Race report

Sunday 21st June 2015

The club had no Sunday racing this week due to the Tenby Regatta as a number of club sailors were planning on going round to sail in that event including some rescue boat cover with our regular helper Tom. The Tenby event is a well attended Regatta with boats of all shapes and sizes coming from all corners to sail in a great location and of course normally in the sunshine which of course was the case for most of the time this weekend. There were 3 races on the Saturday and the round Caldey on Sunday and all of which proved to be very testing and exciting races but not for the feint hearted at times as the predicted calm winds decided to blow much stronger and become very unpredictable.
The club turned up with a mixture of boats which included an RS200, Contender with new club member Simon, Aero, Tempest and a Laser. I would like to think that SSC did well and at one point sailing in a team called "The Coppet Crusaders" were second in the team prize but alas we did not win that and it went to a very popular team from Tata Sailing Club and I am sure they will enjoy the £500 first prize.

The Sunday round Caldey was a test of extreme sailing and at one point I am sure the waves going through the sound were at least 8' high which made for some very exciting sailing especially for those watching up on Gilter Point, there were many capsizes and one was towed round to Lidstep to await recovery in calmer conditions. The clubs highest position in that race went to a team that normally don't talk much out on the water and maybe even spend much time scowling as they round the marks, apparently though all was calm in the boat and they obviously worked well as a team to sail the Osprey superbly into 10th place in a time of 61 mins. We are by the way talking about Perky and People's friend, for the non regulars at the club that means Maurice Clarke and James Hayden so well done to you both and from where I was perched up on the side of the Tempest there was no way we were going catch you at the speeds you were sailing, and we were sailing at speeds I had not encountered before and we finished in a time of 63 mins for sailing round Caldey which indicates the conditions. A great weekend and thanks to Tenby SC for organising a great event with a lot of helpers to make it happen, we really must start the SSC v Tenby races again and maybe meet out at Monkstone for an annual race, lets try and make it happen.

Club Training

The club has been busily and quietly getting on with the task of training new non sailing members on the RYA levels 1, 2 and 3 courses. These have been organised by Malcolm Williams, Jo Musson and Tina Osbourn along with a lot of club helpers which are always required to make it happen, it is a rewarding task and if you have any spare time normally on Saturdays for a few hours then please let the team know they will be very grateful for your help. Ann Downing and Martin Andrews have been working towards their level 3 over the last few weeks (when tides and weather allow) using the laser 2000 and Toppers plus a go in the Laser 4000 for Ann which must have been exciting. Ann completed her course on Saturday and has done really well, she is keen to join in with club Friday night training and racing on Sundays with a view to buying herself a Laser which is great. Martin will complete his level 3 on Tuesday and just needs to finish spinnaker work and some rudderless sailing. (Not both at the same time)

The level 1-2 sailors (Rosie, Lloyd, Joe, Sam, Hannah) have so far had their first solo sail last Tuesday night reaching and tacking with a follow my leader beat to finish with in gorgeous warm sunny weather. Malakai missed the on water session but will be catching up in a private session with Malcolm soon and the whole group will be out again on Saturday 27th at 1pm (club helpers needed) starting with beating, running and gybing. Followed by sailing a triangle course, a great group doing really well so far. More information on the club training sessions can be found by contacting any of the team who can be found on Facebook, SSC website or just pop along to the club for the notice board outside the main entrance.

The photos included this week are of Ann Downing rigging her club Topper for a practice race. Part of her RYA Level 3 Better Sailing Course. Rounding the mark at Tenby regatta. Tata SC team winners of the £500 1st prize

A Salty Sea Dog