Race report and week summary

Sunday 25th October 2015

The conditions for racing were not what you would call perfect but depending on your skills and ability they were pretty good for an October day in sunny west Wales. How lucky are we to be sailing in the top holiday destination for Pembrokeshire where the sea is still warm and the sun seems to always shine as well.

Argentina were taking on the Aussies in the world cup today but that did not deter 11 boats in 7 different classes, it just gets better every week. Saundersfoot SC seems to be currently attracting some new members and top sailors from around the area so it is all looking very good and especially if you like to sail in a competitive and friendly club.

The water start OOD was back in action again for today’s races and in the form of the salty sea dog and his super fit father in law Terry. On rescue were current Silver Fleet champions Harry and Steve but not looking too happy stuck in the dory as we paraded round in the Flyer.

We were bimbling around setting the course of which we thought was reasonable, but then look who’s coming the salty sea dog said to Terry and yes it was The People’s Friend in the form of James and yes he was waving the August edition at us saying that we needed to put in a couple of mark changes in. Now I am not a regular reader of this growing in popularity magazine and contrary to his tactician assistant Katie’s comments he did seem to know what he was on about.

I did wonder if he was trying to set a course that favoured the Phantom over those pesky Contenders that seems to be getting in the way of things these days but I very gratefully accepted the bribe of a pack of biodegradable bamboo toothbrushes called the Humble and apparently available at Hayden Dental very soon.

So course set and 11 boats jockeying around the start waiting for that over enthusiastic hooter from the OOD. Big decision though to make as 2 mins from the start the Laser 2000 decided to turn turtle right on the start line with Chris and James Ebsworth paddling around as fast as they could to get it sorted. Lucky for us and for them it was back up and bailed out ready for the gun.

A gusty f3 to 4 was blowing and it was a testament of the skills being shown these days from the fleet sailors as everyone seemed at least to look confident. Rosie was not reading the script at all and shot off ahead of brother Lloyd in the Laser. Yes the Contenders which included new sailor Peter were off mixing it with the Phantom, the Love Boat was also getting stuck in and yes they did look well turned out after some obvious grooming and polishing from their newly fitted bathroom.

Bill was keeping up the rear end in the club Topper but did seem to be a bit over powered at times and maybe a reef would have helped. Hywel and Keith in their Laser full rigs were battling it our and I must admit Hywel did a great job in keeping the boat up right in some testing conditions but I did hear however there was a spill on the second lap. The 2000 was going well with Chris and James now dried off making sure they were in with a good place, again maybe a reef but that club 2000 is not easy to set up so fair play to some confident sailing.

Result are in and Maurice in the Contender was 1st, Simon in the Contender 2nd, Keith in the Laser full 3rd. Unfortunately James had to retire this race to fix a main that decided to fall down after the first lap and he was in lead position at the time but he would be back.

The second race was set and again all boats went off on a slightly enlarged course, James was now back and there was a real tussle for contention at the front by the Contenders, the Phantom and the RS200 was really flying and yes in the right direction this week.

There only seemed to be one mistake this race and for reasons unknown Chris decided to exit the back of the 2000 and left his crew James rudderless and the boat going speedily upside down. Before this happened they were flying and in a good position to finish up the rankings.

Lloyd decided it was time to sort Rosie out and came in well ahead after a great sail in the strong gusts, 2 laps for some and 1 for others decided the second race with win for Maurice I the Contender, 2nd was Simon again the Contender, and 3rd was James in the Phantom.

Thanks to all the shore helpers and Harry and Steve on rescue and of course Mick and Terry on OOD.

Next race

November 1st at 9.30 with Paul and Julia in charge for one race.


The club enjoyed an evening of presentation and recognition to all our 2015 winners and helpers on Friday, with cups and prizes being awarded by Paul and Julia Griffiths. See the facebook pages for photos.

Details of all socials can be found on the website or on Facebook or by contacting Nina Mammatt direct via her email as social secretary which can be found on the website.

Please note that the proposed Halloween party has been cancelled but the club will be open to watch the fireworks and the bar will be open.

Both Nina and Jo are taking orders for tickets to the Xmas social with tickets costing £20.00 each which is great value.

Jo also has an excellent range of clothing with club badges that she seems to be very busy taking orders for so don’t miss out on those and contact Jo as soon as possible as they may make a good dare I say it Xmas present.

Photos show Maurice Clarke our 2015 club champion receiving his awards from Dinghy Captain Paul and his assistant Julia. Also shown is the Sunday racing fleet on the start line.

A Salty Sea Dog