Following on from the two enjoyable charters in 2016, the SRCC has decided to repeat the experience of providing a long weekend charter in April and again in September. Both charters will depart from Gosport.
These action packed weekends provide the thrill of sailing a square rigger with some serious passage making, plenty of tacking and wearing and may include a Channel crossing subject to suitable weather conditions.
The SRCC offers branded merchandise to members. Please have a look at the 'Slop Chest' section for a range of items, which are now available.
Look out for information on the charters to take place in 2016. The SRCC charters are available to adult members of the public and the program for 2016 includes a charter to and from Gosport commencing on Friday 13th May and this will be followed by a six day charter commencing in Bristol on 10th September and finishing in Falmouth on 17th September. Please refer to the Charters page in this website for more information.
The new TS Royalist has now been named by HRH The Princess Royal and commissioned into service with the Sea Cadets. There has been a change of plan for this season's voyages with the Sea Cadets and they are now all going to take place on the South Coast. As a result of this change, the Square Rigger Club Charity's charter from Milford Haven on 12th - 18th September will be changed to a South Coast port, possibly Falmouth. The dates of the charter will remain the same. Currently awaiting further information.
To see some latest photos of the new ship TS Royalist, please have a look at the Sea Cadets Offshore Facebook page [Facebook]
Apart from the introduction of the new ship, this year will see the updating of the Club's administration. Through the WebCollect portal, which is attached to this site, members can join online and book their place on a charter. The facility allows payment for both to be taken on line through GoCardless, an online facility to set up for Direct Debit payments.
A further development will take place during the year in that subscription renewals and the Club's database management will be transferred to online management. This is very much work in progress and will not be active until later in the year or early 2016.
A technical issue with a generator resulted in the August charter from Brixham being curtailed with the crew being reimbursed or transferred to the 2016 charter. An enjoyable time was had by all but not in the sense of sailing a square rigger!
The last year has seen much excitement and also sadness - the decommissioning of TS Royalist and the forthcoming replacement, a similar looking ship also to be named TS Royalist. The old ship was paid off in November and the new ship is currently being built be put into service by Spring 2015.
2014 was a great final year for the SRCC. We raised money and gifted Â£50,000 towards the building of the new ship and are holding additional monies in reserve in preparation to offering further items of equipment, which may be identified when the new TS Royalist is settling down into service with the Sea cadets. During 2014 we held two successful charters, the first being over a long weekend in Spring and the second one in September whereby the crew joined TS Royalist at Ramsgate and sailed down the French coast to Honfleur, taking in Dieppe and Pegasus Bridge along the way. If you haven't been on one of these charters and wish to participate in an enthusiastic crew of like minded individuals, now if the time.
The new Royalist is slightly larger than the previous ship with a broader beam and whilst following the traditions of the previous ship, there is no doubt that the sleeping arrangement will be much more comfortable!
For 2015 and owing to the introduction of the new ship, there will be one charter only starting on 12th September in Milford Haven and finishing at Bristol on Friday, 18th September. The new ship has twenty-four berths so it is advisable to book early to avoid disappointment if you would like to participate.
During the last year it was announced that TS Royalist was going to be replaced with a new ship. Many members have mixed feelings but back in 1971 it was never envisaged that TS Royalist would be still sailing in 2014! She has surpassed anyone's imagination for her success. Many thousands of youngsters have been taken to sea and she has sailed many sea miles in service from March to November each year. The continual use has left its mark and only rigorous maintenance keeps her in good condition. Nevertheless changing regulations have made her uneconomic and confirmation that a new vessel would replace TS Royalist was announced in June 2013.
For the Square Rigger Club Charity, we welcome the news and the loyalty which the Club has for TS Royalist will be transferred to the new ship. We continue to be an enthusiast club and the monies which are received from membership (donations) and the profit from our charters goes to supporting the aims of the club, which are solely in support of the ship, the Sea Cadets who sail in her and offshore sailing within the Sea Cadet organisation.
2014 will be a momentous year for SRCC charters and especially the second one, which will be the final charter by the SRCC of TS Royalist. Booking have already been placed so if you are interested in TS Royalist in 2014 we urge you not to delay in reserving your berth.
The first charter of 2014 will take place in May 2014. It will follow the usual pattern of previous charters. The crew will join the ship on the Saturday afternoon, take part in the initial training and then after the first night on board set, sail for a destination such as Poole or Weymouth with much wearing and tacking ship. This charter is a good introduction for first time square riggers but many regulars also take part as there is always something that is going to be different when sailing a ship such as TS Royalist!
The second and final charter of TS Royalist will provide a nostalgic adventure for everyone. Setting off from either London or Chatham, the ship will sail down the Thames and then into the English Channel with overnight stays in Channel ports on some nights and overnight sailing on others. The final destination will be the delightful French port of Honfleur. I expect there will be some celebration when we arrive there for the final night on TS Royalist! On the following morning the crew will make their way to Le Havre (final arrangements to be made) for an overnight ferry passage to Portsmouth. See the charter page for more information.
The dates for the 2014 charters are:
Saturday 3rd May to Tuesday 6th May Gosport to Gosport
Saturday 27th September to Thursday 2nd October London (or Chatham) to Honfleur
Continuing the ongoing successful program of charters, there will be two charters in 2013 for square rig sailing enthusiasts in TS ROYALIST. These are adult charters with minimum age of sixteen and a half years (accompanied by a parent or guardian) and will appeal to anyone who would like to sail on a tall ship. The charters are made up of first time sailors and more experienced people of all ages, male and female up to early seventies. No previous sailing experience is required but all people must be able to demonstrate a level of fitness that can withstand being in a small vessel in a rough sea - if it should happen to turn out that way. Of course we all hope that we shall be sailing in a steady breeze with a good deal of sunshine and more often it works out that way but just sometimes the weather is not perfect!
