This year Phil and I have used our boat Lochmarin to sail across the Caribbean, through the Panama canal and across the Pacific Ocean.
We left Trinidad in November last year, heading North to Grenada before going West, to avoid the pirates around Venezuela. A boat we knew had been attacked leaving Trinidad, the people in it badly beaten, just two weeks before we left. We stopped at the Dutch Antilles, Bonaire and Curacao, enjoying the fantastic diving and picking up some solar panels we'd had shipped there.
YOBs have started their winter evening meeting with a visit from St John Ambulance. Three members from St Johns gave up their evening to teach first aid to our youngsters concentrating on first aid at sea including drowning and hypothermia. This was followed by a hands on experience of CPR and bandaging.
If you do need a Bandage at any time I wouldn't ask a YOB !.
Tomorrow looks like giving a fast trip round the Bill and back, with rather a wet start admittedly, but in conditions forecast to improve during the day. The start is at 1030 from the club line, using VHF channel 9. HW Portland 1553 for whoever's doing the nav!
Weymouth Sailing Club members have dug deep to help out local lifesavers on the Weymouth lifeboat.
This Saturday 27th September marks the end of the summer season and the start of the autumn season. The Phillipson Cup and Open Pursuit were won by Dave McCune on the Squib Inky Finger in 2013.
The trophy, first awarded in 1933, was presented to the club by the then Commodore of Parkstone Sailing Club, E.A. Phillipson, and the event was originally a race to bring together every sailing boat at the club in a celebration of the past season's sailing, at the moment when racing insurance generally expired for the year.
A visitor to the club late on Sunday evening was Mrs Gabrielle Lyne (nee Ridge) from Exmouth along with her husband and friends having sailed up from the Exe Estuary.
Following cancellation of the Lyme Regis passage race, a good call considering the SW gale that blew through, the weekend for the third and final passage race of the season came round for the weekend of 30th August. The westerly blow that had been with us all week, the remnants of hurricane Cristobal, was forecast to diminish and by Sunday summer was meant to return! So we signed up. A slight change of destination from Poole to Swanage, to account for the tides, meant (hopefully) a shorter race.
The star of the Weymouth Seafest, the 'Marité' was built in Fecamp in 1922, the last of the schooners employed in fishing for cod off Newfoundland. Abandoned in the Faroes after WW2, she was restored in the 1980s and cruised in the Baltic and the North Sea, finally making her return to Fécamp in 1992.
You may remember her being extensively rebuilt in the dry dock at Cherbourg in 2006, where I first saw her; now owned by an association of French companies, she remains an important feature of the world of Tall Ships, and it is an honour to have her here in Weymouth.
A gentle westerly breeze filled in across the bay just in time for the start of the Squib race to Ringstead on Sunday, giving a very pleasant spinnaker leg all the way there, with the lead taken from the start by She and Vernon Taylor in 'Hussy', leading around a dozen Squibs and cruisers across the bay to anchor off the beach for lunch. Mark Bugler was race officer as usual, and Adrian Patterson provided support in the RIB to get ashore when we arrived at Ringstead.
For members who enjoyed the hospitality of YCC at St Martin's Bay in June, or for anyone who fancies a great weekend's sailing, their famous Alderney rally (80 boats last year!) will take place on the weekend of the 13th/14th September, and we are cordially invited to share in this event.