Castle Cove Sailing Club
Old Castle Road
Weymouth
Dorset
DT4 8QE

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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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YCW Dinghy Regatta - breezy and big!

Dinghy Regatta - Y&Y report

As seems to be the happy norm for Weymouth Regatta, visitors arrived to bright sunshine sparkling across Portland Harbour, and a very decent SW breeze, basically looking ideal.  For some this was after a nearly perfect bit of Friday practice,  10 of the Ospreys – a well-organized training day run by Adam Bowers,  and for others – just some pre-regatta and pre-championship tuning (e.g. some nice mast-head footage available courtesy of MrNoble from two boat Contender tuning).


At the Saturday briefing – the 100 boats worth of competitors found out they would all be out in the Bay (helping avoid some of the Portland Harbour jellyfish fleet!),  so the very long sail for some, and the long sail for others started early – fortunately a run. OD Woofy was on station on the far side of the bay for the Ospreys, Contenders and Assymetrics,  while OD Billy Barker was hosting the Fast Handicap, Phantoms and  Slow Handicap fleets mid Bay.


The forecast proved right, and everyone got a very full-on day of 18-27knts, WSW with some decent lumps to negotiate and surf. Although there were a large collection home at various early stages throughout the day with breakages of boat, body or will,  for those that tuffed it out – some great action followed by the last vestiges of energy being used on the upwind miles home.
 
Vast amounts of tea and cake redressed the sugar levels, followed for those that didn’t retire for early R&R, - by some good beers (and/or rum & shrub!) and talk of the days excitement.


As aching bodies got going on a full club breakfast - Bill’s fleets were probably relieved to hear on the grapevine that they would be in the harbour,  while the rest of us would be mid Bay.


Although slightly flatter in the bay,  the breeze was properly back up where it was on Saturday, same direction, and those in the harbour even got a bonus few knots more! (as if they needed it!).


Although the photographers had a different challenge with sun being replaced with grey and light drizzle, they still had fantastic close racing to capture all-round on the two trapezoid, outer loop and windward leeward busy courses.  By the end, the results sheets for most fleets had that telltale diagonal graph look – of increasing DNS/RTD’s bottom left to top right,  as more collateral damage, and tiredness depleted the numbers.


Big thanks to the race and rescue teams and the on-shore crew for a massive well-co-ordinated effort.


Fast Handicap

The Fast Handicap collection looked as if the Scorps, Fireballs and Merlins had been talking – as they all rocked up with 7 boats in each mini-fleet, supplemented with a D-Zero and Kestrel.



One of the Merlins fresh off the back of a challenging Salcombe Week was ever fast Jon Turner and Richard Parlsow – who looked like they were going to be a force to be reckoned with – scoring 1,3,2 on Saturday. They unfortunately had a very short Sunday with jellyfish plate damage, while locals Sam & Megan Pascoe did things the other way round and posted 2,2,1 on Sunday to add to a 3 from Sat.  The top Scorpion looked like being John Mursell with guest high wind crew Adam Bowers, however his good results were not swim free, and we think he broke Adam.  This left two consistent pairs, each with a rare full score card, close for honours – with ccsc’s Alison Stephens & Chris Forrest just behind Simon Holden and local crew Cara Jones who came in 6th on handicap.

 

The Fireballs were mostly the boats to beat in the breeze, this included a starring single race appearance for locals Jeremy Beling & Alex Green who won race 5. The other local ball – legend Barry Grant sailing with son Mark, had a very short regatta due to injury – so couldn’t show his DeLange downwind speed. Alan & Chrisie Tyler posted all top 3 numbers for day 1 but rested boat and bodies on Sunday, however Hannah Showell & Barry Smith continued their dominance throughout to win comfortably and Keith McDonald & Andy Brittain did enough to split the Merlins for 3rd.

Pos

Sail no

Type

Name

Helm

Crew

pts

1

14889

Fireball

Millenium Falcon

Hannah Showell

Barry Smith

9

2

3859

Merlin Rocket

Red Mistress

Sam Pascoe

Megan Pascoe

20

3

14844

Fireball

Bucaroo

Keith McDonald

Andy Brittain

30


 


 













Contenders

The strong 20 boat Contender fleet included some proper experience throughout – getting in some pre-Medemblik Worlds practice,  even to the extent that former World Champion Graham Scott, counted two bullets and two seconds but still got the pleasure of overall 4th place report writing due to some swimming.   This is a very brief summary – as that report can be found at:- http://www.yachtsandyachting.com/news/184237/Contenders-at-the-Weymouth-Regatta



Apart from some close attentions from Carl Tagoe, and the slightly surprise but very well earned 2nd from tuning partner Nick Noble, the top places were filled by usual suspects, albeit maybe different order to rest of season. Gary Langdown resumed his winning ways getting rid of his only dodgy score in race 1, while Stuart Jones was very slightly less consistent than normal for 3rd behind Nick N.


