|First drift of the year
||Sailed up towards the Turf and then rowed most of the way back. Not the F3 promised.
|More rowing than sailing
||The last SYC dinghy cruise of the year. Varied between next to no wind and no wind at all. Rowed about two thirds of the way. Lovely morning to be on the estuary though.
|SYC dinghy cruise
||First down river dinghy cruise of the 2018 SYC programme.
Next to no wind most of the time but a pleasant drift in bigish tides.
Beach cafe toasties as good as usual.
|Up river dinghy cruise
||An up river dinghy cruise. The weather forecast was about right with its F4 gusting F5.
The "fleet" got spread out quite a bit and, as the weather wasn't great, we headed back to the club quite early.
The camera was on the wrong settings when the photos were taken so they've been over HDR'd to see if they can be made slightly interesting.
|Dinghy sail to Dawlish
||Down from SYC, to the fairway buoy and on to the little harbour at the far end of Dawlish.
|Plymouth Sound with SYC
||With SYC on Plymouth Sound out of Mount Batten Sailing Centre. A bit windy for Liz on the Saturday so we went out on the safety boat taking piccies. GPS still on when we landed and went to the cafe - whoops. Sunday was a F7 blow out.
|Out to sea dinghy cruise
||An SYC dinghy cruise out to sea that actually made it out to sea! It looked as though there would be no wind at all for quite a while but gentle F2 / F3 filled in for most of the time.
|Out to sea dinghy cruise
||Safety boat duty on an out to sea cruise. Big tides and light winds.
|First dinghy cruise of 2013
||On safety boat duty for the first SYC dinghy cruise event of 2013. Lovely weather and a good wind but not much water on the neap tide. Upriver to the Goat Walk at Topsham.
|Down river dinghy cruise
||Down to the beach cafe and back. Very light winds most of the time but the sun was shining.
|October dinghy cruise
||An iffy weather forecast (F4 gusting F5 with occasional F6) didn't tie up with the conditions at the start time so we went out with one reef. In the end, it turned out to be a lovely sail.
|Pole Sands picnic
||A late October down river dinghy cruise. Destination was the Pole Sands for a picnic. Bit late in the season for a picnic but the planned trip earlier in the year didn't work out.
Lovely sail - decent range of winds.
Big tides assisted the top speed of 9.2 knots.
|A perfect summers sail
||With the first spell of decent weather this summer the dinghy cruise down to the Beach Cafe and back had an excellent F3 southerly sea breeze and lots of sunshine. Marvellous.
All the best photos courtesy of Lizs brother Julian.
|Liz's first safety boat drive
||Liz's first safety boat drive since getting her "Power Boat 2" training.
An out to sea dinghy cruise - out as far as the fairway buoy anyway.
|Sunny beach cafe safety boat duty
||A lovely sunny May sail down to the beach cafe and back. Light winds but just enough.
|Up to buoy 45
||Quite a "feisty" sail as the weather did pretty much what was forecast - which was F4 gusting F5. They were fairly big gusts on the way out. Ran aground near the Turf Locks - whoops - and mutinous crew made the captain get out and push us off.
|Dawlish air show dinghy cruise
||"Officer of the day" for the Dawlish air show dinghy cruise. A good day out even though not everything went to plan. The thunder and lightening was a bit of a surprise and curtailed the "out to sea" bit of the dinghy cruise a bit early and stopped the later parts of the show from happening e.g. the Red Arrows. The Vulcan bomber on its last ever visit to the Dawlish show was very impressive. All in all a very good day out!
|Dawlish Air Show Dinghy Cruise
||"Officer of the day" and safety boat duty on an out to sea dinghy cruise that coincided with the Dawlish Air Show. A few dramas a long the way but saw the Red Arrows and, later, the battle of Britain memorial flight (including two Lancasters, a Spitfire and a Hurricane).
||Strawberries and cream on the Warren
||The weather forecast was rubbish - no winds and heavy rain. Turned out to be a nice wind and only occasional rain.
||Standing in for Paul K as "officer of the day" and safety boat driver for the Commodore's Cruise. Forecast was F4 gusting F5 but with the wind from the SW a sea breeze could have taken the gusts to F6.On the water by the club we saw F5 gusts so we decided to turn the cruise into a short "free sailing" near the club. Don't think too many people minded. Followed by strawberries and cream on the grass in front of the club house.
|Exmouth and back
||Round to Exmouth and back to meet up with the SYC dinghy cruisers at the Beach Cafe. Temperature was between one and two degrees with flurries of snow.
|Exe to Dartmouth
||An SYC cruiser race from the Exe Safe Water Mark to the entrance of the Dart at Dartmouth. Then up to Dittisham for the night moored up on a visitors buoy.
I think I need a new GPS with a bit more memory as the start of this GPS track seems to have been lost as the available memory was overwritten by the next days sail down to Plymouth.
||After ten year's sailing at Starcross Yacht Club we've completed our first ever dinghy race (we did start one about five year's ago but got bored half way through and sailed off up-river).
This race was in memory of Bart Simpson who died in America's Cup practice last year and to raise funds for his sailing academy.
Amazingly we weren't last - but pretty close. On the plus side, 68 boats in the water and we didn't hit one of them!
||Strawberries and cream at the Warren. Glorious weather. Liz doing safety boat driving.
|Dartmouth to Plymouth sail
||A great sail in Dereks Sadler 26 from Dittisham on the Dart to QAB marina at Plymouth. Lovely strength winds but a lot from straight behind Wind strength better than forecast. Seas a bit rolly at times but not too bad at Start Point as we were there at slack water.
|SYC Mystery Dinghy Cruise
||"Officer Of The Day" for the SYC "mystery dinghy cruise". What the mystery was to be was, er, a mystery to us.
So we decided that it would be cricket and drinkies on the Bull Sands in the middle of the Exe Estuary at low water.
F4 gusting F5 a fair bit of the time but it seems a good time was had by all.