Squib “Second Wind” – where is she now? …and news of “Quicksilver”!

Submitted by grg1196

Squib “Second Wind” – where is she now? … And news of “Quicksilver”!
By Rear Admiral John Croydon

Some of you might remember me and my Squib, “Second Wind”, racing regularly at WSC until old age forced me to sell her in 2014. I bought her from new in late 1978 and thoroughly enjoyed my sailing over 30+ years. The highlight was probably the first race of the Squib Nationals at Weymouth in 1980 which we won, and went on to record 5th overall that year! I was crewed by my son, Greg, who now sails a Dehler 36 as a member of the Club.

It's a Holiday - And Some Squibs Don't Go Racing

Submitted by jim1123

So, we’d got to the end of August and for all of the obvious reasons many Squibbers had yet to get out onto the water. Unacceptable. Just having a Telegram Squib Group of 48 exchanging banter, blah and rhubarb is great (really great, actually) but, well, it’s simply not enough. But the August Bank Holiday Monday promised some ideal conditions for a bit of a jolly, so we grasped the opportunity to load up some Squibs and get folk re-acquainted with seawater and the Bay. No racing, just a sail.

The Golby Cup 2020

Submitted by steve

A brisk northerly greeted the brave few who turned out for this event, a three-race series which has in recent years turned into a dinghy versus Squib match, won last year by a Squib - could honour be restored among the dinghy fleet this year?

Youth on Boats - August Update

Submitted by hen1064

August has been another busy month for the Youth sailors of the club. The wind conditions have enabled the youngsters to practice their capsizing and turtling techniques, whilst engaging in competitive games of sea rugby and football. The lighter wind conditions also enabled our less experienced sailors to helm the Fevas, under instruction from our longer serving members.

HMS Lancaster moves T

Submitted by sin269

I had a phone call from the Captain of HMS Lancaster in mid-July. The type 23 frigate was conducting a trial in the Bay which involved numerous high speed runs just to the south of T, and he very politely asked to move the mark out of the way for the duration of the trial. I thought no more of it and so was very suprised this Sunday to receive letter of thanks and a ship's crest for the club room. I wish everyone was so easy to please.


Submitted by hen1064

I never imagined seeing a post on Facebook would lead to the biggest adventure of my life, but this is what happened at the end of June when I saw Sail Racing Academy asking for help to transport a First 40.7 back across the Atlantic. After some frantic days trying to book tickets, dealing with rapidly changing schedules, cancellations and changing regulations, I was off. The journey over proved to be quite challenging with 4 flights, taking 3 days and 2 overnights in airports before landing in Saint Martin.

Saturday Dinghy race

Submitted by JohnTonks

Great determination by the dinghies to get over the start line never mind the finish on Saturday but with 3 dolphins to keep us company it was not a complete wash out

Saskia meets Gitana17, a nuclear submarine and lots of dolphins

Submitted by mak200

After the lifting of quarantine with France on July 10th Rima and I decide to reinstate our annual cruise to the Atlantic French coast. On Saturday 11th July we left our mooring and waved to the club boats preparing for their trip to Swanage as we headed out for for L’Aber Wrac’h in Brittany.
We were unsure how we would be treated as one of the first British yachts in France but we need not have worried. We were made most welcome when we arrived and I was able to enjoy my favourite Breton beer on draft in the local Yacht Club.

Drheam Cup 2020

Submitted by steve

With RORC’s season cancelled for the first time in its history, the Drheam Cup event presented the only chance for most sailors to take part in an offshore race in this oddest of years, and so was well subscribed with nearly 100 boats entered.

Having volunteered back along before the lockdown to assist, I was keen to get across the Channel, even though, when the moment came and I could use a steady NW breeze off Portland to get the assymetric kite up, it still felt a bit strange - but I can recommend the Channel for social distancing!

Poole Jolly Cruise - Nearly Not So Jolly!

Crystella off Old Harry

With an almost perfect weather forecast taken down, it was Alchemy, Double Vision and Crystella that slipped their moorings on the Saturday morning for what should be a delightful weekend cruise in company to Poole. With clear skies, an already warming sun and a fresh northerly it wasn't long before we were clear of the sleeping cruise liners. As we all know, forecasts often have a habit of not sticking to the script, and so it was that the F3/4 gusting 5 was turning into F5/6 gusting 7 as witnessed by John Arnold on Alchemy's wind instrument hitting the 30 knot mark, time to reef!

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