This page is designed to provide links to topics of general  interest to our Members - please give us your suggestions for other sites to be  included.

UK General Sailing Topics
US General Sailing Topics
French General Sailing Topics
Tidal Information
Weather Information
Links to Other Clubs and Owners Associations
Yateley and Hampshire Local Links
Some Indispensable and Useful Websites

UK General Sailing Topics
  • Batteries - all your car and deep cycle battery questions answered 
  • BMF The British Marine Federation - the trade association for the UK marine liesure industry
  • Boatjumble Association - Fixture list
  • Boatlaunch has locations of sites to launch your boats inland and around the coast
  • British Seagull Sheridan Marine supply spares for this reliable old workhorse
  • Buying a Boat with Blisters?? An expert throws some light on this over hyped problem
  • Classic Marine - belay pins, brass, lamp glasses, oakum, red lead, stockholm tar and everything for the classic boat
  • Clive Williams - Marine Artist and Graphic Designer - a selection of his original artwork in various media
  • Far Horizons Sailing Search Engine.
  • Flags of the World Everything you will ever need about the fascinating subject of flags, flagmanship and vexillolgy.
  • H M Coastguard Home Page.
  • International Guild of Knot Tyers - an  association of people with interests in knots and knotting techniques of all kinds.
  • Jubilee Sailing Trust is supported by YOSC - find out more on how they help disabled young people to go sailing.
  • Madforsailing for all the sailing news, lots of pictures, a holiday finder and a UK regatta map.
  • Marine Accident Investigating Branch (MAIB) examines and investigates all types of marine accidents to or on board UK ships worldwide and other ships in UK territorial waters. Reports can be downloaded from the Website and valuable safety lessons learned by reference to actual incidents.
  • Marine Diesel Engine and Boat Maintenance by Tony Brooks - Reading College’s engine Guru training course notes with lots of detail about engines, electrics, welding and other technical stuff.
  • National Coastwatch Institution - find out how these volunteers keep watch around our coasts.
  • Notices to Mariners gives all the detailed information to keep your charts up-to-date from the official Hydrographers Web Site.
  • OFCOM - formerly the Radio Communication agency has everything you need to use your VHF correctly and legally.
  • Perfectly Engraved - offer a range of trophies, awards and gifts engraved to your requirements.
  • Portsmouth Harbour - QHM and the Port Management System
  • Port of London Authority - lots of useful information about this busy port including a list of marinas and moorings
  • RNLI - find out more on how you can  support the Lifeboats and buy on-line from their Watermark Gift Catalogue.
  • Ropers Knot Page - how to tie your Boat (or Granny) up in knots - including some animated demos of those hard-to-do knots.
  • Royal Navy AKA The Andrew - or Grey Funnel Line
  • RYA Royal Yachting Association Home Page.
  • Safety on the Sea safety advice from the RNLI.
  • SaiLinks Marine Internet - lots of links to UK sailing and commercial sites.
  • Sailing Source A Glossy Magazine with lots of new boat reviews and one-design info.
  • Solent Shallows - detailed photographs of the many hazards around The Solent and The Isle of Wight. This large collection of aerial shots, taken at spring low tide and labelled to show precise locations, can assist in your avoidance of the area’s many hazards.
  • Solent Protection Society - formed in 1956 to safeguard the amenities of the Solent area and do everything possible to preserve their beauty for our own and future generations
  • Southampton - Port Management and VTS information
  • Southern Sailing School Home Page - Yes! it's YOSC's old friend John Goode.
  • Stanfords for Nautical books and charts - buy them on-line here.
  • Tilley & Primus - hard-to-get spares, mantles, jets etc. for your old Tilley lamps, Primus stoves and Aladdin heaters
  • Trinity House The Brethren who maintain our lighthouses and buoyage
  • Wooden Ships Traditional wooden boat brokers based in Dartmouth
  • Yacht Charter - with Sailing Europe
  • Yachting and Boating World- sailing pages from the leading British yachting magazines - Practical Boat Owner, Yachting Monthly and Yachting World
  • Yachts and Yachting Web site of the fortnightly yachting magazine
  • Yarmouth Harbour - Arrival & Berthing Guide

US General Sailing Topics

French General Sailing Topics
  • Annonces Bateaux French Yachts for sale
  • Caen-Ouistreham Port Regulations
  • Cherbourg Tourist Information, useful addresses and what to do in the Town
  • Cherbourg Cité de la Mer opened in 2000 - underwater exploration and submarines housed in the transformed old Gare Maritime
  • Cherbourg List of restaurants in Cherbourg and the Cotentin
  • Dictionary French/English and English/French dictionary of nautical terms
  • Sail-the-World French Site with lots of help and information for Blue Water sailors - in French
  • SHOM French Naval Hydrographic & Oceanographic Service with lots of links for charts & things
  • St. Cast Marina - see more details in their Newsletter
  • VNF - French Inland Waterways System

Tidal Information
  • Cherbourg Tide Table - Gives times and heights of high water Cherbourg for 2019 - useful if you are using Reeve-Fowkes Tidal Atlases.
    Note: The times shown in the table are shown in Time Zone -0100 which is one hour ahead of UTC (Coordinated Universal Time - formerly known as GMT).  British Summer Time (BST) is also one hour ahead of UTC.  When cruising in home waters during the period from 01:00 on 31 March 2019 to 02:00 on 27 October inclusive, the time read from these tables will be the same as clock time in the UK. Outside these dates the times read from this table will need to have one hour subtracted to equal UTC.
  • Portsmouth Tide Table - Gives times and heights of high water Portsmouth for 2011 and differences for other Solent and South Coast ports and harbours
    Note: Tide times are corrected for UTC/BST
  • Admiralty EasyTide is a FREE service run by the UK Hydrographic Office providing tidal data up to 6 days ahead for over 6000 ports in UK, Europe and the World

    The ones you may find most useful are:-

  • Portsmouth
  • Dover
  • Cherbourg
  • The Tide Times for UK are in UTC and must be corrected for daylight saving time.  See note above for Cherbourg

    WXTide32 Version 4.7 FREE - download this programme to predict tidal heights, streams etc. UK, Europe and Worldwide.

Weather Information

The Met Office Metfax Marine Service provides faxed weather summaries and synoptic charts for various areas and periods and costs 1 pound per minute at all times. For the full index call 09060 100 401

The numbers for the areas of most interest to YOSC Members are:-

  • 09060 100 441 - 24H Shipping Forecast
  • 09060 100 457 - 2 day mid-channel coast forecast
  • 09060 100 450 - 3 to 5 day national inshore waters forecast
  • 09060 100 471 - 3 to 5 day channel waters forecast

 You will need to engage the Polling Option on your Fax machine


Links to Other Clubs and Owners Associations

Yateley & Hampshire Local Links

Some Indispensable and Useful Websites

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