For the second year running, two teams of juniors entered the Eric Twiname championships at Oxford sailing club, sailing with 112 juniors in 28 teams.
The 8 sailors fielding two flights of Feva’s arrived early at the reservoir Saturday morning with the wind howling and hats flying. We were all excited with the prospect of some dramatic and challenging sailing. Our sailor’s couldn’t wait to get on the water, being in race 4 and race 9 we would hopefully be off to a flying start.
However, as we watched the Fireflies trying to stay upright and the challenges faced by the safety boats, it became apparent that we would not be on the water anytime soon.
We watched and munched our way through the bags of junk food, cakes and Haribo in lovely sunshine waiting for the race officer to give the go-ahead. We were rewarded by the request to get the Feva onto the beach and ready to launch. Butterflies in stomachs but none
the less excited, we were off. To say the conditions were perfect would be an understatement and there were plenty of Feva capsized or turtled. But not Spinnaker! Our sailors handled the boats expertly and showed real skill with our Port team hugging the start line with 2 minutes left to go….counting down and spilling wind waiting for the flags to drop, whilst one of the opposition was already on its side, we were finally off and weeks of training would pay off……and then….the wind got up, boats were everywhere, and the racing was postponed.
Frustration ensued – but calmed thanks to Penny’s amazing beetroot and chocolate cake (and that was just the parents) so more lounging around and walking and enjoying the sunshine, when eventually following a quick test by the fireflies the day’s events were postponed.
We rescued the day by a trip to a pub by the river and a meal out near the hotel, before a late night preparing for the day ahead!
Sunday was altogether different. It was raining! Where was the wind! Did we have enough dry coats and cake to keep us going? (Well we had cake – thanks again Penny)
Both our teams sailed some fantastic races both winning 2 for 2 in quick succession demonstrating some truly brilliant team racing. As most of the other teams where from schools, our sailors had the advantage (or embarrassing disadvantage) of some soggy parents getting very competitive, to the amusement of one official, from the shore encouraging our guys and they did not disappoint.
To say there were some proud parent moments would be an understatement. To see their faces so pleased with their efforts as they came off the water made the wet and windy weekend worth it.
The teams ranking was much improved on last year beating over half the entrants. Thanks at this point to Nicole for her brilliant coaching and putting them through their paces each week.
Next year we hope to enter again with new hopefuls and potentially our own youth firefly team.
If anyone is interested in joining the double handed training and start team racing, keep your eyes open for notices at the club, SYT training through 2019, chatting to some of this year’s sailors or parents and why not come and see one of the BUSA team racing events that are often held at Spinnaker.
Angie Davey – proud parent….
Assent Southampton sponsors Spinnaker youth training Feva Team racing.
The last training session took place on Sunday the 7th October at Spinnaker Sailing Club Ringwood in preparation for the Eric Twiname Junior Team racing event at Oxford the 13th and 14th October.
Thanks to Nicole and her team of sailors from Solent University for helping to put the guys through some rigorous and at times challenging training conditions.
Good luck to the team for their second year of entry, all looking very smart in team bibs this year.
Father’s Day saw the now regular ‘race’ on the water between our junior sailors and their Dads with nearly 40 boats taking to the course.
Rather than the previous year’s water fight and carnage, not to mention potential risk to vessels, we decided to create a proper race to foster some competition and enable the kids to demonstrate their sailing prowess. After much planning and the purchasing of coloured balls we had formulated a plan.
Following a welcome windy SYT session and a quick refreshment break whilst the Dads rigged boats the midday race was replaced with the annual kids Vs Dads race.
A simple figure of eight circuit was intended with the kids taking a yellow ball from one safety boat and depositing it in the opposing safety boat, and the Dads doing the same with a green ball.
All sounded very simple until we hit the water. What had the makings of a good race soon went to mayhem and mutiny on the water. No one could remember what colour balls they should be, the safety boats lost the plot with no comms between them, there was random ball switching, dads and kids changing their allegiance during the race, balls floating on the lake, some boats dropping off a cache of balls from who knows where…..
