Weymouth Sailing Club members squeezed into the Crown Hotel, Weymouth to celebrate its 103rd prize giving.
The Mayor, Christine James, was welcomed by Commodore Euan McNair who was joined on the top table by the Weymouth lifeboat coxswain Mr Andrew Sargent his wife Helen along with vice commodore of Castle Cove, Mr John Kirby and his wife Elizabeth.
After a hearty meal and speeches, trophies were awarded for the winners of the season's sailing races, plus those that had ventured beyond the serene waters of Weymouth Bay.
Weymouth Sailing Club’s very own novelist, Jane ‘Lizzie’ Church, has been invited to give a talk at Weymouth’s first ‘Leviathan’ maritime literary festival, to be held at venues along Weymouth riverside on the weekend of 12-13 March 2016. With a title of ‘The sea, Jane Austen and me’, Jane’s talk will explore the maritime influences on the novels of Jane Austen, and how these, in their turn, have impacted on her own, more modest, works. Along the way she will be looking at the many challenges faced by historical novelists – and some of the tricks and techniques she uses to overcome them.
On Wednesday last week, a bunch of sailors from WSC’s cruiser class bravely ventured into uncharted waters (north of Dorchester) for the London Boat Show.
With Rob ‘Scenic Route’ Horton on navigation, we spurned the traditional Jubilee line passage at Waterloo and instead took the high-risk but far more peaceful river service from the London Eye to North Greenwich pier.
Amazingly, we managed to get on the right West-bound (East-bound?) ferry and after making landfall 50 minutes later, only had the challenge of how to cross from one bank of the Thames to the other.
“Trust me,” said Mr Horton, “I’ve got a plan”…
The 2015 YOBs prize giving was held at WSC last Friday, when our new Commodore Euan presented the cups with the help of Gary Owens.
Alexandra Stevenson picked up the most cups with six racing cups and the Top Girl Award. Her sister Emma picked up a racing cup as well as Cadet Of The Year for the 4th time in six years for her outstanding work with the yobs during this year.
Some of you may have noticed a smart new Squib without a cover on the moorings outside the club. It didn't need a cover because it has a new internal arrangement and self-draining cockpit, see left, which saved a lot of pumping over the last couple of weeks. The Squib was at the club for assessment prior to approval of the new design by the class association and the RYA.
The social committee has updated the remainder of the winter program.
You can see it here:- http://www.wsc.org.uk/node/3216
Prizegiving Dinner on Sat 30th Jan
DATE CHANGES - WEYMOUTH SAILING CLUB WINTER PROGRAMME
I hope I have caught you in time before every 2016 date is written in your new diary or calendar! Below are three changes that have been made to the Winter Programme.
Another WSC sailor has had the wisdom to ship out to the antipodes and avoid the worst of the British winter. Kenny Roebuck has been competing in the Australian J24 Nationals in Melbourne on ‘Jet’ which just came 3rd overall. Well done Kenny! See here for more: http://j24.com.au/?p=5559
Megan Pascoe has won the International 2.4mR World Championships
WELL DONE FROM WEYMOUTH SAILING CLUB !!
Following on from last year's low-key inaugural event, we are pleased to announce that we will be hosting another Burns Night supper on Saturday 23rd January in the club.
Starting at 1900, everyone will be presented with a corsage before being led to the appropriately dressed table to the sound of bagpipes.
Starters will be a salmon tian, then, a tower of haggis, neeps and tatties with a whisky cream sauce and, for dessert, Scotch mist followed by coffee and mints.
Fear not - there will also be a vegetarian option available!
Please join us at the club house, 7pm this Friday 8th January for the annual YOBs Prize Giving.
It's a great celebration of everything that the cadets got up to in 2015, all members, family and friends very welcome!