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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.

Sea Time – A brief video

In the absence of much news here is a brief video filmed during a Sea Time last year. If you have video footage of your own that members may be interested in please respond below or contact the webmaster through other channels:

Sea Time on Sea Essay – Feb 2019

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

Coastguard Helicopter Video

This happened a year of two back so although you may have seen this before is too good to leave languishing in cyberspace. Many thanks to Andy Rankine for editing this down.

This is a short video clip of a Coastguard helicopter exercise conducted in conjunction with Sea Essay.

This exercise was pre-arranged I believe. The helicopter crew would have initially briefed the skipper about what is going to happen and what direction to sail etc. The pilot often requires the yacht to sail on a close reach while the crewman is lowered down on the winch. The helm’s role is critical and they need to avoid looking up at the aircraft or otherwise being distracted. Note the level of noise. It is extremely hard to communicate on board with a helicopter hovering over your heads.

CSD Google Calendar

Note.  This calendar is under development. Its main focus is for tracking availability of Sea Essay and Training Events.

If you try this, whether you like it or have difficulties, please feedback to the CSD  

The advantage of this calendar is that it can be shared with members. If you already use Google Calendar you can subscribe to a read only copy of this calendar by clicking on the + sign at the Bottom Right of the calendar below.  You will then be able to view this calendar it alongside your own.

That said, in the event of any conflict between this and the Official Sailing Programme which is Excel based you are advised to refer to the Official Programme.  This calendar is maintained and updated by the webmaster.

Yacht Husband Team – Jan 2019

The following photo appeared on Facebook on 3 Jan 2019.

The CSD Yacht Husband Team with hard hats, a sense of humour and safety glasses, ready for anti-fouling.

Sea Essay is now back in the water in readiness for the 2019 season.