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

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!


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

 The Twisted TUBE 2016

Random Pairs, Bring Your Own Boat Team Racing

Saturday 12th November 2016


Saturday the 12th November marks the start of the Team Racing Season at Spinnaker Club with the annual Twisted Tube team racing event. This is a fantastic competition that combines a friendly and informal ethos with competitive, good run team racing.

The format is two boat team racing event with a twist; instead of entering as a team, competitors enter as a boat and then get randomly allocated a different team mate and opposition for each race. This means your team mate in one race could be your opponent in another, it is a great way to get to know other sailors and to improve your team racing skills as you must quickly adapt to the ever-changing nature of the races.

Spinnaker Club Firefly Open Meeting 2016

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I was very anxious in the morning to wake up to drizzle and a buffeting wind so was not expecting many to turn up. How surprised was I to get there and find we had a full training morning going on with many juniors signing on for the 12:00 race. Altogether we had 26 craft competing, a fantastic turn out. The time recording got a bit interesting and we were grateful to Tiggy Ansell for giving us the benefit of her experience.

The wind direction and strength was such we had wind all over the lake so could run a challenging course, we had a small number of capsizes. The Oppy Juniors went and joined the senior race course so we had to score them in with the adults: Kieran Young (Oppy) won the first race on adjusted time.

Thanks to Jackie for excellent catering and making sure we had some cakes and a strawberry flan to eat with tea and drinks later.

Adult prize went to Andy Hoyland and Junior to Joel in his Oppy both of whom won an RNLI cap.

Thanks to every body’s generosity we raised an amazing £155.00 for the RNLI. I have donated this personally, with Gift Aid the total received by the RNLI was £193.75.

Roy Price

Race Officer


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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…)