Sunday 29th May 10:00 a.m.
Its the commodores cup Regatta on Sunday and the forecast looks very favourable at the moment. There will be three back to back races, then in for a relaxing lunch organised by House. I hope to see you there, making the long weekend even more enjoyable!
Jeux Des Iles
Good luck to our Jeux des Iles sailors; Clemmie Carnegie, Finn Rogers, Edward Poignand, Phoebe Le Marquand who are representing Jersey in Mallorca.
Clipper Bursary Winner
Well done Katie for winning the 2016 clipper bursary of £1000 awarded in association with UBS . 18 year old Katie is a keen sailor and dinghy instructor at St Catherines. She plans to use the money to help fund a weeks training in the UK to become an RYA Senior Instructor.
Summer (Evening Series) Begins
Thursday 19th May
So Summer has officially arrived for us sailors, since its the first Summer Evening Series race this Thursday, race start 7 pm. So hope to see you on the start line.
This Sunday – Early start!
Sunday 22nd May 9:00 a.m.
Its normal Sunday sailing this weekend (Farley / Verney 5 & 6) but with a slight twist! The twist being that we need to start SHARP at 9:00 a.m. due to an awkward tide, which will be off the slip by 11:00 a.m so we’ll need to be efficient!
Look forward to seeing you there EXTRA bright and EXTRA early.
5th CI Masters Open Championship
Friday 24th – Sunday 25th June
An important weekend for the calendar for sailors of a certain age (35 and over to more precise). It’s our turn to host the CI masters championship now in its 5th year, a dedicated committee has been busy with arrangements. It’s a very sociable weekend of sailing when we enjoy competing for various highly coveted trophies with our fellow Channel Islanders. As a sailor of a certain age I highly recommend it!
Here are the Notice of Race including entry form and Sailing Instructions
Liberation Day Regatta
Monday 9th May
The Liberation regatta takes place this Monday 9th May and includes lunch at the club. BYOB + cakes for afternoon tea always appreciated!
The Vega pursuit race will start at 10:30, with a briefing at 9:45 to explain all, especially useful for those new to pursuit races. After the pursuit race there will be two open handicap races held back to back; first the Beagal then Liberation trophy. Then its in for a well deserved lunch around 2 pm, before the tide is the off the slip!
Did you know….
That the St. Catherine’s Liberation Day regatta has been held every year since the club started 66 years ago. The 3 races held on Liberation day are The Vega, The Beagle and The Liberation Day Trophy all with historic significance to the Liberation of the Channel Islands. First race of the day is the Vega named after the Red Cross Ship SS Vega that made several trips to Jersey with Red Cross parcels, then on 9th May 1945 HMS Beagle arrived at St. Helier harbour and later that day the island was liberated, hence the order of our races!
Saturday 15th – Sunday 16th May
The Spring Regatta is nearly upon us and promises some great racing in St Aubin’s Bay. Now is the time to enter, so here is the all important link to the NOR and entry form
If you are not planning to sail, offers of support on RIBS would be very much appreciated. Just contact Justin at firstname.lastname@example.org who is arranging the cover for the weekend.
Summer Term and Summer Holidays
Now the sun is out how would you like to learn to sail or power boat? Well at St Catherine’s we have a great set-up for training delivery, with a team of RYA qualified dinghy and powerboat instructors. Our Tony Cavey Training centre runs RYA courses, you can gain some great new skills. Here is the link you need to sign-up for a course http://www.scsc.org.je/?page_id=19 but don’t delay as they are filling up fast! This year too we are launching a new initiative aimed at youngsters; that combines sailing, power boating and kayak skills in one week! Details on the training pages. Any questions / expressions of interest are most welcome just e-mail the training team at email@example.com
St Catherine’s at the Boat Show
We hope you get a chance to visit the St Catherine’s marquee at the boat show this weekend. We have a great location just outside the maritime museum and a rota of club members keen to promote all we do!
If you’d like to learn to sail through our RYA accredited programme its not too late to book up for a summer course as there are spaces still. Check out the training course details here and please do come along and chat to the team this weekend to find out more as well.
This Sunday 1st May sailing is on at 10:00 am. it’s the Farley/Verney races 3 & 4. So make sure to organise your boat show visit around sailing!
Also Monday 9th May is the Liberation Day Regatta including Lunch. An event not to be missed.
2016 Spring Regatta
Hosted by RCIYC this is also fast approaching and sure to be a great weekend of sailing again from Sat 14th – Sun 15th May
Have you checked your boat lately?
A club member has just reported finding that a “small furry creature” had taken up residence in their boat berthed in the dinghy park. Some damage to boat covers and control lines had also occurred. So if you haven’t checked your boat for a while its recommended that you do so soon. We hope you’re not in for a similar surprise, but let a committee member know if you find your boat has been occupied as we are monitoring the situation!
St Catherine’s at the Boat Show
We will have our own Marquee at the boat show this year. It’s a great chance for us to explain all the fantastic opportunities available to those that get involved with sailing.
We now need as many people as possible to volunteer to support the stand and help show off to the community what we do. So please e-mail Dave Jones firstname.lastname@example.org as soon as possible if you can spare 3-4 hours over the weekend Saturday 30th April – Monday 1st May. Dave is organising the rota to ensure we have members at the stand over the weekend enthusing about sailing and what a great club we are!
If you can’t commit to support the stand, but after all make it to the show make sure to look us up and have a chat.
Future Ideas – next steps
Do you remember the future ideas evening last year? Well we are close now to the release of a design brief for publication to members. The committee will then be asking for your view on the steps proposed.
So in the meantime here is a reminder of the evening Future Ideas to start everyone thinking again about what the future could hold for our club and a link to the future ideas webpage set-up to track the progress of our future ideas initiative
2016 UBS Regatta NOR
Finally the NOR is now available for the joint clubs regatta If you want to take advantage of the early bird discount now is the time and here is the link you need! Jersey-Regatta
Let’s make sure that the Dinghy fleet is exceptionally strong once again.
Due to the strong and gusty wind forecast we have reluctantly taken the decision to cancel the Easter Regatta. I hope you are all enjoying the long weekend.
I hope you enjoy the enclosed short newsletter which sets the scene for 2016 at St Catherine’s and brings you up to date with what we have been up to over the winter months too.
Don’t miss out on our Totally Tropical themed fitting out supper on Saturday 19th March! Here is the poster SCSC 2016 fitting out supper
Hard to believe, yet we are less than a month away from the start of the sailing season now, with our first race on Sunday March 20th! Here is a link to our full sailing calendar as a reminder of exactly what is happening when. SCSC Sailing Programme 2016 Final
Have you completed and returned your membership form for 2016? If not don’t delay, here is the link you need St Catherines SC 2016-membership
Looking forward to seeing you at the club very soon
Date for your Diaries is Saturday 19th March for our very popular fitting out Supper. This year the theme will be Totally Tropical! Watch this space for more details of what will be a fun night at the club
On Sunday 7th February at 2 pm all club members, family and friends are invited to meet at La Rocque Harbour for our annual walk. This promises to be a fun, interesting and informative afternoon. Our volunteer guide Roger Noel has a wealth of knowledge about the history of this area, which he is keen to share with us on route. The walk will last in the region of two hours, followed by some well earned tea and cakes.
As the walk is free of charge we plan to invite donations to the RNLI.
Look forward to seeing you there.
Hope to see you at the club on Boxing Day. Race starts at 10 – fingers crossed we have some good conditions to help blow away the excesses of Christmas day!! There will be traditional mince pies and mulled wine in plentiful supply, together with a great chance for a catch-up chat with your sailing friends.
Best wishes all for a great Christmas