In the course of my studies I happened upon this account of a weekend regatta in Cherbourg in 1831, which illustrates the beginnings of the warm friendships between English and French yachting folk, after centuries of national disagreements, which have since been expressed far more creatively in the keenest competition in yacht racing.
Walk two of the strangely titled Squib Walks was completed last Sunday. You dont have to have or sail a Squib and its more of a ramble than a walk.
More importantly it always ends at a pub!
There was a great turn out for a interesting and inspiring talk by Phil Kirk on their amazing record breaking circumnavigation of mainland Britain in a Wayfarer dinghy. The Longshed was filled with 70 WSC members and others from Sutton Bingham and Lyme Regis Sailing Clubs. Phil gave us a good idea of the preparations and planning and then made it sound easy to complete the journey in 32 days and 3 hours, that’s half the previous time also set in a Wayfarer . 30+ people enjoyed a meal first. £170 was collected for the RNLI and Pappa Fund
Saturday 5th February witnessed the first of the IRC measurement sessions at the club, with club members Steve Pitman working upstairs in the club room and Richard Woof in the Longshed. Both are qualified RYA sail measurers, and alongside them Steve Homan Berry and Iain Jones painstakingly took down the details and uploaded them to the IRC site.
It's important to keep warm and dry when cruising in the winter months, and what better way of doing so than coming along on Saturday evening to WSC's Cruising Evening next Saturday, 7th February, at 7.30pm?
Most will be aware that the event was booked for the Prince Regent but they reneged on their commitment a few weeks before Christmas and therefore the hunt was on to find an acceptable venue. The Crown Hotel came up trumps.
It was a classic case of the swan elegantly swimming above the surface whilst a few frantically beavered below the surface to ensure a successful event.
Monday: Having been third at the runway mark just after the start yesterday, 'Raging Bee' (15) stayed a bit south of the pack and ahead of it, while 'McDo' 6) remained closer to the rhumb line. Jean-Pierre Kelbert's '3D Developpeurs' developed an early lead and is going fast.
Tuesday: Space is opening up between the boats: a big move to the right by 'Raging Bee' (6) put her to the north of '3D' with 'McDo' (7) opting to move a bit further south. It looks as if there will be a stronger airflow to the south in the next few days.
In a new venture for the club, Scottish poet Robbie Burns was celebrated with a dinner in his honour, the dining table was decorated with tartan and all the guests received a corsage.
The Cherbourg team are making their way to Madeira this week to prepare for the start of the second stage of the Transquadra Transatlantic race. I spoke to Titi (Thierry Lacour) who is already down there in the sunshine; Loulou is due to follow later in the week. Bruno James and his crew Hugues will also be arriving to complete the team of two boats, 'Raging Bee' and 'McDo de Cherbourg'.
The choice of Weymouth and Portland for the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic sailing was hardly a surprise to those of us who sail here and belong to local members’ clubs that have thrived for more than 100 years. Recently our communities have supported initiatives to widen participation in water sports, however a friend raised a question that suggested the relationships between the organisations need clarification. What follows hopes to explain some of these organisations’ aims and how they work together.