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Sandwell Valley Sailing Blog

Welcome to our sailing blog


Trying to let everyone know what's going on and to have somewhere for your thoughts and ideas about sailing and club activities.


I haven't worked out how to allow you to post on the blog, so just email any contributions and I'll post them.  I think you can add your own comments though.


I think I'm supposed to add pictures sometimes, but I'm too busy sailing to take any!  So if the guys on the bank or in the safety boat could take a few and send them in, I'd be really grateful.

Only doing our duty

By svsc, May 14 2017 09:21AM

After a week away in Genoa, disappointed to have seen so little sailing there, but perhaps not surprising as it is a very rocky coast, I arrived very early at Sandwell anticipating some lively sailing. I got the GP up to the lake, got the OD box out, helped Rob clean off the jetty and got the safety boat ready, then, "Who's sailing the GP today?". Turns out I'm on duty and had forgotten!

Disappointed (there's a lovely bit of wind), but not for long. Hardly got the race started and people were going over like skittles! Thanks all! Safety's much more fun when you get plenty of business!

Sorry if we were a bit slow getting you up, but we are the SAFETY boat and keeping you and your boat safe is top priority. You'll certainly won't win any races if we rush in and chew you up or get your mainsheet wrapped round our prop.

Dennis did a great job on his first go as OD - and thanks to Rob for help there. Two races without a hitch, positions carefully notad after each lap, horns tooting promptly as each boat crossed the finish line and a results sheet we can read (hint, hint to other OD's!) Then we confidently left him to finish the third race on his own . Only slight hitch when Simon came to put it into the computer, no times for the last race. We'd told him the second race (pursuit) only needed positions recording and he'd carried that idea into the third (handicap.)

We're pretty confident Roger won again. He was making that Mirror GO! He lapped the back of the fleet and even the Laserswere struggling to gain on him.

Anyway, we all enjoyed a great afternoon and that's why we're there.

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