The first charter of the season is a weekend from Gosport starting on a Friday afternoon and returning on Monday in late May. This is ideal for a first timer and the more seasoned sailor alike and offers opportunities of sailing across to Cherbourg if weather conditions permit or within the Solent or as a far as Weymouth and Poole Harbour if conditions are not suitable for a cross channel sail.
The second charter will be of particular interest to people who like the West Country. Starting and finishing in Falmouth, it offers a wide sailing area including the Lizard, Lands End, Mullion Cove, Penzance, St. Mary's Isle of Scilly or Hughtown. September is a lovely time of year for sailing and this promises to be a very popular cruise.
The dates for the 2013 charters are:
Friday, 17th May - Monday, 20th May
Saturday, 7th September - Friday, 13th September
This will be an interesting year for square rig and sailing enthusiasts. Firstly, a long weekend in May to get your sea legs. Sailing from/to Gosport in TS Royalist, the charter will offer a few days sailing in sheltered waters or across the Channel if conditions permit. The second charter in September is something of an adventure and starts in Le Havre. But don't worry, a cunning plan has been devised to get everyone over there and then there will be a sail along the French Coast with perhaps an exploration up the River Seine. Think french food, bistros and wine!
The dates for the 2012 charters are:
Friday 18th May - Monday 21st May
Friday, 14th September to Friday, 21st September
The activities of 2011 started with the June charter in TS ROYALIST, which was enjoyed by a full SRC crew. The ship sailed to Weymouth via Cowes for an overnight stop over and then to Poole. There was also another weekend charter in early September.
The 40th anniversary of the naming of TS Royalist took place at Fort Blockhouse on Sunday, 24th September. The day started with The annual AGM of the Club too in the morning and this was followed by the showing of a film â€˜A Ship of their Own', This was an archive film covering the building, launch and naming ceremony of TS Royalist in 1971. Afterwards, there was a buffet lunch and then a visit to ship of the Sea Cadet Offshore Fleet including TS Jack Petchey and TS Royalist.
Looking ahead, there will two charters of TS Royalist in 2012. Look out for an update to the website within the next two months.
Unlike past years when we ran a week charter and a weekend charter, in 2011 we are running two extended weekend charters. If the weather and winds allow, the May charter (Gosport to Gosport) could see a SRC invasion of France and/or the Channel Islands before returning to Gosport. Should the weather be unkind then the sheltered waters of the Solent will allow us to gambol in to Weymouth, possibly Poole.
The September charter is slightly different in that we will be assisting in the repositioning of the ship and sailing Royalist around from Falmouth to Gosport, a definite start and finish!
The charters are attractively priced from £175 so please book up early to avoid disappointment if you would like to join us. Both charters provide an opportunity for old and new hands to experience sailing in the English Channel. Go to the Charter page for information, Enquiry Form and PDF Booking Application Form.
TS Royalist was commissioned in 1971 and celebrates 40 years of continuing service in 2011. Whilst plans need to be finalised, to celebrate the event, the next AGM will probably be held on Saturday 24th September at Fort Blockhouse, Gosport with TS Royalist in attendance! Watch this space for further information!
More than thirty members of the Square Rigger Club (SRC) met at the Sea Cadet Weymouth Sailing Centre for the Annual General Meeting on Saturday, 18th September 2010. The SRC is in good shape and contributing in many ways to the benefit of TS Royalist, the flagship of the Sea Cadets. During the year many bursaries have been awarded to deserving Sea Cadets and the Club provides close interest in the Offshore activities of the Sea Cadets.
There was praise for Andy Krasun, who stood down after three years of being commodore and a warm welcome to Irene Agass, the incoming Commodore
The SRC looks forward to 2011 and is planning two south coast charters, which will take place in May and September. Additionally to mark the 40th anniversary of the keel laying of TS Royalist, it is hoped to hold the AGM at Fort Blockhouse, Gosport in September with TS Royalist alongside. This information will be updated when plans are confirmed.
The meeting was followed by a buffet lunch and afterwards there was an interesting talk by Colin Mudie, the designer of TS Royalist covering the life of the Morin Scott and his contribution in creating TS Royalist and also his role in developing the STS Lord Nelson, which takes both disabled and able people on square rigger sailing charters. www.jst.org.uk
Finally, a successful auction was organised by John Whitworth, making a very worthwhile contribution to the finances of the SRC.
The recent and sudden death of our committee member and former Commodore, Lt. Cdr (SCC) Martin Henwood. Martin was an absolute stalwart and good friend within the committee of the Square Rigger Club, a very active serving officer of the Sea Cadets and enthusiast for TS Royalist. During recent years, Martin took responsibility for the bursary management of the Club in a most diligent and sympathetic manner and his energy and expertise are sorely missed. The Committee are pleased to advise that the bursary management has now been taken on by fellow committee member Richard Weston and he may be contacted through email@example.com.
We have regretfully cancelled the 2010 charter from Ramsgate to Gosport charter. Since the proposed charter was due to start so soon after the end of the summer holidays, we think that timing was inappropriate, which resulted in a lack of applicants. Our apologies to those who have applied.
The founder of the Square Rigger Club, the principle instigator in the creation of TS Royalist and the Life Commodore - Lieutenant Commander (SCC) Morin Scott MBE passed away peacefully on 14th August, 2009, age 87 years and so ended the life of a man, who achieved so much and influenced so many past and current seafarers, who over the years have enjoyed the involvement in TS Royalist.