Please note that the RYA Push The Boat Out event on Saturday 21st May 2016 has been postponed to a later date in 2016 – watch the news page for further details - Thank you.
Friday 20th May 2016 December from 19:30 - 23:00, the Island Yacht Club will be hosting their 'At Home'.
Essex SS8 7TX.
There are still many unclaimed handbooks. Could as many members as possible please collect their new club handbooks from the upstairs saloon - Thank you.
Message from your ever cost conscious Hon Secretary Tony Handfield.
By Steve Corbet
A fleet of 27 Solos, 13 visitors and 14 local boats were greeted by the usual Leigh on sea mud flats and lots of sunshine. As the tide rapidly covered the mud flats the wind filled in from the east to a steady 12 knots. The RNLI provided some pre-race entertainment with their hovercraft making sure that some day trippers got back to the shore safely after venturing too far over the mud flats.
When the racing started Steve Ede quickly made his way to the front while Mathew Foary managed to keep in front of Tim Lewis after a keenly contested start. Race 2 started with two boats over the line early, one returned but the other Mathew Foary did not and after leading for three rounds was greeted by that horrible silence. Tim Lewis who had been following Mathew heard the first race winning hoot as he crossed the line to take the win.
The tide had turned before the start of race 3, pushing a large part of the fleet across the line about 15 seconds too early, the race team had no option other than to call a general recall. The second start under the code flag I saw the fleet better behaved, Mathew Foary take the lead with Steve Ede chasing very hard in second place.
After two rounds the race team ended the race so that boats could be back ashore before the tide went out. Overall Mathew took the overall first place as he had the best position in the last race.
By Steve Corbet
On Saturday 7th May Leigh-on-sea SC hosted their first ever Open Meeting for Enterprise class dinghies. The course was shared with the GP14 fleet, both fleets started together without any clashes between the classes.
In all races the GP14s tended to lead the way with Lloyd Walker drawing clear of Ian Simpson and Nigel James in each of the three races. The weather was ideal and with the steady easterly wind everyone enjoyed an excellent days racing finished off with a BBQ and home made cakes.
Summer started on Saturday 7th May at Leigh on Sea, 8 GP14s enjoyed some excellent close racing on a warm early summer day, with a steady easterly wind. Richard Ham crewed by Steve Browne led both of the first two races with Richard Lord and Steve Cooper taking the second and third places.
I was only in the third race when Ham & Browne relaxed that Steve Cooper was able to take the pole position. The completion for the lower places was very keen with a lot of place changing on the beats and the run.
Following a theft at a neighbouring club, members are reminded to ensure that doors close behind them at all times.
The main front door, two white doors at either end of the platform and changing room doors should be retained by their latch (not deadlocked) at all times. If you are the last person to leave it is your responsibility to make sure the club is left locked up.
Please pass the word around and make it your business to keep the club safe and secure.
Thank you for your co-operation,
By Elizabeth Noblet
Well despite the return of winter weather last weekend, the dinghy sailors still ventured out for 2 days of sailing. We had 9 out of the total 13 from our club out on Saturday and 7 out of the total 9 on Sunday. So once again Leigh sailing club is out and sailing! Thankfully no drama’s on either day, but I do know our famous enterprise team Paul and Kevin did take a cold dip on the Saturday. Maybe the pressure of competing with another enterprise got the better of them ;o) How will they fair next weekend in the Enterprise open?? Unfortunately Steve in his GP14 with me has been knocked off pole position of the leader board by a member of the Essex, so we will have to try better in a couple of weeks. We have the next couple weekends of GP14 races to practice before the next Spring races at home.
Colin Walker has managed to keep his 1st position in the Solo Fleet. However, John Charles has manage to creep up to second place. So he better keep his eye on the wind for the next race, as John is on his way up the leader board. Will he take the lead in the next spring race??
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