Sailing Club set for Tenby Regatta

Thursday 14th July 2022 3:46 pm
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Tomorrow (Saturday) Tenby Regatta will take place, and on Sunday the prestigious Round Caldey Race will no doubt test the skills of all the participants.

Nine boats competed in the club race on Tuesday evening which was pleasant and sunny with a lightish north westerly breeze.

After an unusual starting sequence all boats got away promptly, most heading inshore on starboard tack, but some more alert tacking out into the helpful current.

They, Peter/Igor in the Scorpion and Jamie/Tim in the Osprey, reached the windward mark first and set off downwind with the fleet following.

A couple of spinnaker reaches back to the start then playing the shifts in the erratic breeze back upwind spread the fleet out but did little to alter positions.

After forty minutes racing and an unusual ‘hook’ finish those on the podium were Scorpion, Peter/Igor, second International Canoe, Robin, third Redwing, Bill/Alex. Or the alternative non hook finish, Osprey, Ted/Lucas with all other boats dnf!

Junior Sailing recommenced this spring after the Covid-enforced break. In May junior sailors with previous experience were invited back, to be coached by the clubs RYA instructors, and the three new assistant instructors.

Following initial re-familiarisation with the club dinghies – the sailors have grown since they had last sailed so some have moved on to bigger boats – the 8 sailors have spent Wednesday evenings refreshing and improving their sailing skills.

Early season conditions can be fickle, but when they do not allow sailors to go out on the water it provides an ideal opportunity to learn racing rules and tactics on shore.

The Club has however, had some excellent sailing conditions and the young sailors have enjoyed excellent sailing out in the bay.

In mid-June, with the water conditions improving, a group of nine new sailors began training at the club, utilising the fleet of club junior dinghies (Optimist, RS Tera, Topper and RS Feva).

Running in parallel with the more experienced group, the new young sailors have gained experience sailing single-handed boats by themselves, and double-handed boats alongside the aspiring instructors.

The three young assistant instructors are also well on their way to becoming qualified RYA instructors, having already attained their Powerboat qualifications and about to undertake their dinghy instructor course.

As the season progresses, the Club will be looking to continue to support all of the young sailors as they progress through the RYA Youth Sailing Scheme and hope to see the more experienced young sailors progressing onto the club youth racing circuit.

As the new sailors develop their skills and confidence, the Club hopes to be able to bring in a new crop of aspiring young sailors onto the junior sailing programme.

Thanks go not only to all of the ‘on-the-water’ instructional team, but also to the ‘on-shore’ team who make support and administer the sessions, and ensure that all equipment and safety boats are prepared before the sessions, and safely packed away once everyone is off the water.

Cruiser Racing - Last Sunday the good weather caused the cancellation of the scheduled Cruiser Race. The beautiful warm, and sunny weekend was really enjoyed by lots of beachgoers, but the lack of wind was no help to racing yachtsmen.

The RNLI , thanks to many TSC members, benefited from the splendid afternoon tea laid on outside the Club.

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