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.
Weymouth Sailing Club is one of a small number of key clubs who have been selected by the RYA to participate in a research pilot. As part of the pilot we receive the support of the RYA and an agency they have contracted on behalf of the clubs involved, to implement a club member survey which we hope will help us understand more about our members and our membership experience.
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.
Julia’s House Weymouth Friends’ Group are hosting afternoon tea to celebrate the 90th birthday of HM the Queen Elizabeth II 2.30pm - 4.30pm Thursday 21st April 2016 at Castle Cove Sailing Club Old Castle Road, Weymouth
Tickets £5 Call 01305 788994 or purchase from Julia’s House Weymouth Shop, St Mary Street
I was woken by the sound of the teapot hitting the cabin floor, and then heard the steady flogging of someone’s foresail unravelling in the howling wind – 0200, and the forecast storm was upon us, with gusts abruptly heeling the boat as if we were at sea. I spent a moment or two listening to ’Aliya’s’ rig to make sure all was well, and then peeped out of the hatch into the driving rain at what would soon be an ex-genoa on a boat opposite.
This Sunday 27th March the clocks move forward 1 hour at 1am signalling the start of WeymouthSC's pre-season and the start of British Summer Time. This year pre-season starts with the Spring Series, an open series aimed at the cruisers that just can't wait to get sailing.