Dinghy Update

12 Jun 2018 | Matt Thorsby

Hi Everyone

Looking ahead to this week’s dinghy sailing we have Social sailing on Wednesday and Friday, the Watmore 5 on Saturday and a Club Improver sail on Sunday, and also Thorney Island SC Regatta on Sunday as well

Social Sailing – There are 2 social sailing sessions this week, Wednesday (13th) at 1030 and Friday (15th) at 1200  - ESC organise the social sailing calendar however both clubs put out a patrol boat and the sailing is open to anyone, the time given is the launch time – please just come along and sail, the forecast is looking good for both days.

Watmore 5 – Saturday 16th – starting at 1.30, This is the fifth of eight races in the Watmore series, 5 of which will count towards the trophy. ESC are running this race and we are back into Spring tides with a 4.9m HW at 2.20 which should give a bit more room for manoeuvre and less running aground

Club Improver sail – We have the fifth Club Improver sail this Sunday with a launch time of 2.00, we again coincide with SOTTs so we may need to sort out on the day which club boats we can use. Just a reminder that these sessions are primarily designed simply for members to sail and improve their confidence and sailing ability with a patrol boat in attendance giving some coaching and advice as needed, however if anyone else wants to come along for a sail please feel free to do so.

Thorney Island SC Regatta – TISC have their dinghy regatta on Sunday  - the first race which is the fast handicap starts at 2.00 and I have put the Sailing Instructions and entry form on our website under dinghy downloads

Looking slightly further ahead to the following week we have on Thursday 21st June Tango 3 starting at 1800, with all the boats going to oppie  camp the next day – more details next week


Friday last week saw us racing the second of the Tango Summer evening series, 29 boats on the line including an impressive 18 from Slipper. The wind was not as impressive as the turn out and barely exceeded 5 knots for the whole race. One of the shortest courses on the card was chosen and we started with a very slow beat to Wickor, thence to NEH where the course was shortened, the neap tide meant there was less water than usual over the mud by Fowley island and there were not a few groundings and pushing of boats to get clear before running for the line.

Congratulations to Mark and Christine for being first slipper boat over the line and first overall followed by Sean and Dave in the 400 and Chris Gordon in his Laser taking third. The full results are on our website.

On Sunday we had the fourth club improver sailing day, and we had some lasers and a Topper out in a fresh 8-12 knot NE breeze, the session was spent sailing a large triangular course at little deep practising our beating, running and gybing. The return to the beach avoiding the weed was a bit of a trial but successfully accomplished by all and a mention should go to Andy Knowles first time out in his new Laser who after a couple of early capsizes was soon sailing very confidently and competently for the whole session.

Signing off – just a reminder that after you come off the water please could you remember to sign off in the boat house this is to ensure that everyone is accounted for and off the water as well as confirming that you completed the race or retired.

Many thanks and I look forward to seeing everyone on the water this weekend

Matthew Thorsby

Dinghy Secretary