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Help wanted for Coppet Week.

Sunday Racing:

Mick Lightwood, our indubitable Sailing Secretary, reports on last Sunday’s racing:-
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 by then!!

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 lightwoods@outlook.com

They’re Off - in Grey Blustery Conditions Last Sunday !












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About the club

INTRODUCTION

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.



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