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Santa Irene Club de Vela Newsletter - 14th July 2007

What a contrast – the last two Sundays, on the 15th, a big swell, big waves, ideal to test our Safety Boat.  It’s a 4.25m R.I:B (Ridged Inflatable Boat) on loan from our good friend Salvador.  All went well, so out came Paul and Lynne on their “Laser 4000” and Layo and Roberto in the “Wayfarer”, Alan and myself in the R.I.B.  The Wayfarer is a proven sea kindly sail boat which has been cruised as far a field as Scandinavia – here in the Med and even across the Atlantic.  With a length of almost 6ft , a beam of 6ft 1 inch it’s a boat difficult to capsize.  You should read the adventures of “Frank and Margaret Dye” in their boat.  The Wayfarer has a smaller sister; the “Wanderer” which is 14 ft long, another family sailing boat, apart from cruising there is a big racing programme for both boats back in the UK.

Then last Sunday, the 22nd the weather was almost perfect – a few more knots of wind and it would have been idyllic.  The lads and lasses on the Playa Cantal had three Hobie Cats out on the water plus a Spanish visitor, which is always good.  I hope we see many more.  Off the slipway in Garrucha was the Wayfarer, Laser 4000, me in the Dascombe and Marian was in charge of the R.I.B.  We look forward to many more idyllic days.

I always enjoy reading about young sailors, well over 330 juniors aged between 8 to 15 years old came together at Rutland S.C. for the Eric Twiname Championship’s  The classes were Optimist, Topper, Cadet, Mirror and Laser 4.7.  It was a weekend event which saw fresh breezes of 17 knots sweeping across Rutland water on Saturday.  The American Cup sailors could have done with a bit of that.  On Sunday – guess what? – it was raining but that didn’t dampen the spirits of the sailors.  Two brother and sister parings were medal winners.  Hannah and William Parkinson, 1st the Mirror class and Mary and Arthur Henderson 2nd in the Cadet class.  I must try and visit Rutland next time I am in the UK.  We wish everyone involved good fortune for the future, oh let’s not forget the parents.

I’m going to remind you – the UK is top nation in the world when it comes to dinghy sailing and “Shirley Roberson” is one of the greatest female Olympic sailors in history.  Her goal now is to achieve a third consecutive gold medal at Beijing 2008.  Now the mother of twins Annabel and Killian, born last July, she has started her campaign to be selected to sail the women’s keelboat – the “Yngling” with a new crew of Annie Lush and Lucy Macgregor.  I’ll keep you posted.

Take care

John Talliss
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