Appropriately for last Sunday- July 13th, thirteen boats took to
the water for the first of two club races. Eight different classes
of dinghy were represented providing a varied visual spectacle and
a more complex calculation of the race results! It was a glorious,
very warm and sunny evening for the start and a good mix of age
and ability made for an exciting expectation of tactical racing.
The prospect was enhanced by the setting of a more complex course
than usual around all four of the regular club marks, namely Pendine,
Monkstone, Amroth, Harbour making up two triangles for a single
circuit. It was good to see Peter Bower back in the land of the
living phantom - returning to racing after his unfortunate injury!
Clearly the break had not dimmed his ability as he lead all the
way round although closely chased by Paul and Julia in the N12 and
Jo in her Laser. Steve Cavel was also showing his form sailing a
close race in the middle of the field together with John Roberts
- both in their Solos. New sailors Tom Eyre and Rhys Jackson cruised
round satisfactorily in the Wayfarer - well done both, especially
as they have only done a few weeks of training before coming out
racing. The race was eventually won after three laps by Peter, 2nd
Jo Musson and 3rd Paul and Julia. A well earned 4th place for James
in his Topper, closely followed by Aled in the Oppie – a good
result for both.
The course was revised to a traditional triangle - Amroth, Monkstone,
Harbour and the fleet set off on the second race, again all in very
close competition. This is definitely making the racing more enjoyable
and challenging for all. There was a bit of “follow my leader”
syndrome at one point, but unfortunately the five boats that did
the following went round the mark the wrong way and were thus judged
as "did not finish". The final results were Jo 1st, Paul
and Julia 2nd and Peter in his Phantom 3rd.
Thanks to OOD Keith Jones with timekeeper Wendy, also to those on
rescue where there was a bit of a family affair with Judy and her
dad crewing for our regular rib drivers Huw and Pete.
Next Club Racing:
There are two races next Sunday with a midday start.
No sailing this Tuesday as the tides are difficult, but there
is the prospect of other extra sailing and possible voyages during
the school holidays – so watch this space !
Optimistic Outlook for Bank Holiday Weekend
in Cardiff !
Optimist sailors who are optimistic about their sailing skills
can try their hand in the Welsh Open Championship for the Class
which is to be held on the Bank Holiday weekend of the 23rd, 24th
and 25th August 2014 at Cardiff Bay Yacht Club. Registration is
on the Saturday with first race at 2pm. This event promises three
days of fun and competitive sailing.
“Elgar” – the new elegant addition to SSC’s
2014 COPPET WEEK picture gallery. Many thanks to our official
photographer Tony Charles click
Saundersfoot is a small seaside holiday village in West
Wales with picturesque scenery, an excellent beach and ample
parking. The sailing waters within Saundersfoot Bay attract
many sailors and regattas are always well supported. Catering
facilities within the village are good; cafes, inns and
shops are all within a few yards of the central car park.
Residential accommodation is available in hotels and guest
houses. Saundersfoot Sailing Club's dinghy park is small
and unfortunately, has no space available for visiting boats.
However, boats can usually be left safely on the beach.
Although the club encourages all forms of watersport it
is mainly dinghy sailing and cruiser sailing that forms
the major part of our on the water activity. The club has
a full dinghy sailing programme with the season running
from April to October each year. To encourage new members
to the sport of dinghy sailing the club has an active sail
training scheme which is run in accordance with the Royal
Yachting Association who are the governing body of the sport
in the UK. Cruiser sailing activity is based more on cruising
than racing although regular races are held with our neighbouring
club Tenby Sailing Club and we also hold a cruiser regatta.