WSC Open Day Sunday 18 May 2008


As part of Dorset leisure month, Weymouth Sailing Club are offering sailing tasters to local people who wish to take up sailing and don’t know how to go about it.  Sessions take place on Sunday 18th May from 10 am, and include a hands-on one hour sail in Weymouth’s Olympic waters.  Members will be on hand to answer  questions and our Y.O.B.s (Youth on Boats section) will be displaying their new RS Feva dinghies §        The club bar and galley will be open for attendees along with reduced priced membership §        Soft shoes are essential. §        Warm clothes may be necessary depending on the weather.  §        Children must be accompanied by parent or guardian. §        Public car parks at Nothe Gardens, 20 metres away via steps.  To book your session e-mail  or write to the club enclosing an SAE to Taster Sessions, Weymouth Sailing Club, Nothe Parade, Weymouth, DT4 8TX

A busy Bank Holiday

may_bank_hol_2008Weymouth Harbour was filled with boats over the Bank Holiday weekend.  The pontoons outside the RDYC were 12 boats deep with spectacular fast racing craft from The Royal Southampton Yacht Club who held their two leg race to Weymouth and back.  Crews enjoyed a meal at WSC on Saturday evening.  The pontoon opposite WSC was full of boats from Poole taking part in a PYRA Pursuit Race to Weymouth.  There were upwards of 100 racing yachts in total.

Weymouth Clubs have a full racing programme with the Saturday 1 series for all classes and the Vice Commodore's Cup - an All in Handicap Average Lap Race - on Bank Holiday Monday.

Start of Season Party

sos_every_one_up_and_dancing91 members and friends joined in the Start of Season Party on Saturday 27 April.  After an afternoon of sailing in beautiful sunshine there were some surprisingly tanned faces and a hopeful anticipation of more good sailing days to come.

Supper was provided by chef Christian Lohez followed by music by Ed Hintze.  Ed has recently been on the television show 'The One and Only' performing as a tribute to Elton John.

Melita Biggs, Commodore, welcomed guests to the celebration of the start of the main sailing programme, although this year boats have been racing all season for the first time.

Josie Dadd, Social Secretary said that she was very pleased with the turnout of guests for the event and was glad that everyone had enjoyed themselves.  Thank you Josie and Sue for all the work involved organising the party.

Young members

serenWeymouth Sailing Club are investing in the future of its younger club members by installing baby changing facilities in the club.   House Commodore, Mike Stagg, said that there is a baby boom happening at the club with at least half a dozen members under the age of 1 year old and more on the way.   "After Sunday racing the sound of gurgling emanates from Bar and sun deck areas, not from the crews drinking pints but from their children!    We have taken the responsible step to introduce baby changing facilities at the Club, to enable parents to change and clean their offspring in clean and safe surroundings instead of using the floor or the tables."

Photo:  Seren Abbott eating her lunch at WSC while her father Michael John is enjoying competiting in the Rear Admiral's Cup.

New projector

richard_grovesRichard and Pat Groves have made a generous donation to the YOB's (Youths on Boats).  Friends and relatives who attended their Golden wedding anniversay party clubbed together to make a donation of £300. 

The YOB's will be using the money to purchase a data projector with the money. The projector will be a useful tool in the cadet winter programme and will also be available for Club use.

Thank you very much Richard.

YCW Rear Admiral's Cup


John Croydon has very kindly presented a trophy, the Rear Admiral’s Cup, to be competed between teams of three boats from each of the local clubs.  The first two races were back-to-back  in the Bay on Sunday 20th April, which were also part of the YCW Spring Series.  The third race was a longer one in the bay on 11th May and the final one will be the Royal Dorset Cherbourg Race over the late-May bank holiday.  The plan is for John to present the trophy to the winning team in Cherbourg.

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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