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Z Class - Trophy return opportunity - at meeting on 28th


Z Class - Trophy return opportunity - at meeting on 28th

For any Z sailors attending the meeting on 28th, we would like to offer you the special bonus of an easy Trophy return opportunity.

Sandra and or I will be there before the meeting starts, and would be really grateful if any trophy holders could try to bring them, to save more difficult return options. 
Before any panic, we have not put a general notice out yet - just taking this chance to collect. 

Many thanks, and a reminder of your winnings in 2015 below. 

Rob & Sandra 

Maffew Trophy                       Richard Woof 
Brinsden's Gravy Boat           Neil & Leah Stroud 
Austin Hannam Trophy         Alex Adams/Kev Stibbs 
Moonfleet Trophy                  Alan & Mary Sampson 
Wakely Cup                             ..........'........... 
Mike Bygrave Cup                  Bob Turner 
Edwina Trophy                       ..........'........... 
Windy Trophy                         ..........'........... 
Bulkley Bowl                           ..........'........... 
Domino Trophy                       John Kirby 
Barleycorn Trophy                  ..........'........... 
Sandrea Cup                            ..........'........... 
Mead & Wilson Trophy          ..........'........... 
Points Trophy K                       ..........'........... 
Spicer Memorial Trophy        Steve Green/Ken Reed 
Dowman Cup                           Ted Clabburn 
Cruiser Cove Cup                    ..........'...........


Topper success at Paignton - Ollie & Will


So while the slightly older girls and boys (average age dragged down by Lucy and Lizzie) were playing at home in Scorps and Ents,, Team Castle Cove Toppers were getting the weather a bit sooner just down the road in Paignton.
Full report is below, but basically - the boys did good - really good.  Ollie Fellows came out with top honours from the 54 boat fleet, with Will Adler just 1 point behind in second.

Scorpion Open at CCSC - home team on podium


Usually the tea and snacks are had before changing and hoisting,  but Saturday found a few crews and helms retiring back to the Castle Cove club house and galley while boats were residing fully rigged on the slipway.   This was while rain came down, postponement went up, then down all matching the visibility coming in and out.   Jo Mahy was a keeny and managed to make it onto the water – only for the beachmaster to sprint down and call her back.

When mist lifted –it  looked like the shed loads of breeze had also gone!.  Fortunately – as the fleet of 16 headed out with the Enterprises to the North end of Portland Harbour,  a decent force 2 joined in and the sun came out .

OD for the day – Barry Grant played a prediction game with the veering direction – and set a good beat towards the club. Hot out of the blocks, and uncatachable was the local pair of Sam Barker and Cara Jones in the Fellows now No2 boat Storm.  They kept esteemed company behind them with Pete Gray and a certain Alex (champ) Hayman in 2nd, with the reasonably experienced Tom Jeffcoate and Simon Forbes 3rd. Only a couple back was one of the two 1800 boats, namely Popsy, showing great speed for her 2 race appearance, being helmed by Alex Adams with owner crew Sandra Smith.

After the initial weather delay, turnaround was nice and quick (just time for some mass stripping of rain layers as the sun was properly playing now), and races were also short and sharp, so no-one got far away and the action was close.  The breeze had picked up slightly, to the liking of Janet & Alan Ritchie who posted a 2nd, locals Rob Smith & Sarah Pank had another good start but could only hold 5thagain, and had to look at the transom of club mates Sam & Cara scoring their second bullet. 

With a little more breeze again - race 3 saw Tom & Simon bounce back to a good win from Pete and Alex,  this time with Pete and John Rose scoring the first of what would be a string of 3rd places.

Chilli, cornettos, beer and chat in the club preceded town for some, a town that was otherwise full of snoozing Triathletes ahead of their Ironman – well done Tim H.  Conditions for that were perfect,  but looked a bit light for our day2, however there were patches of medium  – often 30+ deg different , about as shifty as it gets. Despite this, normal service was resumed – this time with Pete/Alex winning from Tom & Simon,  Steve & Polly Newman sneaking in a good 4th followed by Anthony & Andy Osman 5th.

