A beautiful morning of blue sky and sunshine with a good easterly breeze. 9 dinghies eventually took to the water with 7 fully competitive over 3 races. It was Commodore’s Day so racing was organised by the Commodore, John Gibbison from the safety boat and Charlie Benson was at the helm. The courses involved 4 buoys but 3 different configurations to keep everyone on their toes. Over the first 2 races the sailing was close and competitive with gusts of slightly stronger wind interspersed with calmer moments. By the 3rd race the tide was turning and the wind unpredictable and there was some fun and games to be had with the leading positions chopping and changing.
A grand morning’s sailing was had in this stand-alone event.. Results were quickly worked out and a short prize giving took place in the compound. Prizes went to the first 4 crews.
Sailing resumes – Sunday 11th April 2021
The club has resumed sailing on the bay following very strict COVID rules.
Blue sky, warm sun, great views across the bay and right round to snowy Bowland hills……..but hardly any wind! Fortunately there was a change of wind direction from northerly to north westerly and a very nice breeze allowed some good sailing and a bit of informal racing.
Many thanks to Sue Byers and John Gibbison for acting as SB and OD respectively.
A very pleasant start to the new season!
We hope to be able to offer taster sessions later on in the year.
MESSAGE FROM THE COMMODORE
Hope all members,their families and friends are well during this period of COVID 19. People will have their own ways of getting through it but I am sure that, like me, many of you are getting through a lot of jobs around the house in between sleeping, eating, entertainment and exercise. For me Torrisholme Barrow provides open, hilly walking/jogging and the prom some safe cycling when it is not too busy with others exercising.
The Club’s facilities are being monitored. Chris B is keeping an eye on the compound and shed. He has put the powerboat engines into sleep mode. We took advice on the best way to store them for this extended period. Brookie is occasionally checking the Clubhouse and I regularly pass the race office.
Over the Easter long weekend, Morecambe really looked an enticing seaside resort. High tides in the day with blue skies and sunshine…..and minimal people around to enjoy it. This came after two very windy weekends.
Saturday 11th would have been the first of the “Discover Sailing” events and conditions would have been perfect with a nice breeze…..lovely conditions as can be seen in the pics above. Sunday,race day was just as nice but with a cool East wind.
Mark Procter is gradually taking over the website from John Hodgson. I must thank John for his years of service to the website sometimes under difficult conditions e.g. updating it from his luxury yacht whilst sailing in warmer climes. Mark will be using some of his valuable “stay at home time” to now add his personal touch so please use some of yours to have a look in the next few days and weeks. Remember,the website is only as good as the info supplied to him! The busy dinghy programme should appear on there to wet your appetites for June? July?…….well it goes up to end of October!!
The RYA has suspended the “Discover Sailing” until at least July 1st and obviously our project involving Merlin has also been suspended with clarification of this registered with Sport England. When we can do it obviously our first priority as a Club will be just to get our members out sailing again combined with a social event of some sort.
Stay healthy and fit.
For any sailwork required you will find excellent service at Impact Marine at Unit 3 Tarnwater, A6 Milnthorpe Road, Carnforth. LA5 9RJ (look for Rogersons).
HAT?On 30th September 2015 at ~01.00hrs we experienced at Heysham/Morecambe the Highest Predicted Astronomical Tide Height of 10.76m. This was the highest predicted tide for at least the next 10 years and was due to the closeness of the the moon to the earth this year. Added to the astronomical tide height could be a storm surge which might increase the height considerably more. You can read about tides and storm surge predictions etc on the National Tidal and Sea Level Facility website – follow the link on this website at the Weather,Tides & Cams / Tidal Surge Prediction for Heysham menu.
You can also follow the progress of lightning storms by using the link at the Weather, Tides & Cams / Lightning Strikes menu.