Welcome to Spinnaker Club: The home of sailing in the New ForestSpinnaker 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.
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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.
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Spinnaker Club; Ivy Lane; Blashford; Ringwood; BH24 3LY
The Dorset Schools Sailing Championships took place in Poole Park on Friday 1st July 2016. Secondary schools from all across Dorset were represented with 130 sailors in total, sailing in Rockley Watersports Laser Pico’s. Conditions were te
sting as the wind strengthened during the day so that by the final there were gusts of over 20 knots and big shifts with the wind coming in from the South West.
Congratulations to Spinnaker sailor Matthew Laycock the overall winner. Matthew also accepted the prize for his school, Poole Grammar, the overall winning team.
Matthew said, “I was winning in the closing stages of the final race when a massive gust came through just as I gybed at the leeward mark. The tiller on the boat came loose and I capsized! But I was able to sort myself out and still win by a clear leg. I sailed in but then fell out of my boat! My Dad said some spectators thought I was doing a victory backflip!! – great fun.”
Happy Father’s Day!!
A big thank you goes out to the Social Committee for the inspired idea of a Father’s Day race (Dads vs Children) / water fight!!! Armed with a variety of water launching devices, from buckets and bailers to what looked like semi-automatic, long range water pistols, more than 60 boats chaotically made it to the start line. Somehow, despite the bedlam of major water warfare, racing rules were maintained and Tim Wade, our hugely patient PRO for the day, got the race started.
The Opi fleet started the pursuit race first, with the children having a distinct advantage over those brave Dads who played fair (became sitting ducks) and raced in Oppie. We particularly loved the Dad sailing a delightful pink Opi and another so tall that his feet were dangling over the side!!! Many of the children, clearly understanding the benefit of speed, opted for a club boat, which they handled admirably, and took great pleasure in overtaking their Dad’s and giving them a good drenching.
Chloe and her team of instructors deserve a sense-of-humor award for coping with the Armada-like attacks on them. There wasn’t a dry boat or sailor left on the water as the first boats crossed the finish line, and everyone was rewarded with a fabulous cream tea and cakes. Thank you to Jackie and Penny for providing such a fantastic spread.
My other sailing
You may have noticed that Rear-Commodore Sailing has not been on the lake in his Solo during May. This is because I have been away sailing with Sally on our other boat “Shadowfax ”around the Scottish Islands. The weather has been fantastic up here this year enabling us to sail to new anchorages in the Hebrides, up the West Coast and around the top. Just to give you a flavor here are a few pictures of Scotland from this week and I’m afraid we still have to make it back through the Caledonian Canal then home down the Irish Sea and back up the Channel so you won’t see much of me this summer.
Best wishes to all at Spinnaker.
Ian and Sally
Storminess 12th June 2016
Our anchorage on Handa Island, the Sea Bird Sanctuary south of Lochinver
Gybing downwind in the sea breeze towards Loch Glenndubh and the mountains of Assynt
We gybed back out the following morning with the land breeze!
Sally steering us around Cape Wrath into a short wet sea
Today’s reach across the Pentland Firth to Hoy on Orkney