Weekly Report 17/05/2017

Tenby Sailing Club


Try Sailing

On Sunday 21st May the Club will be taking part in the RYA “Push the Boat Out” scheme, offering anyone who wants a go at sailing the chance to have a go in club boats with experienced helms; for those with some experience perhaps in a single hander, for others maybe a cruiser or club rib. The event will be on Sunday 21st May; if you would like to have a go please contact Ted Lewis on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to book your place.

Club Sailing

Racing on Tuesday last week took place in warm sunshine and a light southerly breeze. A small fleet enjoyed the conditions but results are not to hand. However a significant first was achieved; the Cherub, helmed by Carwyn and crewed by Jaime, completed its first whole race, and without capsizing. Except, that is, for the one before the start!

Saturdays races were in doubt because of forecast heavy rain and wind, however, at race time the sun was shining and the wind blowing a decent but manageable force four from the south. Seven boats competed, four Ospreys, a Scorpion and two club Lasers. The Lasers found the rising wind too much, and they retired. The other boats set off on the first race and enjoyed an exhilarating blast around a triangular course that was very much to the taste of the Ospreys who recorded a 123. Throughout the race the wind was rising and by the end was a solid force 5-6, and the rain descended. The planned second race was abandoned.

This Tuesday saw four Ospreys, the Scorpion, an RS200 and a club Laser compete in a light southerly breeze, with light but very wet drizzle. There was a good tussle between the Ospreys with several place changes over the three lap race, but none of them could get far enough ahead of the Scorpion of Peter and Igor, who took the win on corrected time, from Mike/Deanna then Ted/Lucas. It was good to welcome the RS200 helmed by Jaz Stubbs with her father, Steve, doing what he was told at the front of the boat!

Junior training. 

Tide full in, flat sea, no wind.  It was decided to try Plan B. The 26 youngsters were taken out in the 5 Ribs and given a variety of experiences. Marine biologist Jon Moore pointed out what to look for at sea and around the coastline before setting off. Some  navigation exercises involved pointing out the purpose of each of the buoys when going down the sound and round the islands.   Bird watching at St Margaret’s and seal spotting at the back of the island completed a very enjoyable evening.  With no swell it was even possible to venture into the cave at the end of the Margarets.  Then back to the Club at 8pm for the usual BBQ. 

Cruiser racing. 

The Saturday evening race was cancelled due to the forecast of rising winds and heavy rain.  The crews retired to the bar and were thankful the right decision had been made when the rain and wind did come in at 7pm.

TSC Sea Swimmers- The Penguins.

Eight junior members of Tenby Sailing Clubs Open Water swim squad attended their first swim of the year - Sospan Charity Swim at the North Dock, Llanelli. They all chose to swim the 750m event as it was early in the season and the water hasn't usually warmed up by now. All 8 swimmers came in within the top 11 places with 2 swimmers building on last years long course swim success by taking 1st places for male and female (Owen Thomas and Katie Hicks), Billy Kinnear taking 2nd place and Lloyd Thomas (little brother to Owen - watch out Owen as Lloyd wants your title) taking 3rd. All remaining swimmers (Fin Bowie, Lauren Watkins, Lillie Murray-Coller and Safi Rooney) were close on their heels in this mass participation event. Well done and keep up the training. If any under 18's would be interested in trying Open Water Swimming please contact the Sailing Club.


Membership renewal

Renewals were due in January. The first full member in a household is £60. The Senior Citizen rate now applies to those aged 65 and above. For those who wish to re-join, there is no re-joining fee. If you would like to set up an annual standing order for your membership fees, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. All forms etc are available on the club website.

Volunteers needed

We are presently short of a club secretary. If you would like to help please email Ted Lewis on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Summer Sailing 2017

  • Club races will take place Tuesday evenings and Saturday late afternoon. The season started on 1st April and will continue every Saturday at 5pm.
  • Junior sailing will be on Wednesday evenings, see above.
  • Cup races will be first Saturday in the month when there will be three short races in a mini series for that months cup.
  • The club championship will remain over all races from April to end September.
  • There will be early, mid and late series as the summer progresses.

The Club Regatta and Round Caldey Island race are scheduled for 24th and 25th June 2017, and the Club will be running the National Championship of the RS200 class of dinghy from Saturday 26th August to Thursday 31st August 2017. Volunteers will be needed to help with both events, both on and off the water. In particular, the RS200 Nationals will be the biggest event hosted by the club in ten years with over 100 double handed boats expected. Please diarise now and register your intention/availability to help by contacting our National Race Officer and TSC Nationals co-ordinator, Mark Dashfield on T: 01834 844918 or Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Some time during the summer a Cruise in Company may be organised to a local beach.

Forthcoming events.

Sunday 21st May: Come and Try, part of the RYA Push the Boat Out scheme, see above.

Saturday 24 June 2017: Tenby Regatta - Dinghies

Sunday 25 June 2017: Caldey Island - Dinghies & Cruisers

Saturday 22 July 2017: Tenby Passage Race

26th-30th August: RS200 Nationals


Cherub, the right way up!!

Sea swimmers