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HROA News

Updated information re. new OFCOM EMC Regulations for Radio Licences.

Raymarine have now published detailed information on this subject.

by Bill Walker - 24/04/2021


Breaking News Summer Rally 2021

As the COVID restrictions are still very uncertain we have decided to cancel the plans for the Channel Isles but have booked a mini rally at Portland from 27th June - 1st July

by Judy Walker Sailing Secretary - 11/04/2021


HM Government post new customs regulations for yachts

Members planning to sail to the Channel Islands or any parts south will want to be aware of strict new customs procedures set up in the wake of Brexit.

by Tim Bishop - 10/04/2021


Smart new HROA burgee presentation

March 19th and it's a start: Restrictions eased enough for the Commodore to belatedly present a special HROA burgee for Judy Walker to fly at the signal halyard on Bella Rosa.

by Tim Bishop - 02/04/2021


New OFCOM regulations

Updated information on the proposed changes to your OFCOM radio licence

by Bill Walker - 27/03/2021


Studland Bay Marine Conservation Zone - threat to yachting

Many of you will have read our earlier item on the plans to restrict anchoring and mooring in Studland Bay.

by Judy Walker Sailing Secretary - 11/03/2021


Spring Rally

Given the current Government restrictions preventing indoor gatherings until 12th May, the Spring Rally to Yarmouth in April has been cancelled.

by Judy Walker Sailing Secretary - 01/03/2021


New Reeds VHF Handbook Published

A completely new Reeds VHF Handbook will be published on 18 March. It has been written by one of our members, and is a friendly and readable guide for skippers and crew alike.

by Nigel Kingsley - 01/03/2021


The Roadmap for Easing of Lockdown Restrictions

Difficult to plot a course ahead for our rallies in spring and summer

by Tim Bishop - 23/02/2021


Zoom Meeting on 26.2.21 at 18.30 hrs Ocean Safety

Alistair Hackett from Ocean Safety will give a talk 'Staying on board, but knowing what to do when it ALL GOES WRONG'

by Lilias Lamont - 22/01/2021


Summer Rally 2021 to Channel Isles

The Expressions of Interest Form is now on the website in the Members Area. Please note the change of dates due to COVID restrictions.

by Judy Walker Sailing Secretary - 20/01/2021


POST-BREXIT VAT AND CUSTOMS STATUS

Advice on how to obtain reliable evidence of your yacht's location on 31.12.20 for VAT purposes.

by Andy Du Port - 19/01/2021


From Pilot Boats To Carbon Fibre Rigs

Our speaker at this year's AGM traces the history of Hallberg-Rassy design

by Tim Bishop - 18/01/2021


RYA Cruising Conference 2021

Free to RYA members, this on-line conference will cover a variety of topics including a course to steer overseas post-Brexit.

by Tim Bishop - 16/01/2021


Hallberg-Rassy Innovation and Changes

Jeremy Mason of Transworld Yachts will be giving our AGM talk online on Jan 15th

by Tim Bishop - 11/01/2021


Free electronic navigation booklet available for download

The Royal Institute of Navigation Small Craft Group is today launching 'Electronic Navigation Systems - Guidance for safe use on leisure vessels'

by Tim Bishop - 23/12/2020


Research Vessel James Cook

This is a virtual tour of the research vessel RRS James Cook, owned by the National Oceanography Centre

by Lilias Lamont - 07/12/2020


Successful Zoom Meeting - 'Stress Free Sailing'

Our first Zoom Technical Seminar on 27 November attracted a great audience from the UK and Beyond. Duncan Wells gave an informative and wide ranging talk well supported by slides and video.

by Judy Walker - 05/12/2020


Studland Bay Marine Conservation Zone - threat to yachting

There is a significant chance that anchoring will be at best restricted and at worst prohibited completely in Studland Bay.

by Judy Walker Sailing Secretary - 20/11/2020


Christmas Trivia Quiz on 27th December at 6.00 pm

In a lull between Christmas and New Year? Join us for the HR Trivia Quiz on Zoom.

by Lilias Lamont - 10/11/2020


Making Sense of the Lockdown for Sailors

Covid-19 lockdown restrictions 'Frequently Asked Questions' partly answered in this guidance document issued today.

by Tim Bishop - 07/11/2020


Lockdown To Ban Overnight Stays But Unclear About Day Sails.

