Sailors had a cracking start to the summer season with a keen northerly. Thanks to Jonathan Key for the photos.
Cover photo shows Neville Upton who led the Laser Race
Fuller report in Tammy Matters.
Welcome to lesson 11, hope you are well
The club is taking tentative steps to Start Sailing again. At the moment this doesn’t include training but I’ll keep you informed of any developments.
I’ve always thought Man Overboard recovery is a very good test of sailing ability as well as being a pretty useful skill in an emergency .
The following clip also covers being towed which can be very useful on the river.
An RYA version is also worth a look
A important member of the team is Paul the bosun , as well as fixing boats he does a mean highland fling.
We keep a defects log by the phone in the clubhouse so if you notice something wrong on a boat you should make a note of it there. .
Mind your Ps and Qs relates to the slate used in pubs to keep a tally of each customers drinks ie number of Pints and Quarts .
Next week. Dead Beat
Fun with Boats
Another little project
Big Boat Stuff (Incompetent crew)
There is an extensive calendar of events planned around the Tall Ships event but it’s also fun just to wander around looking at the people.And lots and lots of boats.
Easter Sunday was beautiful, the northerly light to start with but increased nicely by the end of the merlin race.
Sunday was a glorious day and a very good turn out, particularly by the Merlins, produced some excellent racing. The Laser race was won convincingly by Ros Warwick-Haller with Stewart Colley second and Chris Taggart third.
The Merlins had a very tight battle at the front of the fleet of 14 boats with the lead being swapped about frequently. Richard Harris , crewed by Emma McDonald, ultimately won with Peter and Richard Mason second and Joe McLaughlin and Sean Roberts third. Sadly the N18s were unable to participate.
Monday was much colder, the wind stronger blowing straight up the reach.
Monday, by contrast, was very chilly and windy with the occasional desultory micro-flurry of snow! Four Lasers turned out and Kaan, seemingly relishing the strong conditions, was a convincing winner with Jim Hamilton second and John Edmondson third.
Five Merlins took on the blustery conditions and again there was a tight battle for the lead. Andrew Harris, crewed by Matty Key, won with Joe McLaughlin with Sean Roberts second and Richard and Maddy Harris in third place.
Hi, hope you are well.Welcome to lesson 10In previous sessions I have mentioned that every Sunday I do a risk assessment covering wind current traffic etc.I’ve started to look again at a risk assessment for when we eventually start training but think this may still be a bit awayObviously we’ll watch what happens in schools and expect guidance from the RYA but I want to make sure students, instructors and others are fully involved and informed .The object of these lessons is to minimise class room time but we can also lecture on the lawn , under the veranda and maybe even in the clubhouse .We need to think how to man and use the safety boat whilst distancing this probably means we need the ladder to allow people in the water to get onboard unaided .We always encourage parents to help youngster rig launch and land and we’ll probably encourage families to stick together and adults buddying up .Need to clean buoyancy aids and boats after use etc.Please let me have any ideas queries etcAnyway this week we want to talk about what we call the five essentialsSubject: Five Essentialshttp://www.ukmirrorsailing.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=384&Itemid=221
Balance is fairly obvious and in a two person boat communication is vitalTrim is hard to spot yourself but if you are too far astern you will see turbulence at the transom .For centre board try swishing a knife through water you’ll see it’s easier backwards and forward than sideways.Sail setting deserves more time.Once you have the boom in about the right position, half way between too far out and too far in, you need to fine tune it by pulling the sail in gently till the Front of the sail just stops fluttering.Course made good is about putting it all together to get where you want to go as quickly as possible ie going upstream keep closer to the bank where the current is least, here’s a diagram
Going back to sail setting we use soft sails on the 2ks as the proper sail is too thick to “read” properly
Stewart one of our Assistants is a keen racer but helps out when he can .Ps note the trim is wrong , which way ?Sailors sayingsThe bitter end is the part of the anchor line that is fixed to the boat through “bits”I read of a boat where the anchor was fouled on a rising tide and the shackle fixing it to the bits was rusted stuck so the anchor pulled the bow under waterNext week – Mind your Ps & QsYoungsters might enjoy making model boats like theseI used to use corks and even walnut shells, plastic might be easier these days.While working on a building contract near the village of Dunmow I was mooching about one evening and made a boat out of a Benson &Hedges packet to sail on the duck pondWhilst rescuing it from the reeds on a lee shore I found a plaque commemorating the invention of the unsinkable lifeboat on the pond.Yachtmaster quizA 3.1 Going aground on the top of a high tide is getting neapedQ 3.2 on what type of ocean chart is a straight line the great circle route.Incompetent CrewBecause Lady in Blue ‘s home port is Grimsby which is “twinned” with Bremerhaven we get to count as an honorary tall ship so we’re given badges tee shirts and other goodies including free bus travel and entry to many venues.It was great just to wander around the sea front area looking at boats.This seems to be an early foiling prototypeMany of the real tall ships were open for tours to raise funds, you could even climb some mastsStay safe and see you next weekEric Finlayson
Hy welcome to lesson 9, hope you are well .
