Weekly Report 25/08/2017

Club Sailing

It was bright and sunny on Saturday afternoon with a strong gusty and shifty westerly blowing across the course for the two club races run by Carwyn and Martin. Five Ospreys and a Scorpion competed, with Peter and Igor in the Scorpion giving a lesson in heavy weather sailing and taking both races by a convincing margin on corrected time. In the first race Mike/Deanna in their Osprey were first to the windward mark, a lead they kept to the end despite the efforts of the other four Ospreys to challenge. The wind was sufficiently strong and erratic to persuade all that spinnakers were best kept in the boat, so it was two sail reaching only, but pretty fast in the gusts nonetheless. On the second reach Dyfan/Steve and Jaime/Tim both sailed over the top of Ted/Richard, but promptly lost their advantage on the following beat. Ted/Richard eventually passed the Scorpion on the water on the third lap, but nowhere near far enough in front to make up the handicap, so first race was Peter/Igor in the Scorpion, Mike/Deanna in their Osprey then Ted/Richard, Osprey. Special mention for Jaime`s latest crew Tim making his debut and kindly including some swimming practice, see photo.  A second race followed immediately over the same triangular course. This time Ted/Richard were first to the windward mark, a lead they kept to the end but despite building it to more respectable proportions still well short of the required distance to beat Peter/Igor in the Scorpion (although they were a little worried evidenced by the appearance of the Scorpions spinnaker on the last reach). So Peter/Igor posted another bullet, followed by Ted/Richard then Mike/Deanna. All in all a great fun evening on the water in strong and challenging conditions.

Tuesday evenings race also started in quite strong easterly wind and rough seas, although the wind declined markedly during the race. Five Ospreys and a Scorpion competed again, one of the Ospreys going three up in anticipation of a rough outing. In fact, although quite rough, the wind was manageable and they were well overstaffed!  Ted/Jo got away fast from the competitive upwind start and they reached the windward mark first. Once again the Scorpion was keeping up well with the faster boats and after three challenging laps they took the win on corrected time from ted/Jo then Mike Deanna in their Osprey.

Junior sailing   

Strong winds once again curtailed the training to just heavy weather experience in a RIB. 

A reminder that there is no training next week Wednesday Aug 30th due to the RS 200 championships at the Club.  Come down and watch.  Racing starts 12 noon on Sunday and 1pm Monday  to Thursday with 100 boats entered. 

Training as usual in September. 

Cruiser racing 

3 boats braved the force 5 to 6 westerly wind on Saturday. The course was set around North High Cliff and Giltar buoys. Blake, Terry, Chris and Harriet had the best start in Slipstream with Billy and Tony in Apatshe close behind.  Chris and George wisely reefed Beagle.  

The reach to NHC got the boats almost planing in the strong gusts.  Slipstream stayed on starboard on rounding NHC onto the beat while Apatshe tacked on the buoy but had some trouble in the strong wind resulting in need to reef. Slipstream continued under full sail but struggled to stay ahead.  There was another reach back to Tenby with Slipstream having to decide whether to sail inside the Skirs with the possibility of Apatshe nipping inside.  All boats took the inside route; Slipstream finished 1st with Apatshe close second and Beagle third. This puts Slipstream ahead by 1 point in the series trophy. All to play for.

Club party. 

Friday Sept 8th there is a party at the club for all members and helpers at the RS200s. Happy hour, canapes and musical entertainment are planned. Put the date in your diary and keep an eye on the club facebook pages for further details.

Opening hours

The Club is open to the public every day from 11 am until late. Pop in to enjoy a drink and the newly renovated premises in the best location in town! Prosecco Fridays and Gin Thursdays; special offers available for each.

Forthcoming events.

26th-30th August: RS200 Nationals

Friday 8th September: Club party (See above).

Saturday 11th November: Blues night at the club.

Friday 17th November: Club Dinner and Prize giving

Saturday 18th November: AGM at the Club at 7.30.

Website

The club’s website can be found at www.tenbysailingclub.org.uk; the club and details of events going on can be found on Facebook and Twitter. New members welcome; sailors, aspirant sailors and non sailors. We are a members club run by volunteers who try to involve all members in a variety of activities both sailing and social. To enquire about joining call at the clubhouse, contact any member who will be pleased to help, or contact us on line.