The Yacht Harbour Association, the UK national body for marina operators have issued guidelines today following HM Government's national lockdown restrictions to begin Thursday November 5th.

by Tim Bishop - 03/11/2020


Valda award - Record Entries

Temporary changes to the rules of our photographic competition have yielded a record crop of entries.

by Tess Reid - 01/11/2020


Delay in Double Brexit VAT Bill for Yachts Based in the Med

Members with boats in the Med, and all EU nations have been thrown a temporary lifeline after UK Government has delayed plans to charge a double tax bill on yachts returning to the UK after Brexit.

by Tim Bishop - 17/10/2020


Eastern Section Walk

Members enjoyed a socially distanced walk along the Orwell

by Tim Bishop - 05/10/2020


Sailing In This Season of Covid

Despite the restrictions and socially distancing, members have been informally getting together on the water over this most extraordinary summer.

by Tim Bishop - 21/09/2020


HROA Lockdown Escape

The webmaster has launched a WhatsApp group with a wonderful title to help members out on the water meet up in the absence of our traditional rallies.

by Tim Bishop - 08/07/2020


Lockdown gradually easing for sailors

The government will allow overnight stays on yachts from July 4th but travelling overseas remains problematic.

by Tim Bishop - 29/06/2020


Members gather off East Head, Chichester Harbour

Current UK Government restrictions may prevent members staying aboard overnight but that didn't prevent an HROA lunchtime 'rally'.

by Tim Bishop - 22/05/2020


RYA issue a news release offering an isophase glimmer of hope.

For those badly missing their HRs, the RYA report that they have been writing to key government ministers hoping they'll alter course to allow us access to our yachts.

by Tim Bishop - 01/05/2020


Zooming along with our first virtual pontoon party

Our first rally of the season in Yarmouth may have had to be cancelled, yet HROA members mustered for the traditional rally start but in a very non traditional way.

by Tim Bishop - 18/04/2020


Stay At Home and Stay In Touch

We may not be able to get to our boats in the current lock down but lets keep in touch.

by Tim Bishop - 01/04/2020


Eastern Section Walk at Waldringfield

A gentle six mile stroll with some fabulous views across to the River Deben

by Tim Bishop - 27/02/2020


Committee meet at the Chichester Yacht Club

Plans for the new website revamp were outlined by HROA Webmaster Nigel Kingsley

by Tim Bishop - 02/02/2020


Discounts - a reminder!

The list of companies offering members' discounts changes from time to time - for example Transword Yachts currently have a promotion on Canvas Products - it is worth checking the list occasionally.

by N Kingsley/Chris Roddis - 31/01/2020


Winter events HROA visit to the Royal Albert Hall

Backstage tour reveals the secrets of the famous concert hall

by Tim Bishop - 20/01/2020


Plans advancing for the new HROA website

Clive Woodman of Live Icom shows members of the HROA Committee possible designs for a refresh of our website.

by Tim Bishop - 13/01/2020


Meet and Greet with the HR yacht designer German Frers

Hallberg-Rassy Connectie invites HROA members on January 20th to meet Germán Frers and Magnus Rassy on the HR stand at the Dusseldorf boat show.

by Tim Bishop - 06/01/2020


New Year Dinner & AGM

New Year Dinner and AGM at Royal Thames Yacht Club - 10th January 2020

by Sue Ross - 22/12/2019


Oxford Mini Plant Visit and Oxford Prison Tour

A comprehensive event combining modern technology with entertainment and history!

by Sue Ross/Nigel Kingsley - 21/12/2019


Blue Line Magazine available online to Members - Including the Quiz!

Members can now download this year's 'The Blue Line' from the Members' Area of our website

by Nigel Kingsley - 04/11/2019


ROYAL ALBERT Hall - Behind the Scenes Tour- FULL WAITLIST ONLY

We have a behind the scenes tour of this historic building on 20th January. Book now to ensure your place !

by Sue Ross - 23/10/2019


Innovation in sail manufacture

Members enjoyed a presentation at the Elvstrom sail loft in Port Hamble Marina

by Tim Bishop - 20/10/2019


30th Anniversary Rally Weekend

An excellent weekend of events in and around Portsmouth Harbour culminating in a gala dinner at HMS Alliance to celebrate 30 years of the association with members past and present.

by Tim Bishop - 17/09/2019


East Coast HROA Rally to Woodbridge

Members enjoyed a pontoon party, dinner at The Anchor, and a private tour of the tide mill in the historic Suffolk harbour of Woodbridge.

by Tim Bishop - 01/09/2019


Elvstrom Sail Loft visit

We will visiting Elvstrom Sails at Hamble on 19th October

by Sue Ross - 19/08/2019


Our HROA 30th Anniversary Rally, 13th-15th Sept, GOSPORT - WAITLIST ONLY!

