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SWALLOW NEWS - Mid April 2017

Posted 21st April 2017

"Swift" wins the boat end start in race two of the Deep End Trophy.  Photo Sue Glover.

Deep End Trophy report.

A small but perfectly formed flock of nine Swallows participated in the Deep End Trophy in varied wind conditions and generally much sunshine.

Race 1 was up to Star and back to East Head. Three boats were over at the start with only Solitude returning. A close bunch of four scrapped it out at the front, with Migrant, helmed for this race by Chris Fox, breaking free from Ka Nyenga for a good win.

The second race was up to a new zone mark off Thorney with Solitude arriving first, before heading off briefly towards the wrong second mark. Down to Ella Nore and then a wonderful long beat to Mill Rythe twice in a shifting wind from the north-west. Swift managed the shifts best and lead to a convincing win.

Sunday started quietly. Migrant picked the right spot at the pin end and made it first to Dunes before Swift took a brief flyer in the shifting and patchy north-westerly that worked well and lead at SW Pilsey.  This was followed by a run down to East Head and back round again, with much place changing. Again Swift excelled for her second win in the series, followed over the line by Bluff also showing good pace.   

After lunch the wind had shifted to the southwest, steadied and built to something more substantial. A smaller number of starters enjoyed a splendid beat up to Calvert, with Solitude and Migrant on equal points vying for supremacy! Everything was again going well for Swift before she rounded Astra the wrong way allowing Solitude and Migrant to slip through before correcting, and those places were held to the finish.

It had been an excellent weekend series in some interesting winds, and marked by two races with lovely long beats at the top of the tide.

The party on the Saturday night was well attended and enjoyed by many Swallow teams.  It was good to see the club well attended and in buoyant mood for the Easter weekend.
Overall: 1st Swift; 2nd Solitude; 3rd Migrant. 

Full results HERE.  Please note the "Sailors" listed is a work in progress on the new club C2C scoring system. In due course it will list the "Owners" as the club book. If you have more than three owners please tell Mike who you want to appear here for this year, or you will get the first three on the list by default.

Belgique Plate. New format for this year.

This year, to coordinate with other classes, the racing programme consists of two back2back full length races on both Saturday and Sunday 29/30th April. The good news is that you get a lie-in on both days with the first start at 11.30 but remember to take your sandwiches because you wont be home for lunch.

On the Saturday evening the Belgique Plate Supper will be 19.30 for 20.00.
Sea bass and Samphire with a champagne and vanilla sauce, with a side of seasonal vegetables followed by Lemon Posset, mixed berries and biscotti biscuit.  £16.50.  Please book at the club office

Wednesday Evening Racing.  First Race 3rd May.

This year we are having a big push to get Wednesday evening racing better supported. It's very informal, turn up at the club at 1700, two up is plenty. Sign the sheet before going on the water if you want supper afterwards. There is no formal race organisation so the odd volunteer will be required to help. If you live within 50 miles of the club, be there. (Yes that includes Wimbledon!)
If you are short of crew or need crew or just want to say you plan to be there, please coordinate through Caroline Marriage HERE. Lets see half a dozen out on the 3rd May.

Club and Class Open Day – Sunday 7TH May 2017. 

It is just two weeks to go to the Club & Class Open Day on Sunday 7th May.  It would be great if you could arrange your guest crew and plan your entry in advance.  Contact Tom for assistance if required with potential guest crew and/or let him know if you are able to volunteer some time to man the Swallow class stand.  Please note the Swallow race start is at 11.15am and is not b2b, a change from the club handbook. The entry requirement is that each boat should carry at least one guest, potentially a future Swallow sailor!   Please invite your own guests as it's a "No Guest, No Sail" day and your choices will make the best Swallow guests. The Club Swallow Team will try to help with filling any guest crew gaps. But contact Tom HERE early if you need help.

New Sailing Instructions.

The new ISC SIs come into force this year, and there are quite a few changes. If you couldn't come to "Ready to Race" there will be another chance to hear all about it this Saturday 22 April or 1st July, or look in the racing documents on the club website where there is also a one page update on what's new. From this year you will need a VHF radio for any racing outside the harbour so go shopping if you don't have one already.

Try a Swallow.

Svala will be available again this year for guests to come and join us Swallow Racing in 2017. She is still available for Points Week and the Championships. Who do you know who might like to take her? We are keen that she is out on the race course.

And of course some Brass Tacks. From our anonymous scribe.

• So with his ‘let’s maximise the return’ hat on Peter got the Whimbrel team afloat early this year. Several 2nd places later and what happens – a fishing boat takes down their mast whilst on the mooring. Many commiserations – hope you got some sea bass.
• Good to see Carol T out for part of the Easter (Deep End) w/e – and Meridian (Stewart Becker) too – the boat has been resting far too long.
• What exactly were Robin Richardson and Christine G doing in an ISC bathroom with a pair of long-nosed pliers. Ad hoc delivery room?
• Talking of Skua, why did the mainsheet traveller and main halyard not fail Harry last year? Who is this new bionic crew person? The charter party are hugely indebted to him for putting everything right again.
• You may have thought after a couple of benign weekends that there was no further need for the thermals. Not so - the BP w/e looks to be a tad chilly (with W 11 knots and big tides). When was this event last held in April?
• To validate the wisdom of those who revised the SI’s last winter (applause for our CC), frequent use has already been made of (I am a) Walrus, Spit (Roast), and Creek Post (Yellow Brick Road) but beware the Z in the course! You have read you new SI’s and been to the teach-in?
• Good to see the Deep End tussle at the top – Swift goes swifter?


SWALLOW NEWS - March 2017

Posted 12th April 2017

The new season is nearly upon us.
The new season starts next weekend. Gwaihir is already in but looking rather lonely! Lets hope she will be joined by lots of others soon. This year we are also planning to get out more on Wednesday Evenings. If you live anywhere near the club, save the date for Wednesday sailing each week from 3rd May.

"New" Boats..
The class is continuing to thrive with a number of new teams on the water this year.
Christine has brought together an expert team to charter Skua for the year and, having had a look at who they are, we look forward to her being as fast as usual.
Cockersootie is now in the capable hands of Charles Prescot and his team is coming together in a way only Charles can do it.
Stuart Becker is getting all excited about Swallow Sailing  and will launch Meridian this year. With his contacts in the training world we look forward to him going fast.
At least one other deal is still pending so watch this space.

Club2Class and crewing connections.
David Williams, the author of the Club2Class software has made the whole deal much slicker this year. The output on who's sailing will be more accessible on the web and better presented on the TV screens at the club. Soon the system will include results, and the intention is eventually to make it as good as when we go to Cowes and the live results are on the screen by the time we get ashore.

But, Boat owners and Managers particularly, if you don't respond with your sailing intentions for the next weekend when you get the email we won't know you're coming! There is no commitment, the question is "Do you intend to sail on...." If you don't respond the system under reports and less people are enthused to come out.

Crewing Opportunities.

Club2Class will also poll those interested in crewing each week. Christine is going to be busy with other matters until June so please use the system to put those looking for crew in touch with those who are short.

Try a Swallow.
Svala will be available again this year for guests to come and join us Swallow Racing in 2017. She is still available for Points Week and the Championships. Who do you know who might like to take her? We are keen that she is out on the race course.

Club and Class Open Day – Sunday 7th May 2017. 
It is not too early to mention the Swallow programme for the open day on Sunday 7th May.  This will be a single race with an 11.15 am start which will allow time for guest familiarisation and practice (note the change from the handbook).   It is hoped that as many Swallows as possible will support the Club and their Class by turning out.  The entry requirement is simply that each boat should carry at least one guest, potentially a future Swallow sailor!   Please invite your own guests but the Club Swallow Team will help with filling any guest crew gaps - contact Tom HERE.

Points Week Theatre Trip.
Tuesday 13 June at 7.30pm
Sweet Bird of Youth
By Tennessee Williams
1956. A hotel on the Gulf of Mexico. Alexandra del Lago, a fading Hollywood legend, has fled the ridicule that greeted the premiere of her come-back movie. Desperate for anonymity and forgetfulness, she is holed up in a small seaside town.
Tickets are available in the usual way from Liz Fox HERE. First come first served.

New Sailing Instructions.
The new ISC SIs come into force this year, and there are quite a few changes. If you couldn't come to "Ready to Race" there will be another chance to hear all about it on 22 April or 1st July, or look in the racing documents on the club website where there is also a one page update on what's new. From this year you will need a VHF radio for any racing outside the harbour so go shopping if you don't have one already.

And of course some Brass Tacks. From our anonymous scribe.
• One hesitates to mention an interesting performance upgrade for fear that we will all end up doing it and many £’s later nothing will have changed. However (whispering tones) did you know that some of the faster Swallows have the bottom sections of their masts sleeved? Wonder what this might do to the weight and C of G measurements?
• Watch out for Buccaneer this season. A new mast (something to do with a breezy ride back from Classic Week last year) and a new set of cloth too (the first for 6 years though).
• At a certain age both men and boats might have a certain waterworks problem. The trouble with having the examination is that it can lead to unanticipated revelations. So bear with Blue Tit as they will be a little late afloat this year whilst they have the op. Beware however - they will be even faster in light airs after convalescence.
• Hope you have Saturday 27 May in your diaries - our 70th anniversary dinner. Might even be some worthwhile prizes for those who are present.

 


SWALLOW NEWS - Mid February 2017

Posted 12th February 2017

ISC Spring Programme.

The Spring events programme at the club is under way and not to be missed. Click here to see the programme.


New Swallow Team Recruit.

We are delighted to report that Tom Clarence-Smith of  Blue Tit fame has been recruited, or should we say enlisted, to join your Swallow management team. The Club Class got in first so Tom will initialy be working with Christine , Tony and Mike to make your Swallow sailing and Social at Itchenor even better. A big welcome from us all to Tom.

London Walk.

The London Walk will not take place this year. It had become clear that we would not have our normal attendance. We plan to re-instate it once again next year. More time to work on the boat?

"Ready to Race" event. Sunday 12th March 2017 plus Dinner and Speaker on Saturday 11 March.

"Ready to Race" is a great way to keep up to date with everything to do with the technicalities of going racing at Itchenor Sailing Club. Tick off that important training course without missing a days sailing!
This year the plan is that the presentations will happen on Sunday 12th March. Starting at 0915, the morning presentations are targeted at racing skippers and after happy hour and lunch the afternoon is targeted at Race Officers with other courses for AROs and club boat familiarisation.
It will be a busy day because... The new Racing Rules of Sailing 2017-2020 come into force this year and also a newly revised set of ISC Sailing Instructions with all sorts of updates and changes. This will be a day not to miss.

There will be a Dinner with guest speaker on the Saturday Night beforehand. Details are on the Spring Programme events tabs above and Quick News. Please book at the club office.

And of course some Brass Tacks. Our anonymous scribe in reflective mood!

We have been duly humbled by lawyers acting for Solitude who require a full retraction of the wholly inaccurate comments in the last Brass Tacks. Gladly given - the facts were sort of right (as much as any in BT) but for the record the other all-white boat was 38kg lighter after her gastric band was fitted and required 16kg of correctors to bring her back to the minimum weight for the 2016 season. We are happy to say this statement has been approved by the Newspapers Publishers Association and the Class Measurer. A payment will be made to the RNLI in settlement. Blame the whole thing on that additional bottle of plonk at the prize-giving dinner. Been off the booze ever since.
 


SWALLOW NEWS - Mid January 2017

Posted 18th January 2017

The Swallow winter gathering was a great success last weekend starting with a visit to the Tinwood Estate vineyard followed by lunch at Halnaker. After sampling a glass of each of the three English Sparkling Wines produced at the winery the visitors were well set up for the AGM which followed!  Minutes HERE. The Dinner was a very well attended affair filling the dining room and when the Cowes Week and Championships prizes were presented there were smiling faces all round.

Overall winners of Cowes Week 2016 the Migrant team of Nigel Glennie, Charles Fisher & Richard Thompson receiving their prizes from new Swallow owner Alison Eglinton at the Swallow class dinner this weekend.

Clockwise from top left, Andrew & Anthony at last receive the Whim Trophy after they were overlooked at the laying up supper. John Houghton receives a stack of prizes including the most improved boat at Cowes Week, for the second year running. Mimie Currie with the very fine Avocet Bowl for the first lady at Cowes. Sue Glover collecting Championship prizes for Marengo's win at the Bembridge Champs.

Mike & Charles from Gwaihir with the trophy for the Championships runner up spot, secured by a whisker on count back from Harry and Prue sailing Skua.

Brave Walkers....   Some of the brave and bedraggled Sunday walkers are pictured below in the very damp downland conditions which prevailed. They earned an excellent pub lunch at West Marden. With the route maps left at the club the previous evening it was purely by luck that all were accounted for on the return.
A big thank you from all to Tony Glover for organising a great weekend.

Also don’t forget......
Saturday 25th February for the London Walk in Richmond Park. Times and lunch details to follow.

Save the date for the "Ready to Race" event. 12/13th March 2017.

"Ready to Race" is a great way to keep up to date with everything to do with the technicalities of going racing at Itchenor Sailing Club. Tick off that important training course without missing a days sailing!
This year the plan is that the presentations will happen on Sunday 12th March.
It will be a busy day as we have not only the new Racing Rules of Sailing 2017-2020 coming into force this year but also a newly revised set of ISC Sailing Instructions with all sorts of updates and changes. This will be a day not to miss.

And STOP PRESS there will be a Dinner with guest speaker on the Saturday Night beforehand. Watch the club QuickNews for details.

And where would we be without some freezing wet brass tacks

• Super salesperson: 10 of us were duped into buying ‘new stock’ Swallow ties. That was 10 more than were sold last year. Never mind that, as it turned out, they were new out of the packet and not exactly new stock. Caveat emptor. The mischievous person who boosted class funds so dramatically in just a few moments? The National Champion!
• Full marks to Chris Creak and Carol Thompson for attending each and every one of the many and various AGM weekend activities.
• Mimie Currey was probed for information about the many boats which she weighed in the autumn. Scrupulous to the last, she simply said there were some interesting results. Solitude has to add corrector weights for 2017, so in 2016 was she .....?  However let us not obsess about all-up weights when crew weights can change so much - and a wind shift will upset the apple cart too.
• Got your hand-held marine radio yet? The new SI’s will require boats racing OH to have one. It is now a class decision if we should carry flares. The Committee have yet to deliberate but it would seem they will come down in favour of the radio and abandon the requirement for flares. Watch this space (and get channel 46a added).
• Is the 70th anniversary for the Class or some of the fleet members?


SWALLOW NEWS - Early January 2017

Posted 9th January 2017

Swallow AGM Weekend at Itchenor.... 14/15th January 2017.
Final booking details.

Next weekend's action is coming together well. I am told that the Tinwood Visit is practically sold out, two places left if you are quick but we do need you to book up with the club office for Dinner on Saturday Night.
The menu is now confirmed as....
Scallops
Rump of Lamb
Treacle Tart
Coffee and mints. 

Please excuse the lack of flowery description. Your scribe has been writing Sailing Instructions!

The cost has been finalised as £30 p.p. but as ever the food will be waitress service and wonderful. Don't miss it.

If you have not told Tony that you are coming for Lunch on Saturday and the walk on Sunday please do so at the links below so he has numbers to keep the pub venues on their toes.

A refresher of the programme for the whole weekend's action is......

Friday 13th January
For bridge-playing aficionados (Note earlier time than previously advised) the weekend kicks off at 6.00pm for 6.30. £15 with supper included. Book at ISC.

Saturday 14th January
12.00 Tinwood Estate Vineyard, Halnaker, Chichester PO18 0NE
www.tinwoodestate.com
A 90 minute introduction and tour of the vineyard including 3 different glasses of their famed fizz. £15 per person. Places are (genuinely!) limited so please book early by bank transfer to the NSCA ( Nat Swallow Class  30-00-08   03760350  Ref. Tinwood) and also let tony1glover@aol.com know that you have done so.
13.45 Lunch at the Anglesey Arms, Halnaker, Chichester PO18 0NQ
www.angleseyarms.co.uk
Just 0.5 mile from Tinwood! The Long Room has been booked for up to 20 people at this popular hostelry. Don’t rush your lunch!
17.00 NSCA AGM in the Members Room at Itchenor SC
Discussion and debate about all the hot topics of Swallow sailing (Agenda previously circulated and again below.)
19.30 NSCA Annual Dinner and prizegiving. Please book directly with the ISC Office for Dinner.

Sunday 15th January
The walk
09.45 Meet at the Victoria Inn, West Marden, PO18 9EN
www.victoriainnwestmarden.co.uk
The pub will be open for us and lunch orders must be placed before we set out at 10.00. Please let Tony G know if you plan to take part – and stay for lunch - on tony1glover@aol.com As ever the earlier the better.

 

The AGM.
The AGM is to be held at 1700 on Saturday in the Members Room at ISC. Please come along and have your say. If you sail a Swallow or would like to we will be pleased to see you.

Also don’t forget......
Saturday 25th February for the London Walk in Richmond Park. Times and lunch details to follow.

And.....Save the date for the "Ready to Race" now Weekend. 12/13th March 2017.

"Ready to Race" is a great way to keep up to date with everything to do with the technicalities of going racing at Itchenor Sailing Club. Tick off that important training course without missing a days sailing!

This year the plan is that its all going to happen on one day, Sunday 12th March. It will be a busy day as we have not only the new Racing Rules of Sailing 2017-2020 coming into force this year but also a newly revised set of ISC Sailing Instructions with all sorts of updates and changes. This will be a day not to miss.

And STOP PRESS there will be a Dinner with guest speaker on the Saturday Night beforehand. Watch the club QuickNews for details.

 


SWALLOW NEWS - End of December 2016

Posted 29th December 2016

Swallow AGM Weekend.... 14/15th January 2017.
Programme and booking details.
 
NSCA AGM. A weekend of discussion, fun and frolics?

Friday 13th January
For bridge-playing aficionados the weekend kicks off at 19.00. £15 with supper included. Book at ISC after 3rd January.

Saturday 14th January
12.00 Tinwood Estate Vineyard, Halnaker, Chichester PO18 0NE
www.tinwoodestate.com
A 90 minute introduction and tour of the vineyard including 3 different glasses of their famed fizz. £15 per person. Places are (genuinely!) limited so please book early by bank transfer to the NSCA ( Nat Swallow Class  30-00-08   03760350  Ref. Tinwood) and also let tony1glover@aol.com know that you have done so.

13.45 Lunch at the Anglesey Arms, Halnaker, Chichester PO18 0NQ
www.angleseyarms.co.uk
Just 0.5 mile from Tinwood! The Long Room has been booked for up to 20 people at this popular hostelry. Don’t rush your lunch!

17.00 NSCA AGM in the Members Room at Itchenor SC
Discussion and debate about all the hot topics of Swallow sailing (Agenda previously circulated and again below.)

19.30 NSCA Annual Dinner and prizegiving. Please book directly with the ISC Office for Dinner (The office reopens on 3rd January). The menu and price remains a closely guarded secret but is likely to be c£26 for a three course dinner.

Sunday 15th January
The walk
09.45 Meet at the Victoria Inn, West Marden, PO18 9EN
www.victoriainnwestmarden.co.uk
The pub will be open for us and lunch orders must be placed before we set out at 10.00. Please let Tony G know if you plan to take part – and stay for lunch - on tony1glover@aol.com As ever the earlier the better.

 

Official notice of the AGM.
This is a repeat of the formal notice of the NSCA AGM to be held at 1700 on Saturday 14th January 2017 in the Members Room at Itchenor Sailing Club. The Agenda can be found HERE and the minutes of the last AGM can be found on the NSCA tab of the Swallow pages. (The Autumn Club Meeting minutes are also on the Club Class tab)
Any additional proposals need to be with the Class Secretary before 7th January.

2017 Programme.
The 2017 programme is now all agreed and the "Print in colour on one sheet of paper and stick on the fridge door" version is enclosed HERE. As ever this does not replace the club book which is the official notice of race for all club racing and contains additional crucial information such as start times and locations but I hope that you find the year planner helpful. It can also be found on its own tag in our class section of the ISC website. Whilst writing we must give a big thanks to the Webmaster at ISC Nick Bottomley who posts all these Swallow Newsletters onto our SWALLOW HOME PAGE within about an hour of receiving them!

Also don’t forget......
Saturday 25th February for the London Walk in Richmond Park. Times and lunch details to follow.

And.....Save the date for the "Ready to Race" day. Sunday 12th March 2017.
"Ready to Race" is a great way to keep up to date with everything to do with the technicalities of going racing at Itchenor Sailing Club. Tick off that important training course without missing a days sailing!
This year the plan is that its all going to happen on one day, Sunday 12th March. It will be a busy day as we have not only the new Racing Rules of Sailing 2017-2020 coming into force this year but also a newly revised set of ISC Sailing Instructions with all sorts of updates and changes. This will be a day not to miss.


