The teams were well balanced so we had quite a few close finishes, there was wind
on most of the pond so a nice big course was set. We had 11 people and needed 4 teams
of 3 so Colin D ended up doing lots of laps as he had to go round twice each time.
It was very close and the last race was crucial for the results, Paul B sailed well,
with encourage ment from team-mates Simon and Richard he came from 3rd to 1st and
won the competition for the red team. Team Linda, George and Kevin were just one
point behind to come 2nd.
Once again everyone enjoyed the day.
A very windy one today with the gusts being the main problem.
4 scamps set off on race one only to find the outlet buoy was missing whoops, so
we went round willow instead which was OK till Cliffs boat went wide and hit the
row of posts, it was stuck going round and round
Simon managed to slowly push it back with his scamp but we noticed it was getting
lower in the water, when we eventually got it out it had a big hole in the bow.
The Victoria's coped well with the conditions most of the time, a few giant gusts
caused some submarine-ing and sometimes when you wanted some wind it disappeared.
Phil had a couple of good races coming 3rd in each, Colin D also got a 3rd place,
It was very close between Linda and Simon, they held the top 2 slots in each race,
Linda winning overall, Simon 2nd and well done to Colin L for coming 3rd closely
followed by Colin D in 4th.
Paul's yacht had a problem so he kindly did the race officer duty.
Racing was very good, we had a great turnout too with 8 Scamps and 10 Victorias.
Scamp racing was chaotic with so many boats, we had to stop one race as the swans
had come over to the island buoy to find out what all the noise was about.
There was a lot of floating debris which ended up wrapped around our props after
each race, even feathers were found to cause problems!
After winning race 1, Kens boat had a loose prop-shaft and Colin's boat lost all
motor drive, both boats retired from the rest of the session.
Paul C's grunge was fast but once again was almost uncontrollable, it acquired a
hole in the side from one of the many collisions, luckily above the waterline.
John was very pleased to have a fast boat again
Somehow Simon managed to win 2 races and Paul won one.
Overall Simon 1st, John 2nd, and Paul 3rd.
Victoria races had 3 different race winners and was all about getting from one windy
bit to another through the dead zone where anything could happen!
Ian proved this by getting his yacht stuck near the island at the start of a race,
it must have been there for a few minutes, once free he got some good wind managed
to sail past everyone and come 2nd!
Poor Colin L, he was doing very well after coffee with a second and third place and
was in with a chance for a win on the last race, he just had to cross the finish
line, Simon was close behind and decided to take a big chance and sail to the end
of the line coming very close to the island, He even had to get past the debris that
stopped Ian earlier, and managed to just beat him to the win!
Colin came 4th overall, not many points away from Peter who came 3rd, Linda was 2nd
and Simon 1st.
Paul C didn't get on very well with the swing rig today, if you want one it may still
be in the hedge where he threw it!
Once again big thanks to Tim for recording the race finishes and watching the line,
the scamps were finishing so fast that sometimes Tim couldn't write fast enough!
Here are some photos of Richards tug which has a special device fitted for rescues.
On the day these were taken, it was windy and a new members boat, an RG65, went fast
aground at the shallow end of the pond. Diligent was launched and collected the boat
In Scamp race 3 George's scamp had a coming together with Kens which resulted in
2 neatly cut slots in the side of George's scamp which quickly let in loads of water.
Ken's metal prop was very good at cutting through balsa but the force on the motor
finally ripped out the mountings, no more racing for Ken!
George's boat was fixed up by Ken and the last race had only 3 boats due to Cliff's
drive system failing.
In the last race, with Paul's scamp "Grunge" slowing, Simons boat thought It would
cadge a lift on the back of it which worked very well, it looked like a tandem scamp
until his boat was shrugged off when it was time to turn for the mark. Even Grunge
can be beaten with the help of some reeds round the prop!
Well done to Paul who won easily with 3 first places, Simon 2nd and Ken 3rd.
Victoria racing was very good, the south easterly breeze was providing a big stretch
of steady wind across the pond, the only problem was the first mark was on the edge
of this and sometimes there was no wind there.
