A Weekend Aboard with the Square Rigger Club October Charter on TS Royalist Issue 2 - Spring 2017
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Formed to provide support in men, materiel and money for TS Royalist Thanks Graham for the awesome drawing of TS Royalist at Poole on the Charter!
“I am emailing to say thank you so very much for giving my son a bursary towards his trip on TS Royalist. He is so thrilled as was I when I called the booking office. This was the best surprise - Thank You! Wendy Steward “ I would like to thank you for your help with the fee for my weeks cruise aboard TS Royalist. Other cadets at the unit have told me about their voyage on Royalist, and the best quote was ‘The experience was phenomenal’. I am pleased to say that my experience was exactly that! A week onboard TS Royalist is a chance to experience a voyage at sea, taking advantage of a unique opportunity to sail a square rigger. Nothing compares to the feeling of being out at sea, right there in the elements. Encouraging each other to overcome fears, work together and enjoy the moment, means that over the week, the group will come together to have an incredible experience. Young people of various backgrounds have described the voyage as a lifechanging experience - a trip of a lifetime. Having been and done it, I can confirm that this description is true - every word of it. Without your help and support, I would not have been able to take part. So I would like to thank you once again for allowing me the opportunity of a lifetime... AC Andrew London Area As you can see, the support of the Square Rigger Club Charity is very much appreciated by the cadets, without you our members, we wouldn’t be able to help these young people to acheive their dreams. If you would like to know more about our bursary scheme, or would like to make a dontation to help us continue to support the young people of the Sea Cadets, please visit our website, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
A report on the members charter 2016 by Stephanie Jones Those who regard themselves as experienced and knowledgeable sailors should spend a weekend on a square-rigger. Then they might realise, in a very enjoyable but humbling way, they actually may not know very much about sailing at all. As a fan of Lord Nelson and the eighteenth and early nineteenth century Navy, I have always wanted to sail in a square-rigger. I wish I had been on a traditional ship – a brig – like the ROYALIST – years ago. It took meeting my partner (a former Naval officer who had sailed on the old ROYALIST), and especially getting to know Miles Banister, to make this dream come true. And it turned upside down my perception of my experience and knowledge of sailing. I came to love sailing from reading C.S. Forester’s Hornblower novels
and now – for the first time – I actually know a little bit about what my hero practiced on a daily basis, or ordered his sailors to do. Manning the braces. Tying up on belaying pins. Heaving on the leech lines and bunt lines. Tying up the gaskets. Hoisting the t’gallants. And climbing the masts and yards. These were just romantic words with an obscure meaning before!! And for the first time I had the opportunity to climb, trembling and hesitatingly, just like a 14 year old midshipman of yore, to the fore-top and try to clamber over to the platform, heaving and swaying many dozens of feet above the deck. No lubbers’ hole here! Then to feel my way along the yard, my feet on narrow tarred lines and my body draped over the sails. They might be modern materials now, not canvas or flax, but they a e hard
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Square Rigger Fundraising Efforts... The Great South Run... Marina Harden has signed up to do the Great South Run (10 miles) on 22nd October this year. She plans to use it as way of raising money for the Square Rigger Club and in turn assist cadets in experiencing life offshore on TS Royalist. Marina has even set up a fundraising page on Justgiving. Head on over to justgiving.com and search for squareriggermarina. You can also text SQRG99 to 70070 to donate £5 to the cause! Marina has set an ambitious target of £500. Lets help her meet and maybe even exceed her target!! We are all behind your Marina Good Luck!!
Legacies & Bequests. The Square Rigger Club Charity (SRCC) has had the good fortune to benefit f om the occasional generous legacy of former members and this has undoubtedly provided us with funds that have enabled us to significa tly contribute to the new ship in addition to keeping our annual fl w of bursaries going. It is a subject that we do not normally wish to think about but may we encourage you to think about adding a provision in to your Will when you next review it, however great or small, because you may be assured that it will be both useful to the charity and greatly appreciated by the cadets whom we support. Suggested wordings are available on request from the Honorary Secretary.
