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 nik766

The traditional season opener at Weymouth Sailing Club is the Tony Bennett Pursuit - an all in pursuit race. The forecast was for a light North Westerly but what do forecasters know! When the race committee arrived in the bay to setup there was zero wind apart from a little bit about 100 yards off from Bowleaze. Soon though a light North Easterly filled in across the bay and seemed to be stabilising - ish. But 10 minutes before the first start the race committee looked to the South to see Squibs hoisting their spinnakers to sail back to the committee boat - in a Southerly breeze.

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?

Duelling J97s

So far, the start of season racing for yachts has had some fantastic conditions - warm weather, sunshine and good winds. Sunday's IRC3 class race was won by Saskia VII and IRC4 by Pepper of Kinsale.

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 php147

Well done to all that worked hard over the long winter evenings and successfully completed their Day skipper theory course.
A BIG thank you to Cathy who's perseverance carried us all over the finish line.

We the happy few are now qualified to go out in any vessels, go anywhere and get lost
As long as the sun is shining !

Submitted by wsc.61

It's takes a special breed of person to deal with dirt on the scale of the annual mark lifting!

Every year, all the racing marks are hauled out onto Viking and then brought ashore for a good clean, re-painting and maintenance on their tackle. It's filthy, exhausting work but essential if we're to have marks to race around for the rest of the year.

Submitted by steve

Wandering around the Musée de la Marine in Paris the other day, waiting to meet the head of conservation for my research project, I came across the Trophée Jules Verne, which is one that, even if you won it, you couldn’t take home – nor would you want to, given its enormous size (about 10ft.).

Submitted by steve

The first photo shows club boats rigging and probably about to take part in one of the first club races.

The crane and house in the foreground were still there when I was a child; the crane was for lifting the wooden bridge out so that boats could use the slipway where the main yard now is. The corner of the stone house is still the corner in the path between the yards.