The Helford River Sailing Club is starting Adult Dinghy Sailing every Saturday during the summer season beginning at 2.00 pm on 8th July. The start time will alternate between 2.00pm and 10.00am depending on the tide. Our aim is to attract new members to the club by offering an opportunity to Try Sailing a Wayfarer or our new Drascombe Lugger with an experienced club sailor.
All existing club members with or without dinghy experience will be most welcome to join us. Most importantly we need to build up a list of experienced sailors and safety boat crews who are able to help.
This will be promoted in the West Briton as an opportunity to “Try Sailing” which, as you know, has taken place for many years and with great success on Tuesday nights.
If you would like to take part or want to help, please email Angie Watson at [email protected]
It’s looking like with the forecast for tomorrow’s dinghy racing (Thursday) and Sundays, we are going to have to cancel.
Especially as it is going to be wind against tide !
So next race is going to be Thursday evening 29th April and then some race training on the Sunday 2nd.
If any one can help with safety boats on any of these days or for other races please contact me.
Cheers Duncan 07817875706
With an amazing demonstration of downwind speed & control, playing the angles with the spinnaker, Lymington racer Sam Webb and his mum Jenny zoomed around the course making the Feva XL do things it probably didn’t think it could. Its always a pleasure to be thrashed by sheer quality, and never more so than Team Webb’s 12 year old helm – we want his autograph!
Spring Evening Series Thursday 7th May 2015 : Ave Lap UXCx2, Wind 2
Beccy Wins Her Halo
A tranquil evening on the Helford was perhaps relished by those who’d ignored DO Andrew Hosking’s good advice at Sunday’s attempt at racing in 30+kts. Anticipating light airs, Beccy Kestin went for max power to weight ratio as did Phil Philpott with a shiny new 11.4 M Halo, navigated to where there was most wind and least tide and came first & second. Phil Samuel had a great start leading the fleet but it was Aeolus who favoured Andy Biggs; despite a modest beginning, slipped past Ben Johns and Samuel by 1 & 3 tiny seconds for a Bronze.
McD did not ask for, nor was given any favours when wafted around the course, but managed to avoid the trap of tide against wind at Bosahan that befell Beks Hosking in similarly clothed Laser. Keen youth sailor Jim Lea earlier leading the other soloed Feva of Ben Johns on his first race of the season, could not, capitalise on the advantage, and in hindsight was retired a little early by DO Stephen Brooks, but not before piping Beks.
Results 1st R Kestin. 2nd P Philpott 3rd A Biggs
Captain Dinghies Andy Biggs thanks all those in support of the fleet on the day
Safety Boat & Photography: Stephen Brooks