2012 archive

Welly Youth Team wins Junior Silver Plate at Little Paxton

Little Paxton RNLI 24hr Race, 23-24 June 2012

It was impossible to catch the whole team together, but here they are in various permutations before the start, at the end, and with the trophy

After 24 hours of sailing in the most hostile conditions, the Welly Youth Team won the Junior Silver Plate for the best placed junior side in the race. They also came 4th overall out of 7 teams, beating both junior sides and one of the Paxton sides. They won by 12 laps on the water (completing 107 laps, beating last year by far) but by only 1 on handicap.

The team were: Matt (captain), James, Annabel, Elizabeth, Dan, Idris, Sophie, Abi, Sam and Phil. Tony Lyall was the team’s Mr Motivator!

So many of the Youth Team participated that we never got them all together in one photograph.

The weekend weather forecast could not have been worse. There were strong winds on both days and heavy rain fell throughout the night. The competitors had to summon up every ounce of energy to keep going. One of the lowest points was on Sunday morning when everyone had survived an horrendous night of rain, and suddenly heavy gusts started to hit the fleet and there was capsize after capsize.

Sue Cory said: “The juniors really stepped up to the mark and did an excellent job especially when the wind started to blow. We had to put out the bigger members of the team and they just had to keep going even though they were exhausted. Drysuits were being swapped and our boat took a hammering but they managed to keep sailing right to the end.”

If you’d like to say ‘well done’ the best way is to make a donation. Sue Cory is collecting for the Youth Team.


This was last year ... now it's time to get geared up for Little Paxton 2012!

We need team captains to come forward, as well as crews, boats, and supporters willing to do duties. The Cory family have already offered a boat for the Youth Fleet Team so we're off to a flying start. Last year's Supernova effort was magnificent but not quite good enough. We must do better this time. Date: RNLI 24 Hour 23/24 June

Peter wins the Easter Egg Cup 2012

The Regatta ended with a sail off between Peter and Annette in matching Q'bas. Peter's 'decisive moment' came at the end of lap 1 when he rounded Mark C ahead of Annette, and after that she never caught up ... but she did win last year.

New web site LAUNCHED AT AGM

The new web site you see before you was officially launched at the AGM on April 1. It was developed by Patrick. He's done a wonderful job and is keen that the new look encourages members to become more involved. A sub committee was formed consisting of Shaun, Patrick, Val and David and they have been working on the format. David will be looking after technical matters as Patrick has stood down from the role of Webmaster. He has worked extremely hard and enthusiastically on behalf of the club and we all owe him a great debt of gratitude. Please pass on your compliments to Patrick!


The sun shone on Saturday 24th March and everyone had a Welly good time including a fisherman hoping for an early tan.

Welly Sailors Home From The Sea

Charles, Sheila and former Welly Paul are just back from a week of race training on a Sunsail f40 on the Solent, organised and led by Barry. They shared the fun with a contingent of Stanborough Park instructors. Finesse senior instructor, Sarah Elliott, has put together a fantastic video which captures life on board. Due to high pressure, maximum wind strength only reached force 3, but it allowed the crew the chance to put up the massive spinnaker under controlled conditions. Full story in next WINDBAG.