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* The AGM will be held on Saturday 25 November 2017, in the Waters Edge Restaurant, Mercury Yacht Harbour, Satchell Lane, Hamble starting at 12.00 hours.  A buffet lunch will be provided after the meeting. There will also be an illustrated talk by Capt. Alan Watson of the HMS Medusa Trust will be given after the AGM. HMS MEDUSA was launched as Harbour Defence Motor Launch (HMDL) 1387 in 1943. In May 1944 she took part in the practise assault carried out by American forces at Slapton Sands, Devon and served at D Day as a Navigation Leader marking the approach channels through minefields at Omaha Beach.

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* CSD Committee New Members Required.  We need new committee members to be involved in the many aspects of making a 40ft cruising yacht available to CSSC members. If this appeals to you please get in touch with the CSD Secretary Colin Smith (csddaysails@gmail.com) for further information and encouragement.
* Photo Competition. A reminder of the 2017 photo competition which will be judged at the AGM. Please send your shots that best capture what you most enjoy during your time sailing Sea Essay to James Savage (training@channelsailing.org) or post them on our Facebook page (Civil Service – Channel Sailing Division).
* 2018 Summer Cruise Survey.  With this year’s Summer Cruise completed your committee are keen to know the format and cruising areas you would like to see for next year. If you haven’t received a copy of the survey and would like to contribute please contact the Yacht Secretary Adrian Barnes at boscombe@lineone.net
* Raymarine E125 Multi-Function Display Course.  The Channel Sailing Division are trawling members for interest in their one day MFD course to be held at Raymarine, Segensworth, Fareham during a weekday. Replies please to Colin Smith, CSD Hon. Secretary by email csddaysails@gmail.com

What is Channel Sailing Division?

Channel Sailing Division (CSD) operates and maintains a yacht “Sea Essay of Hamble”.  CSD is an Offshore Division of the Civil Service Sailing Association (CSSA) and which is in turn part of the Civil Service Sports Club Ltd (CSSC). CSD is managed by a committee in accordance with the CSD Constitution 2012.

SeaEssayAJBFeb2015Sea Essay of Hamble is a three cabin, two heads version of the Jeaneau Sun Odyssey 409 and was purchased in early 2015 She is equipped and coded for a crew of 8 up to 60 miles from a safe haven.  She is maintained by a dedicated team of volunteers and is made available to members at all skill levels for introductory day sails, training, private charters and Sea Time / cruises.  Events are also organised to help members develop boat-handling and other skills such as sail-trim.

Sea Essay is kept at Mercury Yacht Harbour on the River Hamble near Southampton with direct access to the Solent and English Channel.  CSSC members may charter the yacht for their own group use although it must be skippered by an approved CSSA Coastal or Offshore skipper.

CSSC members may join CSSA for free and can then benefit from a printed copy of CS Sailing the quarterly CSSA magazine, subscribe to the crew bureau or enrol for the various courses and other events that are publicised by email and on this and other CSSA related websites. To become an approved skipper, a member must possess a full RYA/MCA Yachtmaster Coastal or Yachtmaster Offshore Certificate of Competence, an SRC Certificate and a currently valid, RYA approved, First Aid Certificate. In addition they should submit the contact details for two CSSA Approved Skippers at equivalent or higher standard that that applied for with whom they have sailed and who have agreed to act as referees

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