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.
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org) 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
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 email@example.com.
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:
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com
to recover the item and pay the dues – otherwise it will
be disposed of.
Mick doing a proper job capsizing last week !!