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Welcome to Spinnaker! The Sailing Club in the New Forest

Spinnaker is the perfect venue for anyone to develop their sailing skills in a safe, friendly environment.  As an RYA Recognised Training Centre, Spinnaker has highly qualified instructors and coaches waiting to help you achieve your sailing ambitions, whatever your age or ability.

Whether your wish is racing  in a competitive sailing fleet, cruising around a beautiful lake, introducing your children to sailing, learning to sail yourself, Team Racing
, or simply enjoying a lovely environment, Spinnaker Sailing Club is your first choice.  Location

Look around our web site and find out about our club sailing and racing, the training available for children and adults, and the many other club activities we offer to our members to enhance their love of sailing.

Spinnaker is proud to host many group members including: New Forest & District Sailability, Southampton, Bournemouth and Solent Universities; Local schools; and local scout troops. 

Phone: 01425483692; Email: office@spinnakerclub.co.uk
Office hours are available here.

Spinnaker Sailing Club, Ivy Lane, Blashford, Ringwood BH24 3LY
 
 

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Saskia Clark at Spinny

Saskia ClarkThose at the IOCA Winter training held at Spinnaker on 18th March were thrilled to be joined by Olympic Champion and World Sailor of the Year Saskia Clark. Despite competing attractions of skiing and rugby, 35 excited sailors took to the water, assisted by a large number of indispensable parents and organisers who brilliantly overcame some logistical challenges, fuelled as ever by Jackie’s bacon sandwiches.



Saskia was fantastic and she and the kids had a really good laugh and great fun. Along with the chocolate she brought for the kids she came with her medals (carried in a pair of socks) which she passed around so that all of the kids could take a turn wearing them and getting a selfie. As well as presenting the prizes, which were many and generously sponsored by Rooster, she also brought a carrier bag full of Rio Olympic Sailing gear, which the kids won by drawing out raffle tickets given to them at registration.





Saskia stayed right until the end of the afternoon and was the last to leave after she had signed almost every child’s IOCA medal and had a selfie taken with them. There would have been many tired but happy kids at school the next morning.

We are hoping that Saskia may be kind enough to join us for an SYT oppy session, so keep your eyes peeled for news!

Saskia Clark at Spinny

Saskia ClarkThose at the IOCA Winter training held at Spinnaker on 18th March were thrilled to be joined by Olympic Champion and World Sailor of the Year Saskia Clark. Despite competing attractions of skiing and rugby, 35 excited sailors took to the water, assisted by a large number of indispensable parents and organisers who brilliantly overcame some logistical challenges, fuelled as ever by Jackie’s bacon sandwiches.



Saskia was fantastic and she and the kids had a really good laugh and great fun. Along with the chocolate she brought for the kids she came with her medals (carried in a pair of socks) which she passed around so that all of the kids could take a turn wearing them and getting a selfie. As well as presenting the prizes, which were many and generously sponsored by Rooster, she also brought a carrier bag full of Rio Olympic Sailing gear, which the kids won by drawing out raffle tickets given to them at registration.





Saskia stayed right until the end of the afternoon and was the last to leave after she had signed almost every child’s IOCA medal and had a selfie taken with them. There would have been many tired but happy kids at school the next morning.

We are hoping that Saskia may be kind enough to join us for an SYT oppy session, so keep your eyes peeled for news!

National 12 for sale

This beautiful freak out design national 12 is for sale!
This boat is a twice winning Admiral’s Cup boat (2010 and 2014) so is an excellent choice for a competitive boat. It has been well maintained over the years and is currently in dry storage in Christchurch, Dorset.
It has a very good top cover (new 2016) and a good condition combo trailer. It comes with two suits of sails although both have been well used so only suitable for club sailing.
This boat has been very well used and loved over the 7 years I have owned her and will be great fun for anybody who is a fan of national 12’s!
There is lots of history on the database to have a look at, including her major refit in 2008.
Available to view in Christchurch, Dorset.
Emily
Contact me on:
07751209321
emilyfardell15@hotmail.com

 

Calling all Topper Sailors!

