Well after our summer of no wind and sunshine, who'd have thought of a winter like this... blown out kites, ripped mains, collisions and holes in boats but thankfully no injuries.
What's left of the fleet will still be out this Sunday for the penultimate race of the Winter Series.
In IRC 4 with 3 bullets in the first three races Rumrunner was clearly leading the class. Unfortunately they're out of the game with battle damage, coming down the table it's neck and neck with Tiger Lily and Effusion with 11.5 plays 11 points but there's still a chance for Orion and the Springbokers !
Onto the Class threes, Bon Vacances! went into the series in confident form having won the Autumn Series, benefiting from the Absence of the Woofy and his Blue Rocket Ship, however complacency is the enemy of success and Bon Vacances totally bombed out in the nightmare November. Currently Passion and Arscine are in the lead with 10 points each, but Jo90 with 3 bullets could still take the prize if they get to shake off their last discard.
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In Homer's Odyssey, the hero is advised during his visit to the underworld, that to retire from the sea, he should walk inland with an oar on his shoulder until someone asked him what it was for. Another remarkable sailor, and WSC veteran, has recently done just that – Peter Rayner, long-time owner of ‘Tom Thumb’ the 22ft Pandora which used to moor near the crane.

By profession a scientist with AUWE, Peter was a quiet, unassuming member of the club who raced singlehanded, with the result that not many people knew of his extraordinary adventures cruising with ‘Tom Thumb’. Crossing the Channel in such a small boat would not appeal to most people these days, but Peter was from a generation of sterner stuff, and his record is worth sharing.

Peter would pass through the Channel Islands first; his favourite anchorage was at Sark, whence he would proceed to Saint-Malo via Jersey. This, an already impressive small boat cruise, was merely the beginning; Peter would then enter the canal system, emerging finally at Lorient, where he would proceed to cruise the lovely area around Belle-Isle, the bay of Quiberon and the Gulf of Morbihan, an area for which a small boat is very practical.

After a couple of weeks down there, Peter would then re-enter the canals back to Saint-Malo, avoiding the tricky corner of Finisterre and the north Brittany coast. From Saint-Malo, he would make his way back through the Channel Islands, whose rocks, channels and other dangers he knew like the back of his hand.

Back along, on a wet July afternoon in 2007, I was waiting with the crew of ‘Phoebe’ for the ferry back from Herm, when we happened to notice a small boat making its way between Herm and Jethou, through the Percee Passage, which we had used with some trepidation a day or so before to make Saint Peter Port after the flood had started. It was of course ‘Tom Thumb’, making it look easy, and that evening I was privileged to have the chance to discuss single-handed sailing with Peter over a glass of wine aboard my boat.

‘Tom Thumb’ had her share of narrow escapes; Peter described the feeling of helplessness sitting in fog off the Channel Islands (with no radar or AIS of course) and hearing the Condor catamaran come closer and closer at speed, an experience which led him subsequently to have a distinctive bright orange patch on his mast and mainsail, to make the boat more visible in bad weather. On a lighter note, he went on to say that the biggest obstacle to navigation in the canals tended to be cows bathing in hot weather; two or three cows in the water at once could slow the passage down considerably!

Peter’s most memorable voyage, which members can still share as there is a CD copy, was his trip from Weymouth across to France and up the Seine to Paris, which he filmed with a commentary which includes a detailed description of a warship which he recognised in the distance, pondering on the poplars at Giverny and celebrating Bastille Day at the Eiffel Tower. Peter is the only member to my knowledge to have made this distinctive trip, just one episode in a long career which included 30 annual Channel crossings merely in order to begin the real adventure!

I would like to convey, on the club’s behalf, our best wishes to Peter, and to thank him for his distinctive contribution to the history of Weymouth sailing, whose meaning he helped to expand – at least it’s where he started off from, and he always arrived safely back here on his mooring again after another distinctive odyssey!

Steve Fraser
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Racing Squibs - but not at Weymouth.
Ordinarily, on chilly Thursday mornings in November, most Squibbers can be seen shuffling along to the local public library for a read of the papers in the warm. Not so this season. Inspired by some glorious sailing during the October Thursday Morning race series, the Squibbers collectively decided to, …well, just carry on sailing in some Fun Races.

