June newsletter is here!
The clubhouse is now open – fridays at 8pm!
Stop Press: The 2021 Race Calendar is here!
Next race, Sunday 13th June, HW 0921, 10.63m…0800 start
Race report Sunday 30th May:
Today had everything, strong tide and devious, sadistic wind- gods. One minute a strong, delightful breeze, the next a 90 degree shift in direction and drop in strength. Sailing between marks resembled a Glaswegian drunk’s perambulations after 15 cans of Special Brew for breakfast. However, bonhomie and banter were the order of the day, and the opportunity was provided for the skipper of Island Mist to perform a jig, excelling even Micky Flately!!
Five boats were on the start line, with Lasten giving everyone a 30 minute head start. Sailing was interesting yet baffling, with the lead swopping frequently.
Eventually, 5 boats had to retire, unable to round marks, leaving Cutty Wren and Mirage to slug it out to the finish.
Mirage 92.06 min
Cutty Wren 95.14 min
(Drishane, Lasten, Island Mist and Sehlola retired)
Weston Bay Yacht Club was founded in 1933, the club aims to serve all of Weston Bay’s and the surrounding areas wind and water users, be that as a sailor, windsurfer, canoeist, land yacht sailor, jet skier, kite flyer or whatever it is you want to do.
For those who prefer the more social aspects of the sports we also have a vibrant social calendar. Events vary from our regatta to acoustic music nights through Christmas parties, quiz nights and many other functions and celebrations.
We have changing rooms with hot showers for members and visiting sailors, as well as our bar and lounge areas. We also have a fully equipped galley (or kitchen if you prefer).
We offer very cost-effective mooring spaces along the River Axe with spaces for up to approximately 100 yachts. We don’t think there are many places to operate a boat from in the UK that are as cheap as ours with all our facilities.
We also have a training room for holding our RYA approved and many other courses and meetings.
We are a relatively informal, forward looking club. The sight of a blazer and cravat on a member are incredibly rare, I can only recall this vision once in the past 5 years, although I have seen many overalls, muddy boots and large smiles. This informality is our strength.
All members maintain and, in some cases, renovate, their own craft. During the sanding, varnishing, painting and repair we enjoy sharing a coffee, a yarn and a sound tip or two, although with two members there are always 2 right ways to do a task. We like solving problems. This is how most of us can keep boats; not because we have deep pockets.
We are united by our fascination for boats and love of the sea. Some members like nothing more than gently sailing around the bay; others have sailed single handed to the Azores; one or two have been shanghaied in Cardiff Bay, Ilfracombe or Watchet!
I would really welcome your involvement and I very much look forward to meeting you and welcoming you to our clubhouse any Friday night and hopefully into our club.
Fair winds to you all.