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Welcome to WGCSC Sailing Club 
Established 1973
Our friendly club will welcome and encourage you into dinghy racing. Competitive sailing offers an enjoyable, exciting challenge, no matter what the size of the water or wind conditions. We welcome all sorts of sailors (juniors, adults and families), with all types of sailing dinghies, to come and race with us on Saturday mornings at Stanborough Park in Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire. We attract members from all over Hertfordshire including St Albans, Harpenden, Wheathampstead, Hatfield, Welwyn, Stevenage, Hertford, Letchworth, Knebworth, Hemel Hempstead and Baldock,  and surrounding areas.

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LATEST NEWS

WGCSC Summer Regatta - Saturday 15 June 2014
(Report by Peter Thornley, Results by Phil Walter)

The Annual Summer Regatta was held on 14 June with an excellent turnout of 18 boats. The format is 2 slow and fast fleet handicaps in the morning, with a trophy for each fleet, and a normal pursuit race in the afternoon for a separate trophy. Wind conditions were generally northerly to north easterly, with the wind strength building as the day progressed up to the promised 9 mph or so. A surprise rain cloud cooled things down in the first race.

OOD Ray Wilson set a figure of 8 course to give the rare luxury of a beat for the full length of the lake, but there were as usual some fluky areas. Fortunes were mixed. Graham hunt won the first slow fleet race but retired in the second. Commodore Peter Thornley won the second slow fleet race after a very poor first, but Phil Walter was the overall winner. Alan Campbell won the fast fleet trophy.The afternoon pursuit saw a reduced fleet, and was won convincingly by Julian Gunnel who took the lead with a lap to spare.

Many thanks to non-sailing members and friends Ray Wilson, Brian Cardinal, Tim Hogan and Peter Edel for performing the duties.

Full results (with winners' photographs):

      
Handicap - Fast fleet      1st   Alan Campbell      2nd  Julian Gunnell           3rd   Roger Morse

Handicap - Slow Fleet     1st   Phil Walter            2nd  
Peter Thornley
           3rd   Nigel Davis

Pursuit                              1st   Julian Gunnell      2nd  Peter Thornley           3rd   Roger Morse

           

     Alan                               Phil                              Julian







Welly Sailors undaunted by Hostile Forecast

The weather forecast for Saturday May 10th was extremely hostile - wind gusts of 20mph in the morning rising to 30mph later in the day.  Commodore Pete Thornley cancelled the race coaching session planned for early afternoon, but it didn't stop six intrepid sailors venturing out in the morning.  Dave Campbell and David Lambert (Supernovas), Mike Caddy (Laser), Tony Hale (Leader),  and Phil Walter and Graham Hunt (Comets) managed the gusts relatively easily in the first race . . . then a torrential downpour arrived.  By the start of the second race the wind had strengthened considerably, and one by one they all capsized multiple times (but only one within camera range (below)!  The forecast had been about right!   

   



Aren't you glad you sail at Stanborough Lakes...???!!!!! See this alternative entitled 


Streaker Alan wins the Easter Egg Cup!
 
   


After a morning of brisk sailing, there was a sail off between Alan Campbell, first in the fast fleet, and Pete Thornley, first in the slow fleet, to decide this year's winner of the Easter Egg Cup.   The pair swapped their Supernova and Streaker for the contest which made things interesting.  When OOD Ray Wilson blew the hooter, Alan quickly got the Streaker over the start line and sailed away to the first mark.  Frustratingly, poor Pete couldn't get the Supernova moving because he was stuck in a notorious Stanborough hole.  Eventually he had a slight whiffle of wind, and managed to sheet in and take up the chase.  The course was a simple triangle and Alan was the victor and won the Easter trophy.  Tantalisingly, Pete had nearly caught him by the end ... one more lap and who knows?     Afterwards, Welly sailors and Mouse Club members enjoyed a Cadbury's Creme Egg.
  
Pics: 
1.  Alan and Pete with their trophies and chocolate Easter eggs
2.  Their position at the end as Alan crossed the line

AGM REPORT:  A full report on our recent AGM from Val Newton...........Read it here

SATURDAY MORNING 15th MARCH AND ANOTHER BREEZY SATURDAY!    Some great pics from Tony Lyall .  See them
.....here 
   


FEBRUARY 8th 2014 - A DAY TO REMEMBER!  - 
LAKE GROWS AND WELLY CHALLENGE RAISES £250 FOR CHARITY!

       

Yes! The Lake was too big to sail on, yet the Slow Fleet had a great victory!.........Read more 






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COURSES and BOATS for HIRE
The Club works closely with Finesse Leisure which runs RYA approved courses and has Sailing Dinghies for hire on Stanborough Lake.

For more details contact Finesse on 01707 276276 or see their web site here


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