XYOA Photography Competition

Congratulations! to Bill Lowe, this years winner by unanimous vote of the XYOA photography competition. The winning photo below is a great shot of an Xc45 sitting arrestingly at harbour whose mast is second only to the church spire in the town’s skyline.


We will be running the competition again this year, and look forward to seeing photos from your seasons sailing and whether you can top Bill’s terrific shot.


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The runners up:


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Fitting Out Supper 2014

Another fantastic evening was had by all, technical problems aside, at this years Fitting Out Supper held at the historic Naval Club in Mayfair. The catering, venue and atmosphere were all top class as was the marvellous speech given by Peter Cockroft. The slides from Peter’s presentation will be posted on the website later today as will the entries for this years photography competition. Congratulations also to Bill Lowe this years winner of the photography competition, and we hope to see all of your photos in time for next years supper.

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Fitting Out Dinner

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Fitting Out Dinner  -  Friday 28 March 2014


We are delighted that Peter Cockroft will be our guest speaker at the X-Yachts Owners Association (XYOA) Fitting Out Dinner on Friday 28 March 2014 due to be held at The Naval Club, 38 Hill Street, Mayfair, W1J 5NS.

Peter joined the BBC in 1991 as one of the presenters of the national weather forecast.  In 2002 he became the main weather presenter for BBC London News.  Peter made his last BBC London television broadcast on 27 December 2013.

Peter is a keen sailor and has competed in two Fastnet Races and has sailed across the Atlantic.  He is a Fellow of the Royal Meteorlogical Society and a member of the Royal Television Society.  Peter has broadcast from the top of St Paul’s as well as the top of Nelson’s Column and so should keep us very well-entertained.

Complimentary pre-dinner drinks, courtesy of X-Yachts (GB), will be served in the ground floor bar, followed by dinner in the second floor Cunliffe-Owen Room.  Dinner including aperitif, three-course meal with wine and coffee will cost £50.00/head.  Dress code for gentlemen is jacket and tie.

18.45 hours  Reception and pre-dinner drinks

19.30 hours  Three-course dinner followed by coffee and mints

21.00 hours  Announcements and introductions

21.15 hours  Guest speaker Peter Cockroft

21.45 hours  Questions/Cash Bar

22.15 hours  Close

For more information on the Location and the Menu options click the link below.


When purchasing a ticket please download and fill in the form via the link below, and either pay online using paypal or send a cheque to the treasurer.

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Sailing in Croatia

Sailing in Croatia

For centuries sailors have enjoyed sailing in the Adriatic, especially the East Coast, which has over a thousand beautiful islands. Warm balmy summers, crystal clear waters and little commercialisation make for an enjoyable and interesting place to both base a yacht and sail. English is widely spoken, especially by the young, and shops, markets and restaurants are very welcoming. Good meat dishes in restaurants are much cheaper than in the UK, but the excellent fish is similar to UK prices. Very drinkable ‘house’ wines cost about £10 a litre. Most restaurants offer a free liqueur at the end of the meal!

Apart from November, the weather is much drier than the UK and warm sailing can be enjoyed from April until October. Indeed, it is mild enough to sail all year, except that few facilities remain open in the winter months. Shorts and T-shirts are the normal sailing gear, with oilskins left to gather dust in the wet locker! In the season, several ‘budget’ airlines serve the country with a flying time of about two hours from the UK.

Tides are negligible, gales and storms are infrequent and there are regular Navtex and VHF broadcasts in English. Annual mooring costs are considerably cheaper than the UK, and generally the shore facilities are much better. “Boat boys” are ready and willing to assist with mooring in all marinas and ports. Croatia entered the European Union (EU) on 1 July 2013 and since that date the formalities for an EU registered yacht entering and sailing in Croatia have been much simplified. The law no longer requires you to keep up-to-date crew lists, nor are you required to register with the police. All that is required, is that on entering Croatian waters you must head to the nearest official Port of Entry and purchase a Vignette, which permits sailing in territorial waters for one year. At the same time you pay for a lighthouse and safety fee. For a 50-foot yacht the total cost is about £350.

