Combined Clubs Sea Sailing event at Lancing
Bart’s Bash and the Battle of the Beaches
Sunday 17th September
This Sunday Lancing SC is hosting another combined club event including Bart’s Bash and the Battle of the Beaches. Sailors from Lancing, Shoreham and Crawley Mariners are all invited to take part. Lancing and CMYC boats will launch from the beach in front of Lancing clubhouse and take part in a Bart’s Bash event. Then all the boats will sail about a mile east towards Shoreham beach and the Church of Good Shepherd where they will meet up with the “invaders” from Shoreham, the course will be set and the Battle of the Beaches will commence. It will be a fun event with boats of just about every class imaginable racing on handicap. The Bart’s Bash event at starts at 11.00 to be followed by what is final race of the Battle of the Beaches series. After the sailing there will be a BBQ back at Lancing. The weather is looking promising and it should be a fun day. Do come and make new sailing friends.
Be warned. The London to Brighton bike ride is on the same day. The A23 is likely to be very busy so leave early or take another route.
There is no need to pre-register, just turn up. There is no charge for the Barts Bash but participants are encouraged to make a donation to the Bart’s Bash charity. Your results will be included in the global results of what is the largest participation sailing event in the world. A simple way to do this is to text BART76 followed by an amount to 70070 e.g. BART76 £5. There is more information about this event here Bart's Bash
If you don't wish to sail then come and support CMYC, it is a lovely walk along the seafront to where the racing will be taking place.
Lancing Sailing Club is at the bottom of Shropsdam Road South Lancing, BN15 8ES. The lane down to the club is narrow with no parking so it is best to unhitch your boat at the top of the lane and pull it down to the beach. There is street parking and also a large car-park on the green.
Tides: HW 09.40 Ht 5.5
If you want more information then please visit www.lancingsc.org.uk
Toppers and Lasers will be especially welcome as Lancing has fleets of both but do come along whatever boat you sail. It is a very friendly and well organised club with good shore-side facilities. You will meet new sailing friends and should have a great day on and off the water.
Come and join the fun Donal
Team Racing at Bough Beech
On Saturday 11th March, 6 Juniors and 6 adult sailors from Crawley Mariners met at Bough Beech for the WKSSA fun team racing. WKSSA stands for Weald of Kent and Sussex Sailing Association.
The day started off with a briefing that explained about the course and the races. After, we had a team discussion about tactics and became familiar with the boats. I was quite excited as I’ve never been to Bough Beech or sailed in a Firefly before!
I was lucky enough to crew for Angus and apart from having fun he helped me as the Firefly has a different set up to the Feva, he also taught me how to roll tack, he assured me I wasn’t going to fall out of the boat!!!
It was a slow start for the races as we were waiting for the fog to lift, we had light winds for most of the day. Angus and I were able to practice tacking and jibing and getting used to sailing with each other.
We all managed to complete16 races throughout the day. We all did really well and Crawley Mariners Juniors came first and received a box of chocolates each.
The sun was out for most of the day so we all sat outside and had our lunch together.
It was lovely to have people come from our club to see us and support us.
I had an amazing day, thank you so much to Donal for organising the event. Maria Townsend
PURSUIT RACE AND PIES
the 8th January was sheduled for the Mariners Annual Pursuit Race and yours truly was conscripted as race officer. Quite a few Mariners were already thronging the Clubhouse when I arrived, no doubt attracted by the promise of mulled wine and mince pies rather than any thought of sailing. Hedgecourt lake was shrouded in mist, glassy and still. The forecast was for winds of 1 knot or less, direction variable. The reality no wind at all. Into the bin went the carefully prepared tables of start times and handicaps.
Mariners are a resourceful lot so having given up on sailing we organised two teams. The Blue team led by Dan Gibson was pitted against the Red team led by George Colcombe. The Task was to get your team of five motley Mariners from the Western jetty to the Eastern jetty and back. The mode of transport was one Oppy and two paddles. What I had thought initially might make for some innocent diversion soon turned into a no quarters given combatative contact sport. The assorted crew sported a selection of bizzare headgear in preparation for the Funny Hat Competition later.
The racing was close throughout. The Red team eventually scraped home first looking exhausted.
Allan Pemberton won the Funny Hat competition giving a passable impression of Sideshow Bob of Simpsons fame. I will never see him in quite the same light again. Luke won the Junior hat competition and well deserved.
We then retired to the Clubhouse for some Mulled wine and a selection of snacks prepared by Caroline and Adrian. Thanks to everyone who helped to make the day such a success.