OD Steve showed us all most of the harbour while trying to match the big shifts,  and added an extra triangle for race 5 to keep us focussed. Although Sam & Cara were coming back from a mid regatta dip, it was a bit late, and race 5 proved decisive with Pete & Alex’s win giving them enough to enjoy the early pack-up as overall winners despite Tom & Simon putting another 1 on the board.  That final win secured them second with Sam & Cara just holding on for 3rd.

Thanks to all the Castle Cove SC team for the weekend, and to North Sails for the randomly selected spot prize (£50 voucher & t-shirts) which went to Jo & Julian. See you here next year for the Nationals.
ps - The Enterprises seemed to have fun (although probably fed up with us and our coloured 3rd sail going past downwind occasionally!) - but will have to let them tell their story.

Rob S
Overall Results
Sail No
Boat Name
Inside Voice
Pete Gray
Alex Hayman
Tough Screw
Tom Jeffcoate
Simon Forbes
Sam Barker
Cara Jones
Pete Rose
John Rose
Drama Queen
Janet Ritchie
Alan Ritchie
Tim Parsons
Adam Parry
Rachel Rhodes
Hannah Edge
Ice on Fire
Rob Smith
Sarah Pank
Shady Lady
Steve Mitchell
Polly Newman
Highway Star
Dave Elston
Mike Robbins
After Eight
Anthony Osman
Andy Osman
Discrete Banana
Jock Fellows
Lucy Jones
Just Crackers
Alison Stephen
Chris Forrest
Alex Adams
Sandra Smith
Elizabeth Bowers
Richard Bowers
Touching the Void
Jo Mahy
Julian Doggrell


Scorp/Ent Open - great weekend. Thanks to all involved.


Big thanks to all the members who helped create another successful and welcoming weekend for our Scorpion and Enterprise visitors (and home crews). This includes galley, Imogen teams, rescue crews, mark layers, registration, bar and anyone who helped.
Rob S.

Castle Cove Cadets at the 2016 Topper Nationals at East Lothian Yacht Club, North Berwick


It was a week of stark contrasts for the Castle Cove Cadets at the 2016 Topper Nationals at North Berwick.
The first two days sailing was abandoned due to high winds which also took away half the marquee erected for the event. The forecast for day three looked more promising for the 5.3 sailors, but after waiting six hours offshore near the imposing Bass Rock with no wind the fleet returned. Despite the lack of racing they had been able to amuse themselves rafting up, swimming and spotting seals and puffins.  It was a different story for the 4.2 fleet which stuck inshore and managed to get 4 races in - much to the irritation of the 5.3 sailors. On day four both fleets completed the minimum 4 qualifying races, however this was after an initial recall and return to the beach followed by another launch and an exhausting further six hours on the water in good sailing conditions. The 5.3 fleet returned at dusk in spectacular fashion as the 178 boats surfed and ploughed their way onto the beach.
Day 5 was extremely challenging with wind speeds consistently above 25 knots and gusting above 30. The Gold and Silver fleets sailed two races before high winds again stopped play. On the final day  all sailors were ready to launch, but racing was abandoned by 11am again due to high winds. This meant there were insufficient races sailed to crown a National Champion for 2016, however Castle Cove sailors achieved a very commendable set of results. Gold Fleet: Will Adler 20th, Ben McElroy 52nd, Ollie Fellows 60th, Silver Fleet: Ben Richardson 45th. The 4.2 sailors stuck together achieving a very consistent  32nd for Ben Adler,  33rd for Tia Adler and 34th for George Fellows.
The poor sailing conditions did create opportunities; visits to the Edinburgh Fringe, rib boat trips round Bass Rock, sand castle building, shell collecting and climbing the imposing ‘Law’ behind North Berwick. 
East Lothian Yacht Club were amazing hosts who looked after sailors and their families so well. North Berwick might not be on everyone’s radar as a holiday location, but we found fantastic beaches, wildlife, eateries and golf (apparently!) As far as contrasts go we cannot conclude this report without mentioning the event sponsors, Scottish Water, Tunnocks Tea Cakes and North Berwick Gin….. truly something for everyone!
Picture 1 Left to Right
Ben Richardson, Ben Adler, Ollie Fellows, George Fellows, Will Adler, and Tia Adler. Ben McElroy AWOL!

Picture 2 Fleet retuning to North Berwick on day 5

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)

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