SWALLOW NEWS - mid December 2016

Posted 10th December 2016

Save the date for the Swallow AGM Weekend..

We hope that you already have the 14th/15th January in your diaries  for the AGM weekend Swallow get together at Itchenor.
Your social team are keeping the details close to their chests but I am told that something exciting will be planned for Saturday afternoon, followed by the AGM at 1700.(That could be exciting if previous years diversionary tactics recur, but its always a good place to make your voice heard). Dinner will follow at the club at 1930 for 2000.  There will be a walk on the Sunday morning followed by pub lunch.

No doubt more details and booking arrangements will follow when the festive season is done.

Official notice of the AGM.

Please note that this is the official notice of the NSCA AGM to be held at 1700 on Saturday 14th January 2017 in the Members Room at Itchenor Sailing Club. The Agenda can be found HERE and the minutes of the last AGM can be found on the NSCA tab of the Swallow pages. (The Autumn Club Meeting minuets are also on the Club Class tab)

Any additional proposals need to be with the Class Secretary before 7th January.

Trophy Winners.

Whilst you and I are thinking of winter pursuits Charles Fisher and Nigel Glennie were up at the Royal Thames last month collecting the Tom Thorneycroft Trophy for winning the Sunday race at Cowes Week. I say collecting, because as always the trophies are on a long piece of string and you get to hold them for the photograph before they are quietly taken back again. Best way really, if you have ever had to find where all the trophies are for a Laying Up Supper.

Book early for 2017.

The dates for the main Swallow events in 2017 were circulated at the class meeting in September and will soon be posted in full on the Swallow HOME PAGE but Cowes Week already have their offer for half price entries for under 25 Skippers. We will be sponsoring a Bursary Boat again next year and there is already interest in a young team taking Svala but if you are not planning to take your boat perhaps you know a youngster who might want to campaign it at Cowes for you.
The deal is HERE.

Do you like the header photograph?

Your Class Captain had to learn photo merging for an advert the class is placing for our trial Swallow. It didn't get used but nice anyway. Not very festive but treat it as a Christmas Card from the Swallow Class Team. And that reminds me.....New Year's Resolution. Think of a guest to take Swallow Sailing next year. We know its good fun but tell someone else about it today.


SWALLOW NEWS - Early November 2016

Posted 4th November 2016

Thirty nine Swallow sailors enjoyed the Laying Up Supper and the autumn Prizegiving. The class made up a respectable proportion of the sell out attendance and enjoyed contributing to this successful club event. All the long series trophies were presented along with some special events that we didn't manage to pick up on the day.

Winter Working Parties.

The call is out for volunteers to attend the two working party weekends planned for 12/13 and 26/27th November. Chris Creak says "This year we intend to repair/ replank the walkway to the main pontoon, replace about 20 piles under the mirror parking and gradually move seaward replacing the oldest parts of the main decking.
Ideally I would like to have 15 - 20 volunteers for each day to include some of the younger, fitter members starting at 09.30 and working through to about 16.00.
As usual there is the incentive of a free pint and lunch and an enjoyable
day finding out what supports us and our boats from descending into the mud!
Volunteers please register with Sue in the office.
A risk assessment is available HERE.

Winter deals from the sail makers.

We have heard from some sail makers....
Batt Sails             HERE
Dynamic Sails     HERE
and Hyde Sails    HERE
Order early if you want some sails for next year at the winter rates. If you have any tidy sails which you just don't like please consider passing them on to the Svala project.

Please also remember to take your sails away from the sail loft and empty lockers to make space for the winter maintenance.  The sail racks will be moved into the yard next week as per the Club Handbook.

Book early for 2017.

The dates for the main Swallow events in 2017 were circulated at the class meeting in September and will soon be posted in full on the Swallow HOME PAGE but Cowes Week already have their offer for half price entries for under 25 Skippers. We will be sponsoring a Bursary Boat again next year and there is already interest in a young team taking Svala but if you are not planning to take your boat perhaps you know a youngster who might want to campaign it at Cowes for you.
The deal is HERE.

Our anonymous sleuth was at the Laying up Supper of course.....

Brass November tacks

• Got to laugh: in the last race of the season Gwaihir was last, well nearly last – by a lap. Fortunately for them it was abandoned and (some) face was saved.
• Great Swallow turnout of nearly 40 for the Laying-up supper – 1st prize for sartorial splendour went to Richard Thompson in his co-ordinated red (with blue blazer) outfit. Just as well the lights were dimmed in the Jubilee room though. Good grub too.
• At long last the Bembridge National Championship prizes were awarded to Carolyn and Marengo and the Ladies Medallion to Caroline Marriage. BSC gave the Class some nice Championship glassware and we hope to award these to the runners-up in January. The Whim prize too, unintentionally forgotten and very intentionally won by Solitude.
• Good to see the new Boomerang team of Robin and Wendy (‘where are the heads?’) Knibb with David Eglinton and Alison Baker sailing and supping.
• Simon Bell (c/o of Goosander) carried off a shed-load of goodies including the most improved boat. Wouldn’t have seen that coming earlier in the season.
• Keith Bliss brought along a gang who might or might not sail a Swallow. Best to tell the guv’nor first?
• Christine G and Sue G sent their apologies from their junk on the Mekong river in Vietnam.
• Anybody wanting crew for a Caribbean regatta or organising a ski-ing trip this winter just let the wander-lust CC know!


SWALLOW NEWS - End of October 2016

Posted 26th October 2016

Finella Trophy Winners.    James Hartley, Rob Sutherland and Ian Tillett.


Second. Charles Hyatt and Mark Struckett.


Third . Adrian Fisk, Roger Heath and Rob Bellfield.

The Finella Trophy Report.

Fourteen Swallows turned out for the last special event of the year with three consecutive back to back races before a late lunch. We were fortunate to have Archie Massey as the PRO - he used the match-racing system by finishing with a downwind leg to set a different format for the first two short windward-leeward races and then sent us on a more traditional longer course for the final race - excellent! 

The weather for the first race was looking tricky but a delayed start saw some reasonable wind arrive from the north east while the tide was light. A 15-20 degree shift at the start saw the boats on the right hand side leading, with Gwaihir being helmed by Charles Hyatt in front. However, James Hartley quickly brought Swift back up and subsequently extended his lead from the first mark. Stealth then took second place with Gwaihir holding off Goosander to take third. The second race had a very similar structure but this time with Goosander leading comfortably ahead of Swift. Gwaihir bumped quickly off the mud (unlike Migrant…) to secure third.

The last race was quite different with the wind rising a bit and then shifting 30-40 degrees back up north…. That didn’t really affect the result - Swift again got back into control, this time ahead of Bluff and Echo. The PRO sensibly changed the course after the first lap given the wind shift and managed to get us back for lunch around 2pm, within a couple of minutes of the planned time  - a good day! 

Overall, with all three races counting, the result was a very comfortable win by Swift with 4 points, Gwaihir in second with 10 points, just ahead of Stealth (11 points). 
Full results HERE.
 

The Laying Up Supper.

This years Laying Up supper is this Saturday the 29th October. Swallow Support is always required to make or fleet presence felt.  One or two tickets are still available. The details and menu are on the club website front page.

Those end of season tasks are upon us.

As we approach the end of the season please remember to take your sails away from the sail loft and empty lockers to make space for the winter maintenance.  The sail racks will be moved into the yard in the second week of November as per the Club Handbook.

We have not had any winter deals from the sail makers to circulate yet but you can be sure they would like your order for next years sails soon.

And some late season Brass Tacks from our anonymous scribe.

• Swift, Swifter, Swiftest! Congrats to the team (James, Rob and Ian - aka Baldrick) for their top notch performance in the resurrected Finella trophy. They have found their light wind short course mojo - and all before the planned winter improvements.
• Goosander is coming good too after shedding her copper coat mid-season – only just off the podium and with a stunning pillar to post R2 victory. Bravo Tim and Simon!
• Some years back when Gwaihir had won Cowes Week with a day to spare, (Commodore) Charles took the helm for the final race and did a horizon job on the fleet. It was good to see him at the back of Gwaihir again (but just 2up with Mark) and sometimes leading this fleet but ultimately settling for 2nd overall. Just how many Swallows have three (very) competent helms in one crew?
• Why was this? Well first Mark bashed his foot in mid-summer and was off games, then the night before Mike allowed a steel beam to land on his foot. As these things happen in threes may we humbly suggest to Charles that he now wears steel capped boots (Dubarry - natch).
• 14 boats in late October! The 3 race b2b format seemed to suit (not Elizabeth though - the bucket served) and did not cause any ructions for the other fleets. Twas a great team on BV though – many thanks.
• Got to flag up the following day’s results and shenanigans though. Harlequin won both b2b! Whimbrel was flying a kite and advancing quickly on the kite-less 76 as they approached the bottom mark on a very short run when she was sharply luffed. Dudley fell out and lost his hard hat. Whimbrel not impressed. Harlequin had a guest helm.
• Keeping their nose clean Migrunt (sic, for fear of being repatriated) cruised around to secure the Brian Russell trophy.
• Autumn GM snippets: b2b’s (especially at LW neaps) are here to stay but not all PRO’s can cope. A cull seems a bit severe. Most clubs suffering from reduced activity and fewer members. Except ISC? We now have so many membership categories (some experimental) that we have difficulty comparing our stats. More volunteers required to spread the ISC gospel in many ways. The fleet review? This well-kept secret cabal (chair Joe Burnie (V)) will shortly gather pace. Too many types of keelboat? Get you sandwich boards out for the protest march.

And Finally....Please consider supporting the RNLI fundraiser.

In aid of the RNLI, a fish supper is being held at Upper House, Itchenor Green, PO20 7DA from 1900 on Thursday 3rd November. There will be “bubbles” on arrival followed by Debbie’s Amazing Fish Pie and Janie’s Wonderful Surprise Dessert. Please bring your own wine.
 
Bubbles sponsored by Celebration Weekends !!
Possible fun quiz with prizes and sing song!
Please confirm your attendance and number of guests you are bringing to Jono at jpcallow@gmail.com and make your £20 contribution per head, for RNLI funds. Cash or Cheques payable to RNLI Manhood branch or transfer directly to the bank account ref. fish supper. Sort code 20-68-79 and account number 40325236.

More Finella Pictures      Photos  Douglas Pattison


SWALLOW NEWS - Mid October 2016

Posted 12th october 2016

The Reach Trophy Report.

Thirteen Swallow enjoyed a great day of competition for the Reach Trophy on Saturday. The format of three back to back races to decide a trophy, then home for a late lunch seems to touch the spot at this time of year when there can be a chill in the air. PRO Tim Hill and his team got the eager fleet away first time on a well set line but confused a few with his committee boat at the port end. Carolyn Brigg and her team were the first out of the blocks with a good lead at the first mark but with the tide now flooding it was a difficult call as to which side to go on the run. Archon, Swift and Gwaihir found a luckier streak of wind and fought it out on the next beat in the shifting northerly breeze with Gwaihir finding the last shift into the mark and holding on to the finish with Charles’s expert spinnaker work never missing a beat. The team had not sailed together since early July and were enjoying the reunion. Migrant got the better of Swift and Marengo to take the third.

In the second race some teams changed their man at the back and this time it was the ever consistent Solitude with Andrew Reid in charge, and Swift under Jeremy Sibthorp who were making the pace. The wind however was beginning to die and with the course shortened to one lap that was the finishing order with Mark Struckett hanging in there with Gwaihir in third.
When it is all three races to count it’s all to play for in the last race. By now the wind was down to less than six knots and during the day had shifted to and fro through over fifty degrees. Gwaihir got away at the pin, well it was the boat actually, the left hand end you know what I mean, pushed hard by Solitude but by the top of the beat it was Swift who was getting the calls right and nearly rounded first. Gwaihir held their nerve to the finish but it was Migrant with Chris Fox, Charles Fisher and Nigel Glennie who made the best calls in the back half of the race to take the second.

Overall the order was Gwaihir, Swift, and Migrant. But you wouldn’t think that if you were at the Prizegiving. Brass tacks will explain all.    Full results HERE.

Some Questionnaire results and what your class organisation have been up to.

Recently we have polled the class on when they want to hold our 'Points Week' and also how we can consolidate our various Cowes Week fleets to one big fleet. Thank you very much to all who replied to these polls. Both topics were discussed at the Autumn Class Meeting and for those of you who couldn't make that meeting the result on Points Week was.. 'a fairly even split between June and August with the possibility of a few more non regularly attending boats attending in August who could not attend in June. In the intervening period the only available August week had been taken by Chi Harbour Race Week so the August option disappeared. Points Week 2017 will therefore be 12th- 16th June with the other classes'.

The Cowes Week(s) Questionnaire results were...

28 Replies were received, including a few interpreted from written responses.
6 said that they did not intend to attend any Cowes Week in the next two years so were excluded from further reporting.
21 said that they did intend to attend a Cowes Week in the next two years (Including three probables)
11 supported the idea of encouraging entrants to alternate between the two events in each year. Of those only 5 felt strongly enough to think that we should ask the organisers to cancel their event in their “off” year. Of those 5, only one or two were prepared to say they would make all endeavours to attend even in the year of their least favoured event.
Most (9) thought the class should not intervene and 8 thought we should just make a strong recommendation. (Some voted for both!)

The only question which received significant support was the last one about suggestions to modernize our Cowes Week offering. 17 replied yes to this proposal (Three or four with qualifications and additional comments). One was neutral and one was against.

So for 2017, noting the proximity of the two Cowes Weeks to our Championships hosted by the Royal London at Cowes, your Class Association recommend that you attend either one or both of the Cowes Weeks on offer. Cowes Week will have the improvements that you have overwhelmingly supported implemented and Andrew Reid has agreed to promote that event and be in touch with all those intending to go to Cowes next year to persuade you to enter Cowes Week. Tony Glover will promote Cowes Classics and be in touch with all those intending to go to Cowes next year to persuade you to enter Cowes Classics Week.

The full minutes of the Class Autumn Meeting and Class Committee Meeting can be downloaded from the bottom of the page HERE.

The Laying Up Supper.

This years Laying Up supper is to be held on Saturday 29th October and it is at this event that we give away our long series trophies. Swallow Support is always required to make lots of noise. Please do buy tickets at the club office soonest. Its always a sell out. The details and menu are on the club website front page.
 
And finally those never to be missed Brass Tacks from our anonymous scribe.

• Migrant welcomed the more benign conditions of the Reach Trophy having ‘capsized’ three times in recent weeks. Those wild broaches and swims did mean that regular checks on Haines scrubbing handiwork down under could be carried out though.
• A few were unwise enough to believe the 11 knot forecast – cue frantic scrubbing on Swift before leaving the mooring to mitigate their heavy weather crew selection. Moving swiftly on, not content at having a top down rebuild last winter the boys are going for a bottom up examination this winter. Sounds painful.
• Starting after the XOD’s for R1 might have had some benefits as none of them could cross the line on port had they wanted to. The pin was brought back a whopping 150m to give a better line for us.
• Malcolm thought the Reach event was a three-part game of snakes and ladders and they found more ladders than snakes. Elizabeth reckoned they got every shift right. Archon finished 4th.
• Yes 4th! Malcolm's encyclopaedic memory failed him when doing the maths for the prize-giving (conducted without the benefit of the PRO’s official results) and which, curiously, had elevated Archon to the podium. Much humble pie thereafter and Migrant (who comfortably won the young guns match with Darter) retrospectively gaining 3rd o/a.
• It is that time of year when we should be heeding the wise words of our ex-Sec who was heard to say that the condition and appearance of some of our fleet may be a disincentive to getting (and retaining) new crew. Time to consult the Harken catalogue and get out the Marigolds?
• How fitting that Harry, Prue and Helen should lift the Massey Trophy so convincingly (the Marker incident apart!) in Bob’s Skua and as their last hurrah before a year off.
• What do you want for Christmas? Well if you don’t have one already (that’s after the Porsche, a mistress/toy boy and a house in Tuscany) a hand-held marine VHF radio will do nicely. You will need it at next year’s Championship* at the RLYC in Cowes (and in CCW to follow!). All the normal channels (and most likely 72 and M2) will be used - and it is the way to go for safety.
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• * Three line whip – start planning now. The Vernon Trophy race to Cowes starts at 13.00 on Friday 14 July – ooh la la,  a l’eau c’est l’heure.


BOB MASSEY Trophy 24/5 Sept 2016. Report courtesy Jeremy Sibthorp.

Posted 26th September 2016

Twelve Swallows competed for the Bob Massey trophy over the weekend of 25/6 Sept with 2 races on Saturday and two on Sunday with three to count. It was a balmy late summer weekend with near perfect conditions and 15 – 20 knots of warm breeze and even warmer water.

S3 Skua sailed by Harry and Pru Roome with Helen Williams swept the board with a near perfect score, just to prove they can do it before they set off on their year sabbatical from Swallows. 

Race 1 Sat PM was a southerly breeze which was gusty and shifty with a windward/leeward East Head/Star course – Darter showed some early form sailed by Glover junior only to be ground down by Skua and Marengo with Echo third, but two laps was not really enough for some.

Race 2 Sat PM saw the same conditions but an extensive tour of the harbour including a trip to Marker, a not often visited mark by the Swallows, Skua sailed straight past Marker, as it looked like it was still on the mud and headed to Emsworth for an early tea. The rest of the fleet followed like lemmings. The first to spot the error was Swift who turned back to attempt to round Marker, there was just enough water for one Swallow to round at a time. Question – what would have happened if all the fleet had arrived at the same time, with some boats calling water for the mark and other calling water for the bank – who is right – over to Richard for the answer. Swift with Jeremy Sibthorp, Peter Brasier and Rob Sutherland held her lead until the finish followed by Darter and Marengo.

Race 3 Sunday AM was sailed in a solid 20 knot westerly and the sun shone – Skua made the best start from a pin end bias line and opened up her lead throughout the race followed by Marengo in second and Gwaihir in third sailed by Charles Hyatt and team, who only made a Sunday appearance.

Race 4 Sunday immediately followed race 3. With a little bit more breeze and less water. The course was a windward/leeward SW Pilsey/East Head x2 with a running finish at East Head. Again Skua made the best of the start at the pin end sailing into the shallows but immediately made the whole fleet tack by calling for water – then she was off…again. Stealth showed a burst of speed to come 2nd with Swift 3rd with Jon Perry (revisiting his youth) - at the helm.

1st S3 Skua 3 points
2nd S82 Marengo 7 points
3rd S7 Swift 8 points
4th S70 Stealth 12 points
5th S87 Echo 13 points
6th S86 Migrant 20 points


SWALLOW NEWS - End of August 2016

Posted 31st August 2016


                                               The Swift Trophy Haul.          

   
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Itchenor Regatta and the Haines Trophy Re-Run

This is what happens when you let those new boys! in Swift loose in club racing without keeping them under control. A win in the Haines Cup against all other takers from the club's adult classes in the morning was followed by a win in the Swallow Class at Itchenor Regatta in the afternoon taking the Wyllie Picture and the Shippam Challenge Cup. The trophies were so big the photographer couldn't get them all in! Check out your home insurance guys, or get them back to the club soon.
Full Results HERE and HERE                                              Photos below. C Hyatt.

The Ladies Medallion and Young Persons Trophy.

In a very brisk breeze last Sunday morning Mimie Currie, Alison Garratt, Christine Graves, Caroline Marriage and Elizabeth Pattison fought it out for the Ladies Medallion. Caroline Marriage won with Elizabeth Pattison runner up.

The "Youf" prize sailed at the same time went to Marengo Uncontested. Helmed by Olly Sloper with more Sloper represention in the "A" team crew.

Last weekend "Solitude" wrapped up the Whim Prize for Summer Saturdays and seemed as surprised as the rest of the fleet! Well done Andrew and Anthony.

Book your places early for the Laying Up Supper on 29th October when these and all the other club series trophies will be presented.

Swallow Autumn Meeting Saturday 17th September 1700.

Please can you be sure that you have this date in your diary.
We would like to see a representative from every Swallow at this meeting as there are important Programme decisions to be made for 2017.
This is the time where you get your say on the shape of the future of Swallow Sailing at Itchenor. Please come along and make yourself heard.
Suggestions for the agenda HERE in the next week please.

The Swallow Championships Prizegiving will also be held at that meeting.

Spinnaker Poles.

Your technical team have been busy and our stock of replacement spinnaker poles is now replenished. These can be obtained at a cost price of £370 each payable to the Swallow Class Association by contacting any class representative. They should also know where one can be found immediately if required.
Mike W is also able to repair broken ones if you have the time to go down that route.

