YCW Spring Series

2008_spring_series_race_4Draig O'r Mor and Wild Child in the fourth Race. 

This Sunday morning series is gaining in popularity each year and forms part of an expanding programme of sailing that now continues throughout the whole year.

The final race in the series was held on Sunday 27th April.  Mist had descended and the wind was light from SSE.  RO Barry Payne set a windward/leeward course for IRC and PY classes.   

In the IRC class Mark Bugler on Saskia VI took line honours, Wild Child second and Spindrift third.  The series was convincingly won by Wild Child, Scoline second and Spindrift third.

In the PY class Alan Smith on Folio beat Rumrunner, however the Series was narrowly won by Rumrunner, Folio second and Chuckles Too third.

Many thanks to the Race Officers, Race Teams and Viking Drivers who helped run a very successful start to the calendar.


Card terminal

card_terminalWSC have made paying easier by installing a card terminal in the Clubhouse.  Payment for drinks and food can now be made using your 'flexible friend'.  As the Club gears itself up for an unusually early start to the season the Bar and Galley have been kept busy.   Members are encouraged to use the Club's facilities - bring your friends and family to the Club for a meal or just to have a drink and enjoy the wonderful views of the harbour.  There is no excuse now that you've haven't got any cash on you!

Photo Cruiser Class Captain Steve Fraser taking advantage of the new terminal.

Congatulations Gavin and Gillian


Gavin Hall has finallly got tied the knot.  He married Gillian Poots on the 27th March on Burgh Island in South Devon on one of the warmest days of the year, in the Art Deco 1920's hotel with around 60 guests.
Gavin has been a member of WSC for many years including a time as cadet captain.  His name can be found on a few of our youth cups and the odd grown up one.
The wedding was followed by a second drinks reception for around 200 people at The Clifton Gentlemans Club in Bristol where they both live. The party was attended by a group of former cadets and the odd YOB.
Although Gavin isn't seen in the club very often, he and Gill are still great supporters of the YOBs, helping to buy one of the Fevas as a thank you to people like Barry Payne and Chris Olding who ran the cadets when he was younger . Posted by Phil Samways.

Sailing in snow

Wild Child


Sunday 6 April. While the rest of the country was covered in several inches of snow, WSC cruisers were racing the first race of the YCW Open Spring Series in brilliant sunshine.   Brisk northerly winds gave excellent racing to the eleven boats who ventured out in the cold and a window of good weather allowed them to complete the course in good conditions.  Results: IRC class 1st Wild Child helmed by Nick Sharp, 2nd Spindrift Bill Barker, 3rd Scoline Peter Hopford/Mike Jury.   Kevin and Kay Stibbs were racing their new Dehler Draig O’r Mor and Simba and Saskia VI completed the line-up. PY Class 1st Katrina helmed by Roy Shelley, 2nd Rumrunner with Steve Dadd, 3rd Chuckles Too.  Orion and Marquessa were also racing.

Photo: Wild Child moors up after her first race of 2008.


pdf 2008 YCW Spring Series Entry Form

pdf 2008 YCW Spring Series SIs

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Michelle takes the helm


Michelle Samways is a familiar face in the Club. She is a regular rescue boat driver and crew on Evisa.  She has spent thirteen days sailing with the Tall Ship's Youth Trust and has sent the Club this account.  

 "After attending a Y.O.B’s meeting on the Tall Ship's Youth Trust I became quite interested myself. I’ve been aware of the trust for many years but have never taken a big interest.

I found out on Saturday 16th February that Starvros Niarchos was currently based doing trips in the Caribbean, so after much help from Ernie Lee and my parents, the following Saturday I was on the plane out.

At this time I couldn’t afford to go on a trip of this expense, however Ernie arranged for a sponsorship allowing my current funds to afford it.

I arrived in Bridgetown, Barbados in the early evening of Saturday just in time to watch their quick sunsets. There were about 8 of us on the same plane out and we were the last to arrive on the ship, everyone was chatty and the main conversation starter was ‘So why did you decide to do this trip?’

Beach themed Squib class dinner

ernie_dave_and_robin2Sixty six Squibbers and friends enjoyed their beach themed dinner on Saturday 15 March 2008.  Bunting and tables laid out with buckets, spades and flags gave a summer seaside feel to the evening. 

Class Captain Simon Vines awarded prizes to the fleet for their activities during the 2007 season and presented a framed picture of 'Hussy' to past fleet Captain Vernon Taylor for his work over the past 3 seasons.  The Thomson trophy for the most improved boat was won by National Champions Mike and Penny Fenwick.   Mike showed everyone the trophy that he won at last year's championships.  John Thomson told the fleet about the new Great Circle Trophy Race which is planned for 2008 and donated the new trophy that he has made to the class.

Photo: Ernie Lee, Dave McCune and Robin Norman enjoying the evening.

Inter club skittles match

skittlesFriday 7 March an evening of skittles with both Weymouth Sailing Club and Castle Cove members was held at the Belvedere Pub.  The WSC players with organisers Simon and Gill Vines started their evening by meeting for a meal at the Club. The teams Weycoves and Castlemouths were formed from both Clubs.  Final results were Team Weycoves 291, Team Castlemouths 265.     

The evening was deemed a great success with further matches planned. 

Cruiser Class Dinner

bristol_clipper_270Sixty two cruisers class members enjoyed a fun packed evening at the club on Saturday 8 March.  Guest speaker was WSC club member Richard Butler.   Richard was the skipper of Round the World Clipper 'Bristol' and also a class winner of the Fasnet Race in his Sigma 33.
The awards ceremony had such prestigious awards as the golden keel bolt, the platinum razor blade and a wet T shirt award.   Ray Robinson was presented with a tin of mushy peas to help with his lack of wind, and Jeremy Parkinson was given a tourist guide of Beijing for his next cruising trip. The blind raffle contained prizes such as Quayside deck shoes, bottles of bubbly, Baileys, easter eggs and numerous sailing bits and bobs from sail repair kits to fog horns.

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.

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