Dinghy Sailing News

5 Jun 2018 | Matt Thorsby

Hi All

Looking ahead to this week’s sailing it is all looking a little quieter than of late, we have Tango 2 on Friday at 6.45 and the fourth improver sail on Sunday at 8.30

Friday 8 June – Tango 2 – 1845 start, second of seven in the summer evening Tango series, we had a fantastic 22 dinghies from Slipper for the first race it would be great to have as many as possible for this one, what better way could there be to end the week.

Sunday 10 June – Club Improver Sail 4 – we are planning to launch at 8.30, and also this session coincides with Sotts which means we may be limited as to which club boats will be available, we should be ok for the Bahias but may not be for the Toppers. These sessions are aimed at club members looking to improve their sailing and confidence on the water but if anyone else wants to come along to sail you are more than welcome.

If there is anyone available who could help me in a power boat for the improver session it would be greatly appreciated, please let me know if you can help by replying to this e-mail

Dinghy Park - Please also remember that because  the marquees for the ball are being  put up on Thursday evening the dinghy park will be a little more crowded and if you are planning to sail in the Tango or over the weekend you may need to leave a little more time to extricate your boat.

Last weekend’s sailing saw us racing the second Victory down harbour race om Saturday and on Sunday we had the Randall 3 race series running alongside the Devotti D-Zero open meeting.

Saturdays down harbour race saw some superb sailing conditions with 18 boats racing in a fresh SW 14-18 knot wind, a long course was chosen with just 5 turning marks which meant some very long legs including  the last - a fast single tack reach from SW Pilsey back to line – some 3 miles long according to my chart.

The conditions favoured the fast single handers with the top two places being taken by skiffs, Andy Gould in his skiff was first overall as well as first Slipper boat, Tim Weeden was second Slipper boat and third overall in his D-Zero and the commodore took third slipper place in his Aero. The full results are on our website.

Sunday’s racing was the Randall 3 race series coupled with the D-Zero open meeting. With 20 dinghies in the 3 race series and a further 18 in the D-Zero open the committee boat crew had their work cut out.  The southerly 6-8 knots was less than the previous day and a large trapezoidal course was set at Sweare deep.  Each race was one lap of the course with the D-Zero races starting 5 minutes after the general handicap racers.

In the Randall 3 race series Mark Riddington with son Todd as crew took first slipper place in his RS200, with Andy Gould in his Skiff second and Claire in her Aero taking third. The D- Zero open was won by Ian Morgan from Netley and Adam Humphrey from Slipper using a demonstration D-Zero took second with Thomas Southwell from Netley SC lying third.

Many thanks to Dave Valentine for organising the event and to all the race officers and patrol boat crews who made it such a success

Looking even further ahead to the following weekend we have the Watmore 6 on Saturday 16 June at 1.30 and on the Sunday we have the fifth Club improver sail at 2.00 and also Thorney Island Sailing club have their regatta – more details to follow

Single hander Training – please see below a note from Lester Korzilius at ESC about some single hander training he is organising, if you are interested in going along please contact Lester directly

The next training session will be on Saturday, 16 June from 12:00 to 16:00, based at ESC.  The coach will be George Cousins.  Cost for the session is £25, payable in advance to secure your place.

A recap on the format:  This training is for single-handed boats (e.g. Lasers, Aeros, D-Zeros, Solos, and other similar boats).  You will be sailing your own boat during the training.  There will generally be 6-8 boats on the water, and a coach will oversee the training from a RIB.  The training will be run from the Emsworth Sailing Club, and on-land briefings will be held there.  The training is open to members of ESC, ESSC, and TISC.  TISC members can trailer their boats over to ESC, and ESSC members can tie their boats up to the ESC pontoon if helpful.  The coaching will be once per month on a Saturday, and will last about 4 hours.  The timings are tide dependent, and generally 2 hours either side of HW.  The cost per session is £25, and payment will be taken through the ESC booking system.  You are not obligated to sign up for every session.  Allocation of spaces will be on a first-come-first-served basis, with payment being required before the training session to confirm your place.  The training will run through to October/November.  Our principal coach will be George Cousins but due to availability issues it might be Tom Greenaway or Ian Morgan. - Lester


Many thanks

Matthew Thorsby

Dinghy Secretary