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!
Over the last few weeks there's been a dark blue Trapper 400 parked up in the club's yard. Beneath it, very early in the morning, you might spot two gentlemen removing years of rust, anti-fouling and debris and bringing the boat up to scratch.
There's a good chance you'll recognise one of them, Mr Edwin Page. Edwin joined the club in 2002 and was one of the first ever YOBs. He had many happy years of sailing the club's free dinghies, endless BBQs and water fights with the rest of the cadets. He was Cadet of the Year in 2006 and managed to fund his own membership with a paper-round.
On Saturday 7th May – Megan Pascoe will be providing some post race training and discussion for us. The dinghies and squibs will be out on the water and hopefully Megan will get some video footage of the starts and mark roundings (so be on your best behaviour!).
The first week of evening racing has already been and gone, with 9 boats competing in Class 4 on Monday evening in 8-13 knots of SW wind. Phil Samways and team on 'Evisa' judged the conditions to perfection to take the first evening win of the 2016 season in Class 4, while In the Squibs Iain Jones, in 'Aldebaran', took the win from 'Mayfly' and 'Squibble'. The dinghies finished a very closely fought race with Tim and Emma on 'Able To' just beating Phil Norris in his Wayfarer by a mere 2 seconds on handicap followed by the Ashworths in their Merlin Rocket and Keith Howarth in his Laser.
Club member Terry Curtis (pictured in the centre) wins the Osprey Inlands. There is a full report on the Yachts and Yachting website here.
It's been talked about for a long while but we've made an attempt to remove some potentially ankle twisting holes at the bottom of the slipway. Vernon Taylor, Mark Bugler and Ali Ashworth amongst others spent 3 different days effecting repairs during some super low tides (-0.1m) over March and the last couple of days. Two experimental materials have been tried so we'll have a look next year when we next get a really low tide and see how things have weathered.
230 years ago, in June 1786, Louis XVI made his only official trip beyond Paris to Cherbourg to witness the sinking of the ninth of the giant wooden cones which made up the first breakwater project there. These huge objects, 20m high, 20m diameter at the top and 50m diameter at the base, were built on the beach at Chantereyne (where the hard standing west of the marina is now), towed out to sea supported by barrels, and sunk by releasing the barrels in a moment of high drama and some danger to those carrying out the operation, and to spectators.
All too suddenly, the last of Caroline Nairns monthly walks are over for another year...or possibly not!
A good group of club members assembled in the car park of the Bankes Arms in Corfe Castle early on a March Sunday morning.