Sailing at Clapham on the 22nd June

June 22, 2008 at 7:26 pm | Posted in News | Leave a comment

We went today (the fourth Sunday in the month) in place of the postponed meeting on the third Sunday when Rookery Road had been closed off as the Common was a starting point for the London to Brighton cycle run. Actually we did not get any sailing in as the wind was so strong and gusty that the 6Ms would have been hard pressed. Ted did have a go but it was hard to tell who was in control of the boat, Ted or the wind. We thought racing in such conditions would have put the boats at risk. I do not think any of the 6m skippers has a second suit of sails. All was not lost however as we used the time to have a clear out in the Clubhouse ready for the SOLING Nationals on the 13th July. We next need to clear the small committee room for use by the race scorer on the day. As has been inferred, the SOLING Nationals is planned to go ahead on the 13th July and we have a dedicated team of RobVice, Jim Vice and a friend in place who have volunteered to organise and run the event for the Club. Many thanks to them. We used todays time to sort out the buoys, frequency board and course board. We seem to have most things in place but will be meeting on the next two Sundays, the 29th June and the 6th July, when we will be sailing the SOLINGs as a test of equipment and organisation. As at this moment I have no information on numbers attending on the 13thJuly but hope to have this within the next few days. I remind Clapham members again that if they want to sail in the Nationals they must have had their boats registered with Graham Reeves and that sail numbers must be displayed on the mainsail in the correct format. These details are shown in the SOLING kit construction notes. The start time of the event and any other details will be posted on the “blog” site as soon as are known. Rob will be at the pond on the 29th June and 6th July to check that all is in place; if you wish to sail in the Nationals I urge that you attend, apart from anything else you will be able to receive invaluable advice from a national and international skipper on rigging and tuneing a boat for maximum performance, I for one will certainly take advantage of this opportunity.

Look forward to seeing you all on the 29th June.  Derek.  

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Vintage Day at Clapham on the 8th June

June 8, 2008 at 6:51 pm | Posted in News | Leave a comment

We were hosts to the Vintage Club today. A glorious day of hot sunshine and a cooling breeze with the Common crowded with sunseekers. A fair number of Vintage Club members turned up although not too much sailing was done by them, more of a social gathering I think. A few boats of interest were there including a very nice 10Rater, newish, and a couple of vintage schooners which looked very nice on the water. It was good to see that several CMYC members turned up to lend support, so much so that we decided to make it a club SOLING day. I had not come prepared to keep scores as it was not an official race day, just as well because the first two races were won by Allan, and by a handsome margin at that, although I did hear a whisper that there had been some pre race tuning by Ted, be that as it may we were all a bit shell shocked, threw in the sponge and gave up. We did have several other races but I regret no scores were kept. 

The most exciting event of the day as far as the CMYC were concerned was that Justin turned up with a case load of small wooden sailing boats he had bought and which he proposed we should sell at a profit, that profit to be donated to the Club. Justin and his family set up a display board outside the clubhouse and were most successful in selling all but two of the boats. To avoid problems of selling without a licence we offered the boats for sale to include a free junior membership of the Club for the day, effectively offering a junior membership of the Club with a free boat as a bonus. Perhaps sailing a little close to the wind, but I don,t suppose anyone is going to find fault. As I said, Justin and his family were most effective as a sales team in selling the boats and the youngest members voice could be heard all over the pond yelling “boats for sale”. I offered to buy him an ice cream as a reward for his efforts but he was already eating. We were able to return to Justin his outlay and the Club has benefited by the eccess of £17, and we still have two boats left, the sale of which will be all profit to the Club. A big “thank you” to Justin, his wife and the children. In all a grand day out. The next meeting will be on the 15th June as an official 6Metre race . Derek.    

Vintage Group and Junior Member day on June 8th

June 8, 2008 at 4:00 pm | Posted in News | Leave a comment

Glorious weather at the Clapham Common boating pond today, which kicked off our fund raising efforts to repair the club house roof. Many thanks to Tricia and Bridget for looking after the stall with our new junior members Theo, Eden and Beth. Skipper Toys had very kindly put a display board together of their fantastic wooden pond yachts, and we had sold all but 2 of our stock by mid-day.

So we are off to a great start with our fund raising efforts, and now have a raft of new Junior and even Infant members enjoying the pond with their parents.

Members of the Vintage Model Yacht Group also visited the pond and there was a wide array of model yachts on display from early 10 Raters to the far smaller but now highly collectible Star Yachts of Birkenhead. There was also just enough time and  wind for some racing with the Solings as members got some much needed practice in before the Nationals, which are being held at Clapham Common boating pond in July. We’ll be posting some more news about the Soling Nationals soon.

1Metre sailing at Clapham on the 1st June. See also the note at the end of this BLOG.

June 1, 2008 at 6:58 pm | Posted in News | Leave a comment

A good days sailing at Clapham with a good attendance (6). The wind was quite light and races took a long time to complete, especially as Jim had set a challenging course with lots of different legs , with, across and down wind. As is usual these days we started quite late, gone 11am I think and because of the light winds we did not get many races in, but, we were even more organised this week and recorded the first, second and third places in each race. We managed six races and the placings were,

Race 1  Ted, Jim, Derek.

Race 2  Jim, Ted, Derek

Race 3  Jim, Hugh, Ted

Race 4  Ted, Jim, Derek.

Race 5  Ted, Jim, Derek.

Race 6  Ted, Jim, John.

It is obvious who were the most successfull sailors, but we all had fun.

NOTE. There is a Vintage Club meeting next week at Clapham on the 8th June and all are welcome to attend. The next CMYC meeting is for 6 Metres on the 15th June.  Derek. 

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