High tides and strong winds

Outside the Clubhouse on Monday morning On Monday 10th March storm force southerly winds combined with spring tides produced the highest water levels for some years.  Gusts of up to 75 knots of wind were recorded. The club barometer recorded a low of 95.5 mBR , the lowest that the coffee club could recall in their far-reaching memories.

Large areas of Weymouth harbourside were affected by the high tide with areas of flooding under the Town Bridge and near the slipway at the back of Debenhams.

Weymouth Sailing Club's neighbours on Nothe Parade were out in force sandbagging their houses as surges lapped over the harbour wall. Squib pontoons were as high as the quayside level.  The Clubhouse sustained damage to the Weymouth Sailing Club sign above the windows (photo was taken before this occured).

Richard and Pat Groves Golden Anniversary


On Saturday 1st March Pat and Richard Groves celebrated their Golden Wedding Anniversary. They held a party at the Rivieria Hotel for around a 100 people, with old friends and family travelling from all over the country.  The order of the evening was 'no presents', but donations were made to the Sea Cadets, RNLI or our own YOBs.

Richard retired to Weymouth and joined WSC after a career in the Navy and the Metropolitan Police.  He has worked with the Sea Cadets on HMS Belfast in London and more recently in Weymouth.  Richard will be well known to you for his work on the WSC rescue boat.  Recently he has been a big supporter of the YOBs (Youths on Boats) with his grandchildren inheriting his love for the water.   Best of luck to Pat and Richard for the next 50.

Squib walk

squib_walkWhile the cruiser class are working hard on their boats in the yard, the Squib fleet with their smaller 'bottoms' are taking advantage of the good weather and walking in the Dorset countryside.

Caroline Nairn has organised a series of walks for some years.  Last weekend 14 members and dogs enjoyed an energetic walk starting from Bere Regis and finished for lunch at the Drax Arms.

Both classes are looking forward to the class dinners.  Get your booking in in good time - all members and guests are welcome to all dinners.  

Saturday 15 March Squib Class Dinner 2008 


2008 Handbooks

stuffing_partyThe WSC Handbook signals the start of a new season and club members wait for it with anticipation.  With 700 members currently on the register, sending out the Handbooks is no easy task so a 'stuffing party' of volunteers meet up to sort out the paperwork.  Many hands .... as they say.

Mike and Penny Fenwick in Squib Ghost Rider are on the 2008 cover photographed during their winning trip to the Squib National Championships in Abersoch.  Mike was also responsible for updating the Handbook in his role as Sailing Secretary.  Many thanks also to Chris Olding for recruiting sufficient advertising to cover the cost of printing and mailing and to Lyn Atkins for compiling the Spring Newsletter. 

Commodore's Drinks Reception

melita_robbie_presentationWSC presented a cheque to the RNLI raised by club members fundraising throughout the year, for £800 at the Commodore's Drinks Reception held at the Club on Saturday 16 February.  Melita Biggs, Commodore, made the presentation to Robbie Robinson Launch Secretary RNLI and wished him well on his forthcoming retirement.

Commodores of other affiliated sailing clubs, representative of the marine agencies, members of the local authority, councillors, and local businesses joined WSC members for the lively annual drinks reception.

Achilles series

 For the first time in the history of WSC racing is taking place during the whole calendar.
In the final race of the Achilles Heel series, Rumrunner pulled throught against Nickel Coin, Orion and Katrina. All crews cleared the ice off the decks and heading into a 23 knot north easterly with lots of chop and a biting wind the competitors envied those in the yard scraping down the bottoms of their boats!
With a blue sky and bright sunshine, all the competing boats had a good start on a square line set by Steve Fraser on Pippa, after a long tight beat Orion, Nickel Coin and Rumrunner all went round the windward mark shouting the odds, but with a swift hoist and choosing to sail deep, Rumrunner had established a gap by the leeward mark, she went on to consolidate that lead over the ensuing three laps to win the series by two points over Nickel Coin.
Alan Glover donated the stainless steel yacht trophy.
A full breakdown of this series can be found listed in Cruisers WSC

History in the making

achillesFor the first time in its history, WSC boats are racing throughout the calendar.  The Achilles Series started as being a match race between the Achilles 9mtrs Rum Runner and Orion but has developed into a full series with Nickel Coin and Katrina joining in.  Steve Fraser on Pippa has acted as Race Officer and has set a gruelling series of up to 3 windward/leeward races each Sunday.  The series has been running since early January 2008 with only a couple of Sundays blown out.  With one day of racing left on Sunday 17 February it is all still to play for with Rum Runner and Nickel Coin on equal points.  Alan Glover has donated a stainless steel yacht figurine as a trophy.

An early launch

 As you all know, Easter this year was the earliest it has been for over 95 years.  To mark the occasion and tides permitting, I used the weekend to launch as many cruisers as I could, which amounted to 30 boats being launched, 2 being repositioned, and 1 being recovered for repair.  Also, Squibs had to be re-shuffled several times and a large pile of decking had to be moved.  I would like to say a very big thank you to all of you that came to help.  Friday and Saturday were a particular challenge with strong winds sometimes gusting to gale force and beyond, but with many hands to the pumps and some excellent seamanship being shown, all was accomplished without mishap. Once again many thanks to you all, I was well impressed.

Allan Castle.(Yard Secretary)

Photo: Club members may have noticed the new look Viking for 2008, this being the result of once again many hours of sterling work carried out through the long, cold winter months mostly by the intrepid Don Cutler with additional help by Mick Keen and Tony Heathershaw. 

Tall Ships Youth Trust

heaving20on20ropes Weymouth Sailing Club has played host to The Tall Ship Youth Trust.  The principal guests were the young members of the Youth On Boats (the "YOBs") of the WSC, along with some cadet members of Castle Cove Sailing Club.  Also present were other invited youngsters and some friends of the YOBs.  And quite a number of parents, too. In all about 60 people were present. The purpose of the event was to inform our guests of the opportunities available for tall ship sailing and the chance to accept an exciting challenge.

Regional Race Officers

The list for this year's Regional Race Officer seminar at Plymouth closes on Monday.  Mike Pearson has received no entries from this area, remember you have to attend once every four years.  Melita

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