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.
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 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.
Sea Essay is fitted with a AIS transponder that transmits her location other suitably equipped vessels. This is a safety feature but as a side effect, it enables anyone who who knows how to see where she goes. If you are interested in following along then the following page (Click ‘Continue Reading‘) will explain how you can find out where she is and what you have been missing out on.
Note that AIS reception is better in some areas than others because VHF signals rarely extend beyond ‘line of sight’.
Hopefully you will all appreciate the photographs which have been contributed by members. Please do contribute more if you have any. The easiest way to do this is to either email them to the webmaster or post them on Facebook – preferably in an album.
Comments and suggestions for further improvement are always welcome.
Channel Sailing is a division of the Civil Service Sailing Association