Cruiser Sailing at Portchester Sailing Club

PSC’s Sailing Team

Doug Latta

Doug Latta – Sailing Secretary

Doug is responsible for organising all sailing activities apart from Training in the club, with activities ranging from Dinghy racing, Dinghy Cruising, Cruiser Racing and Cruiser Rallies.  Doug is passionate about making the Club Family Friendly, and organising activities and facilities to enhance Family members enjoyment of the club.  Doug races his National Solo dinghy at the club and occasionally at National and Open events around the country, as well as his Hustler 35, Indigo.  His youngest son Blake is a keen Topper sailor, while his daughter Annie is enjoying learning to sail and enjoyed Junior Week with all her friends.  Doug’s older boys are completing their A levels and about to start University, while his wife Vicki is looking forward to the club being the type of place where she can meet her friends for a relaxed drink.

Steve and Tony organise the busy rally schedule, which this year includes rallies to 13 destinations ranging from Chichester Harbour, the Solent and to Poole and beyond.  These are great family friendly and highly social rallies, and a great way to meet other club members for barbeques, fun beach games, pub dinners and lots of social activity on the pontoons at the various destinations.

Steve Rukin

Steve Rukin – Dinghy Cruising Captain

Steve is our Dinghy Cruising Captain, starting at school at the age of twelve in Mirror dinghies, progressing onto team racing in Firefly’s, at fifteen he bought his first Laser competing both at Club and National Level. Moving to Portsmouth in 1985, was a member of the RYA National Youth Squad through his university years. Having taken a break for almost most twenty years he joined Portchester Sailing Club five years ago to introduce his family to sailing and enjoys sailing his Wayfarer with his two daughters Lucy and Lydia.  Although Steve enjoys a good race from time to time it is not always his girls cup of tea who enjoy taking things in their own time. “Joining the Sailing Committee last year, has allowed me to make more friends at the Club. I thoroughly enjoy my role as Dinghy Cruising Captain, sailing in company of others is great fun and a great way to meet your fellow club members as well”.


Sean Gregory – Junior Sailing Representative

Sean is a very active member of the club, and represents our junior sailors.  He is also active in helping to train young sailors, being a qualified Dinghy Instructor.  Sailing an RS400 dinghy as well as being the owner of a small cruiser, Sean has grown up in the club and is always keen to assist any of our young sailors and ‘show them the ropes’ around the club.

Chris Parnell

Chris Parnell – Cruiser Captain

Chris is responsible for organising the Cruiser racing in the club, including the Cruiser Evening Series, sponsored this year by Kemp Sails, the weekend series including Cruiser Open race, The Cruiser Supercup In harbour race, Back of Wight Race, Solstice Race, Vectis Race, Rum Run as well as liaising with the other Portsmouth Harbour Clubs in arranging the Interclub series.  Chris is often to be seen out on the water on board his Dufour 3800 Channel Ghost


Jamie Pidduck – Dinghy Captain

Jamie organises the Dinghy racing in the club, with a full programme comprising 5 series of 10 races each, running most Wednesday & Friday evenings and Saturdays throughout the season, 4 trophy races, a windward leeward series sponsored by Flew Sails, a Solo Open meeting as well as a Junior series. Next year Jamie also hopes to run a Topper Open meeting.  Jamie sails his RS400 at the club, and also recently crewed for top RS400 Sailor and fellow PSC member Paul Oakey at the RS400 European Championship in Travemünder.


Mark Flew – Committee Member

Mark keeps the committee on track with his vast experience in the Marine Industry as one of the leading sailmakers in the area.  This year he organised the major events such as Solo Open Meeting, Topper JETs visit and Windward Leeward Series, which his sail-loft kindly sponsored.  A keen National Solo sailor, Mark is often seen at the front of the fleet in his unmistakable yellow boat.

Welcome to Cruiser Sailing at Portchester Sailing Club.

Portchester Sailing Club is a very good location for cruiser sailors and the club offers a range of deep water and half tide moorings. The waters of Portsmouth Harbour, the Solent and beyond offer a variety of sailing opportunities.

Naturally, the most sheltered and closest moorings are more popular and have a waiting list. Shoreside facilities include hard standing for cruisers between October and April, a derrick for stepping and unstepping masts, and a pontoon, which is accessible for around 2 hours either side of high water. Cruisers from Portchester enjoy trips around the Solent, and further beyond. Some of our members have sailed to all corners of the globe. Cruises in company are a good way to expand your horizons, and these are organised regularly.

Cruiser Sailing at Portchester Sailing Club

Club Racing

On the racing side, cruising sailors compete in the annual Interclub series, which combine a good social weekend with a bit of friendly racing. More competitive members also compete in other regattas such as Cowes Week, and the Round the Island Race. You can find information about the current and planned events on our race instructions page and information on past races on our results page.

Cruiser Sailing at Portchester Sailing Club


We have a series of rallies during the season. The Folly is one of our favourite locations.

Cruiser Sailing at Portchester Sailing Club
Cruiser Sailing at Portchester Sailing Club

Social Activities

Barbeques .. on the beach or at Bucklers Hard

Cruiser Sailing at Portchester Sailing Club
Cruiser Sailing at Portchester Sailing Club


The Club owns a submersible boat-lifter to allow us to recover boats from the water at the end of the season and relaunch them in the Spring. We store cruisers up to 31ft – 32ft in the Club compound the winter. As space is limited there is always a waiting list.

Cruiser Sailing at Portchester Sailing Club
Cruiser Sailing at Portchester Sailing Club

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