If a year ago you had said to us that the 2020 season might not happen due to a global pandemic, we would have presumed you had drunk too much on the bar crawl. Despite it looking rather touch and go as to whether we could hold any racing a few weeks ago, we are delighted the regulations allow it and cannot wait to get back on the water.
We usually like to say the coming season will be bigger and better than the last. This year we have to make an exception to this, however, we are determined to not allow it to knock the momentum ASC had gathered over the past 2 years.
Unfortunately, we will not be able to hold our hugely popular junior race training this year which will be missed by the club’s junior members. The same can be said about the social calendar, though the sore heads the morning after will certainly not be! The Long Distance Race has also been dropped from the programme this year, but will certainly resume in 2021.
Despite this, we still have a jam-packed August of sailing for our members to look forward to. We have retained all the weekend series, with the addition of the new Lockdown Trophy which runs over the weekend of August 15th and 16th, as well as the Wednesday afternoon series which last year saw a staggering 21 boats enter!
As always, we kick off the season with the 1st Weekend Series on the 1st and 2nd August. Last year saw the Middleton family take home a 1, 2 with Ian winning in a D-Zero closely followed by son James in a Laser Radial. John and Alice Edwards rounded off the podium clinching third place following a race 4 win. Both day’s sailing starts at 2:00PM and are back-to-back races.
If you wish to sail, please remember to sign up via our new online booking system on WebCollect and familiarise yourself with the ASC COVID Risk Assessment before you hit the water. For more information please contact Andy Teague
There are also plenty of other prizes up for grabs. The Waddington Cup, awarded to the winner of the first race of the season, is to be hotly contested as always. Last year’s winner Ben Teague is unable to be in Abersoch for the opening weekend’s sailing meaning we might see a new name on the trophy for 2020. The novelty armbands, awarded to the first capsize of the season are also up for grabs. Our Commodore Jan Frickle took home the prize last year and will be keen not to repeat the feat this year!
ASC certainly have plenty to look forward to in 2021 and it certainly looks set to be a memorable socially distanced season!
The Friday night before the 3rd Weekend Series started, the annual ASC pub crawl took place in the Vaynol. Following the traditions set last year, the social was again a walk to the pub and crawl out of it rather than a visit to multiple destinations! The turnout was fantastic with just short of 40 members (that is half the club!) lining the Vaynol’s bar, manned by incoming Social Sec Georgia Panayi as well as sister Sophia. The night was thoroughly enjoyed by all, some more than others (we’re looking at you Jamie Teague), and the event will most certainly be back on the social calendar next year.
The following day saw 8 intrepid sailors hit the water. Gusts were at times north of 25 knots. We would have had more out had it not been for the annual pub crawl in the village the night before!! There have been calls to move the race to the afternoon next year following the pub crawl which I think will be a very good idea. Performance of the day goes to Bronwen Stuttaford sailing her Pico. In what must be the most challenging conditions she has ever sailed in managed to finish the first race. Joe and Ged Dickinson also had a great race and also found the conditions challenging. Nat Pritchard Jones in his Feva had a fantastic race with his mother Debbie as crew. Daft Debbie was determined to get the Kite flying but suffered from the sheets shredding her hands but had a smile a mile wide and said they had a great time. John Edwards single-handed in a Mirror Dinghy put us all to shame when he got to the windward mark and put up the kite!! Mike and Ali Casey finished one race even with a capsize.
Well done to all who sailed and many thanks to the team on the water for the race and getting us all back to shore safely.
Sunday 11th August saw the first-ever ASC long-distance race taking place. Despite a difficult Westerly offshore breeze, OOD Andy Teague set an exciting course spanning from the Islands to Llanbedrog head, incorporating plenty of exciting reaches much to the excitement of the 10 starters.
The race started in an unconventional manner with a Le Man-style start. All competitors had their boats in the water ready to go and with one big blast of the hooter, they were away! The lighter, shifty conditions close to the beach meant there was plenty of separation between the fleet by the first mark. Ian Middleton sailing a D-Zero and Charlie Ball in his Laser got away quick and established themselves a solid lead. They battled around the bay, however, Charlie came out on top by 42 seconds with Ian finishing in second place. However, the performance of the day has to go to Tom and Nat Pritchard-Jones in their RS Feva XL. In their first-ever ASC race (which also happened to be the first time, they had ever sailed together!), they took a fantastic third place!
