It’s very quiet at the moment for Young People’s Saturday Sailing as a lot of the Young People are on holiday. Saturday 28th July was a lost cause as it was blowing a raging gale, whereas Saturday 4th Aug saw 6 boats out. Sailing involved either circling and stopping at marks or chasing each other to hit the plastic bottle tied to the back of the boats.
After a much needed tea break, there were 3 short races which were very competitive, particularly at the start. Thanks as always to Stuart as OD and tea waller, to Henry for organising the sailing activities and Nathan for working on the safety boat.
Friday saw several members arrive at the club early to do concreting work around the jetty and slipway area. This has improved our launching facilities greatly. They also took the opportunity to remove twenty of the old jetty supporting poles which leaves the launching area clear.
Eleven boats took to the water on Saturday for Young People’s Saturday Sailing (YPSS). Henry Goodman had everyone practising starts and then we had a couple of races to put this training into practice. It got very competitive at both starts. Thanks as always to the safety boat crew, Henry and Steve Hill and to Stuart Watson as OD and tea maker. (Steve Hill has just been national championship of the Hunter Impala 28 class in Lymington where they were 4th overall and won a race on Sunday.
After initial cloud had cleared, sunshine and a NW Force 2 wind greeted attendees on Sunday. Ten dinghies raced with Tim Hartley being the day’s winner, taking the first two races and a second in the third, the last race slip up being a combination of over eagerness at the start and Kevin Holmes finally shaking off the after effects of the previous night’s excess. Thanks to George Carter and Robert Orange in the safety boat and to me and my wife as ODs.
Two Toppers went out for a cruise whilst two people undertook sail training with Sue Lamb and Henry Goodman. Three windsurfers also took to the water, there being just enough wind (especially in the gusts) to make it fun. All in all, a great day to be at the club. Hope to see more faces next week.
Ten boats attended Young People’s Saturday Sailing (YPSS) last Saturday, enjoying a Force 2/3 wind. Whilst some practised man overboard procedures, others improved their basic boat handling. The new jetty was tested after a wind change ‘upset’ several boats tied to it but it came through with flying colours. After tea break, there was racing and chasing of inflatables. Thanks to the Trevor safety crew and to Stuart Watson as OD.
Despite a dual header vs World Cup and Wimbledon there was a healthy turn-out for Sunday afternoon racing, as well as 4 training or leisure sailors and a couple of windsurfers, the latter especially hopeful! A wind forecast of 10 knots tempted four catamarans onto the water although conditions proved not to see them perform well on handicap. Adam North took the first race and Kevin Holmes the other two. Series results can be viewed here. Thanks go to Chris Holden and his son Ben as OD, and to Mike Palmer as Cox, with assistants Robin Boardman and Tony Burnett.
Ten boats took to the water for Young People’s Saturday Sailing in a wind of F2/3 with a few gusts to catch everyone off guard. The wind was swirling around a bit but at least there was less swimming than previous weeks. At the same time, a windsurfing training course was taking place (over Sunday as well) with three attendees taking advantage of the weather to become qualified windsurfers. Well done to them all.
Sunday was just as busy with fifteens dinghies taking to the water to enjoy three races in, apart from a few tricky moments, good conditions. And when all had left the water, the club’s other residents came to see what had been going on and whether there were any nibblets to be had.
Don’t forget, if you are not an avid football match watcher, Wednesday night dinghy racing starts at 19.30 – I am sure news of the score will reach the heights of Warley Moor.
After many months of planning and a great deal of preliminary work, Monday 30th April saw the successful installation of our new floating jetty. Several club members were on hand to assist the team from Aqua-Dock to launch the pontoon and set the anchors.
The result is a very impressive structure that should serve the club for many years. The jetty was partly funded by a grant from the EON Community Fund which was administered by the Community Foundation For Calderdale.
There is still some work required to remove the remains of the old jetty but hopefully that will be completed shortly.
To encourage more members to wear clothing bearing the club’s logo, we have agreed with Simprint that they will add an embroidered logo to members’ own garments for £5 – eg on a polo shirt of your own choice or perhaps on a better quality garment such as a waterproof jacket.
Go to the Club Clothing page on the club website for more details.