Calling all Topper Sailors

Spinnaker Sailing Club is again hosting the first of the Rooster Topper Traveler Series. Brush off the winter dust and come along on Sunday 9th April 2017. Registration starts at 08:30 and briefing will take place at 09:40. There are four races planned with 5.3 and 4.2 Toppers taking part.

Plenty of prizes are up for grabs so don’t miss out, after all it could be you winning the first place prize. No better way to start the new season with a great race at a great venue!

Nor & SI’s can be found on the Club website. Click Here!

 

Jo Newall-Smith 13/05/1950 -11/03/2017


I am sure that many of you will remember Jo, who sadly, died on 11th March after a long illness.
Jo was a lovely person; a keen Laser sailor and a very loyal servant of the Club.


He was for many years on the sailing committee and most importantly edited, illustrated and produced the club’s newsletter “Centreboard”. Before the days of the internet this was the Club’s principal means of communicating with its members. Jo produced a vibrant, interesting and informative magazine that was highly regarded by members and the RYA.

Jo came to Spinnaker via the Sea Scouts, for whom he was also an enthusiastic supporter. Jo was a quiet man, small and lean, but with a big grin, a big heart and a wicked sense of humour. He will be greatly missed.

I am sure that you will join me in sending condolences to Steph, Felix and Lottie. The family are holding a private funeral., but are collecting donations in Jo’s memory for New Forest Sailability via the following link:- http://jolyon.newallsmith.muchloved.com

Hywel Morris

Twisted Tube Pre Event Report

 The Twisted TUBE 2016

Random Pairs, Bring Your Own Boat Team Racing

Saturday 12th November 2016

PRE-EVENT Report

Saturday the 12th November marks the start of the Team Racing Season at Spinnaker Club with the annual Twisted Tube team racing event. This is a fantastic competition that combines a friendly and informal ethos with competitive, good run team racing.

The format is two boat team racing event with a twist; instead of entering as a team, competitors enter as a boat and then get randomly allocated a different team mate and opposition for each race. This means your team mate in one race could be your opponent in another, it is a great way to get to know other sailors and to improve your team racing skills as you must quickly adapt to the ever-changing nature of the races.
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Firefly Inland Championships 2016

Spinnaker Club Firefly Open Meeting 2016

36 Fireflies converged on Spinnaker Club at Blashford Lake, over the weekend of the 29th-30th October for the Spinnaker Firefly Open as part of the Firefly Inland Championships. Continue Reading…

RNLI Race, Spinnaker Sailing Club

RNLI PENNANT DAY 28 AUGUST

I was very anxious in the morning to wake up to drizzle and a buffeting wind so was not expecting many to turn up. How surprised was I to get there and find we had a full training morning going on with many juniors signing on for the 12:00 race. Altogether we had 26 craft competing, a fantastic turn out. The time recording got a bit interesting and we were grateful to Tiggy Ansell for giving us the benefit of her experience.

The wind direction and strength was such we had wind all over the lake so could run a challenging course, we had a small number of capsizes. The Oppy Juniors went and joined the senior race course so we had to score them in with the adults: Kieran Young (Oppy) won the first race on adjusted time.

Thanks to Jackie for excellent catering and making sure we had some cakes and a strawberry flan to eat with tea and drinks later.

Adult prize went to Andy Hoyland and Junior to Joel in his Oppy both of whom won an RNLI cap.

Thanks to every body’s generosity we raised an amazing £155.00 for the RNLI. I have donated this personally, with Gift Aid the total received by the RNLI was £193.75.

Roy Price

Race Officer

 

Boat maintenance and the cost of sailing

 

You may have read about Rear Commodore Sailing’s other sailing during June around Cape Wrath to Orkney.  Those of you who missed seeing me back at Spinnaker in July may like to know we made it across the Pentland Firth into the Moray Firth via the lovely little harbour of Helmsdale

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And on through the Caledonian Canal from Inverness with 24 tacks down Lock Ness

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