Well done to all the boats making it over the Cherbourg a fortnight ago and apologies we didn’t have our traditional get-together in the evening… though I think most crews ended up in Eldorado as normal! It was a great run and lovely to see so many local boats in Port Chantereyne.
As you may have heard, we had a fair bit of excitement with French customs as we made our way into Cherbourg on Saturday afternoon. For the record, it happened something like this..
The next RYA level 1 and 2 Dinghy sailing course is scheduled for the 6th/7th August.
This is fantastic for Dinghy sailors who want to earn a certificate or two, yacht crew who would like to know more about sailing or those of you that have just come back from holiday and fancy taking up sailing as a hobby.
The course is an absolute bargain at £125 for a whole weekend including certificates.
Weymouth’s Sam Mottershead (aka Super Sam) teamed up crewing with one of the Merlin Rocket fleet’s top sailors - Olly Turner - to win the weekend Starcross YC silver tiller event. It all came down to the final race and a win was delivered in style.
Former Commodore Kathy Claydon is competing in this years Round Ireland race. Racing in the IRC double handed class she and Phil set off on Saturday. You can track her progress here:
Great Result for our local dinghy sailors - Tim Bowden and Emma Stevenson - who shouted clearly enough at Mumbles this last weekend that they are serious competition. Overall winners in the regatta - but with an eye on the Osprey Nationals in a couple of months this would have been a pleasing result to lead the Ospreys home.
To be off Utah beach on the 6th of June is something of a privilege, though the fog meant that we didn’t see anything till we arrived in the buoyed channel into Carentan, and then it was only egrets and the occasional cow!
On Saturday / Sunday we completed an RYA level 1/2 course.
Congratulations to Fiona, Derek and Marcus upon obtaining their RYA level 1 certificates and moving a long way forward into level 2.
Update! We have had a response rate of about 12% so far which is probably reasonably typical. So thanks to all who have had a go at this - it will provide really useful feedback. If we can get this rate closer to 25% we'll consider this a really good response in line with the most pro-active clubs. http://wsc.org.uk/ryasurvey2016 (you will need to log in to access this page!) - Thanks again.
A new record - 120 French sailors joined us for lunch at the club on Sunday after their race from Cherbourg on Saturday and our own race on Sunday morning, so there'll be plenty to chat about! Crews from St Malo, Granville, Le Havre and Cherbourg make this the biggest Transmanche yet, as more and more French sailors see Weymouth as the place to come to.
As if to prove you can never truly escape Weymouth, yesterday Diana and Michael Gill bumped into a couple of local sailors from Weymouth and Portland Cruising Association (WPCA).. in Galaxidhi, Gulf of Corinth!