Monthly Archives: May 2017

Gourmet Cruise in Normandy, 2 to 10 May 2017

John Liddy’s booking looked quite appealing to me because, having arranged to take over Spellbinder in Le Havre from the Cervantes race crew, it meant a week in France with only a single channel crossing. Owing to cancellation of an earlier commitment I was able to join John and his crew (Robert Harland, and Colin…
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2017 Training Opportunities

There are still a number of places available on training courses this year. The training dates for the rest of 2017 are: When Boat What Instructor Status May 15th and 16th QT Boat handling Peter Clare Full 29th May to 2nd June QT RYA comp crew and Day skipper John Sheild One space 23rd to…
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Summer cruise update early May 2017

Our summer cruise to the Netherlands leaves at the very beginning of June, so not long off now. Our cruises offer a wide range of experience, longer passages to new destinations, fresh countries, new harbours, rivers, lakes, canals and offshore islands. Try the wine, beer, and food options of the other side of the English…
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Cervantes Trophy – Race Report

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Saturday 29 April saw the start of RORC’s 2017 Offshore Racing programme, with the first race from Cowes, via marks, to finish in Le Havre (see course).  Spellbinder was entered with the following members sailing: Trevor Nicholls (S), Chris Maughan (W/L), Tony Riley (W/L, Bob Cousins, Allan Wright, Tom Lynch and Warren Ackerley.  With a strong easterly wind we had a great close reach across the channel, but unfortunately due to a poor start – wrong end of line sele cted, resulted in us getting to the A5 buoy (20nm NW of Le Havre finish) later than most of our fleet.  We arrived at A5 just after midnight with just 20 nm to go – so about 3 hrs, just as the wind veered to SE – and what was the bearing to the finish?  SE – so we spent the remaining 6 hours tacking to the finish line, to cross the line at 05:55:16. As a result we came 24th in our class (IRC4) out of 32 entrants. So it was off to bed for a few hours to catch up some sleep then off to Le Havre Yacht club for a beer and some moules frites for lunch.

Next race is 13 – 14 May, the De Guingand Bowl with Tony Riley as skipper.  There are still two crew places on this race, so if you fancy coming along then please contact Tony Riley or Chris Maughan.   Even if you haven’t raced before, I am sure you will find the experience one of great fun and comradery and there is nothing like racing for honing your sailing skills.