Castle Cove Sailing Club
Old Castle Road

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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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New Years Eve Party

Castle Cove Sailing Club

New Years Eve Party

A Party is being planned at the club to see the New Year in

There will be a five course meal with wine included

(Please make any special dietary requirements known)

There will be a French theme for the night along with party games

Dress code for the evening :

Ladies – posh frocks

Gentlemen – dress suits (lounge suits optional)

More details and a sign up list are on the club notice board

Numbers will be limited so book early to avoid disappointment

Winter Series - runners & chasers as things hot up

With only 3 races to go in the Winter Series – as the saying goes – ‘it’s tight at the top’!

Mike Street is keeping a firm grip on one handle of the John Player Winter Series cup, and with a string of top 3 places is currently leading in his Osprey, but only by 2 points after 5 races. Keeping him and his various crews honest are a pairing that have just a ‘few years’ of experience in a boat together – Paul Robbins and Jeremy Beling, who are counting 2 firsts in their scoreline. However they still only have a 4 point cushion from Keith and Kim Ellis – really enjoying the novelty of a) results, b) some element of feeling in control – after moving from an 800 to a 400.

With three races still scheduled, if we continue to get lucky with the Weymouth winter weather on the remaining Sundays , then a number of other players may come into the picture who are currently counting DNC’s. The most dangerous would look to be Sam Pascoe and micro-crew Sam (from WSC), who were victorious over last weekends beautifully sunny light wind trapezoid, have one other score (another 1st) and therefore need to sail all 3 to challenge (5 to count from 8).

Similarly the 2nd place boat on Sunday ; Jock and Andrea’s Scorpion, will jump up the order when they ditch their 46/DNC, and likely put them right in the podium mix. Although a bit more work req’d ,a significant jump awaits the other Scorp – Popsy, where one more decent result will properly elevate Sandra Smith and her regular series helm – (junior) niece Lucy Jones.

The ever present Musto Skiff fleet are also lurking further down the list but maybe ready to pounce,  with the regular top gun Sam Barker counting a couple of top 5 places, Mike Robbins scoring a 5th (just passed by Barker on last lap) last weekend,  and fleet newcomer Mike Dencher lying 6th and improving all the time as he finds the different groove/tricks from a 700 (he’s getting closer boys!)

There are individual high spots right down the list from the likes of fast junior Alex Freer getting a bullet in his Radial in race 4, Hugh De-Iongh piloting his beautiful  Canoe to 2nd in race 2, and Jon Emmett making a couple of low scoring visits during November with a 2nd & 3rd. Some consistent regulars are also currently in challenging positions – particularly Pete Barnstable’s Osprey, Nick Griffin in his RS100 and Chris Forrest & Alison Stephens’ 2000.

However it looks like the title is going to be a 5 way race with an Osprey, Fireball, RS400, Scorpion and Merlin all in the fight.

Report – Rob S
Photos – Keith & Kim (the atmospheric ones), & Rob S

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