News 2011

Boxing Day Racing Photos

Many thanks to Mandy Pollard for the photos below of the Boxing Day ‘Christmas Pudding’ Race.  The report that follows immediately below is also available via the ‘Racing Reports’ link.

The annual Christmas pudding race took place again this year after having to cancel it last year when even the Canada geese were skating on a frozen Tamar Lake!

A mild morning with a moderate south westerly saw four helms take to the water, all keen to win a pudding ready for next year! At the start all were well back from the line but then
Bob Sampson in his Laser, started first and took the lead from James Pollard (Topper) and forged ahead. However the two Enterprises were sailing extremely well and helms Emily
Veal and visitor Mark soon overtook Bob. With light-moderate winds there were no heroics today and all helms looked extremely comfortable as they completed the three laps with
Bob and the Enterprises competing for the lead.

Bob Sampson crossed the line first closely followed by Emily and Simon Veal, then Mark and last but by no means least James in the slower Topper.

On handicap the results were as follows:

1st Emily and Simon Veal (Enterprise)
2nd Mark (Enterprise)
3rd Bob Sampson (Laser)
4th James Pollard (Topper)

All then retreated to the clubhouse and toasted “To a Good Sailing season in 2012” with port and very welcome mince pies.
The new season starts again on March 4th.

Thanks to John and Vicki Duncalf for doing race officer duties.

Christmas Dinner 2011

This year’s club Christmas Dinner was held at the Bradworthy Inn for the first time, following a successful trial run at this venue for the Summer Dinner.  Despite early concerns about low numbers signing up, in the end nearly 40 people attended; the dining room was just the right size for this number, with the added bonus that we had the room completely to ourselves.  As usual, the dinner was followed by the award of prizes; the photograph below shows most of the year’s prizewinners, though sadly a few club members weren’t able to be there to collect their prizes in person.   This year’s winners probaby deserve special commendation for turning out to brave the elements, as it was a windier season than most (and indeed there were four Sundays in all when racing had to be completely abandoned).   Thanks to Nicky Buckett for the photograph.

Autumn Dartmoor Walk

Despite organiser Nicky Buckett being unavoidably absent after just coming out of hospital, a select half-dozen club members made it to the start of the walk by successfully negotiating the maze of lanes before arriving at the beauty spot of Fingle Bridge on the River Teign.  Setting off on a circuitous route through the National Trust woodlands, the trail steadily gained height through the trees, with Stephanie Heasman leading the way and demonstrating the payback from all her pre-Everest climb training.  After a taxing three-quarters of an hour, the group emerged out above the Teign Gorge into bright sunshine and were rewarded with some impressive views of ‘real’ Dartmoor in the distance.  Undaunted by the vertigo-inducing drops at the edge of the path, Bob Sampson marshalled everybody for photographs, before continuing along the Hunters Path to the National trust property of Castle Drogo (the last ‘castle’ built in Britain, designed by Lutyens for the owner of the Home and Colonial shop chain).  However, the doughty half-dozen only got as far as the cafe by the entrance and made excellent coffee and cakes the excuse for a welcome sit-down.  The way back was literally (but hopefully not metaphorically) all downhill from then on, going further along the Hunters Path and then dropping down to the river itself and crossing the Teign via the suspension bridge below Castle Drogo.  Thereafter the track followed the far bank of the river, heading downstream to the starting point at Fingle Bridge.  The advertised final destination was the Fingle Bridge Inn, but on arrival it soon became clear that the stunning autumn weather had brought half of Devon out to the same spot and the queues for food looked like the first day of the Harrods sale – so the group made do with liquid  refreshment and crisps; nevertheless, it was a excellent day out that everyone seemed to enjoy.  Many thanks to Bob Sampson for taking the photographs.

August Bank Holiday Fun Sailing

The usual ‘fun’ August Bank Holiday weekend didn’t exactly get off to a fun start for those that arrived to set up camp on the Friday afternoon, when it absolutely poured with rain.  After waiting for much of the afternoon for it to ease off, Paul Whybrow eventually gave up and bravely erected his tent in the downpour, only for it to stop raining a half hour later….  However, fish and chips in John and Nicky’s caravan in the evening cheered everybody up.  The Saturday dawned with less rain but rather too much wind  for fun sailing, so Nicky Buckett sent teams off on a land-based treasure hunt, with rhyming clues clues such as ‘The answer to this is pinned to a seat, it’s below water level but you won’t get wet feet’ – taxing but fun.  By late afternoon, the wind had eased a bit, so Simon Veal got people afloat, some in a heavily-reefed Laser 16 and others in the club Bosun.   By the evening, everybody was more than ready for the barbecue, (with Roger organising impromptu games of boules in the car park) followed by an excellent quiz constructed by Dawn and the evening rounded off by Simon on guitar and singing.  As customary, Sunday continued with a normal racing programme, though there were still additional boats on the lake: the Falmouth Bass Boat was on the water, with Jenny Whybrow and new junior members Finn and Jowen all having a go at helming, whilst Simon was taking out new member Lee Bartrop in the latter’s Lark.  Pleasingly, this year there was a good turnout on the Bank Holiday Monday, when better weather and gentler winds encouraged a large group of boats out onto the water for Nicky’s on-water treasure, where the clues were sellotaped to various of the buoys around the lake.  The difficulties of coming to a stop by the buoy and then working out the clue, writing down the answer and getting underway again were compounded for the single-handers taking part, such as John Weller and John and Vicki Duncalf – but everybody persisted manfully.  The weekend then came to an end with more sailing in the afternoon, notably by the trio of Roger Heasman, Jane Chadney and Adeney Pooler playing ‘follow-my-leader’ and sailing in what seemed to be ever-diminishing circles.  Thanks to everybody who came along and made it all fun – the couple of photos below show some of group on the Saturday lunchtime.

Carrick Roads Weekend – July

This year, other members having to drop out meant that just two boats made it to the July Carrick Roads: Toby and Sheba in their Drascombe Lugger and Simon, Jane and Stuart in the club’s Laser 16.  Nevertheless, a good time was had by the group, which despite a robust wind and a swell, made it all the way down to the Helford on the Saturday – a destination often discussed but reached very seldom (probably only once in the last 20 years) on previous club trips.  Cosawes Park proved to be an excellent campsite, with Toby and Sheba using the tent on the Drascombe ashore for once, rather than on the water.  The Norway Inn lived up to its excellent reputation for the Saturday night meal.  After the exertions of the first day, the duo stayed in Carrick Roads for the Sunday, but the Laser 16 crew once more braved uncharted territory by deciding to try flying the spinnaker for the first time, coming back on a broad reach from off St Mawes back to St Just-in-Roseland.  The photographs below give a flavour of the weekend…..

Over 50s Course Report

This year’s Over 50s course has just reached its conclusion, with feedback from the participants again pleasingly positive.  As last year, we were fortunate in that all the participants got on together and made for a really friendly group, who made the sessions extremely enjoyable – a subset of the course came from the the Bude branch of the University of the Third Age and so knew each other already.  Pleasingly for the club, at the end of the course most people said that they would be interested in taking out club membership – and may well come up for Wednesday afternoon and/or evening sailing in the coming weeks.  The photographs below were taken during the final session of the course, on a day that was sometimes rather blustery  (as indeed were several of the sessions); many thanks to John Dabbs for taking them.