Sailing Secretary’s Report August – September 2017

  1. There was a serious incident between two Poole YC keelboats on 15.8.2017, with one boat losing a mast as a result. A panel established the facts of the incident and as both boats decided not to protest, so no further action was required.
  2. The Osprey Nationals were held on 10 – 13th August with 30 boats enjoying excellent racing in the top triangle. About 20 youth sailors took part in the racing and shore activities of Parkstone Youth Week. There were 7 Poole YC sailors taking part in Poole Week – an increase of 100% on last year – and it is hoped there will be more next year, given the ease of access we have to the top triangle sailing area.
  3. The R19s have set up a sunset series of four evenings racing, to start September 18th and resourced within the fleet.
  4. The Topper Nationals are being held on 16th/17th September, with 140 boats due to take part; a prestigious event for our club to run. No club racing on Saturday 16th as a result.
  5. Poole sailing clubs were moved, in terms of their RYA ‘region’ from the South to South West region about 18 months ago. Lobbying is on- going with the RYA in order to change this back due to the implications for travel to RYA sailing events and the geographical reality of where Poole is in the UK.
  6. There is pressure on dinghy yard space – a welcome problem as it is evidence of increasing membership and increasing dinghy sailing activity. Sailing Committee is considering the re-introduction of class captains checking which boats have been sailed, when decisions are taken about allocating and retaining a dinghy yard space.
  7. In the youth section, Freddie Howarth was 1st UK junior sailor in the Optimist Nationals in Weymouth, James Foster achieved 3rd in the Optimist National rankings and Angus Kemp was 6th in the Topper Worlds in Brittany. 5 Poole youth drivers took part in the Honda Youth RIB challenge with Carlo Consolos going on to the finals at the Southampton Boat Show. As members of our revitalized Mirror fleet, Grace Bland and Isabella took part in the Mirror Nationals in Restronguet, Cornwall.
  8. There is a “Try an RS200” day being run on October 14th, with demos/rigging sessions in the morning and a chance to try out sailing and racing an RS200 in the afternoon.
  9. From May 2017, we have had 19 new members in the category 8 – 23 years, and 41 new adult members. About 10 new members have joined from other Poole sailing clubs, however many are new to sailing and want to learn to sail with us.
Tracey Lee
Sailing Secretary

Sailing Secretary’s Report May – June 2017

  1. Our Club’s presence and contribution to the Poole Boat Show was a success and all those involved enjoyed being part of a really good team effort. There are some learning points and new ideas for next year to build on the success of 2017: having our own stand remains a possibility, bigger Poole Yacht Club stickers to maximize awareness of our club, more detailed briefing notes for the commentaries and no doubt more orange T-shirts for all our volunteers.
  2. The Taster Day is taking place 10am – 2.30 on Saturday June 17th. The aim is to showcase the sailing opportunities at PYC and recruit new members. Tim Edom is compiling a list of volunteers: we need people to drive RIBs, take people out for a sail, meeters and greeters. You may even get to wear an orange t-shirt….
  3. The Big Sailing Weekend took place on 3rd/4th June. Feedback so far indicates support for putting trophy races together in one weekend: more people sailing, and more efficient use of our volunteer teams. Next time, more focus on the social side would enhance the event for everyone. The Bar Buoy race was held within the harbour due to prevailing weather conditions. A number of our novice racers took part on Saturday, when the wind strengthened considerably in the afternoon for the Lake Shore Cup. The lessons to be learnt from this experience are under consideration, such that race management, safety crew and sailors are all aware of the implications of having a greater number of less experienced sailors taking part in our racing programme.
  4. Stu Swann and Dave Hale ran an excellent and very practical training session on “Surviving Strong Winds” on Monday 5th June, attended by about 20 of our novice sailors.
  5. Planning continues for the Club Regatta 8th and 9th July. The volunteer spaces are filling slowly, in line with a trend that we are seeing more broadly across our sailing events.
  6. Class Captains will be key to achieving a good turnout from all classes in the Regatta.
  7. The Yard and Haven committee have made a series of recommendations as to how to increase the number of dinghy storage spaces in the yard; for example, all lasers need to be on racks, a check on boat tags to make all spaces are legitimately occupied, addressing some “overhanging” issues. The check was done to make sure we can accommodate as many dinghies as possible in the yard, given the increase in active sailing members.