After a lengthy but incomprehensible briefing on the idea of ‘fun’ Squib racing, eight boats including the Club Squib, Artful Dodger, took to the water on Thu 15th Nov for an inaugural Thursday Morning Fun Race. Since it was not a formal race series and since there was no trophy at stake, it was, officially, a Non-Event. Even so, it proved an excellent opportunity to avoid the B-word for a couple of hours. And it’ll keep going as a weekly non-event until the weather and good sense finally drives us ashore and back to the library.

An excellent race offered a great chance for some new helms and crews to gain experience in unfamiliar roles and on unfamiliar boats. Gate starts, in particular, can take a bit of getting used to and are not easy to judge perfectly. Start early as the gate opens? Or late, further along the line, sacrificing time for windward gain? How far along the line dare one go before the gate closes? There’s no right answer and, as usual, conditions dictate. What’s the key thing for new Squib helms to remember at a gate start? Just breathe. Normally.

At the finish, Richard Frost and Simon Vines in Hope, just pipped Adam Bowers and Wendy Smythe in Speculator. Iceni Rebel, crewed by Caroline Nairn and Ray Capp, were close behind to take third place and Jubilation, with Graham Calvert steering his first Squib race, came a very creditable fourth. (Graham and Diane Calvert, by the way, became new members following the RYA Push The Boat Out Day.)

So, on Thursday mornings, whenever the weather Gods choose to smile favourably, we’ll just carry on Squibbing. It’s fun.
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5 Lads and Debbie may not be the team name of the year, but having to make a decision 10 min into the quiz, was all we could muster, not a good start. November quiz was the turn of the Gig Members to organise, and what a great night, to be greeted on arrival with Fish and Chips (pre ordered), bar fully stocked and the banter between gigs and sailing fully flowing, it was time for the serious stuff to begin. Our Bamber Gascoigne for the night was John (no not me) and his assistant Nadine who both fully admitted it was their first Quiz compering. 5 Lads and Debbie were safely seated next to the Bar, in between another sailing team led by the over zealous Iain Jones, and A Gig team whose star player had fallen asleep after 7 questions, maybe it was the nervous 7 gins beforehand.
Back to the team, 6 members were allowed, which was just as well, we were going to need all the help we could get with questions like, " what was the name of the Gig that crossed the Atlantic in 1782 after just completing the Weymouth regatta during the invasion of France" yes, this was not going to be easy, luckily for us, we had roped in a Gig member, Dave, who looked and was the brains in that department, in fact we had it all covered on the night, Cruiser Captain Nick, Roger "pick me for foredeck" Chris, I've got a Bilge keel, Debbie, our scribe and brains and yours truly, I was given the important job of Bar Runner.
After 75 Questions with a break in the middle to purchase Home made cakes for Charity, we sat nervously waiting for the results, Nick, Roger and myself at this time were still looking at Q7 on the Dingbat quiz, deciding if was " know or No" (you had to be there). Approx 50 turned out for the quiz, and yes you guessed it, 5 Lads and Debbie were clear winners, ( why else do you think I'm writing this on a Sat Morning) prize money for the winners £40, so after buying a winning pint, like we hadn't had enough, except Nick who has taken a liking to Alcohol free beer, which has seen the clubs profits drop by 20%, we decided to put the rest back into the charity for the night, which with the cake sale, raised approx £70.
If you fancy joining in the next quiz, December, get in early, it's going to be busy based on this occasion.
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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.

Sailing calendar

Thu 20th December 2018
  • Squib No Trophy Series

    Thu 20th December 2018 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm

Sun 23rd December 2018
  • Winter Race 6 / 6 - Squibs

    Sun 23rd December 2018 @ 10:35 am - 10:35 am

  • Winter Race 8 / 8 - IRC 3

    Sun 23rd December 2018 @ 10:40 am - 10:40 am

  • Winter Race 8 / 8 - IRC 4

    Sun 23rd December 2018 @ 10:45 am - 10:45 am

Wed 26th December 2018
  • Icebreaker Trophy - Squibs

    Wed 26th December 2018 @ 10:40 am - 10:40 am

  • Frostbite Trophy - IRC All

    Wed 26th December 2018 @ 10:45 am - 10:45 am

Latest Results 

SOCIAL calendar

Fri 21st December 2018
  • Bar Open

    Fri 21st December 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 10:30 pm

Sat 22nd December 2018
  • Bar open

    Sat 22nd December 2018 @ 12:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Sun 23rd December 2018
  • Bar Open

    Sun 23rd December 2018 @ 12:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Wed 26th December 2018
  • Boxing Day Lunch, after racing. Please bring a plate of food to share.

