to Spinnaker Sailing Club, the home of sailing in the New Forest.
Spinnaker Sailing 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 Sailing 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 or simply enjoy a lovely environment, Spinnaker Sailing Club is the first choice.
Look around our web site and find out about our club sailing, the activities available to learn how to sail for children and adults, plus the many opportunities for everyone to join our members in their love of sailing.
Spinnaker Sailing Club also has many group members including New Forest & District Sailability, Southampton, Bournemouth and Solent Universities and local scout troops.
We hope you are already aware that Spinnaker Club have entered our Club for Bart’s Bash on 21st September 2014.
In January 2013, sailing journalist Andy Rice wrote in Yachts and Yachting, Page 13 (detail important for the geeks) “I’ve been wondering if there is a way of having a club race simultaneously across the whole country.… pretty much every club in the country has a race on Sunday morning, with all kinds of boats taking part… why can’t we get all the race results mashed together to create one big national race on a Sunday Morning?”
This idea inspired Tony Bishop, the Club Secretary at the Queen Mary Sailing Club in South West London, and it ran around inside his brain for several months afterwards.
On May 9th, 2013, Andrew ‘Bart’ Simpson tragically died in a training accident in San Fransisco bay while preparing for the America’s Cup competition. There was shock across the sailing world at the loss of this truly great and selfless man, and there were clearly many, many people whose lives had been touched by him in some way
The inaugural Bart’s Bash is a sailing race that will be run by sailing clubs all around the world on behalf of the charity, the Andrew Simpson Sailing Foundation. Each sailing club will sail an individual Bart’s Bash race at their location (with certain set requirements to meet our world record criteria) on Sunday 21 September 2014. It is the major fundraising event for the Foundation and we are asking people to raise money to support our charitable work.
To register your entry please click here You are welcome to make a donation or to fund raise via the Bart’s Bash website, however the Club will be charging an entry fee on the day of £15 per two handed boat and £10 per single handed boat. Club boats are available for hire on a first come, first served basis, please book with the office. Money raised from boat hire will also go to the Bart Simpson Foundation.
As the club has a restricted start line, the race will be sailed as a pursuit race. The warning signal will be at 1257 with the first boats starting at 1300 hrs, the PRO will allocate start times on the day.The Bart’s Bash sailing instructions are available at this link.
ALL MONEY RAISED WILL GO TO BART’S BASH.
Prizes will be awarded including a £50 John Lewis voucher for the winning boat. Anyone wishing to donate a prize please contact Sarah in the office.
I hope we will get a huge turnout from our Club to support this event. My plan is to have a minimum of 60 entries, with a target of 100 boats on the water for our Spinnaker event.
My best regards
Whilst updating the “skills videos” sections of the Optimists and Toppers pages, I found this cracking video from Oppi Camp 2008! How many sailors still racing do you recognise? And how many dodgy instructors can you spot?