A welcome from our Commodore
ROSC is facing challenging but exciting times as we approach our 50th anniversary in 2021. We now have members who would normally sail all over the world, some in their own boats but increasing numbers who charter both in UK waters and abroad. As you will see from the gallery, most of them seem to be having fun!
To keep a boat moving forward you have to maintain it - as you can see in my photo. The same applies to a club, and this year we have had to adapt.
We have not been able to get out on the water as much as we would have liked, nor have our normal club nights. Much of our exciting programme of speakers and rallies had to be cancelled. However, our committee has been working hard, initially by email and WhatsApp. We also instigated a series of Boatshed Banters over Zoom. We also used Zoom to hold our very first remote AGM, allowing us to keep our members engaged with our plans for the forthcoming year, our golden anniversary.
To celebrate this special year, we will be chartering a pleasure boat on the Thames in May. Watch this space for further details. We also hope to reinstate in 2021 many of the events we had planned for this year.
I hope you enjoy our new website and I look forward to seeing you soon on Zoom or at upcoming events, which will be announced as soon as the situation allows.
David Turner, Commodore
ROSC Training Centre
Your local shore-based RYA training centre
Reading Offshore Sailing Club is an RYA-registered training centre and is authorised to run various shore-based courses for members. The timing of these courses is flexible.
RYA Essential Navigation & Seamanship
This entry level course is aimed at those people who wish to take a small boat out for a limited time, possibly for a day’s fishing and need a very basic knowledge of tides, weather, rules of the road at sea and pilotage techniques. As well as the usual course material (charts and handbook), this course includes a special Portland Course plotter and a set of dividers for chartwork.
RYA Day Skipper
Day Skipper is aimed at people who have done some sailing or motor-boating and have a basic understanding of handling a boat but who would like to skipper a craft themselves. This course covers a wide range of theory takes a minimum of 40 hours classwork plus homework and 2 exams, which is usually spread over 7 weekends. Each session is usually 2-3 weeks apart to allow time for the homework to be completed. Should it be required an extra day of tuition is an option at no further cost. A Portland chart plotter and set of dividers are included in the course fees.
RYA Coastal Skipper/Yachtmaster Offshore
This course is for more experienced skippers to build on the Day Skipper course. This course equips you to navigate safely on coastal and offshore passages. It includes calculation of depths and tidal streams at all states of the tide as well as weather patterns and forecasting and safety procedures. Students for this course should have had some experience in sailing and navigation. Although some time is spent on revision of previous course work, there is a lot of new work to be undertaken. The course takes a minimum of 40 hours plus exams and plus homework (which usually doubles the time needed by students). It is essential that candidates have completed the Day Skipper theory course or already possess knowledge to that standard.
For further details, please contact:
Phil Missen, Principal ROSC Training Centre
Benefits of membership
We are the only offshore club in Reading affiliated with the RYA
Special rates for members in the club’s own RYA affiliated training centre
From experts on a range of nautical subjects
Programme of rallies
Based in and around the Solent in the summer months
Members who don't have boats either charter together or join other members on their boats
A broad selection of social events
Meet like-minded people from different backgrounds to share sailing experiences
Interested in joining?
A selection of photos taken by our members from club events over the past year