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.

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