Reports 2019

Gunfleet Sailing Club’s 2019 Cadet Week, sponsored by ORSTED, proved to be an exciting and fun-filled time for the younger members of the Club.  Each morning the sailors took part in a race series whilst after lunch they joined together in teams to take part in games, both on and off the water.  Tuesday and Wednesday were slightly disrupted by strong winds, but the programme was adjusted accordingly, ensuring a busy and fast moving range of activities throughout all five days. 

Gunfleet Sailing Club held the race for the Bill Clarke Shield on Sunday 4 August, with Paul Stanton taking first place in his Laser.

Gunfleet Sailing Club held the race for the Potterers Pot last Sunday 28 July, an event specifically for dinghies that fall into the slow handicap fleet, with Rob Lockett leading the fleet over the finishing line.

Gunfleet Sailing Club held the fourth race in its evening Summer Series on Wednesday 17 July which, following some interesting tactics, saw Ken Potts taking first place in his Laser.

Gunfleet Sailing Club held the race for the Tee Dee Challenge Cup last Sunday 14 July with Ken Potts winning the trophy in his Laser.

After an exciting race at Gunfleet Sailing Club last Sunday 7 July it was John Tappenden that won the Bill Geddes Trophy in his Laser.

Gunfleet Sailing Club welcomed members of neighbouring Clacton Sailing Club last Sunday 30 June when the pursuit race for The Chase Trophy was held.  The race is based on staggered starts, the slowest handicapped craft leaving first, followed by the next slowest etc., until the fastest handicapped competitors complete the order of play.  This meant, based on a 12:30 p.m. finish, that the first start was the Topper at 11:00 a.m. and the last was the Hurricane 5.9 SX some 44 minutes later.

Members of the Gunfleet Sailing Club enjoyed some exciting sailing, in the single-handed race for the Toppo Trophy last Sunday 23 June, with John Tappenden taking the honours in his RS Aero.

Lively conditions did not deter members of the Gunfleet Sailing Club from entering the race for the London Trophy last Sunday 16 June which, after a well fought battle, was won by Ken Potts.

Gunfleet Sailing Club’s Ken Potts took the winning gun in his Laser when taking part in race five of the Tony Chadd Trophy Series.

Gunfleet Sailing Club held its 2019 Regatta on Sunday 2 June with a full day of racing and many visiting sailors.

Gunfleet Sailing Club held the race for the Jubilee Cup with Yvonne Gough taking her Laser to victory.

Gunfleet Sailing Club welcomed over 50 visitors on Saturday 18 May when it held its “Push The Boat Out” taster day.  In absolutely ideal weather conditions the public had a chance to take to the water and discover the fun to be had from sailing dinghies off the coast of Holland on Sea.  All ages took part and the day was heralded a great success by the members and visitors alike.

The weather conditions were practically perfect, last Sunday 12 May, for Gunfleet Sailing Club holding the fifth and final race of its Spring Series.  A force three east-north easterly breeze, sunshine, clear skies and blue seas greeted the eager competitors as they jostled for position on the line.  The whole fleet started on starboard tack, with a tight bunch at the Outer Distance Mark; Clare Giles leading the dinghies in her Europe.

Gunfleet Sailing Club held the race for the Wallet Trophy over the May Bank-Holiday with Andy Cornforth taking his Laser to victory.