Pos

Sail no

Type

Name

Helm

Crew

pts

1

2439

Contender

****

Gary Langdown

 

13

2

2410

Contender

Fifi

Nick Noble

 

14

3

2465

Contender

Green Floaty Thing

Stuart Jones

 

17


 
Slow handicap

The star of the Slow Handicap, and definitely worth first mention – was Emma Bishop from ccsc. In addition to showing how to sail a Laser4.7 in the conditions – with a perfect scoreline (maybe time for a Radial challenge Emma?), she collected best lady helm and best Cadet and and probably something else by looks of her table haul.



The RS200 of Dave Stubbs & crew showed the other 200’s how to do it on Sunday with 2,2,3, but were a one day wonder. Unlike Weymouth junior Alexandra Stevenson who toughed it out in her Radial to get 6 top 5 places and 3rd overall, only 1 point behind visiting Enterprise Paul Young and Megan Ward,  who discarded their only messy 6th to tidy their line of 4’s – placing them 2nd.



Pos

Sail no

Type

Name

Helm

Crew

pts

1

197905

Laser 4.7

-

Emma Bishop

 

5

2

22901

Enterprise

Out of the Blue

Paul Young

Megan ward

20

3

193265

Laser Radial

Kiwi

Alexandra Stevenson

 

21


 

Ospreys

The Ospreys seem to have some wordsmiths amongst their 16 boat fleet, and their report (some of which mentions the sailing!) can be found at:-   http://www.yachtsandyachting.com/news/184217/Ospreys-at-the-Weymouth-Regatta



So again – this is a local super summary.

Although Kevin & Phil made up for missing race1 with a string of 2’s & 3’s thereafter, they were pushed hard by the downwind speed of Weymouth team Emma Stevenson and Tim Bowden only 2 points behind.  ccsc’s Mike Street and Nick Frampton were out of the gate in super fashion with a 2nd to start, but couldn’t keep that performance up and then suffered game over collision damage.


Meanwhile Chris Gould and Nick Broomhill were posting 1’s and 2’s but not quite as many as Weymouths Terry Curtis & Peter Grieg who won again by 5 points, discarding a 3rd.


Pos

Sail no

Type

Name

Helm

Crew

pts

1

1281

Osprey

White Knuckles

Terry Curtis

Peter Grieg

6

2

1311

Osprey

Oh Spray!

Chris Gould

Nick Broomhill

11

3

1296

Osprey

Whitestar

Kev Francis

Phil Male

19


Phantoms

The 10 boat Phantom fleet were all square at the top after what must have been a hard graft Saturday hiking through the lumps in 25knts.  John Wayling had 2’s and 1, and Mike Tustin two bullets and a 3, with Olly Hopkins in close attendance until retiring from race 3.
The whole fleet voted with it’s trolleys at the end of Saturday by deciding for them that is was going to be a 2 race day, but not before Mike T had wrapped it up with two more wins. John and Olly secured the other podium places albeit with Matthew house only 1 point behind in 4th.

 

Pos

Sail no

Type

Name

Helm

Crew

pts

1

1438

Phantom

Mr Tickle

Mike Tustin

 

7

2

1346

Phantom

Maud

John Wayling

 

15

3

1298

Phantom

Spongebob

Olly Hopkins

 

17


 


Assymetrics

The Assymetrics this year were a cocktail of 8 regular regatta attendees – the entertaining Cherubs, 3 RS100’s and a D-One and INT14 to taste.  The weather was on or above Cherub limit for many and the score-card had a lot of letters, however Andrew Peters and crew managed to hold it together for a 1,2,2 and overnight lead.  Day 2 didn’t happen for them, but Clive and Alex Everest (in brilliantly named A&E) only appeared on Sundays results and managed the same set of numbers.



Despite these, local RS100 Nick Griffin scored consistently enough to secure 3rd,  with Laurence Milton really pressing for handicap honours posting two bullets in his full scorecard. Not quite enough however to displace Paul Croote and Ed Higham who were top Cherub and fleet winners by 1 point.


