Submitted by wsc.61

It's takes a special breed of person to deal with dirt on the scale of the annual mark lifting!

Every year, all the racing marks are hauled out onto Viking and then brought ashore for a good clean, re-painting and maintenance on their tackle. It's filthy, exhausting work but essential if we're to have marks to race around for the rest of the year.

Submitted by steve

Wandering around the Musée de la Marine in Paris the other day, waiting to meet the head of conservation for my research project, I came across the Trophée Jules Verne, which is one that, even if you won it, you couldn’t take home – nor would you want to, given its enormous size (about 10ft.).

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The first photo shows club boats rigging and probably about to take part in one of the first club races.

The crane and house in the foreground were still there when I was a child; the crane was for lifting the wooden bridge out so that boats could use the slipway where the main yard now is. The corner of the stone house is still the corner in the path between the yards.

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Previously... we seem to have spent the season chasing the resident Sigma 33, Carabot, both around the cans and in the Tour des Ports, to such an extent that my skipper Thierry Lecuru decided that he just had to have one. After some research in England, we found one closer to home, and all that remained to do was to bring it back. Now read on...

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Captain’s log Friday morning 2 Sept - 0430 hrs off the Stone Pier for the first time in a few weeks in ‘Aliya’, sails set in a decent SW breeze which had filled in during the last Thursday evening race; Orion, ‘unerring herald of autumn,’ gleaming bright in partial cloud to the SE, right on the nose – France here we come..

Moonshadow 2 - 2016 National Spinlock IRC Small Boat Champion

43 boats enjoyed a hotly contested regatta in 4 classes

Winner of the overall regatta and of IRC2 was the very quick J90, skippered by Richard Woof, closely pursued by a battle for 2/3/4th between the 3 Grand Surprises: Surprise, Bon Vacances, and Passion.

Winner of the overall IRC trophy went to the Contessa 32, Moodshadow 2, skippered by Mike Street, also winning IRC 4.

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Mark and Rima Bugler started their summer cruise on Saskia with a trip to Portsmouth to watch the Americas Cup World Series as Rima had been given tickets to view from the race village on Saturday by her boys for her birthday. However what was supposed to be a simple spectator trip turned in something much more!

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The Squib class held its annual Ringstead Race and beach BBQ last Sunday. The Squibs were escorted by a fleet of ten cruisers, Sirius, the club RIB and a Feva !

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To be off Utah beach on the 6th of June is something of a privilege, though the fog meant that we didn’t see anything till we arrived in the buoyed channel into Carentan, and then it was only egrets and the occasional cow!

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A new record - 120 French sailors joined us for lunch at the club on Sunday after their race from Cherbourg on Saturday and our own race on Sunday morning, so there'll be plenty to chat about! Crews from St Malo, Granville, Le Havre and Cherbourg make this the biggest Transmanche yet, as more and more French sailors see Weymouth as the place to come to.