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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Long days, big trophies, short and long races! Allen Welling, Barnes Cup
As summer has finally got itself in order ready for the longest day, its time to compete for some of the big name cups and trophies.
This Sunday 21st sees the Allen Welling for all dinghies (class 9). First start is scheduled for 11.00, with grand prix style short and sharp races - upto 7 races being fitted in if the weather/team/competitors are upto the challenge. The current holders are Hugh Shone & Hannah Tattersall in their RS800, but they don't have the same grip on this as the Basso - whose turn is it this year?
The following Sunday 28th is the Summer Pursuit race for the new Barnes Trophy - for 9 & Z -which was raced for last year for the very first time after being donated by Stuart Barnes and family in memory of Eric. The only names on this one are Rob & Sandra Smith, can the chasing Musto's, & Ospreysbe just held off by a Scorpion again?, or is it time for a Topper, Feva or keelboat rack up enough distance before the others start?.... Following the fun on the water that day will be the Tea on the Lawn (or balcony!), so clean your tea pot up!
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.
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.
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.