Eels Foot race Sunday 12th May (not 5th).

Hi Folks
Please take note, the Club Series Eels Foot race is incorrect on the printed / published programme.It should be on Sunday 12th May (not 5th). It is correct on the duty list.
For those of you with double-handers, don’t forget our double-hander open on May 19th which also includes and Eels foot in the afternoon!
Can I also take this opportunity to ask race officer that if they work out the times for races on a separate scrap paper (this is fine by me) that they copy at least the finish times (ideally calculated times as well) onto the official sheet so that if anyone questions a result I have something to refer back to and not just the positions.


Try Sailing 27th April Postponed

The weather looks absolutely awful on Saturday. Too wet and too windy and not for beginners!.

So the Saturday event is postponed until 11th May, where we will ask everyone, volunteers and newbies alike, when to fit the missing day back in to the schedule.
I have spoken or left voicemails with everyone who has offered to help on Saturday but if any of you were intending to turn up on spec this is just advise you of the cancellation.

Try Sailing has been a great success for the club and it’s disappointing to have our first cancellation in however many years.
But hopefully we’re all OK for the 11th May.

Kind Regards

Pete and Rachel

Learn to Sail Starts- April 27th.

Free lessons provided for new club members

Courses will run on Saturdays
April 27th
May 11th
May 25th
June 8th
From 10:00 to 16:00

Click on Leaflet Image for more details

Please pass on to any interested parties.  

The course will be run by club members in both members’ boats and our own club boats.

The course will be open to both youngsters and adults.

Sailing is perceived as being an expensive sport. Nothing could be further from the truth. You don’t even need to own a boat since we have a fleet of club boats available.  

For more information all Rachel or Pete on 01953 606334.

Wednesdays & Rule Talk

This year our personal start pursuit racing starts on 24th April it is intended that racing starts at 6.30 for a Mirror (rather than 7) to allow more sailing time before the breeze dies. If you arrive a bit late you may be able to request a small delay from our friendly race team!

To kick off the season, and at the request of several Wednesday Sailors, Mike McNamara has agreed to give a talk on the racing rules on the previous Wednesday evening i.e. 17thApril.

We would intend this kick off at 7 and Mike has promised to aim it at those who have done a little racing but would benefit from knowing more than just the port / starboard rule!

I intend to provide a baked potato meal around 6.45; if anyone wants to partake in this please let me know by Sunday 14thso I know roughly how many to bring!

01692 670547; or catch me at the club.



Report – 24th March

An inconsistent westerly breeze meant short beats, long reaches and increased the importance of a good start at Rollebsy on Sunday 24th March. With the mutlisail series already sorting themselves out the tighter competition is with the single-handers , where the winners are still open to several sailors with only one more week to go.

Close Racing

The Solos were again to the fore, but not exclusively so. Roger Wilson and Ian Ayres led at the first mark with Daniel Bull in his Laser for company. On the first reach Mike McNamara took his rightful place in front in his Harrier, eventually being joined by Dave Frary in his Finn. Neither they or Bull could pull out enough from the two Solos who appeared to be tied together, they were generally so close to each other; with Wilson taking the win. Steve Whitby kept his Minisail in touch with the pack to take fourth on handicap.

Twenty seconds before the start of race 2 Clive Girling (Laser) managed to capsize and lasso the windward line marker causing complete mayhem at that end of the line. Wilson was the only boat with a clear run and led by around 10 lengths at the first mark from Ayres, Matt Boreham and Bull. Bull charged down the first full reach and as the fleet tried to sort itself out, Chris Codling showed a good turn of speed to bring his Laser into fourth with Phil Highfield’s Streaker in close pursuit. Bull gained just enough to win by 3 seconds from Wilson and Ayres who finished over lapped.

Multisail Race 1 Start

Dave Houghton & Jon Symonds won both multisail races from Pete & Rachel Smith. These two sailed well clear of the six Wayfarers in race 1, but had to get past Bob Sparrow & Steve Gibbons who started late but in the right place and tacked off first to lead round the first mark and the first lap in race 2.

The bright conditions encouraged 13 craft back out after lunch though the wind direction altered slightly making the race somewhat processional with Wilson and Keith Sykes (Laser) splitting the Wayfarers of Houghton & Sparrow from the Terry Palmer led (7 strong) Solo pack.

