Membership Berthing and the Clipper Bursary

Dear Sailors and Friends,

The new membership and dinghy berthing form is now available for you to print off and send to Jamie to ensure your 2017 membership and berthing is up to date. Please ensure that your boat is registered and paid up for the 2017 season, boats not registered at SCSC may be removed to allocate space.

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Applicants of all ages are invited to apply for the 2017 Jersey Clipper Bursary – a £1,000 cash award aimed at furthering maritime endeavour.
The bursary is designed to assist an Islander of any age to achieve a particular nautical ambition. This could be a trip on a tall ship, attending a training course, participation in a watersports competition, undertaking a marine biology field trip or competing in an ocean race – anything with a maritime theme.
The annual award, a legacy from the three Jersey campaigns in the Clipper Round-the-World Race, was established in 2007 through the generosity of Dandara, Les Pas Holdings and UBS. Further funding to ensure the future of the award has recently been provided by UBS, enabling the trustees to increase the main bursary to £1,000 and offer a runner’s-up award of £500.
The 2017 winner will follow in the wake of St Catherine’s Sailing Club member Katie Bennett-Jones who used the 2016 award to attend a Senior Dinghy Instructor course at the Rockley Watersports Centre in the UK.
‘The course was such hard work but so interesting and I have now come back full of new ideas and information,’ said Katie on her return to Jersey. ‘I cannot thank the trustees enough for giving me this amazing opportunity.’
Last year’s runner-up, surfer Hayden Bishop, used his award to help fund his participation in the British National Surf Championships held at Perranporth in Cornwall in October.
The deadline for submitting written applications for this year’s award is the end of April 2017. They should be no more than 200 words in length and should be emailed to

Happy New Year for 2017!



Starting the new year, SCSC has offered our friends in the long distance swimmimg club our facilities for soup after the New Year’s Day Swim. Please come and support them and share some stories from the bay.

The club will be open from 10am with a swim at 1045am.



Optimist Inland Championships – Saturday & Sunday 13 & 14 May 2017

2 days of sailing at Grafham Water Sailing Club, UK.
Donald Forbes is kindly heading up a trip for our young sailors.
All optimist sailors are invited and the trip will take place from Thursday 11th with a late ferry departure and return on the following Monday.
please get in touch if you would like your sailor to go to this National Ranking event. There is currently space avaible on a towed stacker and we would like to confirm places to get most competitive rates.




New Commodore’s Welcome and update



Dear Sailors and Friends,

Festive greetings and best wishes to you and your familes at Christmas time!

It is with great pride that I bring you this first message as the new Commodore of our great sailing club, knowing that it is in excellent shape following the departure of Paul Raimbault as commodore.


Coming up soon is the eagerly awaited Boxing Day Race where, as times past, we see a themed morning hosted by the House committee, and racing (if suitable ) for the hardy, often dressed in festive clothing!

I hope you can make it for the 11am start and as always cakes, mince pies and the like are grateful received on the day.



As usual, Winter training is taking place this season so please let Martin, James or David know that you are intending to sail or be part of the safety, support or training team as his plans are based around numbers participating at this time of year.


From the Tony Cavey Training Centre we have been given the opportunity to gain a great deal for SCSC members at the London Boat Show this winter, please see the info below.

Can I take this opportunity to wish you all, again, a very Merry Christmas and a Peaceful and Prosperous new Year, and I’m looking forward to seeing you all again soon, at our club enjoying the sport of sailing in the beautiful surroundings of St Catherine’s Bay.

Justin Horton, Commodore SCSC




Buy 1 ticket for £12.50 and get 1 FREE ticket

This Promotional Code is strictly for the use of St Catherine’s Sailing Club members.

Individual members may purchase up to 5 discounted tickets at £12.50 each. 1 free ticket will be sent with each purchased ticket.

Individual members may only use the Promotional Code a single time.

All tickets are valid ANY DAY including Preview Day on Friday 6th January.

Tickets can be ordered up to MIDNIGHT on Thursday 5th January.

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 more tickets.

Tickets are only available as ‘Print at Home’ via the London Boat Show website.

Click on ‘BUY TICKETS’ at top/right of homepage.
Enter and submit Promotional Code JGSCSC. This will bring up the ticket ordering sequence which is straightforward to follow.
John Goode Promotional Tickets – terms and conditions:
This offer is only available to persons contacted or made aware of the offer via John Goode (individually referred to as an “Eligible Person”). An Eligible Person will be provided with a code which must be entered into the Show ticketing website and will entitle them to one Standard ticket at a discounted rate of £12.50. A transaction fee of £1.95 will be applied to all purchased tickets, which shall apply per transaction and not per ticket. Upon purchasing a discounted ticket under clause 62, an Eligible Person will receive this ticket via email and will also receive two free Standard tickets via email. An Eligible Person is entitled to purchase one discounted Standard ticket (and shall only be entitled to two free Standard tickets) only via this offer. The Organiser reserves the right to cancel and/or void any tickets (whether discounted or free) obtained in excess of this under this offer. Free and discounted tickets under this offer will be valid on any one day between the 6th January 2017 and 15th January 2017. Purchasing and/or presentation of a ticket (whether free or discounted) under this offer for Show admission is subject to the terms and conditions for i) General Ticket Purchases and ii) John Goode Promotional Tickets. In the event of a conflict between these terms, the precedence shall be: i) John Goode Promotional Tickets terms and conditions; and ii) General Ticket Purchases terms and conditions. Tickets will not be sent by post. Tickets will be sent via email and must be printed and provided at the Show on the day of intended admission. Tickets are valid for one admission only. Upon exit from the Show visitors will not be re-admitted. The Organiser reserves the right to remove this offer at any time. Subject to clause 69, this offer is available whilst stocks last, but will in any event shall close at 11.59pm on January 5th 2017. This offer is not available on the gate. This offer cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer. Tickets (whether free or purchased) cannot be exchanged, or transferred, nor may they be resold for commercial gain. The face value of a free ticket is £0.00. Full terms and conditions here


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

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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.

Sailing Cancelled Tomorrow

Sailing Cancelled Tomorrow

Condor Series 5/6

Due to strong southerly wind forecast for tomorrow morning (Sunday 16th Oct) the sailing committee has decided to cancel.

Hopefully we’ll have better luck next weekend for the last races in the current Condor series!

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 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!

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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

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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 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 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.





Thursday racing and Class champs Sunday…

Bronze, Silver & Gold Races
This Thursday 4th heralds the start of a new format for our summer evening races, giving everyone a chance to race and win!
Although the start at 7pm will include all dinghies, we are splitting the results into three fleets.
Gold fleet racers will be experienced sailors and past trophy winners, with the Silver fleet made up of those who have some previous experience of racing.
The Bronze fleet is specifically for novices and first time racers, so come and have a go!
A member of the Sailing Committee will be on hand from 5pm to give advice and assistance if you need reassurance.

Class Championships 2016
Our annual Class Championship Regatta this Sunday 7th will consist of three races back to back, starting promptly at 10am.
If you sail a popular class of dinghy at the Club, please join in, to race boat for boat and boost the fleet numbers.
A ‘Remnants’ class will also be factored in, using the PY handicap system, so that no-one is left ashore!

Lunch will be an informal bring your own BBQ so please bring your own snorkers,  buns and burgers and grill away!