All posts by Nick Tasker

Free Sailing on May 6th & May 27th

Once again we are taking part in the national RYA ” Push the Boat Out” series of events. Visitors are welcome to come and have a go at Durleigh Reservoir, on each of the Bank Holidays in May.

We would love to see you and all the family on the May Bank Holidays to try sailing or perhaps come back to the sport after a break. The club will be working alongside SYCSA to provide a range of sailing dinghies to try and enjoy a free sail.

Why not make a date and join us for a trial sail and then enjoy our famous BBQ and refreshments. Simply turn up on the day, no pre-booking necessary. Bring old clothes and trainers that you don’t mind getting wet. Please don’t wear Wellies as they are not good in boats and unsuitable if you enter the water.

We will supply experienced Helms to guide you and help you get your first taste of sailing. All safety kit and support boats will be provided. Whether you aim to just potter about or are looking to sample racing, we have something for all ages and abilities.

Join us on May 6th and May 27th up at Durleigh Reservoir. 10.30 – 4 pm

Success at Comet Day #2

Ours is a Watersport, and as such we should expect it to occasionally come from above as well as below! Steady rain did nothing to dampen the excellent racing conditions as the second of our annual Comet Race days got underway. Mike and Steve in the Club Trio, ‘Nomad’ were on fine form and raced away for the victory, even showing us the careful use of Spinnaker in some strong gusting conditions. Mal M. and Richard in Mr Bale’s Trio took second place, whilst third went to Nick and Terry in the Duo.  Yes we all got very wet, yes we all needed appropriate clothing, and yes we all had great fun.

The day was wrapped up with Tea with Chocolate cake and presentations of prizes by the Commodore. Thanks to all the support from Alan and James of SYCSA who manned the SB and did the RO duties. Special thanks to all those members who braved the weather and took part to support the day. Next time it is raining and one questions whether to go sailing or not, look at the racing conditions and GO FOR IT!!!

Comet Sailing Day – Saturday 14th July 2018


Calling all Comet Singlehander, Comet Zero, Comet Duo, Comet Versa and Comet Trio sailors…….

Please join us for a Comet sailing day this Saturday. The event is open to all members and their guests, sailing any class of Comet Dinghy.

If you own a Comet Singlehander, Comet Zero, Comet Duo, Comet Versa or Comet Trio, but don’t intend to sail – then why not offer your boat to another member to sail so that we get as many out on the water as possible.

Lynn and Martin Harland have very kindly agreed to act as Race Officer and Safety Boat Cover and their Trio has been snapped up so you may not have to beat them this year, but you will still have to beat their boat !!

Three SHORT races of about 30 mins each, to start at 14.00 – Do join us.

PLEASE let Nick Tasker know if you plan to complete or wish to offer your boat up for use so that we can arrange numbers.

(Casual sailing by  other classes is welcomed as usual)

Result: Capsizes, 5 – Smiles, 3

Wednesday evening sailing saw three intrepid sailors get afloat for an exhilarating hour on the water. The strong 12 knot Westerlies made for a challenging rigging period, but eventually Ernie Seabright in his laser was first to cross the start. Meanwhile, Nick’s Duo was battling to stay upright and stay clear of the Phantom of Graham Birch which had already capsized for its first dipping after getting a tangled Mainsheet. Conditions pushed two boats onto to the Dam exclusion buoys despite best laid intentions –  and the safety  boat had a busy period assisting two craft.

Ernie kept out of trouble and must be commended for despite 3 capsizes himself, went on to complete the shortened course to take a well earned victory with some superb heavy weather sailing. His speed over the ground was astonishing, if not to say a bumpy ride! Nick retired early but was relieved to get ashore without capsizing. “We learnt a lot” said Graham – taking the positive out of a fun windy night.

Particular thanks to the Race duty team who turned out to support our sport.

GP 14 for sale

GP 14 for sale locally. You will be able to view this boat at the Push the Boat out open days on 7th and 28th May 2017 at the Durleigh sailing Club. This dinghy is currently owned by an ex member of Durleigh Sailing Club and is now looking for a new home.

Stock Photo, not an image of the actual boat.

Sail Number awaited. Comes complete with Launching trolley and Road Trailer. White hull, BLue topsides, GRP

Full set of sails. Stable family boat. Offers around £350.

Contact Mrs Graham on 01278 722284 for further details.

The GP14 is a popular double handed sailing dinghy, with over 14,000 built.

The GP 14 can be used for both racing and cruising. The boat is relatively heavy, but stable, and the weight and the freeboard together with her lines combine to make her an excellent sea boat. She is also an ideal boat to learn to sail in.

The class is raced competitively, and offers excellent close racing; she is a very forgiving and easy boat to sail, but a very challenging and demanding and immensely rewarding boat to sail really well. At the highest level of competition the standard is world class, and it is not unusual to find reigning or past Olympic Champions entering the major GP14 Championships.

Class association website


Expressions of Interest for DSC Dinghy Cruising invited


A few members have been chatting about the possibility of organising some form of dinghy cruising this year. We are not sure what form this might take, perhaps a weekend, with an overnight, or  maybe just a day sail down a river – returning on the tide.

Using suitable cruising dinghies to journey to local rivers or estuaries we could possibly include camping and other activities.  Let us know your thoughts and depending upon interest, we would be happy to organise a small group. If you are interested please complete the brief (10 questions) questionnaire at

Please make sure you leave your surname when completing the questionnaire, so we can contact you after we have analysed the results.


Road Trailer for Sale

We have a Snipe road trailer for sale. It is of an older design but a very sturdy trailer in clean condition. It has recently been used to transport a Heron Dinghy, but in my opinion could perhaps be used for slightly larger boats too.

We have already had some interest in this, so please let Steve Briggs or Nick Tasker know if you would like to view or make an offer ASAP.


Renew Your Membership – Overdue

As you know, Membership forms should have been returned by now. The deadline was 19th January 2018, but  several past members have still not sent in their forms. If you know of anyone in this position, don’t worry we will be delighted to welcome them back into the fold – but please chase them up to get their forms into the Membership Secretary without further delay.

If you have decided not to renew your membership, then we are sorry to lose you, but it would also be a great help if you would contact the Membership Sec to inform her of your decision – thank you.

If you are now a past member and are removing your boat etc, please can you check your space carefully and vacate your space ASAP. The boat park spaces will be re-organised next month, so please make sure that your boat is either registered now or removed by the 28th February 2018. After that date, any boats belonging to non-current members will be removed awaiting sale or disposal as per RYA and DSC rules. 

We are happy to try to help any past member in moving their boat off the park, and often can assist with if you would like any help.

Thanks so much for your understanding in this matter.