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and thick and take all my strength to pull up, and I’m feeling for the gaskets below, prompted by shouts from the far-away deck. The support of the strategically-positioned permanent crew members Gemma and Helen were a big help here, telling me where to put my hands and feet and allaying panic moments. I think they have done this before, with young and old alike! There was no pressure or obligation to climb the masts and yards, but I’m so glad I did. I volunteered for everything, from taking external pictures of the ship from the tender, and going ashore to catch the mooring lines, but going aloft was the most daunting new experience. Yet without this, I would not have gained the feel for the ship which I believe I did get. After coping with this challenge, all I can think about are the brave souls of years ago who did this tough and difficult ork of handling a squarerigger under sail day in and day out, in bad weather, and without life lines. Not only was I glad to have both lifelines, the long and the short ones, but I must admit to going up with a gant-line initially, on my first clim , for added security. So I was clipped-on front and back in three places, but it still didn’t stop my heart from thumping almost audibly in my chest. Afterwards, how good to get back on deck again! Imagine being sent up again half an hour later, in a raging gale, half-asleep, hungry and freezing cold, and every day for months or even years! Heave Away, Haul Away, We’re Bound for South Australia!!!
Normally, I live on my boat most of the year, so I am used to getting up at night in bad weather. But I must admit that mostly we are snug in a marina or on a mooring, and I’m just checking the lines when a storm has come up. Most of the time I get my uninterrupted eight hours of sleep. On the ROYALIST, cosy in my nice quiet bunk where just two of us shared a cabin (there are distinct advantages to being one of the few females in this male environment) I heard the captain’s cry “all hands to the braces!” with mounting dismay. But this is life on a ship. We were up at 05.00 on two mornings, but this was not just the Captain trying to give us a hard time and make us suffer. “Time and tide wait for no man”, and this was the time to catch the tide. As a Mediterranean sailor with no tides to worry about, this came as a rude shock. Oh no, I must grab my foulies and wellies and life jacket in the pitch dark, and crawl onto the deck, and heave on lines with all my strength… The bosun shouts “two, six, heave… two, six, heave”, subsequently explained by my partner as the traditional Navy call, alerting the crew members who were detailed to the running-out tackles of a muzzle-loading cannon. As we “sweated” the halliards by heaving on them and making them fast on the belaying pins, and saw the vast yards come about, my feet would often leave the ground and my weight was often ineffectual and I had to be helped by more stout and powerful shipmates.
Square Rigger Club Charity - Spring 2017 I just kept thinking and marvelling about what a powerful machine the ROYALIST is, operating by a fantastic combination of human efforts and marine architecture, and representing centuries of the evolution of maritime technology. This is why all these new efforts I had to make meant that the ROYALIST experience was so amazing for me. It was all very different to the kind of sailing to which I have become familiar. As a modern sailor, I’m used to winches (especially selftailing and even electric ones), to gennakers made from parachute silk, to furling genoas (and even inmast furling of mainsails). I’m used to fib eglass hulls and an anchor windlass operated by a TV zapper. We have an automatic pilot, helming the boat whilst we tack to go onto another course. Overall, I’m used to my partner and I sailing our sixtyfoot schooner together, just the two of us (actually, he alone does 90 per cent of the work!). All our boat’s lines come back to the cockpit. And we think she is old, as on other boats we sail on board, it’s possible to take in a reef by pressing a button. Some sailors we know don’t need to go for’ard at all when at sea. We think this is sailing – but I now realise that sailing on the ROYALIST is actually real sailing. Real sailing is labour-intensive, not labour-minimising. Manoeuvering the ROYALIST onto a new course – “putting her about” – takes teamwork from all her crew of nine or ten, and all the charter guests (16 in our case) or all the sea cadets – she can accommodate up to 25. Everyone has a job to do and everyone must do it, to trim her sails and for the ship to catch the wind. Sails must be hanked on and off – and there are eleven of them, not two or three. There are hundreds of halliards and sheets, not just a few. They aren’t necessarily colour-coded. The tender must be hauled up by manpower – every man and woman on board. I’m used to singing sea shanties for entertainment and to while away the hours at sea – but on the ROYALIST we did it for a purpose – singing a “stamp and go” sea shanty to co-ordinate and marshal our efforts – “heave away,
And now for a bit of Astro Navigation using a Sextant.,,
