Busy winter still lies ahead for city sailing community
WITH the majority of sailing clubs in the port now having wrapped up their sailing activities for 2012, most members are now looking forward to their end of season prizegiving and social.
You might think local sailing activity would be non-existent, but this is far from the case with both Royal Western and Royal Plymouth Corinthian YC hosting regular racing during the winter months between the months of December and March.
The Royal Western Yacht Club Icicle Series is held on Sunday mornings (10am).
Racing runs for November up to Christmas with the highlight being the last series race run as fancy dress with prizes for the best-dressed crew.
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The courses are windward/leeward and set either inside the Breakwater with the last race always finishing on the club line. There are a range of starts for different handicaps and one-design classes all of which are set from a committee boat line.
Racing is open to anyone with a valid handicap or measurement certificate.
The club actively encourage people to come and race and would be pleased to accommodate new, one-design classes that can bring five boats or more to the start line. They also welcome a multi-hull class.
Meanwhile, there are three Saturdays of racing left in the RPCYC Autumn Saturday Dinghy Series.
The racing starts from the Royal Corinthian club start line, which is a transit across the entrance to the Cattewater. Each Saturday there are two races completed back-to-back with the first starting at 10am. The next opportunity to enter the series is on Saturday, November 24 with further racing scheduled for December 8 and 22.
The series title is still very open. Tom Methven and crew sailing a 29er are currently leading the series on eight-and-a-half points. Ken Pearce in a RS400 shares second place with Henry Marshall racing a Buzz.
Both have equal points, having gained 15 from the first four races.
After five races competitors will be allowed to discard their worst result.
Two youth sailing clubs still continue to provide regular sailing activity during the winter months.
Plymouth Youth Sailing provide a very popular Sunday morning sailing session each week from the Mount Batten Centre, including race training and racing.
Plymouth and Devon Schools Sailing Association, who operate from the Barbican and use the Mayflower SC club as a base, provide youth race training each Saturday for club members.
Both clubs provide dinghies for young people to sail.
IF YOU know a young person who is already a competent sailor and would like to get afloat during the winter months, visit www.pdssa.org or email Stuart Jones at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.