Sunday Frostbite Racing:
Report from a Salty Seadog:
There are some old salty sailors out there who may argue that
female OOD's make better judgments and decisions when in charge
of a fleet of highly tuned race addicts who need good leadership
and control - but we will come back to that later. As for the
sailing it was another excellent Sunday out in Saundersfoot
Bay last week, where the weather is more often than not in favour
of the lucky people who come down each week to join in our racing
Storms and rain may have put a few off at this last session,
or was it the John Lewis penguin enticing thrifty crews off
to the shops to grab a bargain ready for Xmas ? Anyway we still
managed a decent turnout of 5 boats and a team of eager helpers.
Our skilful Lady OOD (under the watchful eye of her mentor)
set a testing Amroth - Monkstone - Harbour course. Simplicity
in itself unless one of the fleet forgets their glasses and
goes off to the wrong mark with another following! This mistake
by the myopic, lost enough seconds at the end of the race to
prove costly. James, with the borrowed Phantom now under full
control, looked like a race winner from the start. Rhys with
Peter at the helm of the Osprey were fast on his heels though,
even after taking the diversion to Amroth!
What competitors would do well not to forget is that while all
the spinnakers and big mains are looking the part for some great
photos, there is the stealth figure of current club champion
David Plester inconspicuously working his way up the field.
We even had Keith along with nimble crew Hywel in the Laser
Vago managing to stay upright this week, which helped them considerably
in the results. Despite testing conditions Martin in the Topper
kept going to keep in contention with some of these faster boats.
The final results after handicap adjustments were: 1st James
Hayden, 2nd David Plester, 3rd Peter Bower and Rhys Jackson.
The same course was set for the second race after some technical
discussions were overheard coming from the OOD's hut ! Was it
consideration of some dark clouds on the horizon, or was it
a “matrimonial” between our husband and wife race
officer team ?!! Hooters and flags happened at all the right
times and the fleet grouped together enough to cause some very
close calls on who was going to need gel coat repairs if they
did not move. Once again James was first out of the blocks with
Peter and Rhys now going the right way and pulling ahead, whilst
Keith, David and Martin did well to keep up with the family
tussle out in front.
The race was on and all eyes were looking at the boats flying
off to Amroth - apart from the OOD who was looking with binoculars
in hand the other way and towards the beach and the oncoming
black clouds. I am not one to gossip but I am sure I heard one
half of the family OOD team announce they were off back home
to take in the washing. However sense of duty prevailed and
the signal was given to shorten course - not for the washing!
but due to the reducing wind and slow pace of boats coming round
Everyone finished and the results were: 1st James Hayden, 2nd
Peter Bower and Rhys Jackson, 3rd David Plester. Thanks to all
our helpers including Tom and Terry out there in the rescue
rib and especially to our family team of OOD's Paul and Julia
who really do know how to run a great race, but maybe should
make sure that the race reporter is not standing too close next
time to hear how it all happens.
(Goodness - the Paparazzi are even embedded in the Club now
Members of the club met with Michael Davies, CEO of Saundersfoot
Harbour, last week about the forthcoming development plans at
Saundersfoot Harbour which will greatly improve water access
and visitor facilities. More information will be reported when
AGM – All Members:
Remember to attend the Club’s AGM this Sunday –
all members are encouraged to participate, as the basis for
the operation of the Club for the next year will be decided.
The bar will be open from 12.30 and light lunches will be served
to prepare everyone for the business proceedings which start
Skippers Mate is completing his watch at this week’s AGM
and will be handing his signal flags over to another watch officer,
who being more skilled with modern technology will be able to
report via a wider range of more up to date methods!
Thanks to all my dedicated readers and Bon Voyage for the future.
Frostbite Series Capsize – sensibly carried out in the
harbour but not intentionally !!
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.
ON THE WATER
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.