haul away, we’re bound for South Australiiiiaaa…” But although she’s retro, the ROYALIST herself has come a long way. I learned from my partner, showing him my photographs and telling him my stories, that she has many modern features and amenities compared with her old namesake. He was a cadet for a voyage in 1974, a watch-leader whilst a midshipman at Dartmouth Royal Naval College in 1978 and a relief sailing master in the 1990s. The old ROYALIST was much less comfortable and more workaday. Her new incarnation has more spacious accommodation (still in three tiers, I climbed to the top one and over the lee-boards when dared by shipmates) and has a modern galley, to say nothing of all the latest navigation equipment. She still has her original binnacle with red and green Kelvin’s balls and a Flinder’s bar, but she has a modern plotter, AIS, Navtex and radar (although her captain and sailing master still consult their paper charts). For me, there were many new navigation and sailing aids I had never seen before. For example, whilst I was at the helm (ably supported by Sam, our friendly and helpful organiser from the Square Riggers’ Club) I benefi ed greatly from the rudder indicator, which helped me stop overcompensating whilst steering.
I’m desperately directionallychallenged and usually hopeless at helming so I really liked this feature, which I had never come across before whilst sailing supposedlymodern sailing yachts. I returned back to our schooner telling my partner that I want one of these! Where did we go? We sailed from Gosport to Cherbourg and back, calling into Poole for a night before returning to our berth by Monday lunchtime. Leaving Gosport on Friday lunchtime, we steamed to Cherbourg, to anchor just off the French port. Then a day of sailing before Saturday night in port, returning to Blighty the next day. We weren’t the only square-rigger on the high seas that weekend. We passed the LORD NELSON on the way home – another sail-training ship but one designed for young and old with learning and physical handicaps. We exchanged hearty cheers and salutations, whilst mostly ignoring boring ferries, carcarriers and tankers dominating the busy shipping lanes of the English Channel. We wanted to carry on living the dream of being in historical times, or at least I did! I think the other charter guests also liked the thrill of traditional sailing. We were a motley crew, from all walks of life, not necessarily sailors, but united by a love of the squarerigger experience and enjoying a Square Rigger Club Charity Newsletter
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The Pirate Night tradition continued once again for this charter.
completely unique weekend away from the normal routine. One of the best moments was standing on the dock at Poole waiting to catch the lines. A small crowd gathered, gawping at our lovely ship, and I could see Miles chatting to them from his station on the bow lines as I stood by at the stern. What if I couldn’t catch the line being thrown for me? I anxiously asked beefy-looking passers-by if they would help. Rolling up their sleeves they pitched in, glad for the opportunity to show off o the girlfriends with whom they were strolling by on a Sunday afternoon. They were almost disappointed when I caught it. But this wasn’t due to my skill; Gemma could throw a heavy mooring line at least four yards in an apparently effortless way, and practically lassoo’ed the bollards on the shore without help from anyone. Then we invaded the local hostelries on the quay to enjoy the Dorset ales on offer, having worked up a thirst from all the heaving and hauling. Suitably kitted-out in pirate rig, complete with hats, swords, pistols and the odd eyepatch, we created some consternation among the locals trying to enjoy a quiet pint. We had assembled our outfits as a combination of a dressing-up box brought by Sam (she warned us in the weekend briefing th t there might be a pirate theme party) and bits and pieces we had bought by ourselves. It was just as well that Sam had been so farsighted, as my attempts to find a pi ate costume among
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the charity shops in downtown Emsworth had drawn a blank, and my schoolgirl French was impeding my attempts to go shopping in Cherbourg, although I did find a great striped teeshirt as a souvenir. So it was a short but memorable weekend, teaching all of us on board a lot about sailing and the sea, and perhaps even more about ourselves. How much more exciting to sail an epic voyage across oceans… and how amazing to be a young cadet and learning real sailing for the first time – pretend sailing can come later! And I’m still singing “heave away, haul away, we’re bound for South Australiiiiaaa…” Spaces are still available on the 2017 Charters... Contact Sam Smith for more information... About the Author Dr Stephanie Jones is an Associate Professor at Maastricht School of Management, teaching MBA students. A keen sailor, she and her partner sail in British, Mediterranean and Antipodean waters. She and her co-author write books on leadership: Their best-seller “Nelson’s Way - leadership lessons from the great commander” was published in 2005, marking the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Trafalgar. This interest inspired a love of seafaring - as it has done for many generations over the years. The Royalist is very much in the Nelsonian tradition.
