Welcome to Spinnaker Club: The home of sailing in the New Forest
Spinnaker Club is the perfect venue for members and training members to develop their sailing skills in a safe, friendly environment. As an RYA recognised training centre, Spinnaker Club has highly qualified instructors and coaches waiting to help you achieve your sailing ambitions, whatever your age or ability.
Whether your wish is to race in a competitive sailing fleet, cruise around a beautiful lake, introduce your children to sailing, learn to sail yourself, or simply enjoy a lovely environment, Spinnaker Club is the first choice.
Look around our web site and find out about our club sailing and racing, the training available for children and adults to learn how to sail, plus the many other club activities we offer to our members to enhance their love of sailing.
Spinnaker Sailing Club is proud to host many group members including: New Forest & District Sailability, Southampton, Bournemouth and Solent Universities; Local schools; and local scout troops.
On Sunday 26th April we have our annual sailor and parents meeting.
This meeting is to inform those of you that are hoping to take part in the Sunday morning training of which the first block starts on Sunday 3rd May, on what is expected of the sailors and the parents.
We cannot run the Sunday morning training without help from parents, it doesn’t matter if you have no knowledge of sail or Optimists.
We joined the club in 2009 and WE were ALL non sailors I knew nothing whatso ever about Optimists and their strange rigs etc.
However still found myself out on the water helping the then coach parents. We now have coaches to help us on Sundays but we still require willing parents to go out on the water in ribs with the coaches just as an extra pair of eyes/hands only.
We will also need parents to help onshore usually on pontoon duty just to keep an eye on any returning sailors that haven’t been seen by their parents and to help the kids.
There are a few rules:
No children are allowed on the pontoons without a buoyancy aid, this includes non sailing children.
Parents are NOT PERMITTED to leave their children on Sunday mornings please remember its not a training course and Parents are responsible for their children for the entire morning
ALL boats should be insured household policies do Not usually cover the 2000000 liability cover that is required nor will they pay out for a boat that has been damaged by offending boat.
We require ALL boats to be checked for buoyancy and and mast clamps, sail ties, quick release main sheets.
Usually I am there to check these points on the parent meeting day. I am hoping to be there Both Adele and Kieran are sailing elsewhere on the weekend of 25/26 but i am still hoping to be there to help check you boats.
It is usually a busy morning, with up to 50 boats to check, so please be patient with us,
I will send more detail on times etc next week.
I will also try and send some links to rigging guides, please make sure ALL sail ties and present and tied.
We usually spend a lot of time re-rigging boats please bare in mind when we tie a sail on.
1 we do it at home.
2 it can take 20/30 minutes
I hope you can all make the meeting and look forward to seeing you and meeting new members.
The Spinnaker Sailing Club Topper Open takes place on Sunday 19th April 2015. Registration is from 0830 to 0930 with a Sailors’ Briefing at 0940. Entry fee is £15 payable on the day.
There will be four races arranged in two pairs with a break for lunch and there will be separate prizes for the 4.2 and 5.3 fleets.
This is the first of the Rooster Sailing Southern Topper Traveller Series 2015. For more details of the other events in the series, please see the attached poster.
There will be some fantastic Rooster prizes up for grabs including prizes for first Spinnaker girl and first Spinnaker boy and several spot prizes. So brush the cobwebs off your boat and come along – it promises to be a great event.
Please reply to this email if you plan on coming, so that I can get an idea of numbers.
There is still a duty to be assigned for this event – ARO/Results, so if you can help check out DutyMan.
Any questions, please ask. If you need information on the Rooster Sailing Southern Topper Traveller Series please contact Juliette Kemp, the ITCA rep for the Southern Region at arearep.southern. There will also be a coaching day on the Saturday (18th) – if you are interested, ask Juliette.
Topper Class Captain
This coming weekend (14-15th March 2015) the RYA Ladies Team Racing National Championships will be played out at Spinnaker Club, the home of team racing in Southern England. Hosted jointly by Spinnaker Club & Wessex Sailing Club (Southampton Uni), the event also incorporates the Championship for the BUSA (British University Sailing Association) Ladies Team Racing Title. Fifteen of the twenty teams will be representing BUSA affiliated University Sailing Clubs.
The 2015 edition sees the event return to Spinnaker Club after being hosted away from the club, for the first time, in 2014. Changing the event to a touring fixture, visiting venues such as legendary Wilson Trophy sailing waters at West Kirby Sailing Club (the 2014 host club) has had a positive effect on the competition. This year’s entry is the largest ever recorded and has teams the length and breadth of the country converging at Blashford Lake to battle for the titles. Teams stretch from Plymouth in the south west to Glasgow in the north.
Amongst the teams hoping to clinch the RYA title is Society, the team of Oxbridge Alumni is led by three time champion Claire Lasko. Commenting on the upcoming competition Claire said “The Ladies Nationals is really special event; probably my favourite team racing event of the year….. I really hope we can take the title”. Standing in the way of Society will be amongst others the locals; Spinnaker Club. The team is captained by Marianthe Evangelidis, who has won the RYA Open Team Racing Championships with the formidable Spinnaker Auspicious multiple times. Marianthe is keen to deliver silverware to the host club: “We are hoping that our local knowledge will give us the edge this weekend, the team is really up for it and wants to do the club proud – we’ve never managed to win the open championship on home waters, so it would be great to win the ladies at Spinnaker!” Katie Restall, another member of Spinnaker Team adds “of course we want to win – the ladies is a great event and hotly contested by many teams.”
The 2014 championship was won by Birmingham University. Birmingham has entered another strong team into the event this year and again Amy Yeoman will be leading the team. Standing in their way will be a plethora of well drilled university teams including a team from event co-hosts, Wessex Sailing Club, sailing under the banner of Southampton University. Wessex Ladies’ Captain, Hannah Tilley, says “we really want to do as well as we can, the whole club is behind the event both in terms of fielding the best possible team and helping to run the event with Spinnaker”.
Along with helping to organise the on the water activities, Wessex Sailing Club, will also be hosting and entertaining most of the competitors on the Saturday night, with a Black Tie Ball at the Royal Southampton Yacht Club. Emily Nagel, BUSA Ladies’ Captain and Commodore of Wessex Sailing Club is excited; “I can’t wait – we have an action packed weekend ahead of us. The sailing programme will be excellent and we have managed to fill the Royal Southampton to capacity!”
The 120 female competitors will sail close to two hundred, short & intense, 3 versus 3 head to head races over the weekend. The busy schedule has meant that the Race Committee has reissued the Notice of Race and brought has forward the briefing to 0930 on Saturday 14th March. It is hoped that with racing will start as soon as possible after the briefing. The new Notice of Race (Version V4) can be downloaded from the event website at www.spinnakerclub.co.uk/2015ladiesnationals.
Sailing will be run close to the shore in colour matched fireflies and should be a good spectacle for all. The organisers are looking forward to welcoming visitors to Spinnaker Club, but for those unable to watch the action from the shore, the event will be easy to follow online. Live Results, schedules and a blog will be available through the event website www.spinnakerclub.co.uk/2015ladiesnationals. The event will also be widely covered on socail media with a live and interactive Twitter run by Wessex Sailing Club @WessexSC and Spinnaker TeamRacing @SpinnyTR. To join the conversation , please use the #Ladiestr15.