And finally Golf!

Martin Windebank martinwindebank@aol.com  is responsible for the Swallow team at the Keelboat golf match. He needs one female player and no doubt some males. Please contact him soonest if you are interested as the date is imminent.

For more information on any of the above please contact your Class Captain by clicking here

Thank you,

The ISC Swallow Team


SWALLOW NEWS - Mid August 2016

Posted 16th August 2016

Swallows enjoy the Cowes Week sunshine.                    Photo Paul Wyeth

The Cowes Week Report.

What a Cowes Week; One of the best in recent years with brilliant weather, good courses, and tight racing. Migrant won the week, crossing the line first in four races (but took a penalty in one) and sailed well all week being just that little bit faster than the rest and securing the series before the final race. Archon, Avocet and Solitude scrapped it out, each having race wins, with the final points so very close.  Avocet was second overall, followed by Archon and Solitude on equal points. Kingfisher and Quetzal, along with our bursary boats, Harrier and Svala, all added to the general fun of the week on the water and at the socials. 

Read the full report by Andrew Reid HERE      and see the full results HERE

Upcoming Events.


This coming weekend we have a big festival of Regatta Sailing.
On Saturday its Bosham Regatta. Our start is 1200 from the BSC Committee Boat. Enter at ISC beforehand. The notice of race is HERE.

On Sunday we start with the rerun of the Haines Trophy, lost earlier in the year from no wind. According to the current forecast we are not going to have that problem this time! The first start is at 1000 and we will be off very soon afterwards so be at the club half an hour earlier than usual. This race will also count towards the Summer Sunday series so doubly worth coming out to play.

In the afternoon we have the ISC Regatta. Detailed programme on the day. 1415 start for the Shippam Trophy which is the grandest cup in the cabinet. We look forward to a big fleet of Swallows racing.

Swallow Autumn Meeting Saturday 17th September 1700.

Please can you be sure that you have this date in your diary.

We would like to see a representative from every Swallow in the book at this meeting as there are important Programme decisions to be made for 2017 which will be decided on a vote at that meeting. We really want to hear from those not sailing so much at the moment. What do we need to do to get you to sail more often?

This is the time where you get your say on the shape of the future of Swallow Sailing at Itchenor.

Please come along and make yourself heard.

Suggestions for the agenda HERE in the next few weeks please.

 

The Ladies Medallion and the Youth trophy (Under 30s) are programmed for the Morning race of Sunday 28th August. Please see if you can find a Lady or youngster to helm your boat for you that day. If you would like to compete and don't have a boat please contact your class captain at the contact at the bottom of this message.

And ......some "Silly Season" Brass Tacks.

• The early morning East Head dog walkers reported seeing a yellow beached yacht near the Winner bank – probably a Swallow. As the tide had been falling re-floating was not immediately likely. In time the bursary team did and got to Cowes, but not in time for R1. Harbour navigation for those not used to it is tough at any time, especially at 4am!
• The purge continues! Goosander is the latest to discard her copperbot. There was an almost immediate cause for celebration when Tim and Simon won a SuSun race. Unfortunately (?!) they had to leave promptly - but isn’t it customary for owners to treat the fleet to some fizz after a maiden victory?
• On occasions there were more Swallows racing at the Club than at Cowes.
• More heresy: there were really only 4 boats racing ‘in the mix’ at Cowes Week. But hey the sun shone virtually throughout and the breeze was varied and in most of the time. (Editor’s note; I thought all boats racing were “In the mix”)
• Buccaneer’s perennial grip on the RIP trophy is under threat – from within. Who was it who hoisted the spi halyard in double-quick time only to discover that nothing was attached? Natty ladder to recover it later on though.
• Charlie Roome (s/o Harry and Prue) showed great skill in easing his way into the lead in Skua (with the folks doing the hard work) last Saturday afternoon. Methinks if we mustered all the available offspring to race together (some no longer yoofs by our normal definition) it would be quite a talented fleet. Jo Brigg (as recently was), Rachel Wigmore (as less recently was), Bertie Fisher (a rising star), Kit Glover (the best is past), Rebecca Snell (for the glamour), Rob Garrett (Mum could sort him out), Jonathan Bond (when not sailing in the Med), the not so-young Taggs, any number of Kalderons, Andy Green (of AC fame), Chris Fox (World Int 14 Champ), young Boadles and Robinsons, and so on! The current Y & Y mag attributes the success of ISC to its enduring family appeal and support. Who will organise it?
• When should we have the (Bembridge) National Championship prize giving? This year?
• Referendums are passé? What is the now amended/revised/re-interpreted verdict on PW 2017? Do we have to wait until 17 September for the result?
• Our erstwhile CC will have to adapt to not arriving at the leeward mark flying a hull and travelling at 17 knots back in Gwahir. There again looking at the weekend forecast, he might.

And some from our Cowes Correspondent.

·         Good to see Quetzal out with two Petitgases on board. She missed the windier part of the week and were unable to repeat their Championship speed.
·         Navigation errors showed but how could Archon fail to see that Bourne Gap was not Hill Head? And why did Solitude follow?
·         Did Migrant’s new spinnaker make the difference? She certainly found consistent speed from somewhere.
·         Kingfisher turned out again, as always, this time with  lady helm Tosca Barnes.
·         Persistence award for the week must go to Harrier for her effort of 26 hours in getting from Itchenor to Cowes, via the Winner Bank.
·         Avocet’s return to form, particularly upwind, was good to see. A well-deserved runner-up to Migrant.
*      Carol Thompson gave a spirited interview on Swallows to Cowes radio’s Simon Vigor, despite the Swallows start being a mile north at Bramble.

For more information on any of the above please contact your Class Captain by clicking here

Thank you,

The ISC Swallow Team


SWALLOW NEWS - Mid July 2016

Posted 19th July 2016



The Swallow Championships at Bembridge.    Photo Mike Samuelson.    More HERE



Competitors assembled on Colonel's Hard on Sunday morning. Photo James Leaver


The 2016 Swallow Championships at Bembridge.

Eighteen Swallows, a near record number, raced over from Itchenor to Bembridge on Friday afternoon in readiness for their 2016 National Championships that were being run for them by Bembridge Sailing Club over the weekend.  First to cross the line by quite a margin after a long beat from West Pole was S7, Swift, with S94, Merlin, second and S93, Gwaihir, in third.
The forecast for Saturday was for a South Westerly F5 gusting F6 breeze and at Friday evening’s briefing it was agreed that a steady 25 knots or above would be the limit for racing. 

After a delay to the original start time to allow crews to safely embark in the launches & RIBs from Colonel’s Hard, the first race got under way 11:30 in a 15 - 17 knot SW’erly breeze and quite unpleasant sea conditions.  Almost immediately after the start the wind backed by 45 degees, so the first beat was not as good as planned, however, the windward mark and its spreader were moved for the subsequent rounds, as was the leeward gate, which ensured testing beats.  At the front, S82 Marengo helmed by Carolyn Brigg & S86 Migrant helmed by Chris Fox were never far apart and there was only 7 seconds between them at the finish; S66, Buccaneer, helmed by Mike Bond was third and Simon Slater in S87, Echo, was fourth.
The second race started at 12:30 in challenging conditions with gusts of over 20 knots and an increasingly turbulent wave pattern.  Avocet and Migrant, were both initially OCS so had some catching up to do in the three round windward-leeward race.   Not long after rounding the leeward gate for the first time, Mike Wigmore in S93 Gwaihir had to retire when the clew of their mainsail pulled out and with the breeze increasing as the race progressed, three other boats decided that they had had enough and headed back to their moorings.  The downwind leg under spinnaker proved particularly challenging and although there was no further terminal damage, a number of boats broached as the gusts took charge.  Out in front, Carolyn Brigg in Marengo proved too strong for the rest and powered to her second win of the day with Harry Roome S3, Skua, second just over 40 seconds later.  Franck Petitgas in S61 Quetzal was third, just under 30 seconds ahead of James Hartley in S7, Swift.  With the breeze now averaging over 25 knots and the sea conditions becoming even more unpleasant, the Race Officers, lead by Jonathan Peel wisely decided to abandon further racing for the day and so sent the very wet fleet back to their overnight moorings at Under Tyne.

After an excellent Championship dinner at BSC, the crews all met again at Colonels Hard at 10:15 on Sunday morning ready for two and possibly three more races before boats either returned to Itchenor or headed to Cowes ready for Cowes Classic week.   The first race started at 11:20 and although it was drizzling, the slightly reduced breeze from the day before and the less turbulent sea conditions made for considerably more pleasant racing.  Having had a replacement sail delivered overnight, Mike Wigmore in S93, Gwaihir, proved to be the boat to beat which left the overnight leader Carolyn in Marengo needing to come in the top three if she was to win the Championships.  After some very close racing she secured third place behind Harry Roome in Skua and just ahead of Franck Petitgas in Quetzal.

The start of the second race was under the Z flag, following a General Recall; S7, Swift and S86 Migrant both over cooked it and had to not only return but also take a 20% place penalty.   Mike Wigmore in Gwaihir again lead the way for most of the race and left Carolyn in Marengo to battle it out with Harry in Skua for second and third, with Franck in Quetzal snapping at their heels.  With it clear that it was not going to be possible to have a third race and as it was essential that the Swallows returning to Itchenor  could cross Chichester Bar safely, the race was finished at the windward mark after two and a half rounds.

Congratulations to Carolyn and her crew of David and Ollie Sloper in Marengo who finished first overall fand therefore the winner of the Royal Corinthian YC Trophy; second was Mike Wigmore in Gwaihir who just pipped Harry Roome in Skua on a count back; Franck Petitgas in Quetzal was fourth.
Full results HERE.




Five Swallows go handicap racing.

Five Swallows enjoyed the racing at Cowes Classics Week competing on handicap in a fleet of sixteen in the “Classic Dayboats Yellow” division. Flying Fifteens, and Classic Dragons comprised most of the rest of the sixteen boat fleet making this the third biggest fleet in the event after the XODs and the Tempest World Championship.

Racing on each of the four days consisted generally of a windward/leeward first race on the Hill Head plateau followed by a “round the cans” race finishing back at the entrance to Cowes harbour.

Gwaihir was the most consistent Swallow on the windward/leeward courses but the races home on Tuesday and Wednesday required those other special skills that Cowes racing always demand with Harrier taking the win on Tuesday and Whimbrel on Wednesday.
One of the joys of handicap racing is you can always complain about your rating but by Thursday Gwaihir had dug in to finding ways to finish 80 seconds an hour ahead of the three Dragons, each four feet longer and with a third more sail than a Swallow. A win in the last race secured the week for them so the Swallow Fleet could hold its head up high. Buccaneer kept consistent taking the second Swallow spot and third overall in class.

With the après-sail including tea, a reception and a function each evening a good time was had by all.
 
Full results HERE.

Upcoming Events.

This coming Saturday 23rd in the afternoon is Thorney Island SC Regatta. The start is as usual from our club committee boat and access by land to TISC is restricted by the enhanced state of alert at the camp so if you want to go for tea, go by boat.

Our one day "Two up" event for the Prunty Trophy is this Sunday 24th July. Three races. All to count. Don't miss it.

So don't be tempted into going to see the Americas Cup at Portsmouth. Come racing your Swallow. It'll be more fun.

And finally...... those much awaited Championship Brass Tacks from our mystery correspondent.

• You could be forgiven for thinking it was over before it had begun when Swift bolted out of the VT start line blocks and was never even approached. Behind 3 boats were aground within a minute of the start on the top of a spring tide. Excellent performances by a hard-charging Merlin and by Gwaihir in 3rd (helmed by Charles H and generously crewed by Peter Roome who stood down from Skua to avoid Charles having to go solo). Why? Cos at the 11th hour Mark S broke his ankle and will be off games for a while). The lightweight Harry and Prue in Skua still managed to finish 6th and 2nd of the substantial 2up brigade. A lumpy, bumpy and wet crossing.
• Great to be back in Bembridge – very nice Club (with sensible bar prices!), hospitable and friendly folk, good grub and great organisation. Pity about the weather.
• That pre-start first race mega shift caught a few out (inc. the PRO?!) but not Marengo who knew precisely where she was going up the one-sided beat. Game over (after one or two hairy downwind rolls). There could be no denying her speed in R2 when she flew downwind to seize another win. Worth the expense of getting it re-weighed? Gwaihir’s mainsail clew pulled out in R2 and she headed back to the moorings giving Marengo a clean sheet for the first day’s Mossman Plate. Quetzal, helmed by Franck and with ace multiple dinghy championship crew aboard was flying too (eventually en route to 4th o/a after a rather fractious Sunday).
• With the wind now steadily over 25 knots the 3rd race on Saturday was binned to the general relief of all concerned, including the two involuntary swimmers. Those packed lunches were enjoyed in relative comfort. The dinner was great and the NSCA Chairman only spoke for 10 minutes.
• Sunday dawned wet and almost as windy and a subdued group gathered in the rain at Colonel’s Hard for more of the same. However by the time we were on the moorings it had abated a bit and the rain had turned to mizzle. Gwaihir now armed with her No2 mainsail (nb) brought over from the North Island (great support team work from Mike's daughter Rachel) blitzed the oppo in both races – Tim Boswijk providing the lard for the weekend. Marengo lobbed in a 2nd and 3rd to consolidate their position. The powers that be had sensibly decreed that racing should finish soon after 13.00 to enable boats to return to Itchenor or go onward to Cowes before the forecast blast. So a further attempt to run R5 was sacrificed - and Gwaihir’s hopes of wresting the title from Marengo went with it. Nice onward sails – the 30 knot blast did come, at 18.35.
• Commiserations to Migrant (Chris Fox) – well partly at least because the Z flag infringement was unfortunate but trawling the kite under the keel just yards before the leeward mark in the same race on Sunday was a sort of public humiliation.
• As we left the sun came out – as we hope it will be when we return in 2019. Meanwhile gird your loins for a visit to the Royal London in Cowes next year – put 15/16 July 2017 in your smart device now.

For more information on any of the above please contact your Class Captain by clicking here

Thank you,

The ISC Swallow Team 


SWALLOW NEWS - end of June 2016

Posted 28th June 2016

Images of Points Week 2016 by Mary Pudney.       See more HERE

The Swallow Championships are only ten days away.

If you haven't entered yet all the details can be found HERE or if you need accommodation contact the Secretary at BSC HERE or phone on 01983 872237.

Borrow a Swallow to sail in the Championships

If you don't have a Swallow that isn't a problem! As long as you are a competent racing sailor the class will be pleased to lend you Swallow "Svala" so that you can compete. Do you know someone else who would like to take up this offer? Exams finished? Perhaps one of the young teams would like to get together and show us how its done? The details are HERE. We would hate to see Svala sitting on her mooring when there is great competition to be had, and whilst you are on the Island why not come on and join us at Cowes Classics regatta the following week. Accomodation is still available. Contact the Club Class Captain HERE if you would like to take part.

The Points Week 2016 Report.

Thirteen Swallows enjoyed a spirited week’s racing with very close competition at the top. The week was dominated by just two boats – Gwaihir and Skua – who between them monopolised first and second places in every race. As anticipated the battle commenced immediately and with Harry Roome in Skua striking first – and he continued to head the leaderboard until the final day of racing when Gwahir (Mike Wigmore and Mark Struckett co-helming), unaccustomed to being behind, got their mojo back and scored two successive race wins in the fantastic conditions of the final day. Fittingly they both finished level on points but with overall victory going to Gwaihir on the countback (last race) rule.

Migrant was the nearest spectator to this battle royal with a string of 3rd’s and 4th’s to finish 3rd overall amd Marengo without her normal star helm for most of the week did well to notch up 4th. It was a pity to lose one day’s racing because of the bizarre weather but there is little doubt that the race lost would not have changed much. The struggle for supremacy now moves to Bembridge in July for the forthcoming Championships. Game on!

1st Gwahir – Mike Wigmore, Mark Struckett and Charles Hyatt
2nd Skua – Harry and Prue Roome, Tim Handley
3rd Migrant – Charles Fiisher, Richard Thompson and Nigel Glennie
4th Marengo - Tom Trevelyan, Sue Glover, Simon Miller, Carolyn Brigg

Report TG.                                  Full results HERE.

Points Week prize winners clockwise first to fourth. Sorry Marengo, you were too fast.
Photos c/o Gayle Palmer.

And finally...... those Brass Tacks from our mystery correspondent.

• Rain and strong winds was on the Monday menu. However faith in the forecast and a one hour postponement changed everything. Pity the Sunbeams wimped out but it did mean more space for the rest of us. First blood to Skua.
• By evening-time we were able to enjoy a fizzy drinks reception in the sunshine at Jetty House – wonderful location and great canapés from each boat.
• One a piece for the b2b on Tuesday (it was already obvious it was going to be a two horse race) Gwaihir took the first and Skua the second. Jon Perry (with Peter and Robert) was the best of the rest in R2 having removed ‘excess string’ added to Swift by the young blades.
• A potentially pivotal moment on Wednesday when Mark on Gwaihir whipped the boom across on a gybe when overlapped inside Skua – and temporarily removed helm Mike from his feet. The boat then involuntarily gybed back and was heading for the bank just feet away. Skua was clearly devastated.
• Great to be at the Club for the dinner (after forecast rain triggered a quickly arranged re-location). Eating outside, quantities of decent plonk, the band playing – then the thunder and lightning show. B boom!
• Full marks to Blue Tit who sailed 2up for most of their appearances – and showed that it only takes two to do well.
• Roger Heath was sailing on an XOD for the week – tut tut!
• Frustration on Thursday – no wind and when it tried to appear it was from every corner of the compass – and there was a threat of lightning strikes in the area too. No-one objected to the decision to postpone until the next day though Carolyn missed out on her ‘return’ to Marengo.
• Alas the deluge claimed the tennis at the Old Rectory but some stalwarts managed a quick-fire croquet match. So many wonderful scones and scrummy cakes! Thank you to Brenda and her coterie of helpers.
• Fabulous Friday: Sunshine and breeze, great courses for the b2b races (one added from Thursday). Gwaihir had to win both races to get to the top and displace Skua. They started well enough a victory in the first to set up a thriller for the last. Skua led comfortably at Calvert (after Marengo’s great start was sacrificed by a wayward tidal move) but Gwaihir was charging and closed on the first run to Pivot. The lightweight team on Skua held on for the next beat but were overcome on the subsequent spi reach – and Gwaihir sailed away into the distance for an overall win by the narrowest of margins.
• Merlin (with Mimie driving) finished 3rd in this final dazzler showing a steady improvement after various tactical errors and equipment problems earlier in the week.
• The fleet was smaller than hoped for but lacked for nothing in quality (well that’s not actually fair but...). PW is a great week afloat and ashore. Next year (please!) be there.

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Thank you,

The ISC Swallow Team 
 


SWALLOW NEWS 1 June 2016

Posted 1 June 2016


Swallow guests enjoy the Norman Moore Drinks and the view. Photo Caroline Clarke

The Norman Moore Report.

Twenty two Swallows competed over the course of the Norman Moore trophy weekend for the big “in harbour” event of the year. A couple of days of glorious sunshine, challenging winds from the N/NE, and some interesting courses.
 
Race 1 took us up a short leg up to Wear, with hot favourites Skua and Gwaihir both too early at the pin end. Over a shifting first beat Skua recovered nicely and rounded first, followed by Marengo in the capable hands of Charles Peacock, for the long run down to Freddie Brooks (remember the name, you’ll hear it again!), where a number of boats bounced off (or stuck on) a low water lump remarkably close to the mark. Skua extended her lead, to be followed over the line by Marengo and by Migrant with Chris Fox giving a guest appearance.
 
The first of the afternoon back-to-back races took us to Itchenor mark, past Thorney and onto Freddie Brooks (a favourite of this PRO). The long run down now against a building tide allowed Migrant to take a lonely great circle route along the East Head shore which moved her into second place behind Gwaihir, with Marengo again on the pace to finish third.
 
Ella Nore was the first mark of the second b2b with the wind shifting to make it a port tack one-leg beat for most. Those that had seen Migrant’s massive gain in the previous race kept to the East Head shore hoping for a repeat, but Archon and Blue Tit led the rhumb line brigade in slightly better wind, rounding at Freddie Brooks. Archon kept going for a comfortable win, followed by Swift and Marengo, while the rest of the fleet battled it out in the shifts and patchy wind strengths.
 
Race 4 saw close racing to Star and then off  down harbour across to what might be renamed ‘Brooks Brothers’, as both Darter, by then in a comfortable lead and Solitude, not far behind, had failed to note a last minute change of course.  Rounding FB to port (just avoiding the lumps in so doing) they encountered the fleet heading to SW Pilsey.  Unravelling took a little time! Gwahir notched up her second win and Echo, putting in a strong performance, came in second ahead of a consistent 3rd from Migrant.
 
