Castle Cove Sailing Club is an active and friendly, family club located on the north shore of Portland Harbour. From small beginnings in a cliff-top chalet in 1923, we have grown steadily and in September 2002 we moved to our present site at the end of Old Castle Road, Weymouth.
During the lead up to the Olympics in 2012 we have welcomed sailors from over 20 countries to join us and train at the club. We have a strong self-help ethos and run an extensive programme of racing for both dinghies and keelboats. In conjunction with our busy sailing calendar we have a full social diary taking pride in being a very friendly club, run by members for members.
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The Scorpion Nationals took place at Castle Cove from Sunday to Friday last week with many boats choosing to arrive and leave over the weekends making the club a very busy and happy place to be. There was a lot of wind, a lot of boats, a lot of racing and a lot of very tired sailors by the end of the week. Bill Barker was the Race Officer and he managed to squeeze in 9 of the scheduled 10 races and still lose two days when the winds were too strong to sail - how did he do it! Well done Bill, Nick Spicer, Paul Robbins and the rest of the race team.
Rob and Sandra Smith have nurtured the Scorpion Nationals event over the last year, bringing it to life ashore as well as on the water with a very active social programme again supported by many club members helping out in many different ways. It was a superb effort, a great achievement for the Club and great fun for everyone. Thank you Rob and Sandra and all involved.
In the same week Club Racing was still run on Monday and Wednesday evenings, or would have run on Wednesday had the weather been better. Sunday afternoon we ran our second Pursuit Race of the year, another windy affair that was fab and frustrating in about equal measure. Fab for the dozen boats that actually finished and frustrating for the dozen or so more who were put off by the AP or the wind (20 + knots) or by just getting wet and cold by falling over so many times. The outstanding moment was probably being passed by Sam and Cara as they went from from last start to first place rocketing through the fleet in a 420. I didn't see if they flew the kite - but I bet they did.
A fantastic week for the Club, well done and thank you to everyone who took part and to everyone who made it happen.
Ian Green Hon Sailing Secretary
Barnes Cup Pursuit Race - this Sunday 2nd July
Calling all racers! This is your final call for the pursuit race this Sunday. Your race team aims to put on a good course that is fair to all classes of dinghy and keelboats should they appear. For those that might be unfamiliar with this type of racing the very basics are that the slowest boat on the day begins first with a count down every minute thereafter to release boats onto the course in order of speed leading to the last boat entering the race being the fastest on handicap. All boats race for 100 minutes. Should all boats be sailed well to their handicap we should see a grandstand finish of the whole fleet arriving at the finish together.
This is a fun, easy to understand race format. If you are in an Optimist and don’t see anyone else for 100 minutes…and you sailed the right course then you are the winner!
See you at the club for the briefing at 10.00am. Food afterwards in the clubhouse.
The Scorpion Nationals took place at Castle Cove from Sunday to Friday last week with many boats choosing....