Sunday April 17th sailing report

Sunday 17th April 2016

SSC week summary Sunday  17th April


At Saundersfoot Sailing Club we can guarantee a stunning location to sail each week but we are unable to control the wind and this week it was a glorious sunny day to sail but the wind was up and down like the OOD’s flags.


A steady breeze was blowing from Monkstone before the race start and a Monkstone – Amroth – Harbour course was set and with a fantastic turn out of boats that included 8 different classes and 10 boats it was all set for a spring classic. The wind however decided as the OOD raised the flag to turn 180 deg and blow in the opposite direction which made for a different race but enjoyed by all in the sunshine.


No porpoises were out to join us this week but I am sure they were enjoying the tactical manoeuvrings of the boats above.


The Phantom and the Contenders were shoulder to shoulder going round the course and often in varying directions but only to meet up at the marks again. In hot pursuit though were some sailors who have sailed the seas around the bay for more years than they would own up to and a few younger members coming up through the ranks as well so all very competitive.


It was good to see the RS200 out in full flight again and the crew looking toned and fit after a few keep fit sessions up and down the beach, apparently to get that six pack tucked nicely into the wetsuit again. There did not seem to be too much love in the air this week though as the crew was advising the helm at the start of the first race which end of line to start but he obviously was not listening and floundered for about 5 mins in no wind along with the Tasar while the rest were off and away. True love and a top result blossomed though in the second race for this race tested team.


At the end of the first race it was a first win for John Mammatt the clubs hard working membership secretary borrowing his daughters Laser and obviously from now on will be giving her tips on how to sail it. ( look forward to that Rosie ) 1st place in a Laser Radial John Mammatt. 2nd place Malcolm Williams in the Graduate. 3rd place James Hayden in the Phantom.


The second race was a course change to suit the wind around Outlet – Pendine – Harbour. A very closed sailed fleet were trying their best to outwit the wind which was up and down and all over the place but eventually the OOD had to make a decision as some boats were stood still and others creeping round but who do you please it is a hard job to keep everyone happy.


Race abandoned and scores from the first lap were used as the result. Some boats were towed in and while that was happening the wind came back again but who can predict the weather.


1st place went to Paul and Julia in the RS200. 2nd place James Hayden in the Phantom. 3rd place to Simon Turnbul in the Contender. Thanks again go to all the helpers on the land crews involving OOD Keith and Alison. Rescue ribs were Mick, Terry, James and Ben with some help from Nina on the beach trolley duty.


Full results can be found on the Facebook pages.


Next Weeks racing

Sunday 24th April with one race starting at 18.30 and the OOD is Paul and Julia.


Club Training


This years sail training plans are well under way including the very popular Push the Boat out which the club is hosting on May 20th see website for details.

Level 1-2 sailing will be July 25-29 for anyone who signs up at Push the Boat out. There are Powerboat Level 2 course planned in the diary as well but are currently fully booked.

The Bosuns Locker

We have the Flyer out for some technical repairs but should be back within a couple of weeks and all systems go to be ready for Coppet Week.

Ramblings from the locker

The club is investing in repairs and equipment that we want to keep in good order and reduce our maintenance outgoings. Located in the locker we now have some rescue boat logs to be completed along with some minor checks and engine run times to record. We also have some photo type training aids which you can view as a quick glance reminder about how to start / drive and even secure the boats back on their moorings so please look out for these.

More info on this will follow and will be available on the website.

Wednesday repair club

Wednesday is proving to be popular with helpers offering to come down and be involved, thanks to those who have contacted me and of course we all cannot make it each week but there is now a list in the locker of all the ongoing jobs that we need to be keeping up with to maintain not only the sailing fleet but the club

Coppet Week

This annual event which attracts over 70 plus boats each year along with their owners and families is well into being one of the best yet. We have secured the help of a local couple who will be running the clubhouse and organising food each day which from first viewing at the menus will mean that old Salty dog will be moving in each night for tasting.

A social calendar is being planned and the water activity is as always being crafted with precision and safety as paramount to visiting boats. Applications are coming in thick and fast and this year the club has decided to limit the numbers to 75 so do not wait until the last night to sign on as you may be disappointed.

The bar will be stocked with our very own SSC beer supplied by the local brewery along with own labelled wines from around the world and being sold at prices that you will not be disappointed with. More detail will follow but watch the website for updates and of course those tasty menu dishes being planned.


A Salty Sea Dog

Photo shows the race winner John Mammatt