Beautiful weather and great race management by Nick Frampton and team delivered an amazing Bart's Bash experience for competitors from WSC, CCSC and Poole Yacht Racing Association.
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On Saturday 12th and Sunday 13th September Weymouth SC hosted the National Squib South Coast Championships. Visitors came from as far north as Merseyside, as far as west as Plymouth and Suffolk in the east – a sizeable armada even came from overseas, well, the Isle of Wight.
The weather forecast had been looking dodgy for quite a few days so we all expected a lively wind with some rain – fortunately the latter didn't materialise. Two days of superb sailing were enjoyed by all.
Club members Terry Curtis and Gavin Poulloin do the club credit at the recent OK Nationals.
Terry finished an excellent 5th place despite sailing too infrequently this year in the OK. But special mention must be made of Gavin Poulloin's finish of 15th having never having sailed in an OK before! It's never easy on a new boat so hearty congratulations on a fine event which included a 6th place in race 5.
The beginning of the YCC Autumn series is a good moment to be here racing on the Grand Surprise again, with Pascal and Alexis Loison in the W class to go up against – I think everyone had them in their sights.
Saturday arrivals saw the hottest day of the year - but there was a long wait till the end of the week for the sun to reappear. It was a very wet and windy week in Whitstable - even the oysters were fed up with the rain.
Arcsine returned from their Fastnet challenge in torrential rain at 1.30am on Sunday - very tired and wet!
The Weymouth SC burgee has been flying at both Falmouth and Channel Classics this year. Falmouth gave scratch class racing for Twisters, whilst the Channel Classics was based on JCH a handicap aimed at older boats (incidentally the results were published using Hals) and 10 Twisters raced.
The Squibs held their annual race to Ringstead and beach BBQ last Sunday in Mediterranean weather.Squibs, Aldebaran, Inquisition,Iceni Rebel and Comet were started at X mark by acting committee boat for the day, Saskia VII.They sailed a short beat to P followed by a long downwind leg to the finish at Ringstead.
So, the sun shone and the winds blew – it was a classic Salcombe week for the Merlin Rockets. A team of Weymouth sailors survived everything that was thrown at them and with spectacular results too.
Imagine doing a Round the Island every day for a week, parties included, and you can imagine how tired we were when we finally arrived in Cherbourg yesterday. From flat calm to 35 knots, all in sunny weather, though we had a day off in Jersey when it really blew and rained. Carteret-Guernsey-Granville-Jersey-Dielette-Cherbourg: I found I barely recognised Alderney when we saw it again yesterday!