Square Rigger Club Charity - Spring 2017 Club membership news and calendar dates for the coming year 2017 Come and join us on the 23rd of September 2017 for our annual general meeting to be held at the RNLI College in Poole, Dorset. The RNLI College provides a maritime training centre of excellence for lifesavers. With its state-of-the-art training facilities, including an integrated Sea Survival Centre, the college is invaluable to the training and development of lifeboat crew members and lifeguards from around the UK and Republic of Ireland. Our meeting will be preceded by a buffet luncheon and will be followed by the Morin Scott lecture. The lecture this year will be about the work of the RNLI including its lifeboat crews, lifeguards and its international work. There will be no charge for attending the AGM but there will be a modest charge for the buffet luncheon. Please make a note in your diary and a formal notice of the AGM will be mailed out closer to the date.
This years charity raffle prize This fine piece of ropework, created by our very own master knotter Eric Greenough, is going to be raffled. The raffle tickets will be available on both our charters, in April and September, and at our AGM on Saturday the 23rd of September 2017. the winner will be picked and announced there. Ticket prices are £5 for 5 chances to win this nautical piece For those who will not be going on the charters, or coming to our AGM, you can still buy your tickets from our Hon. Secretary Miles Banister by sending a cheque made payable to "The Square Rigger Club Charity" we will then allocate the appropriate number of tickets you purchased and enter them into the draw Please send to Miles at 4 Pine Close, Olivers Battery, Winchester SO22 4JX
This year charter dates
Frame size is approx. H 12" x W 9" There are still places available on both charters April dates: 21st April to 24th April 2017 Sept. dates: 1st Sept. to 4th Sept. 2017 Both charters are long week-end Friday to Monday, please contact our Charter Secretary Sam Smith on 07708038971 or email chartersec@squareriggerclub for more information. Booking forms and terms and conditions are on our website www.squareriggerclub.org.uk
Would you prefer an E-Newsletter in the future? Some of us will probably always prefer to read our SRCC Newsletter in printed form, but many have embraced today’s digital world and would prefer an electronic version delivered by email. If you would like to help reduce our printing and postage costs by switching to an electronic version in future, then let Miles Banister know by sending an email to email@example.com
Support and donations At our Committee meeting on the 19th of January 2017, we presented 2 cheques as donations to Martin Coles, the CEO of the MSSC Cheque 1 £12,550 for a gyro compass for the Royalist Cheque 2 £10,699 for navigation equipment for one of the new Rustler 42' yachts currently being built
Miles Banister, John MacDonald, Martin Coles & Nick Holligan
All the information on the new vessels are on the following 2 pages, detailing our help and support in getting them equipped, with essential navigation equipment, that will benefit all the present and future cadets that sail on these vessels for many years to come. Thankyou for your Continued support. Square Rigger Club Charity Newsletter
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Equipment for TS Royalist The build of the new TS Royalist has proved a great success, evident from her first full sailing season in 2016, with extraordinary demand from cadets to join a voyage and high cadet and public engagement as she visited many ports during her circumnavigation of the UK. During the year, she provided 649 training voyages to cadets, where a total 638 qualifications were achieved. 344 cadets took part as a result of bursaries provided by MSSC and other charities, including Square Rigger Club, ensuring all regardless of background had the opportunity of a voyage on the iconic Sea Cadet Flagship. As with those who joined the inaugural voyages from 1 August 2015, the Sea Cadets who took part in voyages in 2016 form part of the first wave for tens of thousands of Sea Cadets over the next 40 years who will follow in their footsteps on a voyage of a lifetime. On board our new flagship, cadets have first-hand experience crewing an offshore square rig vessel. Working as a team they develop essential life skills, such as self-confidence, determination, leadership and teamwork. We are always delighted to hear of the feedback from young people following training on board TS Royalist: -
