16th May 2021
We had a somewhat mixed day yesterday. The morning brought a nice breeze for four junior members, one being very efficient in a canoe, and three in Terras and a Pico. All stayed in the marina and showed little sign of six months away from the water as they sailed back and forth, beating, reaching and running, tacking and gybing, all very efficiently – well done all. See you again next week.
Then we had a grim hour of wind and rain, but for the few of us there for the afternoon, an invigorating sail in a brisk breeze, enough to clear the cobwebs but not too strenuous.
The next scheduled club event is on Wednesday evening, the assistant instructor course starting at 6.30. Others not involved in the course are welcome to come and enjoy a sail; we will see what depending on who comes.
Then we have junior sailing next Saturday morning starting at 10.00, followed by a club outing in the afternoon at 2.00, scheduled to go to Toome, but this could change to the Battery depending on the wind direction – come along, bring a wee picnic, and we will sort who goes in what boats. We will start the system of reserving club boats shortly, but for the present, please indicate on WhatsApp if you want one.
See you all Wednesday or Saturday.
23rd April 2021
So, lovely weather forecast for tomorrow following the lively sail last week.
Tomorrow morning we have the first instalment of the training course curtailed at the end of last season followed by club sailing in the afternoon, 2.00 onwards.
And on Monday evening, our AGM; all welcome; I enclose again the notice and link to log in; also the director’s and treasurers reports. See you tomorrow and Monday.
Last Saturday turned out a great success. Between the Junior Regatta in the morning and the Senior event in the afternoon followed by the BBQ, all indicated that they enjoyed the day. Well done and thank you very much to all who participated and helped before, during, and after. I am not sure which was the better sight, the twelve out competing in the afternoon, or the eight in the morning, with the six toppers from LNSC on their first club outing with their new trailer; it was a lovely day and great to see.
Many thanks to James for his attention to our boats and placing extra lines where appropriate to withstand yesterday’s storm. As a result, no damage; thank you very much James.
Our evening sailing is over, but we have a couple more Saturday’s to the end of the month, so it would be great to see everybody out again this week, 2.00 p.m. on Saturday afternoon. We can also accommodate junior sailing in the morning; please let me know if this is wanted.
Strangford Lough Yacht Club has its Frostie Series starting this Saturday with two races each week through to the 20th October. I have entered Swallow, though I have assumed sailing at Ballyronan to the end of this month. It would be great if Skaddy could go as well; applications to the committee if anybody is interested. It’s a great series with a class for the 6 or 7 Elites, and maybe 40 boats overall.
Pat Kelly will provide his presentation on race tactics on Wednesday 3rd October in the room at Hawthornes, starting at 8.00. This is an interactive event, and promises to be very interesting and informative, so whether you are a front of the fleet person or just out to enjoy the sail, this can help the understanding and hence the pleasure of taking part.
End of season dinner; this has been booked at The Thatch on Friday 19th October. We will have a secluded part of the dining room for ourselves, background music and no band, and the Thatch has a great name for its food! We will need to firm up on numbers in advance, so It would be appreciated if people could give me an indication of likely attendance.
Pat is organising Day Skipper and Coastal Skipper course for the new year; also Power Boat 1&2 plus Safety Boat courses, so get your names down.
We may be nearing the end of a great season, but there is still lots on.
See you Saturday