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  • 07 Dec 2018 15:02 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The set of documents for the AGM are now available for viewing and printing off (Club members only) - click here

  • 06 Dec 2018 14:03 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    A Chance to Help:

    With the Brexit outcome still unclear, freedom of movement for UK citizens travelling in Europe remains to be seen.   The worst-case scenario is that permission for UK citizens will be limited to 90 days in any 180-day period.

    The Cruising Association’s RATS (Regulations And Technical Services) team are asking members and others to email them on if they have ever applied for an extended EU visage  or if they have any experience or contacts related to overstaying the 90-day limit.  

    Non-EU citizens willing to make an immediate EU visa application on the basis of extended cruising are particularly encouraged to contact the team; e.g. it is not yet clear if a marina berth would be considered as a permanent address.   CA’s goal is to build a database of conditions for obtaining visas, so that members can continue to enjoy extended EU cruising after Brexit.

  • 02 Dec 2018 09:04 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    New Prada Cup

    The America’s Cup community attended Yacht Club de Monaco last week at the unveiling and launch of the Prada Cup, designed by Marc Newson (AUS) and hand-crafted by a consortium of Florentine Silversmiths.   The Prada Cup will replace the Louis Vuitton Trophy, awarded to the winner of the Challenger Series in preparation for the 36th America's Cup ('AC36') in 2021.  

    Prada Cup Launch at Yacht Club de Monaco - photo © Prada Cup

    2021 America's Cup Schedule:

    The main event takes place in Auckland, New Zealand from 6-21 March 2021 between the 'Challenger' (Prada Cup Winner) and the current AC holder 'Team New Zealand' of the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron.   The preliminary World Series events are being held in 2019 (two events) and 2020 (three events) plus an additional Christmas Regatta in December 2020.    The Challenger Series (Prada Cup) events are being held in January and February 2021.

    The 75ft flying 'AC75’ foiling monohulls will be launched from March 31st 2019 and the first World Series event will take place in Cagliari, Sardinia next October.   Each team can launch two boats, the second boat no sooner than 1st January 2020.   The two boats cannot be sailed on the water together, excepting those from Team New Zealand - during the Challenger Series.

    Maison Mumm will be returning after 35 years as Official Champagne Partner.

    An excellent video explanation of the new foiling monohull design and how it works can be found online at

  • 26 Nov 2018 06:29 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    How Advanced are Solar Panels?

    Alex Thomson, based in Gosport, intends to race around the world without using fossil fuels.   In association with Oceanvolt, his team is building a brand new ‘HUGO BOSS’ for the Vendee Globe 2020-21.   An electric motor & batteries, charged by solar panels, will provide all the power necessary for onboard communication, navigation, water-making and autopilot.

    Solar panels, located across the deck, will deliver all the boat’s energy needs - even when crossing the Southern Ocean in significantly restricted sunlight.

    Technology marches on!

  • 16 Nov 2018 10:36 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Following a transit of the North West Passage, Steve Brown will cover two expeditions to South Georgia & Antarctica in 2017-18.

    Wed 20 March 2019 1900 hrs at CA House, London.

    Amid amazing scenery, Steve & his team on a 60’ schooner encounter storms, blizzards, dense sea ice and recover from a potentially catastrophic grounding.  Steve will give an impression of what sailing in these challenging cruising grounds is really like.

    To attend this talk, click Book Events and pay on the door.   Any problems with booking please call or email Jeremy on 020 7537 2828/

    Tickets priced at £4 for CA members & £7 for non-members.

  • 05 Nov 2018 23:08 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    A Leap Forward?

    Accidental drowning after slipping through the guard rail and being towed face-down at the end of a two-metre tether has been the subject of considerable debate.

    In response to this problem TeamO Marine developed a ‘BackTow’ lifejacket that towed face-up, receiving widespread acclaim in 2013 for innovation.

    An ‘A-frame’ clips as standard to a front loop on the harness and runs up the lifejacket to a point behind the neck.   It releases manually under load, similar to that of a parachute ripcord.