Come and join in the celebrations of thirty years of your association! A fun filled weekend of events with the fleet gathering at Premier Marina in Gosport and our dinner at the RN Submarine Museum.

by Sue Ross - 06/07/2019


Success in the AZAB

Congratulations to HROA member Francis Douglas (Seahorse, HR34) for completing the Azores and Back Race.

by Anne Bailey - 29/06/2019


East Coast Rally - 31 Aug-01 Sept 2019 - Now available for booking

This year the HROA East Coast rally will be at the Woodbridge Tide Mill Marina on the picturesque River Deben on Saturday / Sunday 31 August / 1 September.

by John Lepper - 13/06/2019


HROA Summer Rally

Lovely start to the season heading down to the West Country through the 'Race' and across a benign Lyme Bay in company

by Tim Bishop - 04/06/2019


History of the 'Silent Service' and HMS Alliance

NEW - a link to a movie on the Members' Only section of our website (Events Calendar/30th Anniversary .../links) about HMS Alliance, now in the Submarine Museum, centre for our Rally celebrations

by Tim Bishop - 29/04/2019


HROA Spring Rally 2019

Challenging weather failed to deter many members who braved 40 plus knots across the harbour to head to RSolYC for the rally dinner

by Tim Bishop - 29/04/2019


Visa Free Travel Post Brexit

UK based sailors may retain visa free cruising to the EU for short stays

by Tim Bishop - 17/04/2019


Summer Rally 2019

Booking is now open for the HROA Summer Rally to West County ports, 16-29 May

by Anne Bailey - 09/04/2019


Spring Rally Yarmouth 26th - 28th April 2019

The first rally of the season at Yarmouth Isle of Wight is now open for booking.

by sue ross - 19/02/2019


Technical / Cruising Seminar - Waitlist only

This year's seminar will be held at Port House, Port Solent on 30th March

by sue ross - 22/01/2019


Circumnavigation on foot of Mersea Island on 21 January

Wonderful winter sunshine for John and Linda Kent's HROA Eastern Region Coast Walk.

by Tim Bishop - 21/01/2019


The Winner of the Christoph Rassy Endeavour Trophy for 2018

A very special sailing achievement in an HR342 recognised.

by Tim Bishop - 20/01/2019


Visit to RNLI College Poole

We will be visiting RNLI Poole on 28th Feb for a 90 minute guided tour.

by Sue Ross - 14/12/2018


The Golden Globe Race at the HROA AGM 2019

BBC reporter and author Chris Eakin will be our guest speaker at the Royal Thames on January 4th

by Tim Bishop - 13/12/2018


HROA Visit to the Postal Museum Railway, London

Travelling underground on a train designed to carry mail bags suited some HROA members more comfortably than others!

by Tim Bishop - 12/12/2018


HROA Committee meet at the Chichester Yacht Club

On the eve of the association's 30th anniversary, lots of plans to discuss at our bi-annual meeting.

by Tim Bishop - 05/11/2018


Winter Events visit to Bletchley Park and Waddesdon Manor

Members enjoy an excellent weekend visit to the home of World War II code breaking

by Tim Bishop - 26/10/2018


The future of leisure Sailing?

