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Santa Irene Club de Vela Newsletter - 4th November 2009

Where does the time go? I nearly missed watching “La Señora” on Tuesday night, could be I´ve been doing a bit of extra sailing. Last Thursday 29 of October, Dermot, Len and yours truly met Mike Paveling and his brand new “Devon Lugger” an 18 ft. 6 in. classic boat. With Mike´s friend, off we went went to launch her at Villaricos. After few hours of sailing in ideal weather, it was back to the slipway. She was a joy to sail with plenty of room for the five of us. Three days later, it was the Drascombe “ Dos Amigos” on the water, out of Garrucha, with five of us plus Rufus. Del, was out with Lyndon on the “420”, they thoroughly enjoyed them selves, Trevor was on the water too. The number of members that arrived at the Club House, “Purto del Rincon “ for coffee was encouraging, the topic of the day was the slipway which is very near completion.

There are many benefits being in Garrucha. One, we have a Club House, a Dinghy Park and soon , we hope a Slipway. Two, we are in the company of the “Garrucha Club de Vela” the Sailing Cruisers; on occasions, we have been able to crew for them during some on their Regattas. One of our member who has benefited from this experience is Allan. He joined us about 4 years ago, with no knowledge of sailing, he soon learned the ropes, eventually buying his own dinghy.

Then, a course at Mar Menor, to obtain his “Day Skipper” certificate, then back with us for a few months sailing his “Wayfarer”.

Eventually, signing on to do Yacht deliveries as crew when it was suitable for him. His last trip was in September, when he was on a 55 ft. Luxury Yacht out of Gibraltar to Lymington in the U.K.

The trip took 7 days and 7 hours, the Yacht then went on to the London “Boat Show”. I,m happy, we were able to help him full fill a Dream.

Miguel, our local chemist and Skipper of his 41 ft. sailing Yacht “Spinnaker”, has been sampling the delights of the Atlantic too, entering the Yacht race from Huelva (S. West. Spain) to San Sebastian in Gomera ( The Canary Island ). The Race it self was about 800 nautical miles. Although most of the Yachts were larger than Miguel´s, he finished on the podium in 3rd place. To achieve this result, Miguel, Crew and Spinnaker sailed a total of 2400 miles mas o menos.

Congratulation ! From Santa Irene Club de Vela.

Remember, we meet at the Club House, Sunday morning 11:00 am. Take care.

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

Sailing News Sol Times - 28th October 2009

After all the excitement of Almeria and the "iShares Extreme 40 Regatta",we  are back home with our feet on the ground ( or should i say in the water ) at Garrucha. It has left me with thoughts of: how can we bring the sport of Sailing to the population of Levante Almeriense. The first thing we need is good access to the water, I hope that will be forthcoming in the very near future in Garrucha. Some years ago we requested a slipway be built on Mojacar Playa, it was refused by the Ministerio de Fomento (Costas).

I am happy to say with the quiet weather conditions of the past couples of weeks, we have been able to launch some of the light-weight dinghies from the playa, near the Virgen del Mar, Garrucha, our dinghy  park is not too far away. No problem for the "Drascombe" she is on a Marina berth and soon to be joined  by a"Devon Lugger" an 18 ft 6 in. Classic.

The constrution of the Harbour Extension is almost complete, we now have a very large lagoon where boats can assemble on the water for a "Sail Past" in our effort to promote the sport. I noticed the  Ministers etc. had high praise for the iSarres Regatta, we would appreciate some support at the "Grass  Roots".

Some good news: The number of people arriving on Sunday morning at the "Rincon del Puerto" for coffee and a chat about the Club grows ever week, we are very pleased to see you. But, where are the young people? Perhaps they think it´s too slow, so lets tell you about a fast Trimaran  "Banque Populaire" which crossed the Atlantic in 3 days, 15 hours, 25 minutes and broke the 24 hour  record completely! Sailing 908 miles in 24 hours, you couldn´t do that on a Moped. Before you can crew  one of these, you need to learn to sail, so why not join us!

Oh! Remind me to tell you about our Fast Cat the "Catapult", it´s a Flyer.
We look forward to seeing you on Sunday, 11 am at El Rincon del Puerto, Garrucha. Take care

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

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