Eric Twiname 2017

The weekend of the 14-15th of October, two feva teams (eight boats) represented Spinnaker in the Eric Twiname Team Racing event in Oxford.

We were all a little nervous turning up on the Saturday morning as there were a lot of teams and they all seemed to have done team racing events before, but we rigged and launched our boats with our Port team the first to sail in the 3rd race of the day. Admittedly, we were all a bit confused about timings, but after our first few races we began to feel a little more confident with the course.

In each race there were four boats (two in each team), they lasted about 10 minutes each and was made up of four marks in an “S” shape course. We had four wins out of 11-12 races on the first day which we were quite pleased about as some teams were very aggressive. This meant that the next day Spinnaker Starboard were put into the Silver A fleet and Spinnaker Port ended up in the Silver B. Unfortunately, we didn’t get to race each other once throughout the 2 days.

Neither team managed to qualify for the semi-finals of their fleet, but we managed to beat Winchester College in a close match on the 2nd day after they had beaten us on the 1st. Overall the event was a great success and everybody really enjoyed it!! We definitely hope to compete next year…

By Bryony Synnott

Adele’s Report:

Dan and I sailed at the Autumn Champs at WPNSA on the 30th of September and 1st of October. The weekend was quite breezy and we were lucky enough to share the course with the 470 and Finn class – this was one of their Olympic selectors.
We completed 7 races over the weekend – 5 on the Saturday and 2 on the Sunday – this was due to a building wind and fog.
We sailed consistently through the series and we were very happy with our result – we feel as though our speed improved and our starting had got better compared to how we performed in Athens.

We managed to finish 4th overall and 3rd Open boat , this has meant that we have been selected for the 2017/2018 420 Youth Squad. We are happy to have been selected for this as it was one of our goals and hopefully it will help us to improve over the winter ready for next season!
420 WPNSA Autumn 2017 Results

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:-

Hywel Morris

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. (more…)




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

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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!!! (more…)

The Sailing Committee has been asked to remind all sailors of proper trolley etiquette, especially those sailing off of the beach slipway nearest the club. Once you have launched your boat, please clear the trolley off of the slipway to enable those launching after you or landing before you to do so easily.