Update; May 26th, slipway now fixed.
****Warning west rack slipway****
On the small slipway on the west rack, there are some boards missing on the lower section about 10 feet from the end. Therefore if you plan to use it tonight or over the weekend, please take extra care when using it. We will endeavour to get it fixed as soon as possible.
By Elizabeth Noblet
Nick and Geoff win Southern Area Championships 17/05/2016 (that’s the ‘Leigh sailing club’ GP14 cup) Maybe one day it will come back to Leigh on Sea…
The event had a good turnout of 11 boats, 4 of which were from the Welsh Harp SC. We also had Duncan Greenhalgh (GP14 Class President!) and Colin Quint travelled the furthest, all the way from Scotland to attend the two day event. I’m also please to say Leigh Sailing club had 3 people representing our club. Steve and I who came 7th, (not bad considering Steve had me as crew) and Steve Browne who was crewing for Richard Ham (Tollesbury SC). They did really well and came 2nd overall. So not bad for our club members! I was also pleased to hear people commenting on how good ‘our’ GP14 open was. Unfortunately Stone SC couldn’t conger up the same good weather, as sunny Leigh on Sea did just the weekend before.
Well on the Saturday, the temperature had dropped, but there was good wind. So dressed in my dry suite to keep me warm, we managed to have 3 very good back to back races. However, they were not without issues. On the First race, the GP14 class President was unfortunate, and capsized early on in the race. He was even more unlucky when it then turtled and unbeknown to him at the time, the mast had got stuck in the mud. :o/ After quite some time, he did manage to free it. However, there was a firm reminder as he then continued with the races with a nice mud patch on the top of his sail.
Steve and I also had a few issues. On the second race. I was having issues with the spinnaker where it seemed to get tangled when I had brought it down. However I did eventually manage to free it for the last part of the second race. However after Steve had been distracted by trying to advise me how to fix the spinnaker while sailing, we then managed to miss out the very last mark on that race, so got a DNF. :o( Thankfully there is always one race you can discard from your results….. so we knew which one was going to be ours. Unfortunately for me, I continued to have issues with the spinnaker on the third race as well. I wasn’t quite quick enough to pull the sail and sheets into the boat when bringing the sail down. I managed to save the sail from going under the boat, but lost the battle with the sheet. So mid race, Steve is trying to helm the boat and give me instruction about how to un-tie and retrieve the sheet from under the boat, then re-attach it to the sail. It must have looks comical seeing me laying on the front of the GP14, hoping I wasn’t going to slid off while re-threading the sheets to re attach to the sail. This also tested my ability to tie a bowline under pressure. I would like to say it all turned out ok…… unfortunately although I think I might have managed to do a bowline, I had managed to miss thread it, so we gave up on the spinnaker for the rest of the race. :o( I wasn’t the only one who had issues with the spinnaker, Helens crew was so efficient at getting the spinnaker up, he managed to set it all up an flying without Helen raising it. I was wondering why it seemed to be flapping about, without being pulled up. He was lucky it hadn’t gone into the water, otherwise he should have been doing the same as me.
Sunday, was the complete opposite to Saturday. Although it started off a bit chilly, the sun came out, but the wind didn’t follow…. So as Stone SC has no restrictions to tide times, the race was postponed until after lunch time, when the light sea breeze finally appeared. With the late start on the second day, we only got 2 races in. I’m pleased to say I didn’t have any issues with the spinnaker, and at one point we were second very close to the champions and in second place. Sadly it didn’t last and we did fall back a few places.
I have to say, it was a great experience. Lots of fun competing with other GP14’s, and visiting another club, which used to have a big fleet of GP14’s in its heyday. I also got to meet Peter and Jean Daniels, who were keen GP14 sailors back in their younger days. It was great to reminisce with them, and hear about how much fun they used to have sailing GP’s. I’m sure sailing keeps us all young at heart!
Picking up where they left off last year Nick Devereux and Geoff Edwards from Budworth were worthy winners, with Richard Ham and Stephen Browne taking second and Helen Allen top female helm with Maciej Matyjaszczuk as crew took third place.
1st Nick Devereux and Geoff Edwards – Budworth SC
2nd Richard Ham and Stephen Browne – Tollesbury SC
3rd Helen Allen and Maciej Matyjaszczuk – Welsh Harp SC
4th Stephen Cooper and Chris Lomax – Welsh Harp SC
5th James Ward and Richard Withill – Papercourt SC
6th Andy Wadsworth and Andy Simpson – Welsh Harp SC
7th Steve Corbet and Liz Noblet – Leigh-on-sea SC
8th Duncan Greenhalgh and Colin Quint – Bassenthwaite SC
9th Vicky Broomfield and Richard Broomfield – Maylandsea SC
10th Dennis Adams and Kevin Laitak – Welsh Harp SC
11th David Innes and Arun Osborn – Frensham Pond SC
By Ian Burtonshaw
Saturday morning we all met out in the ray around 7.00 am, with six boats from Leigh Sailing Club. Start was at 9.30, with winds North Easterly around 15 knots. Myself in Meg was the first boat over the line at the start . Ideal wind for getting to the south Shoebury buoy, then a broad reach over to Medway number 1. Two of the fast boats from Benfleet yacht club used their spinnakers which was a lovely sight . At the rear of the fleet our Cruisers were battling it out to get an advantage. Wind started to play up around the Robert Montgomery, when it disappeared leaving me and a Benfleet boat drifting towards it. Not a good feeling….. Luckily it picked up quickly, and we got to the ‘grain edge’ towards low water. This meant us slower boats could get the flood up the Medway. Unfortunately for myself, I didn't read the race instructions properly, and took buoy 17 as the finishing line. So I stayed there for 3 minutes thinking I had finish, just to be overtaken by another boat, that informed me that the finish line was buoy 30! LOL :o). At the end of the race, we all moored up and went ashore for a lovely meal in the Medway yacht club . Below are our boats finishing positions in the slow handicap.
1st Meg Merrily . 1st overall
2nd Mirulune 4th overall
3rd Naiad 6th overall
4th Sheer Magic 7th overall
5th Nimrod 9th overall
Unfortunately Calluna didn't finish
Please note, if any member wishes to come along on these Cruiser races, which end-up with a social event ashore after. Please don't be put off by the race tag. You are all welcome to just cruise the race route at your own pace, still following the buoys to the destination. Then you can join in the social event after the race. You can be part of the cruiser, support team! :o)
Next CCS race/Cruise is the ‘Blackwater’ on Saturday 11th /12th of June. We would love to see as many ‘Leigh’ boats as possible.
Don't forget also the ‘Stangate’ chilli super weekend 4th /5th of June
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
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.
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.
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.
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