Philip Onslow


New Course dates have been organised as follows :-

Day Skipper Shorebased – 23rd to 27th September with a free days sailing on 28th September

Day Skipper or Competent Crew Practical – 20th to 25th August

Both Blue Spirit and Sapphire are not now taking part in the Round the Island Race this year so are available for charter.  As a special short notice deal, we’re offering them to you at just £399 for the weekend, so a great opportunity to get out and watch the competitors start, have a relaxing sail and watch them as they come back.  Contact the clubline now to book.  Just £399!

PSUK Dinghy Championships

The Metropolitan Police Sailing Club is hosting this years Police Sport UK Dinghy Championships from the 27th to 29th June 2017 at Stokes Bay Sailing Club near Gosport in Hampshire.

Due to the recent events, volunteers have had leave cancelled and now the Vice Commodore is looking for assistance in running the event both on the water and to assist with a BBQ on the evening of Wed 28th.

If you have any Powerboat skills or experience, or wouldn’t mind helping in the evening, please can you email

Well done to Nigel Verrill and his crew for their prompt and professional action.  What they did probably saved the life of a man in a kayak who was in the water.  He was recovered on board and they quickly noticed that he was disorientated, falling asleep and vomiting and clearly suffering from hypothermia.  they alerted the coastguard who dispatched a helicopter to hi line transfer him off the vessel and remove him to hospital.

It’s always good to know that the teaching we give to students is relevant and useful and Nigel had only just completed his Day Skipper practical and this was his first charter in fact the last post here included him with his new certificate.  An excellent and professional bit of action and a big well done to all involved.


You may even be able to see a short video of the casualty departing below.

Well done to Nigel Verrill, Rose Verrill, Craig Robinson and Aritha Guernah on passing their Day Skipper and Competent Crew courses.  The weather was fantastic but so was the camaraderie.

For anyone else who is interested in these courses, the dates are shown on the training pages or just give us a ring on the clubline.


Our yachts were relaunched last week and a great team of volunteers spend Saturday getting the kit, sails and other equipment back on board ready for the new season.  So much work goes on behind the scenes much of it by willing volunteers to keep the club going so a big THANKYOU to everybody who gave up there time over the winter period carrying out everything from cleaning, polishing and antifouling, as well as generally helping out.  Spring must be here as I can see crocuses and daffodils in my garden and the daylight is extended by a little more every day.  The heaters work on the boats so why not get an early sail in or at least book your dates for courses, cruises and charter nice and early.  It makes it so much easier for us then.  Good sailing in 2017.

A job is currently being advertised for a Sailing Secretary at Royal Southampton Yacht Club.  the opportunity was brought to our attention by a retired officer who thought it may be of interest to one of our members.  If you have any interest or want to know more information then please contact the Royal Southampton Yacht Club direct.  Details of the job are shown on the following link.

Royal Southampton Yacht Club Vacancy

Our next diesel engine course will be running on Saturday 25th March 2017.  The cost of the course is £69 which includes the RYA pack.  This course is not an in depth instruction on diesel engines requiring an existing knowledge of diesel engines but is a bit of a ‘Janet and John’ teaching regarding some basic maintenance and fault finding techniques.  Many calls to the RNLI are from yachts with mechanical failure and in many cases their time and your stress can be relieved with a little knowledge of some simple common problems.  It’s suitable for novices so why not have a go.  It’s held in our classroom at Hamble and uses the diesel engine recovered from one of our old yachts.

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Many congratulations to those members elected to our Board of Directors at the AGM.  They are as follows:-

Jason Cranmer

Alistair Mills

Gary Pankhurst

Gareth Granville

Helen Brown

Vic George

Martyn Potter

Rick Earle

Posts are due to be allocate at their first Directors meeting in December.

The yachts are in need of their annual winter maintenance programme on 6th & 28th February 2017 and we need some volunteers to assist.


You don’t need any special skills as we’ll have a working party leader who will guide the day.

Please get in touch by email or phone if you can help.

  • Diary of Events

    28th April
    29th April
    06th Oct
    7th Oct
    Intro to sailing days
    Never sailed ?
    Want to no what its like?
    Come and have a go and see if its for you only £40 pp
    23rd - 27th April
    Comp crew / Day skipper course
    One place left,
    a great chance to improve your skills.
    Or come along as a rope puller at a reduced rate, call the club line for more details
    14th - 15th AprilClose quarters boat handling, build confidence and gain experience.
    £145 pp
    22nd JuneFirst Aid Course
    Our one-day course covers all the usual first aid subjects, but from a boating perspective. It is aimed at anyone who goes afloat, whether on inland waters, rivers, estuaries or on cross channel passages.
    14th - 18th May
    21st - 25th May
    Comp crew / Day skipper Practical
    Come and have fun whilst learning and gaining a useful qualification.
    Places still available
    11th - 13th MayStart yachting
    This two day practical course is entirely boat based. There is no fixed route, and passage planning based on weather forecasts will form part of
    the course. You can expect to explore a variety of locations in and around the Solent and
    experience anchoring up, berthing in a marina and picking up a mooring buoy.
    23rd - 28th SeptemberPSUK National Offshore sailing championships 2018
    Any datesIf you can spare a few hours helping out at the base call the club line or drop us an email