A week in the sun - Tour des Ports de la Manche 2017

Submitted by steve

One thing everyone says about the Tour des Ports is that it’s very tiring ; with the delivery each way, we’ve done nine days in a row of which six were racing, mostly in quite lively conditions. Every day up at 7 to queue for the loos and showers, then on the water outside whichever port for starts sometimes as early as 0830, then the excitement of the start and first beat to the laid mark and then possibly some spinnaker, but not for long – the unstable weather tended to provide plenty of opportunity for upwind legs.

Cherbourg rally to La Rochelle

Ile de re

Once again Saskia VII joined the annual club rally to Cherbourg which culminated in the BBQ hosted by Cherbourg Yacht Club in St Martin's Bay in beautiful weather. However we did not return to Weymouth with the rest of the club boats, but set off on our summer cruise on Monday 19th June. We set sail for Guernsey, but the weather and wind were so favourable we decided to just keep going. With the assymetric kite set we made great progress sailing through the night, arriving in L'Aberwrac'h for breakfast.After two days of sweltering heat we left L'Aberwrac'h for Camaret.

Weymouth dinghy regatta 2017.

Submitted by gav14all

10 boats from Weymouth Sailing Club drifted round to Portland harbour over the weekend of 8th and 9th July to compete in the YCW’s annual dinghy regatta, and for some it turned out to be a successful weekend.

The 130 entrants made up of world class sailors, national champions and very good club sailors were split into 4 different classes, Ospreys and Fireballs, Emma Stevenson and Tim Bowden in their Osprey. Fast handicap, Robin and Mike in their Merlin and Corey in his D1. Phantoms and OKs, Me in my OK, and slow handicap, where the majority of our boats competed in and included Keith Howorth and Ali Stevenson in their Lasers, Amber Poulloin and Celia Rushton in their Bytes, Iain Jones in his Solo, plus Phil Norris and John Talbot in their Wayfarer.

RYA training course Saturday 9th/10th September

Submitted by MickRS200

WSC is pleased to announce the next scheduled Dinghy course which is aimed at level 1.

This course is designed to get beginners out on the water in light airs. RYA Certificates will be issued to successful candidates.

The course runs for two days on Saturday 9th and Sunday 10th of September.

Early booking is advised as these courses are very popular.

This course is open to members only.

To-ing and fro-ing - with fresh produce!

Submitted by steve

Monday - woke to the squeak and tug of mooring lines and the slight slap of a halyard on the mast at 0430, which suggested there was wind; so up I got, cast off, and sure enough was sailing a few moments after clearing the Stone pier. A steady SW breeze of around 15 knots meant a bit of reefing for a while in the middle of the Channel, but otherwise a very easy and quick trip to Cherbourg – 11 hours pontoon to pontoon, and the decks washed to boot!

YCC's BBQ at St Martin's bay, 18th June 2017

Submitted by steve

You've probably been past St Martin's bay many times and wondered what's in there, is it a good anchorage, etc. The answer is yes, the walks ashore on the end of La Hague are spectacular, and there is an excellent restaurant just up the hill from the bay.

Cherbourg Rally, 15th - 18th June - A personal perspective

Submitted by andyheyting

When the programme was published the event that went onto my calendar immediately was the Cherbourg Rally - I enjoy the planning, the passage & especially the rendezvous at the destination.

I’d done Day Skipper in December ‘16 in Gibraltar. Myself & the 2 other guys on the course “clicked” - it turned out to be a memorable week and we decided to get together for some sailing when back in the UK. So it was that Steve & Noel traveled to Weymouth on Thursday afternoon from Kent & Poole respectively for our Gibraltar reunion.

Race recording using your smart phone

Squib closes in on Grand surprise

raceQs is a free tracking app which allows you to record sailing data with your phone and creates a 3D replay of your race online. It's easy to use with features such as a time to start recording. It uses GPS but does not need a mobile phone signal.

Try it out, it's very impressive ! raceQs

Cherbourg Rally (and St Martin's bay BBQ),16-19 June 2017

Submitted by steve

The format for this year’s rally will be familiar to those enthusiasts who have joined us before, except that this year we still can’t do the music festival, unless you can stay till Wednesday!

There is, however, another chance to join YCC members for their annual BBQ in the lovely surroundings of St Martin's bay near La Hague on the Sunday, to which WSC members are as usual cordially invited. For the extra-keen there is also the option of a double-hander on Saturday, which usually involves some coastal navigation.

RYA level 1 sailing course 12th / 13th August ( Dinghy)

Submitted by MickRS200

Due to demand a further Level 1 course is now booked for the 12th / 13th August.

This course is aimed at beginners to sailing.

Contact Mick Church for further details and booking forms.

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