In one race Linda was leading and stopped near that first mark and watched the whole
fleet sail past her, Simon also had a similar experience arriving at the buoy in
2nd place and leaving in last!
As the morning went on we found that the only fast way to get round was to stay in
the wind and come in with speed on port tack with momentum taking the yacht round
and then back into the wind.
There were 4 different race winners, Bill, Paul, Simon and Linda and there was close
racing across the fleet.
Paul raced his swing rig yacht which is very well made but unfortunately is not class
legal as the boom diameter is greater than 9.5mm at the main bearing.
There were many reeds floating about that could ruin a race, Peter managed to find
a lot of them and this is reflected in his score.
Final positions 1st Simon, 2nd Paul, 3rd Bill, 4th Linda.
Tim Kinross, who used to be a member and raced regularly, has rejoined the club and
did an excellent job of watching the start line and recording the finishes, It was
such a great help for us all
and we hope he can do it again next month.
Richard and Simon were on the water today in Richard’s dinghy to sort out the racing
The 2 blue buoys were recovered and repositioned, one to the south to be called “Willow”
and one near the island north face to be called “Gorse”
The cord to Island buoy was shortened to try to stop yachts getting caught-up on
Outlet was moved into more water so it can be seen easier.
A replacement Reeds buoy was deployed.
Swans nest buoy was stuck fast and was moved eventually after great effort.
Steps buoy was moved away from the encroaching reeds, again it was a big struggle
to get this one free from years on the muddy bottom.
Richard did lots of rowing and the strong wind made it difficult to manoeuvre at
times but it was worth it so that we can use the pond more effectively.
The inter-club open meeting was originally going to include Phoenix M.B.C. but they
had been having low turnouts for their Victoria races and couldn't get a team together.
The event carried on with Selsey and Dell Quay S.C. sailing with a total of 13 boats.
The wind was a light southwesterly which slowly increased as the morning went on.
There was a big battle at the front between Peter, Bill ,Linda and Simon each sailor
winning races, Race officer Paul kept the morning running smoothly, the only problem
was the reeds were so high it was a job to see the start line! A couple of yachts
got caught up between races and again the reeds were so dense it was hard to untangle
them. Colin D had a very good day and sailed well to come 5th overall.
Simon, Bill, Linda and Peter at the front of the fleet.
At the end it was very close with only 2 points covering the top 4 places, Peter
and Bill were tied for 1st place, but on count-back Peter won the day, Bill (DQSC)
2nd, Simon 3rd, Linda 4th Colin Dean 5th Peter Matthews (DQSC) 6th
The inter team results were Selsey 104 points and Dell Quay 169 points so well done
to all the winning Selsey sailors.
Thanks to all the skippers who’s contributions raised £43 for the Selsey First Responders.
We had a great mornings racing with a light Northerly wind and lots of boats.
The scamp racing was good fun with the usual crashes and Cliffs boat in the reeds
at the first mark!
I think as we hadn't had a race for a few months we were not so good at rounding
the marks, Simon especially as he twice missed the mark that he had put out earlier
and Kevin also had the same trouble!
There were 3 different winners, Kevin won his first race of this season, Ken won
2 and George won one.
Placing's were Kevin 3rd, George 2nd, and Ken 1st, well done Ken!
Victoria racing was intense with Bill, Simon and Linda battling at the front with
Peter in the mix too, the points were so close that we couldn't decide who had won
till the numbers were computed.
See more photos of this event in the Gallery page on this website.
Paul B had a great result coming 5th overall just beating Michael who sailed consistently,
Paul B was up near the front in a couple of races, also Kens Yacht was impressive
with its new sails and set-up, its a shame he had to leave early to sort out a power-cut.
Linda and Simon's yachts had colourful soft jibs that looked like spinnakers down
wind, they were useful today as the wind was very shifty and non-existent in some
Paul C did a brilliant job as race officer for the morning you wouldn't have known
he was in hospital a week ago, well done and a great help.
