Archive for May, 2010

May 25 2010

Regatta and AirShow Weekend

Published by under Bar,Catering

Hi Everyone

This weekend is the TBYC Regatta and Southend Airshow, why not spend Monday afternoon after sailing on the balcony and enjoy a bbq rustled up by Jo.

Weather permitting (everyone please do a sun dance!) Jo will be bbqing straight after sailing on Monday!

Hope to see you all there!

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May 24 2010

Go Johnny GO GO G Go

Published by under Cruising

John Margarson – Jester Challenge Update.
I two messages from John Yesterday-the first 25 minutes into the challenge to tell us all that he was First over the line and First to the first mark. The 2nd at 22:50hrs on first day to say “All ok, am near Lizard, very light wind. Think I am still in lead but others very close” I have checked this morning 10.00hrs and he is approx 170Km from Plymouth and just past the Scilly Isles.
Go Johnny GO GO G Go.

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May 21 2010

TBYC Regatta – Help!

Published by under Racing

I could do with a couple of extra heads on the Committee Boat for the Regatta.  Any kind offers to me on 07973 388553 please – even one day would be great.  Vast experience is not essential!  Thanks.

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May 21 2010

Duty Swap

Published by under Duties

RNLI Pursuit Race. Unfortunately I will be away on August 22nd so will be unable to carry out my Race Office Duty. If anyone is able to swap dates please let me know as soon as possible.
Many thanks – Wes Absolom
07891 544972 / 01702 293468

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May 21 2010

Solo Ocean Sailing – John Margarson

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Solo Ocean Sailing - John MargarsonCharles Devenport made me a new radial cut main and suggested I should publish events, later Chris Maloney  had the same idea and when Wayne got on my case I knew I had to tap the typewriter.

Events started 3 years ago when I bought a Kelt in the Algarve and TBYC member “Little Ray” volunteered to sail it back. Just before leaving he asked who else was coming? I replied that I wasn’t overly concerned as I had sailed approaching 100,000 ocean miles solo and shorthanded. There was a long silence then the Old Boy said “yes John but that was 30 years ago”, I was very very upset that he should think I was past it.

A few months later I became aware of a Jester solo race from Plymouth to Azores and I entered on my little Thorpe Bay mud boat. The solo delivery of 300 miles through the busiest shipping lanes in the world went well in 52 hours so I had confidence to continue the 1200 miles to Terceira.

I have sailed through the Azores before and the renowned High pressure can be a problem through lack of wind ; I had 36 hours of no wind which is pretty normal. I also had a period of 5 days hard on the wind in a good Force Six. I completed the trip in just under 12 days and was the third monohull out of 45 starters. I was very pleased with the position as the two boats ahead were fast bulb keel racing boats with experienced Skippers. The winning boat was based on an elongated minitransat, a rocket of a boat that only arrived 24 hrs ahead of my Kelt. Continue Reading »

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May 17 2010


Published by under Social

I would like to pay tribute and give thanks to Kylie and her events team for a superb Summer Ball. Kylie has set the bar extremely high now for social events for the rest of the season which I look forward in supporting.

I would particularly like to thank JO and her team from AForderble Catering for serving a great meal with such a variety of choices. All served with a smile.

In particular I would like to thank our new Assistant Bar Manager Lorraine Merchant for keeping bar, members and guests well stocked for this event, coming as it does in her first week of employment at TBYC. Table service by the bar is much appreciated by all members and guests, well done.

A great event for Thorpe Bay Yacht Club.

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May 14 2010

Thorpe Bay Regatta

Published by under Racing

All, please find links here to the NOR, Entry form and parental declaration if required

Thorpe Bay Regatta 2010 NOR SSI

TB regatta entry form


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May 12 2010

Bon Voyage & God Speed

Published by under Club Notices,Cruising

I’m sure for all those that know him you will join me in wishing John Margarson Bon voyage and god speed.

We look forward to your safe return and the return party???.

For those that do not know John, he sailed his boat Fluffy, a Fgaro 1 to Plymouth a few weeks ago and is about to return to her to ready himself for his next Jester Challenge.

This  leaves Plymouth on the 23rd May 2010 across the Atlantic for Rhode Island USA. A  single handed challenge with no rules as such; and is for boats under 30ft.

The details of which are here:-

If you are interested once John is under way his position can be tracked at this website. (I checked it today and it looks like his been pacing round the house).

God Speed John.



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May 11 2010

congratulations kyle on winning the sprint sport nationals

a 5th and then 5 bullets, just don’t play with your rig next time and make it a straight six!

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May 06 2010

Thorpe Bay Yacht Club now on twitter

Published by under Club Notices

Thorpe Bay Yacht Club is now on twitter at:

Follow TBYC_UK and keep up to date with all the news from the club.

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