    Working with Crewsaver and Artemis AC, TeamO Marine have developed an improved ‘MkII BackTow’ including a personal AIS pocket and optional AutoLock Tether (“a seatbelt for the sea”). 

    AutoLock’s lightweight reel self-adjusts tether length when moving around the deck.   Any fall is immediately arrested, after which the pressure is eased and the reel starts working again.    

    BackTow MkII lifejackets with optional AutoLock tether are due on the market by autumn 2018. See the products from TeamO

  • 29 Oct 2018 12:17 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    New 24 Hour Distance Record

    Alex Thomson (one of our top British Skippers) and his crew have now officially broken the 24hr distance world record, set earlier this year, in a 60ft monohull.  

    Sailing ‘HUGO BOSS’, an IMOCA 60 race boat based in Haslar Marina-Gosport, Alex travelled 539.71 nM over 24 hours at an average speed of 22.49 knots, ratified last week by the World Sailing Speed Record Council.

  • 21 Oct 2018 13:43 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    It’s slow demise?

    Red diesel is taxed at a lower VAT rate (5%) for domestic purposes (heating, charging batteries, hot water, refrigeration etc) but at the full rate (20%) for propulsion - fuel duty already being included in the pump price (- got it?!).

    To best comply with the full rate for propulsion, UK leisure boats have been declaring a voluntary 60/40 split between the different tax rates (i.e. 60% used for propulsion & 40% for domestics) - agreed across the board with HMRC.   However, a 20/80 (e.g. ‘live-aboards’) or any other split is possible if it can be justified.

    EU rules say a "fiscal marker" (red dye in the UK) must be present in diesel not taxed at the full rate.  In May 2013 the EU Commission formally requested the UK to amend its legislation and ensure that “private pleasure boats, such as luxury yachts, can no longer buy lower taxed fuel intended for fishing boats".   HMRC challenged this request as being ‘impractical’ and so the Commission referred the case to the European Court of Justice (ECJ).

    The ECJ has now concluded (17th Oct, Case 503/17) that diesel taxed at the full rate (i.e. for propulsion) should not be marked because it undermines the purpose of the marker and it has dismissed HMRC’s view that this is impractical.

    No deadline has been set for when the necessary adjustments to accommodate this ruling must be made.  

    But what about the effects of Brexit?

    Watch this space!

  • 16 Oct 2018 09:45 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Cowes Harbour Commission has launched a competition to inspire an iconic new ‘welcome landmark‘ for installation on the recently built 350m long detached breakwater.   Isle of Wight students, aged 14-18 years, will design a piece of artwork or sculpture to reflect the port’s maritime past including it's renowned sailing reputation and a "vision for the future.”

    Closing date for entries is 11th January 2019.   Designs will be judged by Alan Titchmarsh, novelist Louise Giblin, sculptor Paul Armfield and Cowes HM Captain Stuart McIntosh.

  • 09 Oct 2018 12:46 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    'One and All'

    Previously owned by GCCC past-Commodore Tony Atkins (2015-17), 'One and All' is lying 3rd in the Golden Globe 2018 single-handed non-stop around-the-world yacht race.   Approaching Cape Leeuwin and skippered by Uku Randmaa of Estonia, 'One and All' is 3500 miles behind the leader 'Matmur', skippered by Jean-Luc van den Heede of France.   Susie Goodall of Great Britain in 'DHL Starlight' is lying 4th, just 430 miles behind 'One and All'.   All four leading boats are of Rustler 36 design & build.

    With just 8 boats remaining out of 18 starters, the ‘YB Races’ live-tracker app can be downloaded for free or the latest news can be followed at

    This 50th anniversary of the original Sunday Times GGR recognises Robin Knox-Johnston's lone finish in 1969 as the first ever person to sail non-stop alone around the world and limits aids to navigation to those of that historical era.

    RK-J will be 'in conversation' at the Guildford Book Festival on Friday 12th October (6.30-7.30pm) and talking about his latest autobiographical book 'Running Free' .   Tickets are available at £15.00 pp online at

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