Littleton Juniors at British Youth Sailing Regional Championships

Ten of Littleton’s Junior sailors competed in the British Youth Sailing (BYS) London & South East Regional Junior Championships 28-29 September 2019 at Datchet Water Sailing Club (DWSC)  in the coached regatta fleet.

The Juniors bravely took to the water in extremely challenging conditions, with waves crashing onto the exposed beach at DWSC and a strong onshore wind gusting up to 25 knots.

Lottie Phillips and Lucia Evans took 2nd and 3rd respectively in the Tera class, with Khenza and Tazkiya Yazid taking 2nd in the Feva Class. Full results can be seen hereWell done to all the Juniors who took part. 

BYS junior championships
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Win for Littleton Crew at 2019 CSSC Dinghy Championships

The 2019 CSSC Dinghy Championships, held over the weekend of 20 – 22 September, saw 3 crews from Littleton travel to Hooe Point Sailing Club for 2 days of racing in Plymouth Sound.

Despite difficult conditions, with gusts over 25 knots and rolling waves, Andrew and Nick Selves finished 13th in their RS800, whilst Luca and Mika Colombi finished 15th in a Laser Bahia borrowed from Hooe Point SC. Mika was delighted to be awarded the Junior Cup as the youngest competitor in the fleet at 9 years old.   

Congratulations to Dan Goodman and Debbie Clark, who took the overall win convincingly in their RS800, finishing all but one of the 6 races in first position. See the full 2019 CSSC dinghy championships results here

2019 CSSC dinghy championships
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Autumn and Winter Sailing Schedule from 5th October

Our winter series racing starts on the Saturday 5th October and continues every Saturday until the end of the year. There will be no safety cover or racing on Sundays. The schedule is as follows:

11.00 Solo Class
11.05 General Handicap
12.45 General Handicap
14.00 Personal Handicap Pursuit

From January till end of March we will be swapping days so that we have racing and safety cover on Sundays only.

Note that on days when there is no safety cover over the winter members may still sail so long as they have someone else in attendance who could effect a rescue if needed.

Winter Clothing
Please be reminded that our club rules state that from November till end of March either a wetsuit or drysuit must be worn as the water temperature becomes rather more refreshing.

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Comet Open Meeting – Sunday 8th Sept

Attention all Comet sailors!

Littleton will be hosting our annual Comet Open Meeting on Sunday the 8th September. This is a chance to come and sail against other Comets visiting for the day. There will be 4 races with 3 to count. The £12 entry fee includes a prizegiving tea after sailing. If you fancy your chances but don’t own a Comet then the club has two for hire to members. To hire a Comet go to Boat Hire and follow the instructions.

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Moonlight Race

From a fairly lively wind with a blustery shower in the late afternoon, the wind settled down to near perfect for our annual Moonlight Race, held on the 31st August. After an early BBQ supper competitors added the final touches to their boat lights and decorations and took to the water as the sun went down.

Race Officer Tim Hore and his team set a triangular course with lit marks to aid navigation. The wind held well during the race giving sailors a decent sail and spectators a great view from the clubhouse balcony.

Congratulations to Jon Jowett who was the overall winner and to the Lemmon family who won the best lit boat prize in their Mirror dinghy.

View some images of the event …

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RNLI Quiz Night with Fish & Chip Supper

Saturday 21st September
Bar open from 7pm for 7.30pm start
Admission: £12:00 per person (including supper).

Teams of 8. lndividuals will be placed into teams of 8.
Please reserve your place or team by 7th Sept 2019

Sign Up on the sheet in the galley  or contact Mel on harimell@hotmail.com

RNLI Christmas cards gifts and souvenirs will be for sale.
All proceeds of this event will go directly to the RNLI .

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Laser Open Meeting Results

20 boats took part in our Laser Open Meeting held on Saturday 13th April. This event was part of the Laser Thames Area Traveller Series.

The event coincided with a cold snap in the Spring weather with a shifty easterly wind which picked up as the day went on, to reach 16mph gusting 26mph at its peak.

Congratulations to the overall winner of the event, Sammy Isaacs-Johnson. Demonstrating a consistently solid performance throughout the day, Sammy won with 2 race wins plus a 2nd place to count. He discarded a 3rd place in race 2, which was won on handicap by Edward Brown, one of only two Laser Radials competing.

2nd overall with one race win was Gary Bullock, whilst 3rd overall and 1st Littleton boat was Mike Bean.

View the full results …
View pictures of the event …

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Solo Open Meeting – Sunday 28th April

We look forward to welcoming all visiting and home club Solo sailors to our Solo Open Meeting, which will be held on Sunday 28th April.

Registration will open be at 9.30 am. It is planned to run four races, the first race start will be scheduled for 11.00am, and the following three races at times to be advised on the day. If four races are held, three will count for overall positions, if three races are held, two will count. If less than two races are held, all  will count.

Entry fee: £12.00 (to include tea and cakes at the end of the afternoon).

Download Notice of Race
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Note: there will be no club racing or cruising during this event.

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Littleton Awarded RYA British Youth Sailing Club Status

Littleton Sailing Club is delighted to announce that thanks to the efforts of our volunteers past and present, we have been awarded British Youth Sailing (BYS) Recognised Club status by the Royal Yachting Association (RYA).

Littleton’s recognition was awarded at the RYA Dinghy Show, Alexandra Palace on Sunday 3rd March 2019.  It was received by Stephen Lemmon the 2019 leader for the Junior Sailing Group, and Andrew Selves our Youth Instructor.

To qualify for the recognition, the Club demonstrated that we met a series of
exacting standards, we run a regular race training programme within recognised BYS classes, youth sailors from the Club  participate in BYS Regional Junior Championships (among others) and we continue to deliver training using qualified RYA Coaches to RYA Recognised Training Centre Standards.

If you are interested in trying dinghy sailing, or perhaps have previously sailed and want to take it to the next level, see our Youth Sailing activities and opportunities.

For more information on the BYS programme, visit the RYA website.

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