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Weymouth Regatta

Alex Knight - Musto Skiff National Champion! - and other championship performances


So, while a small sailing (and other sports) event of note has been taking our attention in Rio, in addition to the local sailors performing under Sugarloaf, there have been some performances of note from our own club sailors around our shores.
It's that time of year for the Castle Cove travelling dinghy contingent, with championships galore - and the club name has been appearing regularly, and in lights.

Musto Skiff Nationals
To mark his birthday, Alex (Knightly) Knight proved what we all knew he was capable of - and secured his name on the impressive Musto Skiff trophy as 2016 National Champion. He maintained a super consistent scoreline to win by 8 points in the fleet of 48, through a huge mix of conditions - inc some he described as perhaps the biggest he has sailed his Skiff in.
Massive congratulations to him, and good luck now to the other club Musto sailors!
Final report can be found here:-

Osprey Nationals
Emulating Knightlys performance was our own Adam Bowers - at the front end of his Osprey - Blue Moon, crewing for his long time championship helm (inc as Fireball World Champions back in the day) - DJ Edwards.  This was perhaps a great demonstration of 'no substitute for talent and experience' - as the pair have had many hours in boats together - but not recently,  and Adam was busy creating sails with a few days to go!   They were competing in the Osprey Nationals at Mumbles YC - and despite close attention from club member Terry Curtis and his crew Peter Grieg, Adam & DJ were victorious by 3 points with Kev & Phil in Whitestar 6th.
Final report:-

Scorpion Nationals
Although no individual winners (that honour went to the popular pairing of Chris Turner and Alex Hayman), Castle Cove did walk away with the Top Guns trophy for the best 4 boats overall, and sported a great team of 6 local boats in total making the trip to Looe, for a week that tested us all - with Big Monday waves, Big Wednesday and pretty hardcore inbetween - with slight relapse on Friday. Lucky really - as some efforts went into the Thursday night famous Fancy Dress - which also saw CCSC take top honour for the best costume - with our Cool Runnings bobsleigh (Mikey Robbins - artistic director - see pic on wall at club).
Final report and results below:-

Rob S

Castle Cove Scoops Team Prize At Osprey Nationals


The team are presented the trophy by Lisa Chess from Mumbles Yacht Club.

This year’s Osprey National Championships have just concluded at Mumbles Yacht Club in Swansea Bay where Adam Bowers and DJ Edwards triumphed over the current establishment to win the event with consistent scores in very tricky conditions. Adam and DJ have a long history in the class but have not sailed together competitively in the wooden wonder for 20 years,

As part of the Championships there has been an annual prize for the top club team consisting of 3 nominated crews, this year Castle Cove was represented by Adam and DJ, Terry Curtis and Pete Greig and Kevin Francis and Phil Male.  
Each crew managed to perform well to record overall finishes of 1st,2nd and 6th meaning that for the first time in a long while Poole were knocked off the top spot. 

This will be the first time that Castle Cove has won the cup which has been awarded for many years and shows yet again how our club is represented away from home, coming hot off the heels of Alex Knights victory in the Musto Skiff Nationals, the name Castle Cove is becoming synonymous with success.

Let’s keep it going.

Kev Francis Whitestar1296,

2000 National Championships at Castle Cove - starting Saturday 13th Aug


Dear club members, although many will be aware of the forthcoming 2000 class National Championship we are hosting (esp all the involved volunteers - thankyou), for those who are not - below are some notes and polite requests. 

Firstly - we hope that nearly normal club activity will go on, including Monday and Wednesday evening racing, and although there may be some impact - hopefully this will be small. It would be great if we can extend the usual warm friendly Castle Cove welcome and hospitality, so please welcome and help the visiting sailors and family/friends. 

Competitors will be arriving with their boats from today (Fri 12th), with racing starting from Sunday. 

There are nearly 50 boats entered, these will be fitted in around the dinghy park, so there may be some temporary shuffling to make as much space as possible. If arriving to sail, please remember your boat may be temporarily blocked, which might require a little more time than usual to access. 

Parking will be more full than usual during the week, so very grateful if any club members can reduce the number of cars in the club to assist the visitors with their gear e.t.c., and generally help keep some breathing space. 

Access to under balcony. Trailers may be parked on the level outside the workshop, hence access to the garage for the week may be more restricted than normal. 

