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Welcome to the ASA Cruising Division

The ASA Cruising Division is formed around yachts belonging to the Regimental & Service Yacht Clubs and privately owned yachts berthed at the Army Offshore Sailing Centre and undertakes Solent, South Coast and cross Channel Rallies throughout the season.  Although mainly South coast based there have been a number of ad-hoc Rallies off the Scottish Coast, the East Coast and in the Mediterranean.

All ASA members as well as families and friends are welcome to attend and many of the Service Yachts offer discounted rates* if attending an ASA rally.

The rallies offer the chance to sail in company whether this is to gain confidence for less experienced skippers or for the companionship and dare I say challenge of sailing within a fleet (after all two yachts going the same way are always racing)!

Once in a snug anchorage or secured alongside in a marina there are pontoon parties or “safari” suppers to enjoy with likeminded people.

For those with a competitive spirit there is also the Cruising Class in the ASA Offshore Regatta to take part in. 

For more information, please contact the Cruising Secretary or the AOSC Manager.  Our planned Rallies and other events are available on the drop down menu under the Cruising tab.  Please feel free to suggest more and we are always looking for Rally Hosts to organise individual events.

Fair winds and see you on the water.

*discount is at the discretion of individual service yacht providers

August Bank Holiday

Over the bank holiday weekend 10 ASA yachts assembled at Yarmouth with plans to cross to Cherbourg, unfortunately due to very light winds only 3 yachts (with plans to continue cruising in France) decided to motor across and the remainder headed to Swanage to anchor, swim, BBQ ashore and generally relax in the glorious sunshine.  

What is Next?

There are two rallies left for this season, the 16/17 Sep and 7/8 Oct, and we hope the weather may give us a swan song in the form of an Indian summer.

On the 16/17 Sep we plan to have a “competitive cruise” or perhaps a pursuit race.  Very informal of course but something to decide who buys the first round perhaps?

Early ideas for Oct include suggestions for a trip up Southampton water to a pontoon party or dinner at Marchwood SC, or if the weather was to be very kind perhaps a night at anchor in the Western Solent.

Please get in touch via email or try the ASA Cruising Division Facebook site if you are interested in attending or want to stay up to date with the latest news.

Please do feel free to forward and spread the cruising word and I look forward to seeing you all on the water.  Finally, ideas and requests for the 2018 cruising season are gratefully received.

Fair winds,



OTG Bowen | RC(C) | 07799 483164


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