|Dinghy Sailing - Small Boats - Big Hearts|
sailing report w/e 27 May 2016
New Members We have some of the best sailing waters found anywhere in the UK, but the number of active sailing members is static at best. We have space available for more dinghies in our dinghy park and are keen to recruit new adult sailing members. For anyone interested we can arrange free taster sessions on a Wednesday evening (or at other times if that is not convenient); once the basics have been mastered we have a number of club boats suitable for adult use before new sailors need to think about getting their own boat. Anyone interested please email Ted Lewis on firstname.lastname@example.org or phone: 07790 839735.
Regatta The annual club regatta, once again kindly sponsored by local Solicitors Lewis Lewis & Co Ltd of Tenby, St Clears and Carmarthen, is looming. This year it will be held on 25th and 26th June and hopefully there will be about 40 boats competing. We need lots of volunteers to help, in particular Rib drivers and crew, crew for the Committee boat on the Saturday, people to deal with entries and results to name a few. If you can offer some time that weekend please email Ted Lewis on the address above.
Club Sailing Bill and Nan ran the racing last Saturday evening. As race time approached the rain stopped, the cloud lifted and the sun came out for a lovely end of the day. Only four boats contested the races, three Ospreys and Dyfan in the club Laser. At the start of the first race Mike/Deanna in their Osprey suffered gear failure and retired. Ted/Lucas, Osprey, reached the windward mark first, shot off down wind with spinnaker flying, and they went on to take the win from Jaime/Alastair in their Osprey, then Dyfan in the Laser. Before the second race Dyfan, having had sufficient work out in the force four south westerly, headed for the shore, leaving the two Ospreys to contest the second race. At the start Jaime squeezed out Ted/Lucas at the boat end of the start line and headed off up wind. Ted/Lucas immediately tacked and the boats crossed repeatedly, and closely, throughout the first leg. Downwind Ted/Lucas had the edge and built a slight lead that got much bigger when the others capsized hoisting their spinnaker, and the boats finished in that order.
Tuesday evenings race was a bit of a non event. The mid range easterly that had been blowing all day faded away to nothing. The three competing boats could hardly make any headway, particularly against the outgoing tide. Two legs of a triangular course were completed but its hard to say if they were upwind or down. In the end, after a long slow time, Jon in his Phantom crossed the line first followed by the Ospreys of Ted/Lucas and Jaime/Griff.
Cruiser racing A fresh SW 3-4 greeted the sailors on Saturday evening. This gave a long beat to windward down to Eel Point off Caldey, a broad reach back to the North High Cliff buoy and another to the finish at Tenby. Steve Lewis in Aries was just upwind at the start and everyone tacked back onto port once clear of the Skir Rocks to head towards the beach realising that the tide was still flooding out in the sound. Blake Shaw in Slipstream at first closed up a little on Aries during the first few tacks and both looked to just clear the Eel point buoy but Slipstream was a few metres below the mark and had to put in 2 tacks in the strongest tide. Aries maintained her lead back to Tenby and won on handicap by 90 seconds. Denny Young in Heather was always in contention on handicap and with wind freshening for his finish was only just adrift on handicap. The next race is Sunday morning at 10.30. Next Saturday June 4th sees the annual Passage Race from Pembroke Dock, Hobbs Point to Tenby. With favourable weather there could be over 20 boats taking part. Boats usually arrive at Tenby between 5 and 7pm.
Junior training At last some wind but just a bit too much for some. The beginners were kept on shore at first and caught up on theory items but were taken out in Ribs later to watch the others. The Teras were given practice at reefing. However while some coped well a few had to put in extra reefs because of the gusty conditions. There were a number of capsizes which gave the safety crew a busy time. Many thanks to all the instructors and parents who help with the training. The usual BBQ finished the evening off. Parents and juniors are reminded about the CYRC event for youngsters being held at Tenby on Sun June 12th
Competitors need to be of stage 2 and above ability (can sail a triangular course). The training group will be shepherded around the course by a coach in this case Richard (Taff) Owens. It’s a great opportunity to meet others and be introduced to racing. Contact Blake on Pinewood@blake-shaw.freeserve.co.uk for full details. Entries can be made online or on the day at the Club.
2016 Membership reminder to all members. Subs for 2016 were due on 1st January. If you haven`t renewed yet please go to the club website, print and complete the membership form and forward with payment to membership secretary. Or, for those with online banking please pay direct to the club account. Some of the membership benefits; discount on food and drink at the club; use of club premises outside “public” hours; use of club boats, toilets and changing rooms. Please renew promptly.
4th June. Passage race from Milford Haven.
11th/12th June. Club Youth Racing Circuit at TSC.
25th and 26th June. Club regatta and Round Caldey race.
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.