The continuing brilliant weather is bringing more boats out for
the racing each week. Last Sunday, 16 dinghies rigged up to take
part in the final two races of the Mid Season Series and compete
for a special trophy as well. All the “big guns” were
out apart from our talented new Oppie sailor, Aled with his broken
thumb, who had to contend with being head hooter blower and flag
raiser (under the keen scrutiny of his Dad!)
Once again there was some very close competition with mere seconds,
after handicap adjustments, between many boats
The Trophy race flew off to Monkstone all grouped ready to tussle
at the first gybe mark where there were a couple of spills but
nothing to cause concern. The race was so well grouped that the
OOD was having trouble deciding when to shorten the course as
all the youngsters after their recent training and practice seemed
to be holding their own against some of the more seasoned sailors
of the fleet. After handicap adjustments there was mere seconds
between a large number of boats in this race which was eventually
won by Peter Bower in his Phantom, 2nd was David Plester in the
Solo and 3rd Katie Hayden in the Craig y Mor club Laser.
The second race started in the opposite direction to the first,
to throw a bit of confusion into the pot and off they went to
Amroth without stopping for tea. All of a sudden, boats were going
over like it was a capsize practice session!! Having recovered
from these diversions, the boats set about the course as if Olympic
medals were up for grabs. The wind and weather were in perfect
unison to keep the watching crowds wondering what was happening
out there. At the same time the outdoor Sunday service was proceeding
and unfortunately the church choir started at the same moment
as the hooter blasts for finishing the race. This was embarrassing
but it isn’t possible to delay the hoot for each competitor
as they finish !
Mike Cemm a guest sailor from Swanage SC finished first by 2 seconds
but this is not eligible in the Series race where the results
were: 1st Peter Bower, 2nd Paul and Julia Griffiths (N12) and
3rd Katie Hayden. Ben Roberts and Hywel Jackson both in Toppers
had a hum dinging contest, finishing just one second apart after
30 minutes of racing.
Thanks to Race Officers Mick and Judy and to Safety Crew Tom,
Terry, Peter and Ben.
Mid season final results and trophy winners will be announced
when Sailing Secretary Mick - has managed to marry his daughter
off this week. (What a conflict of priorities !!)
Two races are scheduled for a 10am start this coming Sunday –
the first of the Late Season Series.
Last Saturday night’s opening proved a success with a pleasant
evening enjoyed by a good group of members together with some
Irish visitors. Andrew and Bodil have kindly committed to staffing
the next two Saturdays from 6.30pm but thereafter we need some
other volunteers to maintain Saturday opening. If members feel
that this is a worthwhile venture, please can we have some support
to staff it from all those who enjoy the benefits of our well
placed and comfortable clubhouse. Please contact Ivan on 01834
812249 or email@example.com
Dating Agency Expands! (Please see
the poster on the cruiser page)
The facility to bring prospective skippers and crews together
that was reported last week is intended to embrace not only yachts
but also motor boats, fishing vessels or any other craft for the
benefit of all members to obtain more water activity. Please sign
up on the register in the entrance to the clubhouse. For more
information contact Dave Jones on 07969 502955 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Chaos Theory - or do they all know where they are going ?!
2014 COPPET WEEK picture gallery. Many thanks to our official
photographer Tony Charles click
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.