Congratulations to the Jersey Jeux des Iles Sailing team made up exclusively of St. Catherine’s sailors. The Jeux des Iles has some of Europe’s very best optimist sailors racing so this is a very tough field to be competing in. We were all thrilled when the news came though that David Raimbault had won race 3 and was scoring single digit results, this is first time a Jersey sailor has won a Jeux des Iles race, and a very deserved 8th place overall.
The Jersey team is:
David Raimbault, William Holden, Elana St.George and Georgia Le Marquand.
At long last summer has arrived and Sunday its going to be a lovely 22° with a perfect force 3 – 4 breeze. The Commodores cup is a chilled out event so if you have not yet been on the water then come on down on Sunday, its going to be a great day out. Lunch will be on offer in the club and tea and cake in the afternoon.
A briefing will be held at 0945, this is your chance to ask questions and find out what’s going on and which way to go when the race starts! Racing will start at 10.00 with two races back to back in the morning. We will break for a light lunch of summer salads, ham and vegetarian option courses followed by cheese and dessert. Back on the water promptly after lunch for a further race in the afternoon followed by tea and cakes.Cakes.
We are looking for volunteers to bring a cake for afternoon tea on Sunday. If you are able to bring a cake please let Alison know.
This year is the 150th anniversary of the Club’s receipt of the Royal warrant in 1862 and the Commodore has great pleasure in inviting you to take part in the Grand Sail Past for all types of boats for the evening of the 5th July with the Lt. Governor General Sir John McColl taking the salute as the flotilla navigates between St Aubin’s Fort and the Club.
The event is being sponsored by Aberdeen Asset Management. There will be a prize for the best decorated boat.
Some club members would like to do the RYA safety boat course, in order to gauge intreast if you would like to complete this course please can you email Louise Perkins now.
We will be holding a BBQ after racing on Sunday 3 June at the club. Sailing starts at 1430 and you are invited to stay on for the BBQ afterwards. Tickets are £8 each or £20 per family, please email Louise to let us know that you are coming, and plan for numbers, BYO booze!
If you would like to join us for Petanque practise session we are meeting after work, 5.30 on every Tuesday from 8 May at the Weighbridge Petanque pitches (opposite the Royal Yacht). Email Jeremy for details, we are absolute beginners!
The racing in St Aubin’s Bay:
There was a cold north easterly wind blowing which started at around 7 knots for the first race. The theme for the day was extremely tight racing over the windward leeward course with places changing regularly with less than a minute separating the boats after an hours racing. In the first race they all got away cleanly at the start but at the end it was David Carter that took the winning gun 13 seconds ahead of Emma Speller.
The wind increased to 15 knots for the second race and required a course adjustment. After numerous place changes Charles Perkins was leading coming in to the finish line to be piped at the post by just 1 second by Laurence Carter taking the winning gun. The wind decreased to 7 knots for the third race. Shortly after the start Emma Speller tacked to the right of the course and was first at the windward mark a position she held to the end ahead of David Carter in second place.
The racing in St Catherine’s Bay.
The second round of the Island Games Qualifiers took place on Saturday 7th April at St Catherine’s in a light Northerly wind for the two Laser Radial places to represent Jersey in Bermuda. After the first 3 races in St Aubin’s Bay it was all very close between the top 4 places with everything to play for at the half way mark. The courses were windward / leeward being the type of course expected in Bermuda. The racing started and again it was clear the racing was going to be extremely tight with Charles Perkins overtaking Laurence Carter in the closing stages to take the winning gun and reverse the race in St Aubin’s Bay when Laurence Carter just beat Charles Perkins to the line. The course was adjusted for the 5th race to increase the sailing time from a 20 minute race to 30 minutes. In the fifth race at the half way position both Charles Perkins and Laurence Carter were fighting for the lead, however Laurence fell back going up the final beat with Charles taking the winning gun and David Carter second. It was therefore all down to the last race with Charles Perkins in first position overall after 5 races with one discard, 2 points ahead of David Carter and Emma Speller, who had taken 2 third positions in these races, and Laurence Carter a further point behind. This time it was Emma Speller that went into the lead but in the light breeze was continually pressed by the rest of the fleet but held on to take the winning gun and with it first place overall in the series just one point ahead of Charles Perkins who took the second slot with Laurence and David Carter on equal points just one point further behind in third and fourth places respectively.
The next Island Games racing is for the Laser Standard fleet and will take place in St Aubin’s Bay on Saturday 21st April.
1st – Emma Speller 10Pts
2nd – Charles Perkins 11Pts
3rd Laurence Carter 12pts
4th David Carter 12pts
5th Paul Raimbault 25pts
The road base from Mark Lamy’s RS200 has gone missing from the boat park at St. Cath’s over the last few weeks. If you have borrowed it or happen to know where it is can you email or call Mark on 835403 0r 07797 727390 as soon as you can please.
This is a timely reminder to ensure that if you leave anything at St. Catherine’s especially trailers, that you secure them well with a tow hitch lock, some of the rows at the club have heavy chain buried in the grass which you can also chain and lock your boat to. We also advise that you take home your foils, spars, sails and anything that is not fixed down.
Please find attached flier outlining the forthcoming dinghy instructor course.
Most people who have shown an interest have been contacted, but I would
appreciate it if you could display this, and/or circulate it to those in your
club who might be interested.
Dinghy Instructor Course 2012
The dates for the trials have been set for this year as follows:
Saturday 31st March in St Aubins Bay, Radial Class, 3 races
Saturday 7th April in St Catherines Bay, Radial Class, 3 races
Saturday 21’t April in St Aubins Buy, Standard Class, 3 races
Saturday 5th May in St Catherines Bay, Standard Class, 3 races
Saturday 12th May spare date
Click here to download the Notice of Race Island Games Trials NOR 2012 v2