Lockdown Activities

Posted by Mary Coles on 18 June 2020

Land 'Cruises'

We're now able to offer a land cruises - AKA  rambles. Current Government Guidelines allow up to six people from different households to spend time together outdoors, as long as social distancing is maintained.

For our first 'cruise'  two boats of four sailors went on a passage og 6.9nm around Claverdon on Wednesday 1 July and we're doing a second on Wednesday 22 July from Kenilworth. Full details are available here

If you'd be interested in leading a walk please let Peter Smerdon know.



We're publishing a series of crosswords in the newsletter and also on the webste here, where you'll also find the answers after a suitable time. Many thanks to Keith Knight for these.


Lockdown Quizzes

Three months and six rounds later we can finally reveal that the overall winner of the Quiz Series was Michael Skinner with an unassailiable four first places. Many congtratulations to Michael and many thanks to Keith Harding, Judy Lambourne and all the other contributors for making it possible. There's also and a big thank you to Keith and the owners of Sea Myth for making their boats avaibalbe for the winners' shared cost weekend. It was a very close run contest in the end.

The final leaderboard has been published the HOEOCA website here.


Theory Refreshers

Club member Keith Harding, and Principal of the RYA Training School Reach 4 the Wind, has very kindly put together some on line materials specifically for HOEOCA members to brush up their theory and navigation skills. They're not intended to be a substitute to formal training, but hopefully you'll find them helpful and fun. 

Subjects available to date

  • Fixing and Estimating our Position
  • Tides & Tidal Heights
  • Tides and Tidal Flow

You'll find them on a dedicated HOEOCA page on the Reach 4 the Wind website here, password HOEOCA2020, together with Keith's Golden Rules  copies of the Sail Trim presentations and a First Aid update around Coronavirus and COVID-19.

Keith hopes to be adding a few more refresher/reminder packages in the coming days and weeks so please pop back to check this page.

A big thank you to Keith for putting these together.


RYA Virtual Regatta

The RYA has been offering free access to its Virtual Regatta so we've signed up on behalf of HOEOCA Members and you can access it here. 

As an individual you can also enter the game, learn how to use it and compete against others all around the world. If you want to compete and keep your score, you’ll need to create a login and user profile. You'll also have the option of entering the eSailing World & GBR National Championships.


Online Sailing Library

Stuart Jones, who co-ordinates our Speaker Programme, has put together an extensive list of sailing related movies, blogs, presentations etc to while away the lockdown hours. You'll find full details on our website here.

A big thank you to Stuart for pulling all this information together.


How to be Alone but Not Lonely - Advice from some of the world's top offshore sailors 

Hamble Yacht Charters have gathered together some articles here that bring together the thoughts and advice of sailors who are used to long periods of isolation. They've rounded up the sailors’ advice and some common themes which might help to offer some comfort in the current climate. 


Additional Online Activities

If we spot any live online activities/articles we'll share the links on our Facebook page. Imray Laurie Norie & Wilson Ltd are posting some good stuff and you may want to follow them yourselves.


Join Us

Please get in touch if you're interested in joining HOEOCA or come along to a First Tuesday Social or Speaker Evening to meet some members and find out more. All the dates are listed in the Whats' On section at the foot of the home page.

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