Six boats braved somewhat unpleasant conditions last Sunday for
two races. OODs Julia, Paul and Terry set a Amroth, Monkstone, Harbour
course in blustery conditions. After three laps the final positions
were: Dave Plester (Solo) in first place with Keith Jones (Streaker)
just 7 seconds behind in second and then Peter Bower (Phantom) third
with Alan Lambert & Paul Johnson (Tasar) fourth. This race was
for the Royal Marines Cup.
For race 2 the course was changed to Monkstone, Pendine, Harbour
in a freshening breeze.
This was a very close run thing with very little between any of
the competitors. Final positions resulted in Keith taking the win,
followed by Dave just 5 seconds ahead of Alan & Paul who slipped
in only 2 seconds ahead of Peter in 4th.
Thanks to Martin Andrews on rescue for sterling work and helpful
advice on a cold wet day – he advises that he has never been
so cold in mid June ever before!
This Sunday we hold our own Round Caldey Race for Cruisers starting
at 10am with two club dinghy races round the cans starting at
5pm. David James would be pleased to hear from cruiser captains
interested in participating please contact 01834 813357 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tenby Regatta Saturday:
Tenby SC held their Regatta last week involving three races on
the Saturday and a Round Caldey race on the Sunday. A modest but
select group of our members competed with Andrew Williams (Laser)
and Peter Bower with Mick Lightwood (Tempest) sailing the Saturday
races against stiff opposition particularly from the Tenby RS200s
and their strong Osprey fleet. As well as competing as individuals,
everyone was allocated to one of four teams and Andrew’s
“Lions” took first place with Peter & Mick as
“Barbarians” coming second. Quite a satisfactory achievement,
but more and better was to come.
Two Cats with Cream (although it looks more like a Caldey Abbey
Altar Plate) !!
Tenby Round Caldey Race:
Sunday’s wind before the Round Caldey was typically “ify”
and Paul Johnson and Phil Barlow (Tasar) were grateful for a tow
from our new RIB which Graham took round to the start. Huw Stiley
& Wendy Bower also gave support in Sealegs, with John &
Tonia Griffiths (Sherpa Mor) and Ray Smith (Spartacus) competing
in the cruiser section.
Happily the wind then took off and the race was on. There were
approximately 10 cruisers and some 25 dinghies all moving around
the start line ready for the off. The Tempest managed a good start
after some confusion about lights and sound signals going off
at wrong times, and the fleet was away without recalls. A close
beat up and around the lifeboat slip resulted in cat and mouse
tactics with no one wanting to find any dirty wind from following
boats. The Tempest opted to tack off in the direction of Giltar
Point, a tactic not followed by the local boats, but it worked
and they caught the lead boat and were up with the cruisers. At
St Margaret’s Island they held their nerve for a late tack
but caught the wind and extended their lead over the fleet. At
Chapel Point the tides were causing much chop and distress to
the sea, but they battled through this and with spinnaker up,
commenced the very long run back to the finishing line. Tenby’s
Ted Lewis (Osprey) meanwhile hugged the shore for this final leg
and seemed to be gaining. The wind held though and with a lot
of kite flying the Tempest crossed the line just 45 seconds ahead
of the Osprey which after handicap adjustment secured the win.
What an achievement - we believe this is the first SSC win of
Tenby’s Round Caldey Race – well done Peter &
Mick !! Andrew, Paul & Phil, John & Tonia and Ray all
also completed the circumnavigation in good form providing a very
honourable performance from Saundersfoot.
No Points Club Race:
The day was still far from finished however with everyone then
having to sail back to Saundersfoot. But top marks were reserved
for Paul & Phil who having returned, then ran the scheduled
no points club race – a really long day!
Having set a Monkstone, Pendine, Harbour course and started five
boats, the wind died and only Alan & Rachel in the Tasar made
it round the circuit. Mark and Trish (Graduate), Martin (Solo),
Steve and Harry (RS200) and James and Ross (Laser 2000) thus retired
and needed a tow back in the still airs!
Everyone must have returned glowing from sun and pride after a
really superb day!
Sail Training Recruitment:
Paul Johnson with Mick & Judy Lightfoot formed a press gang
to Saundersfoot Primary School’s Fete recently and took
along the Club’s RS Feva dinghy to promote the club and
hopefully secure some interest in future sail training to encourage
youngsters into the sport. There was useful interest and we look
forward to new recruits next year.
The fete was a big success and the RS Feva held up well from
attack on all sides due to the number of youngsters wanting to
try and sail it round the school playing field. It seemed that
at one point due to the face painting we had a dinghy full of
tigers, princesses, and many other formidable cartoon creations
who were really enjoying staying in the boat to avoid contact
with the apparent sharks!!
Judy Lightfoot recruiting at Saundersfoot Primary School
Summer Holiday Training Places Still Available:
A few places are still available for this year’s “Summer
Starts Here” sail training week 22-26th July for all levels
of trainees. This includes a day’s voyage to Tenby (weather
willing) and is always a greatly enjoyed week. Contact Paul Johnson
on 01834 814415 or email@example.com
Well not really bankers! But we are looking urgently for a member
to take on the Treasurer’s role for the Club as Huw Stiley
has had to step down owing to other commitments with immediate
effect. Rolfe John is currently holding the fort but cannot take
on this job fully. Please can any member with understanding of
accounts contact any member of the committee as a matter of urgency
as we obviously have to keep on top of our financial affairs.
Ruby Anniversary T-Shirts:
There are a few s/m/l Coppet Week Anniversary T-shirts still available.
Useful kit and a good memento – excellent value at £12
from the Club or contact Anne-Marie 01834 812249.
Marine Navigation Bill
Latest news on the new legal powers to be given to Harbour Aauthorities
is that whilst the RYA has not been successful in altering the
planned Bill so that infringements of Harbour Authorities rules
can result in criminal offenses, they have secured the provision
of a code of conduct which must be observed. This will provide
harbour users with a means of challenging orders by a Harbour
Authority, and if no resolution can be achieved disputes may be
taken to an independent third party.
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.