Submitted by wsc.61

Introduction to crewing for Club Members.

If you're new to the Club or perhaps a little apprehensive about crewing, then participating as crew during the Club races is one of the best ways to learn. There are many opportunities to crew on yachts, squibs, and dinghies, plus sailing courses and other sailing-related activities.

Submitted by steve

Already the advance forecasts are not unfavourable for next weekend’s Transmanche, though we will have to wait a little to see what conditions will actually be like on the day.

This is the tenth year of the Transmanche, which has become something of a tradition at WSC as well - to the extent this year that members have expressed the wish to be on the start line at Cherbourg next weekend, along with boats from Le Havre, possibly Granville and of course Cherbourg.

Nick on the nav station

Nick Massey skipper of “Tumbarumba” and Coxswain of Weymouth lifeboat will be getting married to Nicola on Friday 5th May. Traditionally the groom has a stag event that normally includes consuming copious amounts of alcohol. As Nick is a fairly sensible chap he decided that this was not for him, so he chartered Steve White’s 2008 Volvo 70 – Ex “Telefonica Black” and invited some friends to join him on a gentle cruise from Portland to Cherbourg and return. Read Al's full article here

Submitted by nik766

The traditional season opener at Weymouth Sailing Club is the Tony Bennett Pursuit - an all in pursuit race. The forecast was for a light North Westerly but what do forecasters know! When the race committee arrived in the bay to setup there was zero wind apart from a little bit about 100 yards off from Bowleaze. Soon though a light North Easterly filled in across the bay and seemed to be stabilising - ish. But 10 minutes before the first start the race committee looked to the South to see Squibs hoisting their spinnakers to sail back to the committee boat - in a Southerly breeze.

Submitted by steve

The Nao Victoria, a Spanish carrack of 85 tons with a crew of 42, left Seville in 1519 to sail around the world - and (thanks to the good offices of WSC member and harbourmaster Keith Howorth) arrives in Weymouth next week! How can this be?

Duelling J97s

So far, the start of season racing for yachts has had some fantastic conditions - warm weather, sunshine and good winds. Sunday's IRC3 class race was won by Saskia VII and IRC4 by Pepper of Kinsale.

Submitted by steve

After what has seemed like a long winter, the beautiful weather meant it was suddenly time to go sailing again, combining racing and cruising in the best possible way, linking Weymouth and Cherbourg for what promises to be another step forwards in liaison between the clubs.

Submitted by php147

Well done to all that worked hard over the long winter evenings and successfully completed their Day skipper theory course.
A BIG thank you to Cathy who's perseverance carried us all over the finish line.

We the happy few are now qualified to go out in any vessels, go anywhere and get lost
As long as the sun is shining !