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    Midweek sailing takes a break

    The final races before the summer pause were a strange mixture. On Wednesday there was a good turn-out with 11 boats in benign sailing conditions. Thursday’s weather forecast was not good with strong winds expected – in the end the wind gave up and 7 of the 14 Mermaids did not finish. So far in the series we have lost four of the Wednesday races and none of the Thursday ones. Normal

    Published 12:39 on 22 Jul 2015

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    Attitude is the difference between ordeal and adventure

    Wednesday was a really lumpy sailing day with wind over tide, which is probably why only five boats raced. That said it was a good close race and everyone enjoyed themselves. Thursday was a much nicer day and ten boats raced over a very good course. A couple of boats suffered a navigation malfunction, but managed to retrieve the situation (can you spot them in the picture?). Only another week to go

    Published 16:30 on 10 Jul 2015

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    SVYC Team Racers unbeaten this season

    Tuesday evening and it was the final Team Racing match of the season against BHYC in near ideal conditions. Unfortunately, not everyone listened to the brief and the second match teams sailed a triangular course instead of a rectangular one. Despite abandoning that race, SVYC won the overall match, making a clean sweep for the season. Wednesday was back to reality with a pre-start drift and then abandonment due to lack of wind.

    Published 06:12 on 3 Jul 2015

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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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