Race 1 (7 entries)

  1. Dave Houghton & John Symonds (Wayfarer)
  2. Pete & Rachel Smith (Wayfarer)
  3. Bob Sparrow & Steve Gibbons (Wayfarer)

Race 2 (7)

  1. Dave Houghton & John Symonds (Wayfarer)
  2. Pete & Rachel Smith (Wayfarer)
  3. Bob Sparrow & Steve Gibbons (Wayfarer)

Race 1 (20 entries)

  1. RogerWilson (Solo)
  2. Ian Ayres (Solo)
  3. Mike McNamara (Harrier)
  4. Steve Whitby (MiniSail)

Race 2 (17)

  1. Daniel Bull (Laser)
  2. RogerWilson (Solo)
  3. Ian Ayres (Solo)
  4. Phil Highfield (Streaker)

PM Mixed Fleet (13)

  1. Dave Houghton & John Symonds (Wayfarer)
  2. Roger Wilson (Solo)
  3. Bob Sparrow & Steve Gibbons (Wayfarer)
  4. Terry Palmer (Solo)

Solo Tuning & Training

Rollesby ‘Solo’ Sailors
(All others more than welcome)
Saturday 6th April 2 pm

Several people have asked me if I would repeat the training day I ran about 3 years ago. I have been trouble finding a suitable space in my diary!
I would intend this particular session to be land based only; though nothing to stop people having a sail afterwards.
To talk through set ups and maneuvers. I will be laying my boat on the lawn so we can play with control lines (could someone with a stiff rig supply a boat to do the same so we can compare the two).

If you would like to have your rig measured / tweaked I intend to be there by 1 pm (could possibly also fiddle afterwards) bring your boat, rigged but without sail to the main lawn area and I’ll try to help as best I can.

I imagine the formal session lasting around an hour – though it depends on how many questions are asked!
If you you sail another single-hander I’m quite happy to talk about those too. Should be time for a sail afterwards if you are so inclined!

As I am unlikely to be traveling so much this year I hope to be able to offer a single-hander on the water session later in the season (and a separate double-hander afternoon as well).

If you have any questions please contact me directly (see below) rather than replying to this mail 

Thanks Ian
01692 670547

Report – 17th March

A strong westerly breeze coming over the trees on the west bank meant conditions were tricky at Rollesby Broad on Sunday 18th March, indeed given the number of capsizes it was impressive that there were only two retirements amongst the 15 starters.

The Solos were dominant in the single handed fleet; Roger Wilson started fast in race 1 having shut out Daniel Bull in his Laser; to round the first mark on a lifting wind-shift and gain an already good lead from Ian Ayres. Bull worked hard to catch up but capsized both times that he looked like putting in a serious challenge; meanwhile Tamsin Highfield in her Streaker was leading the pack with Terry Palmer in close attendance. Palmer was close enough at the finish to give the Solos a clean sweep of the podium places.

In race 2 Wilson was again away first but infringed Steve Whitby in his Minisail and had to do turns. Phil Highfield, having taken over the Streaker, led up the second beat pursued closely by Ayres; however a large shift coming through the trees turned the top six upside down and it was the lasers of Keith Sykes and Stuart Highfield who led the rapid charge back down the broad with Kevin Postlethwaite leading the Solos. Alas the Lasers could not cope so well upwind and Ayres spotted an early wind-shift to take the lead up the next beat; Phil slowly closed in, especially downwind, but despite splitting the Solos on the water could not beat Wilson on handicap.

Despite a capsize in race 1 Dave Houghton & Jon Symonds (Wayfarer) won both multi-sail races. John Saddington & Dennis Manning retired after suffering the same fate, whilst Bob Sparrow & Steve Gibbons sacrificed speed for safety flying their jib rather than genoa and took (an albeit distant) second in both races.

Race 1 (4 entries)

  1. Dave Houghton & John Symonds (Wayfarer)
  2. Bob Sparrow & Steve Gibbons (Wayfarer)
  3. Steve Gray (D-One)

Race 2 (2)

  1. Dave Houghton & John Symonds (Wayfarer)
  2. Bob Sparrow & Steve Gibbons (Wayfarer)

Race 1 (11 entries)

  1. Roger Wilson (Solo)
  2. Ian Ayres (Solo)
  3. Terry Palmer (Solo)

Race 2 (10)

  1. Ian Ayres (Solo)
  2. Roger Wilson (Solo)
  3. Phil Highfield (Streaker)