Gold and Bronze for Derwent Reservoir Sailing Club at the RYA North East and Humber Honda Rib Challenge Final
Our fastest club rib drivers Emily Toman and Peter Owen travelled to Otley for the regional finals and a chance to compete in the National Finals in Southampton (and win another rib?). They showed some skill gaining Bronze and Gold medal position. Congratulations to Peter who had the winning time of 1 minute 2 seconds and goes on to compete in the final at the Boat show. Last year Ollie Pirt from DRSC became National champion in the junior Honda Rib Challenge and we are now benefitting from our Honda Rib.
16 year old Adam Billany from Derwent Reservoir Sailing Club has won the Trident RYA (Royal Yachting Association) North East Young Club Sailor of the Year Award.
Saturday 11th June did not quite provide the promise of sparkling sunshine for our annual open day, but preparations and windstrengths were perfect. By midday there was quite a traffic queue at the gate of members of the public keen to "have a go" at sailing and windsurfing. Thanks to Phil Ball who diligenty manned the gate all day fuelled by much tea! Duncan and Fiona Moncrieff's precise planning of activities and ticketted time slots enabled everyone to get the sailing and windsurfing activities of their choice without much waitling and most visitors had a go in dinghies, windsurfers and a trip of Muriel. Folk came back off the slips with big smiles and excited exchanges about the fabulous experience thay had just had. A big thank you to everyone who made the event a success. Particular mention goes to Duncan and Fiona Moncrieff who organised us all, Ian for sorting out new memberships, Lionel Sainsbury for helping co-ordinate the reception, Ann Penny, Vic Linscott and Peter Stewart who efficiently kitted out the visitors in wetsuits and buoyancy aids, the team of Omega helms, Geoff Hoodless, John Watson and David Spoor, our junior Feva helms George and Charlie Coombe, Cameron Straughan, Thomas and Mark Donald and Harry Myers who provided great banter and sailing for younger visitors, Roger and Linda Coleby with Jessica Waugh selling the windsurfing dream. Clare Patton and Peter Coombe for serenely sailing the lake with Muriel and Maurice, Steve and Abi manning the ribs. There will be many I have missed but thanks to everyone who showed Derwent Reservoir Sailing Club as a fun, beautiful and friendly Club. As a result of you efforts we welcomed many new members in on Saturday.
This weekend there is plenty going on at the club for our junior racers. On Saturday 25th June we welcome the North East Youth Travellers. This is a one day event for anyone under 19 years old sailing a monohull boat with a recognised PY. There will be on the water coaching by Peter Lulham Robinson and this series is perfect for those of you new to racing with a simple traingle course . Briefing will be at 10.00am and the first race at 11.15am.
On Sunday 26th June there is a champion club coacing day for our racing juniors with Matt Goodbourn from Durham University. He is planning some match racing in the afternoon to hone your tactics and rules! 9.30 start rigged and ready . This session is for those "competent" in racing .
Dont forget the rest of you - it is supersunday again so there will be short bullett races in the morning and if you are up for something different... involvement of the adults in the match racing in the afternoon!! Come and try some close boat on boat racing with coaching from one of the countries top team racers!