YCW Regatta 2015

The sun is shining and there is great news re Y.C Weymouth Yacht Regatta, you have till April 2nd to enter for HALF price!, see www.weymouthregatta.uk/register

Waiting for the weather in Spain

Club members Anthony Sargent and Neil Montague have avoided the recent snow by spending 5 weeks sailing across the Atlantic : Antigua -> Azores -> Baiona -> Portsmouth
Here's the blog which is well worth a read Challenger blog
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Submitted by chs815

Making use of the long winter evenings, twelve members of WSC have successfully completed their RYA Day Skipper shore-based course. This is a sailing theory course to equip aspiring yacht skippers with the knowledge to sail inshore passages safely.

Submitted by steve

Not having moved from the pontoon for a while, ‘Aliya’ was already keen to sail as we got down the harbour on Thursday morning and I unfurled the main; the chill NE wind filled it, the boat heeled and gathered speed and the fact that it was five thirty in the morning mattered little as I bore away round the end of the pier, let the jib out and began a rapid beam reach out of the bay, with the old moon lighting the way ahead out to sea. Dawn at the Shambles was a great sight, though always the coldest moment at sea, and by the time the sun rose we were well on our way, making six knots with a fairly flat sea.

Submitted by steve

Like a tired swallow alighting on a telephone wire during migration, ‘Shalom’, a battered-looking Hurley 22, came to rest yesterday on the pontoon in front of ‘Aliya’. The owner, Kristof, is making his way back to Hamburg, seeking help from fellow sailors as he goes, as he is now short of funds – no great surprise, having just done a 10,000 mile Atlantic circuit, celebrating his 19th birthday on the way!

Nick in the Caribbean

NICK SHARP passed away to the start line in the sky early in the morning of Wednesday 4th October having raced against cancer for some 18 months.
Nick had been a member of WSC for many years owning and racing many boats including Pink Stink, Wild Child, Salamandar and, probably the most memorable, Sharp Exit. Nick loved all yacht racing whether round the cans or offshore and sailed with many including Kenny Roebuck, Iain Jones, Andy Campbell-Watson, Rick Mead, Neil Prince, Nick Massey, Steve Fraser and many more.

NICK SHARP passed away to the start line in the sky early in the morning of Wednesday 4th October having raced against cancer for some 18 months.
Nick had been a member of WSC for many years owning and racing many boats including Pink Stink, Wildfire, Wild Child and, probably the most memorable, Sharp Exit. Nick loved all yacht racing whether round the cans or offshore and sailed with many including Kenny Roebuck, Iain Jones, Andy Campbell-Watson, Rick Mead, Neil Prince, Nick Massey, Steve Fraser and many more.

Submitted by steve

Hurtling downwind at 13 knots in a force 7 towards the beach at Ouistreham in Georges’s expensive Winner 9 metre made me wonder what was going to happen when we got there. In theory the finish line was between one of the channel buoys and the committee boat, but it wasn’t obvious how much braking room that was going to leave. At the last mark the Surprise had over taken us and seemingly without a care in the world hoisted their kite – afterwards they said their maximum speed was 18 knots...

Submitted by srawson211

PB2 (Powerboat) Courses
Submitted by srawson211

WSC can facilitate members being able to take their RYA PB2 (Powerboat) course and for the more experienced PB2 drivers an RYA Safety Boat Course, both of which are at a discounted cost.

These are 2 day courses and once qualified you can drive the club RIB on race nights assisting the safety boat driver with all aspects of water safety and mark laying

If anyone is interested and would like more information please contact the RIB Coordinator Steve Rawson on ribrosta@btinternet.com

Submitted by man1041

Falmouth Classics had it's 30th birthday in June and was bigger than ever. Cabrach a plastic Twister from 1980 is really a cheat classic, but they still let us join in. We get scratch class racing with a fleet of local Twisters and parade with everything from Brixham Trawlers to sailing gigs. The quote of the event as a local gaffer sailed through our lee pointing as high and footing faster despite being exactly the same overall length was "I thought gaff rig was supposed to be slow". We also flew the Weymouth burgee at Cowes Classics last week.