The race also saw a hotly competitive battle between 3 RS200s which ended with all 3 boats finishing within 49 seconds of each other. John and Alice Edwards finished in 4th as the first RS200 whilst an incredible last beat saw Ben Teague and Ottie Pritchard (who was sailing an RS200 and an asymmetric boat for the first time) hunt down Mike Casey and Mark Lind, beating them by 7 seconds.
After the disappointment of last year with the race getting blown off, the first instalment of the ASC Long-Distance Race was one to be remembered and was enjoyed by all. Bring on next year!
Result can be found below:
2019 is our second season which started on the 27th July with the 1st Weekend Series. There were 12 entries in this series, in which Ian Middleton came 1st showing there is life in the old man still, with his son James being beaten into second place. John and Alice Edwards came third. A special mention goes to Jan Frickel who won the first capsize of the season and also to Andy Panayi who took line honours in race 2.
Also more importantly it was great to sea Charles and Sarah Downes on the water.
The winner of the Waddington cup (winner of the first race of the season was Ben Teague.
The second Weekend Series had 11 entries and was won by Charles Downes. Charlie Ball came second followed by Luke Mullholland in third who sailed extremely well. Sarah Downes came 4th but did manage a podium place in race 3.
Mid week Series Race 1 and 2 will hopefully be raced sometime in the month. However race 3 and 4 were sailed with Georgia Panayi taking 1st place in the first race followed by Ben Teague and then James and Ottie Pritchard in their rocket fuelled Topaz. In the second race Team Pritchard came of the start line taking no prisoners and had 1st place in their sights. The conditions for the midweek races saw many capsizes but everyone had a great sail. Team Pritchard taking 1st place in the second race puts them in 2nd place with everything to play for, in the rest of the series. There was controversy and a potential protest was muted by the bad loser Ben Teague when leading had to avoid Luke when he fell out of his Laser which resulted in another capsize to which he felt robbed!! of 1st place. Never mind, has Ben mentioned he won the Waddington Cup!!
As the season unfolds we will continue to update you all. In the meantime many thanks for your continued support. It has been great to see so many people support the club on the water and off the water. Thanks goes to all who have been on the Patrol boats and been Race Officer. Special thanks to Chris Hunt in the first Week for his help.
Today as I write this it is very windy here in Abersoch with the forcast of 40mph winds however we have managed to clean the Ribs down ready for another week of fun on the water.
On Thursday night (8th August) Abersoch Sailing Club hosted a Beach curry and paella night with Andy Teague as the resident chef. After our shout out on Radio 2 just after the 8am news, the event went global which resulted in a surge of Social Members wanting to be part of this great little club and not to mention the chance of tasting the award winning Thai Green Curry and the Paella rustled up on the beach by our resident Galloping Gourmet!!
The weather was kind to the Club members who managed to get tickets to this gastronomic extravaganza which was followed by a game of highly competitive rounders organised by the Pritchard girls.
Many thanks to all who helped make the night happen. Our next social event is the legendary Village Pub Crawl on Friday 16th August starting at the Vaynol at 8pm.
The 2019 ASC season kicks off tomorrow!
We have 2 B2B races tomorrow starting at 10:30 and are part of the 1st Weekend Series. We will also be racing for the Waddington Cup in our first race, a prize awarded to the winner of the first race of the season so there is plenty up for grabs tomorrow!
Sign on sheets can be found on the shelf and the decision to race will be made at 9 and will be posted on the ASC Facebook page and group.
See you all tomorrow!!
In just over 4 days time the first sound signal of the new season will be heard and ASC’s 2019 sailing programme will be underway!
Up for grabs, this weekend is the 1st Weekend Series Cup as well as the Waddington Cup, awarded to the winner of the first race of the season. Whilst the cups may be hotly contested by all, our sailors will be keen to avoid winning one prize, the inflatable armbands, awarded to the first capsize of the year!
This season promises to be bigger and better than in 2018. The hugely popular Junior Race Training returns and will be taken by our newly qualified RYA Race Coaches whilst the ASC Long Distance Race has generated a lot of interest and is eagerly awaited having been blown off last year. Many of last years socials also make a return including the beach curry night and the club favourite village bar crawl (walk to the Vaynol, stay in the Vaynol, crawl home!).
It is never too late to get involved in ASC and with membership starting from £10, everyone can get involved! With an increased beach presence this year, come and have a chat with some of our members and hear about all the great things the club are up to.
See you on the water!