The Sailing Season is now well underway at Beer Sailing Club. We've had many boats out on the water and a good social gathering to go with it including the 'Call my Bluff' wine tasting evening which was very entertaining. Thursday evenings and Sunday lunchtimes are proving popular at the bar. Combining the bar opening times with the sailing is really working to bring the club to life on those days.
The membership continues to grow this year with new faces and returning ones. There are also more boats than ever on the beach making use of our fine 'pontoon type' decking for easy access. Kayaks and paddle boards are also proving popular. We have ground chains to safely lock them up encouraging new members to leave them securely on the site. Just remember to put your stickers on!
Overall, it's shaping up to be another successful season with lots more to look forward too. Come down and join us!
We held the first of our sailing development days on Saturday 1st June with glorious sunny weather and a light breeze. Perfect for developing sailors to get afloat. The bay was awash with different coloured sails from a variety of boats, including Bahias, Lasers, Picos, Mirrors, an RS200 and a beautiful lugger. In all we had over 25 sailors of all abilities on the water - a great start to the series.
Once ashore, the sausage and mash provided by Jurassic Kitchen went down a treat. After dessert, the young sailors made a great job of clearing plates and washing everything up! It was great to see so many “new” faces, especially with so many children. Our next development day is Saturday 22nd June. See you all there.
A great many thanks must go to all the volunteers on the waster, in the hut and on the beach.
Volunteers and Helpers
Thank you to everyone who has stepped forward to honour their pledge of help on the membership form. Whether you're behind the bar, helping at social events, in the patrol boat or the Race hut, it's all hugely appreciated.
If you have not yet found the time to put yourself forward, don't worry, the duty organisers periodically get in touch. We're more than happy to guide you through how to help if you are unfamiliar. Volunteers are the lifeblood of the club and its always good to see people willing to spread the load for the benefit of all.
The sailing season started with a few hits and misses at Easter as some changeable weather affected the schedule. However, May has proved to be much more settled with a full programme of races being completed in addition to the sailing development day.
After years of Laser dominated sailing at Beer Sailing Club, the addition of more sailing members with different boats has seen the fleet develop a 'handicap racing feel. There are now two RS200s, one of which is owned by the club in addition to the Bahias, mirror and picos. This means there is now a crewing option in a two-man boat that has good racing pedigree.
The Laser is still the most popular boat on the water but is now often outnumbered by the rest of the Handicap fleet. There is a hot dual developing between Ben Greenwood in his Contender and James Green in an RS600. These boats are genuine performance single handers with trapezes, providing fast sailing and a fair few capsizes for everyone to enjoy (in the bar anyway). Results of the spring season will soon be available to see who are the movers and shakers. Stay tuned.
Dates for your diary
Gin and Jazz on the15th June - is now sold out
Development Sailing and BBQ Supper (2nd instalment )on the 22nd June - Flyer coming soon
French themed two course supper with entertainment Saturday 20th July