The event ends on Friday, with departures Friday or Saturday, so again - grateful if all can be aware and considerate to visitors needing to pack and then depart with trailers (some for long journeys). 

Thankyou for your help and lets hope with a sprinking of good weather - that this will be a great week for the 2000's, enjoyable/rewarding for those involved and a good advert for CCSC.


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Yacht Clubs of Weymouth Dinghy Regatta 2016

Last weekend saw 123 dinghies filling Portland Harbour and some of the Bay – as the 2016 edition of the Yacht Clubs of Weymouth Dinghy Regatta created a great spectacle and proved the now regular cue for breeze and a decent dose of sun.

Castle Cove Sailing Club were again the host club for the event,  which was spilt into 8 classes across two separate courses. Principal Race Officer Bill Barker was in charge of 4 classes sailing in the harbour, while Ian Jones took his 4 out into the Bay.  First off on Bill’s course was the largest entry of 37 Contenders – who were one of two using the event as their National Championship.  The 25 knot breeze (plus some bigger moments) suited this fast singlehander well as did the ideal reaches, but the wind was particularly to the liking of 2015 World Champion – Simon Mussell from Highcliffe, who despite being chased hard by Ben Holden from Halifax, – gave a masterclass in high wind sailing to win with a race to spare. Two time previous World champ Graham Scott filled the last podium spot.

The 14 slow handicap boats were next up with a mix of ages and boat types including a decent number of Lasers, all sent on a smaller square course. Despite super challenging conditions for the smaller boats and sailors,  local Castle Cove cadet Will Adler produced a perfect scoreline to dominate this class in his Topper and also grab ‘Performance of the Regatta’ prize. He managed to hold off the challenge of Dave Elson’s Scorpion, being crewed by another CCSC cadet – Lizzie Bowers, and the third placed Ollie Fellows (Topper) – again – a CCSC cadet.

As the radical shapes and colours of the International Canoes were unfortunately only seen ashore due to the wind strength, the last class out from Imogen was the Asymmetrics.  Again 14 varied machines competed, including the spectacular and regular visiting Cherubs – the first of whom proved to be Andrew and Jill peters from Queen Mary SC.  However not to be out done on the spectacle front, the high class battle for honours ended up being between locals Alex Adams in his INT Moth, and the INT 14 of Glen Truswell and Sam Pascoe. 1 point separated them at the end, but current World Champions Glen & Sam just took the win.

Following a post race/pre-beer ice-cream from the resident van, Saturday evening saw a very full club house and balcony with lots of tired bodies suddenly finding plenty of energy to jump in the food queue.  Chilli went down well from the galley, cooked and served by some of the volunteer army responsible for feeding and watering the sailors, families and visitors throughout the weekend.

Both courses were in the harbour for Sundays action in misty then sunny SW force 5+ (again), and of the classes who experienced Bay conditions on Saturday, the first in order were the 13 Ospreys.  Ben and Simon Hawkes from Wimbleball spoilt the local party splitting the Weymouth boats of 4th placed Emma Stevenson/Tim Bowden  and 2ndplaced Terry Curtis with Nick Broomhall on the wire this time.  However Castle Cove duo Kev Francis and Phil Male were fairly emphatic and very popular winners in this competitive class.
2nd out of the Viking gate were the 12 Ok’s, and like the other hiking boats – had a tough time with the wind strength and waves, although slightly more gain for the pain upwind in the harbour on Sunday. Despite putting 2 bullets in his scoreline Richard Burton (from Burton SC – of course!) came up two points adrift from catching the ever consistent Charlie Cumbley sailing under Weymouth burgee.

Next up was the Fast Handicap fleet, over half of the 13 being a mini Fireball gathering.  Although Nick Orman and Steve Bolland got their respective Phantom and RS300 amongst the Fireball results,  they could not break into the top 5.  The long drive from Notts County SC was worth it for Kevin Hope and Russell Thorne who only counted firsts to win by 3 points from Phil Popple and Gareth Wilkinson.

The 4th fleet on Ian’s course was also contesting their National Championship, namely the Byte’s. They had the second largest attendance with 20 boats, and a great age and gender range which became evident as the various category winners came forward during the sunny balcony prizegiving.  Before that everyone including the huge team from Bowmoor (9 Bytes) enjoyed some great racing but were generally chasing the leading two, Andrew Snell from Datchet and the eventual winner Louis Saunders from Combs SC.  Ryan Bush was first junior, Celia Rushton from Weymouth first lady, and Matt Banbrook youngest competitor in the whole event at 11 – placed 7th!

