|Dinghy Sailing - Small Boats - Big Hearts|
Weekly sailing report w/e 22 May 2015
Club Sailing. Saturday evening was bright and sunny with a blustery gusty and erratic westerly blowing strongly. The first race over a smallish triangular course with an upwind start saw all boats on or about the line at the gun. Steve and Jas (RS200) pointing high forced the leading Osprey (Ted and Richard) to tack away early infringing the oncoming starboard tack Redwing and taking a 720 penalty. The other three Ospreys were slower out of the blocks and at the first windward mark the RS200 and Redwing were first and second. The first reach was broader than the second and spinnaker hoisting was attempted by Dyfan and Martin who promptly capsized, and Ted and Richard who let it flap about for a while then dropped it! The second reach was a bit tighter and the strong gusts meant spinnakers remained stowed. After many laps which race officer Jaime maintains he counted, (even though none of the competitors could count that high!) and on corrected time the race was won by Steve and Jas, with Ted and Richard second and Mike and Deanna third. A second windward leeward race followed immediately but by now the fleet was decimated by retirements and only five boats started. About half way through the main halyard on Ted and Richards Osprey failed bringing the sail down and ending their race. Steve and Jas took another first followed by Mike and Deanna, and then Howard in a club Laser. Welcome Howard to the racing scene; hopefully the first of many appearances.
Special mention to Hanna sailing another of the club lasers. Not put off by the challenging gusts or several capsizes battled to the end of race two, taking a creditable fourth place. Its encouraging to see developing competition between various helms of the club Lasers adding to the racing scene.
Saturday Sailing Saturday afternoon free sailing now on every Saturday under the watchful eye of Mark Dashfield. The idea is that new sailors, inexperienced, or those simply wanting to be on the water can practice in an informal setting but with a safety boat present and advice as required. Club members have the choice of a range of club boats at no charge, for them to polish their sailing skills. Saturday sessions will continue each Saturday from 1.30 pm, followed by racing at 5pm for those who wish to take part. Please contact Mark Dashfield on 07971474517 if interested.
Junior sailing At last calm sunny conditions almost too calm for some. The 2 beginners groups took to the water in 9 optimists and were able to get the hang of steering, reaching and going about. Also included were a number of paddling races. Once again many thanks to all the parents and club members on and off the water that help to make the sessions so successful. With the tide out at the end of the session parents help is essential to pull the boats back up the beach. With a further session in suitable winds all will finish the Stage 1 requirements.
for 2015 are now overdue. All
members should have received an email or letter about this. To renew
membership either use the forms supplied or do it on line through
the club website;
Please note, any former members who
have electronic admission fobs for the changing rooms but who have
not renewed their membership by 11th
April will find
their fobs will not work after that date. There will be a £5 admin
fee for reactivation of same.
20th and 21st June. The annual club regatta which, this year includes the Pembrokeshire County Regatta. Three races round the cans on the Saturday and the round Caldey Island race on the Sunday. Individual prizes available as well as a team prize of £500 for teams of five boats. The Regatta is kindly sponsored by local Solicitors Lewis Lewis & Co Ltd of Tenby St Clears and Carmarthen.
Opening Hours The club will be open Tuesday evenings, Wednesday evenings for Junior sailing, Friday and Saturday evenings from 7.00.
Website The club’s website can be found at www.tenbysailingclub.org.uk and includes a Facebook link and details of the clubs activities and sponsors. 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.