A wet weekend in Normandy!

Submitted by steve

Rolling downwind with the tide towards the race at Gatteville on a Friday afternoon in 30 knots, hoping the squall behind doesn’t catch us up – there must be a good reason for what might otherwise look like masochism..

Merlin Nationals 2017 at Pwllheli

The Black Boat battling on Windy Wednesday

Three club sailors had a fabulously full on sailing week at the Aspire sponsored Nationals at Pwllheli in North Wales.

Megan Pascoe crewing for brother Sam Pascoe together with Phil and Ali Ashworth had a fun filled force five extravaganza with epic waves for some great downwind legs. As one competitor said “You can’t get fun like that sitting on the sofa”.

Osprey Nationals - Poole and Weymouth

Emma and Tim at Weymouth Regatta

The 60th Osprey Nationals is starting on Thursday 10th August and runs through to Sunday 13th August and is hosted at Poole YC.

Two boats from our Club are competing - Emma Stevenson / Tim Bowden and Ali Stevenson / Pete Lloyd. Ben Hawkes will be crewing with Simon and Andy Edmonds will be crewing on a local boat.

Sir Ronald Edwards Trophy and some Sausages

Sir Ronald Edwards BBQ

The lure of a post-race BBQ proved sufficient to entice 8 Squibs onto the water to compete for the Sir Ronald Edwards Trophy on Saturday 5th August. The weather conditions were not encouraging: squalls and gusty westerly winds had already interfered with the day’s Cowes Week starts. So it was pretty clear that we were in for a wet ‘n wild ride.

Bring A Friend - Friday 4th August

Submitted by nik766

Calling all members tonight we are holding an open evening for the yobs entitled ,”bring a friend night “as a member if you have son, daughter ,grandchildren ,nieces ,nephews or even a young family friend ,and they like to come and mess around on boats ,please bring them down ,we meet in the club at 1700 hrs ,and usually get out at about 1800hrs ,then back in to clean the boats and BBQ ,oh yes remember to bring something to put on the BBQ.

Falmouth and Cowes Classics

Submitted by man1041

Falmouth Classics had it's 30th birthday in June and was bigger than ever. Cabrach a plastic Twister from 1980 is really a cheat classic, but they still let us join in. We get scratch class racing with a fleet of local Twisters and parade with everything from Brixham Trawlers to sailing gigs. The quote of the event as a local gaffer sailed through our lee pointing as high and footing faster despite being exactly the same overall length was "I thought gaff rig was supposed to be slow". We also flew the Weymouth burgee at Cowes Classics last week.

Feanor's New Home

Submitted by Trevor Marston

Feanor is now having a new life with Elizabeth Jordan the principal of The National Sailing Academy of Antigua www.nationalsailingacademy.org.

A week in the sun - Tour des Ports de la Manche 2017

Submitted by steve

One thing everyone says about the Tour des Ports is that it’s very tiring ; with the delivery each way, we’ve done nine days in a row of which six were racing, mostly in quite lively conditions. Every day up at 7 to queue for the loos and showers, then on the water outside whichever port for starts sometimes as early as 0830, then the excitement of the start and first beat to the laid mark and then possibly some spinnaker, but not for long – the unstable weather tended to provide plenty of opportunity for upwind legs.

Cherbourg rally to La Rochelle

Ile de re

Once again Saskia VII joined the annual club rally to Cherbourg which culminated in the BBQ hosted by Cherbourg Yacht Club in St Martin's Bay in beautiful weather. However we did not return to Weymouth with the rest of the club boats, but set off on our summer cruise on Monday 19th June. We set sail for Guernsey, but the weather and wind were so favourable we decided to just keep going. With the assymetric kite set we made great progress sailing through the night, arriving in L'Aberwrac'h for breakfast.After two days of sweltering heat we left L'Aberwrac'h for Camaret.

Weymouth dinghy regatta 2017.

Submitted by gav14all

10 boats from Weymouth Sailing Club drifted round to Portland harbour over the weekend of 8th and 9th July to compete in the YCW’s annual dinghy regatta, and for some it turned out to be a successful weekend.

The 130 entrants made up of world class sailors, national champions and very good club sailors were split into 4 different classes, Ospreys and Fireballs, Emma Stevenson and Tim Bowden in their Osprey. Fast handicap, Robin and Mike in their Merlin and Corey in his D1. Phantoms and OKs, Me in my OK, and slow handicap, where the majority of our boats competed in and included Keith Howorth and Ali Stevenson in their Lasers, Amber Poulloin and Celia Rushton in their Bytes, Iain Jones in his Solo, plus Phil Norris and John Talbot in their Wayfarer.

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