"The best part of my voyage was when we got to climb the masts and work as a team." (Able Cadet Lewis, 15, Clyde South District) "Getting my hands dirty, working with engines, which is perfect for my career path in Marine Engineering." (Marine Cadet Max, 14, Sussex District) "The best part of my voyage was going out on a rainy day to beat the speed record and going over the waves." (Cadet 1st Class Chloe, 16, London, Northern District)
We will use your donation toward the purchase and installation of a gyro-compass for TS Royalist, which costs ÂŁ12,550. This is a vital addition to resolve post build issues with the over-sophisticated satellite compass.
We are so thrilled by the countless opportunities and fantastic nautical experiences she is already offering cadets and are grateful for your continued support toward her improvement.
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Replacing an ageing training yacht with a Rustler 42 Sea Cadets hope to replace two ageing Tradewind 35 training yachts . TS Vigilant and TS City Liveryman form part of the Sea Cadet offshore fleet of five training vessels and are ideal for cadets wanting to experience offshore yachting , progress their Royal Yacht Association (RYA) sailing qualifications and gain valuable life skills like teamwork, leadership and communication . Since coming into service in 1999, these yachts have enabled us to train and inspire 4,600 cadets through a transformational voyage at sea.
Both vessels are nearing the end of their serviceable life and are short on space. We are looking to replace them with two 42 foot Rustler 42's which offer a superb platform for sail training as well as enabling us to take six cadets plus crew per vessel; an increase in capacity of 25% over the Tradewinds . The Rustler 42 is CE certified and built by Rustler Yachts Ltd to RCD, category A, Ocean. We are delighted that with the help of the City of London Lord Mayor's annual appeal for 2016 , we have secured funds for the first yacht plus around half of the funds for the second. Build of the first is now well under way, with delivery due for late May. To date we have raised £225 ,000 towards the estimated costs of the second yacht with a balance of £200,000 to go to fund full delivery . We hope to place the order for the second yacht for delivery for the 2018 season and are currently actively fundraising for the balance to enable this. We will use your generous donation toward purchasing Raymarine Navigation equipment for the second yacht comprising a chart-plotter and radar, VHF radio, AIS transponder and some cockpit displays , which costs £10,699 .
We are delighted for your support in helping us to replace this vessel so that we can guarantee the next generation will enjoy similar opportunities and positive experiences that will inspire them for life.
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Dress for the occasion in Square Rigger Club Charity Regalia! Support the SRCC and proudly wear our selected range of top quality shirts and sweatshirts - available to order in all sizes! SRCC Member Burgee. Size approx. 12" x 18" Price £35 inc. p & p.
SRCC Polo shirt, Navy Blue. All sizes from XS to 4XL (Unisex). Also ladies sizes 8 to 22 Price £17 inc. p & p.
SRCC Micro Fleece Navy Blue. Logo same as polo shirt & car disc. All sizes from XS to 3XL (Unisex). Price ¼ zip £25 full zip £28 both inc. p & p.
SRCC Tie. Choice of Rear Commodore, Master's Mate or Member tie (Masters Mate Tie not illustrated). Price £6.50 inc. p & p.
SRCC Rear Commodore Burgee. Size approx. 12" x 18" Price £35 inc. p & p.
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