Over 20 sailors joined the Hobie16 conversion course and are keen to join teams or form their own! Watch out everyone, there is some good competition! The four-day course included different activities to improve boat handling and safety, such as launch and recovery, reach/reach courses for taking and gybing practice, follow my leader round the island for boat control, capsize recovery, and finally man man overboard. Sailors are taught the rules of the road, club rules and how to have lots of fun on the water!!!
Today's exercise: Practice the recovery of capsize and full turtle.......
.... sailing with turtles ....now practice the 'Full Turtle'....
Last weekend, 10 Hobies and 2 F16s sailed in 14 knots of breeze from the NW to the Shangri-La. It only took the fastest boat 1 hour 30 mins. with some exciting moments on the way including capsizes and slipping off the stern! Of course, it is safe fun and everyone was following the buddy system, had safety boat cover and equipment too. It was an excellent sail down which passed many sites such as the Bustan, none of which we noticed as we were all too busy looking at was the tell tails! (Well maybe)
On arrival, some continued later that day, exploring the sailing waters around the Shangri-La. Others opted for some luxury on the lazy river before dinner and awarding Aeolus the team racing trophy. Congratulations! It was a lovely evening with a mixture of sailors and their families of all ages and nationalities from all the teams.
The next day, 3 races were run off the S-La beach - 2 races round buoys and the third long distance, round the island. The conditions were shifty and sailors had to watch the shifts, gusts round the many headlands and play the current. The wind picked up later on and it was single wiring conditions towards the end of the day.
What a fabulous weekend with great wind. Next weekend let's do it all again.
This year's weekend weather has been a strange mixture of north westerlies and 0 knots, so team racing has been cancelled 4 times this year and the Hobie course ran for 2 months instead of 2 weekends waiting for good weather.
However, this is to remind all sailors that great times on the water and the beach have happened this year and to encourage them to have faith as the summer winds are coming!! Just remember that great feeling of freedom while skimming along on the flat sea, twin wiring, when stress melts away...!
Thankfully this year's regatta took place and we all had a fabulous weekend of sailing with present and returning sailing comrades making it a really social event. We had rain, sun,and wind ranging from 20 knots to 5. Varied conditions allowed many teams to take part in the great beach activities of putting, volley ball, petanque, sand castles, futbalito,and shop at the stalls, have coffee and BUILD A RAFT for the captains race. This race was a team effort with multiple boat designs and serious design work. Every team put in great efforts to get a raft on the water, but in the end it came down to F16s, Dave and Surfing T's Tony vT fighting it out. Tony was the only boat to get round the course - well done Tony! - and F16's superior engineering skills meant their raft was the only one to get back to the beach in one piece!
Great wasn't it? Thanks to the OOD, beach master, committee, sub-committee, supporters and all the participants! Photos and write up to follow after the photo competition. A special Birthday wish goes out to Stephen Martin too - HAPPY ??TH BIRTHDAY!!
There are 2 new teams joining the Team races, Kamikaze 1 and 2. Therefore we reshuffled the boat allocation a bit to accommodate the new teams. Please click here to view the list.
Don't forget Friday 8th January is the next team race.
Please note most of the Hobies have been demasted and rigged up again after some repairs have been done on the hulls and rudders. On Friday could all teams come a bit earlier to help double check the boats before the race.
Topper Sailors and parents,
New course starts on saturday 24th October. Meet at the boatclub, 9.30. first lesson covers registration, introduction to the Topper boat and parts, rigging and derigging, and depending on conditions, first sail with instructors. Course lasts 6 or 7 weeks depending on conditions and skill of class, Each week we cover different aspects of sailing, so it is important to be able to make all lessons. Below is class list. Please provide names if not done so already, and confirm if you are to join on saturday.
There is nominal charge (RO 10) to cover course material and prizes, to be paid by bar chitty to account.
Remember, life jacket if you have one, sun screen, hats, etc. Parents are welcome to sit in on the class and learn some basics if not already experienced. A parent or guardian must be available at the end of the sesion (around 12.30) to help with washing and putting away the boats.
Let's go sailing
Fred and the Topper team
Thanks Rob N. for the photo below of the Hobie Course over the last 2 weekends. It's great to see the view with Hobies in it. You can even see the Persian Shearwater!! (- but not the Whale Shark.) Excellent group of people, great fun and amazing sailing, especially this weekend with up to 15 knots! Thanks to Dave and all the support team (official and unofficial) on the beach and on the water. Our waterproof camera is defunct, has anyone got a GoPro ? More pictures to follow, we hope. The next training day will be as above. See you then!
This team racing calendar below is also in the team racing section of the website along with other team racing info, e.g. the SSIs, course, results, etc. However, as we have some new Hobie sailors at the club after the recent conversion course, I thought I would draw attention to the dates in the table, so that you can all come down, join a team, and see what happens!
As discussed on the course, the next team race is 6th November. The regular sailors are a friendly bunch and will of course be there to talk to you about the racing and welcome you onto one of the 8 registered teams.
Or help the Officer of the Day (OOD) on the rib for a great view
Or start your own team! (minimum of 4 sailors)
Current team sailors - there are some great helms and crews from last weekend's course (16 new names on the list) who were handling 15 knot gusts very well indeed. Some are experienced helms, others will finish off their ticket soon, and a afew would like to start out as fast learning (and fast!) crew. Everyone can also see that there are also some maintenance duties to ensure safe sailing and boat longevity. See you on team race day, if not next weekend at the Monthly Mug.
Congratulations to Brad Holliday on 'Fenn' and Dick Nero was so close! According to the Commodore, there was some impressive paddling. Also, well done to everyone for taking part. Thanks of course to the organisers for making it a great event and the supporters too. Paul Sanders would like to extend his thanks to Chris, Stephen, Craig and Kath for their help, cheering and photography skills. We’re all looking forward to seeing the photos.
The 2015 - 2016 SSI and boat allocation has be uploaded. (link)
First race: Friday 2nd October
See you on the water
Last Friday the sailing section organised the first maintenance day of this season. Thanks for all the support from the sailors to get our hobies up to speed again.
We would also like to welcome Hugh Thomson as the maintenance guy.
May we remind all sailor not only to report damage, but also to try to fix minor issues immediately.
Dave has organised more tool boxes and tools. Lets try to keep them in the right place and ensure they don't grow legs.
Are you aware that 4 members of our sailing club are participating at this year’s Tanzacat Regatta?
Want to see some video and follow the race? You can do so:
- on Facebook: 'Tanzacat Regatta'
- Live Tracking: go to this website: http://microtronix.telematics.guru/Tracking
Email address: email@example.com
All the best Chiara, Joe, Adriana and Matthaeus
We have created a page with the results and pictures. enjoy
Link to site
Check out our new 'Windguru' weather station! Now we are able to check the 'forecast' or 'live' data. Just click on 'WEATHER' (above) to find the links.
You can also download the smartphone app and search for 'Ras Al Hamra Boat Club, RAHBC'
Check it out!