A Prize giving To Remember
Netley Cliff Sailing Club hosted this year’s event. The club is set right on the water’s edge with a beach in front of the clubhouse and a long veranda to sit outside on, on those lovely summer days.
SWSA received a very warm welcome and were well looked after by Roland and his wife Lindsey. Informal drinks at the bar preceded an excellent meal, which finished with a celebratory glass of port, courtesy of Roland!
The trophy table looked impressive and after a welcoming speech from SWSA President Alex Bell, the awards ceremony began.
The silverware was shared between 8 different boats. In the best tradition of SWSA The ‘Best Newcomer’ went to Phil Bush & Danielle sailing Tanis, a Contessa 26 from Hythe Marina in their first ever sailing race.
The generally lighter sailing conditions of the wonderful summer we enjoyed favoured the sporty Hunter Formula One, Tearaway which proved to be a consistent performer. The results are as follows:
SWSA is buzzing
2018 was a great year for SWSA. Word has spread that we provide fun opportunities for racing in Southampton Water, and we are attracting new members to our events. As the number of competitors increases we are seeing a lively atmosphere at races and at social events.
It’s not always easy to get together after our events, as race participants come from member clubs all across Southampton Water. However, we enjoyed a pizza evening at Hythe Sailing Club after one of the evening races, and plan to make more opportunities for participants to socialise in the future.
September Passage Race to Yarmouth
Many of us were looking forward to this passage race/rally, held in conjunction with Hythe Sailing Club. Sadly, strong winds in excess of 40 knots had been blowing all week and were forecast for that weekend, so the event was cancelled. The race features again in our 2019 racing programme so fingers crossed for better weather this year.