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Santa Irene Club de Vela Newsletter - 6th December 2006

I’m in a bit of bother again! Well I invited you all to our Annual Dinner Dance at the Bella Vista Hotel, Mojacar Playa on Saturday 9th December, without letting you know the ticket price. It’s 30 Euros, cheap at half the price and you’ll be helping us towards the cost of a new engine for the safety boat.

We’ve had some good sailing during the last two weeks, with seven boats on the water, good when you consider we still have several boat owners in the UK. Before the year is out we could have ten boats on the start line. Last week Trevor and I laid an Olympic course (a triangle) The race started in a Force 3, with Hobie George and Steve making a good start to finish the race in 26mins, worthy winners. Vic and Frank seemed to get stuck on a sandbank! While Lynn and Paul were having some capsize drill in their new Laser 4000 , it’s going to be fast when they get it sorted.

A few weeks ago, I collected from Carole and Dominic a “Sun-fish” or “Sail fish”, a single hander which is unfamiliar to me. Our thanks to you for thinking of us, with a bit of TLC, it could soon be on the water. We must have 20 boats now, so where are the Dinghy Sailors that must have moved in to the area over the last couple of years – give me a call.

Two more British rising stars have taken Gold at the 470 World Championships in Rizhao, China. They are Nic Asher 21 and 23 year old Elliott Williams. They were in a fleet of 87 boats which included World and Olympic titleholders. So who will represent us in the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games. Last time it was Nick Rogers and Joe Glanfield, they won the recent Olympic Test Event in Qingdao, but only managed 10th in this years Worlds.

Another “star” for me is Simon Payne who is now the World Int. Moth Champion, he already held the National and European Titles. The Int. Moth must be a difficult boat to tame, and at 42 years of age it must be hard to know what to do next. He came into sailing at the age of 15, via his school and the Enterprise dinghies they had at Olton Mere S.C. near Birmingham, I must visit them the next time I’m in the UK.

Are you in search of a little piece of paradise – yes, better than Mojacar, why not try the British Virgin Islands, at the top of the Caribbean Island chain, in an area of about 30 miles long and 15 miles wide, there must be more than a dozen Islands with a climate of 24-31 degrees and steady trade winds. The main island is Tortola, if you are thinking of going, you can always invite me. Check out the website or call 01227 77 66 77.

Now tickets for the Dinner Dance, phone Irene or Vic on 950 529 399 or me

Hope to see you at the ‘do’ and on the Playa del Cantal opposite Mr UK



I would like to wish everyone

       AND A


Take care

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


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