Placing's Peter 4th, Linda 3rd, Bill 2nd, Simon 1st, it was very close!
Love your parks 22 June
The club put on a display for the Saturday event Including scale power and sail craft
plus some fun racing. We were there for the whole day which was very enjoyable.
Special thanks to Richard for bringing his fleet along plus Ian and Peter displayed
some impressive craft as well.
We let Bill from men in sheds have a sail as he was getting bored!
A superb days racing was had by 10 skippers, there was plenty of wind blowing from
left to right across a large part of the pond.
The diesel generator was not running and the pond level was up enough that no rescues
Unfortunately Chris did not complete many races due to a problem with the deck sagging
and water leaking in. Chris showed that he can do well with a decent boat claiming
a 2nd place using Georges yacht, lets hope this inspires Chris to get his Victoria
Ian's yacht was slowly falling apart but was quickly repaired each time.
It was nice to see Kevin come out of hibernation and visit the pond!
Colin Lambert and Colin Dean did very well coming 4th and 5th respectively, only
one point between them.
Linda's second and third places gave her third overall
Simon won 3 of the 7 races to come 2nd
Peter was unstoppable claiming first place with 4 wins in a row.
A big thank you to Phil who did the finishing for us.
May this race was postponed till the 12th as the pond level was too low
It was a nice surprise that the pond had filled up slightly and we could race around
some of it.
7 skippers were ready to race on time but we had a small delay whilst Linda's yacht
was rescued having run aground near the island buoy.
We decided to miss that one out and the swans nest buoy so we could steer clear of
the island shallows.
The wind was easterly and there was the usual wind shadow from the trees and generators.
We managed 4 races of 2 laps, it was hard going but good fun was had!
Thank you to George who helped out with the start line and scoring duties, He was
going to put a row of number 20's at the top of the sheet until I pointed out that
he didn't actually bring a yacht!
Well done to Richard who won the last 2 races and today's event, Simon second and
There is a problem with the water level of the pond, the monthly competition was
postponed to 21st due to debris and un sailable parts of the pond. Our theory is
that the water table has been lowered due to the pumping during the work in Beach
Road and water has been leaking out of the pond into the surrounding ground.
With the debris cleared team relay racing went ahead on 14 April, this time we had
3 teams of 3; the results were very close, and everyone enjoyed the competition.
The low water level played its part as the Blue team were about to win a race and
a gust sent a yacht into the shallows by the island where it ran aground! RESULTS
Red team 1st ,Yellow 2nd and Blue 3rd
There were ducklings and baby coots about so we didn't run the scamp racing.
The light easterly breeze was difficult to sail in, It was very trying as there were
patches of no wind and the starts today were tricky too! The lack of water meant
some yachts ended up aground on the island, Kens rescue boat was used for a few recoveries
until unfortunately Linda managed to get it locked onto one of the metal stakes so
Simon had to wade out and get it back.
The results are Peter 1st , Simon 2nd and Chris with a very good 3rd place,
The next 3 skippers had the same points , Paul C 4th Colin 5th and Linda 6th on count
Hopefully for May's event we will have more water otherwise we will have to run a
On the third attempt to run the March Sunday races it was still windy, but because
it was sunny we thought we would have a go.
Scamp racing was different this week as we had to avoid an obstruction so we used
the steps buoy as the first mark and went anticlockwise around the rest, John had
fitted his old spec. motor and proceeded to win all 4 races, Simon's scamp however
did not like it, there was a terrible noise as the cooling fan worked loose and rubbed
on the universal joint. Then in race 3 It jumped over a mark and broke a propeller
blade. It was raced with only one blade in the last race and was quite fast, maybe
this is a new way to go faster! Cliff's scamp was fast but needed to be better controlled.
George was looking forward to winning the scamp racing again but found out that he
had left the transmitter on all night, Maybe he was too excited about the first Grand
Prix to remember.
