Race report

Sunday 26th July 2015

Well we don’t actually have an exciting race report this week as the wind blew hard and the rain came down and all the sailors stayed in port to watch the rough seas from a safe distance. A couple of hardy sailors did manage to get out on the water but on a smaller craft which was in the form of body boards enjoying the surf. We can however report on the previous series of racing as it has been one of the closest race series for a long time with new boats and helms appearing to take on the local knowledge out in the bay of our regular race winners. The points between the 2nd place and 5th were only 11 so a well contested fleet prize this time by many sailors.

The winner of a very exciting series from the gold fleet was Maurice Clarke sailing in his Contender, it was not made easy for him at all as there were some very close races that called upon all of Maurice’s sailing skills to win some very close calls across the finish line. Second was our people’s friend James Hayden who has proved to be a force to be reckoned with in the final series to start in August sailing in his very competitive Phantom and had many a tussle with Maurice around the marks. In third place and a previous club champion was Keith Jones sailing in his new RS Aero which is getting much closer and faster to the finish line after some minor changes in sail trim and boat knowledge as the season progressed.

The Silver fleet winners and a popular boat out in the bay is the Tasar and of course at the helm Mark Jones along with his very tactical and hard working crew Trish, well done to them as they have worked very hard over many weeks to pull out some good results. Second was the tactical team of Harry Hinksman at the helm and dad Steve crewing in their RS Vision, Harry has achieved some good results in testing conditions that some of us would rather have stayed in port, but well done Harry. Third was new member Brad who has only recently returned to sailing in his Laser 1 and has been seen on many occasions out there practicing and improving as the season progressed, an obvious contender for future series.

There was a planned trophy race as well which of course was cancelled but has now been moved to the first race of the late series so time to trim the rigging and polish the boat for that one.

Club sailing on Friday 31st with a HW of 18.10 we could be out for a sail anytime after 16.30 so if you are interested then post a request on Facebook and we will muster up a rescue boat to assist as well. Maybe an informal handicap Laser race if we get enough takers as I know the fleet is growing.

The next race series which is the late season and starts on Sunday 9th August with a race start of 12.30, we hope to see you all there.

The Larks Nationals

On Sunday 2nd August the club is hosting the Larks National championships, there will be some exciting racing out in the bay and takes place each day during the week. The club will be open as there are various social events planned so please come along and support both the sailing and the club activity.

Bart’s Bash

Once again the club will be joining in this fantastic event which is organised as a race around the world, every club races against each other from every corner of the globe. The event is a charity race with all proceeds going to the Andrew Simpson Sailing Foundation with many great sailors like Sir Ben Ainslie supporting and joining in this fun filled occasion of club racing.

Currently Saundersfoot Sailing Club has the largest number of participants entered with 24 boats registered against the nearest top London club with 15, this is not only in Wales and the UK but in the world, so a great achievement for the club so far in it’s support for the Bart’s race. We will be as last year racing in fancy dress which is a real sight to behold along with all the decorated boats and of course there will be many activities to join in on the day, along with the sailing out in the bay the club will be open for the Wales v Uruguay rugby from the Millennium Stadium in the afternoon on the big screen so a chance to enjoy two great sports in one day.

New decking and dinghy park

The new decking area opposite the club has now been opened and the dinghy park after many weeks of moving boats and squeezing them in here there and every where has been re organized and I think looking very good indeed. Many thanks to a small party of club members along with support from the Harbour team who spent a good few hours moving everything into place so a big thanks to them it looks great.

Once again for up to date information about club activity and racing then have a look at the Facebook and website pages, we normally post every day about sail and event times which of course can change with the weather.

Photos attached are. 1) The new decking and dinghy park 2) Mark and Trish manoeuvring the Tasar.