Submitted by steve

Like a tired swallow alighting on a telephone wire during migration, ‘Shalom’, a battered-looking Hurley 22, came to rest yesterday on the pontoon in front of ‘Aliya’. The owner, Kristof, is making his way back to Hamburg, seeking help from fellow sailors as he goes, as he is now short of funds – no great surprise, having just done a 10,000 mile Atlantic circuit, celebrating his 19th birthday on the way!

Nick in the Caribbean

NICK SHARP passed away to the start line in the sky early in the morning of Wednesday 4th October having raced against cancer for some 18 months.
Nick had been a member of WSC for many years owning and racing many boats including Pink Stink, Wild Child, Salamandar and, probably the most memorable, Sharp Exit. Nick loved all yacht racing whether round the cans or offshore and sailed with many including Kenny Roebuck, Iain Jones, Andy Campbell-Watson, Rick Mead, Neil Prince, Nick Massey, Steve Fraser and many more.

NICK SHARP passed away to the start line in the sky early in the morning of Wednesday 4th October having raced against cancer for some 18 months.
Nick had been a member of WSC for many years owning and racing many boats including Pink Stink, Wildfire, Wild Child and, probably the most memorable, Sharp Exit. Nick loved all yacht racing whether round the cans or offshore and sailed with many including Kenny Roebuck, Iain Jones, Andy Campbell-Watson, Rick Mead, Neil Prince, Nick Massey, Steve Fraser and many more.

Submitted by steve

Hurtling downwind at 13 knots in a force 7 towards the beach at Ouistreham in Georges’s expensive Winner 9 metre made me wonder what was going to happen when we got there. In theory the finish line was between one of the channel buoys and the committee boat, but it wasn’t obvious how much braking room that was going to leave. At the last mark the Surprise had over taken us and seemingly without a care in the world hoisted their kite – afterwards they said their maximum speed was 18 knots...

Submitted by srawson211

PB2 (Powerboat) Courses
Submitted by srawson211

WSC can facilitate members being able to take their RYA PB2 (Powerboat) course and for the more experienced PB2 drivers an RYA Safety Boat Course, both of which are at a discounted cost.

These are 2 day courses and once qualified you can drive the club RIB on race nights assisting the safety boat driver with all aspects of water safety and mark laying

If anyone is interested and would like more information please contact the RIB Coordinator Steve Rawson on ribrosta@btinternet.com

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.

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.

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.

Submitted by steve

Monday - woke to the squeak and tug of mooring lines and the slight slap of a halyard on the mast at 0430, which suggested there was wind; so up I got, cast off, and sure enough was sailing a few moments after clearing the Stone pier. A steady SW breeze of around 15 knots meant a bit of reefing for a while in the middle of the Channel, but otherwise a very easy and quick trip to Cherbourg – 11 hours pontoon to pontoon, and the decks washed to boot!

Submitted by steve

You've probably been past St Martin's bay many times and wondered what's in there, is it a good anchorage, etc. The answer is yes, the walks ashore on the end of La Hague are spectacular, and there is an excellent restaurant just up the hill from the bay.