The sea cruise is set to go ahead. You should have had an email from Bob so if you plan to come with us and have replied to Bob we will see you at Noss at 10am.
Regular sailors in Dartmouth Regatta were taken by surprise this week. Experience says that the last week of August will be windy and very changeable, so four days of light wind and full sunshine came as a bit of a shock.
Our two Sonars raced every day with the exception of Saturday when lack of wind early on and a decision by the Race Committee to abandon meant that there was disappointment for those who were down to sail that day.
Our boats now race under a different scoring system (IRC) and without spinnakers were less competitive. However all acquitted themselves well and both boats finished in the middle of the fleet, while Krak-On squeezed into third place overall.
Sunday crews probable fared best with three races in a lovely breeze and the bonus of being offered gin and tonics at the end of the last race.
None of this would have happened without the enthusiastic organisation of Fleet Captain Keith Cockburn. Thank you Keith.
Round the Island Race 2017
This year there was a Dart Sailability official-unofficial team entry for the Round The Island Race, raced on Saturday 1 July, organised by the Island Sailing Club. This is reputed to be the fourth largest participation sport activity in the United Kingdom, attracting some 1,600 entries with an estimated 16,500 individual sailors taking part. And in 2017 our new member Keith White, fresh from his triumphant solo circumnavigation of the British Isles (marks to starboard!) entered the Marathon to race the 50+ nautical miles round the Isle of Wight (marks to port!), and invited Tim Trent, volunteer and our Safety Officer, to join the crew.
The race did not go as planned.
On Friday 30 June Keith met Tim from the RedJet ferry at West Cowes at lunchtime and they planned getting the Marathon ready for the race. There was to be a crew of seven for the race, no bad thing, she's a big boat and heavy to operate even though Keith sails her solo on challenges, but racing is a very different thing from solo challenges. During the afternoon that seven dwindled to four, but four was fine to race her.
Dart Sailability hosted a team from the junior section of RDYC at Noss on Saturday 1st July. Six sailors took part from each team in a light
breeze and there was close quarters racing around the course. Three
races were held and RDYC came out on top by a clear margin. Janet
Cottey put on a superb cream tea afterwards while RDYC were presented
with the Sailability Team Racing cup. Great fun was had by all and we
look forward to meeting up again next year.
Dart Sailability took part in joint training exercise today (Sunday 4th June) involving Dart RNLI and National Coast Watch Froward Point.
The exercise was organised
by Dart Sailability’s Safety Officer, Tim Trent liaising with Richard Eggleton
at Dart RNLI and Dave Scotson, volunteer watch keeper at NCI - Froward Point
Dart Sailability’s vessel Farries Flyer , designed and built to accommodate severely disabled sailors, was used for the operation with Tim Trent at the Helm. The vessel, based on an aluminium landing craft design, has specially designed dual control, side loading and a hydraulic ramp at the front to provide access. The Farries Flyer can accommodate up to 12 sailors including four in wheelchairs.