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Published 07:21 on 14 May 2022

Scow News......

The Bank Holiday weekend saw plenty of scow sailing with ten boats out for the first spring series race on Saturday. This was won by Paul Mecklenburgh in "Captain Beaky". The second race, on Sunday, was won by Nigel Burt in "Lucky Duck".

Bank Holiday Monday saw ten scows out for the first of the trophy races - the Avon Trophy. In light airs this needed a good start, good tactics to maximise the benefits of current and wind shifts and total concentration. Steve Doe in "Luva Duck" managed all these for a deserved win.

Capers on Wednesday 4th May saw 16 scows taking part with Charles McIntyre in "Pikle" in first place and Peter Stanforth in "Wet 'n' Windy" in second, both Capers first starters. Congratulations to them and commiserations to Eric Hooper in "Flicker of Flame" who would have had a podium position but for a broken tiller. Let's hope for 20 plus scows next Capers!

Patrick de Laine, Scow Class Captain

Junior Open Day......

Last Saturday saw a first for the club, the first ever junior section open day. This was a chance to open the club gates to the local community and show off what we have to offer to the potential young sailors of Christchurch.

With high expectations on our shoulders, the JCT and our team of 23 volunteers (who we can not thank enough!) set out on a mission.

A well-placed bribe to the Met Office, secured a day of sunshine and light (albeit shifty) winds.

This helped bring the public to us, and from 09:30 onwards -we had the public queuing at the door- the rest was simply non-stop until our last session at 16:30.

Even with a team of 23, we were somewhat overwhelmed! However, this did not dissuade anyone- we carried on and the whole day was one slick operation!

After being registered by Mel and Heather, children as young as 7 made their way to the slipway where they would be changed into buoyancy aids and helmets, ready to go sailing for the first time!

The club dinghies were on display too, with our coaches running through land drills and parts of the boat. We even had our very own Paul Rayner on a knotting station for a rope working run-through!

When it was time to sail the sailors were towed out to the clay pool, for a quick brief from the coaching team. Minutes later, they were reaching back and forth between our team (both in escort boats and braving the waist-deep water!).

There were smiles all-round and those present on the day have described the atmosphere of the club as "Buzzing" and "Electric"

With the skills, enthusiasm, and expertise of our volunteers, we were able to offer this experience to just over 150 young sailors in Christchurch and the surrounding area.

This event marks a day that many of those children will remember as their first experience on the water. It is a privilege for my team and I to have been a part of this.

We would like to thank the club for supporting us to make this event possible and please stay tuned for more junior updates.

Ricki Harris, Junior Core Team Leader

Cruiser News.......

CSC Cruiser rally season has begun and this May bank holiday weekend saw 22 of our club cruiser fleet enjoying a fun weekend in Cowes, despite very chilly nights compensated by lovely sunny days.

The pontoon party theme was Black & White which generated a great fancy dress selection.

Thanks to rally organisers Martin & Sue Spooner who produced an amazing selection of delicious canap├ęs at the Friday pontoon party. On Saturday we filled a local Italian restaurant who coped incredibly well on the night.

The next rally is to Weymouth on weekend May 27-29 organisers Martin & Hilary Dancey. Book in via the Club website - don't forget to choose your menu.

Cruiser Rally Fleet.

Last updated 07:29 on 14 May 2022

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