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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, Mar 26 2017 10:59AM

Well perhaps they *were* saving their energies for today. What a great day! Lovely weather, 11 boats out and some exciting racing. And that with two of our regulars away. Can we hope to have double figures racing soon?

The first race was a classic tussle between 4 old regulars in Comets. Neck and neck all the way with three different leaders and the winner, starting 4th, only gaining the lead half way round the last of 5 laps

The second brought even more gusty conditions and sent a couple of us swimming. Richard joining us in his Laser led from the start and finished a lap ahead (a minute and a half on corrected time) with new sailor Dennis coming second in his old Firebird.

Only four of us were still up for the third race. Again a tight chase with Richard eventually managing to finish a minute and a half ahead on the water, but not enogh to beat Don on corrected times.

By svsc, Mar 23 2017 11:16PM

Have we been satiated by a surfeit of good winds?

Or have my capsizes put people off sailing in good winds?

Thursday afternoon, a good NE 3 and even a few patches of sunshine, yet only three of us there and we were doing jobs rather than sailing!

Lets hope it was just saving our energies for the race on Saturday, which looks like being yet another good weather day - solid sun and a steady ENE 3.

By svsc, Mar 18 2017 09:41PM

Well, Richard did his best and gave us plenty of tips for rigging, tuning and racing. An interesting morning to prepare us for the exciting conditions of the afternoon races.

But I was not to be deflected from my aim to baptise the whole club! Two in one day! A new record for Don's Ducks. Just a pity it cost me my leading place in the second race.

Respect to Mike, only in his second year of sailing, but keeping his Laser up (and leading the race) in some very testing conditions (for the second weekend in a month), while much more experienced helms are taking swims all around.

By svsc, Mar 15 2017 10:04AM

Tempted by the glorious Spring weather, we started Thursday afternoon sailing last week.

Brendan, Cyril, Dennis, Don, Mel, Stuart and a visitor from Dudley SC put 6 boats out (inc. 3 GP's - Yeah!) to enjoy the wind and sunshine.

Tomorrow the wind looks even better (though we may have to do without the sunshine.) C U from 12.

By svsc, Mar 15 2017 09:56AM

Richard is due to do his seesion on racing techniques. This morning will concentrate on rigging and tuning tips. The wind is forecast moderate W 4 - so it might actually be useful to know how to make the boat a bit more controllable !

The afternoon racing should be fun.