generally agreed as a fine meal. A good place to go again.

Sunday morning saw a still sea and no wind, yet the forecast was for a 5-6. Within an hour of setting off, the wind did indeed pick up but from the East, not the forecast South. Red Cloud and Katy 1 had 20 knots on the nose for the return to Gosport, but Libra II had a nice sail under genoa alone for their beam reach up S'ton water. About midday the light rain turned to heavy rain and the wind increased, so it was in the end a relief to be safely moored up again.

It was good to get out on the water, and the promised sunshine did indeed appear although fleetingly.

(Posted on behalf of Paul Blanchard - Cruise Organiser for SS Cruise)

 on: 03 Oct 2017, 12:39 
Started by Admin (Ian S) - Last post by Admin (Ian S)
Posted on behalf of John Moore

Commodore’s Cruise 2017
Littlehampton is always a challenge, one of the fastest tidal entrances in the South.  With boats coming from Eastbourne and the rest from Hythe, Portsmouth and Chichester.  A challenge for the Skippers and Crew.  Three of the boats having to escape through locks before even starting the trip.

We left Hythe at 0600 hrs.  A chance to log a night hour !!  The Solent was only busy with big ships.  On route we passed the new lights at Portsmouth that now guide our largest aircraft carrier in and out.  We headed for the Looe Channel with SE wind and we had a good sail.  At Selsey Bill a clear line of water marked the high waves on the other side.  Glad I put full oillies on.  With the sun getting hotter and the sky clear we could see the wind farm.  Another recent addition.  Jane decided to stay out with the low autumnal equinox  tide before bearing 340 degrees heading towards the old gas storage tank at Littlehampton.  I wonder how long that will be a land mark?  We all had a go on the helm changing at one hourly intervals.  Ian, Chrstine, Nigel B, Angela L and myself.  Jane takes on the River Arun.  We arrived just after noon.  Sea Holly, Fizz Gigg, Gilken were already tied up.  Lady J followed us in and Cassiopiea the last to join the party had done a terrific job to make it with quite a slow slog along the coast from Eastbourne.  The sun was blazing down and we all enjoyed resting before the evening begun at Arun Yacht Club.  They ferried us across in 3 lots being a total of 27 people which included some new members as well as a few old seafarers.  A great evening was had by all.  Thanks to the Arun Club members for looking after us all.

Sunday started with a breeze, sunny and warm.  We all left around midday and were soon into a heavy haze.  The wind disappeared at Selsey and mizzle started.  Motor sailing became the norm.  The others peeled off one by one as we motor sailed back to Hythe with drizzle rain on and off.

We arrived just before 1900 hours.  We used the last remaining light to load up the cars before the heavy rain that continued all the way home.

With our boat in Scotland its great to sail with the club and catch up with all the changes in the Solent.  What are we going to do when Fawley Chimney comes down.  Its been there ever since we all started sailing and one of the first land marks we learned.

Finally thanks to all the Skippers who made it happen and especially to Ken from Channel S.C. who provided his boat so we could enjoy the weekend with everyone who signed up for this weekend trip.

John Moore

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