Submitted by steve

The record Transmanche time for a Cherbourg boat is 6 hours 45 minutes, achieved by 'Metis', a Cherbourg Grand Surprise without a spinnaker in 2011, in a NW force 7, sailed by my friends Wilfried and Fred with a couple of mates. It was also the year we broke the boom on the way over at night in 'Protocole', a Beneteau 40!

The event is growing in popularity among French sailors from Le Havre to Granville, not least for the welcome they receive at WSC, and we look forward to a good crowd both in Cherbourg and Weymouth this year.

Submitted by steve

Waking in a chilly dawn on board with the promise of N 5-6 to blow me on my way was not a hugely motivating start to the season, though the prospect of ending the day abroad for a change got me up and going, leaving the bay for the first time this year as the sun rose south of St Alban's, and the wind gradually filled in, from the NW then the true wind from the north, giving a pleasant if chilly broad reach down to the traffic in mid-Channel.

Steve Fraser / Aliya
Mike Street / Moonshadow 2

Submitted by steve

Just a reminder that the next stop on the world tour of my presentation about Cherbourg breakwater will be at WSC on Friday 8th March at 7.30pm. After that you'll have to travel to Cherbourg to catch it in the French version later this year. If you're already planning to join the Cherbourg rally in June, of course, this is a chance to 'get some knowledge in' before you go!

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I shall be presenting some of the fruits of my Cherbourg research at 7.30pm on Saturday 2 February at the Royal Dorset Yacht Club, Custom House Quay, Weymouth – for those of you who aren’t watching the rugby, of course!

The bizarre science-fiction world of Ancien Regime inventors and engineers is the setting for this richly illustrated account of the building of the Cherbourg breakwater.

RYA Sea Survival

Poole Harbour Sea Survival School are proposing to run a one day RYA Sea Survival Course on Sunday 24th March 2019.

Starting at 0900 in WSC longshed, at 1300 there will be a break for lunch when candidates make their own way over to the Boscowen Centre on Portland for practical survival training in the swimming pool.

Sailing club walk

Sunday January 13th 2019

Meet 10.am at Drax Arms Bere Regis

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Walk 4.5 miles followed by lunch all welcome

Caroline Nairn 07977 028007

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In Homer's Odyssey, the hero is advised during his visit to the underworld, that to retire from the sea, he should walk inland with an oar on his shoulder until someone asked him what it was for. Another remarkable sailor, and WSC veteran, has recently done just that – Peter Rayner, long-time owner of ‘Tom Thumb’ the 22ft Pandora which used to moor near the crane.

Portland Yacht Club would like to invite your club members to their annual Christmas Carols with the Weymouth Concert Brass Band.

Maurice Wilkinson passed away last Monday.He was not a current club member but was well known among the older sailing community. His funeral will take place on Tuesday 13th November at the Weymouth Crematorium at 1430.