The British Marine Federation have conducted research on their market. They emphasise a trend from 'owning' towards 'sharing', and present ideas for reacting to this.

by Nigel Kingsley - 07/10/2018


HROA AGM and DInner 2019 - Booking Now Closed

HROA Members and their Guests are invited to our Annual General Meeting, to be held on Friday 4th Jan 2019 at the Royal Thames Yacht Club

by Sue Ross - 06/10/2018


The Commodore' Rally 2018

The fleet gather in autumnal sunshine in Lymington to enjoy the last HROA rally of the season.

by Tim Bishop - 01/10/2018


Tour of Lewmar Factory

A full morning tour of the Lewmar Factory at Havant, Hampshire has been arranged for Wednesday 9th January

by Sue Ross - 29/08/2018


The Commodore's Rally 2018

Our big rally at the season's end will be Friday 28th to Sunday 30th September hosted at the Royal Lymington Yacht Club, with the fleet berthed at the luxurious Lymington Yacht Haven.

by Tim Bishop - 02/08/2018


Royal Mail Museum

Visit the Royal Mail Museum on 12th December

by sue ross - 01/08/2018


Bletchley Park /Woughton House dinner

We will be visiting Bletchley Park on 26th October

by sue ross - 01/08/2018


Summer Rally fleet disperses after a very successful event - See Photo Gallery

After visits to St Peter Port, St Helier and St Cast attendees are heading off to most points on the compass.

by Nigel Kingsley - 04/06/2018


Summer Rally update

The Rally is off to a sunny start!

by Nigel Kingsley - 28/05/2018


Summer Cruise 2018 - BOOKING NOW CLOSED

Booking is now open for the summer cruise to the Channel Islands and North Brittany, between 26 May and 4 June.

by John Lepper - 02/05/2018


Spring Rally Yarmouth

Challenging weather forecast failed to put off the HROA fleet from a fine turn out at Yarmouth.

by Tim Bishop - 30/04/2018


Q Flag in Guernsey

April monthly update for Reeds says that Q flags ‘must’ be flown when visiting Guernsey from outside the Bailiwick.

by Anne Bailey - 30/03/2018


Discount for members at the Port Chantereyne, Cherbourg in 2018.

HROA members can claim a 20% discount on berthing fees when showing a valid membership card

by Tim Bishop - 25/03/2018


30th Anniversary Rally 2019

Plans well advanced for the rally to be held 13th-15th Sept 2019 in Portsmouth Harbour.

by Tim Bishop - 20/03/2018


Lobster Pots and Small Craft Safety – time to change the rules!

The Government has responded to the on-line petition "We, the undersigned, urge the Minister of State (DEFRA) to improve the way static fishing gear is marked for the safety of all small craft at sea.

by Anne Bailey - 19/03/2018


MAIB Report on Safety Harnesses

The Marine Accident Investigation Branch is carrying out an investigation into the fatal man overboard accident on board the commercial sailing yacht CV30.

by Anne Bailey - 26/01/2018


'We Do Mean To Go To Sea'

One day conference raising funds for a sailing charity with Paul Heiney amongst keynote speakers with workshops, at Royal Hospital School, Ipswich on March 11th 2018.

by Tim Bishop - 24/01/2018


HR36 ELANIK incident

Regretfully, I am reporting that "ELANIK" our Hallberg Rassy 36 has been the victim of a most unfortunate incident.

by Alan & Elizabeth Hickman - 21/01/2018


HROA AGM 2018

A successful AGM was held at the Royal Thames Yacht Club in London on Friday 5 January

by Anne Bailey - 07/01/2018


Opening Windscreen - HR36

White Eagle's (HR36 Mark 2 number 490 from 2000) windscreen failed a few years ago and we’ve tried various repair techniques but none has been successful in the long term.

by David Homer - 20/12/2017


Spring Rally in South Italy

Some members based in Italy are arranging a rally for "Hallberg-Rassy Lovers" - 25 April to 1 May

by Antonio Cianniello - 04/12/2017


Sea Survival - RYA course

1 day course with a choice of 2 dates! Either 25th Feb or 4th March 2018

by Sue Ross - 01/12/2017


Red Diesel - Latest

Extract from RYA website. "Boats with red diesel in their tanks can continue to visit Belgium without fear of fines"

by Anne Bailey - 28/11/2017


HROA House Tie

Price reduction!

by Tim Bishop - 22/11/2017


Avon Estuary Walk

Five intrepid West County Walkers (and Maisie the dog) tackled the Avon Estuary Walk on 21 November

by Anne Bailey - 21/11/2017


West Country Winter Walk - Avon Estuary

There will be a walk around the Avon Estuary on 21 November, starting from Aveton Gifford, Devon. All members welcome to join us, whether local or passing through the area.

