Success for Kieran!

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.

SYT Boat Checks!

Sunday 1st May saw a good turn-out for Boat Check Day despite the Bank Holiday, weather and closure of the A31. A friendly reminder that sailing starts every Sunday at 9:30 a.m. prompt and anyone still requiring a boat check should arrive quite a little earlier than this so we can ensure you have all completed your check before the session starts. We aim to get going promptly at 9:30…

Saskia Clark at Spinny

Those 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…

Spinnaker Youth Training 2016

Despite a mixed forecast, the May Bank Holiday weekend delivered some fantastic sunshine and great light to moderate winds to enable our young sailors to get their “sea” legs back. We had a group of wonderfully enthusiastic beginners taking to the water for the first time, whilst the intermediates and racing group demonstrated they’d forgotten little over the winter. It was also great to see so many Toppers/Lasers out on…

Spinnaker Youth Training – Pre-Season Boat Checks

Spinnaker Youth Training – Pre-Season Boat Checks Finally, with the long-awaited arrival of Spring, we’re looking forward to the start of this year’s Sunday morning youth training (Optimist Training), with the first block starting on the 1st May. Those Opi, Laser and Topper sailors participating with their own boats will need to have their boats checked and signed off prior to start of the season. To make this as painless…

Spinnaker Optimist Aerial Video

Some fantastic video footage taken from a drone of the Optimist race training happening at Spinnaker Sailing Club over the winter period. Spinnaker Training 23rd Jan 2016 #1 https://youtu.be/p-LMsArAgvg Spinnaker Training 23rd Jan 2016 #2 https://youtu.be/5t4uW6bhkdw Spinnaker Training 23rd Jan 2016 #3 https://youtu.be/KCmkhctZhNo

Burghfield Optimist Open – 12th September by Oliver and Jacob

Oliver and I have been sailing at Spinnaker on Sunday mornings for 2-3 years. During that time we have progressed through the ranks from complete beginners, taking the sprit out on windy days, to the challenge of learning racing rules and more advanced sailing techniques in the Race Group. We were quite hesitant however, about sailing in the Burghfield Optimist Open when Lee Young suggested we sign up. All the…

Optimist National Championships by Skye Farren-Price

Optimist National Championships, Pwllheli July 2015 Skye Farren-Price, Aged 9 This year I was sailing in the Regatta Coaching fleet after being in the mini racers fleet last year in Weymouth. I felt very excited but also a bit worried about my group and who was going to be my coach. I was also worried about sailing on the open sea in windy weather. We packed up and left Winchester…

My Nationals 2015 by Kieran Young

The optimist nationals 2015 was jam packed with new experiences. I was in the optimist junior main fleet and there were competitors from all over the globe including Malta, Hong Kong and many more. The first day was extremely windy and wet: as we were in Pwllheli,  North Wales. Wind and rain caused none of the fleets to go out on the water; the rain was preventing us to see…