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Chart Plotter Course

We are seeking interest from members who would like to attend the Raymarine Multi Function Display, (Plotter) course on board Sea Essay.

The course will be limited to two students a session held on board lasting about 2 hours followed by the possibility of practical experience underway depending on conditions. The courses will be held in the early part of the season in February or March.

Members interested should contact Colin Smith by email

Visit to the National Maritime Operations Centre

A visit to the National Maritime Operations Centre at Kites Croft, Segensworth, Fareham has been arranged for Sunday 9 February 2020 starting around 10.00 hours. There are limited number of vacant places available and any member interested should contact Colin Smith by email

Places will be allocated on a first come basis. Further details and directions will be sent nearer the date to those members attending.

Skipper Familiarisation

We will be holding Skipper Familiarisation sessions for Sea Essay on Saturday 22 and Sunday 23 February 2020.

Look for ‘FAM’ on the Sailing Programme
  • All newly Approved Skippers and those anticipating becoming Approved Skippers in 2020 must attend a familiarisation session before they are allowed to charter the boat.
  • Approved Skippers who have not sailed on Sea Essay in 2019 are strongly advised to attend a session as a refresher.

These familiarization sessions are held aboard Sea Essay at Mercury Yacht Harbour and take about 3 hours.

  • If the weather permits we may go for a short sail in the afternoon.
  • If you would like to attend please email Jeff Llewellyn (
  • Joining details and further instructions will be sent nearer the time.

AGM – 23 November 2019

The CSD AGM is to be held at the Gaff Rigger restaurant (formerly the Water’s Edge) at 12.00 noon Saturday 23rd November followed by a buffet and then a visiting speaker, David Monks, from the Solent area of the RNLI.

If you plan to come please let Bill Taylor (CSD Secretary), know so that he can book sufficient buffet places. Email

CSD Summer Cruise 2020 Survey

To help the CSD construct a Summer Cruise in 2020, members will be contacted shortly to ask them to complete a survey based on Google Forms. If you have already submitted a response please ignore this but if not you can participate by clicking on the following hyperlink:

Please complete the survey as soon as possible so that we can analyse the results and start constructing a viable cruise which in turn will allow us to complete next year’s sailing programme. We intend that the 2020 Sailing Programme will be published leading up to the AGM in November and bookings for all our sailing opportunities will be accepted from the 23rd November.