by Anne Bailey - 11/10/2017


Commodore's Rally and Dinner - Lymington 2017

Good attendance and favourable weather made for a successful rally. Photo Gallery now available.

by Nigel Kingsley - 27/09/2017


Techninal /Cruising Seminar - Plymouth & Dinner Kitley House Hotel

We will be holding a SW Regional Dinner 23rd March followed by a Seminar on 24th March at Royal Western Yacht Club Plymouth.

by sue ross - 12/09/2017


SS Great Britain , Clifton Suspension Bridge & Bristol Aerospace Centre 7/8 Feb

There will be a two day visit to Bristol to see SS Great Britain , Clifton Suspension Bridge and the brand new Bristol Aerospace Centre.

by Sue Ross - 12/09/2017


Saddlescombe Farm National Trust - 26 Oct 17

This hidden gem situated on the South Downs is not normally open to the public. This visit has been arranged by one of our members who worked for the NT for many years.

by Sue Ross - 31/08/2017


Met Office Exeter

Guided tour of Met Office 25th November

by Sue Ross - 30/08/2017


North Sails

We will be visiting North Sails on 21st October

by sue ross - 10/08/2017


Tour of Houses of Parliament and Churchill War Rooms. FULL !

A visit has been arranged to the Houses of Parliament and Churchill War Rooms on Monday 6th November. IF YOU HAVE RECEIVED A NOTIFICATION THAT YOUR APPLICATION HAS BEEN PROCESSED YOU ARE CONFIRMED ON

by Sue ross - 08/08/2017


CA advises sailors to give Belgium a miss after red diesel fines

Red diesel issues in Belgium, including skippers being fined, have resulted in UK sailors avoiding going to Belgium.

by Anne Bailey - 14/07/2017


Seine Bay Cruise now at St Vaast

The fleet sailed to Ouistreham from Fécamp for a quick visit to Ouistreham and Caen before heading to St Vaast; new photo gallery added

by Nigel Kingsley - 07/06/2017


2017 Summer Cruise - Seine Bay - Going well

Some photographs of the Fecamp leg of the rally can now be seen on the Gallery page

by Anne Bailey - 02/06/2017


Spring Rally 2017

Largest ever HROA rally held in Yarmouth with a dinner hosted at the Royal Solent Yacht Club

by Tim Bishop - 26/04/2017


HROA Technical and Cruising Seminar

From how to tune the rigging, to crossing oceans, and the delights of cruising the unspoilt south coast of Ireland for a packed audience at the Royal Southampton Yacht Club

by Tim Bishop - 26/03/2017


Presentation of Scribes Prize for 2016

An informal presentation of the 2016 Scribes Prize to John White, for his article "A Triangular Adventure", took place at Salcombe Yacht Club. Congratulations, John.

by Anne Bailey - 10/03/2017


Polo Shirts with HROA Logo available from Andark

Clothing now available with Logo. A ladies' and men's Polo shirt are shown.

by David Lewis - 01/03/2017


Visit to Historic Exeter - 22 Feb 17

Thirteen members met in Exeter on 22 Feb for guided tours of some of the historic sights in the city of Exeter

by Anne Bailey - 24/02/2017


HROA Committee Meeting

A busy first committee meeting of 2017 with a packed agenda!

by Tim Bishop - 04/02/2017


Our Annual General Meeting

Excellent meeting followed by our prize giving, and a celebratory dinner at the Royal Thames Yacht Club in Knightsbridge.

by Tim Bishop - 10/01/2017


New Navigation Marks at Portsmouth

Preparations for the Navy's new aircraft carriers arriving in 2017

by Andy Du Port - 08/09/2016


Tower Bridge Guided Tour

A tour of Tower Bridge has been arranged to coincide with the Visit to Trinity House

by sue ross - 06/09/2016


HROA West Country Rally

A very successful West Country rally came to an end in Mylor Yacht Haven on Friday 2 June

by Anne Bailey - 05/06/2016


RYA Courses around the UK

Would you like brush up / learn more about : Radar, Sea Survival , First Aid , Diesel Maintenance?

by Sue Ross - 11/05/2016


2015 Rally Survey

The results of the Rally Survey which members completed in 2015 can now be seen on the website. Many thanks to everyone who passed on their opinions

by Fintan Walton - 07/01/2016


Hallberg-Rassy on Facebook

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