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From the Sailing Secretary


Winter seems to have arrived now with the odd sub-zero temperature in Weymouth! But I am very happy to say this is not deterring our most hardy sailors with some great turnouts for the Australian Summer Series. We have had some of the best sailing conditions we’ve seen all year, with a perfect breeze and a nice mix of courses to test everyone. Last Saturday 20 boats launched and 15 finished the race. A big thank you to everyone who has volunteered to do extra duties to make this series possible. Enjoy the rest of the racing and I hope to see even more on the water before the end of the series!

A number of sailors have ventured to silly inland events like the Bloody Mary too, Bill has reported on the event and I repeat his congratulations to Sam Pascoe/Alex Knight, Sam Barker and Nick Orman – all coming home with a trophy, not bad eh!

Rumour has it the Cadets had a great evening at their prize giving – I’m sure we will hear more soon but for now I give you the prize winners – congratulations all!

Innovation & performanceAlex Jones
Most improved Topper SailorXTC TrophyCara Jones
Best attendanceNo trophy just a mentionCara Jones
Winter series under 18Robb CupEmily White
Cadet Youth progressAyton Dempsey TrophyEmma Bishop
Cadet Novice EndeavourMike Biggs Memorial TrophyThomas Brock
Cadet EndeavourAndy Mursell TrophyGiles Piggot
Best Team PlayerThornlow CupJames Bishop
Consitentent racing performanceThe Browns TrophyRoss McFarlane
Best performance outside clubTrailor board TrophyRoss McFarlane
Best Laser SailorCadet Madness TrophySam Barker
Winner Cadet Race dayYale TankardSam Barker
Best Optimist SailorGwili Jenkins Optimist CupWilliam Adler
Best newcomerZaq and Millie Thompson

Events coming up:

  1. Club Race Officer Course – 3rd March – see article
  2. Wednesday 7th March – 7.30pm “Race Strategy and the Elements”. Captain Bob has kindly agreed to give this talk aiming to cover “how one analyses environmental data to formulate a race winning race strategy, using as illustrations Weymouth Bay and another racing venue.” Contender sailors had a preview last year and I’m told it’s not one to miss! Talk is £5 which includes a 2 course meal and the bar will of course be open! Sign up in the clubhouse or email
  3. Wednesday 14th, 21st, 28th March and Monday 26th March, 2nd, 9th April – Winter Series Talks and on the water training with Adam Bowers. This is a great chance for dinghy and keelboat sailors alike, there will be something for everyone – Cost for whole series only £40 (£20 for Cadets) for the whole series including a free beer/soft drink each week – a bargain! If you pay/talk it will be £7.50. And food will be available at £2/head.
  4. Z-Class Dinner – 31st March – see booking form
  5. Dinghy Dinner – 24th March – see booking form

Helen Rollinson


Happy New Year!

I hope everyone has enjoyed a lovely Christmas break and you are all revitalised and ready for 2012! Lots going on as always at the club; in the remaining winter months we still have plenty to look forward to, a number of socials and talks, a little bit of sailing for those who can’t keep away from the water and some winter working parties for those who would like to burn off a few calories without getting wet!

We had a great last few races of the year, with the wind still trying to blew us off the map at times! A big thank you goes to Nick Spicer for his great work at bringing the boats round from Weymouth in some pretty breezy conditions during the Winter series and all the hardy OD’s and rescue crew for keeping some awesome racing going. After seven races Nick Grace came out on top, followed by the Fellows in the Scorp and Jeremy and Paul in the Fireball. First youth was Emily White. Well done everyone.

The Christmas Race was a great occasion with 25 boats on the water enjoying the mild weather, a trip round the harbour was the order of the day, with a Olympic theme fancy dress that a few did very well. Special mention goes to Jan Przybyiski and the winners of the fancy dress trophy Rob and Sandra Smith. Sam Pascoe and Alex Knight sailed a great race to take the Boxing Day Barrel. And everyone enjoyed a few chocs thrown on board at the finish line by our mankini glad Commodore!

So a few dates for your diary:

  • Cadet Dinner – 28th January
  • Dinghy Dinner – 24th March
  • Keelboat Dinner – 31st March

Keep an eye out for more info in the February newsletter and more info on the winter talks and suppers.
Details of the Australian Summer Series are later in the newsletter.

Helen Rollinson
Sailing Sec


I hope you are all enjoying the preparations for the festive season and that of course includes finding your fancy dress for the last race of 2011! This year our Christmas race is on the 27th and it will be a harbour dash with an Olympic theme. That should give everyone plenty of scope to come up with a decent costume.. I know the Commodore has threatened to bring out quite a special one! Looking forward to seeing lots of people on the water, and lots more in the bar afterwards, if you’re not sailing come and laugh at those that are!

