From the deck

From the deck

Cowes Week Report

By Simon Wilson | 3 August 2017

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…

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RORC Channel Race report

By Simon Wilson | 26 July 2017

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…

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Catering for a crew while sailing offshore

By Simon Wilson | 20 July 2017

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…

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RORC St Malo Race Report

By Simon Wilson | 12 July 2017

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…

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Fastnet Training Weekend 2

By Simon Wilson | 27 June 2017

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…

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RORC Morgan Cup Race 2017 Report

By Simon Wilson | 15 June 2017

The 2017 RORC Morgan Cup saw the fleet sailing to St Peters Port, Guernsey. The forecast on the run up to the race was showing strong winds due to a deep low pressure West of Ireland.  As the race drew closer the forecast eased and promised a great race with 12-18 knots from the West…

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RORC Myth of Malham Race report

By Simon Wilson | 8 June 2017

The RORC Myth of Malham race was our first qualifying race for the 2017 Fastnet.  It is an important qualifier as it mimics the first part of the Fastnet race, allowing the crew to experience sailing this part of the route before the race itself.  It is by no means a dull race, essentially a…

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Sailing cruising

By Simon Wilson | 2 June 2017

To get away from it all, nothing can beat the freedom that comes with a sailing holiday. The ability to choose your own itinerary, visit beautiful, and often secluded locations, and enjoy stunning weather make sailing holidays popular. A little preparation prior to leaving home can ensure your cruising holiday is truly relaxing. Where to…

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ROLEX Fastnet 2017 – Training Weekend #1

By Simon Wilson | 24 May 2017

With the ROLEX Fastnet race only three months away, preparation is hotting up for the Equinox 2017 Fastnet crew. During April they completed the RYA/ISAF Offshore safety and RYA Sea Survival courses and May saw the first time we took to the water as a crew. With most of the crew meeting on Friday evening…

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Passage Planning Guide

By Simon Wilson | 9 May 2017

Passage Planning can be a daunting task for many people. What information do you require, how much detail do you need?  This blog aims to help those planning to complete their RYA Day Skipper or for RYA Day Skipper’s who are looking for a way to refresh their passage planning skills. For a lot of…

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