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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.

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.

By svsc, Apr 29 2017 08:33PM

Our first Cygnets session today. Welcome to Emma, Lucy, Jonah and Ben.

A lot of basic sorting out to do, but we all got to sail in quite a lively wind. A lot of enthusiasm despite rather cold conditions - it is bank holiday weekend after all! - so I have high hopes that we will have a lot of fun this summer and develop some good sailors along the way.

Thanks to Lucy and Jonah for crewing with me in the afternoon races. A couple of good close contests as is becoming the regular way here.

Also thanks to Adam for taking more videos and uploading to Youtube.

His latest is here: and you can find his others by searching for "Adams Sailing" on YouTube.

By svsc, Apr 24 2017 01:44PM

I missed the exciting winds last week and several people are now challenging me in the capsize stakes!

This week promised to be very tame, but turned out to be a quite lively , if rather perverse, wind in warm sunshine. So a great afternoon for the 15 boats that sailed and some very interesting races. I even managed to win one, helped by my super-lightweight crew, Jonah.

The big news this week is two more Comets (Duo's). I think we now have 4 Comets, 3 Duos and a Versa, though I expect to be corrected on these details. Getting to be real fleet. I spotted an old notice board someone had made for a Comet Open Meeting at SVSC - maybe it'll come in handy again!

Less than a month now 'til Push The Boat Out. Tell people about it and encourage them to come along and have a go. Mark 20th May in your diaries and BE HERE. If you've not got a specific job, get a boat on the water sailing and/or chat to visitors and make sure they see what a nice friendly bunch we are.

By svsc, Apr 8 2017 08:50PM

Well, I thought we might reach double figures soon and we have now. And four keen sailors absent, so we can hope for even better before the summer's out.

A lovely cloudless day with 10 boats racing in a lively, if challengingly variable, wind gave us some very satisfying races. Thanks to Brendan for very professional OD, also to Rob and Oscar, all working to enable our enjoyment.

A potential new member chose this beautiful day for her first visit. Lets hope it showed her how glorious sailing can be at Sandwell.

By svsc, Apr 1 2017 10:45PM

The forecast light and variable WSW-NNW wind turned out every bit as difficult as expected, but it did reach top force 2 at times and the rain did manage to largely miss us..

The first 3 boats out were Lasers, later joined by a Laser Radial, Comet and Firebird. Jim in his first race for a while was determined to make his mark, quickly getting to the front and staying there the whole race. Adam, who has just joined the racers, worked hard to compete and finished third.

The light winds made us feel that we might not bother with the other races, but we decided to have tea and see how the weather developed. When we came out again, the wind had picked up to quite a lively level and all six decided to race again.

We got off to a good start for the first lap or so, then the wind veered and became very variable again. This time Adam put the pressure on and got to the front, despite having to take a penalty turn, to lead the last two laps. Unfortunately his 45 second lead was not enough to beat the Radial on corrected time, but it was a real achievement to beat Mike and Jim in the Lasers. Great to see a young newcomer doing so well. Lets hope more join him soon.