Club Open Day 2018    Saturday 12th May

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Spinnaker once again opened its doors to the public on Saturday 12th May for a happy, fun-filled day. Some of the questions we were there to answer included –

  • Do you want to start sailing?
  • Would you like your children to have sailing lessons?
  • Perhaps you want to come back to sailing after a break?
  • Do you currently sail on the sea but your free time rarely seems to match the tide times?

During the day there was the chance to head out on the water, with our instructors and club members, in a wide range of boats. If you visit us any year for this you will need to book your sailing taster session, so get here early to make sure you get a place. Remember to bring a change of clothing in case you get splashed. Bookings are taken on the day until 2pm. Each taster session costs £1 per person.

If you missed it this year, don’t miss out on this exciting day at Spinnaker Club! Come and find out about our family friendly club and enjoy sailing in a beautiful New Forest setting.

Open Day Information

· Times: 10am – 4pm

· Free parking

· Taster sailing & kayaking sessions available – cost £1, Booking on the day

· Café / BBQ – open all day, offering a wide variety of food

· Picnic tables available

· Club-house facilities – changing rooms, showers and toilets

· Information on Membership, RYA training courses, Racing and Competitions will be available.

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An introduction to the Wednesday evening pursuit races took place on 4th April with short talks followed by supper.

The aim of these races is to give all club members of any experience or competence, including juniors, the opportunity to sail a course around the lake at the front of a fleet.

The pursuit races have a sequence of uncrowded starts and everyone finishes at 8pm.

The slowest boats with the least experience start first and try to keep ahead of the chasing boats. The fastest most experienced sailors try to catch up and overtake to get ahead just before the finish. With the fleet spread only a basic knowledge of the rules is required. The Sailing Committee reviewed racing from previous years and have modified the handicaps to try and ensure everyone is fairly matched.

Download the Presentation given during the evening

 

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!

Adele

420 WPNSA Autumn 2017 Results

After 4 long and tough days of sailing over the Bank holiday weekend, Spinnaker Sailing Club has another Optimist sailor going to the World Championships.

Kieran Young finished the Optimist selection trials in 5th place overall out of the top 79 UK sailors. The top 5 are selected to represent GBR at the World Championships, this year it is being held in Thailand in July.

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!

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!

 

 

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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The Dorset Schools Sailing Championships took place in Poole Park on Friday 1st July 2016. S (more…)

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

“Shadowfax”

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