Category Archives: News

Wanted – A volunteer to help update this website

Website Author and Administrator is a proposed new role for CSD. It will involve working with the Webmaster and the Programme Sub-Committee to keep the CSD website and CSD facebook group up-to-date.

This website is currently produced using WordPress, a web-based tool for creating and managing blogs and other types of website.

  • Experience in similar roles would be useful but is not a pre-requisite.
  • Access to a computer with Windows 10 or MAC OS and internet connectivity is likely to be essential. Some updates can be done using a smartphone or tablet.
  • Familiarity with posting messages on facebook and other internet forums or blogs is highly desirable.
  • This role would provide an opportunity for a volunteer to contribute to the club and to gain knowledge and experience in the following:
    • How the club operates
    • Use of WordPress & other related tools
    • Information management
    • Website management
    • Aspects of IT security
    • Publicity / Marketing

This is not a time consuming role as we do not often receive more than two time-sensitive requests to updates the website each month. However, we are short of people with the necessary skills to make the most of the website and we would like more volunteers to be able to carry out such updates.

If you are interested in discussing this opportunity please complete the form below or contact the Webmaster though other channels.

CSD Facebook Group

This is a shameless plug for our  Facebook Group. As of today, we have 177 members and it has been quietly growing during lockdown.

There is a button that can be used to invite other CSD/CSSA members you know to join too.

Please use the facebook group to share memories and experiences on board and keep in touch with other members.

Finally, if you haven’t already done so please visit and ‘like’ the CSSA facebook page. This helps spread the word about our parent organisations.

Wanted – Photos and video

We are always looking for new material and photos for the website.

Were you one of the lucky ones who managed a sail before lockdown? Do you have any photos?

Did you sail on Sea Essay in previous years? If so, please do share any photos or video or written reports / comments on events you have been on.

Please get in touch if you have any material that may be of use.

James Savage – email webmaster@channelsailing.org

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 (j.llewellyn57@ntlworld.com).
  • 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 wrbtaylor@tiscali.co.uk

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.