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Weymouth Regatta


The Scorpion Nationals took place at Castle Cove from Sunday to Friday last week with many boats choosing to arrive and leave over the weekends making the club a very busy and happy place to be.  There was a lot of wind, a lot of boats, a lot of racing and a lot of very tired sailors by the end of the week.  Bill Barker was the Race Officer and he managed to squeeze in 9 of the scheduled 10 races and still lose two days when the winds were too strong to sail - how did he do it!  Well done Bill, Nick Spicer, Paul Robbins and the rest of the race team.
Rob and Sandra Smith have nurtured the Scorpion Nationals event over the last year, bringing it to life ashore as well as on the water with a very active social programme again supported by many club members helping out in many different ways.  It was a superb effort, a great achievement for the Club and great fun for everyone.  Thank you Rob and Sandra and all involved.
In the same week Club Racing was still run on Monday and Wednesday evenings, or would have run on Wednesday had the weather been better.  Sunday afternoon we ran our second Pursuit Race of the year, another windy affair that was fab and frustrating in about equal measure.  Fab for the dozen boats that actually finished and frustrating for the dozen or so more who were put off by the AP or the wind (20 + knots) or by just getting wet and cold by falling over so many times.  The outstanding moment was probably being passed by Sam and Cara as they went from from last start to first place rocketing through the fleet in a 420.  I didn't see if they flew the kite - but I bet they did.
A fantastic week for the Club, well done and thank you to everyone who took part and to everyone who made it happen.
Ian Green
Hon Sailing Secretary

Barnes Cup Pursuit Race July 2nd 2017


The view from Imogen…….

In the words of Lou Reed, ‘what a perfect day’ wall to wall sunshine, south westerly winds to force 3 and cream teas to end proceedings, it doesn’t get much better than this.
28 boats of all types took to the water on the day from Toppers to Foiling Moths, Hawk 20’s to Contessa 32’s.

Aboard Imogen it was clear that the day was going to be busy, and for the race team this would be a first go at a pursuit race. With huge thanks to Ian Green and the rest of the ‘team’ we were prepared and armed with the all-important flip boards counting down the minutes as the time ticked by. First to go were 2 intrepid cadets in Toppers, the course having been set as a Port Trapezoid with what we considered a long first beat, however post-match debrief highlighted that next time a much bigger course would ease our workload considerably.

The first keelboats soon began circling with the single handed Hawk 20 looking determined! More and more reached the race area and most got away correctly in line with the sailing instructions, only a few required some ‘encouragement’. Before long we were sitting back for a rest and a pasty with only the Foiling Moths still to arrive. In truth they were probably tucking into super light pasties as well given the handicap placed upon them.

Whilst watching the race unfold and marking down each boats rounding’s we also took the opportunity to furnish Nick Spicer and Terry Curtis with paper and pens to do the same at the windward mark such that a comparison could be made back in the chart room to ensure correlation of laps. This would prove a very smart move.

After what felt like an age the Moths of Alex Adams and Sam Barker arrived rapidly and buzzed the tower at incredible speed, the game was on and the hare was about to be released. 1 hour and 21 minutes after the Toppers were started the Moths screamed over the line together averaging 15-16 knots upwind they carved through and around the fleet with complete ease.
It didn’t take long for the Moths to rack up the laps and thus resign more and more of the fleet to the minor placings, the gap between Alex and Sam also slowly increasing as Sam still learning the art of flying cleanly, gave us some spectacular views of high speed wipe-outs and front crawl worthy of the Olympic games.

As the clock ticked away to the conclusion of the event Nick and Terry reminded us of the need to get to the top of the course to finish the leaders, I can only apologise the fleet for the ensuing wake trailing from Imogen and Idler at full speed right up the middle of the beat, impressive stuff though !
Rob Smith in the Contender was our target boat having sailed extremely well he was just pipped by the Moth of Alex Adams at the death, we then proceeded to drive down through the fleet marking positions…. This needs some more work to perfect hence the need for a cross check with Nick and Terry. Back in the clubhouse the results were eagerly awaited by Stuart Barnes in order to present the family trophy. Much checking and cross checking it was confirmed that despite an already ridiculous handicap the Moth of Alex Adams had indeed caught the tortoise completing 7 laps to win the event with Rob Smith second and Sam Barker in third. A slight error was made with the keelboats which when resolved showed Jono Pank in the Contessa 32 winning from Neil Stroud in the GibSea. First Cadets were Olly Fellows and Will Adler in the rapid 29er.

Roll on next year and even more boats afloat to support these great cup events!!

Phil, Kev & Mike.

