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.
Support the RNLI
RNLI Pennant races on Saturday 25th August 2018
1st Race 12am
2nd Race 1.30pm
3rd Race back to back after 2nd race approx. 2.20pm
Prizes to be won …. Including spot prizes!
Any donations for the RNLI gratefully received on the day.
Turn up and have fun.
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) 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…)