YCW hosts J24 National Championships

J24 Nationals 2008Weymouth and Portland Maritime Festival, The Spirit of the Sea got off to a start this weekend with the J24 Class National Championships.  The championships are being hosted by Yacht Clubs of Weymouth 5 - 8 July with many WSC members helping on and off the water.  30 competing boats from all over the country are moored in the harbour outside the RDYC.  The sailors are celebrating the 30th anniversary of the boat with a party to be held at Weymouth Sailing Club on Sunday 7July evening.

Details and results of J24 National Championships http://www.ycw.org.uk/J24_2008.aspx

The Spirit of the Sea continues  until 13 July with a full programme of events including the Henri Lloyd Regatta.  Details can be found on www.spiritofthesea.org.uk

 

 

Weekend news

Club members have had a diverse selection of activities this weekend.  A working party headed by Peter Staff with Steve Pitman, Mark Bugler and others replaced the footropes on the Cove moorings on Sunday morning. All went well and all the footropes have now been replaced. This has made it easier to access the inner moorings as the lines of moorings no longer bow together to such an extent.  Many thanks to all the helpers.

A report from Wild Child, one of several WSC boats who took part in the Round the Island Race

‘Wild Child’ crept out of Cowes in good time for her start under a cloudy sky with 15knots from the west, only to see some very expensive repairs coming back in already – Atomic’s carbon mast. someone else’s pulpit – it was clearly going to be that kind of day. A brisk beat up towards the Needles among the J109s, with a jib peel to a No 3 as the breeze picked up; a close rounding very near the lighthouse, followed by an increasingly exciting sleigh-ride under spinnaker down to St Catherine’s against the tide but with a breeze which cleared the sky and went up to around 25 knots, resulting in lumpy seas and lots of wild broaching and burst kites all around us. We lost a sheet at St Catherine’s, and took a moment to recover the situation with a quick drop, then dropped and re-hoisted rather than gybe just beyond the headland, and surfed down towards Bembridge, reaching 13.5 knots over the ground on occasion. Keeping inshore on the leg up the forts, and then close in to Ryde sands, paid off as the wind was quite free off the land, and we finished in 7hrs 18 mins, achieving 8th in class, out of 49.

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'Safari Supper' in Weymouth Harbour

pimms_on_c-sevenA group of friends decided to celebrate Daphne Samways and JosieDadd's respective birthdays  - a meal out and a few drinks or do something different?
A 'Safari Supper' of course, so having dressed appropriately - black tie, posh tops and shorts, the diners set forward to take Pimms on C SEVEN, a starter of asparagus soup with a horseradish and creme fraiche topping with hot rolls were consumed on RUMRUNNER, whilst main course of lasagna, cream chicken new potatoes and coleslaw was devoured on EVISA.  Having dispensed with savouries it was onto SAPPHIRE to enjoy treacle tart, chocolate fudge brownies, chocolate cake, rhubarb crumble and custard.  The cheese board lovingly prepared that awaited us on SHANGANI was left untouched due to over expanded waist bands.
The Weymouth Lifeboat was toasted as it left on a shout; Alan Smith and Barry Curtis were toasted as they walked along the quayside; in fact everything and everyone that moved was toasted!
Everyone had a splendid evening and agreed to do it all again soon.

WSC Trustee awarded MBE

denis_hollidayTrustee of Weymouth Sailing Club Denis Holliday has been recognised in the Queen's Birthday Honours List.  He has been awarded an MBE for his services to the community in Dorchester. 

Denis helmed Squib 'Fuggles' for many years and is still active as a WSC Trustee.  He is also a member of the Tall Ships Youth Trust.  He works two days a week at the Dorchester County Museum and until recently drove elderley people to the Age Concern Day Centre.   He has also worked with Cancer Research, the Samaritans and Weymouth Lifeboat.

At 91 years old, he still continues to support many of the Club social events and is still a very popular member of the Squib 'dining group'. 

Many congratulations Denis MBE!

Photo by kind permission of Dorset Echo. 

Good news in dinghy classes

wayfarer_dragonfly At last it seems as if our dinghy fleet is starting to grow again.   Last week another Wayfarer called Dragonfly owned by Shaun Perrett & family arrived in the club.  The picture shows Shaun helping out with the YOB's evening. 