The last race of the winter series is on the 18th, don’t forget the start time for the race is 10am! The Commodores Punch Party will be from 12 Noon onwards and we will be awarding any trophies that were not awarded at the Dinner Dance.

And now for the most exciting edition to the sailing calendar....The Australian Summer Series. It begins on SATURDAY 7th January with a briefing at 10am, aiming to race at 11am. Many might think it mad, but we often get some of the best wind from January to March and there isn’t a nice place to be on a crisp winter’s morning than out on Portland Harbour, with a lot fewer boats than normal to get in our way! Thank you to all those that have offered to help with extra duties, anyone else out there who fancies helping in anyway drop me a line!

Look out for details of our evening socials in the New Year too, we will have our annual Dinghy and Keelboat dinners to look forward too along with the welcome addition of a Cadet Dinner. Some great winter talks to inspire us all, and a little on the water training too. Details published in the new year.

The 2012 calendar is slowly coming to together. I have been given plenty of good ideas for both Keelboat and Dinghy racing and more are welcome, remember if you don’t ask you don’t get!
Which leaves only one thing – I wish you all a very Happy Christmas.
Helen Rollinson, Sailing Sec


Autumn really is here now, and we’ve had some good gales to remind us. This has given us some good racing but also a few problems. We had hoped to leave one section of pontoon in to make it a lot easier for Winter racing but after a storm at the end of October we are now reassessing this.

We had another visit for the Cadet Class which went well, although the wind stopped play on Sunday, and while they all learnt plenty most members could be found watching the Rugby World Cup Final!

The Autumn series finished in October, with the Scorpions battling each other for the top spot, in the end Jock and Andrea Fellows just pipped Richard and Debbie Bowers to take the series by two points. Nick Griffin and crew continued to show the Asymmetric fleet how to do it with a series win, well done! Will anyone be training hard over the Winter to knock him off the top spot?

The Z Class AGM last weekend had the usual debate about Handicaps!! But some very positive thoughts on changing the sailing programme next year... I’m now hoping the Dinghy sailors will agree to changes this coming Wednesday! If you want to know more turn up at 7.30pm on Wednesday 2nd November!

And see you all at the Dinner Dance,

Helen Rollinson


Well Autumn is apparently upon us.... but someone has been kind and turned the Sun back on with glorious conditions to make the Keel boat lift out go smoothly and give everyone a weekend of great sailing and relaxing, it is October isn’t it?

At the end of this month we have Z-Class AGM on the 26th October and Dinghy Class AGM on 2nd of November at 7.30pm. If you would like a say in the sailing calendar next year this is your chance. And the Dinner Dance looks set to be a great occasion this year on the 11th November, with the return of a full prize giving held in a new way. Check out the details later in the newsletter.

We will be putting together the final details of the new Australian Summer Series (January – March) this month so any thoughts on how you would like this series run let your class reps know. 

The Sailing Committee would like nominations for the Outside Performance Keelboat and Dinghy Trophies – these are awarded for a performance by a club member in an outside event, for examples: Nationals, Ranker, Round the Island, RORC racing. If you know someone who deserves one of these trophies please email me with their details and what they have done (

Congratulations to Ross McFarlane who won the Topper South West Zone Championships – a great achievement.
We have had a few club series finish in September and a few other events, congratulations to the following and any crew’s names I don’t know!
Novice Race: Tristen Bracegirdle – RS Tera
Keelboat Single Handed Race: Robin Macfie – The Hunter
Keelboat Double Handed Race: Mick Carter - Manana
Basso Cup     – Keelboats: Gary and Morag Warr – Echo
– Class 9: Sam Barker - Laser       
Isaacs Trophy: Jo Ninham – Laser 2000
YCW Pursuit: Sam Pascoe and Rob Smith – I14 – Special mention has to go to Rob for his first time crewing in the 14!
Late Summer            – Class 9: Barry Grant – Fireball
                                    – Z Class: Nick Massey – Tumbarumba
3rd Mon          – Z Class: Ted Clabburn – Ella
                        – Class 9: Alex Knight/Andrea Fellows – Scorpion
                        – Asymmetric: Nick Griffin – Laser 2000
3rd Sun            – Asymmetric: Nick Griffin – Laser 2000
                        – Class 9: Jeremy Belling/Paul Robbins – Fireball

Happy Sailing! 

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