The final decider started on a long line to a special mark in the Thorney channel.  Solitude got the shifts right and rounded first with Skua and Gwaihir just behind.  Then down to SW Pilsey and a couple of excellent beats up to Channel where Solitude finally succumbed to Skua who went on to her second win.  A neck and neck finish saw Gwahir finish inches ahead of Solitude with Migrant and Stealth not far behind.  
 
Congratulations to Gwahir, who won the series in fine style, with Migrant in 2nd place followed by Marengo, Skua and Solitude.
 
The social side was as good as the sailing with a lovely party, kindly hosted by Mike and Debbie Wigmore, overlooking the harbour in the most perfect Itchenor style weather.  This was followed by an excellent dinner at the club with much noise and fun to round off a classically perfect sailing weekend.

Report from Tony and Anthony.                                  Full results HERE

Happy Norman Moore prize winners from Gwaihir, Marengo, Skua and Migrant.
Photos c/o Charles Peacock.

Skua "finding a way out" in race one.                                                Photo c/o Mike Clarke

Points Week.

A reminder that Points Week is less than three weeks away now. If you have not booked your social events then the organisers would like you to do so. The details are below.

Outside Harbour Day.

And don't forget that, in preparation for our Championships which this year are at Bembridge on 9/10 July we have a day of outside harbour racing on Sunday 26th. June. The start time is in the club book and we may even organise an informal race out if there is interest expressed to your club class captain.

Visit from Bembridge.

On Saturday 11th June we welcome the fleet from Bembridge sailing club
All the details of how to get involved were in the last Swallow News so can now be found at the Itchenor Sailing Club website.  Class Pages/ Swallow/ HOME PAGE.

And finally...... Where would we be without those Brass Tacks from.....
• Bad backs are good! After returning from an enforced time off games Harry and Skua immediately did a horizon job in R1.
• PRO Viv Williams was dealt an awkward hand – not much water and Northerly winds. Some interesting start lines but good courses in the circumstances. Freddie Brooks is definitely tricky these days.
• Echo has some new sails but curiously seemed to lose pace in most races. Some anxieties about a Friday afternoon job?
• Spare a thought for those sailing 2up – especially Blue Tit who rounded SWP in 2nd place in R2 – and then they met the upwind breeze.
• Close encounters of the third kind: The shredded story of Ka Nyenga’s kite and the withy. Gwahir might remember a similar episode and sympathise.
• Complaints and protests galore at having been omitted from the form guide last time. Migrant obviously deserves to be up there and Chris Fox and his team will be sailing the boat at the Championships. Other nominations welcome (until we are all there?!) but a pint might make it more likely.
• It’s part of Gwaihir’s routine to check the course at -3.50 to the start. Commodore Charles insisted on it once again for R4 even though there were 20 boats, not much water behind the line and the boards were on the less visible side of BV. It paid handsomely when the leading boat followed the old course to Freddie B. A welcome gift.
• Let us not forget: Mark and Peter in Harlequin stoically bringing up the rear – but the gap is narrowing

Missed something?  All the past issues of Swallow News can be found at the Itchenor Sailing Club website.  Class Pages/ Swallow/ HOME PAGE.

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Thank you,

The ISC Swallow Team 
 


SWALLOW NEWS MID MAY 2016

Posted 19th May 2016

Ponder Challenge Cup.

14 Swallows contested the one day Ponder Cup last Saturday with great competition throughout the fleet in sometimes testing conditions. A different boat won each race, and with no discard in play it was all about consistency.

In the first race Swift was the early leader but soon found a patch of harbour slightly shallower than a the draft of a Swallow giving the rest a chance to catch up. Gwaihir found a couple of nice shifts after a tricky start and never looked back. The two Simons in Echo were on form with a second.

By the start of the second race the sea breeze was already starting to kill the northerly gradient wind. The fleet enjoyed? a very difficult race lasting an hour and a half with the wind at times disappearing altogether and when it was to be found, its direction was shifting through sixty degrees. Solitude, with guest crew Chris Griffiths aboard, picked it best and drifted across the finish line to score a well-deserved win.

After a late lunch, some had had enough but PRO John Tremlett had other ideas and went searching for that sea breeze for the deciding race. At twenty past three he got the fleet away in perfect sailing conditions, and with a course of four good beats and runs so we knew we were going to get our money’s worth for a day’s sailing. Mike (Mr Consistency with two thirds already) Bond with Markus I-B. led for the first half of the race in Buccaneer but was taken out by two XODs at Dunes allowing Swift and Gwaihir to conduct a match race to the finish which Swift, with another ex 14er and expert guest crew Ian Tillet on board, won to give them second overall.  

Full results HERE.


Final details for the "Norman Moore" weekend.

Our unofficial "In Harbour" championship is just 10 days away on the 28/29 May. Don't miss it.
The social programme prepared by our social supremo TG consists of Drinks from 1830 at your Club Class Captain's house at Westlands Holt. PO20 7HJ. c.o. Mike & Debbie Wigmore, followed by dinner 2015 for 2030 at the club. (Note, all timings have been set back to allow you to take in the Sophie Ainsworth talk as well.)

The dinner menu will be:-
 
Confit of Gressingham Duck leg with chateau potatoes , spring greens , seasonal vegetables and a blackberry jus. OR choose when you book
Braised Guinea Fowl with Apricots , Cranberries and tamarind  Served with a Lemon Rice and cooked in the Ottelenghi style.
 
Orange and candied zest posset with citrus berries and coulis .
 
Coffee and chocolates

 
To make this innovation work your choice of main course must be made when booking. As before, if you book for the Dinner, we will assume that you are coming for drinks. Drinks only bookings direct to Mike & Debbie HERE. Dress code reminder from TG. The full monty - Jackets and ties for boys (Solitude please note), dresses for girls.

Guest Day (and Evening).

We are organising a guest day this coming Sunday, in conjunction with the club Open Day. Thank you to all who have volunteered to be there. Its not too late to come as a guest but we do need to know in advance HERE if you want to come so we can allocate boats.

Guest Evening.

On the evening of Wednesday 1st June we have 12 guests coming to sail with us, mostly from across the water at BSC. We need more boats to take them with one helm and one crew. Please contact  Alistair Impey HERE if you would like to join in.

Visit from Bembridge.

On Saturday 11th June we welcome the fleet from Bembridge sailing club
who arrive for lunch. Six people would like to crew on Swallows that afternoon. If you have room for a visitor please get in touch with Christine. Click HERE

That day is your chance to sail a Redwing or a Bembridge One Design (BOD) !
Five Redwings and five B.O.D.s are looking for a crew each to help them to navigate
around our tricky muddy harbour. They have no echo sounders so you need to be
a good guesser ! It's great fun and a good way to meet their members prior to our Nationals on July 8th.

On Saturday evening we hold a welcome dinner for the Bembridge fleet. To join in please book with the office.

Interclass Croquet.

For those of you who like to keep your feet firmly on dry land Jim Jerwood is still short of Croquet players for this event on Friday 10th June 1600 for 1700 at the Fishbourne Centre. If you know one end of a mallet from another please contact Jim HERE as "Your class needs YOU"

And finally some "Ponderous Tacks " this time from "you know who"
• They were too, especially when the whisper turned off entirely on the last leg of R2. Solitude and Gwaihir were long since back in the bar and the also-rans were drifting around for eternity craving a pint
• Ali G likes to do it standing up (on Whimbrel) – that is spinnaker handling. She also gets the boat ready for the arrival for their supreme Highnesses Snell and Cover. What a bird.
• The 14 collective that is Swift are nibbling away at the podium. James H was unlucky to park up in R1 but the team are getting there. So the First Division now comprises Gwaihir, Solitude, Skua (when Harry isn’t duff), Swift and, when Dame Carolyn is in the country, Marengo too. I know my place – hope you know yours (per Cleese/Barker/Corbett).
• One does not understand the science of sails except that the newer they are the better they appear to be. Gwaihir isn’t even using their newest/best sails yet and they have won everything thus far. Curlew has been given a leg up with an ex-Gwaihir main that looks better than most others and has a nice-looking Batt jib. Apparently they are compatible. That's Christine and Nick.
• Echo had an early morning work party to re-build the cockpit area after Simon S demolished the Simon M built centre console - now with oodles more carbon (is that allowed?!). They were fast in R1.
• One could be forgiven not bothering with R3. Already much delayed by our late return from R1 & 2 there was not a hint of any breeze. However PRO John Tremlett likes to give his punters something to remember so we started a whole hour and ten minutes later than scheduled – and got the best race of the day. Thanks JT.


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Thank you,

The ISC Swallow Team 
 


SWALLOW NEWS - 11th MAY 2016

Sunday Swallow Programme.

Last Sunday, a small but perfectly formed fleet enjoyed two good length B2B races on a bright and sunny morning followed by a fine carvery lunch. If you are not regularly racing on Sunday mornings please do come and join us. The "two race" programme makes for a worthwhile day.

Points Week Social Programme.

This year our points week is in June with the other two keelboat classes. The social programme is already posted HERE so please do have a look and book up early. 

Swallow Championships. 9/10th July.

The formal "Notice of Race" for the Swallow National Championships at Bembridge is now posted HERE and the accommodation list is HERE.
Serita will again be available to be nanny boat and transport our bags for a nominal cash contribution on the day to cover sundry costs.

Missing Items from ISC.

Recently a number of items have gone missing from ISC. A spinnaker pole from on board Ka Nyenga and another from in the oars store in the sail room. Last weekend Jerrold Alexander's blue and white Musto sailing bag with all his sailing kit in it went missing from the changing room.
If you have accidentally picked up anything by mistake please contact the club office.

"Brass Tacks "

In the last Swallow News I inadvertently omitted to send the most important part of the Belgique Plate report from our anonymous scribe so here goes....
• Our commiserations to Skua and Harry – sidelined by his back problems. Too much hill-walking? We missed Marengo as well – but driving through the Andes is rather fun.
• Mentioned in despatches: full marks for stoicism to Ka Nyenga. They parked on the putty pre-start in R4 Tim (he who does it must get out first) and one other both went over the side (water temp 10C), got off and then completed the race, if a little distant. Bravo!
• Nigel Masding steering Bluff in R4 – wunderkinds. Just beautiful balance and windward set-up, and his son was on board to share the experience too.
• Chris Creak got a sore head when unexpectedly leaving Curlew for a swim during a gybe.
• Team Merlin indulged in some discreet two boat tuning before the start of R2 – it certainly paid off
• It’s all the rage – in order to catch the rocket ship Gwaihir the noble Solitude has resorted to joining The White Company (marine division). Gleaming white topsides and white antifouling to match. It works too – 2nd overall. Delete ‘consistent mid-fleet’ position of yesteryear and substitute ‘consistent front runner’.
• More news of Solitude – after her winter TLC programme she came out 13.5 kg underweight! Mimie Currey made sure that the corresponding corrector weights were added – and in the right places too. All of which triggered a ‘how overweight are you’ discussion – the concensus being about 15-20 kg (and the boat too).
• We should not play bumper boats on the start line (R3). Luckily no significant damage to the several boats involved and Harlequin suitably contrite.
• John Houghton casually took Avocet’s mast down before breakfast on Sunday morning to check the windex. So simple (if you have a mast base pivot).
• Good to see Jon Perry ‘guesting’ on Swift. Pity about the OCS.
• Glad/delighted/relieved to see the back of the winter series. This was the spring series. It looks just at the moment as the summer series was a single (but glorious) weekend and we now revert to winter sailing again

Club2Class.

Christine would like to remind us all that when you go to Club2Class at  http://club2class.com/classpages/classcalendar.aspx?ID1=17  looking for crew, or looking for a boat which is short of crew, or just looking to see who is sailing the next weekend then  if you click on "details" for a given date you will get all the info you need. Click again on "Response" and it is all sorted to make it read more easily.

And finally. Interclass Croquet.

The Swallows are invited to send a team to the Interclass Croquet match on Friday 10th June at Fishbourne. Contact Jim Jerwood  HERE if you would like to be part of the team.

Missed something?  All the past issues of Swallow News can be found at the Itchenor Sailing Club website.  Class Pages/ Swallow/ HOME PAGE.

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Thank you,

The ISC Swallow Team 
 


SWALLOW NEWS - Early May 2016

The Royal Yacht Club de Belgique Plate

Let us simply fast forward to the last mark of the last race. Gwaihir, chasing Bluff, gybes moments earlier and without a hitch, then drives up on Bluff’s hip whilst they have a momentary difficulty taming their kite - and that was win number four. Oh yes and by the way Gwaihir had possibly been over at the start and had returned. Pretty cool eh?

It was a curious feature of the weekend that a different boat reached the windward mark first in each race. Darter (first race of the year) was so non-plussed that they promptly went the wrong way in R1. Merlin (with Alistair Impey helming) made no such mistake and eventually finished 2nd in R2. Gwaihir romped away in R3 and Bluff sped off in R4 (closely followed by Avocet).

PRO James Hartley (many thanks) had a difficult task with both Saturday’s starts – the wind randomly shifting 30 degrees but we were away cleanly when the gun went. 13 boats was our largest race fleet but 17 took part at one or other time. The  several times that we went from Dunes to SWP caught some out – none more so than Swift who surrendered a useful lead to Gwaihir in the Dunes/Winner bay in R2 because they were more cautious (some would say rightly so!).

A most enjoyable drinks party chez Varville (sic) on Saturday evening and a good value and tasty meal at the Club to follow.

Dramatis personae
1st Mike Wigmore (helm – Sat), Mark Struckett (helm – Sun), Charles Hyatt & Mike Cole.
2nd Anthony Lunch, Andrew Reid & Adam Levett
3rd Malcolm Green, Sue Glover and Simon Hamlyn (Sat), Caroline Marriage and Elizabeth Pattison

May Swallow Events.

With the season now in full flow the Thompson and Robinson long  series will keep you busy on regular Saturdays and Sundays.

On Saturday 14th we have the Ponder Challenge Cup. Three races, all to count.

On the 28th/29th we run the Norman Moore Trophy. Our unofficial "in harbour" Championship. 20+ boats expected. Don't miss it.

Your Social Events Supremo, TG is again locked in negotiations with the house manager to offer you an excellent "Dinner" at the club that night. This time the drinks will be from 1800 at your Club Class Captain's house at Westlands Holt. PO20 7HJ. c.o. Mike & Debbie Wigmore.

As before, if you book for the Dinner, we will assume that you are coming for drinks. Drinks only bookings direct to Mike & Debbie HERE.

Swallow Class Guest Day (and club open day) Sunday 22nd May.

IMPORTANT. We are looking to have another great day introducing potential Swallow sailors to the club and class on Sunday 22nd May. Can all those boat managers who have not yet confirmed that their Swallow will be taking part on that day, please respond to the Class Captains recent email or HERE. Hopefully you will also confirm that you are inviting a guest to introduce to Swallow sailing that day.

All visitors and occasional Swallow sailors are most welcome that day but we do need to know that you are coming to organise a place on a boat for you. Please respond to our event organiser Christine Graves HERE if you would like to come.


25 Knots on the quarter and a nice clean wake. Who says that Swallows don't plane?
Photo David Sloper.

Missed something?  All the past issues of Swallow News can be found at the Itchenor Sailing Club website.  Class Pages/ Swallow/ HOME PAGE.

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Thank you,

The ISC Swallow Team 


SWALLOW NEWS - End of April 2016

The "Belgique Plate" Trophy Weekend.

The Belgique Plate event this weekend is nearly upon us and the forecast says we can expect a good breeze, no rain and maybe a bit of sun. What more can you want?

Please can those of you who haven't replied yet confirm your sailing intentions on Club2Class (or remind your boat manager to) and..... BOOK NOW for the Drinks at Sarah Varville's house, Farleigh Cottage, 1 Glebefield Road, Itchenor. from 18.00. RSVP HERE (£5 on the door).

Remember also to book at the club office for the Supper at the club Afterwards.  If you book supper with the club we will assume that you are coming for drinks unless you decline to Sarah.

Sarah has put a lot of work into kindly hosting the drinks party and will be very disappointed if you don't come. All are welcome, you don't have to be sailing that day.

Swallow Class Guest Day (and club open day) Sunday 22nd May.

Please can all those boat managers who have not yet confirmed that their Swallow will be taking part in our Guest Day on Sunday 22nd May, please respond to the Class Captains recent email or HERE. Hopefully you will also confirm that you are inviting a guest to introduce to Swallow sailing that day.

All visitors and occasional Swallow sailors are most welcome that day but we do need to know that you are coming to organise a place on a boat for you. Please respond to our event organiser Christine Graves HERE if you would like to come.

Points Week Theatre Visit.

A reminder that Brenda Offredi has purchased tickets at £26 each for "Ross" at the Festival Theatre on Tuesday 21st June.    There are a limited number available so please advise her on aoffredi@btconnect.com a.s.a.p if you would like any.   They will be allocated on a first come first served basis"

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SWALLOW NEWS - Mid April 2016

Posted 13th April 2016

The Swallow racing season is under way with the first trophy decided last weekend. New buyers and charterers are doing deals so we can expect some new competition on the water this year.

The Deep End Trophy Report.

Eight Swallows contested the Deep End trophy held on 9/10 April, a new date when Easter is as early as it was this year. Conditions ranged from hardly enough wind to stem the spring tide in the first race to gusts of nearly thirty knots against a strong spring tide for the last two races held on Sunday morning. Alan Stannah got the fleet away for the first race with a few surprises and Marengo hit the right hand shore of the first beat never to be caught. Solitude the trophy defenders were second with their smart new bottom. Svala, chartered by Tony Glover as it is far too early in the season to see Darter was initially fast but secured valuable points just behind Paul and Tom in Blue Tit, fast as ever in the light stuff.

The afternoon race saw four boats never more than a few boat lengths apart. Gwaihir thought they had it in the bag only to be caught and their wind taken 100m from the finish.

A crash gybe with the Commodore on the kite strings and a call from the back “don’t anybody move, its setting” let them hold on to a win by a length. Solitude secured second from Marengo by a short head with Skua overlapping them both at the finish.

Sunday was a very different game. Ex Swallow sailor Richard Fleck sent the fleet down harbour to Freddie Brookes with some very exciting sailing and huge waves on the winner. Gwaihir failed to notice the finish boat assuming it was the adjacent Betivuka and Stealth followed giving Whimbrel the win and leaving all to play for in the last race in the “all to count” series. Another wild run down harbour was needed to empty the foot of water from Gwaihir’s cockpit following a keel inspection during the first spinnaker hoist. Stealth was second with Svala, sailed today by Charles, Simon and Christine just keeping on steady scoring to achieve runner up spot for the weekend. Results HERE

Photos Caroline Marriage.

Belgique Plate Flyer.

Our next trophy weekend is on 30th April/1st May for the Belgique Plate. Racing both days and a "Supper" on the Saturday Night. Tony is planning a two course menu for about £16.50. Book with the club office please.

The pre supper drinks will be by kind invitation of Sarah Varvill. Farleigh Cottage, 1 Glebefield Road, Itchenor. from 18.00. RSVP to svarvill@hotmail.com. or if you book supper with the club we will assume that you are coming for drinks unless you decline to Sarah. £5 at the door please.

"Court and Social" section

Tony would like us to know the following sartorial definition of Swallow Club evening events:-
The dress code for a supper is smart casual and for a dinner reefer/blazer and tie (a tie is optional for avant-garde types).

Under 40 Swallow Sailors are of course welcome in whatever attire they choose!

Points Week Theatre Visit.

Brenda Offredi has purchased tickets at £26 each for "Ross" at the Festival Theatre on Tuesday 21st June. There are a limited number available so please advise her on aoffredi@btconnect.com a.s.a.p if you would like any. They will be allocated on a first come first served basis"

More asides from our usual anonymous scribe.

It’s nothing to do with Swallowing but every time you look out from the Club and see that stranded yacht high and dry on the opposite Bosham Bank you remember the Easter weekend blast that, coupled with a 5.5m tidal surge, put it there. Yet Good Friday was by common acclaim the best day’s sailing thus far this season. Ideas how to remove it to info@conservancy.co.uk

What a variety of conditions for the Deep End Trophy – sunny and light winds on Saturday morning, cooler and breezier in the afternoon and Sunday’s second b2b race finishing with 30 knot gusts

Mrs Roome thought better of it and stayed at home – was that why Skua languished a lonely last in the first race?