If you ever tire of sailing in Croatia, to the North there is Venice and Trieste to explore. Heading South, and after having visited the old walled city of Dubrovnik, there is beautiful Montenegro, unexplored Albania and historic Greece. The Italian coast is about 100 miles East should one wish to try some spaghetti! Buy a bimini and a passerelle, practise mooring stern-to-the-quay, buy sun-tan cream/sun hat and come sailing in Croatia!

Max Hubbard

Fitting Out Dinner

Friday 28 March 2014

We are delighted that The Naval Club, 38 Hill Street, Mayfair, will be our venue for the X-Yachts Owners Association (XYOA) Fitting Out Dinner on Friday 28 March 2014.

We are very pleased to have as our guest speaker Peter Cockroft, BBC London’s main weather presenter.  Peter is a keen sailor and has competed in two Fastnet Races and has sailed across the Atlantic.  He is a Fellow of the Royal Meteorlogical Society and a member of the Royal Television Society.  Peter should keep us well-entertained.

The Naval Club’s home is a classic Grade II eighteenth century London town house.  One of the first occupants of the house was the Earl of Chatham, brother of William Pitt the Younger.  Complimentary pre-dinner drinks, courtesy of X-Yachts (GB), will be served in the ground floor bar, followed by dinner in the second floor Cunliffe-Owen Room.

18.45 hours  Reception and pre-dinner drinks

19.30 hours  Three-course dinner followed by coffee and mints

21.00 hours  Announcements and introductions

21.15 hours  Guest speaker Peter Cockroft

21.45 hours  Questions/Cash Bar

22.15 hours  Close

Dinner including aperitif, three course meal including wine and coffee will cost £50.00/person.  Dress code for gentlemen is jacket and tie.

The Club is located centrally between Underground Stations at Marble Arch, Bond Street, Hyde Park and Green Park.

The nearest car parks are at 5 Audley Square (W1K 1DS) and the underground car park in Park Lane (W1K 7TY), the latter is outside the London Congestion Zone.

Download the booking form below and you can either book and pay-on-line, or alternatively complete the booking form and sent it with a cheque to the Treasurer.

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X-Yachts and the ARC+

Congratulations to the owners and crew of X-Yachts’ LUV (X-482 GER), AronnaX (X-482 BEL) and Mathilde (X-442 DEN) who not only made it safely across the Atlantic with this years ARC+ fleet but made the trip in impeccable time. LUV, owned and sailed by Gitte and Per Jørgensen, arrived in Saint Lucia second only to the multihull Malisi, and were shortly followed by the other two finishing in the top five. All crews reported great sailing and the results have once again confirmed X-yachts to be comfortable and reliable without compromising on speed. The ARC is also a great opportunity for coastal cruisers to take it to the next level with a great community of sailors.

For more information, see the X-yachts website


Annual Cruising and Racing Awards 2014

Cruising Award

The Association will offer an annual trophy to the member who submits the most interesting log of a particular cruise untaken that year.

The cruise need not be long or undertaken in an exotic location. It can be a long weekend’s sail or a more extensive holiday cruise. The one essential element is that the sail was undertaken in an X-Yacht and that it was a minimum of three days. The log should explain why the cruise was special and worthy of an award. It should mention the skipper and crew, dates, the pre-planning, the weather and conditions encountered. It should also mention the ports and anchorages visited as well as the places of interest ashore that were visited. Readability and humour should be key elements. Photographs and or drawings to illustrate the log would be welcomed.

The log including photographs should not exceed four A4 pages (Font size 11) and should be submitted electronically to the Association by October 1st. The award will be given to the writer of the most interesting and entertaining log. The Association’s Committee will decide which log is worthy of the award. The trophy will be presented to the winner at the AGM and Laying Up Luncheon, which is normally held in November.

Racing Award

The Association encourages members to keep us informed as to their racing successes with their X-Yachts throughout the year.

As such, we would like members to submit to the Committee their racing successes as they happen, so that they can be published on the Association website. The results will be consolidated during the course of the season and the yacht considered to have been the most successful in the eyes of the committee will be awarded an annual trophy.

The award of the trophy will be based not only on the results, but many other factors such as the number of events that the yacht has competed in and their importance in the yachting calendar. Special consideration will be given to those yachts that have competed in the X-Yachts Solent Cup. This trophy will be presented to the winner at the AGM and Laying Up Luncheon, which is normally held in November.

