Tenby Sailing Club

By Observer Reporter in Sailing

Club Sailing

Last Saturday’s two races in the club’s summer series took place in light and variable south-westerly winds. The fleet of six boats, all of different classes, sailed a triangular course in both races, with Jaime/Griff doing the business as PRO.

In the first race, the RS400 of Dan/Tracy, powered by Merlot, set a pace none of the others could match and they took the win from the Scorpion of Peter/Igor, then the Osprey of Ted/Lucas.

In the second race, the Osprey and the RS400 enjoyed a good battle and it looked like the RS400 would do the double as the boats entered the final leg. Unfortunately, the wind then moved to the west and died and the Osprey was able to reach the line first, but only inches ahead of the Scorpion who had made up significant ground, and they took the win from the Osprey in second and RS400 third.

In both races, John in the Comet took fourth, with juniors Oscar and James in a Feva fifth and the Owen brothers in their Cherub, mostly upright, in sixth.

Tuesday’s planned races were cancelled because of poor visibility and excess wind and rain.

Junior sailing 

Fairly light winds again, but 15 boats took to the water to make the most of the warm weather.

The beginners group are showing more confidence and were tacking and gybing on the whistle. The racing group attempted some racing practice, but eventually when the wind died even further, resorted to multiple capsize practice. Many can now capsize and recover without getting wet!

Once again the BBQ finished the night off. Thanks to all the helpers. 

Cruiser racing 

Due to other commitments the cruiser fleet was reduced to three boats for the race on Saturday evening. The fleet motored out in very light winds and were planning to use some of the dinghy markers, but luckily the wind filled in enough to attempt a race to North High Cliff Buoy and back. 

It proved to be a one-sided beat out to the buoy, with only a short tack onto port to round the buoy. Tony, Billy and Geoff in Apatshe rounded first and looked to be uncatchable. Blake, Chris, Harriet and Anne in Slipstream were second at the buoy and hoisted the spinnaker for the reach back. Steve, Phil and Josh on Aries also used their spinnaker and slowly both closed the gap on Apatshe. 

With all crews giving full concentration, it was a nail-biting leg, Apatshe finally deciding they had to use their spinnaker and managed to stay ahead, but the three boats crossed the finish line within a few seconds of each other.

On handicap, Slipstream bagged another win, with Apatshe second and Aries third.  

Next race 10.30 am on Sunday. The passage race from Pembroke Dock to Tenby takes place Saturday, July 22, probable start time 10 am.

Cruise in company

Note that a cruise in company is planned for Sunday, July 23, probably to Barafundle. Cruisers would have to be put out by 9.15 am so they could start around 9.30 am. Any Ribs could leave later. 

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.

Volunteers needed

We are presently short of a club secretary. If you would like to help, please email Ted Lewis on lewisedward1@googlemail.com

Forthcoming events

Saturday, July 22: Tenby Passage Race.

Sunday, July 23: Cruise in Company (Barafundle, weather permitting).

August 26 - 30: RS200 Nationals.

Friday, November 17: Club Dinner and Prize giving

Saturday, November 18: AGM at the club at 7.30 pm.

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.

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