17th Dec – 6M (and Soling)

December 17, 2006 at 8:10 pm | Posted in News | Leave a comment

The Long Pond sees a glorious day of sailing

With sunshine, but not the warmth of a summers day, the members who turned up had a rewarding time. The morning started with a visit from Graham Reeve, the imported of the Soling, who came from Birmingham to show us the scaled down version of the Olympic class yacht. Two boats were on the water for members to sail, and they caused much enjoyment and banter on the pond side. The simplicity of the kits and the ease of build would make them a great starting point for any beginner wanting to join the club, and also be a benefit for those of us still working full time!

The kits come with full instructions and all the pieces pre-cut, so it’s a matter of gluing the keel together, filling it with lead shot and resin, then just sticking all the bits together in the right order. Graham Reeve has built a boat from kit to being ready for sail, in as little as 9 hours. A lot less that the time I’ve put into my 6M! When it came for Graham to leave, there were a few members who were tempted by the kit and the second hand yacht he had in his car. Although until we – the members – have made a decision regarding which class we adopt, no one wanted to jump the gun.


The afternoon session saw the launch of my 6M Seismick. A long time in coming and thankfully no longer taking up the kitchen, she had her maiden sail today with astonishing results. On first floating her, the ballast was slightly too far forward. This was initially corrected by a chunk of lead on the backstay, and later with a more weighty piece in the transom. After a bit of tuning we were ready to see her true colours. In her first race she came first! Much to mine, and everyone else’s surprise. Especially when I found out the sheet had come off the winch drum, soon after the last windward mark. So I was out for the next race or two while I corrected the sheet and adjusted the ballast.


Once back on the water, she continued her winning streak for a few more races, until it was broken by the Chairman and Ted. The next race went no better, she had a very close finish against Jim, with another Seismick only to be pipped at the post. But the real star of the day was the weather. Bright sunshine without the chill we usually expect in December made the sailing so much more pleasurable, and the close racing we always enjoy with the 6M’s was a perfect way to see the year out. The next official day for sailing is Sunday 7th Jan, 2007

See you then!

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