Pos

Sail no

Type

Name

Helm

Crew

pts

1

3212

Cherub

Marmite

Paul Croote

Ed Highham

10

2

139

Devoti D1

-

Laurence Milton

 

11

3

492

RS 100 8.4

Lady Adrian

Nick Griffin

 

18


Photos:- Richard White


Author:- Rob Smith


 

Come to the Club Open Day on Saturday 9th May

Club Open Day: try sailing at Castle Cove.

Enjoy a day at the club on and off the water - have a go at sailing a dinghy or yacht or just enjoy a cup of tea & cake on the balcony over-looking Portland Harbour. We look forward to welcoming you to Castle Cove Sailing Club.

Come and visit Castle Cove Sailing Club and find out what makes sailing a life-long pastime. From the exhilaration of performance dinghy racing and thrill of keel-boat racing to the gentle pace of cruising under sail.

We are planning a small boat show so you can take a look at the boats we sail and talk to the enthusiastic sailors who sail them - or even have a go!

Please remember the water will be quite cold this time of year so if you have one bring your wet suit and a waterproof jacket & trousers would be good too. The Club will make sure you have the proper equipment on before you go on the water.

We have active members from under 8 years to over 80 participating in the sport regularly and have several current national and international champions that compete at the club regularly too.


We run a busy programme throughout the year with racing on Monday & Wednesday evenings and Sunday mornings, varying sailing activities on Saturdays, Junior sessions on Friday evenings and ladies sailing sessions on Friday mornings.

Our sailing activity is supported by an equally busy social calendar with galley & bar open after all racing and other events.


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 welcomed sailors from over 20 countries to join us and train at the club. We have a strong self-help ethos taking pride in being a very friendly club, run by members for members.


Project Zöe: Conclusion

As most will know, in February 2014 members of Castle Cove SC (many, but not exclusively from Friday morning/Ladies Sailors) decided to raise £6,000 in 6 months to purchase a Hansa 303 for Chesil Sailability to be named ‘Spirit of Zöe’ in memory of Zöe Wright (née Lloyd). Castle Cove Committee came up trumps by launching our project with a generous donation, more followed from private donors and organisations such as Dean & Reddyhoff and Weymouth Regatta. Events included a Fête (in vile weather) on the Rodwell Trail, an Auction of Promises, Open-houses, Book-swaps, a stall on the Esplanade and Raffle of Optimum Time watches; events and donations raised about 50% each.

Chesil Sailability’s website http://chesilsailability.org.uk indicates how much the club has grown; it now owns a fleet of Hansa 303s, a Hawk, a Squib and a Challenger Trimaran. Keen Sailability sailors have swapped their Saturday sessions for Monday evenings so they can race with Castle Cove - so watch out for some competition from the likes of Anya de Iongh and Tim Scarisbrook (formerly a CCSC 505 sailor).

Although people such as Malcolm Cumber (and others) are generous with their time and their RIBs to provide critical safety cover, given the growth of Chesil Sailability, Project Zöe’s success was timely. Thanks to Ribcraft via John Tweed and Marcus Frith, our funds were sufficient to purchase a virtually new RIB with some money over to maintain both ‘Spirit of Zöe’ and ‘Zöe’ for a couple of years. To keep operating, Chesil Sailability will continue to fund-raise but Project Zöe has more than achieved its target.

On Tuesday 21 April Project Zöe officially handed over the money (although much has already been transferred as boats were delivered thanks to Val Graves who is also collecting the GiftAid on donations). You will have to look at the photo to see the total amount raised!

It was a great team who (despite hanging onto gazebo poles for hours on end in bad weather) had a thoroughly enjoyable and rewarding time raising the money.

I write as Chair of Project Zöe to THANK Castle Cove’s committee and members for your support, without you it would have been nothing.

Diana Gill

CCSC Sam Barker wins Youth Nationals in Spitfire

Sam Barker (Castle Cove SC) and Victoria Akhurst (Netley SC) continued their supreme reign on the Spitfire class, winning both races of the final day to round off a perfect week as the Spitfire Youth National Champions.
Sam Barker and Victoria Akhurst at the RYA Youth Nationals - photo © Paul Wyeth / RYA
Sam Barker and Victoria Akhurst at the RYA Youth Nationals
- photo © Paul Wyeth / RYA

Although the scores paint a picture of an easy week, they have been challenged throughout Barker explained: "It's pretty cool, we didn't think it would happen like this. Seven firsts, we have had to work for every single one of them but to come out on top again is absolutely fantastic, it feels better than the last one.

"It's been tricky conditions and the fleet has put on some good racing for us. Overall I just think we had the pace and the experience. I just think we pulled it together to get there by the end of the race." continued Akhurst.

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