It has been recognised for some time that it can be daunting for less experienced OODs to sort out courses for three fleets when the pressure is on to get the course laid and the race started. Help is at hand. Over the last few months the Sailing Committee have put together twenty four example courses - three for each of the cardinal wind directions, covering good tide/wind, low tide and low wind conditions. Each course is shown in a format that you can transfer directly to the course board, and includes some instructions on how to position the start line and the inflatable buoys.

There is a copy of the course guide in the race box and the boat house so it is easy for the OOD to ask the safety boat teams to lay "Course 1a" for example (the good wind/tide course for North winds). At the bottom of each course section there is a summary of the buoys that need to be loaded into the safety boats. Each of the course sheets are laminated so you can slide them out of he folder and take them afloat if you wish - but remember to put them back.

The Dinghy Cruising fleet took to the water on 14 September in true Goldilocks conditions - a glorious autumn day with enough wind for safe manoeuvres in the river mouth but not too much for comfort. Once again the destination was the Harbour View Café, which to our joy has been reprieved for another year.

Club safety cover was on hand, especially appreciated in the tricky area behind the Warren with its visible and not-so-visible obstructions. Many thanks to the safety crews, who sacrificed an idyllic day's sailing in order to see the fleet safely out and back home again.

Click here to see the day recorded in a great series of photographs by Elaine Beer aboard RS Vision 504 with husband Malcolm.

Merlin Rockets at Starcross YC – Round 10

The forecast for the Craftinsure Silver Tiller at Starcross Yacht Club on 11/12 May looked promising for a great weekend’s sailing with F3 NW’ly for Saturday, but a lighter veering F2, round to SE’ly for the Sunday. Not the biggest range of tide which allowed for more options, but also got the travellers out of bed early on the Saturday to come and join in the fun.

Saturday’s racing was set opposite the club, with the leeward mark off the Lympstone moorings. Three Port-hand P courses were the order of the day of approx. 45 mins each. Although the sun was out for the majority of the time, the odd cloud made the solid F3 feel a bit chilly between races.

The Starcross YC leg of the Two Rivers (Exe and Teign) joint event for Juniors under 15 was held on Saturday 29th June 2019. Medium southerly breezes of between 5 –10 knots greeted the four RS Feva teams in the fast fleet and the ten mixed bag of single-handed boats in the slow fleet. There were three races for each fleet with courses set by PRO James Wells and his team.

The fast fleet was won with three first places by Sophie Raven and Cerys Morgan from Exe SC, giving some indication to the boats behind (which were Josh/Angus and Alana/Will from Exe SC, and Ben/Tom from SYC) what needs to be done to reach regional squad level.

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