This now gives us 5 Wayfarers with 3 of them out racing on Thursday the 5th and a total of 10 dinghies out on Monday the 9th.   Monday saw a mix of dinghies including all 6 Fevas being sailed by a very mixed age group including our Commodore sailing with Sophie Atkins on the helm.
Well done to all the dinghy sailors taking part - long may it continue to grow.  Any dinghy sailors out there who haven't got round to bringing your boats to the club, please note the weather been great in the bay and YOU'RE missing out!

Squib 40th Anniversary Regatta

2005nationals3Four of Weymouth Sailing Club's Squib fleet have taken part in the National Squib 40th Anniversary Regatta hosted by Royal Corinthian Yacht Club in Burnham-on-Crouch, Essex.  The Squibs who took part were National Champions Mike and Penny Fenwick in Ghost Rider, She and Vernon Taylor in Hussy, Deo and Alan McDine in Jumble and Peter Jackson and Iain Jones in Aldebaran.  An attraction at the event was a raffle for a new Squib - every boat entered got a free ticket with more tickets being given out as daily prizes.

40th Anniversary Regatta results

Weymouth Squib fleet continues to be one of the most active one-design fleets on the South Coast with regular turn-outs of 15-20 boats for club race nights.  Recent new member to the fleet is International Race Juror, Paul Withers, with his newly purchased Squib 77 Brita.

 

A response to the Echo report by Mark Bugler

Theme Park or Marine Community? A future for Weymouth Harbour. 

I write in response to the front page article and linked editorial in last Thursday’s Echo which examined some of the options proposed for the future of the harbour being put forward by Marine Development Manager Julia Long and Business and Planning Performance Manager Roger Hogbin to Weymouth and Portland Council.

 

  • It appears that there was a 10% drop in the numbers of visiting yachts to the harbour last year. This seems to form the basis of the argument for the consideration of some radical plans which include a floating casino, restaurants and “themed attraction?”

 

  • This simplistic analysis fails to appreciate that it is the old world charm of our harbour combined with good local restaurants, pubs and conveniently situated sailing clubs that attracts visiting yachtsmen in the first place. Visitors to Weymouth flock to the harbour side to soak up the atmosphere of an historic working port and enjoy a drink or meal overlooking the marine spectacle.

 

New Projector for the Club

projectorAt the last YOBs night, Richard & Pat Groves presented a new data
projector  to Cadet Captain Tom Lloyd and the YOBs.

The projector which can be used with a lap top, data sticks and cards, was
purchased by the generosity of guests at Richard and Pat Groves'  50th
Wedding Anniversary celebration where his guests were asked not to buy
presents but to give donations in lieu of gifts to either the YOBs, the
RNLI or the Sea Cadets.

This will be a great asset to the YOBs during the winter programme as a
valuable aid when the cadets spend more time developing their theory
knowledge, and can also be made available for use by the Club for
functions, lectures presentations and the like.

The WSC YOBs would like to thank Richard, Pat and their guests (many of
whom were not local) for making the purchase of this projector possible,
and for once again showing their continuing support for this new and
growing group of young people

Cadet night

fevas_may_2008_0192It was wonderful to see the YOBs (Youths on Boats) in their RS Fevas and Wayfarer 'Little Wing' having such fun sailing in the harbour on Friday's Cadet night.  The YOBs were showing good seamanship skills as they tacked and gybed under the careful eye of safety boat driver Richard Groves and his team.  Phil Samways, YOB's coordinator, must be very proud of the progress that the group has shown since getting the dinghies last year.  Two of the Fevas made a debut appearance in the Monday 1 evening dinghy series.  The Fevas were bought with sponsorship from local companies and club members and backed by a donation from Sportmatch.  O'Three provided them with wetsuits.  Thank you - the dinghies are well used and a great asset to the Club.

 

Jon Stevens writes from Pelican

pelicanIts been going well onboard The Pelican so far despite being so short handed
for the first part of the trip. The new crew onboard for the voyage back to
the UK are getting on very well and have learnt the ropes pretty quickly.
Its been a good start to the return trip, had a month sailing from St Lucia
up to St Maarten, lots of beach BBQs and swimming! The 7day sail to Bermuda
was fair uneventful with light winds for most of the passage. We ended up
spending 2 weeks in Bermuda while waiting for spare parts for the freezer to
arrive, the idea of eating tinned meat without the freezer for 3 weeks
didn't sound too appealing! It gave us all a chance to have a good look
round the island though. We left Bermuda on the 6th May, been at sea nearly
a week now! A couple of nights ago The Pelican really spread her wings
sailing along at 10knots (a new top speed for her) in 30knots of wind,
driving rain and lightning that lit up the whole ship destroying everyone's
night vision.

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