Boys Sail Training Week 2016 (July 10th – 15th) Unfavourable weather in the Solent meant the simple voyage to Cowes became a nightmare for many; high winds, big seas and rain. Monday morning was no better, so the sail to Yarmouth, against wind and tide, was postponed. Instead we set sail for the sun drenched beaches of Gosport. All mustered by 1300 hrs and off on the ferry to the Portsmouth Naval Museum. Really, this is the most amazing museum with HMS Victory resplendent in its new (original) colours and all five decks open to the public. On Tuesday we set sail to Yarmouth although unfortunately the weather was still not good. Aboard Carte Blanche we got in a bit of a twist with our main halyard and in a gallant effort to sort this out Harry Tinker,
now known as Halyard Harry pulled the main halyard from the mast. We arrived back in Gosport after advice from the charter company and managed to re-thread it. All was not lost as we departed for Yarmouth at 1200 noon we battled against wind, tide and huge seas and managed to get into Yarmouth at 1800 hrs. Wednesday was bright and breezy. We had a good sail to the Needles lighthouse, turned back and set sail to Buckler’s Hard. A great day of sailing, the boys taking turns at the helm and thoroughly enjoying the day.Thursday was race day, and Damian King, Deputy Master Academic, made sure that his team was ready to win from the crack of dawn. Great news too that Hakan Digby had been selected to join the GB sailing team. We headed back to Cowes for the last night supper at the Island Sailing Club.
Taffs (09-16) for the first time. It was especially pleasing to win in Dulwich’s first year of organising the regatta – for which our thanks go to Alistair Capon and Richard Sainsbury (63-72) who ran a very well organised event (though were both missed on the Dulwich boat!). As always, the crew is very grateful for the continued support of the ASS members, and it was wonderful to have two supporter’s boats out on the water on the Sunday to share the win. Many thanks also to the Light family for their hospitality and support on the water. This year’s crew: Mark Richmond (95-00) – Skipper & Helmsman Jason Proctor (00-07) - Tactician Charlie Lowe (94-01) - Navigation Anthony Lindley (92-00) – Main Trim Bobby Proctor (05-10) - Trim Ollie Light (03-08) - Trim Jemima Lofts (Current Staff) - Trim
Tom Tidbury (93-00) – Pit Ben Taffs (09-16)– Mast Ben Tomkins (81-86) – Bow John Tudor (67-74)- Bow
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