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Santa Irene Club de Vela Newsletter - 1st February 2007

What a start to the New Year, warm sunshine and light sailing breezes – who could ask for more. We’ve been sailing out of Garrucha with a variety of boats, Lynne and Paul in the Laser 400, Jim in the solo, Trevor in the Tideway, Morris and me in the Pastinaca, Nick in his new Phantom, a high performance single hander and of course Terry and friends in the Drascombe- he serves tea, coffee and sandwiches.

We are awaiting the return of George, Frank, Jim and Peter, all Hobie sailors. Last week Vic and Mick launched the Hobie 16 from Garrucha Playa and enjoyed a good days sailing. Thanks to Nick Berridge, we now have 3 marker Buoys complete with flags – so you should be able to see them. I hope to lay a triangular course each Sunday, so we can commence racing – weather permitting.  We hope to make Saturday a training day.

It’s all a bit of fun, not to be taken too seriously, but the quickest way to improve your sailing skills. I’ll be quite happy to handicap the helmsman that gets too good – you’ll have to tow our duck.

I was happy this week to have a coffee with Argan Bailey, if you haven’t read the Argan Bailey story – why not! Perhaps it’s time to publish it again. Unfortunately he was only with us for a few days, he is now off to the Caribbean to skipper a charter yacht for a month before returning to Turkey and the 70ft yacht “Icarus” it’s at Gocek Club Marina where he will be taking over as skipper this year. What a job for a young man of 22! If you are a teenager reading this – it could be you, if you’ve got what it takes, first learn to sail with us, Argan crossed the Atlantic when he was 17, you can look at the website

Recently Dermot and friends had an interesting day out – a visit to “Faro de Mesa Roldan”, the lighthouse at Carboneras and a conducted tour by Mario Sanz Cruz who has written the history of the lighthouse. If I’ve got the dates right, it will be a 150 years old this year.
Now the battle lines have been drawn up for the 2007 America’s Cup and 12 teams prepare for the final showdown in spring in Valencia. Will we be going? I know Terry fancies taking the Drascombe – but who knows – I hope we will see a lot of it TV. “Alinghi” is the defending boat and holds the cup, boats with a chance to take it are “Emirates Team New Zealand” with Ben Ainslie on board. “BMW Oracle Racing”, “Luna Rosa” and Desafio Espanol 2007” who have signed Paul Cayard as sport and technical advisor. Paul is a legend in the sport.

Nearer to home, there will be a regatta in Aguilas on the 17th and 24th February, it’s Carnival Week, we hope our own – our very own! Frank will be participating – it’s quite a big event.

Lets hope this good weather continues and we look forward to seeing you in Garrucha.

Give me a call if you want to know more

Take care

John Talliss
Tel : 950 475 157
Movil: 658 548 790


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