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Tragic Incident 16th April
Tuesday 17 April 1043

It is with much regret that I confirm there was a tragic incident at Weymouth Sailing Club yesterday involving a single person and a boat in storage. Emergency services attended very quickly and took control of the situation, but unfortunately, a member died at the scene.

I am unable to make any further comment as the incident is subject to a joint investigation between Dorset Police and the Health and Safety Executive. The findings of the investigation will be handed to HM Coroner in due course. The whole sailing club is obviously devastated at this tragic incident and our thoughts go out to the families concerned. I understand NOK have been informed but am unable to give any further details until authorised by the Coroner.

I can state that the boat concerned had been ashore for almost a week and no boat moves were scheduled.

Euan McNair
Commodore
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Making use of the long winter evenings, twelve members of WSC have successfully completed their RYA Day Skipper shore-based course. This is a sailing theory course to equip aspiring yacht skippers with the knowledge to sail inshore passages safely.

Ex-commodore Kathy Claydon taught the course, and with over 100,000 nautical miles under her belt she was able to share her huge experience with the class. There were 40 hours of tuition plus two final exam papers, covering a wide range of subjects from the basics of seamanship to navigation and electronic chart plotters.

Kathy said, “The Day Skipper course provides an excellent theory foundation for those who want to skipper a boat in familiar waters, which is the kind of sailing many of our members enjoy. I’m proud of the class for the hard work they put in to achieve their qualifications.”

The follow-on from the Day Skipper shore-based course is the practical course that requires five days at sea under supervision, plus a four-hour night sail.

Weymouth Sailing Club also offers members the more advanced RYA Yachtmaster theory course, as well as RYA dinghy sailing qualifications.

The photo shows successful course members with their tutor Kathy Claydon (centre) and club commodore Euan McNair (second from right).
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Would you like to come to a gin tasting? The response from Weymouth Sailing Club members was an emphatic ‘yes’, and Saturday’s event was a sell-out.

Members enjoyed ten different gins, including three mainstream brands and seven bottles from small boutique distilleries. These were thoughtfully paired with various Fever Tree tonics or ginger ale, with a garnishing of different fruits to complement the flavour of the gins.

An enjoyable glassful was Brockman’s Gin, combining juniper with unique blueberry and blackberry flavours. The addition of real blueberries and blackberries really brought out the fruitiness.

Warner Edwards rhubarb gin was served with ginger ale to produce an age-old flavour combination that gave a zing on the palate.

Most members had never tried neat gin, so were surprised that the Whitley Neil quince gin tasted like a powerful, sweet after-dinner liqueur.

To line the stomachs Carl in the galley produced some excellent platters of artisan cheese and charcuterie, including various salamis and prosciutto together with quince jelly.

After ten different gins members were not only much wiser about gin flavours, but also suitably relaxed. Many thanks to Carl in the galley and mixologist Dan from Marston’s who supplied the gins.
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Weymouth Sailing Club members have raised £620 for charity by holding a weekly meat draw at the club.

Led by Al Doughty, draw tickets were sold to members at their Nothe Parade HQ after racing in the autumn and winter sailing series held in Weymouth Bay last year.

Al decided to split the proceeds of the draw between two causes - Weldmar Hospicecare and 4Lorna.

Weldmar’s Joseph Weld Hospice cared for club member Nick Massey’s wife Nicola before she sadly passed away from cancer in October last year.

Their support enabled her to spend time at home in the last days of her illness.

4Lorna is a fund dedicated to sending Lorna Ewart to Newcastle for advanced surgery. Lorna has a rare genetic condition affecting her pancreas and NHS funding is not available for this treatment. Lorna’s mum Becky Ewart sails with Al on his boat Pepper of Kinsale.

Al said, “These are great causes that are very close to home for all of us at Weymouth Sailing Club.

I wish to thank all sailors and club members who helped make this fundraising such a success. We hope to raise even more this year.”

The photo shows club members Kenny Roebuck (left) and Al (centre), together with nurses from the Joseph Weld Hospice. Kenny accepted the 4Lorna cheque on behalf of Becky Ewart.
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Weymouth Sailing Club member Megan Pascoe has had her outstanding achievements recognised by being awarded Life Honorary Membership of the club.
Commodore Euan McNair announced the award at the club’s annual prizegiving on Saturday 28th January, appropriately enough at the Weymouth and Portland National sailing academy, epicentre of the sailing for the London Olympics 2012
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Weymouth Sailing Club (WSC) was established in 1913 and is one the area's premier centres for yacht, keelboat and dinghy sailing. The club hosts world-class sporting events with an extensive yard, moorings and hospitality facilities.

Whether you’re trying sailing for the first time, an experienced sailor or a visiting yachtsman, you'll get a warm welcome at Weymouth SC. It is managed and run entirely by volunteers who enjoy a lively Club atmosphere thanks to a packed racing calendar, year-round social events and RYA training facilities.



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