3 boats tied in 1st place overnight Saturday was an interesting outcome from a varied day’s racing in a big spring tide

Our thanks to the Commode and RCH (Simon Miller of Echo in case you are not au fait) for a great Spring Party – good and modestly priced food, live music and all enjoyed by 170 people
Be warned: Capacity in the Itchenor Car Park is much reduced by the continued presence of the Haines winter compound and because there are so many Chelsea tractors that appear to belong to members. We are indeed grateful to the locals who use their bikes

There were several boats having their first sail of the year (good to see Roger Ewart Smith driving Stealth with aplomb). Swift is still in pre-launch bimbling mode next to the Ship Inn – great for break-out sessions. However what of Migrant, Buccanner, Curlew, Darter and Echo? Stop looking at the indifferent weather outlook and come and play!

Missed something? All the past issues of Swallow News can be found at the Itchenor Sailing Club website. Class Pages/ Swallow/ HOME PAGE.

Find out more...

For more information on any of the above please contact your Class Captain by clicking here.

Thank you,

The ISC Swallow Team


Swallow News, Early March 2016

On the morning of Saturday 27th February 16 intrepid Swallow sailors gathered at Sheen Gate in Richmond Park for what is now becoming our annual "London" walk.Paul Giles was our leader and guide and talked us through our route in navigational terms - which we could understand.

The walk was in the opposite direction to last year ie 'marks to Starboard', and no re-rounding in the stiff North-Easterly wind. First mark was the White Lodge, now home to the Royal Ballet Junior School and famous to many for being the film location for parts of 'Billy Elliott'. Earlier it hosted Nelson shortly before Trafalgar with claims that his battle plan was explained there to Lord Sidmouth. It was also the birthplace of Edward VIII.

The Turning mark was the Isabella Plantation ...which must be incredible in May when the Azaleas and Rhododendrons are in bloom. Final mark was Pen Ponds.
The day gave us an opportunity to catch up with each other's news. After all it is some four months since we laid up our boats and perhaps we miss each other's company...
Mike Wigmore then accosted a walker in the park to take our team photo above and ended up persuading him to come down and sail in a Swallow next Summer!
We all then enjoyed a delicious team lunch at the Plough Inn in East Sheen arranged by Brenda Offredi.

Photo. Our esteemed Commodore and Swallow Sailor Charles Hyatt with appropriate headwear for the cold weather.

Start of the new season.

The new season is now less than three weeks away and by then I am sure that the trees will be in leaf and the brisk winter we have had will be long gone. Some of us will be on the water for the first race on Saturday 19th March but those of you who prefer a more leisurely start to the season be sure to be ready for the clubs

Big Season Starter Party combined with our Deep End Trophy on 9th & 10th April.

Bring a friend along.

This year please remember to bring a friend Swallow sailing. Bring them as your crew, or if they are a racing sailor then send them a flyer inviting them to borrow "Svala" and come and show us how it's done. Or they can just join us for a great days sailing in the harbour. Email me HERE and I will send you a few printed copies to give to all your sailing contacts.

If you are not a boat owner please take up this offer and come Swallow Sailing at Itchenor.
Missed something?  All the past issues of Swallow News can be found at the Itchenor Sailing Club website.  Class Pages/ Swallow/ HOME PAGE.


Find out more...

For more information on any of the above please contact your Class Captain by clicking here

Thank you,

The ISC Swallow Team 


Swallow News, End of February 2016

Swallow start line action. The 2016 season starts in less than four weeks time.

We have a good crowd signed up for our Swallow London Walk in Richmond Park followed by lunch at the Plough Inn this coming Saturday 27th February but we need to confirm numbers to the Plough in the next few days. If you have not already confirmed that you plan to be there then please do contact Brenda Offredi at aoffredi@btconnect.com as soon as possible.


The meeting place is in the car park at Sheen Gate, Fife Road, East Sheen, London SW14 8BJ at 10.15 am.
We have our own TV in the private room for those who may wish to stay on and watch the England rugby, and also the preceding game Italy vs Scotland k/o 14.25. Whatever you plan to do it would be wise to avoid the Twickenham area".

And on Sunday I have been asked to draw your attention to the....

Seal Watching and Lunch - Sunday 28th February

Join us to view and learn more about the seals around Chichester Harbour in the company of seal expert John Arnott and Conservancy Communities Officer Judi Darley. Last year around 32 seals were counted on one day in Chichester Harbour; most are Common (or Harbour) Seals and a few are Grey Seals. Learn more about these popular animals and why they are important to us during this special morning.

9:00 - Meet at ISC for a trip in RIBs to view the seals with John and Judi (numbers limited, first come first served)
11:30 - Talk by John and Judi (45 mins)
12:45 - Lunch
The cost is £16.50 per head for lunch with a supplement of £2.00 for those who go to visit the seals. Please ring the Office on 01243 512400 to book onto this event and remember that numbers for the Seal Trip are limited though everyone is welcome to the talk and lunch.


And Finally.....

The new "Svala" flyers for 2016 are printed. If you know someone who would like to borrow a Swallow and come and show us how it's done on the racecourse, or just join us for a great days sailing in the harbour or even at one of our "Away" events at Bembridge or Cowes then please send them a "You are invited to come Swallow Sailing" flyer. Hard copies are available from your ISC Swallow class captain at the link below.



Find out more...

For more information on any of the above please contact your Class Captain by clicking here.

Thank you,

The ISC Swallow Team


Swallow News, Early February 2016

The Swallow AGM Weekend.
A good time was had by all at the Swallow Winter Weekend. Tony Glover and Christine Graves organised a fine series of events, and the club excelled with an excelent dinner on the Saturday night at which the trophies for Cowes Week 2015 were presented.           
 

Andrew Reid and Tony Lunch receive the Interim Dividend as Fridays winner.     
John Houghton receives the Lord Mayor's Picture.                                          
Malcolm Green with the Freemantle Trophy for overall winner of Cowes Week.  
Nigel Glennie and Richard Thompson receive the Swifts Prize for Wednesday. Trophies presented by Harry and Prue Roome.                    Photos. M Chilton.

Due to the success of our first London Walk a year ago we will be going back to Richmond Park and the Plough Inn on Saturday 27th February for another circuit - hopefully the sun will shine this time!
Meet in the car park at Sheen Gate, Fife Road, East Sheen, London SW14 8BJ at 10.15 am.

Brenda Offredi will mastermind arrangements once again so please let her know if you plan to come a.s.a.p at aoffredi@btconnect.com. We have our own private room at The Plough but places for the lunch are limited to 30.

The England vs Ireland Six Nations rugby is at Twickenham later iin the afternoon - k/o at 16.50. Our timings are convenient for those who may be going to the rugby. We do, however, have our own TV in the private room for those who may wish to stay on and watch the match, and also the preceding game Italy vs Scotland k/o 14.25. Whatever you plan to do it would be wise to avoid the Twickenham area".
 

2016 Swallow Programme.
Don't forget that the 2016 programme is posted in full on the Swallow pages of the ISC website.
Whilst we always encourage boats to attend Cowes Week as their first choice of "away" holiday week, this year there is also the unique opportunity to carry straight on from our Championships at Bembridge on 9/10th July to Cowes Classics Week. If for any reason you cant make the main week (which, as you can see above is where all the trophies are to be won!) then do consider the back to back extra opportunity.

Michael Cover writes....
On Whimbrel, we have decided again to race in Cowes Classics Week  http://www.cowesclassicsweek.org/design-and-features/dayboats  this year and have booked a house for this. There are a number of reasons for this. First, various of our rivals, including Blue Tit, Harrier and Darter, are intending to do this regatta and Gwaihir is a strong possibility and even another titan of the fleet might be there. Second, it follows straight on from our National Championships. Cowes Classics Week is run from Committee Boats and I have particularly requested that we should have a windward- leeward and a round the cans back to Cowes for the two races each day (probably one on Friday)
For the accountants amongst us, the moorings and accommodation are more economical at that time of the summer and the programme includes three receptions free of charge (including one sponsored by our own Haines Boatyard), as well as other social events and dinners, ready access to the Clubs in Cowes and tea and cakes free of charge each day after racing. I very much hope that you will be able to join us.
 

Other good things.
The Ready to Race weekend on 12/13th March will pack a great programme of talks on the Saturday afternoon to enthuse us all about going sailing again, how to win, and what exciting things club members have been up to of late. All before a happy hour and club supper. Sunday morning will feature an updated programme of Race Officer sessions with something for those who aspire to be PROs as well as those who are experts already. We propose to email invites for Sundays PRO events but if you have ever run a race, or think you really should learn how to then keep the date clear. Please let Mike Wigmore at the class capt email below know if you would like to attend.
If you would like to Race a Swallow on an occasional basis don't forget that "Svala" will be available by the day, weekend or week again this year. Just contact the class captain below. If you just want to crew then remember that given a few days notice Christine Graves contactable HERE will always try to find you a ride.
 

And Finally........
Some "Tacky Moments" from our usual secret scribe....

Tacking through the winter rains
*Swift is apparently being re-built from the top down
*Bottoms up! Solitude is being re-built from ...... you guessed it.
*Malcolm was somewhat reticent about proceeding with the pink and white mainsail that Dick Batt  had thoughtfully designed on his magic CAD computer
*John Houghton looked quite surprised to be awarded the prize for the most-improved  Cowes Week performer – after 18 years
*When we get going again do make a point of checking your ‘Club to Class’ email on Monday  mornings to let us know if you intend to sail at the weekend and if you need anybody to helm or  crew 
 

Find out more...

For more information on any of the above please contact your Class Captain by clicking here

Thank you,

The ISC Swallow Team 


Swallow News - Early January 2016

Swallow AGM Weekend. 16/17 January.
Our winter weekend gathering is almost upon us and now is the time to book for the various events our team has organised for you.

The programme of events is.....

Saturday
12.45: Lunch at the Anchor Bleu in Bosham.
(Please email your reservation to cgravesbosham@gmail.com)
14.15 Visit to Batt Sails (Bosham) for a presentation on sail-making and sail design
(Please email your reservation to tony1glover@aol.com)
17.00 National Swallow Class Association AGM – in the members room at ISC followed by the
ISC Swallow class meeting. All are welcome at both meetings.
19.30 for 20.00 The National Swallow Class Annual Dinner and Cowes Week Prize-giving.
(Dinner £30 - email your reservations to office@itchenorsailingclub.co.uk)

Sunday
Meet at the ‘Fox goes Free’ at Charlton for our circular Downland walk
(please email your intention to walk and lunch to tony1glover@aol.com)

The reconnaissance team have walked the route, got lost, ended up in the wrong village and think the "longer walk for keen ones" may take five hours! (It will actually take much, much less) so I can only advise you on the current plan which is.....

09.30 Depart for those planning the full trail.
10.15 Depart for those on the more leisurely stroll.
12.30 Return
13.15 Lunch. The Menu can be previewed HERE and is available to order on the day but it will be best to place your order via Tony before walking.

As previously notified please note that this is the official notice of the NSCA AGM. The Agenda can be found HERE and the minutes of the last AGM can be found HERE.
Any additional proposals need to be with the Class Secretary HERE before 9 January.


Next Swallow event. The Winter Walk in Richmond Park followed by lunch.

Please mark your diaries for our Swallow London Walk. As last year we propose to walk in Richmond Park and then retire to the Plough for lunch. The event is planned for Saturday 27th February with a start provisionally at 10.00.

Should anybody wish to stay on and watch England vs Ireland at Twickers, KO at 16.50 that can be arranged. Don't go home that way though!

Find out more...

For more information on any of the above please contact your Class Captain by clicking here.

Thank you,

The ISC Swallow Team


Swallow News - Mid December 2015

Save the date for the Class AGM Weekend in January.


Swallow AGM Weekend. 16/17 January 2016.
It is that time of year again when we all need to plan for the Swallow Winter Weekend in January. Please mark your diary with 16/17th January to be in Itchenor.

The programme of events will be.....

The National Swallow Class Association
The January ‘pint to pint’ weekend (Saturday 16th and Sunday 17th January 2016)

Saturday
12.45: Lunch at the Anchor Bleu in Bosham (with a pint)
            (email your reservation to cgravesbosham@gmail.com)
14.15 Visit to Batt Sails (Bosham) for a presentation on sail-making and sail design
           (email your reservation to tony1glover@aol.com)
17.00 NSCA AGM – members room at ISC followed by
            ISC Swallow class meeting
19.30 for 20.00 The National Swallow Class Annual dinner and prize-giving
          (Dinner £30 - email your reservations to office@itchenorsailingclub.co.uk)

Sunday
09.30 Meet at the ‘Fox goes Free’ at Charlton for our circular Downland walk
          (email your intention to walk and lunch to tony1glover@aol.com)
10.00 Depart
12.30 Return
          (The pint)
13.15 Lunch (max 30).

Please note that this is the official notice of the NSCA AGM. The Agenda can be found HERE and the minutes of the last AGM can be found HERE.
Any additional proposals need to be with the Class Secretary before 9 January.
 



ISC Swallow Matters and 2016 Programme

A Club Class Meeting will follow the National Class AGM. 
Most Importantly the 2016 Programme is now agreed and can be found HERE.
 
And Finally........
Where would we be without some tacky Reflections at Christmas-time from our usual anonymous scribe....
 
• Which Swallow helm has appeared in four Bond (007!) films? Really!
• Surely the most bizarre sailing moment this year was during the Reach Trophy when short-tacking near to the Pilsey bank buoys in a light-ish NE against a rampant spring ebb and suddenly getting into an equally fast contra eddy within touching distance of the shingle. From zero to hero.
• What a turn-around - the performance transformation of Migrant and Archon once they had shed their copper-coat undersides in mid-season
• The Swift team have brought their Int 14 bimbling skills to the fleet. By the time they had made sense of it all, the season had virtually ended – but not before they had won the Reach trophy with an impressive score-line.
• Apparently Christine Graves has blended some of the new recruits from her Swallow Dating Agency with some old hands to form a new syndicate – now they just need a boat to charter
• Preliminary plans are being discussed for a mid-winter World Championship in Antigua for 2017/18 - after all it is elsewhere in the World. Might even invite the X’s and V’s along too. Just remember to tick the box on the entry form for a barrel of rum to be left in the cockpit for the return trip. No winter storage charges either!
• The somewhat manic final Championship race in the harbour. Ebb tide and Force 6 to boot. Two ways to go down the first run – most went right but Marengo went left and came back smiling.
• Only one mast broken all year – but three spinnaker poles on Prada (aka Merlin). Hope Santa obliges
• Rumour has it that Gwaihir (and others) will go from the Bembridge Champs (9/10 July) to Cowes for Classic Week (12-15 July). Seems like a great idea for us all?

Find out more...

For more information on any of the above please contact your Class Captain by clicking here

Thank you,

The ISC Swallow Team 


Swallow News - Late October 2015

Posted 29th October 2015

Itchenor Swallow Fleet.... end of term report.

The Swallow fleet at Itchenor enjoyed a great end to the season with competitive fleets racing right to the last weekend. Swift finally came good wrapping up the one day Reach Trophy on October 10th. Jeremy Sibthorp and his team scoring a 1,1,4 in the 'all to count' trophy. Next year we plan to hold two one day trophies in October.

Onwards and Upwards, as our Commodore would say.

To maintain the Swallow fleet as the place to be we must continue to bring in new people. We have one or two boats for sale and good interest but to keep us successful we must make sure that racing sailors know what we can offer at Itchenor. The advert below will feature in Yachts & Yachting magazine alongside their classes review this Autumn. If you know someone who you think would like to join us, or know where else we could advertise, the contact details are there.


New Sails offers.

It's that time of year when your racing sails are looking a bit tired and the Sail makers want to tempt us with their Winter offers.

Click HERE for Hyde offers.
Click HERE for Batt offers.
Click HERE for Dynamic sails

Autumn and Winter Activities.

Working Parties. Call for Volunteers. 7/8 and 21/22 Nov.

Chris Creek writes."Now the sailing season is drawing to a close we are approaching the time of year when there is more fun to be had exploring the mud that lies beneath our decking.
This year we would like to join the last two winters work with new planking and so replacing all the most used part of the jetty. There is also some repairs needed to the piles under the Mirror area which is particularly affected by the gribble worm so we are now going to be using hardwood piles which should last a lot longer.

For the weekend of 7/8th November we will need about 15 volunteers and for the 21/22nd November we will be able to employ about 20 workers. With this in mind I would be very grateful if you would circulate your fleet and ask for volunteers to register with the club office at office@itchenorsailingclub.co.uk so Sue can keep a list."

Winter Events.

Don't forget that the club runs a programme of talks and events throughout the winter. See the main club website for information.

Swallow winter gathering and class AGM.

The Swallow winter weekend this year will be 15/16/17th January 2016. There will be the usual selection of entertainment, information, the NSCA AGM and of course a splendid dinner at the Club on the Saturday night. Keep your diary free for this great chance to meet up and socialise in the middle of the closed season.

And Finally........

Don't forget. If you have sails on the racks in the Sail room at the club please remove them now. In early November they will be put outside to make way for works to the club boats.
Find out more...

For more information on any of the above please contact your
Class Captain on his new email by clicking here.

Thank you,

The ISC Swallow Team


Swallow News. Early October 2015.

In this issue. Bob Massey report, Reach Trophy flyer and Crew available.

The Bob Massey Trophy Report.

17 Swallows enjoyed a fine weekend of racing over 26/27th September with warm sunshine but at times a challenging lack of wind. PRO David Prescott and his team had everybody searching for their race card in race one by setting a course where all the symbols except one were arrows pointing in various directions! With little wind the fleet negotiated a windward, spreader, outside gate, and leeward gate until they were giddy. Harry and Pru Roome in Skua worked their way through the fleet to take the win from Gwaihir whose usual team was supplemented by Chris McLaughlin, fresh back from winning the J24 Worlds in Germany with Ian Southworth.

There was strength in depth with Chris Fox’s team in Migrant fighting it out with Hugo Fisher in Bluff up the last beat, Chris getting the best of it.

The afternoon race was started in no wind but it was the usual teams who found it first. Skua was first around the course again, Gwaihir second and this time Bluff beat Clive Bush and his team in Spectre to take third.

The “Not watching the Rugby” dinner was enjoyed by all on Saturday evening at the club.

Sunday’s conditions offered much better wind but again a difficult direction for the Race Team. Several boats were sailed by substantially different crews from the day before so it was start again with all that crew coordination. It was business as usual however in the first of the two back to back races with Harry and Pru, now joined by Helen Williams securing their third victory to take the event. Gwaihir again second and the two Simons and George Miller in Echo on form in third.

The second race saw Jeremy Sibthorp, James Hartley and Rob Sutherland in Swift come into their own with the win and Darter taking fourth despite Tony and Dudley Howard sailing just two up.

Lavinia Massey kindly presented the prizes on the lawn after lunch and Harry thanked her not only for doing so but also, as a previous owner of Skua, for providing the boat for their win.

Full results are click here.

Swallow Class Meeting...... What was decided.

For those who weren’t there, the minutes of the Itchenor Swallow Class autumn meeting can be found at the bottom of the Club Class page - click here.....

The dates for the main events of 2016 can now also be found on the Swallow Pages.

Next Swallow Event........

Our next trophy event is the Reach Trophy. Three races in one day on Saturday 10th October. All to count. Don’t miss it.
and....

Crew Available.
Christine has one or two spare crew for this Sat/Sunday ...book now to avoid disappointment.

And Finally........"Brass Tacks" from our anonymous correspondent.

- Libel action withdrawn - Anthony Lunch is now reconciled with his tag as a respectable mid-fleet performer (though wishes he had found his mojo this year).

- Echo's attempt at a port tack start in R1 - could 14 boats (all on starboard) be wrong?!

- Another gladiatorial contest between the two titans - but this time Skua virtually untouchable with three consecutive victories to secure the trophy. Mike W did not have his normal team but did at least go round the marks correctly (once he had mastered the significance of a spreader mark).

- R2 should not have been started without a further postponement. In no wind, no boat was even near the line at the appointed hour with most drifting backwards fast in the rampant spring ebb towards Hayling. However Harry on Skua and Hugo on Bluff were nearest and crossed after two minutes. Avocet started with the Xod's 10 minutes later.

- Skua's Saturday performance was exemplary. Just 2up (Prue natch) they were just imperious in the light stuff - fast to windward and fast downwind. Bob would have been proud. Bluff was also on fire but Hugo and Alastair Langhorne (a plug for the crews union!) only sailed on Saturday.

- Swift had a steady Saturday amid anxieties about deck movement at the mast gate. It seemed less of a worry on Sunday when they won R4 (their first big-time race win?). Jeremy Sibthorpe slid past the leading group with on a couple of back to back masterly picked shifts and covered text-book style to the finish. Bravo! Jon Perry was onshore to greet them.

- The prize for consistency has to go to Gwaihir - four seconds.