    Wed 26th December 2018 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Fri 28th December 2018
  • Bar Open

    Fri 28th December 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 10:30 pm

Sat 29th December 2018
  • Bar open

    Sat 29th December 2018 @ 12:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Sun 30th December 2018
  • Bar Open

    Sun 30th December 2018 @ 12:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Mon 31st December 2018
  • New Year's Eve Party. BYO Food

    Mon 31st December 2018 @ 8:00 pm - Tue 1st January 2019 12:30 am

Tue 1st January 2019
  • New Year's Eve Party. BYO Food

    Mon 31st December 2018 @ 8:00 pm - Tue 1st January 2019 12:30 am

Fri 4th January 2019
  • Bar Open

    Fri 4th January 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 10:30 pm

Sat 5th January 2019
  • Christmas decorations down. All help very welcome!

    Sat 5th January 2019 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm

  • Bar open

    Sat 5th January 2019 @ 12:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Sun 6th January 2019
  • Bar Open

    Sun 6th January 2019 @ 12:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Fri 11th January 2019
  • Bar Open

    Fri 11th January 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 10:30 pm

  • Provisional date for Talk/Film

    Fri 11th January 2019 @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm

Sat 12th January 2019
  • Bar open

    Sat 12th January 2019 @ 12:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Sun 13th January 2019
  • Walks with Caroline.

    Sun 13th January 2019 @ 10:00 am - 1:30 pm

  • Bar Open

    Sun 13th January 2019 @ 12:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Social Events 

Club News Racing 

Yacht Club de Cherbourg - Transmanche 2018, 19-21 May

Another chance to take part in this great event, and this year YCC is offering to convert your IRC certificate into a valid OSIRIS rating as long as we have the list of possible entrants early enough – ie asap, please. This will level the playing field as far as results go and your rating…more

stephen-fraser 04 Apr 2018

Club News 


Thanks to all who attended the fundraiser on Sunday evening to watch the fireworks, enjoy the bangers and mash – and raise money for Cancer Research and Chesil Sailability. Thanks to your generosity we raised over £200, which will be split equally between the two charities. We also entertained 17 visiting yachtsmen from Parkstone Y.C.…more

the club 10 Nov 2017

Club News 

Halloween Party Sat 28th Oct 2017 at 6pm

Come and join in the spooky fun this year, with disco, games and ghoulish treats in store! Fancy dress competition with prizes for adults and children. Pumpkin carving competition for all ages and all sizes of pumpkin (last year – does anyone remember the size of Jez’s pumpkin?!!). Please bring a plate of food to…more

the club 21 Oct 2017

Club News Racing 

Nick Sharp

NICK SHARP passed away to the start line in the sky early in the morning of Wednesday 4th October having raced against cancer for some 18 months. Nick had been a member of WSC for many years owning and racing many boats including Pink Stink, Wild Child, Salamandar and, probably the most memorable, Sharp Exit.…more

the club 07 Oct 2017

Club News YOBs 

Young German Solo Transatlantic sailor visits WSC

Like a tired swallow alighting on a telephone wire during migration, ‘Shalom’, a battered-looking Hurley 22, came to rest yesterday on the pontoon in front of ‘Aliya’. The owner, Kristof, is making his way back to Hamburg, seeking help from fellow sailors as he goes, as he is now short of funds – no great…more

the club 04 Oct 2017

Club News 

Let them eat cake

Let them eat cake said Marie Antoinette. Visitors to the club this morning did exactly that. In conjunction with, and in aid of MacMillan Cancer Support. Weymouth Sailing Club was part of the worlds largest tea party. Homemade cakes were donated by members of WSC and the rowing club and digested by members of both…more

the club 02 Oct 2017

Club News 

How to Join

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the club 27 Sep 2017

Club News Racing YOBs 

Sailing through September in Normandy

Hurtling downwind at 13 knots in a force 7 towards the beach at Ouistreham in Georges’s expensive Winner 9 metre made me wonder what was going to happen when we got there. In theory the finish line was between one of the channel buoys and the committee boat, but it wasn’t obvious how much braking…more

the club 26 Sep 2017