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 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 https://www.gp14.org/
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.
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.
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.