Wednesday night saw the running of a memorial race for one of the club’s long standing, stalwart and much loved members who sadly died whilst racing his Streaker dinghy at the club on Sunday September 5th.
A beautiful evening saw a minute’s silence in memory of Kevin before several dinghies completed one race, with many more members ashore. After the race, all stood outside and swapped stories of Kevin over a drink or two.
Kevin will be much missed by all members, not least for being such a jovial and friendly character. He loved racing sailboats and passing his knowledge on to others. All our thoughts are with his family at this very sad time.
The Young People’s Saturday Sailing (YPSS) team checked on the weather and wind speed predicted for Saturday 7th Aug and made a very quick decision. It wasn’t so much the average windspeed, rather the gusts that were going to be unsuitable for sailing at Warley Moor. So the team gathered helmets and waterproofs and decamped to our sister club, Denholme SC. Six Young People, Sue Lamb and Henry Goodman took to the water. The picture below belies a day of rain and strong wind. There were one or two capsizes but not as many as anticipated – our Young People are rapidly becoming experts at sailing. Thanks to Daniela Chinneck for the photo and Nick Fenn and Mark Little for covering safety. All had a wonderful time. YPSS will be returning to Halifax next week.
Happy Sailing, Sue and Henry.
Saturday saw an excellent afternoon’s sailing with the Young People joined by a few adults and fourteen boats out on the water. A fair breeze helped to cool participants but maybe not enough as lots still ended up in the water. Thanks to all who helped, afloat and ashore. It is good to see our Young People, some of them who had never sailed before this season, gaining skills and confidence. (Thanks to Sherri Highley-Hammond for the below picture.)
Sunday provided equally good conditions. Beginners sailed in the club’s RS Quest, several windsurfers were out looking for gusts!! and a mixed fleet of dinghies and catamarans took part in the dinghy racing.
The last weekend in May saw Summer arrive at Warley Moor reservoir. Saturday saw 11 boats on the water for Young People and Beginner/Improver Sailing. Light winds meant no capsizes (not counting Harry H giving everyone a demo on how to capsize and right the boat just in case). Many thanks to all our helpers and instructors who helped with rigging, launching and giving advice. (Picture below from John Lamb)
Sunday saw 8 dinghies and 2 windsurfers afloat. A wind varying in direction and strength (5 to 9 knots) tested the skills of competitors – well done to race winners William Redman and Tim Holden. (Picture below from William Redman)
After the previous day’s downpour had the Saturday Sailing’s first get together running for cover, Sunday provided sunshine, no rain, a F3(ish) wind and a welcome rise in temperature. Ten dinghies took to the water along with seven windsurfers to enjoy what was agreed as the best day of the season so far. The full reservoir enabled long legs and steady winds – Warley Moor reservoir really is an excellent venue for a sailing club.