27th April 2016 at 12:22pm #1367
Well guys and gals, as in the title. I have been in touch with Brightlingsea Sailing Club and asked them if the club would support us in using there club and slip facility to allow a number of us to sail train and tune or just fine tune by comparison of others in boat speed. ( main sheet tension, mast rake, etc )
We hardly ever create the time to invest in this type of weekend especially with so much space allowing us to make good use of long beats, reaches, waves and tide.
They have kindly agreed to allow a small number of us to leave our boats in the dinghy park after the open meeting on the 21st and 22nd May and use the weekend of the 28th and 29th May for this training.
Dave Bourne and myself have been communicating on this issue and hope you will be willing to support this opportunity.
So you fully understand how this will work on the water is that we will be responsible for ourselves the club are not providing safety cover.
Depending on the number of attendees the format of the weekend will be decided at the time.
So if you are interested please contact me and we can get the ball rolling. I will certainly be there and I am sure Dave will also be in attendance.
If there is any of you who might like to pop along just for a chat and get some ideas on rig, tune, and settings please do but you might have to wait until we are off the water and most likely with a pint in our hand.
Times and more info to be decided when we know of potential uptake.
Regards Ken Carroll. 07917377599. 01394 548629. [email protected]
Feel free to add your name if interested in this thread.27th April 2016 at 5:06pm #8777
I will definitely be there for both days. As Ken says, I think it will be a really useful weekend in terms of boatspeed and set up. Maybe a couple of hours Saturday morning measuring various set ups to determine any major differences. Out on the water after any changes, and then off to the bar for a debrief at end of play! Something similar on Sunday with maybe a few short races thrown in.
Looking forward to it.
Dave27th April 2016 at 8:54pm #8778burtParticipant
good plan!!3rd May 2016 at 10:36am #8779
Bumping this back to the top. ? anybody even thinking of attending ? it would help with plans if you could lets us Know. Regards Ken.4th May 2016 at 6:56pm #8780
I Am a newbie to the class. Not strictly true as sailed an OK in Chichester harbour for a couple of years until it got too lonely but only had a tin rig and no real idea how to sail the little “darling”
Have now for my sins invested in a lump of pretty wood that following a couple of months with Tony Thresher has accidentally cost me a heap more than I wanted to spend (a long story but as my wife said when you are in a hole keep digging) and courtesy of a great FX rate has a Dutch lump of carbon stick that was bought in Jan which whilst good for my weight doesn’t match my sail. Leaving all these key issues to one side I could well do with a weekend of insights and help and just straight talking before I venture on to the open circuit. In summary could be really interested in one and subject to cheap Accommodation (are there any cheap B&b’s nearby as I am too old to consider canvas) two days of training. You will need a willIng “tail end Charlie”
Andy Martin5th May 2016 at 5:21am #8781
You’re more than welcome to join in and hopefully we may be able to give you a few tips regarding your set up. I’ll have a few spare sails with me so if you bring your bend numbers for your mast, I may have something that fits a little better. B&B’s I can’t help you with as I stay in my van but I reckon Ken will be along at some point and he’ll probably be able to point you in the right direction, see you there!!
Dave5th May 2016 at 6:52am #8782
Welcome on board Andy, good to hear things coming together for you. If you could make the open meeting this would be good for you as it would at least establish the area of work required at the training weekend. We could also have a quick look at the ship that weekend. If you could go into the training partly sorted you might get more out of it. But I understand if that cannot be done. B and B there are one or 2 pubs doing this have a look on the internet. I am sure you could find something. Looking forward to seeing you regards Ken.5th May 2016 at 8:24pm #8783
Thank you. I am tied up the weekend of the Brightlingsea open. Will definitely try to make sure I am there for the training and will look into the B&B ‘s nearby. next stop is Datchet Wednesday night swimming lessons.
Andy20th May 2016 at 7:44am #8784
Little update for those planning on coming to the training wekend. I will talk with Dave and agree on times. We need some shore time for setting up and agree a plan for the day. I am not sure what if any catering facilities may be available so maybe best if you consider bringing a few nibbles with you.
More later Ken.22nd May 2016 at 6:04am #8785
Training weekend, if those thinking of attending especially on the Saturday, Dave thinks if you arrive around 10 am, we can spend a little time checking boats over agree a plan and get out on the water. We plan to spend 2.5 hrs to max 3 hrs on the water. Bring some nutrition/lunch etc for yourself. Regards Ken
Forecast is looking like 10 mph which will be perfect for this type of exercise.
Colin MS, Rodney, Dave Rose, Andy M, Nick Logan, Dave and Myself please add your name if thinking of turning up. Burt may be up for it on Sunday.22nd May 2016 at 8:02pm #8786
I am looking forward to it, subject only to having a trailer Delivered on Thursday – yet another shaggy dog story – and have booked a B&B so will be there on Sunday but might need to exit by 4 ish.
Andy25th May 2016 at 10:03am #8787
Looking promising for the weekend, Forecast is good some Sun and Wind. Club sailing is also taking place in the afternoon so it looks like some catering facility will be available but as in my previous post bring something with you just to be on the safe side. Ken.28th May 2016 at 4:53pm #8788
7 OK’s training today, very nice to see the boats out on the water. Dave Bourne had everything under control and I think and hope everybody who took part had a great time and actually learned something. Fewer of us tomorrow not all can stand the pace. Only Joking boys well done today Ken.29th May 2016 at 3:36pm #8789
Just a very quick email to say a big thank you to Ken who organised the weekend and Dave who did a fantastic job. I have to admit to whimping out today as having collected 3 lumps on the top of my head on a roll gybing training run together with a sore back and knackered knees (Dave has told me nicely that my toestraps are too long) I decided that discretion for this 58 year old would be the better part of valour. Besides they did not need to see me practicing breast stroke as opposed to tacks.
All I can say is yes please to another day as and when it makes sense and as a newbie to the class association all I can say is that I was made to feel really welcome and was stunned when Dave insisted I borrow his training sail – mine apparently is a hopeless match to my mast – to see how i get on with it. The answer no doubt will be …. Very well ….. Now when did he say the needed it returned.
Seriously a great day – thanks to all!!
Andy29th May 2016 at 6:38pm #8790
Good to see that everyone enjoyed the weekend and got something out of it, even the long standing members. Nobody seemed to mind being shouted at by an annoying git demanding more effort so all good even if it does result in a few aching limbs!! Three mile beats next time!!
Seriously though, this is something we should definitely look to do on a more regular basis as it gives new members an insight into sailing and setting up the boat, and gives them a chance to meet current members before venturing onto the open circuit and also maybe gives current members a base point to work from if they feel they have set up’s that aren’t quite right.
Thanks to Ken for doing all the organising with Brightlingsea, Simon (captain pinch!) for bringing the whistle and to everyone who turned up………now, about that sail!!
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