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    Wind and tide wait for no Mermaid sailor

    Wednesday and Thursday’s races were very similar. 10 boats in each race, light winds which kept shifting and a strongish tide. At one of the marks there was a gathering of six boats with tide and wind causing havoc, however, they all made it round the mark (just).

    Published 19:19 on 27 Jun 2015

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    To be successful at sea we must keep things simple

    After narrowly losing to the RVYC in last year’s 4-way match, the SVYC set about making amends this year. When it came to the last flight the RVYC was pitted against SVYC, each with two wins under their belt. After a good race SVYC emerged victorious and thus won overall. The two Midweek races were well attended and sailed in good conditions.

    Published 15:26 on 22 Jun 2015

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    Waves are not measured in feet or inches, they are measured in increments of fear*

    An excellent turnout for the Green Welly, but unfortunately the weather proved to be a stumbling block and there was no racing. However, over 40 people attended the supper and a convivial evening was had by everyone. Such was the enthusiasm that we hope to run the race in September. Wednesday was not much better with a very choppy sea (see the picture above) and so it was early to the bar. Thursday was much

    Published 11:08 on 12 Jun 2015

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    Without patience, a sailor I would never be*

    Wednesday’s Warner Trophy was raced for by all 14 Mermaids and in near ideal conditions the race was won by Guy Mattinson. Thursday saw the evening race start in perfect conditions: wind, sun and not much tide. However, seconds after the first boat started, the wind dropped from 10 to 5 knots and stayed like that until the first boat finished, when the wind increased again. Such is life in Midweek Sunset Sailing.

    Published 09:00 on 5 Jun 2015

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    I can’t control the wind, but I can adjust the sail*

    Tuesday’s annual team racing match against the RSYC took place in favourable wind conditions. There was a strong turnout from the RSYC, but in the end SVYC won the competition. As ever the racing was followed by an excellent supper in the club. Racing conditions were near ideal on Wednesday with a good turnout of 12 boats. Thomas Youngman, a mere 15 years, did well following his recent success in winning the

    Published 10:47 on 29 May 2015

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    When you draw a line in the sand, be careful it is not low tide*

    Wednesday’s race started downwind and downtide with Amethyst over the line first and maintaining that position to the end – shame about the lack of gun. Amethyst had been a little too eager at the start and was OCS. A good race nevertheless with 11 boats. Thursday saw 13 boats on the water and there was even a reserve helm. Early concerns were with low tide rounding the penultimate mark, but these were soon forgotten as

    Published 06:34 on 22 May 2015

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    To sail or not to sail, that was the question

    The first team race match of the season was against the RVYC, however, it turned out to be too windy for team racing. But a fleet race around the cans was a different matter! Two short courses set by Hugh Eddowes allowed everyone to enjoy themselves and get wet. This was followed by an excellent supper. Wednesday – hardly any wind and lots of tide so racing was cancelled. For our

    Published 13:38 on 15 May 2015

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    A case of déjà vu for the Midweekers

    Seriously windy day on Wednesday and an early decision to cancel racing was made - this was the same situation last year. There was some excitement as Penguin decided to do a mini-tour of the Solent – she broke her mooring and was nearly in the main shipping channel before the Scott and Hannah team managed to get out to her and bring her back. The wind had dropped on Thursday and was shifting

    Published 08:28 on 11 May 2015

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    Midweek Mermaid racing is go!

    After the inactivity of last week's Shakedown races it was great that the weather decided to be more reasonable. Wednesday's race had all the vital ingredient's that the midweeker's have come to expect: plenty of wind, lots of water over the foredeck and long beats. After a couple of visits to Somers and much tacking, Noel Dobbs was a comfortable winner. Thursday saw slightly less wind which was slowly decreasing over the

    Published 13:43 on 1 May 2015

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    The start of the Mermaid Midweek Sunset Series……..?

    The Shakedown races for the 22nd and 23rd were well supported with all the Mermaids booked – if only the weather had bothered to read the sailing programme. Wednesday saw a strong easterly and regardless of which way the tide was flowing it was a very lumpy sea. Decision made to cancel and retire to the bar for some early post Shakedown drinks. That evening there was a supper which was well attended,

    Published 09:09 on 24 Apr 2015

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