The club is closed until further notice

Coronavirus (Covid19) Sailing Update (25 March)
 
All sailing activities have ceased at Littleton until further notice and the clubhouse will remain locked. This is to enable us to comply with the government’s rules on limiting social contact and reducing the spread of the virus. The RYA have made it clear that their recommendation is the same for all Registered Training Centres and we are applying the same logic across all sailing activities including “buddy sailing”, so what ever your personal views on the rights and wrongs of the situation we ask that you do not take your boats out on the water however tempting it might be.
 
The clubhouse will remain locked during this time, but if you do feel you need to visit the club to check up on your boat the outside toilet will remain available. Please keep it clean. Most importantly, if there are others at the club please respect their right to maintain a safe distance, i.e. the 2m social distancing rule. 
 
For those with access to keys, please do not unlock the clubhouse as we need to be extra vigilant with regards to security at this time. You may also have heard about the recent spate of break-ins, the latest of which resulted in all four of our safety boats having the engines stolen or damaged. The police have been notified and have all the details. We are looking to improve security and there will be occasional visits to make sure that all is well. 
 
These are tough times for us all and will also present challenges for the club. However, as much as we might like to we can’t say that sailing is essential but it will be all the sweeter when we do get back on the water again. Meanwhile, we are looking at other ways to keep up your sailing skills such as hosting an online virtual sailing regatta. Hopefully more on that later.
 
We will keep you informed of any changes, but do not expect these to be soon. If anyone has any questions or concerns please contact me or one of the other committee members. I can also recommend the Littleton Sailing WhatsApp group as a way to stay in touch with sailing friends. Text me you phone number if you need to be added.
 
Thank you
 
Alan Povey
Rear Commodore (Sailing)
 

Icicle Trophy 2020

The first Littleton Trophy event of the year took place on Sunday 5th January. The Icicle Trophy was sailed in more pleasant conditions than it has been in some past years, and certainly not living up to its name on this occasion! Thanks go to Steve Jones and his team for setting some great courses resulting in some close racing over the three general handicap race series. In a total fleet of 15 entries, congratulations to Nick Pepper, who triumphed in his Laser, to take the trophy at the end of the day.

See full results 

View all photos (courtesy of Mike Wilkie)

2020 CSSC Dinghy Championships – 23 & 24 May

The 2020 CSSC National Dinghy Championships will be hosted by Littleton Sailing Club over the Spring Bank holiday with racing on Saturday 23nd May and Sunday 24th May.

We welcome all CSSC Members, members of CSSA Sailing Clubs, and Armed Forces Sailing Associations, with opportunities to participate for all levels of experience, from youth sailors to those new to competitive racing, through to the most competitive:

  • A rookie fleet and championship fleet
  • Youth, double handed and single handed awards
  • Coaching available for those new to racing
  • BBQ on Saturday and catering available on site
  • Local camping and hotel accommodation available
  • Ample car parking available
  • CSSA Trophies and awards
  • Local dinghies available to rent, for those travelling a distance
  • Compete as a club or area group for the CSSA team trophy, the ‘Littleton Bell’, currently held by Hooe Point Sailing Club, Plymouth

Full details and how to enter >

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

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

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.

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.

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 …