I believe that a sailing club needs three things to succeed , racing , training and social.
If it hadn’t been for Covid we would have had lots of functions throughout the year .
Here’s one we did at my old club to celebrate VE Day. We had spam sandwiches, jelly and ice cream and tried to recreate a street party with lots of music and dancing.
What’s even better is if we can combine social with a bit of sailing as our annual expedition to Hampton Court. A crowd of us sailed up to the pub (remember them) and Carolyne brought up the non sailors in the launch.
Last we talked about coming ashore.
Here’s one of our youngsters doing a lee shore landing in a Topper, having freed off the sail from the boom.The key point are that close hauled is exciting, reaching is fast and safe and running needs caution to avoide a gybe.Sailors SayingsGive a wide berth is when anchoring next to another boat you need to consider how the boats will move around due to wind or tide and allow space for it.In the present situation keeping two metres apart while exercising is the rule.Next week – Bitter end.Yachtmaster questions:Answer 2.1 406 Mhz is registered to Falmouth Coast GuardQuestion 3.1 What term is used for a craft which has gone aground at the top of a spring tide and has to wait two weeks to float off?Incompetent CrewWednesday (Mittelwoch)Continental breakfast of boiled egg, ham and cheese and fruit, then down to the sea front to watch the Tall Ships Parade.It was a bit late so we got a couple of Berliners (jam doughnuts) from a vendor. This reminded of the time JFK visiting Berlin during the cold war wrongly declared ‘Ich bin ein Berliner’
Hi hope you are well. Welcome to lesson 8This week we are looking at landing which is important as you can imagine, not the least to minimise damage to club boats.Trouble is boats don’t have brakes so it’s hard to stop without hitting something or going head to wind. Have a look at this videohttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YEAcLC6qcjY&app=desktop
Hope that helps .
We have finger jetties which can make things easier but have to contend with the further problem of current.
This info from the advanced seamanship skills course is useful.
For now just don’t Ever try to land between the finger jetties.
When landing it’s vital to have a “Plan B” just in case the wind changes at the last minute.
Thinking about taking care of the boats here is Peter one of our assistant instructors, he is a keen racer but helps keep the fleet on the water.Sailors Sayings
Chock a block is when the mainsheet is pulled in really tight (when sailing close hauled ) so that the pulley block on the boom nearly touches the one on the transomNext week. Give a wide berth
Answer 2.8 A chart showing wind roses etc is a Routing or Pilot chart
Question 2.9 The range of tides is 4.6 m Estimate the rate of tidal stream at high water
HW tidal stream from table -0632T 2.6kn springs 1.4 kn heaps
Mean spring range 6.1mMean neap range 3.1 m
Hi , hope you are all well
We usually manage to do some training even if red boards are showing provided we have enough safety cover .
He also said that the BBC weather forecasts tended to be out by a couple of hours because the computed programme they used didn’t take account of friction but no-one dared guess a more accurate time. By now you might have had a “trip round the bay” with an instructor but before putting you on the water on a narrow busy river we would do a session of dry land training On how to turn the boat or “tack”
This video is pretty good
Let me know if this doesn’t work
>> I found it by googling how to tack a dinghy and it’s by the RYA
>> we teach it from”reach to reach” ie sailing across the wind .
>> Here is how we would actually teach you
That’s Howard another of our instructors, he says sailing is solving problems on the water.
I started to reread Master And Commander and came across a typical weather description “ a two reef topsail breeze rattling the fronds of the palm trees “
Before the Beaufort scale came into use there was a rather cumbersome system relating to what sail a well set up man of war could carry .
I managed to find a chart relating the two systems and thinks this might be a bit contradictory
A2.6 Flying the ensign upside down is not an International distress signal
Q 2.7 In navigation what is the word that describes the effect of the wind blowing the boat sideways?
My mate Roger’s home port Grimsby is twinned with Bremerhaven so whenever the Tall Ships are there any Grimsby boat which sails over counts as an honorary Tall Ship
The approach is quite impressive
One of the benefits is temporary free membership of the rather grand yacht club
Here is Lady in Blue snugly moored
It’s still not clear when we will be able to start training but we are watching the situation as it develops