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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.

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.

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.

Skipper Familiarisation

We will be holding Skipper Familiarisation sessions for Sea Essay on Saturday 16 and Sunday 17 February 2019.

  • All newly Approved Skippers and those anticipating becoming Approved Skippers in 2019 must attend a familiarisation session before they are allowed to charter the boat.
  • Approved Skippers who have not sailed on Sea Essay in 2018 are strongly advised to attend a session as a refresher.

The 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.

Wanted – photos

This is just a quick note to ask for photos that might be useful for this website of CSD publicity.  Particularly, action shots of members enjoying the use of Sea Essay. 

Photos should sent to the webmaster.

Where is Sea Essay now?

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’.


Read once – About this website

Welcome to this website.   Please take a moment to orientate yourself:

  • In particular, please take a look at the ‘About’ menu which will pop-up below the word ‘ABOUT’ if you move your mouse or cursor in this area of the Menu bar.
  • Note the tiny black triangle to the right of the word About. This indicates that this menu has a drop-down sub-menu to explore. The same applies to the ‘LINKS’ menu.


  • Please look out for hyperlinks such as this one to the FAQs.
  • 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.