The Squibs held their annual race to Ringstead and beach BBQ last Sunday in Mediterranean weather.Squibs, Aldebaran, Inquisition,Iceni Rebel and Comet were started at X mark by acting committee boat for the day, Saskia VII.They sailed a short beat to P followed by a long downwind leg to the finish at Ringstead.
So, the sun shone and the winds blew – it was a classic Salcombe week for the Merlin Rockets. A team of Weymouth sailors survived everything that was thrown at them and with spectacular results too.
Imagine doing a Round the Island every day for a week, parties included, and you can imagine how tired we were when we finally arrived in Cherbourg yesterday. From flat calm to 35 knots, all in sunny weather, though we had a day off in Jersey when it really blew and rained. Carteret-Guernsey-Granville-Jersey-Dielette-Cherbourg: I found I barely recognised Alderney when we saw it again yesterday!
Some eighteen boats and crews made it across to Cherbourg in very pleasant weather for the summer solstice and the music festival; those who made the crossing by night were able to witness how short the period of darkness is at this time of year; the loom of the sun just travels round from north-west to north-east, and then it's time for dawn again! Worth being out there for, not to mention arriving in Cherbourg in sunny weather for a great weekend of sightseeing, shopping in the market or just wandering around the gardens when the sun got too hot.
It's suddenly less than two weeks to go to the Cherbourg rally! As ever, there is a cracking weekend in store in Cherbourg as well as the race/cruise in convoy on the Friday to get us there. If you've not done the Channel before, this is the time to do it! We welcome boats and crews from all the local clubs, some of whom regularly make this the start of their annual cruise...
Last weekend Arcsine sailed in the JOG Cowes-Casquets –Dielette Race winning their Class.
This was part of our training for this year’s Fastnet Race, from WSC Al Doughty and Nick Munson have joined the crew.
We started at the same time as the faster Class and managed to hold several of them behind till the Needles Channel.
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 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:
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.
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.