Tenby Sailing Club

By Observer Reporter in Sailing

Club Sailing

Saturday’s three races for the August Cup saw a fleet of five boats, depleted by holidays and other absences, come to the line in a brisk and gusty northerly. Events were dominated by Jon, in his Phantom, who won all the races and hence the August Cup. Behind him, Mike and Deanna, in their Redwing, took three second places, despite approaching the windward mark from the wrong side in the second race, thereby giving the Phantom something to think about! Richard, in a club Laser, was demolished at the gybe mark by one of the tasty gusts that characterised the day. Dyfan and Steve, in the only Osprey competing, didn’t bother with the last race and were last seen heading for Caldey. Martin, in his new Laser, was on curfew and had to go home half way!

Tuesday evening’s race drew nine boats to the start on a bright, but cloudy evening with a gusty shifty northerly breeze. The upwind start saw the fleet cross the bay from south to north with the windward mark off Waterwynch. The Osprey of Ted/Lucas was first to the windward mark and extended their lead over following laps, hotly pursued by the slower Phantom, Scorpion and RS200. Also on the course were a Redwing, couple of Lasers and a Comet. Unfortunately corrected time results are not presently available so outcome unknown!

Junior sailing   

At a recent racing session, conditions were a bit testing with a good force four. Close races though with excellent starts and close racing throughout and no capsizing! Excellent improvements all-round. Well done.

Race 1: 1. Oscar Thompson and Luke Subbiani-Shaw,    Feva; 2. James Goodwin-Close, Laser; 3. Osian Bhattacherjee, Topper.

Race 2: 1. James Goodwin-Close, Laser; 2. Oscar Thompson and Luke Subbiani-Shaw, Feva; 3. Osian Bhattacherjee, Topper.

For the last two weeks only, the most experienced ventured out under sail and had a session of fast reaching in a force four to five. The stage three group were finishing off their shore work while the rest started with some land drill on use of tiller extension and then enjoyed some time on the water in the club ribs.  Some of the less experienced juniors were taken out in a Miracle (courtesy of Dan and Jeremy) to introduce them to planing. Junior sailing continues through out the holidays with the exception of Wednesday, August 30, when the club will be fully-occupied looking after over 200 sailors during the RS 200 National UK Championships.

The sailing starts on Sunday, August 27, and will be every day until Thursday, August 31.

If you can help in any way, please let me know (07717842713). 

Cruiser racing 

A record seven cruisers turned out for Sunday morning’s race in a force four to five SW wind. A course was set to give a beat to the Giltar buoy then back to North High Cliff and back to Tenby. Once again, Billy, Tony and Geoff in Apatshe got away on port tack with everyone in close pursuit although John, Jeff and Roger in Tejeda looked to be overpowered. Phil, in Accolade, managed particularly well in the conditions and was able to handle full sail, while everyone else had to reef. Apatshe rounded the Giltar buoy still ahead, with Blake, Jeremy and Phoebe in Slipstream second. However, Accolade was not far behind.  There was a broad reach down to NHC with most boats goosewinging followed by another reach back to Tenby.  Apologies for disturbing the seal on the NHC buoy! 

A very enjoyable race produced the following results with Accolade just missing out on first place by a few seconds. 1. Apatshe, 2. Accolade, 3. Slipstream, 4. Steve in Aries, 5. Tejeda,  6.  Denny in Heather  and 7. Crispin in Beagle. 

The race last Saturday was run around Woolhouse Buoy to port then DZ2 to port and back to Tenby. It was again closely-fought in the excellent conditions. Steve, in Aries, finished just ahead of Billy, in Apatshe, and everyone awaited the handicap calculation which gave Aries first place by one second! Phil in Accolade was third and Crispin in Beagle fourth. 

Nine races have now been completed this season and three boats tie for first place overall - Aries, Slipstream, Apatshe. Five races are left to be sailed. It’s tight at the top! 

Next race is tonight (Friday) at 7.15 pm.

Forthcoming events

August 26-30: RS200 Nationals; Friday, September 8: club party; Saturday, November 11: Blues night at the club; Friday, November 17: club dinner and prize-giving; Saturday, November 18: AGM at the club at 7.30.

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