Race report

Sunday 17th May 2015

Last Sunday saw the culmination of the hotly contested warm-up series with 3 boats all in contention on the last day , a fresh afternoon saw 10 starters including a first outing for Brad , newly joined after Friday so welcome to the club Brad and a course of PAH , with current leader Maurice watching keenly from the box due to his rota duties the pressure was on James , whether he was recollecting last weekend away with his beloved Katy or checking out the latest knitting patterns in the peoples friend he remained anchored to the start line letting the young pretenders of Ben & Hywel race away together with the remainder of the fleet in what looked like an enjoyable sail, James did his best to catch up but after 2 good laps the final positions saw Ben taking another first place , followed by Hywel recording his best finish to date , with Nick & Paula solving last weeks rigging problems just ahead of James , All finished in good time including Brad in his first outing so well done to all.

The race hut comprised a variety of old salts in theory showing Maurice the ropes, and parts of the procedure were explained with military precision by one of our regular helpers, together with all course boards, start line boards, hooters and flags in profusion, so with the Bosun, Dinghy Captain and a Military presence we are not sure how an alternative shorten course flag was flown but all seemed to get the idea and finished obediently.

There was a change of course for the second race after consultations with the rescue boats to MAH, a keen start ensued and our Ironman James keen to make up for the first start shot away like Linford Christie out of the blocks, free of Maurice for once and led all the way round to take the win followed by Ben, Nick/Paula and Hywel in that order.

Thanks to all those who helped, particularly the rescue boats on a cold afternoon, most of who had also been out on duty with the rowers.

All the scores for this series have been added up and initial analysis sees Maurice in the pink again in first place just pipping James overall, all these results and score need to be checked and then the full results for the warm-up series will be published but it looks like its’ Congratulations to Maurice, a very popular winner and well done to all those who have competed.


Well it's all been happening down at the club this weekend. Starting with Push the Boat out on Friday evening, you never can tell how these events are going to work but a great turn out of people wanting to try this strange world of sailing culminated in some new members and takers for the clubs training course later in June. there were of course lots of helpers with Malcolm and Tina taking the helm so thanks to them for organising this event. The weather could have been a bit warmer and the wind maybe behaving a little bit more but no one took an unexpected dip which was a good thing. Bacon butties supplied after with a cup of tea went down a treat. Good to see as many adults as well as the kids having a go out on the water, and of course we were able to use the new pontoon which has made this type of function so much easier by transferring people from dry to boat and keeping them dry. There are two more of these events planned so what out for dates to be published soon.

Wisemans rowers held their now annual regatta on Coppet beach with over 260 people converging for some exciting Celtic longboat racing out in the bay of Saundersfoot. In the morning it was like a glass lake with dolphins jumping but by afternoon the wind had come up and it a was a rocky ride for all. The Sailing has for the last two years supported the event by supplying ribs and drivers including the big orange marks which are needed as they row well out to sea.

Coppet Week starts next week on Sunday 24th May and is sure to be a spectacle not to be missed with over 70 boats racing for the silver wear out in the bay. The club has a number of activities organised in the evening at the club so why not come and try some of the real ale or social events such as quiz night and a band as well on the Wednesday. See Facebook or the website for all details or the club notice board in the harbour will have the information as well.

a salty sea dog

Push The Boat Out