Annual General Meeting 2019

Our Annual General Meeting will be held on Sunday 3rd February and we look forward to welcoming old and new members and friends to this event. The event is hosted at the Cruising Association HQ and is an enjoyable and social event in the calendar. An excellent COA lunch is provided by the talented CA Chef and the bar will be open!

The charge will be as last year, at £25.


Meeting and coffee at 9.30 to 10.00

10.00 Presentations commence

Opening remarks from the Chairman

Cruising Reflections – Peter Coy – following his cruising the Greek Islands with COA members Mike and Helen Norris

Yacht Safety – includes Life Jacket checking – John Homer assisted by RNLI representative

Morning Coffee

Presentation – “Extreme Voyages” from the CA Administrator Jeremy Batch – ret’d Lockkeeper, Limehouse Basin

13.15 COA Lunch

14.30 AGM

15.30 Afternoon tea and farewells. Finish at 16.30.

Full Programme details and joining instructions will be sent to all members early in the New Year

We hope to see you there, our AGM is that special day for Countess owners to meet others, compare notes and get valuable help and advice from our many self-build specialists and experienced cruising members.


For Sale

Colvic Countess 28 “Buongiorno”

The Countess 28 is a high volume family cruiser with a very spacious interior for her length. A good example offers similar accommodation and performance to a Westerly Konsort, at generally lower cost. There are few other 28-footers, even now, with as much interior space.

Lying: Tuckton, Christchurch
Year: 1979
LOA: 8.54m
Beam: 3.1m
Draft: 1.2m
Keel: Twin bilge keels with encapsulated ballast and skeg-hung rudder
Price: £18,000


Navigational Aids:
Silva 515 DSC with Navtext
Lowrance 3500 plotter
Nasa depth sounder
Nasa wind Instruments
VDO log
2 x Plastimo bulkhead compasses
Autohelm (tiller pilor)

Engine: Vetus 3M10
Engine spares
100L fuel tank
30 Gallon water tank.

Sails and Spars:
Fully battened mainsail in Stack Pack.
Roller reefing genoa
Cruising chute in snuffer
2 x winch handles
Anchor ball & motor sailing cone.

Plovey anchor with 35m chain.
Kedge anchor on chain and warp
Electric windlass
Sparyhood and rear cover
Boarding ladder
2 boathooks
8 fenders and various warps
Cockpit table
Bosun’s chair

MOB horseshoe lifebuoy, light and danbuoy
Coastal flare pack
3 x fire extinguishers
First aid kit


A Countess 33 for 5000 Euros!

This is a restoration project. The previous owner died before he could finish the refit of the the interior.The hull is in good order, and was painted two years ago but not used since. The BMC 38hp motor is in very good order. Mast and rigging are also in good order. Apart from a genoa (missing) the sails are there.

The present owner reckons the boat could be back in the water within a few months.

On the hard at Olhao, about ten miles from Faro. Further details from

Calling Sean McDonald

We have received a subscription from Sean, but have no contact address or phone number. If you read this, Sean, please contact the Hon. Secretary.

Sean’s Countess is “Domino”. If anyone knows how we may contact Sean, please let us know.