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Whilst the main season is over there are still plenty of club activities to look forward to including the annual dinner, our popular winter training squads and some great courses to brush up your knowledge…. 

Laying Up Training Fleet

Please meet at the club 2pm this Sunday  (20th November) if you can spare an hour or so. The plan is to lay-up the training boats for the winter period, many hands will make light work!

Annual Dinner and Prize Giving

party poster banner                                                           2016 poster

Our main social event of the year and definitely an evening not to be missed. Once again we’ll be celebrating in style another fantastic year at St Catherine’s! Here is a link to the Poster with details.  We look forward to seeing you on the 26th at the Hampshire Hotel.

There’s a great value adult-menu and kids-menu. Please print and complete your menu-choices which you should return asap with a cheque enclosed.  E-mail

Numbers are limited so don’t delay!

AGM Notice

The AGM will be at 3 p.m on Sunday 27th November at the club House, its open to club members.  The agenda and proposed general committee will be posted on our club notice board on or before Saturday 19th November. If there is any business that you would like included you must notify Nicky Westwood, Honorary Secretary, by Sunday 6th November as at least 21 days notice is required.

Your committee very much looks forward to welcoming as many members as possible on the day, tea and cakes will be provided!

Winter Training


Once again we are running winter race training sessions for those keen to hone their skills & keep active during the winter months. This year the Laser, Optimist & Topper training will all take place on the same day commencing Sunday 6th November at 09:30.

Martin & Jamie will lead the Laser coaching & we are looking for volunteers to help with race coaching the Optimist & Topper fleets plus we need plenty of volunteers to man safety boats & shore cover. As the saying goes “many hands make light work” so the more volunteers we have the more we can spread the load so if you can spare some time on a Sunday morning please send an email to Martin, & David  with the help you can provide so we can get a rota set up.

For your diary the training dates are as follows:

Sunday 6th November
Sunday 20th November
Sunday 4th December
Sunday 18th December

Sunday 8th January
Sunday 22nd January
Sunday 5th February
Sunday 19th February
Sunday 5th March
Sunday 19th March
The format will be a briefing at 09:30 in the clubhouse then straight out on the water for some exercises followed by a couple of races counting towards a winter ladder for each class. To speed up the launching process all sailors must be changed & boats ready to be taken down slip prior to the briefing. We aim to finish up at about 13:00.The cost is £5.00 per session to cover fuel & light refreshments.To help with the organisation we would like to members to sign up now for the winter training & then let us know one week in advance of the training date if you can’t make it. For the Laser fleet please advise Martin Speller & Jamie Mulholland  email addresses:- / respectively & for Topper / Optimist Fleet please advise David Cadin email address:- if there are members who do not sail a Laser, Optimist or Topper but want to take part in race training please contact Martin or David.winter training

Learn How Protests Work

At St. Helier Yacht Club on Friday 4th November at 6pm
A group of adult volunteers will act out a protest scenario in the prescribed RYA format. All are welcome to attend what promises to  be an interesting session.  Especially valuable for those racing regularly or anyone perhaps uncertain about the protest process that would like to know more. Its free to members .
Please e-mail if you would like to attend, junior members are especially encouraged to do so.

Race Officer Training

Also at St. Helier Yacht Club on Saturday 5th & Sunday 6th November the Regional Race Officer course still has some sponsored places available to club members.

Please e-mail if you would like to participate in this RYA course which we are promoting to any aspiring race officer or helper as it benefits the club and sailing.

Barts Bash – It’s this Sunday – Important Information!

It’s the biggest sailing event in the World. On the same day sailors in club’s across the globe get involved in one race!

We will take entries on the day, but ideally please sign-up in advance here also spread the word and get fundraising for a great cause!

We are sailing on a falling 11.7m tide, so please make every effort to follow the following itinerary for the morning:

09:30  Sailors start to arrive and rig their boats
10:00  Event Briefing
10:10  First boats start to launch
10:45  Last boats launched
11:00  Start of Race – duration approx. 1 hour
12:00  First boats head back to slip
12:30  Remainder of the boats recovered – bottom of slip uncovers

House are laying on a simple lunch afterwards, so we can all chat about how well things went!

This day is very much about having fun on the water and getting as many sailors involved as we can. So all standards are welcome, there will be plenty of on the water RIB support to coach you around if you are a beginner. [On the day bouncy castle for sale itself of course we will advise if the conditions are suitable or not for novice sailors that are unsure].

Please do come down to the club, this is also a social occasion and a chance to learn what the club can offer. For new members also an opportunity to chat to some of the old hands.  We are also planning a second hand sailing gear sale, so there is always the chance of picking up a bargain!

Hope to see you there


We are only 3 weeks away from the largest sailing event in the world on Sunday 18th September, the day the world goes sailing! Come and join in at St Catherine’s Sailing Club, start time 11.00am.

We are planning for another great day with an emphasis on fun and participation, so whether you are a novice or experienced racer

sign-up at

Bart’s Bash has seen more than 45,000 sailors participate at their home clubs in 62 countries across the past 2 years. The event is a great opportunity to raise funds for the Andrew Simpson Sailing Trust, which is focused on encouraging young people to get involved in the wonderful sport of sailing. Donations bouncy castle for sale can be made by each sailor on the website.

Spread the word to your family and friends and let’s see if we can achieve the biggest fleet and fund raising event St Catherine’s Sailing Club has ever seen!

