Submitted by gav14all

Believe it or not, way back when, during the lockdown there was still some of us enjoying some sort of sailing activities, all be it in the virtual world. Weymouth Sailing Club, like many other clubs around the country in April and May, took to the online sailing game Inshore Virtual Regatta’s amazing offer of free online races within your own groups.

Dolphin escorting us to K

This afternoon four of our fixed marks were successfully deployed with a watchful eye from one of the Bay's dolphins.

Thank you to Euan, Tom, Harry and Flipper for helping.

Submitted by steve

Yesterday’s outing in a steady WSW 12 knot breeze was to the Shambles bank during the ebb, which is always an interesting exercise, and one which extends the possibility of afternoon sailing from Weymouth during spring tides. Naturally it does requires care, but the benefit is in gaining some understanding of how the tides actually work in that area of sea.

Submitted by steve

Saturday afternoon, the sun was out, the promise of a sea breeze was there to get me home, so, having scraped off the worst of the weed yesterday, it was high time I unplugged from a far too comfortable winter berth, and got back out in the bay. It felt ever so slightly strange, and getting things sorted out always takes time, though for a change it wasn’t dark and windy leaving for the first outing - but the down side was I wasn’t heading off to France…

Submitted by steve

Members may recognise this print of Weymouth harbour (and part of the WSC yard), though many will not know of its author, William Daniell RA (1769-1837), who in the years between 1813 and 1823 toured the coast of Great Britain producing views wherever he went, of which this is one.

Submitted by ray259

In response to the Commodore's call for interesting articles during these difficult times, here's something a little bit different that I hope some of you will find Q.I. Not a cruising adventure as you may have expected from me, It's yachting related, but not as you know it, it's about my vintage model yacht.


"Apt"  (12 Metre Rating, Scale 1" to the foot)

Submitted by steve

The weather for sailors is notoriously unpredictable, but one of the more regular occurrences in the (technically) chaotic meteorological cycle is the one we are experiencing at the moment, known as ‘blackthorn winter’, from the hedgerow plant which produces the sloes for that most magical of (actual) winter drinks...

Submitted by steve

The National Firefly Championship – 1957 and 1958

I joined the Royal Navy in 1953. After a year spent at Dartmouth Naval College and on the Cadet Training Ship I was sent to Cambridge to get an Engineering Degree. Half way through my degree course I was promoted to Sub Lieutenant, which entitled me to a uniform allowance of £125. As I did not need to wear uniform for another eighteen months I thought this was an ideal opportunity to buy a boat so I bought a second hand Firefly for £95, which I kept at my home club, Herne Bay, on the North Kent coast. This gave me eighteen months to replenish the uniform budget. I can’t remember whether I did that or whether I finished up as the scruffiest officer in the Navy.

Submitted by Tim Day

Some of you may have noticed the yellow buoy on the harbour side. The Harbour Master informs me this is a replacement for the buoy we know as D or Destroyer. The new buoy is part of an improvement scheme for the degaussing range. It will be laid when the weather improves!

Submitted by steve

On Thursday 5 March I shall be giving a presentation to members of the Institute of Civil Engineers on the construction of the Cherbourg breakwater, to which sailing and rowing WSC members are cordially invited. The talk will start at 1830 and refreshments will be served beforehand.