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Santa Irene Club de Vela Newsletter - 2nd March 2011

Bang that Drum, Ring that Bell; We have arrived! After only 8 years and 8 months. We have a Dinghy Park, thanks to Garrucha Port Authority. It all happened on Monday morning the 23rd of February, 9 of us plus 2 cars towed the dinghies from beneath the trees of our old parking spot to our new site . You will find them standing in line, from the 7 ft 6 in. “Optimists” to the 17 ft 6 in. “Osprey” on our new tarmacked Dinghy Park, complete with water and electricity laid on. Launching is no problem, we can launch at any time on the very wide slipway, just 250 metres away, in to the calm waters of Garrucha harbour, to sail to Mojacar or Vera playa. We can sail further afield in company with the 5 sailing Cruisers which we have in the Club. Monday morning was a mile stone for the Club, we were all very happy; I could hear the Band playing “When the Saints go marching in...”

There is more good news, our Club house “Rincon del Puerto” is now open and the future looks bright . Our Club will continue to grow, boats for youngsters will always be available.

I´m happy to say 4 lads were with us last Sunday, what a pity the weather was´nt more accommodating, however along with Big Allen, we were able to go through the procedure of Rigging the “Pastinaca” sailing dinghy with a couple of them,but then the rain and gale arrived. So their dinghy sailing trip was postponed until next week and we retired to el Rincon for a hot drink.

That gale certainly created problems for the sailors in the Aguilas Carnival Regatta, several yachts from Garrucha were racing there. Our very own Frank, Vic and Crew were there racing Franks yacht “Eresana”and having Fun!! No damage was done,they retired gracefully as did two thirds of the Fleet. One yacht lost its new Carbon Mast which snapped in half! A very expensive day out!!

The Barcelona World Race which started on the 31st December 2010.

As I write, the leaders will round Cape Horn, with only about 80 miles separating them. The French yacht “Virbac-Parrec 3” is leading from “Mapfre” the Spanish yacht. By the time you read this, they could be in Mid. Atlantic. You can expect to see them in Barcelona towards the end of the month. Do what you can to Boost Mapfre, I´ve been promised a discount!

Hope to see you this weekend at the “Rincon del Puerto” Garrucha, 11am onwards.

Take care.

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


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