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Cruising Corner report March 14th

Published 11:19 on 25 Mar 2017

Cruising Calendar

  • There is so much going on and the Club calendar is so crowded that it was proposed that we do not organise Club cruising but join the cruises of the CAI. The Cruising Corner will contact the CAI and arrange to publicise their calendar within the Club.
  • We would encourage all cruising skipper to join the CAI through their website at:
  • Also, there are informal cruising week-ends organised by individual skippers and we encourage the organisers to publicise these on the Club noticeboard and on the website.

White Sails Racing (racing without Spinnakers)

  • White Sails racing is all about encouraging non-racing skippers participate in the buzz of the Wednesday evenings and to participate at the level with which you are comfortable. As I have proven, if you turn up, you will win.
  • Rather than just meandering around the Bay, bored, White Sails racing gives a purpose to an evening out. Also, as you are following a course, you improve your sailing and navigating skills.
  • So you are nervous about starting with the White Sails fleet, there is loads of help available. There are courses being held in the Club to explain how it works. Also, if you want to participate we can arrange to have an experienced racer join your crew to show you the ropes for a few Wednesdays.
  • As Dermott described at the meeting, take a trip out on the Committee boat and have the craic and gain an insight into how race management works.


  • Those of us who are primarily cruising skippers have the opportunity to make a significant contribution to the Club as trainers and trainees.
Being Trainers.

Take a new member without any experience at all and train them to the level that they are somewhat useful as basic crew. At the next meeting, we will discuss a standard list of skills that have to be taught. Once the new enthusiast has learnt these skills, they are equipped to join other crews to pursue their specific interests.

Being Trained (run in parallel to Wednesday racing)
One of the visions of many skippers is to promote the idea of good seamanship. This requires training. It is a fact that 60% of skills is required in close manoeuvring. We will discuss at the next meeting we will finalise a series of hands on training sessions As the calendar is crowded, these could be run in parallel with the Wednesday Racing and maybe on Saturday or Sunday mornings. Some suggested topics would be:
Short-handed boat handling
Mooring and berthing drills
Real man overboard training
Reefing, heaving to, boom preventing etc
First Aid


  • One of the key ideas behind the Cruising Corner is to share ideas and provide help to skippers undertaking boat improvements. We want all skippers to share their projects so that we can all help with ideas, information on where to get bits and pieces and contribute a skill or experience.
  • Some of my upcoming projects are:
  • Anti-fouling on the slip
  • Running a new cable down the mast
  • Ideas for boom preventers
  • Proven man overboard retrieval
  • Cleaning the rust spots
  • Fitting a hand pump to the sump plug to ease oil change
  • Equipment charging
  • I shared two of my solutions at the meeting:

    Cheap charging of phones and tablets:

    (If anyone wants to borrow a hole drill bit, just ask me)

    Pick a USB socket that has two ports, one rated 2 amp (for tablets) and one rated 1 amp (for phones. The 12volt one is useful for PCs that can be charged by a cigarette lighter plug.

    (Don't be afraid to signup to the site)

    A draining board to make the washing up easy:

    Boat Jumble

    • Let's clear out our lockers.
    • Boat jumble at start of season (run on behalf of Club)
    • Swopping session at meetings
    • Maybe a "Free Bin" in the Club

    Next Meeting Tuesday 28th March, 8pm

    Last updated 11:03 on 17 November 2017

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