X-Yachts Solent Cup 2014

We are happy to announce the forthcoming X-Yachts Solent Cup, which is set to be held at Cowes’ own Royal Yacht Squadron on the weekend of the 2-4 May 2014.

This is a fantastic event for all  X-Yachts, young and old, to show their prowess against one another on the incomprable waters of the Solent. We urge all members to get involved in this thoroughly enjoyable competition coupled wiith bountiful onshore entertainment.

For more information see the link below to the X-Yachts GB website:


Winter Newsletter 2013

AGM and Laying Up Luncheon

The Annual General Meeting, Laying Up Luncheon and Prize Giving was held at The Royal Southampton Yacht Club, Ocean Village on Sunday 3 November 2013.

The AGM was successfully held in the Trafalgar Room, whilst the ladies enjoyed drinks in the comfortable Clubroom Bar.  The minutes of the AGM are being circulated to members, but it is worth recording the election of the new Communications Secretary, Lawrence Hodgkinson.

Lawrence was born in Blackpool, but moved South at a young age, where he attended St Johns College, Southsea.  He studied English Literature and Philosophy with Creative Writing at University, successfully graduating this year from the University of Reading.  Lawrence has been around boats for most of his life, starting with the family’s Flying 15 and later became a dinghy instructor at the young age of 15.  Since then, Lawrence has been racing Xcitable, a X-362 sport, on the Solent with reasonable success.  Currently he is working as a freelance content writer and also working towards completing a small creative writing publication.  The Committee warmly welcomes Lawrence and wishes him every success in his XYOA role.  We hope many of you will have an opportunity to meet with him at a future XYOA event.

Sadly due to the pressure of her company work, our previous Communications Secretary, Maggie Taylor, has had to retire.  The Association is deeply indebted to her for her work in establishing our excellent web site as well as many other communication and PR facilities.  We wish Maggie well in her business activities and hope to welcome her soon to an XYOA event.

The AGM was followed by an enjoyable and relaxing buffet luncheon.  All agreed that both the food and ambiance were to a very high standard.   Following the luncheon, The Challenge Solent Cup Trophy– Open Sports Class B – was presented to Peter Hodgkinson, Sarah Bailey and Lawrence Hodgkinson by the Chairman’s wife, Celia Hubbard.


Friday 28 March 2014

Please make a note in your diaries for the first XYOA event of 2014 which will be a reception and formal dinner at the Naval Club in Mayfair on Friday 28th March 2014.   We hope to have a well-known personality as our guest speaker.

The Naval Club’s home is a Grade II listed London town house, built in the early eighteenth century as part of the exclusive Mayfair development.  One of the first occupants of the house was the Earl of Chatham, brother of William Pitt the Younger.

We will dine in the magnificent first floor Louis XVI style dining room.  In addition, members will be able to view the Club’s extensive collection of Naval paintings, books and memorabilia.

Give us your best shot !

Enter our photography competition – win a magnum of champagne and see your picture published 

Submit your best shots from the past season to enter the XYOA photography member competition.  We have two categories – one for racing and one for cruising. The winners will receive a magnum of champagne and all entries will appear on the website and be published in the XYOA Yearbook that is planned for next year.  It is expected that all pictures will be submitted electronically and they should be high resolution.

For your chance to win, please email photos as attachments to xyoa.photo.comp@gmail.com before the closing date: Friday 17th of January 2014

Fitting-out Dinner at the Naval Club on Friday 28th March 2014

The first event for 2014 will be the Fitting-Out Dinner at the Naval Club on Friday 28th March 2014.  The Naval Club is based in the heart of Mayfair between Berkeley Square and Park Lane, occupying a beautiful Georgian town house at 38 Hill Street, Mayfair, London. W1J 5NS

During the 1940s Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve (RNVR) Officers serving in nearby Whitehall had an aspiration to keep in touch with one another when the war was over. They formed the RNVR Officers’ Association and purchased the freehold of 38 Hill Street in 1946, and it has been the home of the Association and The Naval Club ever since.

Further details about the evening will follow shortly.   We hope to announce a guest speaker soon.

