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Santa Irene Club de Vela Newsletter - 3rd June 2009

So! Where were you on Sunday the 31st of May? We missed You, it was Open Day at the Cuevas Canal. You probably didn´t know, we only heard about it on the 20th . Full of enthusiasm, I decided we would help out with a Boat Show. I was expecting Live Music, Dancing girls, a Café Bar with tapas etc. What we did get was a “Blow up Castle”! So, where were the Families? We do know that some times the Local Authorities are a little shy about advertising events.

Never the less, thanks to those that came along, maybe few in numbers but it´s quality that counts. Some of the boats on show were the 17ft 6in. Osprey, Classic Kittiwake, an immaculate Enterprise from San Juan de los Terreros, a 420 and the Laser Fun Boat etc. More than a dozen boats.

We enjoyed our day with Dinghy and Rib sailors, reminiscing about past adventures. Our good friend John Slade was demonstrating how to assemble our” Catapult Catamaran”; unfortunately we were short of a few items. He assures me it can be on the water within 30mn. There are three of these “Catapults” in the area, maybe we should have a Competition one day with a Prize for the first Cat on the water.

The 5m. Catapult has an Aluminium Frame and Inflatable Hulls, it can be dismantled quickly for easy storage or can be fitted to the Roof Rack of your car, if you are interested, there is one for Sale .

We didn´t make it to the “Princess Sofia Trophy” Regatta held in Palma Majorca although we were invited. The Regatta was for Olympic Class Dingies, once again GBR were top sailing Nation with a total of eight Medals.

The first venue to be completed for the 2012 Olympic Games is the Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy. Possibly some of the finest sailing waters in the UK. With new on shore facilities, a sailing school operated by Laser, I hope they will invite me to sail an SB3 when I visit them later this year. It´s changed a bit since 1947 when I was taught to sail in a 27ft. Whaler from HMS Victorious. On the 11th of June this year Queen Elizabeth will be visiting the Academy to congratulate the Lads and Lases on a Job well done. On that day -the 11th – there will be 1139 days to the start of the London Olympics.

The Volvo Ocean Race which started from Alicante on the 11th of October 2008 will be completed when they arrive at San Petersburg, Russia on the 27th of June 2009. They sailed from Galway, Ireland on the 6th of June with stop overs at Göteborg and Stockholm. They will have sailed 37000 nautical miles to complete their epic voyage around the world.

Come and visit us at Cuevas for the next few Sundays, I will be keeping my eye on the progress of the new slipway at Garrucha. In the mean time come and try out the Fun Boat. Remember to bring a picnic, chair and sunshade.

Take care

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

Sailing News Sol Times - 27th May 2009

The last couple of Sundays the 17th and 24th have been real Fun Days at the Cuevas Canal. We have left home at 10:30 and arrived back 6:30 having thoroughly enjoyed the day.

The boats on the water have been the Topper, Solo, Europe, Oppie and the Laser Fun Boat, a Catamaran style boat. I can only describe it as an elongated sauce. Oh!! and a Sailboard, that´s been very interesting, we know now the Lake is 3 metres deep, Terry checked it on the way down. This Sunday the 31st of May is an Open Day at the Lake , it´s also the Santa Irene Club 7th Anniversary.

We are having a Boat Show with some interesting boats. A Gaff rigged “Kitty wake”, the “Fun Boat”, the” Patin”, the “Catapult” with inflatable hulls and how about Twin Sail Boards with a deck between them, it could be the ideal teaching platform for sailboarding plus our usual sailing Dinghies.

News from the Garrucha Yacht Club, the Big Boys. Their Regatta on the 24th of May was won by the Mojacar sailing family and local chemist Miguel. On the same day, the Population of Galway, Ireland were celebrating with the crew of “Green Dragon” the Volvo 70 which had finished Leg 7 in 3rd place, so were on the Podium. They had arrived at 4 am in the morning with an escort of about 500 small boats. Galway is the Home Port of “Green Dragon”, they have until the 6th of June to celebrate, then it is the Start of Leg 8 to Göteborg, Sweden, 950 nautical miles. The 14th of June will see the Start of Leg 9 to Stockholm, Sweden, 525 nm. The Final Leg, to St. Petersburg, Russia 400 nm. will start on 25th of June. By the 27th of June, all the Crews of Volvo Ocean World Race, will be celebrating the end of the epic 37000 nautical miles voyage around the World.

We hope to be celebrating the opening of the New Slipway at Garrucha harbour, until then, we hope to see you at the Cuevas Canal.

Take care

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

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