Some eighteen boats and crews made it across to Cherbourg in very pleasant weather for the summer solstice and the music festival; those who made the crossing by night were able to witness how short the period of darkness is at this time of year; the loom of the sun just travels round from north-west to north-east, and then it's time for dawn again! Worth being out there for, not to mention arriving in Cherbourg in sunny weather for a great weekend of sightseeing, shopping in the market or just wandering around the gardens when the sun got too hot.
It's suddenly less than two weeks to go to the Cherbourg rally! As ever, there is a cracking weekend in store in Cherbourg as well as the race/cruise in convoy on the Friday to get us there. If you've not done the Channel before, this is the time to do it! We welcome boats and crews from all the local clubs, some of whom regularly make this the start of their annual cruise...
Last weekend Arcsine sailed in the JOG Cowes-Casquets –Dielette Race winning their Class.
This was part of our training for this year’s Fastnet Race, from WSC Al Doughty and Nick Munson have joined the crew.
We started at the same time as the faster Class and managed to hold several of them behind till the Needles Channel.
When you access the new wi-fi system in the marina, you arrive on the municipal website, where the latest news is that Cherbourg has kept its blue flag for environmental excellence for the 14th year running, and is aiming for the prestigious international 5 Gold Anchors award, the results of which will be announced in July. Visually an important change will soon be the demolition of the 60s ice cream block of the Hotel Mercure, now relocated in a block next to the new Carrefour development.
Ray and Lynn leave on their Round Britain cruise on Tuesday, and Ray sent me the plan for this year. I am sure people will want to keep up with news, so here's what Ray says:
Not to Oman, obviously, where it's nearly always hot and sunny and a 12 knot southerly cuts in like clockwork in the afternoon, though the weather for the 49er training camp last week was mostly of that order. Hashim Al-Rashdi and Musab Al-Hadi were guests of Weymouth Sailing Club last Thursday with their trainer Alain Champy, former head of logistics at the French Sailing Federation and an old friend of WSC since those pre-Olympic training years. WSC member Jez Rees was able to both reminisce with Alain and chat to Hashim and Musab about Omani sailing venues, which Jez knows well.
Congratulations to club members Sam Pascoe and Sam Mottershead for winning the Merlin Rocket Silver tiller open meeting held at Rutland Water on Monday 4th May. They won with an emphatic 3,1,1 score line from a fleet of 30 boats which included some of the brightest names in UK dinghy sailing. Sam Mottershead who has progressed through the club YOBs programme, gamely stepped in to join Sam P as his normal crew, sister Megan, was otherwise engaged in a ISAFF event on Lake Garda.
On Sunday the scheduled Cimbri Trophy was postponed owing to the forecast of the wind dropping in the afternoon, which would have made for a challenging race against the tide both ways! However a new course was set which allowed those competing to get some practice in for the upcoming Shambles Trophy.
Over eighty members of Cherbourg and Granville Yacht Clubs arrived in Weymouth on Friday evening as the weather rapidly deteriorated; the start of the annual YCC Transmanche was brought forward to try to avoid the worst of the blow, though there were stories even so of very strong winds off Portland.
Weymouth Sailing Club volunteers were first on the scene to assist a Maxi 1100 Amy Lou who had gone ashore on the Mixen. Struggling to drop their kite and with a fouled propellor, the two man crew sent out a Mayday to Solent coastguard.
Video of them being pulled clear: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7XLkvpUAEPo