Cherbourg update

Submitted by steve

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 are off tomorrow!

Submitted by steve

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:

Omani 49ers prefer Weymouth!

Submitted by steve

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.

Flying pole can't stop Rocketeer Sam

Submitted by php806

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.

27 miles, 50 sailors, 12 boats and at least one big hole in the wind

Submitted by wsc

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.

WSC is the place to be, according to Cherbourg and Granville sailors!

Submitted by steve

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 assist in dramatic Rescue

Submitted by daddsie

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

Tony Bennett Pursuit Race

Submitted by wsc

22 boats turned out for the Tony Bennett pursuit race. 13 dinghies 4 squibs and 5 cruisers.

Home from home

Submitted by steve

Conditions for my second trip to Cherbourg this year were an improvement on the first, with a not quite so chilly NE 4-5 to blow me there, and a 100% coefficient spring tide meant I could get a long way east before the ebb, in case the wind veered into the east as per the forecast.

The Spring Series 2015

Submitted by wsc

It already seems an age ago that Saskia VII was picking up the Frostbite Trophy on Boxing Day. After suffering a foresail failure and having to do a head sail change bare headed on the final beat they hung on to take the trophy under NHC.

It was only 3 months ago yet so much has changed in the keelboat class. With the majority of Weymouth Sailing Club boats taking the opportunity to get an IRC ticket, club racing this season sees a new era of keelboat racing starting at Weymouth SC.

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