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…..a quick post to keep everyone updated on what’s going on at the club & on the water.

Last weekend saw the club host the first Dart 18 GP of the season & with a fabulous 30 boats entering, ensuring the 40th year of the Dart got off to a great start.

However, for those of you who came down, or kept an eye on progress via social media, you will know the Bank Holiday weather proved somewhat challenging, with the Race Team led by Chris Hoppins, only able to complete ONE race, over the 3 days.

The big race saw just 10 boats take to the water, in breezy conditions, with gusts that hit 29 knots at times! The result of which saw one mast snapped, several pitch poles and just 7 boats completing the race!! With Commodore James Douglas & Lady Commodore Alison Douglas managing to win the event, edging ahead of David Lloyd & Mark Stones from Stokes Bay on the short sprint from the leeward mark to the finish line.

Happily the social side of the weekend went a lot better, with 2 big nights enjoyed by the fleet, with great entertainment laid on by local bands, Eden on Friday & regulars Xebra on Saturday.

Overall it was a another great Open Meeting, many thanks to everyone who made the trip to visit us and the team of members who worked their socks off to get the club refurbishment completed and lay on the event!

Also news from the cruisers fleet is that activity is stepping up in preparation for the coming season, with the back field a hive of activity: couriers on their way with new parts, antifoul, and Roy has bought a new boat!

In addition to this our first training session was held with 11 cruisers in attendance. Alan from the RYA helped deliver the course against a backdrop of noise and refurbishment work continuing in the club, we still had a good session. For those who were unable to attend the following is my attempt to summarise the session, a brief introduction to the workings of engines. For those who require this info, visit YouTube:

Alan is looking forward to continuing with training and will look to offer some weekend sessions on rigging and sail trim.

A few of us are hoping to be on the water soon & if any other cruisers can express their preferred date Roy will try and coordinate.

There are also some boats for sale:

  • Heavy duty trailer.
  • Keel Boat – Saro Scimitar – Day Sailor
  • Hurley Signet with trailer and engine, reduced price for club members. If you need anything else circulating don’t hesitate to ask.

Regards Cruiser Fleet Captain Roy Sheriff

That’s all the news for now, with no decent tides this weekend the only sailing planned is a scoping mission to Anglesey ahead of the planned epic Beaumaris Race later in the season!



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