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Club Racing:

Seven boats started the race last Sunday in sunny conditions with a decent force 3-4 breeze. David and new assistant Ben, set a traditional Amroth - Monkstone - Harbour course. As the boats approached the gybe mark for the first time, the wind picked up noticeably creating various shouts of exhilaration, alarm or sheer terror. However the first lap continued to be well contested until Mick decided to roll the Laser upside down and was left behind. In the now windy conditions any small error was going to make the helm pay. Paul and Julia Griffiths in the National 12 seized the winds with both hands as it were, and with white knuckles achieved speeds which the safety crews had no chance keeping up with – but not always necessarily in the desired direction ! In the end, the race was won by a steady but sure sail around the marks from Keith Jones (Streaker), 2nd Mark and Debbie Tissiman (Fireball), 3rd Paul and Julia Griffiths (National 12) and an excellent sail from James Crowney Richards who somehow managed to keep the Topper upright and came in 4th.

The second race was round the same course and all was going well until looking back just as the fleet was arriving at the Amroth gybe mark, it looked like a scene from a film as the water was being churned up by the wind that accelerated everyone off at a rate of knots in all directions. Capsizes from Mark and Debbie were joined again by Mick in a well overpowered Laser. The rescue crews were doing an excellent job but were working hard to keep up with the fleet. Keith was again in front managing to keep upright, but well in contention was James’ Topper and the now more controlled National 12.
Final results : Keith 1st, Mark and Debbie 2nd, James 3rd, Paul and Julia 4th.

Many thanks to Race Officers David and Ben and to Terry, Pete, Rhys, Anita and Tina who seemed to spend a lot of time chasing all over the bay to keep everyone safe. Also thanks to helpers like Clare who helped greatly with moving trolleys on the slipway.

Next Racing:

Two races are scheduled for a 5pm start this coming Sunday.

Bank Holiday Sailing:

There will be something for everyone this coming Bank Holiday Monday 25th August. As always, events are weather dependent but an open invitation is extended to any craft - yachts, motor boats, fishing boats & dinghies to join the cruiser fleet who will be making a voyage to Barafundle Bay. Lunch can be taken on the beach or on board according to individual choice. This is not a race but a fun voyage for boats to sail in company starting around 8am (HW 7am) from Saundersfoot harbour and returning from Barafundle any time after 2pm after the tide turns at 1pm in order to arrive back in the harbour around 6-7pm (HW 7.10pm). Anyone needing a boat or a crew should put their details on the list inside the clubhouse. Meanwhile Keith Jones is running a special dinghy race in Saundersfoot Bay, using what he enigmatically describes as “a more complicated course” to test skills learnt earlier this year ! This will be an individual trophy race so there is “silverware” to strive for. If anyone is available to help crew a safety boat, please let Keith or Mick know. The start is at 5pm so that the finish corresponds to the return of the fleet from Barafundle. The bar will then be open together with a barrel of real ale to go with your own BBQ or local fish and chips whilst enjoying the great clubhouse view.

Wiseman’s Bridge Rowers - Masquerade:

On Saturday 30th August the Rowers are joining us en masse for a lively evening for which we have a full license 6-12pm. Everyone is welcome

Invitation to Non Sailors:

The dinghy group this year has been actively trying to promote dinghy activities and increase the numbers of people sailing each week as well as improve sailing skills generally. To achieve this we need a proactive team that assists each week on the RIBs which are used for safety cover. We currently have a few non sailors who seem to really enjoy being out in one of the safety boats and spend a couple of hours gently cruising but sometimes speeding to a boat in need. The regular team is a really sociable group and is keen to encourage any other members who would like to join in with this role. There is also the opportunity to gain an approved RYA Safety Boat Certificate. If you think that you would enjoy this experience and would be willing to offer us a few hours when available, contact Mick via sailingsecretary@saundersfootsailingclub.org.uk) or Keith or come into the club any Sunday when we are racing and chat it through directly. This invitation is open to both members and others who are not yet members - all ages welcome, male or female.

Committee Moves:

Janice Garwood is standing down as General Secretary due to family and other commitments and we send best wishes for the recuperation of her partner Danny and thank her for her contribution from afar and look forward to seeing her back in the club when she is able to make it. We are however delighted to report that Jo Musson, whose name has increasingly appeared in recent Sunday racing reports, has agreed to take on the role of Secretary for the rest of the year. We wish her well and will give her full support as a new member of the Committee. Any correspondence can be addressed via email to secretary@saundersfootsailingclub.org.uk. She is really getting into club involvement with plans to undertake a power boat course, first aid training and do a sailing instructor course. It is really great to be joined by such enthusiasm.

New Club Secretary – Jo Musson:

Clubhouse Opening:

Saturday club opening has continued with worthwhile attendances each week to date. Thanks to Malcolm Williams who will man the bar next Saturday. We still need volunteers after that please. Contact Ivan on 01834 812249 or ivan.littlewood23@btinternet.com

Environmental Issue:

An abandoned green tender has been cluttering the boat park for some time. Notice is now given that this is being removed. Any legitimate owner can contact Graham at bosun@saundersfootsailingclub.org.uk to recover the item and pay the dues – otherwise it will be disposed of.

Mick doing a proper job capsizing last week !!

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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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