We are proud to announce that Peter S. won the Matt Trophy at the Thames Estuary Yacht Club in his Laser, last Saturday. Moreover, our younger Cadets; Adam, Sam, Luke, Tom, Dominic and Daniel, aged between 10 and 14 years, also performed very well in a large fleet of dinghies from local clubs.
It was so good that our club was represented at this event, organised by The Matthew Dear Foundation, which was set up to help educate and inform others about the dangers of A.P.E.D’s (Appearance & Performance Enhancing Drugs). More information can be found here: http://www.matthewdearfoundation.co.uk/
Our thanks go to Andras for organising the Picos, Lewis and his crew for the Safety boat cover and parents for supporting this event. Also a big thank you to the organisers at TEYC.
Well done Cadets!
There is the 10k running race, there is road closure at the seafront 9:30 – 12:00. This affects our racing.
Laser in great condition, fully race rigged with all GXD controls, 1 standard sail in good condition for club racing, 2 top section masts, carbon tiller and extension, Australian foils with padded storage bag, under and over covers, launching trolley and road trailer; £2800.00
Matt Rivers 07709 731062
Has anyone picked up a pair of silver Harken sunglasses with straps in the dinghy park yesterday ? if you have can you put behind the bar for me to collect please, or call me on 07702 366053
3 Lasers traveled to the lovely Fishers Green Sailing Club on Saturday 27th June for their annual Laser Open Meeting. Forcast was light winds, heavy showers, sun, heavy wind, thunder and lightning and yes we had it all !
Chris Tillyer was always at the front in the mix as usual and somehow always seemed to be on the right side of the shifts and came away with 3 bullets, one up from 2nd last year, well done Chris great sailing in very testing conditions;
Thorpe Bay overall results were;
Chris Tillyer 1st
Rick Paxman 5th
Jeremy Doran 11th
A dynamic group of youngsters represented Thorpe Bay Yacht Club in this year’s Interclub Team Race, hosted by Thames Estuary Yacht Club. Last Sunday the TBYC team won the Cadet class for the second year running. Peter Snow, Millie and Vicky Little, Greg Watson and Jacob Allard left the beach in windy conditions and were escorted around the pier to practise their starts and get used to the pretty difficult conditions. The ‘Little’ girls made an excellent start leading their class, whilst Peter Snow was steadily moving up the fleet eventually gaining first place by the end of the race. All the team performed well and are a credit to our club.
3 Thorpe Bay Lasers travelled to the lovely Tollesbury Sailing Club on Sunday 27th September, as usual we were greeted on our arrival with bacon butties and tea and coffee to start the day. There was a lovely 12mph breeze and clear blue skies. 15 Lasers entered which was 7 visitors and 8 home boats, the racing was very close and all 3 races were back to back of 2 longish laps with good beats, reaches and runs making for exciting racing in a steadily building breeze.
The end results were;
Rick Paxman 1st, 1st, 2nd for overall 1st place
Nick Turner 6th, 6th, 4th for overall 5th place
Michael Airey 11th, 7th, 6th for overall 7th place
This is a must again for next year.
Three Lasers travelled to Harlow Blackwater Sailing Club on 12th September, when we arrived the breeze was light with a few gusts, but by the time we had rigged and launched it was blowing 25mph, we had a long run to the start line which was hairy to say the least and i was upside down within 2 minutes !! The course was set straight up and down the river towards Osea Island which meant it was a windward leaward course, and the run which was about 2 miles long was an out of control sleigh ride from start to finish with boats doing death rolls everywhere and people swimming to catch up with their boats !
Michael Airey gave up after having his boat blown away from under him, Chris Tillyer was in the mix up the front as usual, and i had more capsizes in these 3 races than the whole of the year. This is a lovely club to sail at and they had 21 entries from 5 clubs.
Chris Tillyer ended up 2nd overall, well done.
Rick Paxman was 5th overall
One for next years calendar
As published the Sunday Autumn series starts this weekend at 16:30. The Veterans Trophy is also scheduled for Sunday but will not be sailed this weekend.
This year the Veterans Trophy will be awarded for the highest placed veteran in the Barts Bash on Sunday 20th September, 15:00 Start – more details to follow.
On Saturday we had no volunteers to run the second rib. We could not lower the engine on the one rib we had launched and the breeze was up. Once again in the absence of volunteers a huge thank you to Peter, Rupert, Struan, Kerryn for not racing and jumping straight onto safety boats to ensure your safety during racing, Toby for launching 2 more ribs at short notice and Paul Farrall for manning SS2 before the start during a pre race rescue of the RS which involved helm and crew separated form the boat and Chris Boshier who was helming SS2 sailing it in. When thing go wrong, they go wrong quickly. Without the swift and selfless actions of such active members of TBYC we would struggle to safely run our current busy racing programme.
Keep an eye on Paul Morgan’s Weekly sailing posts, if it says VOLUNTEER PLEASE, we need your help to keep others safe. If you are around, inexperienced or not racing, keep some kit in the car and step up, your help is always welcome.
Thank you in anticipation.
Rear Commodore Racing