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This is all the latest news from St. Catherine’s Sailing Club, Jersey, C.I.

Sailing Committee – July Newsletter

June’s weather was rather mixed to say the least and it was a great shame that our main regatta of the year was impacted by high winds resulting in the races for Friday and Saturday postponed, however Sunday proved much better and we managed to run a full programme of events including our up and coming Optimist Regatta Fleet with some very close racing between Lottie Ohlsson and George Edwards who tied for points with Lottie ultimately taking the series and Trophy De Paris on count back. Well done to everyone who took part.

As a reminder we are running the Saturday’s events on Sunday 18th August including the postponed Liberation Trophy Race and the Friday night races on Sunday 28th July.

In contrast the Commodore’s Regatta had perfect conditions and congratulations go to Ben Rogers who won the Commodore’s Cup and Morgan Surcouf the Commodore’s Plate. The Jubilee Regatta also benefited from nice conditions with a good turnout. Well done to Peter Raimbault who won the Jubilee Trophy, Jonny Jones being the first U18 winning the Buchanan Cup and Charlie Hewgill first Optimist winning the Jubilee Mug.

A special thanks must go to our House Committee and their helpers for the superb catering at all these Regattas. It has certainly been a busy month for them.

Looking ahead to July we have the Twilight Evening Series running plus completion of the Gala and Bel Val Series.

The big event of the month is the Gorey Regatta over the weekend 12th – 14th July with the Tommy Horton Feeder race to Gorey on the Friday evening with racing in the Royal Bay over the whole weekend. The event has the honour of being one of the oldest Regattas in the world and has a great atmosphere on the beach from where competitors launch from. Sign up for the regatta here: https://www.goreyregatta.org/

Our final event in July is the Personal Handicap Mini Series 1&2 on the 28th July. For this event we apply a personal handicap to sailors based on their performance during the year, this makes it tougher for our top sailors to win and easier for newcomers and less experienced to feature at the top of the podium.

As mentioned earlier we are also running the postponed the Single Handed Swan Verner Cup and Crews Challenge at the end of the above mini series.

So plenty to look forward to.

Happy Sailing

Sailing Committee

Sailing Committee – June Newsletter

Once again we have had another excellent month of sailing at St Caths, both the Farley and Verner Series have been completed and congrats go to Paula Boyle and Ollie Hunt winning each series respectively.

The Liberation Day Regatta was another great success although it was a shame the wind died for the final race however well done to Jamie Washington, Ollie Boyle and Henry Edwards who won the Beagle, Vega Fast and Vega Slow races respectively. We hope to run the postponed Liberation Race later in the year.

The Summer evening series is well under way with a very close battle going on between Henry Lucas and Paul Raimbault with just 0.3 of a point splitting them with 2 races remaining.

Looking ahead to June we have a packed programme of events with three Regattas, starting with the Commodore’s Regatta combined with the Double Handed Series on the 9th June and then the main event of the year being the Annual Regatta over the weekend 14th-16th June.  Racing for this starts on the Friday Evening with the Single Handed and Crews Challenge and then there is a full programme of events over the whole weekend with something for everyone including the Optimist Regatta fleet with racing on Sunday morning for our younger less experienced sailors. 

We then finish the month off with the Jubilee Regatta on the 30th June, so plenty of opportunities to have fun and go sailing!

Full details of all events are published on the Website Notice Board and nearer the time you can sign up on Web Collect

Happy Sailing 

Sailing Committee

Sailing Committee – May Newsletter

As we move into a new month of competitions its worth highlighting we have had some great sailing at the club during April. Both the Amy and ANRP Series have now been completed and congratulations go to ‘Team Haslam’ with father and son Marc and Oliver winning each series respectively. 

Looking ahead our evening sailing starts on Thursday 2nd May competing for the recently re-assigned Rhys Perkins Trophy.

We also have the start of the Sunday Farley and Verner Series. Don’t forget that the 3 Fast and Slow Series running throughout the summer also count towards the two Long Series’ Mavourneen and Bery Malco Trophies and you can track your progress on the results page accessed via our website.

The big event during the month is the Liberation Day Regatta. Three races are scheduled starting with the Vega Pursuit followed by Beagle Open Handicap finishing with the Liberation Day Trophy. These races are always held in this order to signify the three important timeline of events during the Occupation then Liberation of Jersey during the Second World War. Firstly the Vega Red Cross ship brought the much needed supplies to the island during the occupation, then HMS Beagle brought the liberating forces and subsequent Liberation of the island.

With regard to the Regatta, due to tidal conditions the first race starts at 9am promptly. This is a pursuit race where slower boats start first chased down by the faster boats who are subsequently started on a handicapped basis with winner being first over the line after 60 minutes from the first  starting signal. The three races will be held “back to back” followed by lunch on the terrace provided by our House Committee and is sure to be a fun day not to be missed.

Finally we wanted to highlight the club championships which take place on 8th September. Although there is still plenty of time to go, those who have read their sailing instructions will see that to qualify you must have completed at least 8 races prior to the event. More details of the event will follow in due course.