Cherbourg 2017


 The CCSC Keelboat Cruising Group took its annual rally to Cherbourg the group left on Friday 23rd to return Sunday 25th, despite the forecast stronger winds the trip was on, a record turnout for the club was had with a total of 10 boats heading across the channel, the trip across saw winds of 15knts gusting 20knts from the Southwest, slightly lower than forecast but with the spring tides it made it an enjoyable challenge for most.
It was a clear sunny day and all boats made it in safely with good times ranging from 9.5hrs to 12hrs, the group enjoyed a superb evening meal at the La Liberty restaurant on the front opposite the Inner Harbour.
The plan to leave on Sunday for a few again saw some challenges with the breeze but a good clear day, not all left on the Sunday, but decided a trip to Alderney would be good so 5 boats headed in that direction.
All in all a great long weekend with some superb sailing conditions, good food and a few drinks to wash it down.

If you have a Keelboat and would like to know more about the Cruising Group at Castle Cove Sailing Club, please do make contact with us.

Crew wanted - Scorpion Nationals 29th July - 4th Aug


If there is anyone who fancies a week of Nationals competition crewing a Scorpion at the forthcoming Championships at our club - we know of atleast one visiting boat that is looking for a front person - Scorpion/crewing experience not essential (training on the job!).   Should be a fun week,  40+ boats, 2 races a day - so possibly stretching the hiking muscles and getting wet,  and lots going on in the evenings.  

If interested - please contact Rob Smith (07966 758085,, or facebook) so we can put you in contact with the currently lonely helm.

Barnes Cup Pursuit Race - this Sunday 2nd July


Calling all racers! This is your final call for the pursuit race this Sunday. Your race team aims to put on a good course that is fair to all classes of dinghy and keelboats should they appear. For those that might be unfamiliar with this type of racing the very basics are that the slowest boat on the day begins first with a count down every minute thereafter to release boats onto the course in order of speed leading to the last boat entering the race being the fastest on handicap. All boats race for 100 minutes. Should all boats be sailed well to their handicap we should see a grandstand finish of the whole fleet arriving at the finish together.
This is a fun, easy to understand race format. If you are in an Optimist and don’t see anyone else for 100 minutes…and you sailed the right course then you are the winner!
See you at the club for the briefing at 10.00am. Food afterwards in the clubhouse.

Allen Welling Cup 2017 Grand Prix Racing


Brilliant early season dinghy Open results - markers down for Outside9 award!!


Some excellent open results from club sailors around the country in every variety of dinghy, with links to Y&Y reports.

Not sure if Sam & Meg's victory at Chichester was their first Silver Tiller Merlin Open win (wether yes or no - they have been very close before). But just to ensure everyone noticed - they followed it up with a consecutive victory at the 51 boat Salcombe leg of the series last weekend.
Super impressive.

Sam & Meg seen here in that position we would all love to be in, but can never enjoy the view behind when you are!

....and lots of other great stuff............
Will Adler – 2nd (on count back - i.e as near as you can be to 1st) in Topper Winter Regatta at WPNSA
Terry Curtis & Peter Greig – 2nd at Blithfield Osprey – Welsh & Midlands Champs

Alex Adams 4th Datchet Moth Open

CCSC team at the Sutton Bingham leg of the Dorset Triangle Series (2nd)

 James Bishop  - (sorry James couldn't find a specific good link) - but he will be found menioned with his 470 helm Harvey Martin, at various Squad training events and International regattas - including next on the list - Hyeres.


2017 GUL SCORPION NATIONALS - Notice of Race

03/03/2017 Nationals2017 NOR


2017 is here !!!

And on behalf of Castle Cove Sailing Club we would like to wish each and everyone of you a very Happy New Year, and may all your dreams and ambitions be fulfilled.

And with that thought, maybe this is the year that you were thinking of starting a new hobby, Sailing ‘maybe’ or maybe you sailed a few years ago and would like to take it up again.

Well, if any of the above relates to you then look no further, you have arrived and taken the first step in fulfilling your dream by looking around our website.

Step 2 is to make contact with us and come for a chat, no obligation, we welcome you to come and look around, see what we have to offer, what I can say is we have some of the best sailing waters around.

The club and atmosphere is second to none and there is always something going on both on and off the water.

So welcome to 2017 and who knows maybe see you on the water.

Neil Stroud
Vice Commodore

Trophies return time please


To all Trophy holders,

Dinner Dance/prizegiving approaches (12th Nov), so it’s that time again for us to collect trophies for sorting and engraving please.

As before - we would be very grateful if you could contact myself or Sandra to arrange return in the near future.   (please do not leave any at the club).

Contact us to arrange to drop them off at our work or home..
·         Rob - at ASM(DEK)  on Granby est in Weymouth
·         Sandra – Weldmar Hospice - Poundbury
·         To us at home  - Stavordale Rd, Weymouth

Or - see us at the club on a Sunday morning

Please contact us on:-
Rob      -    07966 758085
Sandra -        07971 084942
Either at home – 01305 776161

Many thanks,

Rob & Sandra Smith


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