From the deck

Weather and how it affects us

Over the last couple of weeks extreme weather has hit the West coast of America. The UK has experienced a number of storms, which, although they have been destructive, have not been of the magnitude of the hurricane Irma. Although the incidents of extreme weather have increased in the UK over the last few years, […]

Changes to VHF MSI Channels 

As of 10.00 on 6th September 2017 the VHF channels HM Coastguard use to broadcast (MSI Maritime Safety Information) information are changing. What does this mean for sailors? In short it means that medical advice and weather forecasts will be broadcast on VHF Channels 62,63 and 64 rather than 23, 84 and 86.  Channel 10 […]

ROLEX Fastnet race report 2017

Our 2017 race season was in essence a build up to the ROLEX Fastnet race. The crew had trained hard on Rho and were more than ready for the challenge ahead. Our qualifying races and training weekends have been a mixture of very light winds with a few days of very strong winds. Our last […]

Cowes Week Report

We have always enjoyed entering Rho in Cowes Week, sunshine, sailing and plenty of socialising.  But as with a change of lead sponsor, this year was the first time there was no specific Sigma 38 start.  We were instead in the IRC 5 group, which was a mix of older boats like the Sigma and […]

RORC Channel Race report

The Channel Race was to be our last qualifying race and sail together before the Fastnet Race.  A couple of members of the crew couldn’t make the race but a couple of experienced sailors joined us, so we had a complete crew of 9 and we were looking forward to the race. The course was to be […]

Catering for a crew while sailing offshore

With the ROLEX Fastnet only 3 weeks away, our thoughts have turned to final preparations, including finalising the meal plan for the crew. It is likely that the race will last 4-5 days, so we are planning 4-5 days of food and snacks. Ever wondered what it takes to feed 9 people for 5 days […]

RORC St Malo Race Report

The RORC St Malo Race was our third qualifying race for the ROLEX Fastnet 2017.  It is one of the most popular races as the finish, by definition of the name, is at the walled-city of St Malo, which boasts fantastic local food and drink. The forecast for the weekend was for light South Westerly […]

Fastnet Training Weekend 2

The forecast on the run up to our final training weekend suggested 10 – 14 knots from the South West, perfect to spend some time dialling in our gybes and some downwind spinnaker practice. The reality over the weekend was a South Westerly 18 – 20 with a few gusts exceeding 25 knots, so less […]