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Santa Irene Club de Vela Newsletter - 15th February 2007

Perhaps in the future, I shouldn’t mention the weather – look what happened? The Pastinaca was afloat in my driveway. Talking about going afloat, you will find us at two sites, the Hobie 16’s going off from the Playa del Cantel opposite Mr UK, while the Mono Hulls will launch from the slipway at Garrucha. We are still talking to Garrucha Port Authority, re - a site for a dinghy- park, its essential for the club to grow.

Last week we enjoyed some light weather sailing and the company of Rob on the Drascombe. Rob is from Toronto, Canada and usually sails on Lake Ontario, I’m sure we will meet up again.

The week before we had a bit of fun when our galvanised mild-steel rudder went for a dive – there it was in 7ft of water in Garrucha Marina. I offered to hang onto Terry’s ankles as he went over the side but after a few minutes Irene thought we should pull him back. Thankfully Mike Banks came to the rescue – a diver with all the gear and the rudder was back on board within a minute – Thanks Mike, but what was that all about the “Odd Couple”?

The big event we have to look forward to, is the Aguilas Carnival Regatta. Frank’s 36ft Beneteau is entered for both races, on Sunday the 11th and Saturday 17th February. Crewed by the dinghy sailors of Santa Irene, we are looking forward to it. I understand there are 50 cruisers entered, I just hope the start line will be long enough.

Hannah Mills from Cardiff is a name I’ve seen over the years, she was an “Oppie” champion as a youngster, now at only 18 and sailing with Rachel Larman in a 470, the pair are hopefuls for the UK Olympics in 2012. They were presented with an award by Ellen MacArthur at the London Boat Show for their achievements so far. Luke Patience and Mark Angell are back in the news, if you remember they completed the first and youngest circumnavigation of the UK on an 18ft Beach Cat. It took 29 days, they averaged 92 miles a day, some feat! We need to look at their web site again- Their Tiger Cat is now in Australia where the formula 18 World Championships will be at Yeppoon, Queensland on February 19th. After that they will be getting ready for the “Archipelago Raid” in Swedish waters - that’s in July. The start is Stockholm- and guess what, they will be sailing there, all the way from the UK! The first leg is from Harwich to North Denmark a distance of about 400miles. Then two more legs to arrive in Stockholm. They have sailed in 42 knots of wind in their UK adventure, I hope we don’t get any of that in the Aguilas Regatta.

If you fancy “messing about in boats!” then come and talk to us, look at our website or call me

Take care

John Talliss
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