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To all ESC Cruiser Sailors, their crew and to Big Boat Potterers,

Following an extensive and exhaustive recruitment process I have been appointed your new Cruiser Captain! Lucky me.

This may come as a surprise to many of you and it created much hilarity in the Broad household which knows me as a fair-weather sailor with no particular place to go unless its upwind! Eyeball navigation in the Eastern Mediterranean, Holland or the Solent has been my forte.

I cannot hope to match the dedication and skills brought to this post by Sian (and Greg, her able husband!) so please permit me some slack in the initial stages and navigate, as always, within your own boundaries (don't follow me 'Kyra' draws only 900mm with the keel up!).


I'd like to think we could emulate the exploits of James Collins Wells (in the Baltic) and Douglas Penniston (heading north beyond Newcastle) but our Cruiser programme will be more modest, aiming to please as many ESC cruisers as possible. I have discussed diaries with Jennie Vaughan at ESSC to create a wide choice of trips to suit most tastes. Our calendar follows.

Upcoming for Spring 2024 Cruisers

A "gathering" for canapes and bubbles on 28 March

Your Cruising Story entries please for the Volana Casket. Do you have a cruising story which you wish to share with others? We would love to read about your exploits. Please submit via by the end of February.

Please click here for dates of rallies and races.

Hoping the weather suits a trip to Cowes and up the Medina to the Folly on Saturday 6 April.

Wishing you mild days in preparation for the season ahead.

Mark Broad.

Cruiser Captain

We have an active cruising sailing section at ESC both on and off the water, and are always keen to see new cruisers join us.

We have a variety of opportunities on the water, cruising both locally and further afield, whatever experience you have. We have an interesting programme of cruising in company, rallies, and racing, as well as formal suppers and informal get togethers.

We encourage new and old friends alike and we all have a great time. Non cruiser members are always welcome to join us both on and off the water.

We have two important races per year, both against ESSC. Whilst we need the 'keen' and 'accomplished' racers, as we are, of course, always aiming to win, we welcome anyone to come along and take part.

The Yoke Trophy The Emsworth Yoke is awarded to the winning team and The Howard Cruising Trophy to the first ESC boat to finish.

The Folly Trophy The Folly Trophy is awarded to the winning team and The King Scott Trophy to the first ESC boat to finish.

The Volana Casket is awarded for the best Cruiser story/log, usually from the past year. The winner gives a presentation at the Fitting Out Supper.

We hold several rallies over the sailing season and try to explore new places each year as well as sailing to our long-term favourite spots.

We also hold several socials throughout the year. We have a few cruiser led suppers, but also encourage cruisers to come together at the general club events.

We welcome any cruising sailor, whatever your experience, to join in with any of the events.

If you want to know more please mail Mark Broad at


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