The time for this weekends sailing is now confirmed. Its been decided to go for a leisurely 3:30 pm start to fit in with tides.
This is the amendment to the sailing instructions, since the time isn’t published on the calendar this keeps things all above board!
sailing instructions 2015 Amendment 1
Following a very successful day last year we are holding our second friends and family day on Saturday 23rd May from 10:00 a.m.
(apologies we have had to postpone so not taking place this Saturday 23rd after all )
All club members are encouraged to drop-in during the day and also to invite their family or friends along to the club too. Perhaps those that have shown an interest in St Catherine’s in the past or are thinking about getting involved with sailing, though would like to know more first. The day will be a good chance for people to find out what we are all about by chatting to you and being introduced to other club members. There will be plenty of information on hand about the club and training opportunities There will also be the chance for you to take family and friends (weather permitting!) for a sail with RIB’s on the water to provide cover. Sailing gear and the new club hoodies and rash vests will also be on sale.
It was with sadness that I learned last weekend that John Speller (aged 83) passed away. John was an Honorary member of St Catherine’s Sailing Club and a real stalwart for many years, contributing his energy and enthusiasm. He held the position of Sailing Secretary and was also Commodore from 1981 to 1982. During the 1980’s when the club was extended by members, it was John who was instrumental in achieving this. John was also one of those industrious dads that built his own mirror dinghy, which then encouraged his sons to get into sailing too. I know you will all join me in extending heartfelt condolences to Jeff, Martin and their families. The club has a proud history and John’s part in that is an important one.
The Liberation regatta takes place this Saturday 9th May and includes lunch at the club. The Vega pursuit race will start at 10:00. All sailors and family are welcome, BYO beer & wine if you wish.
After lunch two more races will be held back to back first the Begal then Liberation trophy. We only run two pursuit races during the year, it may seem a bit complicated at first but once you have started it is just great fun, please ask us at the club to explain the start sequence if you are unsure, also you may like to download this information sheet. This link is to the RYA Pursuit race information sheet
Did you know….
That the St. Catherine’s Liberation Day regatta has been held every year since the club started 62 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!