Nasty gusts were coming through but there was enough time gust free to do some yacht
racing. Peter coped very well with this and shot off and won 2 races, Simon was close
but only won one. Linda's yacht was determined not to race, it hit the post by the
steps and broke the jibsheet, once repaired it then had another problem, going round
in circles, somehow the rudder linkage had come off the tiller. After fixing this
it was about to be launched again when the main sheet come untied, then we noticed
that there was something big and heavy moving inside. The main servo mount had completely
broken off from the hull, time for a major refit!
Chris enjoyed the conditions, and only had to repair the jib once to come 3rd
Ian was 4th and could have had a better score but just as he was rounding a mark
a big gust came and sent him the wrong side of it, unlucky. Despite the sun it was
very cold, George had the sensible idea to stop after the first race to go home and
Paul B was even more sensible and kept his boat in the car!
Thanks again to Caroline for doing the finishing for us, it was so gusty that the
chair we put out for her kept blowing over!
At the AGM It was agreed that we would replace the club Victoria rules with the AMYA
rules except for the sail marking requirements, of a “v” on the mainsail and numbers
on the jig.
The rules are almost the same see the link in the club rules page.
Also the use of fast electric craft is banned and will be emphasised on the application
form and club rules.
For once there was some wind, a light southerly which was warm too.
Scamp racing started well with 5 boats but after 2 races there were only 2 left,
not even enough for another race!
Cliff had radio range problems which meant instead of going round the course the
Scamp headed off at speed towards East beach shops, he was heard saying he would
have to join the 21st century and by a new transmitter! John's boat was very slow,
He blames his daughter who plugged in her hair straighteners but maybe John just
forgot to unplug them when he was using them. Finally Chris's boat just stopped during
race 2, I think something came un-soldered again maybe?
Simon and George both had first and seconds but as George won the last race he took
the days win.
12 skippers enjoyed the warm weather and 6 races were run. Simon didn't have much
luck in race one, he lost sail control but managed to get it in and realised it was
not a quick fix so he missed the tea-break to go and get a spare yacht called Dudley,
(it came from the west midlands). He just missed the start of the next race so he
literally had to throw Dudley in at the deep end!
In race 2 Richard had the bad luck, his back-stay got stuck on a post on the island,
George tried to free it with his boat but in the end it was only recoverable with
We were joined by a new member who is a sailing superstar Bill Dawber, Bill showed
us how its done by winning 3 races, Linda won 1 and Simon won 2 with Dudley.
Winner for the day was Bill then Linda, 2nd, Simon, 3rd, Peter 4th and Chris 5th.
Unfortunately the wind was blowing the exhaust fumes from the generators across the
pond which did spoil what would have been a really nice day, lets hope the works
on Beach road are on track and we can get our peaceful pond back!
After the very sad news that Louis Phillips had passed away we decided to remember
him and show our respects by tying black ribbons on our yachts during the mornings
races. Louis won club member of the year in 2017 for the time and effort he gave
to starting and recording club events which he had been doing for many years.
Louis will be sorely missed.
Louis watching the start line at a club race back in April 2016
On Boxing day we held the annual Christmas pudding race, the wind was very light
but slowly picked up as the morning went on, with light winds there was always the
chance of picking up debris. Linda won a race but unfortunately in races 1 and 6
she picked up some reeds, spoiling her chances of winning one of the 3 medals on
Mike A had a fast boat but kept getting into trouble, the penalty turns taking their
toll, he still finished 5th.
For some reason Colin D was trying to get closer and closer to the first mark, I've
done it again he shouted as he got stuck on it for the 2nd time!
The light wind was causing problems for George and Colin L, Colin finally got his
refurbished house-martin sail set-up and came 3rd in the last race. George was suffering
with a cold.
Chris lead a race for a bit but could not cope with the excitement!
Simon won a race but also picked up a tree branch which gave him an unfortunate last
place! his two 2nd places put him in the running for a medal but which one?
Richard and Paul C sailed very well and won 2 races each.
The Medal winners were Paul Gold, Richard Silver and Simon Bronze. You will see from
the results there was very close racing throughout.
The medal winners agreed that although inedible, the discs were much better than
a 3rd of a pudding! Full yacht results here