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State of the Nation:

Well - our glorious extended summer has finally come to an end with a series of southwesterly depressions roaring in and precipitating some 120mms of rain in the last ten days (that’s almost 5 inches to you imperialists) and dropping daytime temperatures by 5-10 degrees C (new money again !!) After the quiet breezes of the period of high pressure, some serious winds have whipped up the bay during the last week or so, together with some pretty high tides. A beautiful respite was provided last Sunday after the rain had passed through, but sadly no racing was scheduled! With very low spring tides that day and the refreshed clear conditions, the Somerset and Devon coast was very visible across the southern horizon with the blip of Lundy standing up like Table Mountain. Such conditions are a great reminder to us all of the beautiful situation in which we live and boat ! It is salutary that perhaps the most attractive picture at the recent Southampton Boat Show and doing the rounds in the boating journals, is the advert for Milford Marina which features the Pembrokeshire coastline and Skomer. The simple beauty surely rivals any other European coast?

End of Season Party and Prize Giving:

The club looked like the precious metal exchange last Saturday with all the silverware polished and on parade for the season’s prize-giving award evening ! Proceedings started with Sailing Principal, Malcolm Williams reporting on the RYA Training Achievements. Sadly few of the participants were present to receive their certificates. You missed an excellent event, guys !
Dinghy Captain, Keith (Tina Turner) Jones then recapped on the racing season and thanked all participants and helpers who made it happen. A particular thanks were deservedly given to Mick Lightwood who fulfilled much more than his role of Sailing Secretary required and supported Keith throughout. His enthusiasm and commitment were key to the success of our outstanding Barts Bash event, which put SSC in a leading position amongst all Welsh Sailing Clubs. We most definitely “bashed” above our weight in this world wide affair !!
Mick provided some interesting facts on our racing season which provided 40 races for 34 sailors competing in 20 different classes of dinghy. The activity was supported by 160 volunteer sessions and involved Mick in around 2,500 emails to coordinate things over the season.
Keith then paid tribute to the sailing sub committee who steered the strategies and efficiently motivated club members. This year’s prizes had been reorganised to award a wider spread of competitors and to split each of the Early, Mid and Late season Series into a Main and a Silver fleet – the latter recognising new and less experienced sailors. This principle was also applied to the Cup races.
In addition some Fun Prizes were introduced for non sailing members who nevertheless had contributed to the successful season. Tom Eyre received the award for Best Photo and Top Support Crew and Huw Stiley for Best Video which went viral on Facebook. Steve Hinksman took the Barts Bash Fancy Dress Award with his Malcolm look-alike costume ! Clare Staniland received a great ovation for her constant help as beach master, clubhouse liaison person and general welfare officer for which she received Club Person of the Year Award and a presentation of flowers and photo montage from Hywel & Rhys Jackson.

Club Member of the Year – Clare Staniland with Hywel & Rhys Jackson

Keith Jones’ results for the season were always nipping at the winners’ heels & not taking poll position, but his persistence throughout gained him the Most Races in the Season Award. Rhys Jackson received the coveted Angela Hollies Trophy for Most Improved Sailor of the Year. Harry & Steve Hinksman took the Silver Fleet Early Season Award, whilst Ben Roberts picked up the cups for the Junior Mid Season Series and Bank Holiday Regatta races.
The Lady Helm award popularly went to Jo Musson who has been involved in so many ways this year. Hywel Jackson scooped a number of Junior Fleet honours and the Junior Helm Award, resulting in an armful of trophies and a very pleased grin!
Heading the results overall and becoming Club Champion for 2014 was David Plester in his Solo. After receiving his trophies he added his thanks to Keith, the sailing sub committee and all the members who had provided such an enjoyable season. He concluded proceedings endorsing the widespread view that Saundersfoot was a great place to sail and that SSC was a great Club to be a part of.
Wendy’s excellent hot dogs and liquid transactions from the bar then took over for the rest of a lively, friendly and most enjoyable evening.
Indeed it is a great Club to belong to !!

Some of this Season’s Prizewinners

Next Racing:

The next two Frostbite races are at 2.30pm next Sunday.

From The Horses Mouth:

We are delighted that Harbour Manager Michael Davies is coming to the Club next month to detail the proposed plans for the development of the Harbour area and its facilities. This will be a great opportunity to find out more about aspects that interest each individual and the club as a whole and also to correct some of the “fishwives tales” which have been heard around the village and which are as wide of the mark as a rudderless boat helmed by a blind seadog !
All members are encouraged to attend and participate in the discussions. Book it in your diaries now – 7.30pm on Saturday 14th November.

Last Orders Please:

Whilst the AGM is still far enough ahead (6 weeks) for everyone to have conveniently put it “out of mind”, any formal proposals to be considered at that meeting need to be with the Secretary a minimum of three weeks beforehand. We welcome suggestions and ideas from members, so if you have ideas for changes and improvements to the club, do let us know. Contact any committee member to convey your views.


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About the club


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.

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