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Santa Irene Club de Vela Newsletter - 28th January 2009

Who remembers the “ Navy Lark “ I´ll remind you it was in the Good Old Days of BBC Radio 1960-1970 mas o menos. What made me remember it ? It was Jimmy, the owner of the Lark dinghy which is in our dinghy park near the Slipway Garrucha, Jimmy and the Lark were out sailing along with 5 other sail boats on Sunday the 18th, that was well before the Gale Force winds arrived. If there are any Lark sailors out there come and talk to Jim, it was and still is widely used by Universities.

Another dinghy which will soon appear on the Dinghy Park is an Osprey which will be our biggest racing dinghy at 17ft 6in. Again , we are interested to talk to any ex Osprey sailors.

Back in the Fold is Jim Barr with his single handed “Solo” and a 6 metre sailing cruiser. I´m happy the say the Club was able to find a Berth for the cruiser at Garrucha Marina, so you will see Jim sailing not only on Sundays but also during the week, good to have you back Jim.

Other dinghy news is the Classic “Way farer” which has been sailing for over 50 years has been remodelled, it´s now the MK IV. The front and rear buoyancy tanks have gone, it now has a double floor to give buoyancy, I must say it looks a very stylist boat, would I like one? Guess I´ll have to wait until next Christmas. The first time I sailed one was at Emsworth Sailing School, teaching sailing for “Crab Searl”, that must have been 50 years ago, for me it was one way of taking a Sailing Holiday.

No problem to take a sailing holiday now and you don´t have to go too far, “Minorca Sailing” we know is good, our own Paul, Lynne and Nick have been there. It´s well recommended, if you want to improve your sailing, see the article by Paul on our website. I,m told Turkey is good, uncrowded with reliable winds and a population that genuinely wants to give you value for money. There is also Italy, check out: for the Bay of Naples and Elba, out side the peak holiday season. There is all the year round sailing in Egypt. You want to be able to drive there? How about “Rockley Watersports” in South West France, situated around a warm freshwater lake with sandy beaches. If I win the Lottery it will be the “Bitter End Y.C.” in the British Virgin Islands, perfect year round sailing conditions, eternal sunshine, and crystal blue waters.

We can have all the year round sailing at the Cuevas Canal. We need to talk seriously to the New Management Company when it reopens on the 1st of the February.

If you want to see an episode of the “Navy Lark” visit us at Garrucha slipway any Sunday morning at 11am and meet ... Leslie Phillips, Jon Pertwee and Ronnie Barker.

Oh! I´ll be there too.

Take care

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

Sailing News Sol Times - 28th January 2009

"A Sunny Day in Garrucha Town” that was a song title many year ago—Well some thing like that.

So it was on Sunday the 18th of January, when 6 boats from Santa Irene took to the water to sail out and around the “Bulkcarrier” that was anchored off. We could have made it a mark of the race course had there been a few more knots of wind, as it was we just enjoyed been out there in the warm sunshine. It was another good day on the 25th the temperature 22º but we were watching the winds, the forecast was a force 5 by mid. Afternoon, our safety boat was on the water with Paul keeping his eye on the situation.

How about our Inland Waters! The news from Cuevas Town Hall is that the Canal will reopen on the 1st of February. Without doubt, it´s the ideal situation to involve the Young, Old or the Disabled in water sports. During the short time we were there last year, it was an absolute “JOY”, if you remember it was the “dead fish” which put a stop to our activities. I hope in the near future we can come to some arrangement with the new Management Company that will benefit the whole Local community.

Not much time for me to do any Lobbying, Houria and I are visiting Madrid for a few days. Did you know there is a Club Nautico Madrid? They must be using one of the many Reservoirs around the City; I will check it out at the “Madrid Tourist Board”.

Now, that World Race which started from Alicante, the Volvo Open 70´s are on their 4th Leg Singapore to Qingdado China. Our favourite Green Dragon has a broken Forestay, that´s the wire which holds the mast up! It broke in only 17 knots of wind and was new when they started So who made it!!. The latest news is that “Puma” has a broken boom which happened in 50 knots of wind. We hope they are well insured !!

Take care

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

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