We had Dads folded up into Oppies, one illustrious Dad bailing his oppie as it took in more water, but maintaining a fighting ‘can do’ attitude, one Vision with three hefty Dads (only 1 sailor amongst them) dragging a Danish sea anchor across the lake, Dads ON toppers and Mel supremely sailing a boat full of kids around the course, missing the multitude of collision potentials and flotsam and jetsam on the lake.
boats loaded with kids, 6 in one Vision at one point, shrieking and capsizing, boat swapping and a general sense of madness and a flotilla of smiling yet soggy faces. The kids demonstrated their confidence on the water standing on boats and swinging about with water pistols, showing the Sunday training has developed a sense of balance and great water confidence they should be proud of.
Following the race and tidying up, the kids (of course) were announced as undisputed winners and everyone rewarded with scrumptious c
ream teas from Jackie washed down with tea.
It was rewarding to see so many happy faces on the water, game for laugh whether seasoned sailors or ‘have a go’ Dads.
You were all fantastic sports and we hope you enjoyed father’s day with the kids on the water.
Sunday 17th June was chosen to represent to 60th anniversary of the club’s foundation but gave overcast skies and a fresh breeze for sailing for the first Sunday in several sunny weeks however it encouraged a big turnout for the youth training.
Past Commodores had been invited so it was nice to see at least four around and a small display of past photos was mounted on the notice board.
Optimists, Toppers and Lasers all seemed to be enjoying the sailing conditions with the lake full of boats and watchers on the shore getting prepared for the Father’s Day race. Club boats were available for hire and were quickly booked up. The race was organised by Penny and Angie and involved two RIBs containing plastic balls to be transferred by the sailors. The fathers and children were split into two teams with boats sailing backwards and forwards in figures of eight giving plenty of opportunity for the traditional water fight.
After half an hour the wet sailors came ashore for lunch with the children declared the winners. Jackie and her helpers provided a rolling fare of pulled pork and rolls, which all got woofed down despite the lack of sun on the outside benches.
The day had been planned to try to encourage all club members to mingle so there was just one race in the afternoon with the aim of trying to get 60 boats on the water for 60 minutes whatever their skill level including those staying on after the morning training and those who normally race on Sunday afternoons. Well we didn’t quite achieve 60 boat but we probably had 60 people at the club. Some of the juniors started to chill down after being dowsed by water so retired to the shower but on a sunnier day might have joined in but a few new members came.
The wind was a perfect direction on the lake so Ian Matthews, the experienced race officer, was able to set a course from the race hut around the newly positioned yellow race marks, taking the sailors on a tour of the lake. The conditions were challenging enabling planing at times with a few capsizes, including Ben in the leading Solo entangling the RS 200 in the process, and 60 minutes proved a lengthy time to keep going, with more capsizes after the finishing hoot. The race officer and his assistants recorded everyone’s finish time and worked out the handicap times using our Sailwave programme enabling prizes to be awarded following tea and drinks in the clubhouse, which was full of cheerful members.
Tom thanked the race team, safety boats, SYT organisers, galley and everyone who took part, with an encouragement to the Juniors for the horizons that sailing can offer through life.
A full set of results will be published on the club’s website but the prize winners were:
Slow handicap: 1st Tim Byford (Topper), 2nd Izzy Brearly and Matilda Asquith (Vision), 3rd Evie and Jasmine McQuillian (Quba)
1st lady: Sarah Andersen (Laser), 1st Junior: Hugo Asquith
Foolishness: Chris Davey (capsizing and nearly sinking),
Endeavour: Christine Drummond and Tim Murdock (sharing a Pico and enduring bruised toes)
Overall; Solos again proved competitive taking the top 7 places with Ian Campbell just beating his son Tom on Father’s Day and Tim Wade 3rd
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
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
And on through the Caledonian Canal from Inverness with 24 tacks down Lock Ness
The Dorset Schools Sailing Championships took place in Poole Park on Friday 1st July 2016. S (more…)
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.