Huge thanks to all the on-shore and afloat helpers and organizers.
Rob S.  (Photos - Richard White & Weymouth SC)



A Warm Welcome to all our guests and Members 

taking part in the 

Weymouth Dingy Regatta 2016 


Allen Welling Trophy  – Mexican madness!

The most colourful, loudest and amusingly distracting CCSC race team were again host for the 2016 edition of the Allen Welling Trophy held on Sunday.
The three amigos: Kev (Francis) , Phil and Mike (Male), would have donned their Mexican outfits whatever,  but the non-waterproof, multi-coloured, fringed poncho’s (sombrero’s and all) brightened up what turned out to be a very grey and drizzly long but fun day in Portland harbour.
Despite the BBC weather bit not playing ball, the Windguru bit did, and delivered gradually rising wind strength as we worked our way through the 7 grand prix style short races, over different courses and lengths.
The day started with a certain predictability as Sam Barker crewed by Cara Jones led round most of the windward leeward (easy shape to get us going!) in the red Merlin loaned from Sam Pascoe (off busy winning the POW week). Most felt they were probably fighting for 2nd,  but this did not deter Nick Orman in his DOne who was close on their heels,  or apparently anyone – as the battle was intense throughout.
As the next triangle and then square course races whizzed by and the drizzle got heavier,  everyone were kept on their toes by some super close competition and kept smiling and sugared-up by sweeties being distributed between races from the rear of the committee boat (passed to the brave, thrown to/at the more cautious).
Within the all-in handicap there was a mini-fleet of Lasers, and mini-mini fleets of Ospreys (2!), and Int. Canoe’s (2 again). Otherwise this was a mid-speed handicap display which also included Scorpion, Phantom, Contender, Fireball, Enterprise, 505, and RS400.
The on water pattern that emerged was usually Contender , D1 or an Osprey leading round first mark, with the  white Int Canoe right there and the Merlin except for the odd optimistic start issue. Proper close battles ensued between these, pursued by the Fireball, Phantom, Scorp and the rest.
In addition to the occasional sweetie distribution, entertainment was perhaps expected from the Canoes. Richard Bowers is rapidly getting to grips with his new-rules machine and provided much more competition and less cheap comedy than previously,  however Terry Curtis was good enough to stand-in and provide plenty of the latter in his newly acquired yellow asymmetric.  In addition – Rob (Smith) showed off his wooden Contender hull to everyone by effectively adding a big Bonezzi shaped spreader obstacle just past the windward mark!
Despite great work from the amigos and Nick S/team in the mark and rescue boats,  it was a long wet day,  but as the results show it was testament to the great competition and good fun – that almost everyone toughed it out to fill the 7 race sheet.  As the wind increased there was potential that the light Merlin crew might falter,  but infact remained on-it right to the end.  However, the Contender pushed hard and scored two bullets,  and impressively the D1 navigated non-assymetric friendly courses to also win twice but otherwise fill his line with 2nd’s. With such short race times no-one really knew who was doing what on handicap, inc wether Lucy Bishop might have put her Radial in the mix,  or any other combination.
When everyone was recovering, refuelling, and recounting tales, the first result sheet that appeared showed Sam & Cara taking the win by 1 point. However – it was a discard free event,  and the recount moved the top honours to Nick in his D1,  again by 1 point. Rob was third in his Contender with Marcus & John 4th and Mike Street & Tim Bowden 5th - both in Ospreys. Special mention to Lucy Jones (crewing for Sandra), and Emma Bishop - 6th overall,  both completing a series worth of races in 5 tiring hrs!, and to Richard B for assisting Barry & Elizabeth when in on their side.
Brilliant day’s racing, with big thanks to the race team for creating and running a great event (were those cigars actually fake?!).
PlacePointsSail NoNameTypeHelmCrewHcapRace 1Race 2Race 3Race 4Race 5Race 6Race 7
1128 DEVOTI D-ONENick Orman 9582221212
2133759Red MistressMERLIN-ROCKETSam BarkerCara Jones9831132321
3202449 CONTENDERRob Smith 9763316133
4381247StringbagOSPREYMarcus ScraceJohn Pym9414657484
5531175 OSPREYMike StreetTim Bowden94117/DNF54315/DNF45
653163058 LASER RADIALEmma Bishop 113698125757
754.51348 PHANTOMPete Barstable 995747135.5711
8601852PopsySCORPIONSandra SmithLucy Jones10405108109108
964.521750KTBean2000Chris ForrestAlison Stephens1101111210115.569
1070629 LASER RADIALLucy Bishop 1136121314410116
117622358Pure LogicENTERPRISEMark MatthewsLiz Mangles1113811159111210
12818583 505Roger BattersbyRichard Cumberbatch91214998815/DNF18/DNC
1389421 RS 400Adrian Neal 9431517614121312
1496308 INT CANOERichard Bowers 89313151117/RET13918/DNC
1510314101KangarougeFIREBALLB GrantElizabeth Bowers9646718/DNF18/DNC18/DNC18/DNC18/DNC
16103126403Liquid AssetLASERS Green 10951014131218/DNC18/DNC18/DNC
17119166 LASERJohn Shone 100018/DNC16161518/DNC18/DNC18/DNC
Rob S.

