Category Archives: Sailing

Albacore Open Meeting Report 2018

12 teams  met for the first  Albacore Open Meeting of 2018, on the 31st March. The forecast promised breeze and the fleet was not disappointed. 

After bacon, coffee and the briefing everyone launched for race 1. The fleet got away cleanly for first start, with most of fleet deciding the pin end was favoured. Nearly all the  boats decided the left hand side was the way to go, Mike Hartley and Jemima Riley (7) soon got into their groove and powered away from the fleet with ease. 6922 (Biggs & Fowler), 8133 (Worth & Mullineux) and 8233 (Banner & Morris) found a big right hand shift to sneak at the woodwind mark ahead of 1749 (Savage & Moore)

The wind was now gusting force 6 with 3 downwind legs to get the boats on the planning and test the crews boat handling. By the end of the last leeward mark Savage/Moore managed to get into 3rd and on the heels of Biggs/ Fowler. An unfortunate breakage for Biggs/Fowler up the next beat meant they had to retire.

Hartley and Riley sailed the rest of the race relatively unchallenged,  apart from a fleeting effort by 1749 to try and close the gap. Worth and Mullineux held on to 3rd.

A slight drop in the wind strength for race 2 but still gusting up to force 5. A recall for Savage and Moore but the rest of the fleet was away cleanly. The course was now paying to find the right hand shift up the beat. Biggs/Fowler and Hartley/Riley had a very close battle until lap 2, when Hartley/Riley put some distance between them, taking the race 2 win and the event overall. The consistent Worth/Mullineux held on to 3rd from Savage/Moore.

The wind decreased to force 3 for race 3, with Hartley/Riley now enjoying an early shower and the warm clubhouse. It was over  to the fleet to battle for 2nd & 3rd overall. After a clean start it was Biggs/Fowler who quickly settled into an early lead and were never challenged, securing them 2nd overall. 1749, 8133 & 8233 enjoyed a very tactical race for 3 laps, with the advantage changing hands regularly. Savage/Moore found a shift and more pressure up the beat, to find a way through Worth/Mullineux. Taking 2nd and 3rd overall.

Snowflake Series

Our well attended Snowflake series reached its conclusion on 25th February 2018. The Series winner was Phil Worth from Delph SC, 2nd was Elton’s Dave Read and 3rd was Paul Salmon. 1st Lady was Tina Morris and first junior was Alex Lowery. Congratulations to all who took part in this great series. April sees the start of our busy Spring sailing programme.

Club boat policy

The club now has a multitude of boats available to members which have proved invaluable in training new members and beginners. It is however proving increasingly more onerous to keep these boats in working order and insure them.

In order to provide some funds to help with this, from 1st April 2018, a policy will come into effect for club owned boats, a summary of which is below.

Use of club boats will be free to new members during their first membership cycle i.e. any time between 1st April 2018 and 31st March 2019. Preference for their use will be given to organised courses run by the club. Members should pay a fee for the use of club boats after the 31st March following initial membership.

Club boats should not normally be used at venues other than Elton Sailing Club unless for an event that they are being used to specifically represent the club eg WLYC 24 hour race.

Fees will be set at £5 for two and a half hours or less (half day) and £10 for a full day. These fees should be placed in an envelope provided with the date, time and person’s name in the suggestion box in the foyer.

The objectives of this policy are to have boats available for new members and training, encourage existing members to purchase their own boat and provide some funds to help with running costs of club boats. The full policy will be found on the notice board and this will be reviewed before April 2019 to see if it these objectives are being met.

Dave Read

Vice Commodore

Berthing Fees 2018-2019

It’s that time of year again! Berthing fees will soon be due for 2018/2019. It has therefore been decided by your Council that berthing fees, which have remained static for two years, will this year increase by a modest amount. Berthing Fees for the 2018/2019 sailing season will be as follow:

Adult Berth – due on 01/02/2018: £48

Junior Berth – due on 01/02/2018: £37

WebCollect is now available to take your payments. Please click on the Web Collect Button below to start payment. Payment by cash and cheque, although possible, incurs a large administrative overhead.

You will need to choose the number of berths you require and the complete the form for each boat. Note that we now require the boat number rather than the sail number. This will help in identifying boats in the boat park. (In 90% of cases these numbers will be the same).

You will need to choose the number of berths you require and then complete the form for each boat. Note that we now require the boat number rather than the sail number. This will help in identifying boats in the boat park. (In 90% of cases these numbers will be the same)

Mid-Summer Trophy Night

Don’t miss our Mid-Summer Trophy Night on Wednesday 21st June

This event lets us celebrate Mid-Summer Eve in the middle of the Wednesday Summer Handicap Series sponsored by Moore and Moore Windows.

The event is closely followed by the Enterprise and Albacore Open on Saturday 24th June 2017.