The Club is presently closed to sailing whilst the Clacton/Holland Coast Protection Scheme is underway directly in front of Gunfleet. However, short-term pain....long-term gain as it won’t be long before we are back on the water, nestled in a superb bay with wonderful beaches; allowing Club members to sail at all states of the tide. During this “down-time” the actual Club is still open and it provides a superb opportunity for members to work on their boats.
Mixed May Bank Holiday weather disrupted Gunfleet Sailing Club’s race programme, with force six winds and a large swell on the sea forcing the Officer of the Day to abandon the race on Sunday for the London Trophy; the event being rescheduled for later in the year. Conditions on the Monday proved to be ideal and, as well as some social sailing, the Club members took part in the Rescue Boat, Radio and Winch Training.
Sunday 12 April came, and so did the wind. Building from a Force 5 to a Force 7, just as forecast, the south/south-westerly wind put pay to any chance of racing. The Officer Of the Day hoisted the appropriate signal flag (Answering Pennant over A) and everyone retired to the Clubhouse. But this is just the start of the season and there will be plenty of opportunities to get out on the water in the coming weeks - so don't despair.