12 sailors, including 3 visitors, pitched up at Spinnaker Sailing Club on Sat-23-Jun for the Solo open meeting. Undoubtedly the high pressure forecast suppressed attendance with many understandably electing to mow the lawn and watch the football rather than admire their reflections in the mirror like crystal clear waters of Spinnaker.
After a short briefing, PRO Ed Morris wisely elected to hold us ashore for tea, toast and fanciful sea breeze discussion. Race 1 commenced in a relatively stable 5kt NW gradient with visitor Malcolm Richardson swiftly tacking onto a left shift making the windward mark in the top 4 together with Jamie Holmes and the Campbell father son duo. A hotly fought first run saw some penalty spins shaking the leaderboard up. Ian Campbell harassed Jamie through the remainder of the race with Jamie nervously holding the lead to finish in fading breeze. The PRO ushered the fleet ashore for an early lunch – hoping to buy time for the sea breeze to develop whilst competitors tackled the large pile of baguettes and swapped tales of light wind tactics. After an hour, during which time the club windex showed all compass points, Ed pushed everyone back on the water for race 2 – local light wind speedy specialist Tim Wade taking Jamie to a desperate photo finish closely followed by Nick Robinson. At this stage – indications of the sea breeze filling in from the south led Ed in his committee boat to take the fleet on a follow my leader tour around the lake to ensure we were well placed in the event of it filling in. Sadly the breeze didn’t stabilise sufficiently in time and Ed took the prudent decision to send the fleet ashore for the next culinary feast – courtesy of resident chef Jackie. Totting up the final scores put club members Jamie Holmes, Tim Wade and Ian Campbell in the top three positions.
Spinnaker Sailing Club has one of the most active inland Solo fleets on the South coast and a recent resurgence means we’re fortunate to have have at least 10 boats on the start line for the hotly competed weekday evening and weekend day series. We always welcome visitors and please contact Class Captain Tim Wade (email@example.com) if you wish to join us. We look forward to welcoming you all (and some wind) to the 2019 open!
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.
Spinnaker was proud to host the Laser Open on Saturday 26th May.
We look forward to welcoming you again next year!
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!
420 WPNSA Autumn 2017 Results
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!
The Dorset Schools Sailing Championships took place in Poole Park on Friday 1st July 2016. S (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.