Great day up the river yesterday for the August regatta. Very good turn out too given the typical bank holiday rainy weather.
Wind gusting 25 knots.
Although the junior race was abandoned due to the sketchy wind conditions and massively underweight helms; consisting of an average age of 8 years old, however fun was still had by all the juniors, many capsizes putting their skills to the test.
We did manage to complete a race for the slightly heavier sailors still ranging from very young to not quite as young (parents).
If any one else has any more pics from today please do share!
‘Push the Boat Out’ day at Southwold Sailing Club was a real success despite the 30 knot winds which blew for most of the day. Consequently, the only boat that went out was one of our new Laser 2000 club boats. This was sailed solo by our intrepid Pete Lock, basically because no-one else would go with him!
After capsizing a few times he eventually got off the slipway and proceeded to give a very seaman-like demonstration about how to sail a racing boat in high winds.
The day was attended by about 50 people who all enjoyed the delicious cream teas and many of whom became new members of the club.
The Commodore, Robin Watkins said that he was very pleased with the turn out for the event even though the wind was too high for us to take people out for taster sessions.
Southwold Sailing Club is taking part in the Royal Yachting Association’s Push the Boat Out event on the 9th of May.
Come along to the club from 12.00 onwards to meet us, have a look around the clubhouse and, most importantly, give sailing a try in one of our Pico dinghies! Please see here for location details and sign-up on our facebook event page.
Our first race of the season is fast approaching. The White Hart Race is the traditional season opener. The race will take place on a course layed to the West of the Bailey Bridge, in the area usually used for Pico training. To give people the opportunity to bring boats back down to the club and organise them after winter storage the race will take place in the afternoon, with a 3pm start.
The clubs Pico fleet is available for use of club members for this race. email: email@example.com to book.
There will also be a Rescue boat refresher session running, again please email to register interest.
Of course our last post was actually an April Fool, and the GB team won’t be using Southwold as their training venue for Rio (though they would be welcome to come visit!). But why not put yourself on the road to Tokyo 2020 by joining our “Learn to Sail” or “Learn to Race” programmes this summer. Details can be found here or come along to our open day on May 9th to find out more…
Huge news this morning, as Team GB confirm they will be making Southwold their training camp in the run up to the 2016 Olympics in Rio. A team spokesman said “the conditions in Sole Bay are ideal for our sailors as they replicate as closely as possible the conditions they will face in Rio next summer” standby for further news at midday…
Despite the very “spring” like weather of horizontal rain and a southerly wind gusting to 40mph, 10 intrepid walkers and a few four legged friends enjoyed the inaugural Spring walk on Sunday.
After waiting for the main front to pass over, and assured by chief forecaster Alan, that the worst of the rain had passed, the walkers led by chief guide Aubrey were taken on a loop of Walberswick footpaths and lanes, before returning to the clubhouse where a roaring fire and hot bowl of soup awaited.
The next event in the calendar is the Fitting Out Supper on Saturday 11th April.