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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 St Albans, Harpenden, Hertford and surrounding areas.

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STEWARTBY AWAY-DAY 27 JULY 2013

Peter Thornley writes:  On 27 July the club was invited to sail at Stewartby for what is now a traditional inter-club event, with free sailing on the large Stewartby lake.

Perhaps because this year it was in July, instead of September as previous years, and following on so soon after the 24 hour race at Paxton Lakes, the attendance was a bit down on previous years.  
There were 10 sailors from Welwyn, and 3 supporters. In total there were 22 boats, so quite a busy start line.

Shaun, Julian, Annette, Phil, and Richard all took their own boats, and Peter (me!), Charles, and Sheila all borrowed boats from Stewartby. Val and Maureen crewed for Sheila in  a Bahia and Charles struggled with a Feva. Both boats were new experiences for  the helms. Peter (me!) sailed an old Laser.

      

The conditions were sunny and for the first race very fitful and light winds. The second race was much better, with a decent force 2 for most of the time.  
The course was a simple triangle. The first race started on a very light run, and the second race started with a late shift to a strong port bias. In both races, those who got the start right benefited strongly.

Annette was our star turn getting a first and third to end up second overall. Shaun must be a strong candidate for the  'flash in the pan' trophy, getting second in the second race, beating Annette possibly for the first time ever! He was 6th overall.  Peter got 2 very good starts to get 2 fifth places, and 5th overall, (and was first normal laser). 
Julian was the next WGC helm in tenth place.

So once again Stewartby beat WGC, by 23 points to 34, counting the first 5 places.  
Many thanks to Stewartby Sailing Section for their warm hospitality, and generous loan of 3 boats, and thank you to all who went from WGCSC. 

REPORT ON LITTLE PAXTON 13/14 JULY 24hr RACE

Conditions were hot and sunny, with light and fitful winds: in fact so light the race was stopped overnight as every one ground to a halt. Lots of weed added to the problems. There were 7 teams in total, 4 senior and 3 junior teams.

The Super Nova Team
We entered a Youth team and a Supernova team, captained by Matt Cory and David Lambert respectively. Our Teams performed very well, both coming second in their class.

Despite the conditions being much more suited to the very experienced British Moth team from Hunts Sailing club, our Supernova team, captained by Dave Lambert, put on a good performance being only 1 lap behind the Moth on corrected time to finish second.

The team (left to right) consisted of Patrick Rohart, Dave Lambert, Pete Edel, Chris Clarke and Dave Campbell.

Matt Cory worked hard to pull together our Youth Team and it did very well despite having the handicap of sailing an RS Feva, not known for its light weather performance. 





The Junior Team

Matt writes….

“We arrived at Paxton with a  relatively inexperienced but never the less determined and excited team hoping to reclaim our title as Junior Winners. The team consisted of Jim Cory, Abigail Hall, Sammi Lewis, Natalie Andrew, Caitlin Andrew, Phill Clarke, Milly McAlister, Samuel McAlister, Nash Gabbey and myself.

“In the first couple of hours, we struggled to get around the weed as everyone at one or another point got stuck. But after a couple of hours, we got the hang of it and overtook the Cambridgeshire scouts in the Laser Pico and started to make ground on the RS Vision from Paxton. The wind only deteriorated however, and the race was postponed from 7:30 until 7:00 leaving us a very hard task of regaining our 5 laps on the Vision. 

“The whole team gave heart and soul to regain those laps with some excellent sailing, from those getting up at 6:30 to sail to those sitting on the lake trying to make the most of the wind available, The team’s efforts were rewarded managing to gain 3 laps on our opposition in the Vision (a boat with much larger sails). Despite a huge team effort, we achieved 6th place overall and 2nd placed Junior. I am very pleased with our efforts and am sure with more experience in the racing world, we will get our Plate back next year!”

Well done to both teams, and a big thank you to all the supporters who helped with the duties.
 


ABOVE:  The dreaded weed gets a grip of Abigail and her crew...but not for long!...... 
 
and Chris Clarke looks for some wind or is he on his knees seeking divine intervention??!!

ANNABEL DOES IT !!  WORLD CHAMPION !!

From Charles Adams...

Great news – they won the Ladies 420 Worlds...
 
“A thrilling final day of racing at the 2013 420 World and Ladies World Championships in Valencia, Spain ended today with Spain's Xavier Antich/Pedro Terrones winning the 420 World Championship title and Great Britain's Annabel Cattermole/Bryony Bennett-Lloyd sealing victory in the 420 Ladies World Championship.”
 
Read all about it and Annabel's reactions here or see the original at ...
 

2013 ISAF YOUTH SAILING WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP  LIMASSOL - CYPRUS

Annabel and Bryony have achieved a very creditable 12th out of 27 entrants in the Girls 420 Championships.  A fuller report will appear in due course. 


REMINDERS

COMET HANDICAPS

The Club will use the 1179 PY for Comets (as per RYA listing 2012) rather than 1190 (as per RYA listing 2013).

It is felt that the conditions at the lakes are on the whole favourable for the Comet and the 2013 RYA revison would on balance disadvantage other boats and reduce competition.


RESCUE BOAT DRIVERS

Just a reminder that you need to set up the buoys around the lake on Saturday mornings.  This means you need to arrive in time to allow for this extra activity!  
You have been warned!!!!




 
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ANNABEL DOES IT !!  WORLD CHAMPION !!

From Charles Adams...

Great news – they won the Ladies 420 Worlds...
 
“A thrilling final day of racing at the 2013 420 World and Ladies World Championships in Valencia, Spain ended today with Spain's Xavier Antich/Pedro Terrones winning the 420 World Championship title and Great Britain's Annabel Cattermole/Bryony Bennett-Lloyd sealing victory in the 420 Ladies World Championship.”
 
Read all about it and Annabel's reactions here or see the original at ...
 

2013 ISAF YOUTH SAILING WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP  LIMASSOL - CYPRUS

Annabel and Bryony have achieved a very creditable 12th out of 27 entrants in the Girls 420 Championships.  A fuller report will appear in due course. 


REMINDERS

COMET HANDICAPS

The Club will use the 1179 PY for Comets (as per RYA listing 2012) rather than 1190 (as per RYA listing 2013).

It is felt that the conditions at the lakes are on the whole favourable for the Comet and the 2013 RYA revison would on balance disadvantage other boats and reduce competition.


RESCUE BOAT DRIVERS

Just a reminder that you need to set up the buoys around the lake on Saturday mornings.  This means you need to arrive in time to allow for this extra activity!  
You have been warned!!!!




 
 


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