Agenda for Annual General Meeting, Sunday 3 November 2013

1. Introduction

2. Annual Balance Sheet and Profit and Loss Account

3. Confirmation of Auditor’s appointment

4. Membership fees

5. Review of year’s activities

6. Election of Officers

-  Nominations received

-  Re-election of committee subject to other nominations received

Max Hubbard – Chairman

John Noe – Treasurer

John Oldridge – Events Secretary

Maggie Taylor – Communications Secretary

7. Any other business


The agenda, notice and accounts have been circulated by email to all  members.  The accounts are available on request, the agenda and notice are published on this site.

Notice for Annual General Meeting, Sunday 3 November 2013

 In accordance with Section 5, Clause 37 of the Rules of the X-Yachts Owners Association, notice is given of the Annual General Meeting to be held on Sunday 3 November, 2013 at 11.30 hours in the Trafalgar Room, the Royal Southampton Yacht Club, Ocean Village, Southampton.

Clause 37

“No business, except the passing of the Accounts and the election of the Officers, Committee, Honorary Auditors, and any business that the Committee may order to be inserted in the notice convening the meeting, shall be discussed at such meeting unless notice thereof be given in writing by a member entitled to vote to the Secretary at least thirty days before the date of the Annual General Meeting.”

 In the absence of a Secretary, members of the X-Yachts Owners Association should submit their request to the Chairman by (exceptionally) Wednesday 23 October 2013.

Clause 22

“Candidates for election to the Committee shall be members whose nominations with their consent shall have been received by the Honorary Secretary at least twenty eight days before the date of the Annual General Meeting.

 Members of the X-Yachts Owners Association wishing to put themselves forward for election onto the Committee, should submit their request to the Chairman by (exceptionally) Wednesday 23 October 2013.

If the event that no member(s) put themselves forward for election, the present committee, subject to re-election, is prepared to stand for another year.

The present Committee is –

Chairman                                    Max Hubbard
Treasurer                                     John Noe
Events Secretary                        John Oldridge
Communications Secretary   Maggie Taylor.

Chairman’s annual review : October 2013

Annual Review for the Annual General Meeting (AGM), Sunday 3 November 2013

 by Max Hubbard, Chairman


Max HubbardNearly two and half years since inception, the Association currently has 58 members and has organised many popular and well-attended events.  Despite being created essentially for owners in the United Kingdom and Ireland, enquiries still continue from owners in other countries as to whether the Association has overseas representation.

The first event of the year, was the Fitting out Supper held on the 15 March at The Little Ship Club, London.  Some 25 members and guests were entertained to a very interesting talk given by Mike Daly of his ARC 2012 experience in his X-46.

The X-Yachts Solent Cup was hosted by the Royal Southern Yacht Club, Hamble and took place on Friday 3 to Sunday 5 May.  In boisterous conditions, X-yacht owners enjoyed some excellent racing as well as good hospitality, including the X-Yachts Owners reception on the Saturday evening.  The winners’ trophies will be presented at the XYOA AGM

A rally to Gins Farm, Beaulieu River, was held on the Saturday 29 to Sunday September.  A welcome reception in glorious sunshine was held on the club pontoon, before 27 members and guests enjoyed a very convivial evening in the Club House.

The last XYOA event of 2013 will be the Laying-Up Luncheon on Sunday 3 November 2013 at The Royal Southampton Yacht Club, Ocean Village, Southampton.  This will be proceeded by the AGM, and followed by the presentation of X-Yachts Owners Solent Cup trophies .

Early in the year, the distinctive XYOA burgee was launched.  Printed on both sides, roped and toggled, it has been admired by other sailors both in home and foreign waters.  Further details are on the XYOA website.

We have teamed up with SLAM to develop an exciting range of XYOA branded sailing jackets and gilets.  Both designs are available in men’s and women’s sizes.  The clothing can also be branded with a yacht’s name.  Further details are on the XYOA website.

Partnering arrangements continue with several leading manufacturers and suppliers, where XYOA members are able to obtain a discount on items such as sails, electronic equipment, winches and insurance.

The XYOA members’ only web site continues to expand, and all are encouraged to submit articles and photographs.

October 2013