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Mick Lightwood, our indubitable Sailing Secretary, reports on last
Well, what a contrast to last week. We did actually have a plan
that the sun was going to shine again and the wind was meant to
behave itself, but unfortunately someone up there was not listening!
There were 9 boats out on the water to start the first race and
a Monkstone - Amroth - Harbour course was set by our very own professional
Race Officers Paul and Julia Griffiths (depends if you ask Keith
though)! All looked well when along came possibly the worst wind
you could ever wish to sail in. The fleet took off at what was recorded
on the rescue rib – (Sealegs, the boat with wheels) - as 6.5
knots which I must admit seemed about right. Peter Bower took off
out of the starting blocks trying desperately to tie his future
son in law into the boat so he was available for the wedding later
in the year. The rest of the fleet tried to hang on in his wake
and started tacking and altering course to get some clean wind which
split the boats up. The usual suspects - David and Keith - were
battling it out for supremacy but there is a new crew on the block
now by the name of Morgan Lewis who for some reason accepted the
challenge to sail again with James Hayden in his RS200, which today
took some nerves of steel and obviously a lot of sticky tape to
actually stay in the boat and get round without a capsize. Well
done Morgan - hang in there as they say. Nick and Paula made valiant
attempts but had to retire with the resolve that the hole in the
club Laser 2000 they were sailing really must be fixed as they were
getting too wet for comfort. After two stimulating laps the race
was eventually won by Dave Plester (Solo) with Keith Jones (Streaker)
2nd and Mick Lightwood (Laser) 3rd.
In the second race the route round was repeated but we just decided
to take the gusty, lumpy conditions and then double it. An eventful
race could be a good description and the rescue boats were put through
their paces again, but the eventual winner was Dave Plester, with
Peter Bower and Rob (Osprey) in 2nd with James and Morgan in 3rd.
Keith may debate the shortened course decisions later in the year
at the prize giving but it looked good to me, but I had retired
After some very testing conditions the feeling was that all had
a great sail and thanks to the rib crews of Tom and Ben, Huw and
Terry and of course the professional OOD's Paul and Julia.
Safety Boat Training:
Malcolm Williams, Huw Stiley, Mick Lightwood and three others
started the safety boat familiarization training this week to
test the water (perhaps especially aptly after the Sunday racing!).
This is particularly relevant now that we need to improve on our
risk analysis working alongside the harbour staff.
Double Handed Boat Experience:
Pembrokeshire Yacht Club are kindly putting together another opportunity
to try double handed sailing this coming weekend the 26th and
27th April. It will cost only £30 for the weekend. Places
at present are limited to 6 ! This opportunity is open to all
under 19’s with stage 2 ability and above. You don’t
have to come as a readymade team as the organisers will pair you
off. James is already keen so will others please contact Mick
Lightwood asap. Tel 01834 811993 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
They’re Off - in Grey Blustery Conditions Last Sunday !
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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.