Thats it for now, have a great month sailing

Sailing Committee

Sailing Committee March Newsletter

This year we thought it would be useful to send out a monthly message to highlight upcoming events plus any useful updates and information.

As well publicised the sailing season starts in just over one weeks time on Sunday 24th March, so if not already done so, now is the time to check your boats to make sure everything is working properly and fittings are secure. We want to highlight that due to tidal conditions the start time for the first race  is early at 9am and the Race Officer will not have much scope for any delays so please do arrive early.  Racing is for the Amy Cup and ANRP Mug split into Fast and Slow Handicap racing which will be held over 4 weekends with 5 races out of 8 to count.

Our first Regatta of the year is on Easter Monday with a 3-race series starting 10am. This is always a popular event particularly as there might be some chocolates involved! In the run up to this we have some top UK ILCA / Laser race coaches arriving on the 29th for a four day training camp. This is a superb opportunity to learn new skills from the best. There are still a few places open so be quick and sign up on webcollect.

The RCIYC Nick Cousins Memorial Spring Regatta takes place over the weekend of 13th/14th April. We need volunteers for rib duty, beachmaster and also cars to tow ribs to and from St Aubin. Please contact Justin Horton who is co-ordinating, your help will be much appreciated. Sailors need to organise themselves and where necessary collaborate getting dinghies to and from the venue. Entries are through Eventbrite with a deadline 8th April. https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/o/the-royal-channel-islands-yacht-club-18654642776

We would like to highlight some useful resources on the club website under the Racing / Notice Board. Here you will find the Programme of Events, Notice of Race, Sailing Instructions and Handicaps. Also, this page will be where we post any amendments so keep an eye on this.

As you may have seen in the press, Ports of Jersey are conducting a survey of the breakwater and slipway following damage from Storm Ciaran. We are in close communication with PoJ as restricted access will impact the running of our events. We will keep you informed of any changes to our programme.

Please could all sailors make sure their trolleys are clearly labelled with their name and sail number. This helps the shore party identify trolleys as sailors return to shore and speeds up the process.

An advance thankyou to all members helping with race duties this year. We recently held an excellent briefing session at the club to share knowledge on the running of club events. If anyone missed this and is unsure of their duties and what is involved, please contact a member of the Sailing Committee.

Finally if you have duties assigned to you on Dutyman and have not yet accepted or swapped your duty please do this as soon as possible so we can avoid last minute complications.

In the meantime, we look forward to seeing you on the water – Happy Sailing

Sailing Committee

2024 Sailing courses

Dinghy Sailing courses for all ages and ability, delivered by our Qualified RYA Dinghy Instructors with enthusiasm and professional local knowledge. All our courses aim to help you improve your skills, and take into account your personal requirements.

We operate from the comfort of St Catherine’s Sailing club with up-to-date learning resources.

Using Optimist , Pico, Feva and Omega sailing dinghies we are able to Tailor your learning programme to suit your physical ability and learning levels.

Our courses start from 8ys as individuals, but Families might like to bring younger members if they are together on a course.

Bookings only through http://www.webcollect.org.uk/scsc

Types and Dates of Courses.

Learn to Sail RYA Stage 1 and 2 :

Wednesday 5th June for 6 consecutive Weeks: 4.30 to 6.30pm

RYA Stage 3 and 4 club racing.

Thursday 6th June for 6 consecutive Weeks. 5.30 to 8.00pm

Adult Sailing and Seamanship course, (bespoke learning and qualifications dependant on personal requirements.)

17th to 21st June. (5 days) 9am to 3 pm

Adult Return to sailing (race training) Saturday 18th May

10 am to 1pm bespoke race training for intermediate level sailors

Adult Learn to sail Saturdays 1st/ 8th/ 22nd June

Individual Saturdays from 10 am to 1pm for learning students.

S.C.S.C. RYA Assistant Instructor course

For Yr.10 students wanting to assist Instructors during the 2024 season.

Saturday 29th June 9am

Summer learn to sail courses.

Junior Summer 1 (RYA all stages)

22nd to 25th July (4 days)

Junior Summer 2 (RYA all stages)

29th July to 1st Aug (4 days)

Junior summer 3 (RYA all stages)

5th to 8th Aug 4 days)

Junior summer 4 (RYA all stages)

12 to 15th Aug. (4Days)

Junior Regatta Fun for all Summer course attendees and their Families

17th Aug 10am (morning only)

Adults, Families and Teens Sailing Course. (Bespoke teaching and learning to suit individuals and groups)

19 to 22nd Aug (4 days)

Summer Sailing Course for Adults, Families and Teens.

The last course of the summer is specifically designed for Adults, Family groups and Teenagers to learn to sail .

With a fleet of dinghies including Optimists, Picos, Fevas and Omega, there is something for everyone.

The course starts on Monday 21st August and last for 4 days. You will be given specific tailored tuition to your level and needs depending on your experience , skill and learning style.

Take the link to webcollect our on line booking platform, where you will see more information and booking details for this course.