- Sunday's decent breeze did not slow Skua which (now with Helen Williams aboard) made it a hat-trick with a R3 victoire - trophy won with a race to spare. Skua also lead R4 for a while but was denied an even cleaner sheet by Swift and Gwaihir who eventually got through - but with just 3 to count it was good of them to stay out.

- Those who came to dinner on Saturday evening were rewarded with excellent grub, a pulsating match and a stunned silence at the whistle. Brandies all round.

Chris Fox helmed the revitalised (now sans coppercoat) Migrant on Saturday to a useful overnight 3rd o/a. With an entirely different crew on Sunday (Carol T managing to do the b2b) and Mimie driving they squeezed into 4th place.

-Great sailing (for the most part), in sunny conditions and a stonking super-moon spring tide. Obviously we all went aground at some point. Solitude apparently achieved a record of seven groundings in one race!

Find out more...

For more information on any of the above please contact your Class Captain by clicking here.

Thank you,

The ISC Swallow Team


SWALLOW NEWS - MID SEPTEMBER

Posted 9th September

Swallow Class Autumn Meeting September 19th.

The Itchenor Swallow Class Autumn Meeting will be held in the Members Room at the club at 1700 on Saturday 19th September. This is your chance to tell us what you like and what you don't like about how we running the class, the programme and the Swallow events at Itchenor and if you want change what you would like instead. Preliminary dates for next years programme will be available but we need your feedback on how we are doing so far.

There will NOT be a formal dinner that evening (even though the club book says there will be) but some of us will having supper at the club after the meeting so do join us if you wish.

The Bob Massey Trophy. 26/27th September.

Don't miss our next big trophy weekend on the 26th and 27th September. Big fleet Swallow racing expected along with a Dinner at the club on the Saturday night. More details to follow but make sure your diary is clear,your boat is ready to go and your team will be there.

Bart's Bash.

This years Bart's bash, the biggest sailing race in the world will be held on Sunday 20th September. This is a worldwide event where the results from races held all over the world in the same 24 hour period are amalgamated to make the worlds largest sailing race. More details will be out soon from the club but last year all three keelboat classes started together. A site not to be missed on its own.

And Finally........

A big thank you to Tony Glover assisted by Christine Graves for organising the Bembridge visit to the club last weekend. Eight Redwings arrived at the club on Saturday lunchtime and raced in the harbour in the afternoon. It was the Swallows turn to organise this annual event and we provided the harbour guides for the Redwings and gave those who wished to race Swallows a chance to come on our boats. Thank you Christine for allocating the class captain two Bembridge One Design sailors with no Spinnaker experience!
A fine dinner in the evening capped the event off. With the Swallow Championships at Bembridge next year it was particularly good to strengthen our contacts.

Find out more...

For more information on any of the above please contact your Class Captain by clicking here.

Thank you,

The ISC Swallow Team


SWALLOW NEWS - EARLY SEPTEMBER

Swallow Sailing this coming Weekend 5th/6th September.

As you will have seen from todays QuickNews, this weekend we are welcoming guests from Bembridge Sailing Club to come and visit us. This year it's the Swallows turn to organise the weekend and Tony Glover is doing a great job.

In the club book the races are listed as "Spare". That means there will be races but they do not qualify for any of our long series. We are looking for a good turnout so please do come and race and come to the supper at the club on Saturday Evening. (Book direct with the office). We may even find a prize for the weekend. Two out of three races to count. 

The Young Persons race was scheduled for the afternoon race on Saturday but Tony may want us to be swapping crews with Bembridge Redwings then so that will not work. We will reprogram the YP race for another day. If you were planning to race or lend your boat to an under 30 helm on Saturday please let me know HERE so that we can organise it on another day.  

The Shippam Challenge Cup winners at ISC Regatta.

Looking pleased with themselves the winners of the Shippam Challenge Cup, the biggest trophy in the Swallow cupboard. Carolyn Brigg (Centre) Christine Graves and David Sloper. Second was Skua with Darter third.

And

Finally........Crews available.

Last weekend Christine, our wonderful crew coordinator, had five crews available and no Swallows to put them in so please let there be no more talk of there not being enough crews to sail with. Lets support Christine by going sailing and introducing these people to Swallow sailing. 

Please also remember that some of the boat managers received an email from me last month asking them to look after some Fledging recruits. So far Malcolm has won the prize for being the Swallow owner who has taken his fledgling Swallow sailor sailing 3 times and as a result he has joined... Great result. Thank you Malcolm. Please can the rest of us look out our list. The email went out from me on July 30th.

Find out more...

For more information on any of the above please contact your Class Captain by clicking here

Thank you,

The ISC Swallow Team 
 


SWALLOW NEWS - LATE AUGUST 2015

A start to the East from the Squadron line with Archon S74 in prime position.


The Swallow Under 25 Teams on the Royal Yacht Squadron Lawn.

Anthony Lunch and Malcolm Green invited the Under 25 teams for a briefing on the lawn at the RYS. With an offer like that, full attendance was assured as the photo shows.

Swallows at Cowes 2015

The week was marked by an emphatic return to overall Cowes Week success by Malcolm Green and the several U25 teams in the fleet with Marengo, helmed by Hugo Sloper, winning the Under 25 Trophy for all classes.
 
The Week started in glorious sunshine and after a two hour postponement to allow the wind to fill in the fleet got away to the east. Marengo started in the middle of the line and moved nicely ahead, Avocet and Kingfisher held on out on a long starboard tack and came in to the weather mark on the Ryde Middle Bank shortly behind her. The run spread the boats out a little and allowed Marengo to creep further ahead of Migrant, Avocet and Solitude who rounded close together for the long tight spinnaker reach over towards the Lee on Solent shore. The wind became patchy in the return reach to Wight Vodka mark, places in the middle of the fleet changed, and the following one leg beat was tricky as the wind dropped further for a while. It looked as though Marengo had slipped back but skill prevailed and she rounded the penultimate mark first pursued closely by the next three (Archon, Migrant and Avocet) for a long spinnaker reach to the Shrape finish line. So a most enjoyable first day with some challenges with the holes in the wind.  The race committee did a reasonable job in the course with the wind in an unusual direction but there are some that would have liked some more beats and fewer close spinnaker reaches. On to Ivy Cottage in the evening for the barbecue shared with the Sunbeams.
 
Race 2 was classic Cowes, with  a beat taking the last of the west going tide that took us to a mark up the Island shore for a long broad reach over to Quinnell and then across to the other side of the Bramble bank. Migrant was first at the weather mark with Archon, Marengo and Solitude in close pursuit.  Over the next legs Migrant and Archon steadily pulled themselves away from the rest of the fleet, with Migrant holding her lead on the long beat back against the tide to the Shrape finish line. But it was neck and neck all the way with Migrant finishing just a couple of seconds ahead after a covering closely up the final part of the beat. Avocet was showing great speed upwind in the windier conditions and finished a good third.  All in all an excellent day's racing -  a good course,  sunny weather and classic Cowes wind. So after two days the scene was being set: Archon, Marengo and Migrant clearly showing themselves as the top runners
 
Monday's race started from the Shape line with a running start East against the tide. After a long run down Archon and Marengo rounded in close company. Marengo pulled ahead keeping on single port tack, while others, unsure of their navigation, tacked off from time to time. She held the good lead after another couple of further up and down legs and a long beat  back to the Shrape line finish, to be followed in by Archon and Avocet. At this stage the Swallow class was well positioned in the regatta-wide Under 25 series with Marengo a clear lead and Swift not too far behind.
 
On Tuesday we awoke to little wind and the race committee wisely cancelled abandoned all racing in good time, allowing for shopping, visiting the East Cowes classic boat museum and generally lazing around. 
 
With one race discard now not available the Swallows convened on Wednesday to be met with a massive West-going tide and fairly gentle breeze from the north-east. The committee sent us off the Squadron line all the way down to Salt Mead buoy. At the end of this long-distance run - which took a remarkably short time - Migrant, Archon and Solitude all arrived at Salt Mead together with alas Solitude rounding the buoy the wrong way having not taken due care with the course. By the time she had sorted that out she was almost of Yarmouth and joined the back of the fleet alongside Spectre who had been over at the start and taken many minutes to get the correct side of the line. There then followed a long long painful beat up the Island shore all the way Williams buoy near the Bramble bank. Another run down and back to the RYS line finish line left Migrant nicely ahead of Avocet and Marengo, with Archon and Harrier both having spent time aground whilst trying to dodge the ferocious tides. It was a long hard day - and harder for some than others. 
 
We went on to an excellent Swallow Cowes Week dinner at the Royal Victoria Yacht Club at Wootton Creek - a pleasant and enjoyable change of venue. 
 
Thursday was met with another north-easterly and strong west-going tide. After a short delay the fleet set off eastward from the Shrape start line with much discussion where on the line to be. Archon got it right and never looked back pulling steadily ahead on the next beat,  run and beat  back to Hill Head while the rest of us scrapped it out behind. However coming into the final mark (at which the race was sensibly and fortunately shortened) the wind dropped completely causing much dismay all-round and the fleet gently drifted over the finish with Archon holding her lead and Marengo picking up the slightest new breeze able to squeeze over the gaggle of boats to finish second. 
 
Friday’s race started off a RYS line eastwards against a vicious tide. Out popped Solitude who built up a useful lead.  Archon kept inshore shortly after the start which worked in her favour; Migrant later tried something more radical and headed into Osborne Bay, which did not. A couple of legs on the Ryde Middle Bank saw Solitude hold her lead over Archon and Avocet.
 
Archon rubbed it in again on the final day. As we headed off westwards in a light NE breeze the tide had not yet turned favourable at the outer end of the RYS line which caught Spectre and others out. Archon and Solitude a little further down were able to leave the rest behind. Archon was ahead by Lepe Spit buoy and extended her lead through a couple more legs. The long trek back to the RYS finish line was fascinating only because of the number of other fleets that needed to be negotiated. The final stretch along the Green was particularly fraught with little wind and a great many classes all finishing at the same time, including the XODs. It had been an interesting race but an undramatic finish to the Week.
 
So Malcolm Green with his team of George Miller, Harry Roome and Simon Slater, finished the series with a very good set of results, discarding just a fourth, with Marengo (helmed by Hugo Sloper) close behind (which might have been closer had she been able to sail the final race). Migrant (Charles Fisher, Richard Thompson, Nigel Glennie) were third overall followed by Avocet (John Houghton, Nick and Andrew Royse) one point behind them.
Marengo was a worthy winner of the Under 25 Trophy with a convincing points lead over the second place. Swift (Lisa McDanell Toby Hodge Andy Kennett) were seventh in this series. Congratulations to our younger sailors in the fleet. We managed to obtain useful media coverage during Family Day, with twins Charlotte and Izzy Fitzgerald being interviewed by local TV (sibling rivalry, they being split between two competing Swallows!) and Ollie Shaw and team making the big screen on Wednesday for Under 25’s Day.  The Yachting press also took note of our young squads and pictures will hopefully appear.
It had been another good Cowes Week although perhaps not a “classic”. Some would have liked a day or two with more wind – conditions at which the Swallow excels at sea – but only one day was lost to the weather. It was good to see Quetzal with Franck Petigras at the helm entered in the latter part of the week, and the enthusiasm of our new Swallow sailors.
Our thanks to Charles Prescot for all his organisation, especially for the social events, and to the owners who had lent their boats to the “guest” crews

Cowes Classics Week.

Five Swallows attended Cowes Classics Week organised by the Royal London Yacht Club in the middle of July. Your ISC Class captain was invited over to watch and found a very well organised event with two races per day for four days all from well run Committee boats. Excellent socials as part of the event and a less busy Cowes town complete the picture.

Next year perhaps we will persuade more boats to attend both Cowes events without diluting our attendance at the main week?

And Finally........The ISC Regatta for the Shippam Challenge Cup.
Don't miss your chance to win the biggest trophy of the day at the ISC Regatta tomorrow afternoon. See you there.

Find out more...

For more information on any of the above please contact your Class Captain by clicking here. 

Thank you,

The ISC Swallow Team 
 


Welcome to the Championship Swallow News.
In this edition; The Championship Reports, an update on class marketing, and a call to come sailing on Wednesday 29th. July.

NATIONAL SWALLOW CLASS - NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS 11TH AND 12TH JULY

In a dominant display over a weekend of highly varied weather conditions, Gwaihir helmed by Mike Wigmore won the Swallow national championships hosted by Itchenor Sailing Club.

Saturday’s courses were set up in Brackesham Bay and the 20 boat fleet were sent away for race one in awkward conditions – a confused sea and wind that was swinging 30 degrees with little warning. Ka Nyenga (Mike Robinson) plugged away on port tack to make the most of the ebbing tide from Chichester Harbour and was rewarded with a comfortable lead at the windward mark that was extended on the run as the new breeze became established. Gwaihir sneaked into 2nd place ahead of rival Skua (Harry Roome).

For race two the low cloud had peeled away and the breeze had steadied and at the third attempt the fleet was away.  Darter (Tony Glover) held a very narrow lead at the windward mark but was rolled by boats on both left and right on the first reach of the Olympic triangle course - which had in fact become a run.  The next three-sailed reach was tight and spirited in the building breeze and which seemed to cause Spectre (Clive Bush) some issues as Gwaihir nudged past to claim the win with Carolyn Brigg’s Marengo third.

Race three was full on champagne sailing in a force 5/6 breeze with building seas and an flood tide which caught out several competitors when they misjudged their approach to the windward mark. This race was a battle of the titans as Skua sped away downwind on the windward/leeward course but was eventually reeled in by Gwaihir with Marengo again third. Considering Gwaihir’s uncharacteristically flawed approach to the first windward mark this was a classic victory.

Sunday’s weather was always forecasted to be different and indeed it was. The fleet nevertheless elected to race in Bracklesham Bay again but the race officer ventured out and sensibly decided that conditions were too rough and returned to Chichester Harbour to set a windward/leeward course.  Gwaihir was over the start line and was trapped before returning against the strong ebb to re-start. Two other boats were judged OCS but neither returned and one –Skua – forfeited an exemplary display of heavy weather sailing to cross the finish line in silence. Race officer Mark Upton-Brown’s use of a windward spreader mark kept the fleet from heading back through approaching boats and also opened up two downwind race tracks which Marengo exploited to the full gaining six places on the first downwind leg.  Gwaihir was now charging and finished second to secure the championships.  Marengo was second and Simon Slater sailing Echo was rewarded for a series of consistent results with third place.

Results:

1st             Gwaihir             (Mike Wigmore, Charles Hyatt and Harry Gilchrist)
2nd             Marengo          (Carolyn Brigg, David Sloper and Hugo Sloper)
3rd             Echo                 (Simon Slater, Simon Miller and George Miller)

Top Left. Winners: Mike Wigmore, Charles Hyatt and Harry Gilchrist

Above. Second overall: Carolyn Brigg, David Sloper and Olly Sloper.

Left. Winners of the Fractured Hip
Mike Robinson, Malcolm Trice & Jeremy Boadle.

 

 

Come and sail on the evening of Wednesday 29th July when we have invited guests from "the other place"

The Swallows have invited Bosham members to come and sail and join us for Supper on Wednesday July 29 th. This is part of the Swallow promotion scheme...6 Bosham members have already signed up, but we expect more.

Ideally we would take one Bosham member per Swallow. So we would like 6-8 boats to participate that evening. Please can you get in touch with Christine HERE and sign up as soon as possible. Please don't leave this till the last moment. It would be embarrassing if we didn't provide enough boat places for the people who turned up !!!

Please can you tell us how many of your own crew you plan to take out that evening.

And also.... Potential new Swallow recruits.

As a result of our marketing campaign and our 3 Swallow open days we have now taken sailing over 45 potential new members. Some were obvious Swallow material, others not. We are busy sifting through the reports from Swallow owners to find out who to continue to invite....The amount of work that Christine is involved with to keep following up the people on our " hot list" is inordinate, with the result that people who need to be invited to sail again and again - don't get followed up enough. Also Christine doesn't have a boat to take them out in.

The idea from here is for each Swallow to adopt one or two "fledgling" Swallow crew and invite them regularly to sail and make them welcome.

If you are keen to have a particular recruit allocated to you please tell Christine HERE and can all boat managers please be receptive to receiving a direct email with a name or two asking for you to follow them up.

And Finally, some Championship Brass Tacks.

It takes a moment or two to adjust to the big wide open spaces of Bracklesham Bay and a few more when the big bang came in – but what a day Saturday was.

Ka Nyenga chose a grandstand occasion to win their first race in 6 years. It was all very logical too - so why did most of the 20 boat fleet go the other way?

New sails can make a difference – Ka Nyenga’s kite and a complete new outfit on Gwaihir seemed to be the biz. Their recovery from being OCS in R4 was mesmerising. Anyone else want to admit to using new cloth?

At the end of day one an exhausted fleet headed for home – to join Solitude who had been labouring throughout on the Club jetty to replace a jib halyard sheave which had become dislodged when the rivets failed. 3 DNC’s and 1 DNF was not what they came for.

Commiserations to Mark Struckett who had to sit this one out because of an arm injury. Still it gave youth (Harry G) a chance, and so modest with it (his old man making a guest appearance finished ‘further down the order’).

Everyone wanted a discard (or two)?

When the going gets tough (R4) the tough get going and none more so than Carolyn B who whizzed through the fleet on the first downwind. Just one problem: Gwaihir was doing it too - and eventually one notch better. Harry and Wills (get it) were staggeringly good in that race too, but all to no avail.

Yes we all had a point to prove by going out to BB on Sunday morning but were we that disappointed to be told that it was too rough? Migrant even went home before R4 finally started.

The young blades in Svala probably had more ‘lifetime experiences’ than they were prepared for but kept it clean and finished very respectably in 7th o/a.

Twas an unexpected bonus to be able to watch (some of) the Men’s singles final at SW19.

FIND OUT MORE...

For more information on any of the above please contact your Class Captain by clicking here.

We look forward to seeing you soon.

The ISC Team

 


Swallow Team Racing
Itchenor SC v Oxford & Cambridge Sailing Society

The annual team race between Itchenor and The Society was held in Swallows on Sunday 28 June.  The harbour was relatively empty (other keelboats had been sent out to sea), the wind was perfect, not too little and not too much, and we had some sunshine and little tide.  The schedule was a best of 7 race series, each race being two rounds of a windward/leeward course and taking about 25 minutes.

The first two races were swopped with each team making a poor start and then unable to make an impact.  Race 3 was close and secured by Society captain Will Henderson successfully defending his third place and his team's 1,3,6 margin.  The race officer then signalled lunch; a good call as the wind then faded for an hour so.  After an excellent buffet lunch the teams swopped boats and, well refreshed, the contest resumed in the Gallon Reach.  In race 4 Itchenor accepted the advantage given by 2 Society boats being early at the pin end of the starting line and secured a safe 2,3,4 position which they held to the end.  Races 5 and 6 were again swopped with the start being crucial and so we came to the deciding 7th race.  The start was even and Simon Slater for Itchenor sailed away to 1st; behind him the tactical skills of the Society prevailed in the final approach to the first mark where they secured a 2,3,4 position and then held on to it despite concerted attacks from behind.

At tea the Stewart Morris Trophy was awarded the Will Henderson and his team.  Particular thanks was given to the race officer Mark Palmer and his team of Humphrey van der Klugt and Mary Henderson and to Mark and Rachael Struckett for hosting a lovely supper for the teams and boat minders on Saturday evening.


Teams
Society:  (left to right)
Bruce Burnett, Lionel Cartwright, Roger Yeoman, Will Henderson, Tom Hebbert, Iain Macdonald-Smith.

Itchenor SC: Simon Slater, Malcolm Green, Arthur Henderson, Andrew Reid, Mark Struckett and Richard Thompson.


SWALLOW NEWS LATE JUNE 2015

Posted 26th June 2015

Points Week Report.

A dominant display by Skua (Harry Roome and Will Rainey co-helming) in sometimes testing and variable light to moderate wind conditions but closely challenged throughout by several other Swallows and principally Svala (Will Henderson) which but for mid-week gear failure on their borrowed boat would have made it an even more exciting final race showdown.
It rained on Saturday morning seemingly signifying the end of a very enjoyable and sunny week if a trifle on the light side for the heavy weather specialists (remembering last year’s final race gale conditions!). Being back with the other keelboat classes was good. Sailing on the top of a spring tide was the biz and being managed by such an expert PRO and BV team was the icing on the cake.
Skua’s inexorable rise through the ranks on Monday was typical – a lowly 6th for the first half of the race but then steadily picking those ahead off before finding a delightful shift to overtake the final two ahead. Tuesday’s b2b honours were evenly split between Harry/Will R and Will H so on Tuesday evening these two were just one point apart. Archon had pitched in there with a 2nd in R2 and followed it up on Wednesday with 3rd and then another 2nd in R6, but was dragged down the final order (to 4th o/a) by a couple of less satisfactory results. This race was also Svala’s downfall (literally) when their spi halyard went to the top of the mast with no spi attached.

