12 April 2017: Swallow News
Published 14:23 on 12 Apr 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.
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.
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.
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