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.

Submitted by andyheyting

When the programme was published the event that went onto my calendar immediately was the Cherbourg Rally - I enjoy the planning, the passage & especially the rendezvous at the destination.

I’d done Day Skipper in December ‘16 in Gibraltar. Myself & the 2 other guys on the course “clicked” - it turned out to be a memorable week and we decided to get together for some sailing when back in the UK. So it was that Steve & Noel traveled to Weymouth on Thursday afternoon from Kent & Poole respectively for our Gibraltar reunion.

Submitted by steve

The format for this year’s rally will be familiar to those enthusiasts who have joined us before, except that this year we still can’t do the music festival, unless you can stay till Wednesday!

There is, however, another chance to join YCC members for their annual BBQ in the lovely surroundings of St Martin's bay near La Hague on the Sunday, to which WSC members are as usual cordially invited. For the extra-keen there is also the option of a double-hander on Saturday, which usually involves some coastal navigation.

Two JPK

Five Weymouth SC boats attended the Decenniale Transmanche (that's 10th year of cross channel race Nobby); Kathy Claydon's Arcona 370 Arcsine, John Morrison's Archambault A31 58 Degrees North, Simon Hall's J35 Outrageous, Mark Talbot's Elan 295 Effusion and the HB/Riches/Rees JPK 9.60 Tilted.

Submitted by wsc.61

Introduction to crewing for Club Members.

If you're new to the Club or perhaps a little apprehensive about crewing, then participating as crew during the Club races is one of the best ways to learn. There are many opportunities to crew on yachts, squibs, and dinghies, plus sailing courses and other sailing-related activities.

Submitted by steve

Already the advance forecasts are not unfavourable for next weekend’s Transmanche, though we will have to wait a little to see what conditions will actually be like on the day.

This is the tenth year of the Transmanche, which has become something of a tradition at WSC as well - to the extent this year that members have expressed the wish to be on the start line at Cherbourg next weekend, along with boats from Le Havre, possibly Granville and of course Cherbourg.

Nick on the nav station

Nick Massey skipper of “Tumbarumba” and Coxswain of Weymouth lifeboat will be getting married to Nicola on Friday 5th May. Traditionally the groom has a stag event that normally includes consuming copious amounts of alcohol. As Nick is a fairly sensible chap he decided that this was not for him, so he chartered Steve White’s 2008 Volvo 70 – Ex “Telefonica Black” and invited some friends to join him on a gentle cruise from Portland to Cherbourg and return. Read Al's full article here

Submitted by steve

The Nao Victoria, a Spanish carrack of 85 tons with a crew of 42, left Seville in 1519 to sail around the world - and (thanks to the good offices of WSC member and harbourmaster Keith Howorth) arrives in Weymouth next week! How can this be?

Submitted by steve

After what has seemed like a long winter, the beautiful weather meant it was suddenly time to go sailing again, combining racing and cruising in the best possible way, linking Weymouth and Cherbourg for what promises to be another step forwards in liaison between the clubs.

Submitted by steve

Because I had replaced the flexible hoses in my gas system following a survey last year, my insurers wanted a ‘gas-safe’ certificate so that one of the things they are insuring me for doesn’t happen! Needless to say, I had left this till the last moment, but I was lucky to get hold of Stuart at the aptly-named Gas Safe Marine, who kindly agreed to test the system first thing on Monday morning; this meant an early passage to the Cove in the chilly Spring mist to meet up with him, and water up at the same time.