In Thursday’s first b2b race Spectre showed amazing speed and pointing ability to capitalise on a good pin end start and just (inches only) held off a fast-catching Skua at the Gardner finish.
The next race started at Pivot and went to Beach (Roger W – his 11th year as PRO likes to include as many harbour marks as possible during the week). An interesting windless event precisely round Dunes was a complication many up front could have done without but anyway Svala was long gone having taken the right route through the Hayling moorings to Marker (natch!).

So to Friday’s final race showdown – Will had to win with Skua 4th or worse. Will R got it and Will H came in 2nd and twas a fabulous run home from Treloar to end a great week. A close struggle with only the odd incursion into what seemed like a closed shop up front.

1st Skua (Harry & Pru Roome, Will Rainey )

2nd Svala (Will & Mary Henderson and Charlie Claisse )

3rd Gwaihir (Mark Struckett, Charles Hyatt, Keith Bliss and Nick Gardiner)


National Swallow Championships
Saturday 11th July - Sunday 12 July 2015

After an excellent Points Week the next BIG event in the Swallow calendar is the National Swallow Class Championships on 11-12 July, hosted by Itchenor SC and sailed in Bracklesham Bay. It will be a five race series as usual (three on Saturday, two on Sunday) with the first start at 11.30 on Saturday. There will be a briefing at ISC at 0900.The Notice of Race will post on the website shortly.

The Championship Dinner at ISC is a three course dinner at £28.50 (please book with the Club office) preceded by drinks at Coast Cottage by kind invitation of Malcom Green (£5 at the door).
Please lease with organiser Andrew Reid HERE for any information on this event.

Six major trophies up for grabs in one weekend.
We look forward to a massive turnout for what to continue the Swallows’ vibrant season!


Last call for Guest Invitation day.

Places are still available, morning and afternoon, for our Swallow Invitation Day this coming Saturday 27th June. If you would like to come and sail a Swallow please contact Christine Graves HERE. Pre booking is essential to make the organisation work.

 

 

And finally some Brass Tacks from our resident scribe.

The deal on Skua was that whichever helm had done better in their evenly split races by the end of Thursday would helm the final Friday race. Harry had the misfortune to be caught up in the Dunes debacle in R6, so Will got the nod – and won. Oh to be blessed with such an abundance of talent (and with Prue too!).

It was a good omen for Clive to park Spectre on the Bosham shore just yards from his mooring moments after departing for R5. He then won it – the keel re-profiling was obviously effective.

A transformational moment! Migrant felt slow and slimy and went for a (presumably sanctioned) scrub and went from zero (15 mins behind and ‘Q’ flagged) to hero – well almost. Note: just how effective is copper-coated anti-fouling? 4 years not 10? Discuss.

Spreader bracket positioning: absolutely critical – ask Gwaihir.

Great to be back in the ISC PW keelboat ‘family’ – but no more Swallows than in August 2014. What exactly do we need to do to get from 14 to 30?

Our dating agency co-ordinator in a Sunbeam? Back problems apparently. Say no more.

Hey but why not! Was this the source of Archon’s endless stream of lady crews. One lost count - but then Malcolm has the ageless charm, male model looks and brains to charm them off the bar stool and into a Swallow. The results weren’t bad either.

Was the black flag start for R7 a badge of honour or disgrace? The PRO said the line was perfect.

Will Henderson! OK he knows Swallows a bit but what a performance. With daughter Mary and novice sailor Charlie he lit Svala up and but for the halyard failure would have been vying for the honours even more closely. His horizon job in R6 was just amazing and how would their week have turned out with a newer jib as well?!

And Dell Quay Regatta
Were you there?
1st Migrant (Chris Fox)
2nd Darter (Tony Glover)
3rd Dart (Mike Lindsey)


Find out more...

For more information on any of the above please contact your Class Captain by clicking here.

Thank you,

The ISC Swallow Team

 


SWALLOW NEWS EARLY JUNE 2015

Posted 2nd June 2015

Norman Moore Report, Points Week 2015 and other upcoming events.

Points Week 2015. 15th -19th June.

Our annual week of Keelboat racing, is now only a fortnight away.  Please do come racing and book your socials early. The Social Programme featured in the last Swallow News and can be found again on our Swallow HOME PAGE.

To run this event volunteers are still required to man safety boats and also to sit on protest committees should any be required. If you can help please contact Tony Glover HERE.

Please note that Roger Wickens, the PRO is planning to alter the Swallow start time on Wed to 11.30 (instead of 11.00) and on Thursday to advance to 12.20 (Instead of 13.30). This is to fit in with tides rather than lunch.


The Norman Moore Weekend.

Marengo won the Norman Moore with her usual trusty team of Carolyn Brigg, Sue Glover and David Sloper.

Here the trophy is being presented by Miranda Barnes and Gay Turville, nieces of Norman Moore who had a house and sailed at Itchenor in the 1950s
 

 

 

The plot as described by our resident scribe.

Saturday
Act 1 Scene 1 – Darter won the start and disappeared into the distance
Act 1 Scene 2 – as above

Sunday
Act 2 Scene 1 – Marengo clawed their way to the front and stayed there
Act 2 Scene 2 – as above
Act 3 Scene 1 – Gwaihir (who?!) finally found their form

So that was it! You want more? OK actually a rather intriguing mostly light wind weekend’s sailing with snakes and ladders beats on Saturday (but with Darter imperiously ahead throughout) and some uncharacteristic howlers by some normal safe bets.

Results:
Ist Marengo (Carolyn Brigg, Sue Glover, David Sloper)
2nd Skua (Harry and Prue Roome, Helen Williams)
3rd Darter (Kit Glover, Alice Hues, Connor Myant)
4th Gwaihir (Mike Wigmore, Mark and Rachael Struckett, Charles Hyatt)

Other Items.

Our second Invitation Guest Day of the year is on Saturday 27th June. As before if you would like to be invited as a guest please contact Christine Graves HERE. Pre registration is essential so we can match boats and people beforehand. I will be formally contacting the boat owners in the next few days to see who can attend and host a guest.

These days have been very successful so far in finding new people wanting to join us racing Swallows. Your help to make them happen is really appreciated.

The Ladies Medallion Race

Was won by Christine Graves sailing Marengo. Full results are on the results section of the club web site.
We seem to have lost the Medallion itself. If anyone knows its whereabouts please let us know so we can present it at a suitable occasion.

CYC Regatta this Sunday

Please can all Swallows contact the ISC office to obtain an online link to entry form or to collect paper entry form on the day; normal ISC committee boat start with course to finish at CYC line laid between their cttee boat and mark in the pool opposite CYC & Marina entrance (conditions permitting). Prize giving tea at CYC included in the entry fee.
 

Norman Moore event brass tacks
 
• Deja view: You have to laugh – a bunch of kids rock up and leave the fleet way behind.
• A fleet of 20 boats on Saturday was wonderful. The Sunbeams were next best with 18 on Sunday.
• A great turnout of 45 for drinks (very many thanks Simon and Belinda) and for the enjoyable three course Club meal that followed. Our thanks to Anthony Lunch for his instructive talk on post-earthquake Nepal.
• Anthony had lodged a rule 69 protest for having previously been described as having ‘a respectable mid-fleet result’ (in the BP). Solitude finished 10th out of 20 in the NM.
• Malcolm learnt the soft way that land yachting is slow – dropping from 4th to last whilst parked on Pilsey. Apparently ‘he who does it’ does not apply on Archon so Elizabeth (ready prepared with wet-suit on) gamely did the honours.
• Good to see Harrier back in action after the election but discovering that in a strong spring tide the absence of a functioning depth-sounder was somewhat of a liability - running aground in each of Saturday’s races. Also on the shopping list – a stirrup.
• An incident-free weekend! Just a few reminders are required that starboard boats have right of way.
• A good call by the PRO on Saturday morning to shorten the race at the windward inflatable mark and again in the afternoon to postpone the planned second b2b race when the wind had become even more fitful, and the tide was turning.
• Sunday was more interesting - have you ever had so many postponements - some with flags, some without and one or two actually synchronised. The waiting was interminable.
• Consistency is the name of the game – Skua had three 2nds and a 3rd and Swift three 4th’s and a 5th. Good to see ex-Int 14 World Champ James Hartley driving Swift on Sunday and Jon Perry guesting too.
• 1st and 2nd – Batt, 3rd and 4th - Hyde. Bit like Formula 1 (but in not Monaco).
• Guess Carolyn wanted to bag this one before jetting off to Nairobi
• Great to have two of Norman Moore’s nieces (Miranda and Suzanne) to do the prize-giving
 

And more!

- Bertie Fisher (aged 10?) having crewed Hugo in a recent race then helmed Bluff back home. Time for all three Fisher generations to appear together? (A feat most recently achieved by Lunchbox in Solitude).
- Swift is getting swifter. A handsome lead in Saturday's breezy/bouncy conditions was forfeited by a wayward spinnaker drop allowing Skua to take the win.
- They say (per Clarkson) it is going to be a fab weekend!

 
And Finally.

Our best dressed couple for interpretation of the dress code for the Norman Moore dinner which was....
"Formal from the waste up, use your imagination below that"
Carol and Richard Thompson.
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Find out more...

For more information on any of the above please contact your Class Captain by clicking here

Thank you,

The ISC Swallow Team 
 


SWALLOW NEWS LATE MAY 2015

Posted 20th May

Welcome to Swallow News late May edition

Norman Moore, Points Week Socials, and call for Safety boat teams and Croquet players.
Ponder Report. Call for Guests at Sat 27th June Guest Day. Cowes Classics Flyer.

Remember, all 'Swallow News' editions are posted on the Swallow HOME PAGE on the Itchenorsailingclub website. If you are looking for news of Swallow happenings, that is the place to go.

Norman Moore Weekend. 23/24 May.

Don't forget this weekend is for the Norman Moore trophy with five races over Saturday and Sunday 23/24 May.

Please book early with the club office for the Dinner and complementary pre drinks from 1900 for Dinner Ticket Holders. Venue by kind permission of Simon and Belinda Leathes at Cedar House, Itchenor. PO20 7AB.
Menu and dress code is on the Swallow HOME PAGE.


 

 

 

Points Week 2015. 15-19th June.

This year's Points Week arrangements are now well advanced and the programme is below. As ever, please book early to help the social team who have spent a lot of time organising this for us.

Volunteers Required.

If you would like to help that week as Safety Boat Driver or Crew please contact Tony1glover@aol.com The event can't happen without people kindly volunteering so if you would like a few days on the water please volunteer.

Inter Fleet Croquet Tournament

and Party on Friday 12 June
At West Wittering Cricket & Croquet Club, Millennium Meadow, Elms Lane, West Witt., Chichester West Sussex PO20 8BJ
Time 1630 for 1700 Hrs Match start and from 1900 to 2030 Hrs. If you would like to be part of a team please contact:-
robin.d.wootton@btinternet.com


Other News.

Wednesday Evening Racing. This now seems to be moving towards a weekly affair. If you are interested in being there as a boat owner or crew please contact our coordinator Michael Cover on mc@michaelcover.com


The Ponder Challenge Cup Report.

A great day’s racing for 15 boats, with all three races to count, and a decent force 4 and sunshine.
We started with a beat from Ella Nore to Channel against the last of the flood tide with boats spread right across the harbour. Migrant led from Bluff on the left but found Gwaihir leading Marengo and Darter coming in from the right on a better shift at the mark. These three held on for the rest of the windward leeward course to finish in this order.
Race 2 had a shorter beat to Pivot which was lead again by Gwaihir, this time on the left, with Bluff close behind. After a turn round East Head and Lowles there was a great close spinnaker reach home, giving overtaking opportunities for those who managed to stay high and hold their kites – it looked as though Bluff would get past Gwaihir but it was not to be. They were followed home by Marengo, with Migrant and Skua overtaking Solitude and Dart.

For the afternoon we had a harbour tour of 7 buoys from Weir to Channel and back. Skua got away by Weir and held her lead. Gwaihir was slower off the line but pulled through to second from Darter.

Thus Gwaihir held a fine 1, 1, 2 to win from Marengo, one point ahead of Skua.

  • Snippets from the day:

  • Svala was saved from sinking by some quick crew work after being holed by a boat returning to the start of race 2 – and is now on a trailer at Haines for repair
  • Marengo managed a fourth in race three after being over the line at the start – where would she have been if she had started with everyone else?
  • Darter took a cautious approach all weekend without an echo sounder working, maybe missing out on some opportunities?
  • Bluff on the other hand looked for a while as though she was going to spend the evening on the Stocker Bank
  • Meanwhile back at the club Swift was being fitted up with lower shrouds – were these the cause of her second place on Sunday?

And finally.....

Guest Invitation Day. Saturday 27th June.

We are holding our second guest invitation day of the year on Saturday 27 June. We have a good list of potential guests already but would like more. These events secure the future of our wonderful class. If you are a boat owner, please can you get involved firstly by taking part but just as importantly please can you think of a potential Swallow sailing guest to invite along. You need to pre-register all guests with Christine Graves in advance and your boat availability to make the whole day go smoothly and ensure we can place everybody.

If you would like to be invited please contact Christine click to email.

Classic Cowes Week.

Tony Glover is leading our fleets charge at this popular event taking place on 20-24 July in the Solent. Great class racing at a time when Cowes is not quite so frantic. Details are available on www.cowesclassicsweek.org or talk to Tony.
Find out more...

For more information on any of the above please contact your Class Captain by clicking here.

Thank you,

The ISC Swallow Team


SWALLOW NEWS MID-MAY 2015

Posted 11th May 2015

Welcome to Swallow News early May Edition
Norman Moore sailing and social, Wednesday Evening Racing, Race Reports.



Don't forget the....Ponder Challenge Cup.
This coming Saturday. Three races. All to count.

Norman Moore Weekend. 23/24 May.

Our next trophy weekend is for the Norman Moore trophy with five races over Saturday and Sunday 23/24 May.
The Norman Moore is our unofficial 'In Harbour' Championship so lets see if we can get close top 25 boats racing. New Boat Owners, this is not an event to miss.

Don't forget if you are short of crew or if you are available to crew please contact our Swallow Crew Manager as soon as possible at cgravesbosham@gmail.com

Remember, if you give her a week's notice she will do her best to find you the right person.

The Norman Moore Dinner and Drinks

The Norman Moore Dinner will be held at the club on Saturday 23nd May and will be a Gala affair with complimentary drinks from 1900 for Dinner Ticket Holders. Venue by kind permission of Simon and Belinda Leathes at Cedar House, Itchenor. PO20 7AB

 

The waiter served menu will be:-

Crayfish and salmon rillette with sakura cress salad.
New season rump of lamb with dauphinoise potatoes, seasonal vegetables and a rosemary and port jus
Chocolate truffle torte with madagascan vanilla ice cream and strawberries.
Coffee and mints.

£27.50 Please book directly with the club. Dress Code formal from the waist up (ie jackets and ties for boys), and 'use your imagination' from waist down!

Guest Invitation Day. Sunday 10th May.

Another very successful Guest Invitation day was held on Sunday 10th May with 16 guests enjoying close Swallow Fleet racing in 14 boats followed by a carvery lunch and prize giving at the club. Great feedback is coming from our guests at these events. They ensure the future of the fleet by making sure that we have people to sail with, competitors to sail against and a market to sell our boats to if we should ever decide to leave! The next invitation day is planned for Saturday 27th June. If you would like to be there please contact cgravesbosham@gmail.com Registration in advance is essential to secure your place.

Other News.

Wednesday Evening Racing. We are trying to concentrate interest in evening racing on a fortnightly basis when the tide is not on the Ebb and mostly gone. The first such evening is this week on 13th May. If you think you would like to join in please contact our coordinator Michael Cover on mc@michaelcover.com


The Belgique Plate Report.

In distinctly unspring-like conditions 19 Swallows demonstrated their resilience to cool temperatures, big winds and heavy rain to enjoy tough and exciting racing over the weekend - the biggest fleet the Club has seen so far this year.
From the outset last year’s form boats were out in front, Skua dominating the first day with two wins, helmed for the day by Will Rainey. Gwaihir (Mike Wigmore) was somewhat unusually doing the chasing with Marengo (Carolyn Brigg) being the best of the rest but this day and in these demanding conditions the whole fleet was comprehensively ‘skuad’. These three boats finished in the same order in both races Marengo elevating herself from oblivion in the second race with some bold tidal tactics to avoid the strong ebb tide.

The fleet enjoyed a fine Belgian-themed fine meal at the Club on Saturday evening.

The overnight rain cleared in time for Sunday morning but there was still the possibility of strong winds but which didn’t materialise until the afternoon. Bluff (Hugo Fisher) was forced to take a penalty for an infringement on the start line of race 3 and, starting last and somewhat in desperation, went on the ‘wrong’ side of the channel but also in clear wind to emerge with a 100m lead at the first windward mark, never to be caught, although the two elite boats (Skua – helmed by Harry Roome this time - and Gwaihir) were closing and also engaging in some entertaining match-racing whilst doing so. Skua had managed to keep Gwaihir at bay until the final mark when Gwaihir seized an opportunity and managed to finish just inches ahead. However it was not enough to prevent Skua from winning the trophy with a race to spare.

So to the final race of the best three of four to count Trophy. The wind was up to F6 and the sun was at last making a fleeting appearance. Once again Skua and Gwaihir were ahead at the first windward mark with Gwaihir maintaining a slender lead down the exciting run and for the next lap and all the way to the last mark when in a reversal of the morning’s position swap Skua’s gybe went awry and they broached and Gwaihir pounced to lead to the finish. Marengo having yet again taken a different downwind route to the rest of the fleet was rewarded with yet another 3rd place – their fourth of the weekend.

The prestigious Belgian Plate was appropriately presented by Belgian-born Martine Lunch whose husband Anthony had co-helmed Solitude to a respectable mid-fleet position.

The Swallow Class host a guest day on Sunday 10 May when all those who might like to share the Swallow experience as a helm or crew are most welcome.

1st Skua (Will Rainey/Harry Roome) 4 points
2nd Gwaihir (Mike Wigmore) 5 points
3rd Marengo (Carolyn Brigg) 9 points


And finally. Some Brass Tacks from our anonymous scribe.

• Lousy weather, great racing – the class is back in top gear for the summer (if/when)

• Funds for a pair of new deck shoes for John Houghton not required, apparently Father Xmas obliged

• Is it the boat or the crew? On their ‘for one day only’ guest appearances John Houghton assisted Skua to two race wins on Saturday and Paul Ward helped Gwaihir to be the top-scoring boat on Sunday

• Time to muse: Such is the abundance of talent on Skua that it is theoretically (and mischievously) possible to work out who is the best helm and who is the best tactician. We shall however leave it to you to do the arithmetic

• Marengo’s sequence of 3rd’s must be some sort of record and their ‘go it alone’ tide tactics admirable and obviously rewarding

• The Commodore likes his cheesecake! Helen would also like him to read his dinner invitations more carefully

• No sign of Whimbrel! Search parties were sent to Bosham SC, the Anchor Bleu and the Doom and Gloom mais sans succes

• No indication of any technological advances so far this year - except for the winter woolly hats that were much in evidence.

• Have you noticed that Skua puts their mainsail cover on over lunch? Apparently mylar sail shrinkage from UV is quite an issue

• Wonderful to see Bryony Burns-Upton back in a Swallow after four years – until she departed Stealth with a neat double backwards somersault and tuck

• Respect! Anthony Lunch wearing his oily shorts on Saturday – and they were the ‘correct’ length too.
Find out more...

For more information on any of the above please contact your Class Captain by clicking here.

Thank you,

The ISC Swallow Team


SWALLOW NEWS LATE APRIL EDITION

Posted 21st April 2015

Belgique Plate Weekend. 2/3 May.
Our next trophy weekend is for the Belgique Plate with racing on Saturday and Sunday. Now you are all in the water it would be great to see our first 20 boat turnout of the year.

Don't forget if you are short of crew or if you are available to crew please contact our Swallow Crew Manager as soon as possible at cgravesbosham@gmail.com

Remember, if you give her a weeks notice she will do her best to find you the right person.


The Belgique Plate Dinner
The Belgique Plate Dinner will be held at the club on Saturday 2nd May at 19:30 for 20.00.
In the spirit of the event name and to make things a little different we request that you wear a top which is either a nautical or stripey, and if it is breton or belgian, tant mieux!
The menu is...
Poached Haddock on Champ with Poached Egg and Hollandaise Sauce or Stuffed Quail with a Rosemary Jus and Seasonable Vegetables.
Baileys Cheesecake or Fruit Salad

£16.00 pp.
Please book directly with the club office.

