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

A busy weekend

stephen_homan_berryA weekend of warm sunshine and light winds encouraged large number of members to get some essential work done on their boats.  While some were scrubbing and re-antifouling their bottoms, others were climbing masts.  It felt as if the sailing season could just be around the corner and, as if to prove a point, two or three boats continue to race the newly created 'Achilles' series and enjoyed a wonderful morning on the water.

Dick Batt of Batt Sails gave a talk to the Club on Saturday 9 February.  He illustrated how sails are designed and manufactured, and provided club members with some useful tips on how to obtain the best sail shape.  WSC and especially the WSC Squib fleet thank Dick for his visit to Weymouth. 

Maintenance weekend

The two Steves (Dadd and Ricky Bruton) headed up a huge team of volunteers for the Clubhouse makeover during the weekend, ceilings walls and everything in between have a brilliant sparkle, Josie and She kept everyone supplied with coffees and teas and laid out a spread of pasties, members added to the feast with home-made cakes.  Definitely one of the best social events of the year.  THANK YOU to all who took part.   Melita

Decorating and Maintenance weekend

caroline On behalf of Weymouth Sailing Club, Ricky Bruton and I would like to thank those who gave up their spare time this weekend to tranform so many areas of our club over the maintenenace weekend. Fifty two members signed in on Saturday and thirty five on the Sunday.

Much was achieved, much more than planned, nearly every area except the long shed was redecorated; the club room sports a Jasmine white ceiling, the toilets given a fresh coat of paint and automated air fresheners fitted, notice boards refurbished, lockers painted, the cellar and bar spring cleaned and the floors in the entrance hall painted.
Outside the flue from the redundant gas fire was taken down and the hole bricked up, wasted bricks replaced and pointed in, front doors varnished and the woodwork on the mast store was stained, a new string of lights were also fitted on the decking.
Special thanks have to go to the members who baked cakes for the work force and those that kept the workers topped up with hot beverages.
Cheers Steve Dadd

Cruiser and Squib Class Dinners 2008

Saturday 8 March Cruiser Class Dinner Book your place by downloading menu and sending with cheque to WSC for attention Steve Dadd.  Cruiser Class Dinner Booking Form 2008  

Saturday 15 March Squib Class Dinner.  Download form for details  Squib Class Dinner 2008

Mike welcomes you.

mike_staggMike Stagg has taken on the role of House Commodore at a very busy time of year in the Club.  A full winter programme including class suppers, talks and the decorating and maintenance weekend keep the Club thriving even on the coldest days.  There are even one or two boats continuing to race on Sundays.

The Galley is continuing to open on Friday evenings and weekends - check winter programme for confirmation and register your email address with the Gen Secretary to receive reminders.  Christian, the Club's wonderful French chef with his team, welcome you - treat your friends and family to a meal at the Club.


Prizegiving Dinner Dance 2008

mel2WSC Commodore, Melita Biggs, delivers her speech to a 180 members and guests who attended the Prizegiving and Dinner Dance at The Riviera Hotel, Bowleze Cove on Saturday 12 January.  The traditional competition, in aid of the RNLI, to guess the length of the speech, resulted in 3 correct guesses of 13 mins 34 seconds.  John Hasker won the bottle of port following a draw. 
The change of venue proved a popular choice with 80 members staying at the hotel overnight and taking advantage of the swimming pool and spa facilities. 

Highlight of the evening was the presentation of the club's trophies.  Dancing to the roadshow and local band 'The Crack' continued into the early hours.

Vice Commodore Mark Bugler said of the evening  "It was a great event. Best ever!"

To view photos taken at the event click on this link: 



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