Weymouth Dinghy Regatta 2016



Entries are now being taken for the 2016 Weymouth Dinghy Regatta.  

This year we are using Sail-Racer and PayPal to manage the entries.

Entries are limited to 120 so please enter early by visiting

Once you are on the site just follow the link to the entries site.

If you experience any difficulty entering please contact Richard Bowers.

Push The Boat Out Open Day


Open Day

Saturday 14th May 2016

11.00am - 4pm

Sailing for all skill levels, 

Racing, Cruising or Pottering.

130 Organised Sailing Events Every Year.

30 Training and Social Events Every Year.

Membership fees 
from Cadet @ £40pa to Family @ £173pa

Opportunities to crew on yachts.

Club boats for hire to able sailors.

 It's a friendly atmosphere, run by members to keep costs down

with free trial sailing sessions, weather permitting.

A free to enter prize draw

Boat Jumble from 1.00pm

Come along and find out about this local amenity.


How about sailing a Scorpion dinghy in 2016?

It’s that time of year when we start thinking about getting back on the water and perhaps what boat you fancy sailing this season. You’re back from the dinghy show having resisted the temptation to put a deposit on the latest whizzy moulded contraption to sail around the harbour on your own, but you still have a yearning for a change.

Well, here are the reasons why you should get a Scorpion:
The Scorpion is a responsive boat with a light hull that gives excellent acceleration. Upwind it points well and tacks easily, and off wind the spinnaker (which is the same size as a Fireball) provides really exciting performance when you want it. Back at the slipway it is easy to pull around with a hull weight of only 81kg two people can easily lift it when fully rigged.
The Scorpion is not a boat just for the accomplished sailor. The hard chine planing hull that gives performance upwind and downwind is also a stable platform for the beginner, and many sailors have learned their skills in a Scorpion. But being suitable for learning does not detract from the excitement gained from sailing a Scorpion, which is probably why many top sailors of other classes have come to sail a Scorpion.

How can a dinghy be great to sail in all conditions?
Well, the hull has a great shape to cut through waves; it is light-weight and doesn't suffer a big flat stern that slows you down when it's light. The rig allows for a great deal of adjustment so you can really depower the rig when it gets windy, but keep the power when it's light.

But surely that makes life too complicated?
The basic design is simple, but just adds a few extra controls to help you sail more easily.
Symetric Spinnaker: gives you a great deal more flexibility over a an asymmetric and just requires a little practice to get the hang of it. (We will help you with getting to grips with it, but more of that later)
Raking rigging: found on most modern boats allows you much more ability to control the power of your rig to suit the conditions.

 Why sail a Scorpion at CCSC?
So you've decided it's the right boat to sail, but that is only part of what makes a good boat to sail at any club. The Scorpion fleet has always been strong at Castle Cove and has many very experienced sailors keen to share their knowledge and tips and are a great bunch of friendly sailors, many with young families. We will be having a Scorpion social in April to discuss the season ahead, plan some coaching & training and meet the new sailors. Even if you don’t have a Scorpion yet or just want to have a go come along – we will be announcing the date soon.
Let me know and I will add you to the mailing list for Scorpion activity.
CCSC Scorpion Class Rep

'whatever the weather it's Scorpion weather'

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