Hi All, Apologies for the slightly later publishing of start times for the Tony Bennett Pursuit - time has been a little short for me recently. Please find the start times here In summary the first start is 1500 and the race will last for 100 minutes. Any questions I'll be at the club from about 1100 tomorrow or drop me an email. If you can't see your boat then let me know and I will produce a start time. Cheers Nick
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.
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 !
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.
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.).
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.
Previously... we seem to have spent the season chasing the resident Sigma 33, Carabot, both around the cans and in the Tour des Ports, to such an extent that my skipper Thierry Lecuru decided that he just had to have one. After some research in England, we found one closer to home, and all that remained to do was to bring it back. Now read on...