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Second Time Lucky !

After the “blow-out” last week, 15 crews in 10 different classes of dinghies turned up for races 3 & 4 of the early season series last Sunday. Mick Lightwood reports.

Sunday Racing:

Well it seemed like Christmas came a bit early last Sunday - the sun was out and the wind was behaving itself for our second week of the racing calendar. It was indeed a really great sight to see so many boats out on the water and all ready to try out our new shorter course.

The first race was a Monkstone - Amroth - Pendine - Harbour course with a 2 to 3 blowing steady NW ish. The fleet took off towards Monkstone Point mark as if they had never been away for the winter. The new closer marks seemed to prove popular and kept the fleet closer together as we had hoped it would. The figure of 8 course meant there were many chances to see the leading boats even if they were on a different leg. The race was eventually won by David Plester ( Solo ) with Keith Jones ( Streaker) 2nd and Paul and Julia Griffiths ( RS 200) in 3rd and Peter Bower testing a new crew - 'Pie' Romer from Ranleigh SC in Putney (a friend of the Hayden family) - (Osprey) in 4th. (Good to see there is life in the old legs still after another winter !!) The course did not really suit the spinnaker boats but it was all a close result.

In the second race the course was changed to a clockwise triangle rounding the Amroth - Monkstone – Harbour marks to starboard. There were a few casualties with rigging and fitness from the first race, but it again proved to be a very close call between the fleet. Ten boats started and nine finished, the eventual winner was David again, with Peter & Pie 2nd, Keith 3rd and Paul & Julia 4th.

Well done to the juniors who took part, Aled in the Optimist, Hywell, Owen and James in the toppers and great to see Harry Hinksman getting stuck in helming his dad Steve round a very testing course in their RS vision. James Hayden had his new crew going through the rough apprenticeship of having to hike out to keep the boat upright or get wet and it was good to see Nick Berridge back mixing it with the fleet.

Thanks to Pete, Tom, Rhys, Huw for an excellent and professional performance in the rescue boats and of course Graham for making sure they are always ready. Mick and Terry were frantically writing down times and results as OOD this week and trying to keep up with flags and hooters at the same time and only once missing a pair of hands but it did get spotted.

A great days sailing was had by all and topped off by Wendy Bowers contribution of a fabulous cake with a warming cup of tea afterwards. Full results and everyone’s placings together with photos and videos can be found on the new dinghy group facebook page.

Peter Bower with new crew Pie Romer on trial in the Osprey !!

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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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