Rally Plans 2018

Owing to a clash of dates, Tony is now proposing The following:

June 2 to Suffolk Yacht Harbour, Levington. This is a virtually all-tide marina with excellent facilities a little way upriver from Felixstowe. Dinner in the Haven Ports Yacht Club.

September 1st to Bradwell Marina on the Blackwater, and the Green Man for an evening meal.


Annual General Meeting 2018

If you intend to come to the AGM, please let the Hon. Secretary know by Sunday 28th January so that the caterer may have the number of attendees.

If you have any unwanted sailing gizmos, books, charts, etc., bring them along. We hope to raise some money for charity thereby.

Annual General Meeting 2018

Sunday 11 February 2018
The Cruising Association Headquarters
Address: 1 Northey Street, Limehouse Basin, London, E14 8BT
Telephone: 020 7537 2828


09.30 – 10.00 COA Members Arrive – Coffee/tea available on arrival 09.30 – 09.50

START 10.00

10.00 – 10.05 Welcome from the COA Chairman Robin Traves
10.05 – 11.05     Presentation – Mike Norris – ‘Our 2017 Cruise to and in Greece’.
11.05 – 11.15 Questions from members re Mike’s presentation
1.15 – 11.45 Morning Coffee/tea
11.45 – 13.00 –  Presentation – Jeremy Batch – The Story of Navigation

Lunch 13.00 -14.15

AGM   14.15 – 15.30
AGM Special Offer Prize Draw, 2 Weeks Sailing in Greece
15.30 Final Coffee and Biscuits to wind-down at AGM completion



2 Weeks Sailing in Greece

The guest speakers at our 2018 annual meeting and AGM on 11 February, Mike and Helen Norris, have offered to take up to two members of the Countess Owners’ Association with them for two weeks on their next cruise in Greece – in either April, June or the second half of September 2018.

A draw for this sailing opportunity will take place during the AGM at the Cruising Association’s excellent and most interesting facilities at Limehouse Basin in London (easily accessible by road or Docklands Light Railway).

The winner of the draw may bring their partner or a fellow member of the COA who attends the AGM – or may simply choose to go on their own.

Alternatively, they may pass on the opportunity to a fellow member of the Association who attends the meeting, in which case the Terms and Conditions of the offer would apply to that member.

Mike and Helen would be responsible for all boat costs (including, for example, marina/port fees and fuel), together with the cost of food on board.

Their guests would be responsible for their own travel costs, insurance, excursions, eating out and drinks on board.

It should be noted, however, that Island Drifter – a 37ft cutter-rigged Countess ketch – is a ‘dry’ (on passage only!) and non-smoking (at any time) boat.



1 The draw is open to COA members and honorary members who personally attend the 2018 AGM on 11 February 2018.

2 There is no obligation to participate in the Draw.

3 There will be no charge for participating in the Draw at the AGM and no donations will be requested or accepted with respect to the Draw.

4 There is no charge to attendees for receiving notification of the name of the winner (e.g. if the winner has left the AGM before the Draw takes place).

5 Mike and Helen Norris and/or The Committee reserve the right to cancel the offer at any time prior to holding the Draw. Reasons would be published in the event of such cancellation.

6 Whoever joins Mike and Helen’s cruise would be required to agree to and sign the common law disclaimer ‘Volenti non fit injuria’.”

Volenti non fit injuria is a defence in tort that means where a person engages in an event accepting and aware of the risks inherent in that event, then they cannot later complain of, or seek compensation for an injury suffered during the event. This is used often to defend against tort actions as a result of a sports injury.

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 peter.j.engels@gmail.com

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.