Weekly Report 24/08/2018

Dinghy Racing

Due to the fleet being away at their nationals last week no club racing took place, however a big congratulations goes out to all Tenby sailors from the committee and the membership as a whole as the club was well represented at the Osprey Nationals and at the RS 100 Nationals. Five Tenby Ospreys set off last Wednesday to compete in the Osprey National Championship hosted by Weymouth Sailing Club. Jaime and Erik in "Back Again", Mike and Deanna in "Shameless", Ted and Lucas in "Best Chance", Carwyn and Huw in "Rhiannon" and Dan and guest crew Nick in "Jennifer". All boats took to the water on Thursday for a ten race, four-day series. The sun shone periodically and the wind blew nonstop, sometimes excessively! As the contest unfolded a pattern emerged with Jennifer at the top of the Tenby boats achieving a very creditable 16th position in a fleet of 46 Ospreys. The remaining Tenby contingent followed with Best Chance in 23rd, Shameless in 29th, Back Again in 37th and Rhiannon in 43rd. Carwyn and Huw in Rhiannon, the novices in the fleet attending their first Nationals, enjoyed the experience and were the only Tenby prize winners receiving the trophy for the loudest shirt and making many new friends in the Osprey fleet as a result! Tenby`s contingent was one of the largest from any club and enjoyed a vigorous social program once the daily racing was complete, making the following early starts challenging! On the last day racing was significantly delayed by 30 knot winds which didn`t abate until after lunch, by which time several boats had decided to head home, but not Team Jennifer who cemented her position as top Tenby crew, and well done to them. Meanwhile just down the road in Portland Jo became the First Lady at the RS100 European and National Championships. There were three races every day with four on the last day. The weather as you can well imagine was very windy having the same strength as the Ospreys in Weymouth but Jo said that although she is exhausted she had a lot of fun.    

Cruiser Racing

The race last Tuesday took place in a westerly force 3 to 4 but with a late tide the start was delayed until 1930. The course set was North High Cliff (NHC) to port and the Monkstone mark to port, this gave 2 nice reaches and a beat to finish. Steve in Aries pulled away on the reach to NHC mark with Billy and Tony in Apatshe, Blake in Slipstream and Phil in Accolade in close pursuit. After Gybing at NHC another Reach saw no change in position with Accolade always in touch. Slipstream tacked out to try something different but the flood tide meant the others gained further ground on her leaving to much of a gap for Slipstream to catch up. In the end only seconds separated the fleet on handicap with Aries coming in first, Apatshe second, Accolade third and Slipstream in fourth.

Next race tomorrow Sat 25th at 5.00pm with a further race on Tuesday 28th at 6.30pm.

 Junior Sailing

The winds were too strong last week to allow any on the water training.  However, all youngsters were given onshore training to help complete their certificate work.

Hope to see all our sailors returning next week.

Helpers Party

As a big thank you to all the people who helped make this years Tenby Regatta and Scorpions Nationals a great success, there will be a Bangers and Mash helper’s party at the club on Saturday 15th Sept from 1900. Food will be laid on for all who helped out anyone else wishing to come to the party the cost of the food will be £6.00pp. It is an opportunity for all to acknowledge the hard work and dedication of all the helpers many of whom gave up their precious time and holidays to help out the club and without them staging any event would be impossible.


For the month of August, we are offering a £20 discount on membership. This is for the first full paying member who is not returning within the last five years. There are many advantages to being a member a few of which are discounted bar prices, access to showers and toilets on the harbour and priority for social events. Please see the website for full details and to download the membership form.

Tenby Lugger

Tomorrow 25th the new Tenby Lugger will be coming alongside Tenby Harbour on the high tide on Saturday 25th (weather permitting) It will be weighing anchor and sailing from Caldey island at approx 1600 to come alongside just before the high tide at 1700, then once alongside and made fast there will be a naming ceremony and blessing, she will be escorted by a small flotilla of boats from Caldey to Tenby. 

Commodores Quiz

The next quiz will be held at the sailing club this Saturday the 25th, after the Lugger reception. All are welcome to take part. We are raising money for the RNLI and as you know this is a very worthy cause. The cost is £5 for a team of up to six people or £1 if you think you can go it alone. There is also a raffle running alongside the quiz at £1 a square. So, if you think you are the brains of Tenby or just want to come down and have a laugh while raising money for the RNLI it will start at 1830 in the top room.

Harbour Restaurant @ The Club

Food is now available all week from 1800 serving a full with the addition of a BBQ every Wednesday also look out for the specials. There will be an addition of a Sunday Lunch this Sunday available before and after the racing. All dietary needs can be taken care of just ask the chef. So, come on down there is no better setting with the full view of the harbour to enjoy a drink and a bite to eat.


As Part of the Tenby Arts Festival the club is playing host to a couple of events the first is a play on the 22nd Sept and is called 'Dance of the Stickfighting Warriors' It's two men - one tells the story and the other plays the music. Ticket prices are £10 and will be held in the top room of the club. As space is limited early arrival would be prudent the start time is 19.30pm to 2200pm. Then on Tues 25th Sept is the Pint-Sized Plays, this consists of three ten-minute plays in the main bar area of which will be before and after.

Fri 26th Oct Pickle Night Why Pickle Night?? Slowly the news of Lord Nelson’s death began to spread. It reached Gibraltar on the 24th Oct 1805, and the Gibraltar Chronical rushed out a special edition, which contained a letter Vice Admiral Collingwood had written to the military Commander-in-Chief, with a French translation for propaganda purposes. It reached England in the early morning of November 4th when the Schooner HMS Pickle encountered the Cornish fishing fleet and hurried the news to Penzance.

HMS Pickle racing home

The evening is a social gathering to celebrate the victory at the battle of Trafalgar but the unfortunate death of Admiral Lord Nelson. Although there is a little bit of formality to the occasion it is good fun with food and drinks all included in the price. The cost is £20pp however the more people we get the less it may well be less. It will be held in the club room and will be set up as tables of six. Don’t worry if you are not part of a table we can fit you in. Space will be tight so booking will be essential if you would like to take part in this fun social night and in period costume please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with your name, names of persons on your table and any dietary needs with the subject box as Pickle Night. 

With the summer in full swing it will not be long until we all have to think about Christmas and New Year as it will be with us sooner rather than later. There will be a Junior and Members Christmas Parties, also there will be a New Years Eve party at the club with food laid on (members priority) so beat the crowds in the town and plan to spend it down the club again cost tbc, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with names of whom are attending with New Years Eve in the subject box.


The club’s website can be found at www.tenbysailingclub.org.uk; the club and details of events going on can be found on Facebook and Twitter. New members welcome; sailors, aspirant sailors and non-sailors. We are a member’s club run by volunteers who try to involve all members in a variety of activities both sailing and social. To enquire about joining call at the clubhouse, contact any member who will be pleased to help, or contact us online.

By The Commodore