Junior Fun Regatta – 21st August (CANCELLED)

It’s a shame but given the high wind forecast its been decided to cancel.

Next Sunday morning   (meeting at 10:00 a.m.)  is especially for any juniors that have been training on one of our RYA level 1 – 4 courses this summer.

Lets celebrate that bouncy castle for sale you are learning to sail!

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They’ll be some free sailing in club oppis and Pico’s, a  few short races for those that would like to. This is also a great chance for parents to find out more about the club and what the next steps are after your training finishes this summer.

Hot dogs, salad and cakes for lunch! Here is the poster with more information Junior Fun Regatta 2016

Please e-mail asap if you would like to come along so we have an ideas of numbers. or tel 857987 with any questions.

Sunday Cruise

Cruise to Rozel

Meet at the Club 9:30 This Sunday Morning (24th July)
If you like the idea of a gentle sail round to Rozel, leaving around 10.00 and going with the tide, picnic at Rozel and return at slack tide, before 1500 hours when the steps at the bottom of the slip will begin to uncover.  Minimum size of boat is Pico.  The trip is not suitable for Optimists. This is recommended for experienced helms only.

The final plan will be confirmed on Sunday and is also subject to a minimum of two RIB drivers (with crew) and sufficient interest from sailors. Of course weather dependent too, though current forecast looks good and tides work well. [Force 3 Westerly: High 10:15: Low 16:51]

Don’t forget to bring a picnic and sun cream!

Contact organiser Jeremy Barnes if you can help with RIB support or if you have any questions. Tel 07797 714 751   e-mail:

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UBS Regatta

UBS Regatta : Early Entry Discount

Friday 9th to Sunday 11th September

iscount for entries received no later than Monday 18th July. With just over two months to go, the UBS Jersey Regatta will soon be upon us. The Notice of Race, including entry form, is available on  Full details are to be found in the Notice of Race.
Whilst the absolute closing date for entries is Tuesday 6th September, entry fees are significantly discounted for boats submitting their entry forms no later than Monday 18th July.

Southampton Boat Show : Offer to Club Members
Show Runs from 16th – 25th Sept.

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TELEPHONE BOOKING: 0844 776 7766 


Tickets are valid ANY DAY including Preview Day on Friday 16th September.Tickets can be booked up to MIDDAY on the FINAL DAY of the show – Sunday 25th September.Youngsters 15 years or under go free (up to two per accompanying adult) provided tickets for them are requested when ordering adult tickets.A single transaction fee of £1.95 applies whether ordering one or any greater number of tickets.

GROUP ORDERS of 10 or more tickets (at the same £11.00 price) can now be ordered by telephone OR via the website using the JG1 Code.

Tickets can be printed at home, delivered by post, or collected at the Show. Because tickets ordered via postal delivery could take up to 7 days to arrive, those purchased at short notice can be collected on arrival from the advance bouncy castle for sale ticket box office at the Show entrance. The most expedient option, for those ordering tickets over the Internet, is to use the website’s ‘Print at Home’ facility.

When booking you will be asked to select the day you expect to visit. This is merely to help the organiser predict visitor numbers for logistical purposes. The tickets you receive will be valid for ANY single day including Preview Day.

  • Click on ‘BUY TICKETS’ at top/right of homepage.
  • Enter & submit Promotional Code JG1 which brings up a page with the days of the show listed.    
  • Clicking on the anticipated day of your visit (see note above) brings up the ticket ordering sequence which is straightforward to follow

Annual Regatta

Annual Regatta

Its the 63rd SCSC annual regatta from this Friday 8th  – Sunday 10th July. This is our main event of the year and there is something for everyone so hope to see you there.

There are 13 races in all over the weekend including open handicap, ladies only, his Inflatable Water Slide and hers, age group races, pursuit races and many more. The Trophee de Paris  is for all our new oppie racing sailors.

We need lots of help over the weekend on RIBS and also in the kitchen. Donations of salads and cakes (and more cakes!) very welcome. House will be very busy keeping us all well fed and watered!

You can sign up to use a club boat from Thursday evening, when a sign-on sheet will be available at the club.

The traditional Sea Sunday service is also taking place on Sunday morning, with a blessing of the boats. The attendees are invited for a cup of tea and cake afterwards in the club house.

Its going to be a busy weekend!

Here is the NOR with all the details SCSC Regatta NoR  and please note Amendment 1 2016

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Upcoming Events

Jubilee Regatta – This Weekend

This Sunday is Jubilee Regatta with 3 races and lunch provided by House, what could be a finer way to spend Fathers day!   There will be 2 races before lunch, the first starting at 10:00 a.m.  As the tide is going out we then plan to moor the boats just off the beach, so something a bit different being organised bouncy castle for sale by our sailing committee.  After lunch we are out (via the beach!) for the final race and once that’s complete we’ll be able to get back on the slip….It’s bound to be fun so I hope you make it.

CI Masters – Next Weekend

Next weekend a reminder to all sailors of a certain age (more precisely, 35 and over) that the big event of the calendar is approaching. It’s the chance for us experienced sailors to enjoy friendly competition  with our fellow Guernsey masters!  So if you plan to sail, but haven’t yet entered, please do so soon. If you enter before the 20th June it works out cheaper!

Here are all the details

CI Masters 2016 NOR Final

CI Masters 2016 SI Final