 

Call for boats for the Guest Invitation Day. Sunday 10th May.

Only a week after the Belgique plate we have our first Guest Invitation Day. Please can all boat owners confirm to me on mikewigmore54@gmail.com that they can make their Swallow available and if they can place a crew or two or even a helm.
Also please consider inviting a guest. We all know someone we think might enjoy Swallow Sailing. Now is the time to invite them. Christine needs to know so she can place everybody but we anticipate having a good turnout and a good lunch afterwards.

If they can't make 10 May, we are having another Guest Event on Sunday 27th June.

Other News.

Volunteers are required for the Club Open Day on Sunday 17th May. Gayle needs shore side helpers as well as opportunities for guests that day to be able to experience Swallow Sailing. If you are available to help or can be available with your boat that day to take out guests please let Mike know.

The Pollock Trophy, presented by David Pollock for six early season Sunday races was won by Migrant. Second Skua, third Svala.

The Visit to Batt Sails originally planned for this weekend has been postponed to a later date. More details to follow.

Wednesday Evening Racing starts on 6th May. The idea is for those of us who are local to have a very relaxed and informal evening race, probably two up, and supper afterwards at the club. The XODs follow this successful format on a Wednesday. If you think you would like to join in please contact our coordinator Michael Cover on mc@michaelcover.com

And finally. Some Swallow droppings from our anonymous scribe.

• Bluff has a new go-fast paint job using Dulux bright white – on the inside.
• If John Houghton re-appears with his barely held together deck shoes once again this year can we all have a whip-round to get him some new ones?
• Early indications are that Migrant has found her mojo again. Those winglets appear to work but was there water in the keel box too?
• Sartorial standards: The fillies in the fleet have requested that the gents get longer shorts for the summer (and throw out the 1966 World Cup vintage ones)
• So the 2017 AC is going to be sailed in beach cats in Bermuda. Just like a Sunsail holiday then?
• Good to see Echo back on the water – but judging by the amount of time Simon has spent working on it since was it just a tad premature?
• Sticker on the back of Captain Mike’s motor ‘my other boat is a Swallow’
• Is it a crew-placing service or a dating site?
• Chris Creak likes divisions (those created by central mainsheets). This year he is trying Buccaneer for size (with Mike ‘I built a barn last year’ Bond).

Find out more...

For more information on any of the above please contact your Class Captain by clicking here.

Thank you,

The ISC Swallow Team


A l'eau c'est l'heure,

It would appear that it falls to the PW social team to start the annual process of gathering the great and the good to man our safety boats for the week. Last year's good fortune of the fleets supporting each other is now history in our re-unified format. This might seem to make the task somewhat daunting but we would like to think that a relatively early start will help overcome this - and obviously it has been achieved before.

A few useful points:-

We would prefer those who can do all or most of the week

Level two powerboat qualifications are needed for SBD's and can be arranged beforehand for those yet to gain the certificate

Racing moves with the tides during the week and crews can expect to be afloat (including ferrying before and after racing) for about 4-5 hours

The placing and lifting of marks is potentially carried out by any SB and therefore crews should be able to carry this out without difficulty

Betivuka is a hospitable host boat when circumstances allow, frequently dispensing warm drinks and cakes (and useful for pit-stops)

Absentee members will not have to count their duty contributions as one their 5 permitted visits

It is probably appropriate to note that in the event that we do not have adequate safety boat crews it would fall to the participating classes to provide a crew from within their fleet in rotation.

If you already know of possible candidates do pass the information on to me or otherwise use your class' communication systems to let others know of our needs.

Our grateful thanks

Tony G (for the PW team)


SWALLOW NEWS EARLY APRIL EDITION

Posted 8th April 2015

2015 Programme.

Now the season is under way there are lots of events to get into your diary. Please look again at the Programme on our web pages.. In May we have the Belgique Plate and the Norman Moore on the two bank holidays. Neither to be missed far any serious Swallow sailor. Please also note the first of our two Guest days on Sunday 10th May. All we ask is for you to make your boat available with either a helm or crew who knows the boat and we will fill the rest with guests. These days are the key to building the fleet so please support us. If you wish to invite a guest please contact cgravesbosham@gmail.com
Later in the year there is of course Points Week, Cowes Week, (where we have a fantastic under 25 entry already but the rest of us need to book soon to avoid late entry fees) and Classic Cowes Week, but please support Cowes Week first if you can only do one of these.

Crewing- Crews needed.
The Easter weekend was a trial event for our new system where Christine helps you to get afloat. As a result of her email to the whole class : 3 boats and 8 crew got in touch with her and she managed to get 6 crew afloat! We actually ended up with insufficient boats because not enough had been launched!

So for this weekend can we try again to email Christine the Monday before if you would like to crew or have a place to fill on your boat?
Cgravesbosham@gmail.com


Social Events.
Our Commodore is encouraging us to support the Fitting out Supper at the club this coming Saturday 11th April. Please book through the office or using the link on the recent Quick News.

We are also planning visit to Dick Batt's sail loft early evening after racing on Saturday 25th April. More details to follow.

 

Deep end trophy goes to Solitude.
Nine Swallows competed for the Deep End trophy over the Easter Weekend. Your fleet captain was PRO on Saturday and sent the fleet around Pivot in the first race of the season which woke them up but all the fleets were a little rusty with the leader in each of the three keelboat classes rounding a mark the wrong way at some time during the day. Skua led overnight after Gwaihir’s mark rounding mistake prevented them leveling the score. Spectre took the third in the morning and Solitude in the afternoon.

Fifty came for drinks at Westlands in the evening and there was a good turnout for dinner at the club afterwards so there were a few sore heads on Sunday Morning.

With the traditional ‘all to count’ series and no sign of the overnight leader on Sunday morning it was all to play for. Sundays PRO, with only a breath of wind, set a short windward leeward course in the Gallon Reach in the morning eventually shortened to two laps. Migrant was the early leader. (Welcome back on the water, it was good to see you going fast) but in the end Gwaihir slipped through along the shore to take the first with Olly Shaw in Peregrine third. All Gwaihir thought they had to do in the last race to win the event was to start but Mike had other ideas. After being taken out by Ollie Sloper in Marengo at the start and a poor weather mark rounding they mixed it with Solitude in an incident which their resident rules expert initially felt they were right about but later was not so sure resulting in a retirement scoring ‘no of entries in the series plus one’ putting them out of the chocolates, or should I say Easter Eggs. This left Solitude sailed by Andrew Reid, Anthony Lunch, John Houghton and Christine Graves as the well-deserved winners of the Deep End Trophy. Gwaihir was second and Olly Shaw in Peregrine, sailing in his first event at Itchenor picked up the third podium place, as well as leading the last race around the first leeward mark.

Find out more...

For more information on any of the above please contact your Class Captain.

Thank you,

The ISC Swallow Team


SWALLOW NEWS LATE MARCH EDITION

Posted 26th March 2015

Please click here to see this newsletter in its original format

Easter Weekend Social and Sailing.

The Season is nearly upon us. After a bit of practice this weekend for the early birds our first trophy weekend is on Easter Saturday and Sunday for the Deep End Trophy. We hope as many as possible of you will sail to start the season with a bang.

Tony our Social Guru writes.....
So you are going to our esteemed Captain’s “In at the Deep End” drinks party on 4th April? As it is destined to be very well attended we thought that we would take the opportunity to extend the fun factor by adding in a Meal at the Club. We have therefore reserved the Jubilee Room for supper to follow at 20.15. Please book directly with the Club (the two course menu will be on the website shortly).

Dress for both is smart casual (or if you might be planning to join in the disco later make it party gear!).

If you have not already responded to the drinks party invitation please email Mike HERE.

Swallows IT. comes of age.

Anything can happen when a fleet like ours comes up to date with their IT.

We now have an Updated Web Presence on the ISC website.

The idea is that all the normal traffic of news, reports, event plugs, reminders and copies of the Swallow News go on the HOME PAGE. That way you only have to log in to one page and you know they have not missed anything.
The other pages have been tidied up with all the information about the Swallow, Owners, ISC Class, National Class, Racing Programme, Boats for sale, borrow or charter and the Photo Galleries are now all where they can be found.
Also we now have a Swallow Facebook Page. The link is on the HOME PAGE. Just the place for all the gossip and informal coordination of who’s sailing next weekend. Please click “Like” on the page and post away.

The club capital Appeal.

There is a very important appeal in progress at the moment within the club.

The Commodore writes…..

“The concept of the Capital Appeal is simple – If all Full Members aged 35 and over make 6 monthly payments of £44.17 during this summer, they will save a total of £849 in Development Levies, subscriptions and debt interest over the next 11 years to 2026. The figures for Spouses are exactly half those. We very much hope that some members will donate more than this, as happened in Phase 1 of the appeal made to bond holders.

We also very much hope that members in other categories will consider contributing to help with this. If we can get subs down it should help us attract new members which in turn will make further subs reductions possible for all.

Please could you respond online at http://www.itchenorsc.co.uk/_html/capital_appeal_graph.html

Swallow Crewing Coordinator.

Finally, don’t forget the fantastic new service that Christine Graves is kindly offering to the class this year. If you are a boat owner needing crew at a weekend and you contact Christine by the Monday/Tuesday beforehand at the latest she will do her best to put you in touch with someone to sail with.
She can be contacted on cgravesbosham@gmail.com and it goes without saying that she is the person to contact if you would like to crew in a Swallow in any capacity.

Thank you,

The ISC Swallow Team


SWALLOW NEWS - Mid-March 2015

Posted 14th March 2015

Please click here to link to the Swallow News, Mid March issue

Welcome to Swallow News. Mid March Issue.

Early Season Events, Class Sponsored Boat , Event reports and Tickets for Points Week Theatre.

The new season is nearly upon us.....

We hope you are all ready with your sailing gear. The first sign of spring is not the Cuckoo but Migrant, already on her mooring this week and looking rather lonely.
Don't forget the early season events already planned. Easter Saturday and Sunday is the Deep End Trophy with Drinks at the Class Captain's house on Saturday evening from 1815. If you have not already booked contact Mike on mikewigmore54@gmail.com

Fitting Out Supper. Saturday 11th April.
The Commodore would like us to support the Fitting Out Supper at the club on the following Saturday 11th April. Please lease with tony1glover@aol.com and he can coordinate tables.


New for 2015. The Class Sponsored Swallow available to all.

‘Svala’, Swallow 89, will be available this year on a daily basis for members or guests of Itchenor Sailing Club to join us and discover the Swallow Racing Experience. This is an initiative sponsored by the National Swallow Class Association in conjunction with the Itchenor Swallow Class to encourage new sailors to come and enjoy the excellent class racing and après sail facilities available here at Itchenor. All that we ask is that your team leader is a competent sailor with some racing experience and that you will take care of ‘Svala’ during your period in charge.
We do ask for a contribution of £50 a day towards the years running costs.
Contact mikewigmore54@gmail.com to book.

A Walk in the Park....

A royal park of course and with our expert guides Tony Offredi and Paul Giles to point out some of the glorious views (pity it was mizzling!) and historic buildings (the ballet school amongst them) before ending up at the welcoming Plough for an excellent lunch and joined by several more members of the London Swallow community., all brilliantly planned and co-ordinated by Brenda Offredi. Many thanks - and by popular demand to be repeated – but without having to do the 10km run that had seemed obligatory on arrival!


Photo Christine Graves.


Book now....Points Week Theatre Trip.

Liz Fox has again this year kindly bought tickets for the Swallow trip to the Theatre to see the Musical "A Damsel in Distress" on Tuesday 16th June at 7.30. She has £1000 worth of tickets so is rather keen to start selling them on! They are available at the special price of £25 each. Please contact Liz on foxes@old-rec.freeserve.co.uk

Find out more...

For more information on any of the above please contact your Class Captain by clicking here.

Thank you,

The ISC Swallow Team


Welcome to Swallow News.
In this edition
Ready to Race Weekend details, and please vote now for the New Members discount scheme.

Vote NOW please for the proposed new members discount scheme.

Our drive to recruit new members to the club to sail Swallows will be greatly helped by a discount scheme being considered by the GC to give new members joining this season a Credit on their club card to spend in the Buttery. Effectively this is a discount to attract new members now and to test the effect of a lower subscription level in anticipation that the hard work the management team are doing now and into the season will achieve lower subscription levels for all from next year.
The vote closes on March 2nd so please vote HERE and now. This will help to attract the new members we need.

Ready to Race Weekend.
Please can I encourage you to participate in the clubs Ready to Race event this coming weekend the 7/8th March. This a great opportunity to polish up your skills both sailing and carrying out your club duties before the season starts. There are courses, seminars and talks on subjects many and various and of course the dinner on the Saturday night.

Book all events via the club office office@itchenorsailingclub.co.uk

FIND OUT MORE...

For more information on any of the above please contact your Class Captain by clicking here.

We look forward to seeing you soon.

The ISC Team


SWALLOW NEWS - February 2015

Posted 7th February 2015

Swallows migrate early – walking in London. Saturday 28th February.

A new for 2015 idea to spread our wings and embrace both those of us living in London and country folk wanting a day out in town. So what’s the plan? Walking and drinking (now that January’s dryathlon is a distant memory) seems to be an acceptable formula for hibernating sailors so on Saturday 28th February at 10.30 we hope you can join us for a two hour walk in Richmond Park (www.royalparks.org.uk/parks/richmondpark). We shall meet at the Sheen gate car park (or you may prefer to park first at or near the pub and walk the short distance to Sheen Gate). Afterwards we shall go for lunch to the Plough (www.theplough.com). We (actually Brenda Offredi to whom we are greatly indebted for all these arrangements) have reserved our own room at this historic pub with a retro feel and a choice of fine ales (no they didn’t pay us to say that!). Hope to see you all there (children, buggy-borne infants and dogs too) but there is a maximum of 30 for lunch in our private room – so please book early by emailing aoffredi@btconnect.com indicating if you are walking and/or lunching. We have negotiated a special rate for a restricted choice from the excellent menu with something for everyone at a very reasonable cost of £12 for the main course and £15.50 including a dessert. We will email the details to you to facilitate pre-booking once you have signed up!

Read all about our January AGM weekend below from our anonymous scribe.

January Jamboree
Eventually (!) a great turnout for our various events:

• Nigel got 48 (yes 48!) bridge players to dine and stare wistfully at each other on Friday evening
• The Conservancy Solar boat trip was cancelled (it was a trifle draughty)
• Ten tenpin bowlers re-kindled their youthful skills in Chichester (winner one Nigel Glennie - he seems to win all Swallow non-sailing competitions, except tennis which would then qualify him as the victor ludorum). Photo below.
• Well-attended and interesting AGM(s) master-minded by the dynamic new teams now in place. Nigel was given a bottle of Champagne with grateful thanks for his stoic contribution as Secretary for five years
• Our (yes our) new Commode gave a very interesting summary of the membership situation which indicated that we have some interesting ‘challenges’ ahead
• An excellent Dinner with the Jubilee room crammed to bursting point (the pigeon terrine was a revelation). At least we could hear each other
• The Cowes Week prize-giving was postponed to the next day as Harry and Prue had yet to return from another holiday
• After the wonky weather of the day before Sunday dawned bright and crisp (more than could be said of Dudley H and Charles P). 30 walkers set out from the Barley Mow in Walderton under the leadership of Simon M and Christine G for a wonderful walk in virgin territory followed by an excellent carvery – in the skittle alley.
• Harry and Prue were duly awarded the shed-load of prizes accumulated during their triumphant CW performance

Barometer

• Chris and Claire Blevins - he (?) the new RCS - were our esteemed guests for Dinner. They joined us for the walk too – we are obviously much more social than the X’s. The enormity of the task has yet to hit him.
• Ex-RCS Mark was looking very relaxed and Rachel positively radiant
• Christine got Easyjet to light the wick from Geneva so that she could get back in time for the Dinner
• Richard Thompson was meant to be umpiring in Rutland (well someone has to) but it was canx cos of the breeze so he came where he wanted to be anyway
• Talking Thompsons twas good to see tother Richard T (sometimes in Solitude when not left on the Winner bank) and Nicola at dins – their big boat is now in Ireland (surprise?) and this year they will be sailing up the Western Irish Coast
Who was the lady guest who curtsied when introduced to Commodore Charles H on Sunday?

Cowes Week Prize giving after the walk
Mark, Charles, Harry, Mike, Prue.
Mike (Having just presented it) is trying to wrestle back the premier Cowes Week Trophy from Harry (as if he was robbed). Gwaihir only showed her true form after the omission to have her bottom scrubbed after three weeks in Cowes was only rectified after the first four days of the event.

Swallow tenpin bowlers:

L-R Jim J, Chris C, Mark S, Mike W, Nigel G, Tony G, Rachel S, Malcolm G

Nigel kneeling in punitive penance for having blitzed the field!

An finally some dates for your diary and a call for Cowes Bursary boats.

Don't forget that the Swallow 2015 programme is posted HERE. All the main events are highlighted so we look forward to seeing you there. If you would like a copy of John Houghton's very fine Swallow Calendar with Photos by Mary Pudney and all the Swallow Events shown please call in to the Club office and claim one.

A final call for help. We still need another volunteer to lend their boat as a Bursary boat for Cowes Week. This scheme is a great advert for the class and we are keen to be able to offer two Bursary boats as we have for the last two years. If you are not planning to go to Cowes Week yourself can you please consider lending your boat. Please contact either anthony@mondofoundation.org or the class captain below.


The 2015 Swallow Programme is now finalised.

An A3 size summary of the whole years programme is posted "please click here". Please print it out and post it on the side of your fridge as a simple guide to the years sailing. For newcomers, the highlighted events are our big trophy events where the biggest turnout is expected. Weekends not to be missed. * means an evening function. ** means a formal dinner. Always read in conjunction with the club book for final timings and detail and watch out for mailshots closer to the time for more event details.


SWALLOW NEWS November 2014

Posted 2nd December 2014

Welcome to the first news update from your new Swallow management team. Mike Wigmore, as your new Club Class Captain and Malcolm Green as NSCA chairman are taking the lead but they have a great new team behind them.

EXCITING NEWS ON BOATS AND OWNERS

Mike says “We promised you that we would find new Swallow sailors. The October Invitation day, (See link to photos here) not only found several new Swallow crews but two boats, which had not been racing for some time, are now in the hands of new owners. Peregrine S84 is now owned by Olly Shaw who intends to race her with his final year university mates injecting young blood into the fleet. Meridian S77 has been bought by Stewart Becker. As an ex Finn sailor and stunt plane pilot I am sure he will find Swallow sailing to his liking”. Other moves include a new syndicate for Swift S7. Jon Perry has pending duties running the sailing at the Royal Yacht Squadron so Rob Sutherland and Jeremy Sibthorp who have campaigned together before in Int 14s, have taken on Swift with Pete Brasier in the team.

Mike continues “Next year Echo S87, Migrant S86 and Buccaneer S66 will all be back on the water after breaks from racing so I am confident that we are well on the way back to the 25 boat fleets that we used to see racing in our big events. We plan two more guest days next year on Sat 10th May and Sunday 27th June. If these are as successful as the first one then the class boat builders will need be on standby! If you know anyone who may want to come to these days please contact Christine Graves by clicking here.

CLASS BOAT AVAILABLE TO GUESTS

As an important addition to the recruitment armory next year the class will also be sponsoring a boat for the whole season to be made available for guests to sail on a daily basis for a small contribution to running costs. The users can be existing club members or potential new members. Full details to follow. Contact the Class Captain here if you know someone who you think would like to try Swallow Sailing. They will be made very welcome.

A DATE FOR YOUR DIARY
Planning for our Winter AGM gathering on the 10th and 11th January is well under way. For those new to the class this is a whole weekend get together with the AGM after tea on Saturday and a Dinner at the Club on the Saturday night to which all are welcome. Bring friends and family. Sunday will be walk followed by a pub lunch. Keep that date clear. Full details to follow.


REACH TROPHY 2014

Posted 14th October 2014

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SWALLOW - BOB MASSEY TROPHY REPORT

Posted 1st October 2014

Our esteemed PRO for the weekend (David Priscott) and his very distinguished team (Bill Barnes) accompanied by their very/more experienced better halves had a relatively easy decision to make for us all on an overcast Saturday morning – back to bed. Not for long though as there was hope of a whisper at 1pm and with biblical foresight, so it came to pass. Well sort of, we set out for two b2b races on the top of the tide but needed to be towed down harbour and remained umbilically attached to BV for a while thereafter pending the SW ‘breeze’ eventually reaching us.

Please click here to download this report as a pdf file